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Microsoft’s newest update covers everything from compliance requirements, message encryption to Azure password protection.
Below is a list of Microsoft 365’s new updates:
Editor in PowerPoint
The editor in PowerPoint now has multi-language support. This update can support English, French, Spanish and German. The system will recognize which language is being used and suggests fixes and appropriate grammar and spelling rules in the correct language.
Brand New Icons in Office 365
There are nearly 350 new icons to choose from in Office 365. They include new categories like accessibility, holidays and process.
Microsoft Kaizala is an app created for large group communications and work management.
The new updates will enable you to access the app if you are a Microsoft 365 for Office 365 commercial customer. Kaizala features will also be available in Microsoft Teams over the next 12 to 18 months.
Power BI Web by Example Connector
It allows customers to scrape data from HTML pages. It supports ingesting any data element on the page, beyond just HTML tables. You provide sample values for what data you would like to be extracted, and it does the rest.
Compliance Manager makes it easy to manage your organization’s cloud compliance activities, from implementation to reporting.
This update will now allow you to create custom risk assessments of any application used in your business. These assessments enable your IT team to import their own security and compliance control into the Compliance Manager.
Office 365 Advanced Message Encryption allows admins to revoke or expire encrypted emails. Once an encrypted email has been revoked, the recipient attempting to open it will be notified that the message has been revoked by the sender and be unable to view it.
Multi-Geo in Office 365
SharePoint Online and Office 365 Groups will enable customers to control where sites are stored. Users will be able to work anywhere in the world as their data is stored in the location of your choosing.
Security Policy Advisor
Office Security Policy Advisor is a new intelligent service, now available in preview, that uses behaviour-based analysis to help IT admins to quantify the risks and benefits of applying a tailored policy and monitor policy health over time, for their Office clients.
Admins can now deploy policies with a single click and easily update, or even roll back policies. Once again, this service is now available as a preview for all organizations with Office 365 ProPlus.
Azure AD password protection
Azure AD Password Protection, now generally available, lowers the risk of a being compromised by what is commonly known as a password spray attack. This is when a malicious user attempts to use a single password against multiple accounts before moving to the next commonly used password.
The updated banned password algorithm uses both the Microsoft-defined global banned password list and the custom banned password list you define to help users avoid choosing weak and vulnerable passwords.
If you would like more information about Microsoft 365 update for April 2019, view this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmFxEy-HtlU&feature=youtu.be
Over the last few years, Microsoft has been making significant investments in the cloud. Unfortunately, that means that Windows Server 2008 and SQL Service 2008 will reach the end of support. But don’t worry, Microsoft has created a pathway for companies ready to make the switch to the cloud.
Why should I make the switch to the cloud?
Moving to the cloud is no longer an intimidating transition. Companies of all sizes have made the switch to the cloud, and we don’t see that trend slowing down any time soon.
Here are a few trends that are noteworthy:
- In 2016, 16.1 ZB of data was generated. In 2025, 163 ZBs of data will be generated.
- More than 80% of organizations now adopt cloud-first strategies as part of an overall digital transformation
- Investment in AI, top of mind for many companies, increase by an astounding 300% in 2017
When is the deadline and what happens if I do nothing?
It’s better that you act now and not later, time is running out. Extended support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 ends on July 9, 2019 and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 ends on January 14, 2020. These deadlines are around the corner; you need to give yourself time to migrate and explore your options.
If you decide to do nothing, then be prepared for no security updates, compliance concerns and missed innovation opportunities.
What are your options?
You have options, for both on-premise and cloud migrations. If you plan to stay on-premise, you can upgrade to Windows Server 2016 and get cloud and DevOps ready. If you decide to move the cloud, you can migrate Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 workloads to Azure VM.
For more information about upgrade options across cloud and on-premise, visit: www.microsoft.com/lifecycle
1. IDC White Paper, Data Age 2025: The Evolution of Data to Life-Critical
2. Building Trust in a Cloudy Sky:https://www.mcafee.com/us/resources/reports/rp-building-trust-cloudy-sky.pdf
3. A Trillion-Dollar Boost: The Economic Impact of AI on Customer relationship Management: https://www.salesforce.com/content/dam/web/en_us/www/documents/white-papers/the-economic-impact-of-ai.pdf
Securing your company’s data is essential. Businesses are constantly avoiding cyber threats, security alerts, and maintaining infrastructure. With so many things going on, your IT team can sometimes miss vital security threats.
To combat this issue, Microsoft has introduced Microsoft Azure Sentinel. This SIEM tool is a cloud-native service that provides intelligent security analytics at cloud scale for your company.
Collect data across your enterprise easily
Azure Sentinel allows you to aggregate security data with built-in connectors, integration of Microsoft signals and industry log formats such as comment event format and syslog.
You’re able to import your Office 365 data at no cost to you and combined it with other security data.
Analyze and detect threats quickly with AI on your side
Azure Sentinel uses top-notch scalable machine learning algorithms to correlate alerts from different products manually or utilizing a correlation engine.
Automate common tasks and threat response
Microsoft’s SIEM tool provides built-in automation processes to respond to threats right away.
Learn more about Microsoft Azure Sentinel and how you can protect your company’s data through intelligent security analytics.
WebSan Solutions Inc. recognized as the winner of the 2018 Microsoft Canada Modern Marketing Innovation IMPACT Award for the Second Consecutive YearWritten by Natalie Williams
WebSan Solutions Inc. is proud to announce that our team has won the 2018 Microsoft Canada Modern Marketing Innovation award. These annual awards recognize Microsoft partners who demonstrate excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. Microsoft prides on having the largest partner ecosystem in the industry, with over 14,000 partners across Canada. Each of these partners play an integral role in unlocking new opportunities for Canadian companies and Microsoft is committed to helping their partner ecosystem build profitable businesses and successfully take their solutions to market.
