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

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 Sway and 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.

New Theaded Private Message ScreenNew Theaded Private Message Screen

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.

Announcing Tech Community AI Language Translation Beta  4/15/2019

We released our new AI-powered language localization beta, which will enable members to translate all conversation spaces and blogs on the community into six languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Simplified Chinese (see FAQs). Content in conversation spaces and  blogs will be automatically translated to the reader’s preferred language and displayed in thread.

We have also begun working on localizing the core components of the community UI, and while this work is not yet complete, we wanted to highlight what we have completed thus far. If you spot any translation issues, please report them in our Community Ideas board and make sure you choose the appropriate labels to help us prioritize your feedback.

Note: When you’re viewing the community after having it translated and see elements in English, that means that content has not yet been translated and we do not need an idea submitted for these.

We hope you like this new feature and all that remains is to welcome our new users.

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The April 5th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  4/5/2019

This week Microsoft announced Azure Active Directory password protection is now generally available, SharePointDsc v3.3, and that starting today, Microsoft Teams users will be able to add a Yammer tab to their Teams channel that loads a specified group or topic feed from Yammer

A user is our member of the week, an active contributor especially in the Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business for IT Pro spaces.

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

The March 29th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  3/29/2019

This week Microsoft announced Windows Admin Center Preview 1903, live events in Microsoft 365 (including Teams, Stream, and Yammer) and Windows 10, version 1809. 

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

View the Weekly Roundup for March 25 - 29, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The March 22nd Weekly Roundup is Posted!  3/22/2019

This week Microsoft announced Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac, Advanced Threat Protection for Azure Storage, and the first major version of Microsoft Launcher after migrating to Microsoft Tech community now fully available for your testing.

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

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

Community Update - March 15th, 2019  4/1/2019

Welcome to our regular blog on changes to the community platform.

Mobile

In this update we have focused on making some incremental improvements to our mobile UI.  This is only the first release of what will be a complete review of our mobile UI. So tell us what works, what doesn't and what you would like to see in our community ideas board.

Performance

We have been taking a closer look at some of the feedback we get about page load times. Specifically we had noted an issue with Internet Explorer 11 taking significantly longer than other browsers to load the community. We are still reviewing our data on this but we have made some changes to improve the experience for all users, notably:

We will continue to assess this over the next few weeks and see what other options we have to make the pages load a whole lot quicker. 

Auto mention

In discussion spaces when you reply to a topic you will now automatically mention the author. If you are replying to someone else's reply then you will mention them instead. We plan to add this same feature to blogs shortly, let us know if you like it and if it helps.

What are we working on?

The biggest piece of work we are working on right now is multi-lingual support for the community. We will shortly be rolling out AI translation between English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese and Simplified Chinese. The objective with this will be to allow members to reply to each others comments in their own language and the community will automatically translate it to the language of the reader. As part of this roll out we will also start to translate elements of the community UI into these languages over the next few months.

Although the exact launch date has yet to be decided I expect it to be live before the end of April. Meanwhile, here is a sneak peak: (note the content is just test data!)

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Help us shape the Microsoft Tech Community, create your ideas here and upvote your favourites.

The March 15th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  3/15/2019

This week Microsoft announced the ability to copy plans to Microsoft Planner, the public preview of two new features for Azure AD Application Proxy that make it even easier to provide secure remote access to on-premises applications and you can now add your flagged emails to To-Do. 

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

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

The March 8th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  3/8/2019

This week Microsoft announced that MileIQ now supports Azure Active Directory, Azure Information Protection can now detect different types of credentials and several new capabilities to help you discover, classify & label, protect and monitor your sensitive information.

A user is our Member of the Week, a very active contributor, especially in the Excel space

View the Weekly Roundup for March 4 - 8, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The March 1st Weekly Roundup is Posted!  3/1/2019

This week Microsoft announced the first flight for the MSIX Packaging Tool Insider Program, sign in to UserVoice using your Azure Active Directory (AD) credentials, and more streamlined iOS enrollment for Intune.

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

View the Weekly Roundup for February 25 - March 1, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

See you on the Other Side!  3/1/2019

After nearly six years of working with Microsoft communities I’m sad to make my final post here as an admin of the community. On Monday, March 4th, I will begin the next chapter of my career. It’s been a superbly rewarding experience being a part of this project – seeing scope grow from one product (SharePoint woot woot) to the Office 365 Network to Tech Community and beyond – and I’m humbled by the eager participation, knowledge sharing, and contribution that happens here every day as this community continues to grow in size.

What’s Next?

I’m not going far! I’ll be joining the Microsoft 365 Product Marketing team under @Dan Holme, as the PMM for Yammer + Employee Engagement. In the new role I’ll be working with many of you and will be present at events as well as here on the Microsoft Tech Community.

Shout-Outs

There are WAY to many people who belong on this list – Execs, Managers, MVPs, entire teams, and so on – including the 290k members of this current community who bring value here on a daily basis. But here are a few who deserve to be mentioned by name:

A user – We’ve watched the Tech Community grow through thick and thin and had a blast while doing it. Simply put, you rock and are my partner in crime. 

A user – For trusting in the community strategy (and me) and tying together community, events, readiness, Diversity & Tech to put the right mix of people in the right place.

A user  – For giving me a chance to help build something compelling, being a mentor, keeping me on task, and teaching me to turn a chip on my shoulder into strategic action.

@TechCommunity Team: A user, A user  A user, A user  A user, and former team members Lana (the inspiration for this post) + A user – you are the engine that powers this community and so many channels + programs across Microsoft. You’ve been amazing to work with and will all continue to do amazing things for Microsoft’s stakeholders. I can’t wait to see what’s next for this team, community, and all of you!

The SharePoint Team/Community – Since 2013 the members of this team + community have worked closely with me and made me feel part of the family. SharePoint Conference + Ignite are always the two biggest events on my calendar and it’s because I get the chance to work closely with the team as well as mingle with the die-hard community.

Value of Community – They say you get out of community what you put into it, and I feel spoiled that I have been able to take so much away. There are countless opportunities for anyone who is willing to get involved, talk, ask questions, answer questions, connect with others, and learn. Over the past six years I’ve laughed, cried, skied, danced, hiked, sailed, biked, explored, and grown with members of the Microsoft community. I’ve introduced them to friends and family and vice versa - all while learning about tech, Microsoft products, the world, and myself. If that’s not community, then I don’t know what is. Thank you for everything and see you on the other side.

Stay in touch with me on Twitter and/or LinkedIn! And of course, if you haven't done so already... join the Tech Community! 

Some great peeps in some great places.Some great peeps in some great places.

Microsoft Tech Community

The February 22nd Weekly Roundup is Posted!  2/22/2019

This week Microsoft announced the Office app for Windows 10, several improvements to dynamic arrays in Excel, and the new Public Preview of Small Basic Online 1.0.

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

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

The February 15th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  2/15/2019

This week Microsoft announced a new Microsoft Graph Security connector for Power BI, SharePoint page enhancements currently released to Targeted Release customers in Office 365, and updates to the Windows 10 supported platforms for enterprises deploying MSIX.

A user is our Member of the Week, an excellent contributor in a number of spaces in the Tech Community, including Planner, Yammer and SharePoint

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

The February 8th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  2/8/2019

This week Microsoft announced security notifications delivered in the Microsoft Authenticator app, the availability of Azure Data Explorer (Kusto) and the recently released Remote Autopilot Reset feature for Intune for Education.

A user is our Member of the Week, an excellent contributor especially in the Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business IT Pro spaces.

View the Weekly Roundup for February 4 -8, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The February 1st Weekly Roundup is Posted!  2/2/2019

This week Microsoft announced new “change the look” features for SharePoint sites, new capabilities to enhance your alert and insight experience in Office 365, and four major Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Identity Protection enhancements now in public preview. 

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

View the Weekly Roundup for January 28 - February 1, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The January 25th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  1/25/2019

This week Microsoft announced new scanner UI in Azure Information Protection, rebranding Skype Room Systems as Microsoft Teams Rooms, and a new capability that makes it easier for you to create and save your Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document directly to the cloud.

A user is our Member of the Week, a great contributor in a number of areas, notably Exchange and SharePoint

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

The January 18th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  1/19/2019

This week Microsoft announced Corrata’s integration with Windows Defender ATP, Mac Files On-Demand becoming generally available soon as well as the upcoming availability of OneDrive Sync Client Mass Delete, and added extensive tutorials, recommendations and steps for investigations and remediation for Azure ATP security alerts in our documentation in release 2.61 of Azure ATP. 

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

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

The January 11th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  1/11/2019

This week Microsoft announced Kusto .NET SDK has been released to Nuget.Org, email confirmation receipt will be available soon in Microsoft Forms, and upcoming improvements in the SharePoint Migration Tool.

A user is our Member of the Week, an incredibly active contributor especially in the Microsoft Teams space.

View the Weekly Roundup for January 7 - 11, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The January 4th, 2019 Weekly Roundup is Posted!  1/4/2019

This week Microsoft announced the Microsoft Stream iOS app, December updates in SharePoint and the latest version of the Azure Information Protection documentation.

A user is our Member of the Week, offering excellent contributions especially in the Microsoft Excel space.

View the Weekly Roundup for December 31, 2018 - January 4, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

2018 Year Roundup  12/29/2018

2018 Community Roundup

The Microsoft Tech Community has grown incredibly rapidly! This year we reached 250,000 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 18 product news announcements, moments and conversations from the community in 2018. Thanks for being part of it!

 - The Microsoft Tech Community team

1. 250K Members

The community continues to grow at an extremely fast pace. In May, we celebrated attaining 150,000 members, and just seven short months later in December, we reached the impressive landmark of 250,000 members!

2. Microsoft Ignite | The Tour / Tech Summits

We’ve been hosting Tech Summit (from 2017-2018) and Microsoft Ignite | The Tour (from 2018-2019) session content in the Tech Community, which includes slide decks and videos to absorb after the event. We also announced the introduction of community meetings at Microsoft Ignite | The Tour.

3. Diversity and Tech

The Diversity and Tech Community increased its traffic (gaining more than 1,500 new members since June) through new conversations and blog posts about events such as the monthly Women ITPros call, the Community Mentors Program and Diversity and Tech sessions at Microsoft Ignite. The Microsoft Tech Community team regularly promoted Diversity and Tech activities on our social media channels.

4. Microsoft Ignite

The Tech Community was home to a total of 77 blog posts sharing news, roadmap updates, new programs and event happenings at Microsoft Ignite. Members can access all of the sessions for free on MyIgnite, which is now built on top of Tech Community. See the sessions on-demand here.

5. Windows Sandbox

A blog post published by Hari Pulapaka on December 18th in the Windows Kernel Internals Blog about Windows Sandbox has quickly become one of the most visited blogs ever on the Microsoft Tech Community. This blog post has received 380K views.

6. Community Events

In June, after absorbing Microsoft Technical Communities into our site in November 2017, we released an overhaul of our Community Events space, helping user groups to promote their events via the Tech Community.

7. AMAs

Starting the year with an immensely popular PowerShell AMA (Ask Microsoft Anything) with A user we eclipsed that popularity with popular Teams AMAs in the summer and in December (the latter with over 16,000 page views).

8. Intrazone Podcast

Now 21 episodes strong, A user and the SharePoint team launched The Intrazone in April 2018, a bi-weekly conversation and interview podcast, highlighting usage, adoption and use cases. Each episode was announced and promoted with a blog post on the Microsoft Tech Community.

9. Microsoft Learn

Launched at Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft Learn is an interactive, quick, and fun way to learn Azure, promoted in the Tech Community in the Azure space.

10. Microsoft Build

We shared a number of announcements from Microsoft Build in the Tech Community, in addition to blog posts about the event.

11. Teams Free Version

Microsoft Teams announced on the Tech Community, in a popular blog post, its availability in a free version including features such as chat, file sharing, and video calling.

12. SharePoint 2019 Release / Office 2019 / Exchange 2019 Release

In October 2018, A user announced the release of long-awaited Office Server 2019, alongside the subsequent launch of SharePoint Server 2019. Exchange Server 2019, and Skype for Business Server 2019, and shared this news directly in the Tech Community.

13. Microsoft Search

During Microsoft Ignite, the Microsoft Search community and blog launched! Microsoft Search is a new offering that provides search capabilities across Office 365 products.

