Microsoft Defender for Business rolling out now

The commercialisation of cybercrime has led to an increase in the frequency and sophistication of attacks on small and medium-sized businesses. Business interruption is a concern, especially from a cyber-attack such as ransomware (Allianz Risk Barometer 2022). For smaller businesses this type of impact can be hard to manage with potential operational, financial, and customer trust implications.

Microsoft are pleased to announce the general availability of Microsoft Defender for Business for Microsoft 365 Business Premium customers. This brings cross-platform endpoint security capabilities to many small business customers worldwide. At no additional cost!

Microsoft Defender for Business now rolling out to new and existing Microsoft 365 Business Premium customers

Microsoft introduced Microsoft Defender for Business, built to bring enterprise-grade endpoint security to businesses, in a solution that is easy-to-use and cost-effective. Defender for Business goes beyond traditional antivirus and delivers threat and vulnerability management, endpoint detection and response, and automated investigation and remediation capabilities in a single solution.

Defender for Business has started rolling out to existing Microsoft 365 Business Premium customers. No action or additional transactions are required for existing customers, the service will become available within the Endpoint section of the Microsoft 365 Defender security portal over the next few weeks. For new Microsoft 365 Business Premium customers, you will see Defender for Business available immediately.

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If you have an existing Microsoft Defender for Endpoint license within your tenant this will affect the administrative experience, within the Microsoft 365 Defender security portal. Enabling the Defender for Business service changes the following experiences:

The transition from Microsoft Defender for Endpoint P1 or P2 to Microsoft Defender for Business will not require offboarding and onboarding devices again. Security settings will remain in place.

Defender for Business will also be offered as a standalone package. This will be coming later this year. You can continue to preview the standalone solution by signing up at https://aka.ms/MDB-SA-Preview.

To read the full Microsoft announcement, click here.

If you are looking for more support and guidance on Microsoft Business Defender, Adepteq can assist you. Contact us today.

A new vision for Microsoft Stream encourages users to create, share, discover, and manage video.

With video that will be stored in Microsoft 365, the new version of Stream builds on the rich content management features of SharePoint and unlocks the intelligence of Microsoft Graph to enhance videos across Microsoft 365. The earlier version of Stream will now be known as Microsoft Stream (Classic) and the new version will be known as Microsoft Stream (built on SharePoint) or Stream (on SharePoint).

Microsoft Stream is an intelligent video app in Microsoft 365 that is being reimagined and rebuilt to integrate seamlessly with applications across the suite. You can create, share, discover, and manage video as easily as any Office document.

Video and audio files will be stored on the SharePoint files platform within Microsoft 365 like all other file types. SharePoint powers file experiences for Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, Yammer, and Outlook. This will provide the best of both worlds:

Customers who want to create future-proof video experiences in Microsoft 365 can start building them today with SharePoint Online and Microsoft Graph File APIs.

Vision

Stream (on SharePoint) empowers every Microsoft 365 user to achieve more with fast, intelligent videos.

To achieve that vision:

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To read the full article, click here. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us,

Top Tips for Microsoft Teams if you're Hard of Hearing or Deaf

If you're deaf or hard of hearing, Microsoft Teams has accessibility features that are great to ensure you get the most out of your Teams experience. The following top 5 tips are hopefully beneficial to get you started.

      1. Turn on live captions

Microsoft Teams can now detect conversations had in meetings and present real-time captions.

To use this feature, go to your meeting controls and select More Options > Turn On Live Captions (preview).

The Turn on live captions option in the Teams meeting options menu

For further information on using live captions within Microsoft Teams, visit Microsoft's blog on Using Live Captions in a Teams Meeting.

2. Pin important people in your Microsoft Teams meetings

Do you need the assistance of a sign language interpreter in your Teams meetings? You can pin their video on your screen so it's always visible no matter who is talking.

To pin a video, right-click on the video and select Pin.

    3. Use the shortcut to quickly turn your camera on or off

Making signing and lip reading as easy as possible, you can toggle your camera on or off by pressing Ctrl+Shift+O.

    4. Access meeting recordings and transcripts

After a meeting or live event has ended. you can now refer to transcripts and recordings for a record of the discussion.

