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Advance notification of maintenance window  12/2/2020

I wanted to take a moment to let you all know that Microsoft Tech Community has regular maintenance windows on Wednesdays and Fridays between midnight and 4am Pacific.  

While we always try to ensure that our maintenance periods do not affect your ability to use the community, occasionally we must display our maintenance page. When this is necessary it may not always be possible to let you know in advance, but we will work to restore service as quickly as we can. 

On December 4th, between midnight and 4am PT (7am – 11am UTC), we will be making some changes to the Microsoft Tech Community which will require period of complete downtime. This should not last longer than 2 hours and anyone visiting the site during this time will get our usual Maintenance page. 

On behalf of the Microsoft Tech Community, I would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and do check back on Friday for an update on this maintenance period.  

Allen Smith

Technical Lead

Microsoft Tech Community

The November 27th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  11/27/2020

News this week includes:

 

Remember it all with Microsoft To Do and Samsung Reminder

 

Democratizing IoT with IoT Plug and Play and New Pricing for Azure IoT Central

 

Azure Databricks activities now support Managed Identity authentication

 

Zarbaliyev Ilgar is our member of the week and a fantastic contributor in the Excel community.

 

View the Weekly Roundup for Nov 23-27th in Sway and attached PDF document.

 

The November 20th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  11/22/2020

News this week includes:

 

Introducing New Policy Reports & more in Microsoft Endpoint Manager Reporting

 

Upcoming Changes to Microsoft Information Protection Metadata Storage

 

Microsoft Forms Brings Polls to Teams Meetings

 

Ruud Gijsbers is our member of the week and a great contributor across several communities.

 

View the Weekly Roundup for Nov 16-20th in Sway and attached PDF document.

 

The November 13th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  11/14/2020

News this week includes:

 

New Sentry Connector for Microsoft Teams

 

Improved incident queue in Microsoft 365 Defender

 

Security Unlocked—a new Podcast on the Technology and People Powering Microsoft Security

 

Aelisya is the Member of the Week, and a great contributor to the Microsoft Edge Insider community. 

 

View the Weekly Roundup for Nov 9-13th in Sway and attached PDF document.

Microsoft Tech Community 500K member sweepstakes videos  11/11/2020

As you saw, back in August the Microsoft Tech Community officially reached half a million members! Since then, we have been able to welcome 42,000 new members. 

In celebration of this milestone, we shared reflections about the Tech Community from some of our esteemed community leaders. 

We also asked all Tech Community members to let us know how the Microsoft Tech Community has impacted them by sending in videos that answered the question, “How has the Microsoft Tech Community helped you grow as a professional?”. Take a look at what some members had to say: 

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Pervaiz Dostiyar


Andreas Dieckmann

Vesa Nopanen

Thank you A user , A user and A user for sharing your insights and experiences on using the Microsoft Tech Community! Your stories are extremely appreciated and valued.

Please continue to share with us your stories about using the Microsoft Tech Community! Simply comment on this blog post and let us know about how the Microsoft Tech Community has helped you grow as a professional. 

Here's to the Microsoft Tech Community, reaching 1 million members, and beyond! 

The November 6th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  11/6/2020

Microsoft Endpoint Manager support for DFCI firmware management is now generally available.

 

The Public Sector community featured several resources this week, including November webinars and remote work resources, and insights to using the SharePoint Look Book in your GCC High Tenant.

 

The Bing Insiders community has launched the Bing Weekly Recap, a weekly blog post series reviewing what’s happened over the last 7 days with Bing.

 

ITOps Talk shares what you need to know about Microsoft Exams.

 

A user is the Member of the Week, a great contributor to the Excel community. 

 

View the Weekly Roundup for Nov 2nd-6th in Sway and attached PDF document.

The October 30th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  11/10/2020

News this week includes:

OneDrive family and group sharing now available

Microsoft Teams displays now available!

Announcing Azure PowerShell 5.0

Rajesh Sinhar is our Member of the Week, and a great contributor in the Excel community.

View the Weekly Roundup for Oct 26-30 in Sway and attached PDF document.

The October 23rd Weekly Roundup is Posted!  10/26/2020

News this week includes:

Azure Defender for IoT is now in public preview

Introducing Zoho Notebook for Microsoft Teams: Bring your thoughts and teams together

Microsoft Partners with Salesforce to Deliver Microsoft Teams Integration for Sales and Service

Kam Vinothkumar is our Member of the Week, and a great contributor in the Microsoft Edge Insider community.

View the Weekly Roundup for Oct 19-23 in Sway and attached PDF document.

The October 16th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  10/16/2020

News this week includes:

Integration with Teams is now generally available - Create labs within Microsoft Teams

Apps can now narrate what they see in the world as well as people do

Azure Defender for IoT is now in public preview

FarisMalaeb is our Member of the Week, and a great contributor in the Windows PowerShell community.

View the Weekly Roundup for Oct 12-16 in Sway and attached PDF document.

The October 9th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  10/9/2020

News this week includes:

Business Central Functional Consultants can now be certified!

Microsoft 365 All Tenants list is rolling out.

Retirement of Site Mailboxes in SharePoint Online.

A user is our Member of the Week, and a great contributor in the SharePoint community.

View the Weekly Roundup for Oct 5-9 in Sway and attached PDF document.

The October 2nd Weekly Roundup is Posted!  10/2/2020

The Az PowerShell module is now the recommended PowerShell module for interacting with Azure.

Microsoft Teams is making several of the new features announced in Reimagining virtual collaboration for the future of work and learning available to users of Teams in Gov Cloud.

The Azure Sphere 20.09 OS quality release is now available in the Retail feed. This update includes the following enhancements and bug fixes in the Azure Sphere OS; it does not include an updated SDK.

@Petri X is our Member of the Week, and a great contributor in the Microsoft Teams community.

View the Weekly Roundup for Sept 28-Oct 2nd in Sway and attached PDF document.

The September 25th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  9/25/2020

Microsoft Ignite is officially wrapped, with big news coming from several products:

SharePoint Syntex, the first product from Project Cortex, was announced.

Microsoft Teams announced several new capabilities to help people stay connected, collaborate and build solutions in Teams.

Endpoint Analytics is now generally available in Microsoft Endpoint Manager.

A user is our Member of the Week, and a great contributor across multiple communities like Windows 10. 

View the Weekly Roundup for Sept 21-25th in Sway and attached PDF document.

The September 18th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  9/21/2020

News this week includes:

Microsoft Ignite preparation is in full swing, with several resources on how what to expect from several produce teams: Microsoft 365, SharePoint, OneDrive, Planner, Stream, Teams for Education, Excel, and Endpoint Manager.

Yammer is rolling out reactions for every conversation or reply in the new Yammer. You can now express yourself through gratitude and celebration, laughter, and sadness-just like in real life!

The Microsoft Learn LTI application is now available. The application enables you to seamlessly embed modules and learning paths from the Microsoft Learn Catalog.

A user  is our Member of the Week, and a great contributor in the Access community. 

View the Weekly Roundup for Sept 14-18th in Sway and attached PDF document.

The September 11th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  9/11/2020

News this week includes:

Microsoft Ignite preparation is in full swing, with several resources on how what to expect from Microsoft Search, Yammer, Humans of IT and more.

Microsoft Endpoint Manager announces support for Surface Duo devices

Azure Sphere OS update 20.09 now available for compatibility testing

A user  is our Member of the Week, and a great contributor in the Office 365 community. 

View the Weekly Roundup for Sept 7-11th in Sway and attached PDF document.

Updates to the Microsoft Tech Community- September 10th,2020  9/10/2020

Over the last couple of months, we have been making some changes to the Microsoft Tech Community to improve page load times and user experience. We are pleased to share with you the next update. 

In this update we have made changes to: 

My Dashboard 

 

The old "My Home", though much loved by community super users, MVPs and Employees was originally designed when the community was less than a 10th of size it is today and was not fit for purpose for our community. 

 

With this in mind, we have completely re-skinned both the shortcut and the My Dashboard view and added some new features we hope you will like. 

My Shortcuts 

 

My Shortcuts used to be access using the heart symbol in the top right, next to the notification bell. 

 

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The new My Shortcuts is accessed using a list icon that is in the same location as the old heart icon: 

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We have tried to focus on getting you to the content we know you are most interested in as quickly as possible, and so My Shortcuts is powered by Discussion Spaces, Blogs, Knowledge Bases, Ideas that you have followed. 

Recently Visited stores the last 5 placed you have visited in the Microsoft Tech Community so you can get back to where you left off from, even if it’s not a Space you have previously followed. 