14. SharePoint Spaces

A SharePoint blog post in October launched the new SharePoint Spaces feature, proving to be an asset to Office 365 users.

15. Microsoft Kaizala

During this past summer, we launched the Microsoft Kaizala community, adding a discussion forum for this popular collaboration application to the community toolbox for Office 365 and Microsoft users.

16. Blog Migration

Several blogs that lived on the TechNet and MSDN blogs are now hosted in the Microsoft Tech Community! Some of these blogs include: Visio, Enterprise, Mobility & Security, Windows Analytics and Windows ITPro, with lots more to come in the New Year.

17. New Communities

The Tech Community continues to expand, offering new product communities. Some of the most notable new ones this year, in addition to Microsoft Kaizala mentioned above, include Microsoft USB community , Microsoft Bluetooth community, Microsoft Healthcare Bot, and Small and Medium Businesses.

18. Online Interactive Guides

In late November, A user updated our online interactive guides. Our previous iteration of the guides was regularly among our most popular pieces of content in the Tech Community, and the latest version has almost 2500 views so far.

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 2018? Let us know in the comments!

The December 21st Weekly Roundup is Posted!  12/21/2018

This week Microsoft announced Microsoft Sandbox, Fluent Design, and custom formatting in SharePoint.

A user is our Member of the Week, a community member who makes great contributions in the Security, Privacy & Compliance space.

View the Weekly Roundup for December 17-21, 2018 in a Sway and attached Word document.

250,000 Members!  12/19/2018

We're excited to share the news that we've crossed 250,000 members here on Tech Community. A special thank you to everyone who has signed up, asked questions, participated in discussions, shared links, and contributed to making this such an incredible place for discussing Microsoft products.

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It definitely feels like an early gift and we're more excited than ever to start 2019! With that in mind, here are some resources that we'd like to share to make your holiday season a little brighter: 

-A Few of Our Favorite Things... this 4 part blog series by the Tech Community team highlights some of the best ways that you can get more value out of this community. Check it out! 

- Registration for Microsoft Ignite | The Tour is open and coming to a city near you. Find Microsoft Ignite | The Tour content here on Tech Community, with more session slides and videos being added every week.

- Check out our ever-growing list of product and service blogs encompassing everything from Azure AD to Yammer.

- More communities are joining our ranks! Be sure to "Join" to see the latest action in your Home feed and to stay up to date with the latest news and events. 

-Our

Online Interactive Guides just got a refresh. These are some of the most accessed resources across all of Tech Community, and for good reason. Watch them, share them, love them. 

Happy Holidays! 

-Mike 

Tech Community 

The December 14th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  12/17/2018

This week Microsoft announced two new features for Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Terms of Use, the general availability of Adobe Acrobat Reader integration with Microsoft Information Protection solutions and announced the release of SharePoint page management and approvals.

A user is our Member of the Week, a long-time community member who offered excellent contributions in our Microsoft Teams AMA.

View the Weekly Roundup for December 10-14, 2018 in a Sway and attached Word document.

Microsoft Ignite On-Demand in the Tech Community  12/11/2018

Bring the power of Microsoft Ignite to your screen. Watch all the sessions from Microsoft Ignite on-demand and access the PPT slides right here on the Microsoft Tech Community. We have streaming and download options available for each.

How to access it:

1. Go to https://myignite.techcommunity.microsoft.com

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2. If you aren’t already logged in, you’ll be prompted to do so, either with your Tech Community account or your Microsoft Ignite-registered account. Logging in is not required to view slide decks or stream videos, but it is required to download videos and to comment on sessions.

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3. In addition to sorting by the date the session occurred, you can also search the sessions in the search bar with applicable search terms based on your interests.

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4. You can also do a deeper search by clicking the Refine Results button, where you can search by solution, product, level, session type and format.

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5. Click on a session of interest in order to access video and PowerPoint content related to that session.

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Streaming Videos

Once you’ve found a session to view and clicked on it, you can stream the video by clicking directly on the video, on the box with the play icon.

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PowerPoint Decks

To access PowerPoint decks (to view or download) click on View Slide Deck on the right side of the session.

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Downloading Videos

 

To access this, you will need to be logged into the Ignite site or to the Tech Community.

Click on Download Video on the right side of the screen to download the video.

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Comments

 

If you have questions, want to compliment the speaker or otherwise interact with the content, you can post a comment on the bottom of the page (you will have to scroll down) under “Join the conversation in the Microsoft Tech Community.”

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Keep an eye on the Tech Community blog for other installments of the Favorite Things series and for upcoming changes to Tech Community. 

A few of our Favorite Things: AMA’s  12/10/2018

Have you ever had a question about a product or feature, and you wished you could get an answer straight from the source? With the AMA (Ask Microsoft Anything) events we host across the Tech Community, you get a chance to engage with product engineers and team members for a live hour of Q&A. During this hour we get to dive deep into product updates and the newest features being released.

Recently we held a  Microsoft Exchange AMA, and before that, we hosted a live hour with folks from the Microsoft Information and Protection team. We believe connecting you directly to the people who build the products you use every day increases transparency, earns trust, and cultivates a healthy community for everyone. 

The Microsoft Stream team during their AMA May 2018The Microsoft Stream team during their AMA May 2018

Those answering your questions have found great value in it as well! Laurie Pottmeyer from Microsoft Teams stated “As a community manager, it’s awesome for me to have opportunities like this to connect our community-at-large directly with our engineering team – this time is invaluable for our internal team.  Not only do they get to answer questions and share information on their own area of expertise, it gives our team insight into what our users are saying.”

Curious about how you can contribute to our next AMA? Simply join us during the hour and ask your question by starting a new conversation. Our Tech Community team partners with the product team to ensure each question is looked at and discussed.


Our next AMA will be a Microsoft Teams AMA on December 12th at 9:00AM PT! Will you be there?

Keep an eye on the Tech Community blog for the next installment of the Favorite Things series and for upcoming changes to Tech Community. 

The December 7th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  12/7/2018

This week Microsoft announced two new and powerful additions to Azure Information Protection analytics, new features rolled out in Microsoft Whiteboard and release 3.1 of SharePointDsc.

A user is our Member of the Week, a fairly new member to the community, with great contributions particularly in the SharePoint and Teams spaces. 

View the Weekly Roundup for December 3-7, 2018 in a Sway and attached Word document.

Community Share Buttons  12/7/2018

Share a community or thread within a community from the Microsoft Tech Community into your social channels! With one click, you can share to LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, OneNote, Yammer, or even in email.

Sharing buttons can be found on the sidebar of every community home page (right-hand side). Scroll to the 'Share' window and select where you would like the link to be shared. The counter represents the number of times the community has been shared via clicking on one of the share link buttons on this site, but isn’t representative of how many total times the conversation or community has been shared.

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Social Media

Clicking on buttons for social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter will generate a post about the community and will link the community on your feed. You have the option to edit the text or provide your own custom message if you wish.


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OneNote + Yammer

These sharing buttons can help you pin a community to your OneNote notebook or Yammer page. 


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Email

The email button opens a window that assists you in emailing a friend about the community.


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Link Button

The link button allows you to copy/paste a hyperlink to share in another place.

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Help grow the Microsoft Tech Community and spread great content by using our new sharing links buttons! 

This blog post is part of the Favorite Things seriesKeep an eye on the Tech Community blog for the next 'Favorite Thing' and for updates about the Microsoft Tech Community. 

Filters in Microsoft Tech Community  12/7/2018

You can use filters in the Microsoft Tech Community to help discover and sort content. You’ll find these filters on the Home page as well as on each community page. They allow you to allow you to sort by Newest, Popular, Experts, and Unanswered.

 The filters can be applied whether signed in or unauthenticatedThe filters can be applied whether signed in or unauthenticated

Here’s a quick guide to how they work:

Newest: Just as you’d expect. This view shows you the most recent conversations.


Popular: See what’s hot and what posts are getting the most attention. This is determined


Experts
: This filter shows discussions containing MVP and/or Microsoft Employee engagement. You can identify MVPs and Microsoft Employees by the green (MVP) or blue (Employee) badge around their profile picture.

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Unanswered: As the name suggests, this filter shows you only the posts that have not received a reply. This is a great way to help answer community questions, showcase your expertise, and rank up in the community.


Keep an eye on the Tech Community blog for the next installment of the Favorite Things series and for upcoming changes to Tech Community.