Category Archives: Big News

Coming soon – Microsoft Spotlight; a dedicated podcast to the Microsoft Industry

Microsoft Spotlight is a podcast that aims to deliver a platform where regardless of;

their ethnicity,
their religion or beliefs,
sexual orientation,
their race,
their ability or lack of ability,
nationality or accent.

Like-minded IT professionals are able to sit down and discuss Microsoft technologies without fear so they can promote their passion and work within the technology sector. It is important for us to showcase the very best talent working hard to get their image/name recognised within the industry.

We will be casting the spotlight on ….

In our experience, we have met and attended a number of sessions that have been delivered by women In technology. However, there is a huge disconnect between the number of Women In Technology and number of women attending conferences or even being selected to speak. We feel that the industry is full of outstanding contributing members to not only Microsoft technologies but throughout the whole IT market.

It is our goal to shine a spotlight on the Women in Technology

So if you are a Microsoft employee, Microsoft MVP, Community Leader, Active Speaker, or just a regular Women in Technology. We would love to hear from you and discuss the work that you are actively doing.

We will also be casting our light on ….

We will be speaking to industry recognised professionals about Microsoft, tech and community events that they are either apart of or speaking at. Plus, what is a Microsoft Value Professional and how do you become one?

Microsoft Spotlight are supporters of the Diversity Charter, please support this cause so we can all make the world a better place.

The Author – Blogabout.Cloud
Producer of Microsoft Spotlight

Publishing Whats new and Microsoft Blogs to Microsoft Teams and To Do via Power Automate

In today’s modern world its getting increasingly more difficult to keep up to date with the latest development from Microsoft. So here is how I keep on top of the Cloud by leveraging Power Automate.

The Author – Blogabout.Cloud

Your one stop shop for all things Microsoft UserVoice related

Microsoft UserVoice is a platform where organisations and Microsoft collaborate to understand key product development asks from the community. The higher number of votes, the more likely Microsoft will investigate and introduce the new ask.

Below table provides links to all the Microsoft UserVoice.


This is a developing list and more links will be included once they have been discovered.
Business Center
– Blog
– Boards
– Content types
– Delve for Android
– Delve for Windows
– Delve for iOS
– People Experiences
– Praise
– Search
M365 (Microsoft 365) Admin Mobile
Microsoft Connection email marketing
Microsoft Endpoint Manager
– Android-specific
– App protection policies (APP/MAM)
– App config and deployment
– Autopilot / Windows enrollment
– Azure Admin Console
– Bitlocker Management
– Certs, Emails, VPN, Wi-Fi
– Co-Management
– Company Portal (all platforms)
– Compliance Policies
– Conditional Access
– Device Configuration Profiles
– Documentation
– Fencing – Geo, Time Speed, etc
– Intune Data Warehouse
– Intune PC Client
– Intune for Eduction
– Inventory (All Platforms)
– Language / Translation
– MacOS-specific
– Managed Browser
– Mobile Device Management (General)
– Remote Assistance / Control
– Reporting
– Role-based Access Control (RBAC)
– Scripting-Graph / PowerShell
– Silverlight Admin Console
– Telecom Expense Management
– Terms and Conditions (All Platforms)
– Troubleshooting
– User Management
– Windows Updates
– Windows-specific
– iOS-specfic
Microsoft Information Protection
– Auto-labeling for data at rest
– Data Loss Preventation (DLP)
– Right Management
– Sensitivity labels in Office applications
– Sensitivtes Information Types
Microsoft Invoicing
Microsoft Listings Online Presence
Microsoft Search
– Admin
– Client
– Connectors
– UX Customization
Office 365
Office 365 Admin
– Apps and App Launcher
– Exchange Admin
– Lync Admin
– Message Center
– Service Health Dashboard
– SharePoint Admin
Office 365 Business Center
Office 365 Groups
Office 365 Security & Compliance
– Advanced Security Management
– Auditing
– Communication Compliance
– Compliance Manager
– DLP & Transport Rules
– Information Governance and Records Management
– Information Protection
– Insider Risk Management
– Malware
– Message Encryption & Right Management
– Message Trace
– Privacy
– Reports
– Service Trust Portal
– Spam & Phishing
– eDiscovery
Office 365 Suite Navigation Bar
Office + Edition Browser Extenstion
Office Lens
Power BI
Skype for Business

The Author – Blogabout.Cloud

Microsoft Teams Roadmap Announcements for July 2019

The following post contains the new features and updated features from July 2019. This post enables you to quickly glance at the Microsoft Teams Roadmap based on the latest information provided from Microsoft.