For more information on Microsoft Teams recordings, read the Microsoft article Play and Share a Meeting Recording in Microsoft Teams.

5. Pop out the meeting into a separate window

Popping out the meeting into a separate window lets you still use Microsoft Teams to communicate and browse meeting related documents.

To have meetings open in separate windows, go to Settings > General, and make sure that the Turn on new meeting experience setting is enabled.

For more information on Microsoft Teams and how you can fully utilise Teams for your organisation, download our FREE Microsoft Teams PDF.

 

Accessibility overview of Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a messaging and collaboration app that lets everyone in your business join the conversation, communicate and work together.  Our blog contains an overview of the many accessibility features that make sure all users can have the best possible experience using Microsoft Teams.

Meet, chat, and collaborate inclusively with Microsoft Teams

Meet

Access meetings and participate from anywhere with Microsoft Teams desktop and mobile apps and Microsoft Teams on the web.

Chat

Communicate effectively with everyone regardless of language, cognitive needs, or visual capabilities.

Collaborate

Enable collaboration for everyone by adapting to different learning paces, motor skills, and communication preferences.

  1.  Screen readers
  2. Dictation software
  3. Eye control (on Windows 10)
  4. Voice control (on iOS and Android)
  5. Screen magnifiers
  6. Switch access (on iOS and Android)

 

To read the full Microsoft article, click here.

For more information on Microsoft Teams and how you can fully utilise Teams for your organisation, download our FREE Microsoft Teams PDF.

Microsoft to Retire Internet Explorer 11 for some versions of Windows 10

Microsoft announced that the Internet Explorer 11 desktop application will be retired on June 15, 2022, for certain versions of Windows 10. Legacy Internet Explorer-based websites and applications will continue to work with Microsoft Edge’s built-in Internet Explorer mode.

At the time of the announcement, the Internet Explorer 11 desktop application remains unaffected on some Windows versions: Windows 8.1, Windows 7 Extended Security Updates, Windows 10 Server SAC, Windows 10 IoT Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC), Windows 10 Server LTSC, Windows 10 client LTSC. Windows 10 LSTC may be used in devices with a long life such as MRI machines and air traffic control systems.

Microsoft Edge’s Internet Explorer mode provides built-in support for legacy websites and applications that still require Internet Explorer. Edge for instance uniquely supports ActiveX controls, a technology introduced in 1996. Legacy applications support is particularly important for enterprises, which Microsoft estimated having 1,678 legacy apps on average.

Beyond compatibility with legacy Internet Explorer applications, Microsoft quotes two advantages of switching to the dual-engine Microsoft Edge.

  1. Internet Explorer users will be able to enjoy the modern features regularly shipping with the Edge browsers. This includes productivity features such as Edge Collections — which allows organising ideas, or browser tab management (vertical tabs, putting tabs to sleep to increase speed by saving system resources).
  2. Internet Explorer users will benefit from Microsoft Edge’s agility when responding to reported security issues.

The announcement post explained:

Internet Explorer 11 packaged security updates monthly, Microsoft Edge can issue security patches for immediate vulnerabilities within days, if not hours.

Edge’s Internet Explorer mode will be supported at least until the end of 2029. This provides additional time for IT departments to transition away from legacy applications.

For more information and to read the full Microsoft FAQ  article, click here.

For additional support to your IT department in transitioning away from legacy applications, contact us today.

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the Microsoft Project and Portfolio Management competency. This competency increases our breadth of our certified Microsoft 365 skills.

Microsoft competencies are designed to help meet customer needs and help Microsoft Partners such as ourselves, attract new customers who are looking for Microsoft-certified solution providers. We are amongst the elite tier of Microsoft partners, which helps us stand out from our peers. By attaining this silver competency, we are able to demonstrate our consistent capability and commitment to our clients and the projects we work on. By attaining a gold competency, this allows us to showcase our best-in-class capabilities within a Microsoft solution area.

We have enhanced our existing Microsoft Gold Partner status by adding the Silver Project and Portfolio Management competency. This reflects the knowledge of our team, a high level of access to Microsoft’s tools, intelligence, training programmes and support.

Our competencies focus on Microsoft 365, Office 365, SharePoint, Teams and the Power Platform. This enables us to deliver the best services for our clients, and continue to do so with great skill and practice.

If you want to change your business with intelligent Microsoft Technologies, choose Adepteq, with technical expertise, recognised dedication to our clients, a track-record of success and the Microsoft competencies to match.

To learn more about what our Microsoft competencies can mean for you, or to see how we can deliver Microsoft Business Applications to meet your unique business needs, contact us today for a free consultation.

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How to run secure and successful meetings with Microsoft Teams

As a result of the pandemic, many people were asked to work from home. That's why its more important than ever to develop our remote working skills to be able to stay productive. Microsoft Teams has been, successfully used over the pandemic as people are able to securely work together online, but also stay connected.  If you are a new Microsoft Teams user, or already carry out your meetings via this too. we want to make sure you're getting the most out of your license.

Here are Microsoft's Top 8 Microsoft Teams Tips:

  1. Connect securely with people inside and outside of your organisation: When you schedule a meeting in either Microsoft Teams or Microsoft Outlook, you are able to include the email address of your guests and MS Teams will send them an email invitation, with instructions on how to join too.
  2. Enable attendees to dial in from anywhere, at any time: This feature is great for attendees on the go, without access to the internet, or who prefer to dial into a meeting, Teams makes sure your meetings are inclusive. Attendees who are enabled for Audio Conferencing will automatically see dial-in instructions added to their Teams meeting invites.
  3. Meeting Controls gives you options: Microsoft Teams gives the meeting organiser many options when it comes to defining the roles and permissions for online meeting participants. For example, you can create a meeting lobby, which lets the organiser define when certain people are admitted to the meeting. This is very useful when discussing issues with confidentiality implications. Other features include muting participants, stopping/starting recordings.
  4. Face-Face conversations via Video: As a result of the many restrictions, meeting in person is likely to be impossible, so meeting online via video is the next best thing to stay connected. Seeing someone’s expression when they talk, adds so much more context to the conversation. People are encouraged to turn their cameras on during Teams meetings, as this is more engaging. If you are worried about the room you are holding your meeting in, turn on the background blur feature or a custom background.
  5. Only share what you need: Sometimes less is more, when it comes to Teams meetings. When sharing content in Teams meetings, you have full control over what others see. You have the ability to share your entire desktop view, or just a tab. This can come in useful when dealing with confidential, sensitive information.
  6. Making your mark with Microsoft Whiteboard: Microsoft Whiteboard is integrated with every Teams meeting, which allows participants to contribute via touch, mouse and digital ink...this means you don't have to be in the same room for a brainstorming session. Read our release blog on Microsoft Whiteboard.
  7. Never miss out on a meeting: If you are running late to joining a meeting, there's no need to worry. Meetings can be recorded in full, and shared instantly once the meeting has ended. Attendees are also able to use the transcript to find specific parts of the meeting.
  8. Know and see exactly what has been said: Keeping up with a conversation can sometimes be difficult, especially with the added frustrations of lagging internet...with Microsoft Teams, participants are encouraged to turn on live captions and read the real-time subtitles. This feature improves Microsoft's inclusivity, as this helps those who are hard of hearing, have different levels of language understandings and lastly, are connecting from a loud location.

Adepteq can help you utilise, and make the most out of your Microsoft Teams subscription. Contact us today to see how we can help your organisation have secure and successful meetings with Microsoft Teams.

Read the full Microsoft Article here.

Elevate Your Security with Microsoft Defender...

Threats are becoming increasingly significant at a higher rate with a rise in cyberattacks targeting small and medium-sized businesses. In the last year, Microsoft have seen a 300% increase in ransomware attacks with over 50% reaching small businesses. Microsoft is investing in security solutions purposefully designed to help protect businesses from cyberattacks.

Microsoft Defender for Business is a new endpoint security solution that’s coming soon. Microsoft Defender for Business is specially built to bring enterprise-grade endpoint security to businesses with up to 300 employees, in a solution that is easy-to-use and cost-effective.

thumbnail image 1 captioned Figure 1: Microsoft Defender for Business brings enterprise-grade capabilities to help protect your business.

Microsoft Defender for Business elevates security from traditional antivirus to next-generation protection, endpoint detection and response, threat and vulnerability management, and a lot more. Defender helps businesses protect themselves against cybersecurity threats including ransomware and malware across macOS, Windows, Android and iOS devices.

Defender for Business includes the following capabilities:

 

Microsoft Defender for Business

Threat and Vulnerability management dashboard helps you to proactively discover and prioritise software vulnerabilities and misconfigurations.

Defender for Business delivers maximum security value at a price point that works for your organisation. Included as part of the Microsoft 365 Business Premium license (or as an addon license), this security and productivity solution brings together MS Teams and Office 365 with the essential security tools for organisations.

Contact Adepteq today to find out how we can help your organisation implement Microsoft Defender for Business to help secure your business.

Read the full Microsoft Defender article here.

 

 

Update to Microsoft 365 and Outlook for Windows connectivity...

To ensure that Microsoft meet performance expectations, they are updating the supported versions of Outlook for Windows that can connect to Microsoft 365 services.

From November 1, 2021, the following versions of Outlook for Windows, as part of Office and Microsoft 365 Apps, were no longer able to connect with Office 365 and Microsoft 365 services.

If organisations do not update, they may over time, encounter performance or reliability issues. Organisations that use these older clients will almost certainly face an increased security risk and may find themselves out of compliance depending upon specific regional or industry requirements. Therefore, administrators should update older Office clients to versions of Office supported for connecting to Microsoft 365 services.

Office and
Microsoft 365 Apps
Outlook for
Windows Version
Office 2013 15.0.4970.9999
and older
Office 2016 16.0.4599.9999
and older
Microsoft
365 Apps for enterprise (formerly Office 365 ProPlus)
1705 and
older
Microsoft
365 Apps for business (formerly Office 365 Business)
1705 and
older

If this is something your organisation is considering in order to prevent encountering performance or reliability issues, Adepteq are able to help your organisation update older Office clients to versions of Office supported for connecting to Microsoft 365 services. Contact us now.

Transform Your Hybrid Working Experience with Microsoft Viva

Microsoft are excited to announce that all four Viva modules shared at the beginning of that journey—Viva Connections, Viva Insights, Viva Topics, and Viva Learning—are now generally available and with the purchase of just one plan, the new Viva suite, you have access to all of them. They are also announcing new capabilities and partnerships for each module and a centralised IT admin experience.

Microsoft Viva ensures every employee is a part of their organisation’s culture, expert knowledge, personal productivity insights, and key learning resources.Viva empowers every level of an organisation to address key challenges of hybrid work and employee burnout, which is a serious, common occurrence in today's working environment.

The Microsoft Viva suite: One plan for an integrated EXP

With the Microsoft Viva suite, customers get an integrated EXP that brings together knowledge, learning, communications, resources, and insights into the flow of work.

Viva Connections: Culture and communications

Viva Connections is a curated, company-branded experience that brings together relevant news, conversations, and resources in the applications and devices you use every day—and later this month, those devices will include your mobile phone.

You are now also able to add cards for Approvals, Shifts, and Tasks from Teams into your Viva Connections dashboard.

 

Viva Insights: Productivity and wellbeing

Viva Insights helps improve productivity and wellbeing through data-driven, privacy-protected insights and recommendations. Microsoft are announcing expanded capabilities to help managers and team leads navigate hybrid work and to help everyone in an organisation run more effective meetings.

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Viva Topics: Knowledge and expertise

Viva Topics applies AI to automatically organise content and expertise across your systems and teams into related topics, like projects, products, processes, and customers. That content appears as topic pages and topic centers—created and updated by AI—that enable experts to cultivate and share knowledge with wiki-like simplicity.

Viva Learning: Skilling and growth

Viva Learning brings enterprise learning into the flow of work by connecting content from your organisation, Learning Management Systems, third-party providers, and Microsoft.

 

If you would like to see how Adepteq can transform your hybrid working experience with Microsoft Viva, get in contact with us today. For more information about Microsoft Viva, read our launch post here.

To read the full Microsoft Viva article, click here.

 

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