My Dashboard 

 

The old My Dashboard was looking a little tired and so within the new My Dashboard you can: 

* Currently this is asking if you can help answer unanswered questions in popular boards but we will be changing this behaviour shortly to use the boards you have followed 

In this update we have tried to put you and the content you care the most about front and center and so a new feature we have added to My Dashboard, is the ability to set it as your homepage. When enabled it means the community homepage will always by your dashboard.  

 

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Community Hubs 

 

Continuing with the theme in this update of getting you to the content you are looking for as quickly as possible, we redesigned the community hubs page. You will now see all the hubs you have joined by default and have the option to view all hubs on the second tab. 

We made the search in Community Hubs more powerful, so that when you search by a keyword it not only shows you Hubs that match your keyword but also any spaces. You can Join or leave any hub right from the Community Hubs page, as well as follow or un-follow any spaces. 

 

You can also expand a Community Hub card and see the most recently active spaces for that hub. 

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By default, the hubs are sorted by most recent activity but can also be sorted by: 

Community Banners 

 

We took the opportunity to redesign the Microsoft Tech Community banners so that we could make better use of this hero space to not only communicate where you are in the Microsoft Tech Community, but also the activity in the community hub you are currently viewing. A key part of this design change was to also make the header more accessible and work across screen sizes. For communities that do not have a custom banner this is what the new community banner looks like. 

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For communities that have custom banners we have tried to balance this customization with the need to make the site feel consistent.  

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Primary Search 

 

In an effort to give search a little more prominence, when a user clicks our search button it now overlays over our primary navigation to give a much larger space for quick results to display.  This also helps provide a more consistent search experience across all screen sizes. 

We are currently working on an update which will also make the size of the quick results drop down take advantage of this extra space. 

 

Microsoft Verified Answer 

 

Working in a similar way to the Best Solutions system we already provide today, but managed by Microsoft Employees, the purpose of this is to give us a way to highlight answers that are provided in the community that align with Microsofts policies, guidelines or best practices. 

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 Have questions or feedback? Feel free to post them in the comments below. 

 

Launching 8AM Sept 22: Video Hub  9/11/2020

I am excited to share some information about a new resource coming to the Microsoft Tech Community.  We have been working to create a home for new videos and interactive guides to help you work effectively with our products, and I am pleased to announce that this new resource is almost ready!

On Sept, 22nd we will launch the Microsoft Tech Community Video Hub, initially with content to support Microsoft Ignite, but it will be the future home for Tech Community videos to help you learn everything you need to know about our major products.

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The new Video Hub will be the place to view videos, click through our interactive guides (a click-through demo experience) and join conversation about this content with fellow community members. We will also show, where available, who the subject matter experts are and, if this video is one of a series, we will provide a link to the next video in that series.

We would love for you to tell us how much you enjoyed the video using the ‘rate this video’ function on the right hand side. We will also work with our teams to show a list of video resources which connect you to other places to continue your learning or just next steps.

When the Video Hub goes live, on Sept 22nd, you will be able to access it here: https://aka.ms/VideoHub.

The September 4th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  9/4/2020

News this week includes:

Azure Active Directory External Identities goes premium with advanced security for B2C.

MSIX announces new updates to the MSIX Labs for IT Pros.

Surface announced a new configuration of Surface Hub 2S with Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise.

A user is our Member of the Week, and a great contributor in the Microsoft Edge Insider community. 

View the Weekly Roundup for August 31-Sept 4th in Sway and attached PDF document.

The August 28th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  8/28/2020

News this week includes:

Internet of Things announced a new series called Ask the IoT Expert. Each month, from September onwards, engineers and specialists will briefly introduce an IoT topic in the Learn IoT discussion section on TC and open it up to users to ask any questions or thoughts relating to that topic.

Transcribe in Word was announced.  Transcribe individually separates different speakers so it’s clear which part was said by a teacher versus a student. After the conversation, parts of the recording can be played back by clicking on timestamped audio and the transcript can be edited.

A user is our Member of the Week, and a great contributor in the Microsoft Edge Insider community. 

View the Weekly Roundup for August 24-28 in Sway and attached PDF document.

It's time to celebrate - The Tech Community has just passed half-million members!  10/28/2020

The Microsoft Tech Community has officially reached half a million members! We're so excited to be able to celebrate another milestone with you all.

We asked some of our esteemed community leaders to share with us how The Microsoft Tech Community has impacted them. Here's what they had to say: 



During milestones like this, it can be good to look back at the highlights and what we've been able to achieve! Let's take a  look at some of our top moments on our journey so far:

 

To celebrate - we're hosting a sweepstakes contest!! 
As you all saw above, we went to our fellow community members with Microsoft to hear about how the Microsoft Tech Community has impacted them. Now, we would like to hear from you!

HERE'S HOW TO ENTER 

No Purchase Necessary.

To enter, you must do all of the following:

  1. Create a video of yourself answering the question “How has the Microsoft Tech Community helped you grow as a professional?”. The video should be 30-90 seconds in length in English.
  2. Provide your Tech Community username and provide a share link to your video for our sweepstakes here.

PRIZES 

10 submissions will be chosen at random after the submission period has closed. Each winner will receive a grand-prize swag package outlined in detail below.


Be sure to read our sweepstakes rules in-depth below before entering:

MICROSOFT MICROSOFT TECH COMMUNITY CELEBRATES 500K MEMBERS! SWEEPSTAKES

OFFICIAL RULES

 

  1. SPONSOR

These Official Rules (“Rules”) govern the operation of the Microsoft Microsoft Tech Community Celebrates 500K Members! Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”). Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052, USA, is the Sweepstakes sponsor (“Sponsor”).

  1. DEFINITIONS

In these Rules, "Microsoft", "we", "our", and "us" refer to Sponsor and “you” and "yourself" refers to a Sweepstakes participant, or the parent/legal guardian of any Sweepstakes entrant who has not reached the age of majority to contractually obligate themselves in their legal place of residence. By entering you (your parent/legal guardian if you are not the age of majority in your legal place of residence) agree to be bound by these Rules. 

  1. ENTRY PERIOD

 The Sweepstakes starts at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on August 25, 2020, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on September 30th, 2020.

  1. ELIGIBILITY

 To enter, you must be 18 years of age or older and a member of the Microsoft Tech Community. If you are 18 years of age or older but have not reached the age of majority in your legal place of residence, then you must have the consent of a parent/legal guardian.

Employees and directors of Microsoft Corporation and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising agencies, and Sweepstakes Parties are not eligible, nor are persons involved in the execution or administration of this promotion, or the family members of each above (parents, children, siblings, spouse/domestic partners, or individuals residing in the same household). Void in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Region of Crimea, and where prohibited.

  1. HOW TO ENTER

 No Purchase Necessary.

To enter, you must do all of the following:

  1. Create a video of yourself answering the question “How has the Microsoft Tech Community helped you grow as a professional?”. The video should be 30-90 seconds in length in English.
  2. Provide your Tech Community username and submit your video for our sweepstakes here.

The entry limit is one per person overall.

Any attempt by any you to obtain more than the stated number of entries by using multiple/different accounts, identities, registrations, logins, or any other methods will void your entries and you may be disqualified. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited. 

We are not responsible for excess, lost, late, or incomplete entries. If disputed, entries will be deemed submitted by the “authorized account holder” of the email address, social media account, or other method used to enter. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned to an email address by the internet or online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses.

  1. ELIGIBLE ENTRY

 To be eligible, an entry must meet the following content/technical requirements:

  • Your entry must be your own original work; and
  • Your entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other contest; and
  • You must have obtained any and all consents, approvals, or licenses required for you to submit your entry; and
  • To the extent that entry requires the submission of user-generated content such as software, photos, videos, music, artwork, essays, etc., entrants warrant that their entry is their original work, has not been copied from others without permission or apparent rights, and does not violate the privacy, intellectual property rights, or other rights of any other person or entity. You may include Microsoft trademarks, logos, and designs, for which Microsoft grants you a limited license to use for the sole purposes of submitting an entry into this Contest; and
  • Your entry may NOT contain, as determined by us in our sole and absolute discretion, any content that is obscene or offensive, violent, defamatory, disparaging or illegal, or that promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco or a particular political agenda, or that communicates messages that may reflect negatively on the goodwill of Microsoft.
  1. USE OF YOUR ENTRY

We are not claiming ownership rights to your Submission. However, by submitting an entry, you grant us an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license to use, review, assess, test and otherwise analyze your entry and all its content in connection with this Contest and use your entry in any media whatsoever now known or later invented for any non-commercial or commercial purpose, including, but not limited to, the marketing, sale or promotion of Microsoft products or services, without further permission from you. You will not receive any compensation or credit for use of your entry, other than what is described in these Official Rules.