New Features

New Features Current Status
Microsoft Teams – Give Feedback In Development
Microsoft Teams – Channel Cross Posting In Development
Microsoft Teams – Policy packages In Development
Microsoft Teams – Secure private channels In Development
Microsoft Teams – Phone System for GCC In Development
Microsoft Teams – Screen sharing in Teams/Skype for Business interop In Development
Microsoft Teams – Teams/Skype Consumer chat and calling interop In Development
Microsoft Teams – Shorter Retention In Development
Microsoft Teams – Reverse Number Lookup In Development
Microsoft Teams – Dynamic E911 In Development
Microsoft Teams – Teams Voice Platform In Development

Updated Features

Updated Current Status
Files restore for SharePoint and Microsoft Teams Launched
Microsoft Teams – Manage discovery of private teams Launched
Microsoft Teams – Information Barriers Launched
Microsoft Teams – Add up to 100 people to a group chat Launched
Microsoft Teams – Announcements Launched
Microsoft Teams – @-less mentions In Development
Microsoft Teams: Partner Provided Calling Plans for Japan In Development
Microsoft Teams – Shared links In Development
Microsoft Teams – Share system audio in a Teams meeting Rolling Out
Microsoft Teams Firstline Worker capability – Praise Launched
Microsoft Teams for Firstline Worker capability – Graph API for Shifts Launched
Microsoft Teams desktop app coming to existing installs of Office 365 ProPlus and Microsoft/Office 365 Business/Business Premium Rolling Out
Teams EDU messaging policies migration Launched
Microsoft Teams: Location Based Routing In Development
Microsoft Teams – Lobby Support Launched
Safe Links Protection for Microsoft Teams Launched
Microsoft Teams – Stay productive with focus teams Launched
Microsoft Team – Read Receipts in private chats Launched
Microsoft Teams – Phone System for GCC In Development

Remember if you would like to receive all the Microsoft Roadmaps updates to your Teams Client, check out this post.

The Author – Blogabout.Cloud

Big News: Microsoft Teams being rolled out with Office 365 ProPlus (CDN)

Finally, Microsoft Teams will be introduce into Office 365 ProPlus… Microsoft Teams will be introduced into the;

  • February Monthly Channel; the
  • March Semi-Annual Channel Targeted (SAC-T); and
  • July Semi-Annual Channel (SAC)

But will automatically install Teams when Office 365 ProPlus is installed on new PCs and Macs.


Now the million dollar question, how is it being introduced?

As a Consultant that has delivered and spoke about Office ProPlus for a number of years, I do have concerns about how it’s going to be introduced and here’s why.

Office 365 uses the (CDN) Content Delivery Network for providing updates to all the Office ProPlus products, is it not the case with Microsoft Teams.

The update mechanism is completely different as the client is delivered by good old MSI so this will bring a number of questions and challenges to start;

  • What version of Office am I running?
  • What version of Teams am I running?
  • Does Teams need updating?
  • I have this weird problem but my colleague doesnt, is it version related?
  • etc.. etc…

However, if they integrate Microsoft Teams into the CDN it is definitely the way forward and also allows the customer to exclude Teams in the configuration.xml (if this is a requirement). It is very early days and I am sure more information will be released in due case but until then I am looking forward to see what the future holds as Microsoft have stated
Teams will automatically be installed for users who already have Office 365 ProPlus in the future.” So if you’re not using Microsoft Teams today Microsoft are making damn sure its available to increase adoption.

The Author – Blogabout.Cloud

Big news in the world of the modern desktop: Office 2016 supported extended

Microsoft announced in April 2017 that they be ceasing support for legacy Office clients into Office 365 services, however this stance has now changed based on customer feedback to Microsoft

  • Office 2013 and below will cease as expected on 13th October 2020
  • Office 2016 will now be extended until October 2023


With this announcement it also includes a number of changes to the supported operating system versions of Windows.

Office 365 ProPlus delivers cloud-connected and always up-to-date versions of the Office desktop apps. To support customers already on Office 365 ProPlus through their operating system transitions, we are updating the Windows system requirements for Office 365 ProPlus and revising some announcements that were made in February. We are pleased to announce the following updates to our Office 365 ProPlus system requirements:

  • Office 365 ProPlus will continue to be supported on Windows 8.1 through January 2023, which is the end of support date for Windows 8.1.
  • Office 365 ProPlus will also continue to be supported on Windows Server 2016 until October 2025.
  • Office 365 Pro Plus will also continue to be supported on Windows 7 (ESU) Extended Security Updates through Janaury 2023. Windows 7 ESU will only be available for Windows 7 Pro/Enterprise customers with Volume Licensing.

Other big news is four changes Microsoft have also announced (Longer support windows for Windows 10):

  • All currently supported feature updates of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions (versions 1607, 1703, 1709, and 1803) will be supported for 30 months from their original release date. This will give customers on those versions more time for change management as they move to a faster update cycle.
  • All future feature updates of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions with a targeted release month of September (starting with 1809) will be supported for 30 months from their release date. This will give customers with longer deployment cycles the time they need to plan, test, and deploy.
  • All future feature updates of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions with a targeted release month of March (starting with 1903) will continue to be supported for 18 months from their release date. This maintains the semi-annual update cadence as our north star and retains the option for customers that want to update twice a year.
  • All feature releases of Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, and Office 365 ProPlus will continue to be supported for 18 months (this applies to feature updates targeting both March and September).

In summary, our new modern desktop support policies—starting in September 2018—are: