Changes to Office 365

Microsoft, in all its wisdom, announced a number of improvements to the service to help reduce cost, increase security, and boost employee productivity.

Windows Virtual Desktop

Last September Microsoft announced they would be launching the Windows virtual desktop in private preview. Today it’s been made publicly available!

But what is it? Well, quite literally, Windows in the cloud. How Citrixy…

Windows Virtual Desktop Preview is a comprehensive desktop and app virtualization service running in the cloud. It’s the only virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environments. Deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes, and get built-in security and compliance features.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/virtual-desktop/

Read more on this: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-desktop/overview

Advanced Threat protection

Windows Defender support has been extended to support Mac machines, and with that, a name change is in order! Henceforth, Windows defender will be known as Microsoft Defender!

On top of that goodness, Microsoft Defended is receiving a new feature called Threat and Vulnerability Management. Unfortunately it isn’t available just yet, but will go in public preview within the next month.

Office 365 Pro Plus

Office 365 Pro Plus will now include the Microsoft Teams app, further driving the demise of Skype for Business on wards…

On top of that, we’re finally getting 64-bit by default on Office 365 Pro Plus. With in-place upgrades!

Windows 10 feature updates

I can’t say I particularly had any issues with the speed of updates before, but they made them up to 63% faster…

Configuration manager and Intune

Current branch now offers CMPivot: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/core/servers/manage/cmpivot

Security baselines for Mobile Device Management has gone in to preview: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Enterprise-Mobility-Security/Microsoft-Intune-introduces-MDM-Security-Baselines-to-secure-the/ba-p/313442

The new admin center

Gone are the days of having different admin centers in Office 365 (well, in a little bit anyways)! We’re finally all getting the new version of it!

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-365-Blog/The-new-Microsoft-365-admin-center-available-today/ba-p/377870

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