By entering you acknowledge that we may have developed or commissioned materials similar or identical to your entry and you waive any claims resulting from any similarities to your entry. Further, you understand that we will not restrict work assignments of representatives who have had access to your entry and you agree that use of information in our representatives’ unaided memories in the development or deployment of our products or services does not create liability for us under this agreement or copyright or trade secret law.

Your entry may be posted on a public website. We are not responsible for any unauthorized use of your entry by visitors to this website. We are not obligated to use your entry for any purpose, even if it has been selected as a winning entry.

  1. WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION

Pending confirmation of eligibility, potential prize winners will be selected by Microsoft or their Agent in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received within 7 days following the Entry Period.

Winners will be notified via the contact information provided during entry no more than 7 days following the drawing with prize claim instructions, including submission deadlines. If a selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize or fails to return any forms, the selected winner will forfeit their prize and an alternate winner will be selected time allowing. If you are a potential winner and you are 18 or older, but have not reached the age of majority in your legal place of residence, we may require your parent/legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf. Only three alternate winners will be selected, after which unclaimed prizes will remain unawarded. 

 

  1. PRIZES 

The following prizes will be awarded:

Ten (10) Grand Prizes. A Prize Package consisting of the following items:

A Diversity&Techj Samsonite backpacks. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $54.00.

A Diversity&Tech Bento Box. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $20.00.

A S'well Tumbler. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $35.00.

A Humans of IT Laptop Sticker. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $0.50.

A Humans of IT Bracelet. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $12.00.

A Humans of IT Keychain. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $4.55.

A Humans of IT Card. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $0.50.

A Bamboo Pen. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $1.60.

A Popsocket. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $9.75.

An Embossed Journal. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $9.95.

An Eco Journal. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $4.60.

A Qi Mousepad. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $17.35.

The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of this Package is $169.80.

The ARV of electronic prizes is subject to price fluctuations in the consumer marketplace based on, among other things, any gap in time between the date the ARV is estimated for purposes of these Official Rules and the date the prize is awarded or redeemed. We will determine the value of the prize to be the fair market value at the time of prize award.

The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $1,698

 We will only award one (1) prize per person/company during the Entry Period. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded.  No substitution, transfer, or assignment of prize permitted, except that Microsoft reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event the offered prize is unavailable. Prizes are awarded “AS IS” with no warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties or merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. Prizes will be sent no later than 28 days after winner selection. Prize winners may be required to complete and return prize claim and/or tax forms (“Forms”) within the deadline stated in the winner notification. Taxes on the prize, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner, who is advised to seek independent counsel regarding the tax implications of accepting a prize. By accepting a prize, you agree that Microsoft may use your entry, name, image and hometown online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Sweepstakes without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.

 

  1. ODDS

 The odds of winning are based on the number of eligible entries received.

  1. GENERAL CONDITIONS AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY

 To the extent allowed by law, by entering you agree to release and hold harmless Microsoft and its respective parents, partners, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss, or damage of any kind arising in connection with this Sweepstakes or any prize won.

All local laws apply. The decisions of Microsoft are final and binding.

We reserve the right to cancel, change, or suspend this Sweepstakes for any reason, including cheating, technology failure, catastrophe, war, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that affects the integrity of this Sweepstakes, whether human or mechanical. If the integrity of the Sweepstakes cannot be restored, we may select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change, or suspend the Sweepstakes.

If you attempt or we have strong reason to believe that you have compromised the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes by cheating, hacking, creating a bot or other automated program, or by committing fraud in any way, we may seek damages from you to the full extent of the law and you may be banned from participation in future Microsoft promotions. 

 

  1. USE OF YOUR ENTRY

 Personal data you provide while entering this Sweepstakes will be used by Microsoft and/or its agents and prize fulfillers acting on Microsoft’s behalf only for the administration and operation of this Sweepstakes and in accordance with the Microsoft Privacy Statement.

 

  1. GOVERNING LAW

 This Sweepstakes will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Sweepstakes.  

 

  1. WINNERS LIST

 Send an email to Techcommunity@microsoft.com with the subject line “Microsoft Tech Community Celebrates 500K Members! Sweepstakes winners” within 30 days of END DATE to receive a list of winners that received a prize worth $25.00 or more.

The August 21st Weekly Roundup is Posted!  8/21/2020

News this week includes:

Microsoft 365 apps say farewell to Internet Explorer 11 and Windows 10 sunsets Microsoft Edge Legacy.

The Natural Language Queries feature introduced by Excel at Ignite last November is now generally available in Windows, Mac, and Excel for the web.

Microsoft announced it has transitioned Azure HDInsight to the Microsoft engineered distribution of Apache Hadoop and Spark, specifically built to drastically improve the performance, improved release cadence of powerful Open Source data analytics frameworks and optimized to natively run at cloud scale in Azure. 

A user is our Member of the Week, and a great contributor in the Office 365 community. 

View the Weekly Roundup for August 17-21 in Sway and attached PDF document.

The August 14th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  8/14/2020

News this week includes:

Azure Sentinel announced a new GitHub Leaderboard to recognize the growing list of amazing contributors to their threat hunters community.

Windows 10 has posted three key blogs on their Windows IT Pro blog. These blogs are centered around customer feedback, questions and more. Read them here.

A user is our Member of the Week, and a great contributor in the Microsoft Edge Insider community. 

View the Weekly Roundup for August 10-14 in Sway and attached PDF document.

The August 7th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  8/8/2020

This week, Microsoft To Do announced the General Availability of Azure AD My Sign-Ins, the final release of the security configuration baseline settings for Windows 10 and Windows Server version 2004, and more.

A user is our Member of the Week, a great participant in this week's Microsoft LIsts AMA.

View the Weekly Roundup for August 3-7 in Sway and attached PDF document.

The July 31st Weekly Roundup is Posted!  7/31/2020

This week, Microsoft To Do announced that it will now be integrated with the Microsoft 365 suite of applications, Tasks in Microsoft Teams is now in public roll out, and more.

A user  is our member of the week, and has been a fantastic contributor especially in the Microsoft Teams community.

View the Weekly Roundup for July 27-31 in Sway and attached PDF document.

The July 24th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  7/24/2020

This week, there was several key announcements from Microsoft Inspire. A few include: the new Yammer being available worldwide, new Microsoft Teams capabilities and a new meeting/calling experience from them as well.

A user  is our member of the week, and has been a fantastic contributor especially in the Yammer community and recent Yammer AMA.

View the Weekly Roundup for July 20-24 in Sway and attached PDF document.

The July 17th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  7/28/2020

This week, Azure Data Factory announced the immediate public availability of Azure Data Factory Managed Virtual Network as public preview.

Microsoft Defender ATP announced high value asset tagging.

A user is our member of the week, and has been a fantastic contributor especially in the Microsoft Learn community.

View the Weekly Roundup for July 13-17 in Sway and attached PDF document.

The July 10th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  7/10/2020

This week, Microsoft Teams announced several new features, including an introduction to Microsoft Teams Displays. 

Two blog posts were published in the SharePoint Blog this week highlighting Microsoft 365 resources that enable people working remotely to learn about using tools and to increase engagement within their organization.

A user is our member of the week, and a fantastic contributor in the Excel Community.

View the Weekly Roundup for July 6-10 in Sway and attached PDF document.

The July 3rd Weekly Roundup is Posted!  7/8/2020

This week, Microsoft announced new Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) enhancements that will streamline administrator, developer, and end-user experiences, Azure Migrate now supports assessments for Azure VMware Solution, and the general availability of sensitivity labels for Teams, SharePoint sites, and Microsoft 365 Groups. 

A user is our Member of the Week, a fantastic contributor in the Microsoft Edge Insider Discussions space.

View the Weekly Roundup for June 29-July 3 in the attached PDF document.

The June 26th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  6/26/2020

This week, Microsoft announced the public preview of a new Azure Media Services platform capability called “Live Video Analytics” or in short LVA, general availability of Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for Linux, and key new capabilities for Windows Autopilot. 

A user is our Member of the Week, a great contributor in this week's Cloud Management Gateway AMA.

View the Weekly Roundup for June 22-26 in Sway and attached PDF document.

The June 19th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  6/22/2020

This week, Microsoft announced Visio is now available as a tab to help you easily access and manage the Visio files you need or interact with the most, new Microsoft Forms features to give you more visibility and control over your surveys, polls, and quizzes, and the PowerPoint Presenter Coach is now generally available on Android devices. 

A user is our Member of the Week, a great contributor in the Microsoft Teams space.

View the Weekly Roundup for June 15-19 in Sway and attached PDF document.

The June 12th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  6/12/2020

This week, Microsoft announced Azure Data Factory has newly added support for Snowflake connector, the public preview of a new platform capability called “Live Video Analytics” (LVA) and the general availability of Microsoft Information Protection’s sensitivity labels in Power BI.

A user is our Member of the Week, a strong contributor especially in the Microsoft Stream space

View the Weekly Roundup for June 8-12 in Sway and attached PDF document.


The June 5th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  6/6/2020

This week, Microsoft announced the release of many new features to improve how you manage your calendar, such as add-ins, sensitivity labeling, the ability to create an event from an email, and much more in the new Outlook for Mac in Insider Fast, a powerful new feature in Azure Data Explorer that significantly improves your ability to visualize your data in a compelling way, now in public preview. and the general availability and full support of these Exchange Online management cmdlets in all Exchange Online environments.

A user is our Member of the Week, a fantastic contributor especially in the Excel space.

View the Weekly Roundup for June 1-5 in Sway and attached PDF document.

The May 29th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  5/29/2020

This week, Microsoft announced the new Kahoot! integration with Microsoft Teams, the enterprise-ready release of the security baseline for v83 of Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Defender ATP onboarding capabilities are now available in the Endpoint Manager console for deployment to Configuration Manager standalone clients. 

A user is our Member of the Week, a great contributor especially in the Microsoft Teams space

View the Weekly Roundup for May 25-29 in Sway and attached PDF document.

The May 22nd Weekly Roundup is Posted!  5/22/2020

This week, Microsoft announced Microsoft Lists, a Microsoft 365 app that helps you track information and organize your work. new innovation to help you achieve more with Microsoft Graph capabilities, and the upcoming preview availability of Microsoft Fluid components.

A user is our Member of the Week, a strong contributor in a number of different communities within the Tech Community.

View the Weekly Roundup for May 18-22 in Sway and attached Word document.

Community Update - May 18th, 2020  5/18/2020

Today we are releasing the first in a series of updates to the Microsoft Tech community designed to help connect you to the topics that interest you the most as quickly as possible.

Over the last few years, the membership of the Microsoft Tech Community has more than tripled, and over the same time the number of topics we support has grown by much more than that.

Listening to your feedback we recognized that there were a few key areas you were looking for us to make some improvements:

Over the next few months, we are working with our partners, engineers, and community insiders on each of these areas.

Today we have just released our first three changes, aimed at starting this journey.

Simplification of the community structure

During our recent surveys it became clear that many users were confused on the difference between Products & Services and Solutions. For this reason, we have renamed these areas:

Products:  contains all communities that directly connect to a Microsoft Product or service

Special Topics:  Communities that are of special interest, speak to a specific audience or sector

We had a discussed breaking them down into smaller groups, but  decided, based on feedback, that smaller groups would only add an extra click and potentially further confuse.

Community Hubs Menu

The old communities navigation entry has been rebranded “Community Hubs” which, when expanded, will give you access to communities you’re a member of and a list of the most active communities in both Products & Special Topics. We have also created new featured communities. We will use these areas to promote new communities or communities which we feel users might be looking for.

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As we continue the roll out of changes you will see more use of the term “hubs” to denote the top level of a specific area of the community, more to follow on that in due course.

Related conversations

Many of you have told us that the related conversations, that are in the side bar of each thread, are not that useful and frequently not actually relevant to the topic you are currently reading.

In this release we have focused on the related conversations component and expanded it. We are now building a query of related content based upon the subject of the post you are currently viewing.

Of course that means it will only ever be as good as the subject heading the original author has chosen. We would like to  remind you to think about your fellow community members and make sure your posts subject headings are as relevant as they can be.

We have also added “Related Blog posts” and “Related Videos”. This will help you discover blogs about or relating to the message you are currently reading, while the related videos section will surface the first video from any session in our events that maybe related to the same post.

Coming soon..

Over the next few weeks are going to undertake a review of some features that we know are slowing pages down and look to see what we can do to speed them up or replace them and we have more things to do to help you personalize your experiences here in the community, I will share more on them as we get closer to releasing them.

Please do tell us what you think about the new features below and if there is anything you would like to see us add please submit it to our Community Ideas.

The May 15th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  5/15/2020

This week, Microsoft announced the SSIS DevOps Tools extension is now generally available, multi-page scanning is now available for everyone using a OneDrive personal account, and general availability of ‘know your data’ (discovery and review capabilities) in the Microsoft 365 compliance center.

A user is our Member of the Week, a prolific and helpful contributor especially in the Microsoft Teams and Office 365 spaces.

View the Weekly Roundup for May 11-15 in Sway and attached Word document.

The May 8th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  5/8/2020

This week, Microsoft announced the private preview of Windows Autopilot deployment for HoloLens 2,  Azure Spring Cloud, a brand-new Platform as a Service offering for Microservices apps, and new capabilities in Microsoft Excel that will ease access to trusted datasets and new ways to analyze and manipulate that data.

A user is our Member of the Week, a fantastic contributor especially in the SharePoint and Yammer spaces..

View the Weekly Roundup for May 4-8 in Sway and attached Word document.

The May 1st Weekly Roundup is Posted!  5/2/2020

This week, Microsoft announced the ‘catch up with your team’ experience in the Outlook Insights add-in is rolling out now to all people managers with a MyAnalytics license, the general availability of a Records Management solution to help meet your legal, business and regulatory record-keeping obligations, and the availability of OAuth 2.0 authentication for IMAP and SMTP AUTH protocolsEx to Exchange Online mailboxes.

A user is our Member of the Week, a great contributor especially in the Excel space​.

View the Weekly Roundup for April 27-May 1 in Sway and attached Word document.

Community Update - April 29th, 2020  4/29/2020

Introducing a more powerful code syntax highlighter to let you show off your code in all its glory.

As we continue to listen to user feedback one of the areas you have asked us to enhance is the code syntax highlighter, because it only supported web technologies and Python.

From today we have launched new more power code syntax highlighter that supports the following languages:

This will allow you to share your code snippets, with all the usual syntax highlighting you get when coding in these languages in an IDE such as Microsoft Visual Studio.

If there are languages you feel should be on this list, then please do submit them to the Community Ideas board for consideration in a future update.

As we continue our journey to accessibility compliance, we have also fixed a whole load of keyboard navigation traps, items that screen readers either could not see or they were announced wrong. This work is ongoing, and I will post when it is completed.

The April 24th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  4/24/2020

This week, Microsoft announced popular learning hub platform Firefly is integrating with Microsoft’s Immersive Reader, enhancements to the Querying user experience in Access, and five recent Planner improvements—two for Android, two for iOS, and one for both—that will help you meet impending deadlines while working remotely.

A user is our member of the week, who asked insightful questions in our recent Microsoft 365 AMA.

View the Weekly Roundup for April 20-24 in Sway and attached Word document.

The April 17th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  4/20/2020

This week, Microsoft announced you can now organize users within your Team based on attributes such as role, skill, or expertise with targeted communication using tags in Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) Threat & Vulnerability Management APIs are now generally available, and Windows Admin Center version 1910.2, which was released to Windows Insiders last month, is now generally available.

A user is our member of the week, a great contributor especially in the Microsoft Intune space.

View the Weekly Roundup for April 13-17 in Sway and attached Word document.

The April 10th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  4/10/2020

This week, Microsoft announced Visio Plan 1 and Plan 2 users can now also create new Visio diagrams right from within Teams, the Azure Sphere update 20.04 is now available for evaluation via the Retail Eval feed, and the NextHop team released On-Premise Diagnostics (OPD) for Skype for Business Server.

A user is our Member of the Week, an excellent contributor especially in the SharePoint and Microsoft Teams space.

View the Weekly Roundup for April 6-10 in Sway and attached Word document.

The April 3rd Weekly Roundup is Posted!  4/3/2020

This week, Microsoft announced Cards View in Excel is generally available on mobile, the availability of the preview version of Event Hubs on Azure Stack Hub, and new key features for Project for the web. 

A user is our Member of the Week, a great contributor especially in the Microsoft Teams space.

View the Weekly Roundup for March 30-April 3, 2020 in Sway and attached Word document.

The March 27th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  3/27/2020

This week, Microsoft announced you can now produce live events in Yammer more easily, continuous updates and improvements to the Microsoft.Data.SqlClient data provider for SQL Server, and K2Bridge (Kibana-Kusto Bridge), an open-source project that offers connectivity between the familiar Kibana interface to Azure Data Explorer. 

A user is our Member of the Week, a strong contributor in the SharePoint space.

View the Weekly Roundup for March 23-27, 2020 in Sway and attached Word document.

The March 20th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  3/20/2020

This week, Microsoft announced Windows Admin Center’s new ability to create hybrid workload Azure VMs on the fly, the addition of the LET function in Excel, and the preview refresh of IoT Edge on Kubernetes.

A user is our Member of the Week, a great contributor in our recent Teams for Government AMA.

View the Weekly Roundup for March 16-20, 2020 in Sway and attached Word document.

The March 13th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  3/13/2020

This week, Microsoft announced more features and capabilities for Microsoft Bookings, starting to roll out an Intune feature giving you the ability to change a device’s primary user, and the Microsoft Humans of IT Community Mentors App is piloting a new feature to empower Humans of IT to find their own #TextableTribe based on popular demand. 

A user is our member of the week, a great contributor in the Excel space.

View the Weekly Roundup for March 9-13, 2020 in Sway and attached Word document.

The March 6th 2020 Weekly Roundup is Posted!  3/6/2020

This week, Microsoft announced a private preview of Universal Print, a Microsoft cloud-based print infrastructure that will enable a simple, rich and secure print experience for users and help reduce time and effort for IT, a new Azure Data Explorer (Kusto) feature: Row Level Security (RLS) policy, which gives you fine control over who can access data inside your tables, and a new feature for the Microsoft Authenticator app, allowing you to change your password, update your security information, and view your recent account activity for your personal Microsoft accounts.

A user is our member of the week, providing excellent answers in the Excel community.

View the Weekly Roundup for March 2-6, 2020 in Sway and attached Word document.

Microsoft Tech Community Update Mar 2nd, 2020  3/3/2020

Today, we have released the latest update to the Microsoft Tech Community and I am excited to share details about the new private message feature.

As we continue to grow and enhance the platform one of the things we have been told time and again is that you want your private messages to be threaded, indeed A user submitted and idea about it in July 2016.

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From today you will be able to see the whole message thread in the one screen as well as follow users, ignore users and report individual messages as inappropriate. You can also search your private messages using the search bar at the top left. We feel this is a more modern and user-friendly experience and we hope you will like it.

Translating The Microsoft Tech Community

We have also started to translate more elements of the UI into the other languages we now support, if you spot any errors please do use our idea's board to report them and we will review them to see what changes are required.


The February 28th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  2/28/2020

This week, Microsoft announced Azure Sphere is exiting its Public Preview phase and is now a GA (generally available) product, the public preview of Azure AD support for FIDO2 security keys in hybrid environments, and a design overhaul to OneDrive for Android.

A user is our member of the week, an active contributor especially in the SharePoint and Microsoft Forms spaces.

View the Weekly Roundup for February 24-28, 2020 in Sway and attached Word document.

The February 21st Weekly Roundup is Posted!  2/21/2020

This week, Microsoft announced the “Download CSV report” button is now generally available in Azure Security Center, the public preview of a new support service for customers to help deliver live events using Teams, Stream or Yammer, and the general availability of Insider Risk Management.

A user is our member of the week, a great contributor especially in the Microsoft Intune space.

View the Weekly Roundup for February 17-21, 2020 in Sway and attached Word document.

Microsoft Tech Community Update Feb 18th, 2020  2/18/2020

Today we released our latest version of the Microsoft Tech Community and there are some important changes for you, which I would like to share.

Info Center becomes Community Lounge

When speaking to our users, it has become clear that, the purpose of the Info Center is not always clearly understood. Today we have renamed the Info Center to Community Lounge, which can be accessed from the navigation at the top by clicking Lounge. If you have access to more than one lounge, then the navigation will be a drop down called lounges and you can select the Community Lounge there.

The purpose of the Community lounge is to allow users to discuss and provide feedback on the Microsoft Tech Community. It’s also where we keep our getting started guides and our latest version of the code of conduct.

Community Event Leaders

In an effort to make it easier for Community Event Leaders to submit their events to our Community Events section we have changed how the event submission flow works. It used to be that to submit a community event you had contact our team to request to be recognized as a Community Event Leader, if you were not already granted this role.

Starting today anyone can submit a Community Event, we will review each event as it comes in to ensure the event complies with our terms of use and code of conduct and then we will either approve or decline the event as appropriate. Anyone who gets an event approved will automatically receive the Community Event Leader role.

The process to register as a Community Event speaker is unchanged and you should contact us for access to create a speaker profile.

Accessibility in the Microsoft Tech Community

Some of you have noticed that some of the colors on the community have recently changed. These changes are as part of our work to ensure we are compliant with WCAG 2.1 and this has meant we have taken another look at some of the colors we use from a color contrast perspective. This is a large piece of work and so you will see more changes in the months ahead.

We believe the Microsoft Tech Community should be accessible for all I.T. professionals and so this is very important to the work we do as a team. I will give a further update on our accessibility compliance work as we get closer to completing this work and share how our users can provide bug reports and feedback on any accessibility features via our Lounge Ideas board.

If you have any questions or any comments please do comment below

The February 14th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  2/14/2020

This week, Microsoft announced real-time co-authoring is now available in Visio for the web, a new feature in the Microsoft 365 admin center called the organization switcher, and the public preview of the Microsoft Fluid Preview is now available for all Office 365 enterprise customers worldwide.

A user is our member of the week, a fantastic contributor especially in the SharePoint and Microsoft Teams spaces. 

View the Weekly Roundup for February 10-14, 2020 in Sway and attached Word document.

The February 7th 2020 Weekly Roundup is Posted!  2/7/2020

This week, Microsoft announced an enhanced Settings experience in the Microsoft 365 admin center, the release of Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2019, and two new public preview features that make Azure AD B2C even more customizable.

A user is our member of the week, a fantastic contributor in the Excel space.

View the Weekly Roundup for February 3-7, 2020 in Sway and attached Word document.

The January 31st 2020 Weekly Roundup is Posted!  1/31/2020

This week, Microsoft announced the Acronyms feature in Microsoft Search, the public preview of the new web content filtering in Microsoft Defender ATP, and the Azure Service Fabric 7.0 Second refresh release.

A user is our member of the week, a fairly new member and a great contributor in the Excel space.

View the Weekly Roundup for January 27-31, 2020 in Sway and attached Word document.

The January 24th 2020 Weekly Roundup is Posted!  1/24/2020

This week, Microsoft announced Azure Data Factory now supports Static IP address ranges, the public preview of Insider Risk Management, and Yammer now supports eDiscovery for networks in Native Mode.

A user is our member of the week, a fantastic contributor especially in the SharePoint space.

View the Weekly Roundup for January 20-24, 2020 in Sway and attached Word document.

The January 17th 2020 Weekly Roundup is Posted!  1/17/2020

This week, Microsoft announced Azure SQL Database Edge is available in public preview, popular student-engagement platform Pear Deck is integrating with Microsoft’s Immersive Reader, and 12 new updates for Microsoft Learning Tools across reading, writing, math and communication. 

A user is our member of the week, a great contributor in the Excel space.

View the Weekly Roundup for January 13-17 2020 in Sway and attached Word document.

The January 10th 2020 Weekly Roundup is Posted!  1/10/2020

This week, Microsoft announced the early preview of the Fluid Framework experience that is starting to roll out to tenants configured for Targeted Release, two updates to the Office What's New Management Preview, and the availability of a public preview of Office Scripts in Excel on the web.

A user is our member of the week, a fantastic contributor in the Excel space.

View the Weekly Roundup for January 6-10, 2020 in Sway and attached Word document.

2019 Yearly Roundup!  1/8/2020

The Microsoft Tech Community has grown incredibly rapidly! This year we reached 350,000 members, amidst other highlights such as new product releases, AMAs, contests, Microsoft Ignite and other events. It’s been an amazing year.


To celebrate, here's a countdown of the top 19 product news announcements, moments and conversations from the community in 2019. Thanks for being part of it!

 - The Microsoft Tech Community team

1. 350K Members

The community continues to grow at an extremely fast pace. Last December was our 250K milestone, and we’re now past 350K members and continuing to grow!

2. Microsoft Ignite

The week of Microsoft Ignite brought in 1.08M unique visitors, 1.88M page views, 616 new conversation posts, and 130 new blog articles to the Microsoft Tech Community. Additionally, our team was onsite at Microsoft Ignite in the Tech Community booth, and we were able to meet a number of our MVPs and top contributors.

3. Microsoft Ignite | The Tour

The Microsoft Tech Community is the digital experience for Microsoft Ignite The Tour, hosting the videos, decks, localized decks, links to github and Microsoft Learn for all cities.

4. Language Translation

We launched language translation this year, which now supports seven languages: German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese Simplified, Portuguese (Brazilian), and Korean.

5. AMAs / Live Events

We hosted many ‘Ask Microsoft Anything’ (AMAs) in the Tech Community, as well as Live Events in Microsoft Teams, to directly engage users with Microsoft Product Teams. Some highlights include our first Excel AMA in the Tech Community in October, a busy Skype for Business Online to Teams Upgrade AMA in August, and a Live Events AMA in May.

6. Blog Migration

We continued to migrate a number of TechNet and MSDN blogs to the Microsoft Tech Community this year. Some highlights include the Exchange blog, the Premier Field Engineering blog, and the Azure Database Support blog.

7. Humans of IT

A new Humans of IT Community replaced the former Diversity and Tech Community that we have all grown to know and love. Humans of IT Community focuses on empowering technologists, and now features guest bloggers.

8. Public Sector Blog

In June, we launched the Public Sector Blog, a centralized environment posting feature updates, use cases, information articles, thought leadership and best practices as it relates to Microsoft 365 in GCC, GCC High and DoD clouds. Since the launch, the membership and traffic of the Public Sector Community has doubled in size.

9. New Communities

In addition to Public Sector and Humans of IT, we launched a number of new blogs, conversation spaces and communities, notably a number of spaces/blogs in the Azure community and Project Cortex.

10. Microsoft Learn

 

We’ve added Microsoft Learn as a resource on the top navigation bar of the Microsoft Tech Community. We’ll be continuing to integrate further with Microsoft Learn in next year.

11. Survey

We launched the Value Analytics survey on Tech Community to learn more about our community and customer satisfaction tied to the Tech Community website. We received great response, with nearly 12,000 community members filling out the survey, and we gained valuable insight into the needs of members of the Tech Community. Most members indicated they found what they were looking for in the Tech Community, which is encouraging, and the majority of responses indicated “Looking for information to help me use a product or service” as the reason for visiting Tech Community. We’ll use this information to continue to improve on Tech Community and make it the best resource possible.

12. Yammer

Yammer had a big year in the Tech Community. Their Call for Authors blog post garnered a number of fantastic guest contributions. Other campaigns include Community Manager Appreciation Day and promoting a live event in September (which was hosted on Teams), with the webinar recording in the Yammer conversation space. Michael Holste, formerly the lead community manager for Tech Community, joined the Yammer team, and they most notably launched the new Yammer, refreshing the look, feel and functionality of the Yammer product.

13. Editor Updates

We’ve improved the text editor this year, allowing copy and paste of images and text, editing table properties, inserting mobile emojis, code syntax highlighting and more.

14. Community Events

We’ve continued to offer a place for user groups and Microsoft teams to share community events, continuing to improve the platform as usage increased in 2019.

15. MVPs

MVPs continued to be an important part of the Tech Community, helping out answering questions, participating in AMAs and keeping the Tech Community a positive and helpful environment. The Tech Community has also continued to be a place where new MVPs are found through their helpful contributions, with frequent contributors such as Christopher Hoard, Adam Deltinger and Chris Webb joining the MVP program.

16. Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams remains a popular space in the Tech Community and with 110K members it is the second largest community behind Office. There were two Teams blogs in the top 10 most-viewed blog posts of 2019 and we launched several new blog series, like Teams essentials for IT and Teams Rooms Updates. Most recently, Teams for Linux was announced and the blog post already has over 100K views.

17. GDPR Compliance

The Microsoft Tech Community was certified GDPR Compliant in time for the new legislation taking force.

18. Microsoft Build

The MyBuild site was hosted on the Microsoft Tech Community for Microsoft Build. Microsoft Build was also integrated into our Events navigation bar.

19. UI Updates

We made a number of improvements to the UI this year: sorting conversations by recent replies & post dates, improving RSS feeds, and more.

Here are a few resources to help you get the most out of the Microsoft Tech Community in the year ahead!

Have a favorite moment from 2019? Let us know in the comments!

The December 27th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  12/27/2019

This week, Microsoft announced SSIS Projects for VS2019 version 3.3 is released, the updated SQL Server Reporting Services and Analysis Services Management Packs (7.0.19.0), and SCOM has revamped the old S2D 2016 MP and has added a whole list of new features to enable you with monitoring of entire S2D stack all the way from Physical disks to CSVs/File shares.

A user is our member of the week, a great contributor in the Microsoft Edge Insider Discussions space.

View the Weekly Roundup for December 23-27, 2019 in Sway and attached Word document.

The December 20th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  12/20/2019

This week, Microsoft announced MSIX Core 1.1.0.0 is now available for download, Office 365 Video customers in most regions are now able to migrate their video content to Microsoft Stream using an administration migration tool, and Azure AD B2C now supports phone-based sign-in and sign-up for apps using B2C custom policy. 

A user is our member of the week, an active contributor in a number of spaces including Azure Active Directory, Microsoft Intune and Security, Privacy & Compliance.

View the Weekly Roundup for December 16-20, 2019 in Sway and attached Word document.

The December 13th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  12/13/2019

This week, Microsoft announced Microsoft Teams is now available on Linux, the new Microsoft Endpoint Manager Proof of Concept (PoC) guidance for Microsoft partners and sellers, and Azure AD authentication to Windows Virtual Machines (VMs) in Azure is now available in public preview.

A user is our member of the week, a great contributor in a number of spaces including Microsoft Teams and Microsoft To-Do.

View the Weekly Roundup for December 9-13, 2019 in Sway and attached Word document.

The December 6th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  12/6/2019

This week, Microsoft announced signing changes for Hardware Dev Center are now live, update 1910 for Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager current branch is now available, and the Office 365 groups expiration policy now includes auto-renewal based on activity. 

A user is our member of the week, a fantastic contributor in the Excel space

View the Weekly Roundup for December 2-6, 2019 in Sway and attached Word document.

The November 27th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  11/27/2019

This week, Microsoft announced version 1.1 of the Cluster Creation extension for Windows Admin Center, the Microsoft Connector for Teradata released for preview and the general availability of Azure Database for MySQL reserved capacity.

A user is our member of the week, a great contributor in a number of spaces including Azure Active Directory and Driving Adoption.

View the Weekly Roundup for November 25 - 27, 2019 in Sway and attached Word document.

The November 22nd Weekly Roundup is Posted!  11/22/2019

This week, Microsoft announced the new Icebreaker bot for Microsoft Teams, the final release of the security configuration baseline settings for Windows 10 version 1909 (a.k.a., “19H2”), and for Windows Server version 1909, and a unified audit log experience, centralizing Audit logs in Intune in one location.

A user is our member of the week, who has provided helpful responses in the Excel space.

View the Weekly Roundup for November 18 - 22, 2019 in Sway and attached Word document.

The November 15th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  11/16/2019

This week, Microsoft announced the general availability of Microsoft Cloud App Security and Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for US Government GCC High customers, enhanced tools from Azure, from our partners, and Azure Stack Hub that enable you to improve your security posture, and Windows 10, version 1909. 

A user is our member of the week,  a great contributor in a number of Office 365-related spaces.

View the Weekly Roundup for November 11 - 15, 2019 in Sway and attached Word document.

The November 8th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  11/8/2019

This week, Microsoft announced the public preview of Microsoft Compliance Score, the new Yammer, and Project Cortex, along with many other Microsoft Ignite updates. 

A user is our member of the week, offering fantastic contributions in the Excel space.

View the Weekly Roundup for November 3 - 8, 2019 in Sway and attached Word document.

The November 1st Weekly Roundup is Posted!  11/2/2019

This week, Microsoft announced experts on demand is also generally available and gives customers direct access to real-life Microsoft threat analysts to help with their security investigations, the Microsoft Intune Company Portal now supports dark mode on iOS devices, and you can discover compatibility issues which can silently remove an asset from a device during upgrade. In such situation an asset can be partially or fully removed.

A user is our member of the week, a great contributor in especially in the Microsoft Forms space.

View the Weekly Roundup for October 28 - November 1, 2019 in Sway and attached Word document.

The October 25th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  10/25/2019

This week, Microsoft announced enhancements to the IT administrator experience for Microsoft Intune, a public preview for T-SQL DDL support for Windows domain users migration from SQL Server on-premises databases to SQL managed instance (MI) with Azure AD authentication, and you can now set a task’s priority—Urgent, Important, Medium, or Low—to add more detail to your tasks in Planner.

A user is our member of the week, a fantastic contributor in especially in the Excel space.

View the Weekly Roundup for October 21-25, 2019 in Sway and attached Word document.

The October 18th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  10/18/2019

This week, Microsoft announced all Yammer v1 APIs now support the usage of Azure Active Directory (AAD) tokens,  the beginning of the rollout of Project, also known as Project for the web and formerly known as Project service, and Immersive Reader is coming to Nearpod and the beta release of this integration is now rolling out.

A user is our Member of the Week, a great contributor in this week's Excel AMA.

Also of note: Community Members can now manage who can contact them on the community.
 
In the Microsoft Tech Community all users should always be respectful and engage with other community members according to our code of conduct, and if any member is not meeting these standards then please do report it to us. It is also possible for you to 'Ignore' a user and not get private messages from them. To ignore a user simply look at their profile and click the ignore button.
 
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If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our team at techcommunity@microsoft.com. 


View the Weekly Roundup for October 14-18, 2019 in Sway and attached Word document.

The October 11th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  10/11/2019

This week, Microsoft announced a set updates across Microsoft Education's Learning Tools capabilities, 16 new built-in roles for Azure AD—including the highly requested Global reader—now in public preview, and the public preview of a capability to help you easily perform bulk management activities on users and groups in the Azure AD administration portal by uploading a CSV file.

A user is our Member of the Week, an incredibly prolific and knowledgeable contributor especially in the Microsoft Edge Insiders Discussions space.


View the Weekly Roundup for October 7-11, 2019 in Sway and linked Word document.

The October 4th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  10/4/2019

This week, Microsoft announced Azure Active Directory's deep integration with F5 Networks that simplifies secure access to your legacy applications that use protocols like header-based and Kerberos authentication, two recent advancements in Microsoft Forms’ design, and OneNote's support of interactive embed integration with PhET simulations and Coggle.It mind maps. 

A user is our Member of the Week with great contributions especially in the Microsoft Edge Insiders Discussions space.


View the Weekly Roundup for September 30-October 4, 2019 in Sway and linked Word document.

The September 27th Weekly Roundup is posted!  9/27/2019

This week, Microsoft announced the general availability of AutoCAD-based previews of DWG files in OneDrive and SharePoint, general availability of Microsoft Intune support for Android Enterprise fully managed devices, general availability for Azure Sentinel, public preview for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance Management Pack, and the preview of new templates for Microsoft Whiteboard.

A user  is our Member of the Week for bringing great questions to this week's OneDrive AMA.


View the Weekly Roundup for September 23-27, 2019 in Sway and linked Word document.

Microsoft Tech Community Update Sept 25th, 2019  9/25/2019

We have just released an update for the Microsoft Tech Community. While many of the changes in this update are behind the scenes and related to preparations for Microsoft Ignite and Microsoft Ignite The Tour, there are two changes that we want to explain further. 

 

Community Member Count 

Starting from today, the member count for the Microsoft Tech Community will show up as being a little lower than we have recently been displaying on our homepage. This is because in the interests in giving the community an accurate view of our community, we have changed how the total membership is counted by removing any accounts that have been closed as a result of a GDPR request, and any user who has not fully completed registration, from our membership count. 

We know that some of you follow our membership count very closely and we feel the new metric gives a more accurate picture of how many registered members we have today.  

 

New Languages 

Further to our announcement on April 8th, 2019, we have now added support for an extra two languages to our AI language Translation Beta. Supported Languages are: 

We are still working on full translation, but for now the conversations in the community can be translated into these languages using the Language selection drop down in the top right, you must be logged in to see it. 

Let us know if you see any problems and if you have any feature requests please do submit them to our Community Ideas board. 

The September 20th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  9/20/2019

This week Microsoft announced the addition of templates to the active users page in Microsoft 365 admin center, the availability of quarterly servicing cumulative updates for Exchange Server 2016 and 2019 and availability of the next release of the Page Diagnostics Tool for SharePoint (Version 2.0.0) which now includes the ability to assess modern and classic SharePoint pages in SharePoint Online.

A user is our member of the week, a great contributor especially in the Office 365 space.

View the Weekly Roundup for September 16-20, 2019 in a Sway and linked Word document. 

The September 13th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  9/13/2019

This week Microsoft announced beautiful new mobile experiences in Yammer, the general availability of Security Policy Advisor, a new service that can help enterprises improve the security of Office 365 ProPlus clients in their organization, and the availability of cloud backup and recovery for the Microsoft Authenticator app on Android.

A user is our member of the week, a new member with great contributions in the Excel space.

View the Weekly Roundup for September 9-13, 2019 in a Sway and linked Word document. 

Community Update - August 2019  9/12/2019

Hi all,

We have just released the latest version of the community, as always let us know if you encounter any issues or have any feature requests. 

Whats new in our August Release:
What are we working on:

We are preparing to support the on-demand content for Microsoft Ignite The Tour this year, amongst other things we will be adding two new languages, Korean and Brazil – Portuguese, shortly.

The September 6th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  9/6/2019

This week Microsoft announced simplifying the profile and identity experiences within Yammer to better align with suite and enhance security, all existing Intune MDM and Intune APP scenarios are compatible with the release of Android Q, and releasing Planner for all F1 commercial plans and government offerings starting in October.

A user is our member of the week, a great contributor in the Microsoft Edge Insiders Discussions space.

View the Weekly Roundup for September 2-6, 2019 in a Sway and linked Word document.

The August 30th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  8/30/2019

This week Microsoft announced feature updates for Workplace Analytics for August, exciting new events for Microsoft Defender ATP, and the Immersive Reader is launching on Wonderopolis. 

A user is our member of the week with great participation in this week's Simplify Collaboration with OneDrive AMA.

View the Weekly Roundup for August 30, 2019 in a Sway and linked Word document.

The August 23rd Weekly Roundup is Posted!  8/26/2019

This week Microsoft announced the general availability (GA) of SQL Data Discovery & Classification in Azure SQL databases, Azure SQL Data Warehouse and Azure SQL Database managed instance, the general availability of the Open Up Resources ELA curriculum and Microsoft Education free offering, and a new add-on from Microsoft enables customers to easily integrate security alerts and insights from its security products, services, and partners in Splunk Enterprise.

A user is our member of the week with great contributions in this week's Skype for Business Online to Teams Upgrade AMA. 

View the Weekly Roundup for August 19-23, 2019 in a Sway and linked Word document.

The August 16th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  8/16/2019

This week Microsoft announced Azure AD now has provisioning support for more apps, additional connections that provide a seamless experience between Yammer and the Microsoft 365 suite, and an update of the Microsoft Teams Rooms app brings a new content camera feature that enables users to intelligently include a traditional whiteboard into their Teams meeting.

A user is our Member of the Week, a fantastic contributor especially in the Excel space.

View the Weekly Roundup for August 12-16, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The August 9th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  8/9/2019

This week Microsoft announced Microsoft Teams will provide customer data residency for South Korea customers starting July 9th, 2019, the public preview of custom RBAC roles for Azure AD, and the release of a new configuration designer experience for managing Android Enterprise devices using the OEMConfig application. 

A user is our Member of the Week, a great contributor especially in the SharePoint and Teams spaces.

View the Weekly Roundup for August 5-9, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The August 2nd Weekly Roundup is Posted!  8/3/2019

This week Microsoft announced new features and a new look for Yammer mobile, general availability of Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for Office 365 US Government GCC High customers, and improvements made to Azure AD Identity Protection. 

A user is our member of the week, a great participant in our recent Redefining Mobility with OneDrive AMA.

View the Weekly Roundup for July 29-August 2, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The July 26th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  7/26/2019

This week Microsoft announced the Microsoft Defender ATP Evaluation lab is now available in public preview, the first Cumulative Update for Skype for Business Server, and new pre-integrated apps available in Azure Active Directory.

A user is our member of the week, a great contributor especially in the Office 365 and Azure Active Directory spaces.

View the Weekly Roundup for July 22-26, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

Community Update - July 2019  7/30/2019

We have news about a New Text Editor, some new features of the new text editor and some other changes coming soon.

I am pleased to announce that we are making some big changes to the Editor that you use to post in the community. Starting today, you will see a new editor that incorporates some of the feedback we have received.

The design of this editor is cleaner and gives you more detailed control over content, such as, inserting tables. To make a table, you can now use the new Table button (image.png) to  insert a table, style the column, row or an individual cell.

For our developers we have code syntax highlighting. Select the Insert code button (image.png) and choose the language you wish to insert. Currently supported languages are:

We are, however, looking to add support for other languages, such as PowerShell, as soon as possible.

Python Example:

def greet(name): print 'Hello', name greet('Jack') greet('Jill') greet('Bob')

code snippet from python.org.

Starting Tuesday * next week, all users will be able to copy and paste from Microsoft Word or other programs directly into the text editor, and any images will be retained and uploaded without the need to upload them separately.

You will also be able to drag and drop permitted attachments onto the editor window and have it attached as an attachment.

We will be pushing some changes to the community soon based on feedback from users, they are:

Thank you both for your feedback and we are always open to new suggestions submitted via the community ideas board.

Other changes going live include:

Stay tuned for news on how you can help us test new features, bug fixes and help us shape the Microsoft Tech Community.

*Update: the copy and paste of images has been delayed till tomorrow (Wed July 31st)

The July 19th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  7/19/2019

This week Microsoft announced Microsoft Teams Room app update 4.0.105.0, the refreshed look and feel of the OneDrive mobile app, and the User Activity based expiration policy for Office 365 groups is now in private preview.

A user is our member of the week, a great participant in our AMAs, including this week’s Education AMA.

View the Weekly Roundup for July 15-19, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The July 12th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  7/12/2019

This week Microsoft announced direct federation is now in public preview, the ability for customers worldwide for security teams to easily report suspicious email messages or content to Microsoft and get feedback now rolling out for customers worldwide, and you can now go passwordless with the public preview of FIDO2 security keys support in Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). 

A user is our member of the week, an active contributor especially in the Microsoft Edge Insider Discussions space.

View the Weekly Roundup for July 8-12, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The July 5th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  7/5/2019

This week Microsoft announced Microsoft Forms Pro is now generally available, question and answer in Yammer is rolling out to all Office 365 tenants, and the new Outlook on the web.

A user is our member of the week, an active contributor especially in the Microsoft Edge Insider Discussions space.

View the Weekly Roundup for July 1-5, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The June 28th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  6/28/2019

This week Microsoft announced websites can now embed a ‘Share to Teams‘ button, you can now export your entire Planner plan to Microsoft Excel, and the release of SharePointDsc v3.5.

A user is our member of the week, a great contributor especially in the SharePoint and PowerApps & Flow spaces.

View the Weekly Roundup for June 24-28, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The June 21st Weekly Roundup is Posted!  6/21/2019

This week Microsoft announced the release of Microsoft To-Do for Mac, the availability of quarterly servicing cumulative updates for Exchange Server 2013, 2016 and 2019, and six new features in Microsoft Whiteboard for Education designed to promote effective, focused collaboration for all students. 

A user is our Member of the Week, an incredibly prolific contributor especially in the SharePoint and Microsoft Teams spaces. 

View the Weekly Roundup for June 17-21, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

350,000 Members!  7/26/2019

Wow! Thank you Microsoft Tech Community members! Since December, we have grown by 100,000 more members, just reaching over 350,000! The last six months have been full of Tech Community updates, events, exciting conversations, and news. More importantly, every day we see your discussions and conversations, providing feedback to product teams and helping other users with questions across communities. With your contributions, our products have been able to grow with you in mind.

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Here's a quick look at some events that have happened in the Microsoft Tech Community since our last milestone of 250,000 members:

As we continue to grow every day, we want to say thank you again. It's all of you that have made The Microsoft Tech Community such an incredible place to collaborate, share and connect with each other.

The June 14th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  6/14/2019

This week Microsoft announced the updated Microsoft Intune Customer Adoption Pack, new support features for Microsoft 365 admins, and new features that help you go passwordless. 

A user is our Member of the Week, a fantastic contributor especially in the Microsoft Teams space as well as in the recent Planner AMA.

View the Weekly Roundup for June 10-14, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The June 7th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  6/7/2019

This week Microsoft announced a new feature that allows you to save the deployment configurations that you create in the cloud, the release of the Application Access Policy feature for Exchange Online PowerShell, and Azure Event Hubs clusters can now be easily created through the Azure portal or through the Azure Resource Manager as a self-serve experience (preview). 

A user is our Member of the Week, a great contributor in various spaces including Outlook, Excel, and MyAnalytics

View the Weekly Roundup for June 3-7, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The May 31st, 2019 Weekly Roundup is Posted!  6/1/2019

This week Microsoft announced the Exchange Online PowerShell module is now available in Azure Cloud Shell, a simplified user experience for Outlook for Windows, and the release of Attack Surface Analyzer 2.0. 

A user is our Member of the Week, an excellent contributor in a number of spaces in the Tech Community.

View the Weekly Roundup for May 27- 31, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The May 24th, 2019 Weekly Roundup is Posted!  5/28/2019

This week Microsoft announced new innovations for to better connect you to all your files in Microsoft 365 from any device, the general availability of Identity Secure Score, and the release of Windows 10, version 1903.

A user is our Member of the Week, a great contributor especially to the Microsoft Edge Insider Discussions space

View the Weekly Roundup for May 20- 24, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The May 17th, 2019 Weekly Roundup is Posted!  5/17/2019

This week Microsoft announced Azure AD changed the 16-character password limit, allowing you to set a password with up to 256 characters, including spaces, the availability of Planner notifications in Microsoft Teams, and the Yammer conversations web part for SharePoint. 

A user is our Member of the Week, an active contributor to the Microsoft Edge Insider Discussions space

View the Weekly Roundup for May 13- 17, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The May 10th, 2019 Weekly Roundup is Posted!  5/10/2019

This week Microsoft announced general availability of Microsoft Search, the support of Actionable Messages in Outlook for iOS and Android, and updated features in user management in the Microsoft 365 admin center

A user is our member of the week, an active member in a number of spaces including Outlook, Exchange, Microsoft Teams, SharePoint and Access

View the Weekly Roundup for May 6 - 10, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The May 3rd Weekly Roundup is Posted!  5/6/2019

This week Microsoft announced updates to the Calendar in Outlook for Windows, Information Barriers in Microsoft Teams, and new Office 365 Message Encryption capabilities. 

A user is our member of the week, a fairly new member who has offered fantastic feedback in the Microsoft Edge Insiders Discussions space.

View the Weekly Roundup for April 29 - May 3, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

Community Update - April 29th, 2019  4/30/2019

Hi all,

We just launched the latest update to the Microsoft Tech Community, and we wanted to share with you some details about what's changed & what we fixed. 

First, some of these changes (^) went live last week, to help us prepare the community for the upcoming Microsoft Build event 

What is new?

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This new RSS feed has been designed to deliver on feedback from Community, specifically:

techcommunity.microsoft.com/gxcuf89792/plugins/custom/microsoft/o365/custom-blog-rss?board=AccessBlog&label=&messages=&size=50

We are aware that some RSS readers will not load the above URL but so far this seems to be readers that are looking for a URL ending .rss. 

Please note: To be able to use an RSS feed from a private community you will need to have a rss reader which either supports login or shares your authentication cookie with your browser. 

What have we fixed?

The April 26th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  4/26/2019

This week Microsoft announced Microsoft Launcher 5.4.0 is fully available to test, the preview of Security Policy Advisor, and the Office cloud policy service.

A user is our member of the week, a fairly new member with great contributions in the Excel space.

View the Weekly Roundup for April 22 - 26, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The April 19th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  4/20/2019

This week Microsoft announced the Windows Admin Center 1904 GA update, Microsoft Defender ATP’s integration with Microsoft Cloud App Security, and Threat & Vulnerability Management. 

A user is our member of the week, a member who just joined this month with great feedback in the Microsoft Edge Insider Discussions space.

View the Weekly Roundup for April 15 - 19, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The April 12th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  4/14/2019

This week Microsoft announced Microsoft Teams Rooms update 4.0.85.0, rolling out the change to use Skype for Business desktop app on Mac as our web-downloadable meetings client instead of Skype Meetings App (SMA), and Public endpoint, ability to connect to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance from Internet, without VPN reaching global availability. 

A user is our member of the week, a new member with great feedback in the Microsoft Edge Insider Discussions space.

View the Weekly Roundup for April 8 - 12, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.