Many of Microsoft Defender ATP’s next-generation protection engines are built into the client and block majority of threats in real-time.

In the cloud, more advanced protections examine new threats on the fly and integrate signals from multiple sources.

Read about each of these technologies here:

imageRDP/SSH to Azure virtual machines is much simpler and more secure with the new AzureBastion.

Azure Bastion is a new resource that you can deploy in your virtual network. In this video, you’ll learn how seamless and secure RDP/SSH to Azure virtual machines are in the Azure Portal and see how a public IP address on the virtual machines are not needed.

Posted by: kurtsh | July 25, 2019

BETA: Azure Proximity Placement Groups

Cool news for application performance in Azure!

Cimageo-locate your Azure resources for improved application performance

The performance of your applications is central to the success of your IT organization. Application performance can directly impact your ability to increase customer satisfaction and ultimately grow your business.

Many factors can affect the performance of your applications. One of those is network latency which is impacted, among other things, by the physical distance between the virtual machines deployed.

For example, when you place your Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines in a single Azure region, the physical distance between the virtual machines is reduced. Placing them within a single availability zone is another step you can take to deploy your virtual machines closer to each other. However, as the Azure footprint grows, a single availability zone may span multiple physical data centers resulting in network latency that can impact your overall application performance. If a region does not support availability zones or if your application does not use availability zones, the latency between the application tiers may increase as a result.

Today, we are announcing the preview of proximity placement groups. A new capability that we are making available to achieve co-location of your Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) resources and low network latency among them.

Azure proximity placement groups represent a new logical grouping capability for your Azure Virtual Machines, which in turn is used as a deployment constraint when selecting where to place your virtual machines. In fact, when you assign your virtual machines to a proximity placement group, the virtual machines are placed in the same data center, resulting in lower and deterministic latency for your applications.

Read more here:

imageThe Windows Server team will be having a “Windows Server 2008 End of Support AMA” on July 30th at 9AM PT.

On January 14, 2020, support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end. That means the end of regular security updates. Don’t let your infrastructure and applications go unprotected. We’re here to help you migrate to current versions for greater security, performance and innovation—save the date and bring your questions to the Windows Server 2008 EOS Ask Microsoft Anything" (AMA) event. On Tuesday, July 30, 2019 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Pacific Time, we’ll have members of the Windows Server Product Team on hand to answer your questions live:

  • Jeff Woolsey, Principal Program Manager
  • Elden Christensen, Principle Program Manager
  • Ned Pyle, Principle Program Manager
  • Rob Hindman, Senior Program Manager

Join us!

imageAutomate repeated tasks and extend Microsoft Teams to the field with code-free business apps using Microsoft Flow and PowerApps.

Aya Tange returns to the Microsoft Mechanics show to demonstrate what’s possible integrating Flow and PowerApps with Microsoft Teams.

  • Approvals based on triggers (file upload)
  • Receive alerts on inbound approvals within Teams chat
  • Record tracking of approval execution

View the content here:

Get more information at:

imageMicrosoft Mechanics just published a series of video tutorials to show you how to prepare, deploy, and optimize Windows Virtual Desktop.


For an overview, please check out the following:

imageIf current trends continue, artificial intelligence (AI) could allow digital governments to deliver personalized services to people—right when help is needed. Explore the Gartner Predicts: The Digital Government of 2030 infographic and discover what’s necessary for this future vision to materialize. You’ll learn that citizens need to willingly share their data with the government—and that this trusted data flow:

  • Allows governments to anticipate and promptly meet citizens’ needs by using predictive analytics.
  • Gives the private and public sectors the ability to collaborate through API-centric service delivery.
  • Won’t happen unless government leaders take tactical steps to create a digital government.

Get the file from here:

imageThe OneDrive product team will be running an event called, “Redefining mobility with OneDrive”.

In this 30min webcast, we will demonstrate these effective functionalities and discuss end user scenarios that can make you productive . We will also showcase the refreshed look and feel of the OneDrive mobile app that we have recently released.

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2019
9:00 AM (PST)

Posted by: kurtsh | July 24, 2019

INFO: Security Benefits of the new Outlook Mobile

imageHere’s a quick synopsis of some of the many advantages Outlook Mobile has over other “native” email clients from iOS or Android:

  • End-to-end TLS-secured data connections
  • App Protection support
  • Native support for Exchange mailbox policy settings
  • Enforcement of Conditional Access (through native integration with EMS)
  • Single sign-on through Azure AD
  • Management of separate personal/work account
  • Restriction of content syncing to local device
  • Modern Authentication support
  • Advanced Threat Protection – Anti-phishing detection
  • Native support for Office 365 encryption/rights-protection
  • GDPR & FedRAMP Government Cloud compliance

For more details, review the following:

Also, check out Ross Smith IV’s session from Ignite 2018:

imageWe are excited to announce the new version of expiration policy which ensures any group being actively used continues to be available, circumventing expiration. This feature makes life easier for users, including admins, group owners and members, by automating the expiration and renewal process by tracking groups for user activity across different apps, like Teams, SharePoint, Outlook, tied to the group.

The new expiration policy puts group life cycle management on autopilot
The current Expiration policy allows you to set an expiration time frame for selected or all Office 365 groups . After the defined group lifetime, owners are asked to renew them if they are still needed. With this newly added intelligence, groups which are being actively used will be automagically renewed. This preempts the need for any manual action on the part of the group owners. This is based on user activity in groups across Office 365 apps like Outlook, SharePoint, Teams, Yammer, and others.

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