Microsoft Canada presented these awards in 16 categories on July 16, 2018 at the Microsoft Inspire conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Winners were selected based on the outstanding work the companies provided to their customers and community.
“This year’s IMPACT award winners represent the best and most forward-thinking innovators coming out of our partner community in Canada,” said Suzanne Gagliese, Vice President, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Canada. “Microsoft’s partner ecosystem plays a fundamental role in driving Canada’s innovation agenda forward, and ultimately strengthening our position as a globally competitive and prosperous country. We congratulate all of the winners on this amazing achievement and their continued dedication to bringing cutting-edge solutions to complex business challenges and providing digital transformation opportunities for our shared customers.”
“To be among great company and win the Modern Marketing Innovation award is such a great honour. For me, it validates the hard work and tireless efforts of our marketing team to achieve outstanding results.
Our accomplishment illustrates our ability to stay ahead of the curve and serves as a testament to all our marketing efforts.” stated Andrew King, Managing Director at WebSan Solutions Inc.
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About WebSan Solutions Inc.:
Located in the Greater Toronto Area, WebSan Solutions Inc. is a Microsoft Dynamics Gold Certified Partner and IT consulting and solutions provider. As the Largest Hosting Provider for Microsoft Dynamics in Canada and with over a decade of experience in Enterprise Software solutions, online business and financial accounting software, the experts at WebSan know how to help you transform your business.
About Microsoft Inspire:
Microsoft Inspire is an annual, global convergence of Microsoft’s top partners. It’s where we come together to network, drive business growth and identify new profitability opportunities. This year at Inspire, we will continue to focus on key trends that represent the most profitable models for partners.
Microsoft Canada has announced that it has named WebSan Solutions Inc., a cloud Microsoft Dynamics Certified Partner and IT consulting and solutions provider, a finalist for the Modern Marketing Innovation Award of the 2018 Microsoft IMPACT Awards for the second consecutive year.
Each year, Microsoft Canada hosts the IMPACT Awards to celebrate innovation in technology recognizing the outstanding work our partners do to deliver virtually seamless solutions to customers. The IMPACT Awards showcase the excellence and innovation within our Canadian Partner community.
The Modern Marketing Partner of the Year Award recognizes a partner who is using modern/digital marketing practices to acquire, convert and retain customers. The Modern Marketing Innovation Award recognizes an exceptional partner who excels at developing and delivering the use of campaigns using SEO, SEM, Search, Content Marketing or Social and demonstrates their Impact to drive leads and opportunities.
Microsoft IMPACT Award winners and finalists will be recognized at the IMPACT Awards Finalist Dinner of the Microsoft Inspire event on July 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A listing of all winners and finalists are on www.microsoft.com/en-ca/sites/impact-awards.
“We are thrilled to be recognized as one of the finalists of the Microsoft Modern Marketing Innovation Award for the second year in a row,” says Andrew King, Managing Director at WebSan Solutions Inc. “WebSan Solutions’ digital marketing solutions have always achieved the goal of making Microsoft Dynamics products easily accessible and readily available to both customers and prospects through our unique marketing efforts.”
There's a lot of buzz around digital transformation right now. Microsoft claims that it's the future of business that can bring millions of additional revenue for companies. In simple terms, digital transformation is the process of digital technology implementation; "going paperless," according to Wikipedia. But what does this mean for your business?
Better Customer Understanding
With digital technologies, you now can gain in-depth information about your customer segments. For example, social media helps you to interact with your clients directly and understand what makes them happy and what doesn't. Business intelligence software allows you to get useful insights, which assists in figuring out customer behavior.
Focus on Strategic Tasks
Thanks to automation technologies, your employees can now focus on strategic tasks rather than doing routine work. It saves a lot of time and significantly increases productivity. Just imagine how these benefits can improve your business' performance.
Improved Decision Making
Modern technologies bring real-time data that allows executives to make more accurate decisions. You don't need to do the guesswork anymore – real facts and data will lead you to the right decision. Digital technologies also contribute to detail increase, which expands your vision on business processes.
Take advantage of digital transformation. Choose one of the Microsoft Dynamics solutions and get ready to experience outstanding business results.
Alina Hura, Digital Content Creator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a 2017 Microsoft Modern Marketing Innovation Award Winner
Come July 14, Microsoft is set to end support for Microsoft Server 2003. After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates, fixes or online support for Windows Server 2003. Businesses across Canada who choose not to upgrade could leave themselves and their customers exposed to security risks, increased compliance, electronic data loss, hackers and may lose the ability to accept credit cards.
According to Microsoft Canada, big companies would take about 150 to 200 days to upgrade its servers. While migrating to an updated operating system comes with some challenges, the gains would ultimately outweigh the risks that not upgrading would pose to businesses and customers. Businesses should see this as an opportunity to modernize infrastructure or consider hosted options for securing data.
Microsoft Canada suggests that customers can either upgrade and migrate to a new server software (such as Windows Server 2012 R2) or use cloud services which would cost less than a migration, reduce hardware and still provide adequate protection.
For businesses considering hosted services on the cloud, WebSan Solutions offers Microsoft Dynamics GP and CRM which allows for rapid deployment, low total cost of ownership and a robust solution that scales and grows depending on a business’ needs. Reduce the number of days it would take for your business to upgrade by switching to one of WebSan Solutions’ Microsoft Dynamics GP and CRM offerings.
Linz Tan, Web Marketing Assistant, WebSan Solutions Inc. a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence.