New to Microsoft 365 in February—advancing security and empowering a modern workplace – Microsoft 365 Blog

This month, we released several new capabilities to help you stay ahead of threats, create a more productive workplace, and keep you in the flow of work.

Here’s a look at what’s new in February.

Stay ahead of threats and collaborate securely

New features and services help you better manage a complex threat landscape and communicate and collaborate securely.

Extend your security team’s capability with Microsoft Threat Experts—Our new managed threat-hunting service, called Microsoft Threat Experts, helps you proactively hunt and prioritize threats to get the most out of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). The service provides access to world-class experts who can help you work through tough investigation challenges with the new Ask a Threat Expert button. Go to your Windows Defender ATP settings to apply for the public preview.

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Empower healthcare professionals to securely communicate and collaborate—This month, we announced new capabilities in Microsoft Teams that enable secure messaging and collaboration workflows for healthcare organizations. Priority notifications enable clinicians to focus on urgent messages to manage patient care. In addition, the ability to integrate FHIR-enabled electronic health records (EHR) data with Teams enables clinicians to securely access patient records, chat with other team members, and even start a video meeting—all in one hub for teamwork. These capabilities are now in private preview; visit the Microsoft 365 and health page and partner site to learn more about how Teams and Microsoft 365 can empower your healthcare teams.

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Move confidently to the modern desktop and cloud with Desktop App Assure and Microsoft FastTrack—Our new service from Microsoft FastTrack, Desktop App Assure, provides app compatibility services for Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus. FastTrack also now offers guidance on how to configure Exchange Online Protection, Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, Office 365 Message Encryption, and Data Loss Prevention policies. These services are now globally available to eligible customers with more than 150 seats at no additional cost. Sign in to Microsoft FastTrack and complete a Request for Assistance form to get started.

Get security alerts for your Microsoft account on your phone—Receive security notifications for important events on your personal Microsoft account now via the Microsoft Authenticator app. When you receive a push notification, you can quickly view your account activity and take actions to protect your account if needed. Microsoft Authenticator can also be used to add two-step verification to your account for added security. To get started, download the Microsoft Authenticator app and add your personal account.

Image of two phones showing a password being changed in Microsoft Authenticator.

Manage tasks and capture data with ease

New features expand capabilities to easily access all your apps and files, capture and convert data, and add context to your tasks.

Jump into your work quickly with the new Office app for Windows 10—The new, free Office app provides a simple experience to get started with and get the most out of Office. Anyone who signs in with a work, school, or personal Microsoft Account can use it to quickly access all the apps available to them and their most relevant files and documents. Organizations can also take advantage of the ability to integrate third-party apps, enable users to search for documents and people across the organization, and customize the experience with their own branding. The Office app can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store, requires a current version of Windows 10, and works with any Office 365 subscription, Office 2019, Office 2016, and Office.

Image of a tablet showing new Office apps for Windows 10.

Add data to Excel directly from a photo—Using the Excel app, you can take a picture of a printed data table on your Android device and automatically convert the picture into a fully editable table in Excel. This new image recognition functionality eliminates the need for you to manually enter hardcopy data. This capability is starting to roll out for the Excel Android app with iOS support coming soon.

Animated image of an Android phone snapping a picture and gathering Excel data from the image.

Quickly add photos and files to tasks in Microsoft To-Do—Attach files and photos to help make tasks more actionable with added context. This highly requested feature is now available on all platforms and syncs across your devices, so you can take your new file-attached tasks on the go.

Image of a phone using Microsoft To-Do to schedule prep time for a presentation.

Other updates

  • New one-time passcodes (OTP) from Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) make sharing and collaboration seamless for any user with any account.
  • Azure AD now supports automated user provisioning from Workday, enabling fast and efficient identity creation, so employees can access their Microsoft 365 apps and all other critical resources on day one.
  • Starting this month, the Teams desktop app will be installed along with the rest of the Office 365 ProPlus apps for all new installs.
  • Updates to the SharePoint Migration Tool make it even easier to bring your information to the cloud, with improvements like the ability to migrate web parts, pages, and site navigation.

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Cloudability seeks to broaden the cloud cost management discussion

Enterprise IT shops increasingly turn to a broad array of tools from big cloud providers, such as AWS and Microsoft Azure, as well as third-party vendors, to rein in cloud-related expenses. But maybe what they really need is a stronger relationship between IT and finance.

Cloud cost management startup Cloudability proposes such a framework. Its model spans three areas: better visibility into a company’s cloud spending, partly through benchmarks against its peers; more accurate prediction of cloud resource demand to reduce waste; and a governance layer to support interaction between finance and IT teams over cloud costs.

The rise of cloud and DevOps practices has broken traditional procurement models as engineers spend money on cloud services at will, according to J.R. Storment, Cloudability’s co-founder.

“It’s all going through a centralized agreement, but there are no cost controls in place,” he said. “Executives are now coming in and saying, ‘Run fast, but have some cost accountability.'”

Cloudability wants to generate more awareness and business from its framework, which it refers to as FinOps. The term isn’t new, and Storment acknowledged it is essentially shorthand for cloud financial management. Nevertheless, now is an opportune time for enterprises to formalize best practices as their cloud IT spend grows at a much faster rate than on-premises technologies, he said.

CIoudability is behind the launch of the FinOps Foundation, a nonprofit industry group for organizations to network and share best practices centered around this approach to IT procurement practices. Founding members include Joseph Daly, director of cloud optimization services at Nationwide, as well as several other individuals with similar roles at companies such as Atlassian, Autodesk and Spotify.

The foundation and Cloudability hope to gain more momentum with a CloudyCon event scheduled later this year that will focus exclusively on FinOps.

Finance and IT teams should work closely together to wrangle rising cloud costs
The rapid rise of cloud-related purchases may require a multipart operational framework that unites finance and IT teams.

Cloud cost management tools abound, but changes lie ahead

The cloud cost management market has seen a run of consolidation lately: Microsoft purchased Cloudyn and HPE grabbed Cloud Cruiser, both in 2017, and in 2018 Apptio went private and VMWare bought CloudHealth Technologies. Cloudability competes with those tools, in addition to CloudCheckr, RightScale and others, to help enterprises track their costs across multiple cloud platforms.

Many other independent vendors offer similar capabilities, not to mention the increased number of native cost management options from AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

There is ample need for such tools today, said Frank Scavo, president of Computer Economics, an Irvine, Calif., company that develops spending benchmarks for IT shops.

“Cloud infrastructure turns a fixed capital expense into a variable spend model in the IT operational budget,” Scavo said. “You are not locked into fixed costs for IT equipment, but it also means that there is now a lot of decentralized procurement.”

The next trend will be to optimize cloud costs on an ongoing basis.
Owen Rogersanalyst, 451 Research

That move may be a big cultural change for finance teams, particularly in large enterprises that are still in early days of their move to modern cloud services. But as IT staff and line-of-business users increasingly decide how much and what types of cloud services to consume, the ability to monitor and support that activity can help optimize those costs on a day-to-day basis, Scavo said.

Meanwhile, cost management vendors, such as Cloudability, must keep pace with market needs and evolve their capabilities accordingly. AWS and others have improved their native reporting and budgeting tools, but third-party products will remain relevant for their independence and ability to monitor heterogeneous environments, said Owen Rogers, an analyst at 451 Research.

“The next trend will be to optimize cloud costs on an ongoing basis,” he said. “So not just showing customers where they can make savings, but actively executing the buying, selling and migration of cloud services to balance costs against requirements across multi-cloud environments.”

Most enterprises aren’t ready to trust an algorithm for cloud capacity planning, but as AI and machine learning improve, automatic cost optimization will become a standard part of most cloud deployments over the next 10 years, Rogers said.

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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18348 | Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18348 (19H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.
If you are looking for a complete look at what build is in which Insider ring – head on over to Flight Hub. You can also check out the rest of our documentation here including a complete list of new features and updates that have gone out as part of Insider flights for the current development cycle (which currently is 19H1).

Emoji 12.0 Update
With Build Build 18277, Insiders got their first look at the Emoji 12.0 emoji. In early February, the set of emoji to be included with Emoji 12.0 was finalized by Unicode, and with today’s build when you press WIN+(period) or WIN+(semicolon), all of these emoji now have keywords hooked up to make them easy to search for. Try it once you install the build! Keywords include otter, sloth, waffle, ballet shoes, and more.

If you haven’t tried it already, be sure to also check out our new Kaomoji and Symbols section in the picker – makes it super easy to type things like (☞゚ヮ゚)☞ or em dash!

We’ve made some adjustments to improve WIN+(period) reliability.
We fixed an issue that could result in the Start menu not launching if the GPO to turn off the all apps list in Start was enabled.
We fixed an issue where the default Microsoft Word web tile pinned to Start (in the case where Office wasn’t installed) was unexpectedly launching Microsoft Edge in inPrivate mode.
We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Edge sometimes crashing when editing or tabbing through PDFs.
We’ve made a change to improve cloud clipboard (if enabled) sync reliability.
We fixed an issue that could result in the lock screen unexpectedly not dismissing until Ctrl+Alt+Del was pressed.
We fixed an issue where if high contrast mode was enabled during Windows setup, that state wouldn’t persist first logon.
Note: We’re rolling back the new Settings header from 100% to 50% of Insiders on Home and non-domain joined Pro edition PCs. This is so we can have a side by side comparison to help evaluate quality in both on and off state. We’ll let you know when the rollout increases again.
We fixed an issue where Narrator continuous reading in Edge did not keep the text cursor at the position where reading was started from.
We fixed an issue where Narrator Scan mode down arrow navigation might get stuck when reading in Chrome.
In Windows Sandbox, Settings app no longer crashes when you navigate to the Narrator settings.

Launching games that use anti-cheat software may trigger a bugcheck (GSOD).
Creative X-Fi sound cards are not functioning properly. We are partnering with Creative to resolve this issue.
We’re continuing to investigate reported issues in the night light space.
Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.
Mouse pointer color might be incorrectly switched to white after signing out and signing back in.
If you use third party apps to adjust the color of your screen, we’ve made a fix with this build to address feedback that certain apps were no longer working. We’re continuing to investigate feedback in this space.
For display calibration scenarios, monitors may be missing in the built-in Color Management application. As a work around, please use the Settings app to select color profile instead, under the Display Settings page.
We’re investigating reports of the Chinese version of multiple games not working.
We’re investigating an issue where region settings are being reset on upgrade for some Insiders.

If you install any of the recent builds from the Fast ring and switch to the Slow ring, optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings.

We have locked down the inbox apps in 19H1. These simplified versions of some of the inbox apps are what will ship with 19H1 when it is released. As a result, Insiders may have noticed that some features have disappeared from these apps. This was probably most noticeable with the Photos app. Insiders can get these features back by going into the settings of an inbox app like Photos and clicking the “Join preview” button.

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SAP Leonardo IoT bridges gap between IoT and transactional data

SAP is prepared to bridge the worlds of IoT device data and business systems data and processes with SAP Leonardo IoT, a toolkit the company talked up at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

“IoT is all about physical objects and how they interact with each other and business systems,” said Elvira Wallis, senior vice president and global head of IoT at SAP.

But analysts see the announcement more as a branding exercise than an unveiling of exciting functionality. SAP is battling confusion around its IoT technology, which the company branded SAP Leonardo in 2017 as part of a “digital innovation system” that includes not just IoT, but other emerging technology, such as machine learning and blockchain.

SAP’s pitch to customers

SAP Leonardo IoT consists of three main focus areas, Wallis explained:

  • The first is embedding IoT technology directly into line-of-business applications.
  • The second is extending existing business applications with IoT technology.
  • And the third is unlocking potential innovation for companies to develop new business models based on data generated by IoT technology.

Wallis also described SAP Leonardo IoT as evidence of SAP’s commitment to the industrial IoT (IIoT), adding that it’s intended to help organizations develop applications that use cutting-edge technology, such as machine learning.

Elvira Wallis, SAP senior vice president and global head of IoTElvira Wallis

About 77% of the world’s business transactions go through SAP systems, according to Wallis, so it makes sense to marry this data with IoT data.

Wallis characterized SAP Leonardo IoT as an IIoT platform, but she maintained that it has broader application than other major IIoT platforms, such as GE Predix, Siemens MindSphere, or PTC ThingWorx, that are tied to specific industrial products and come from a manufacturing point of view. SAP Leonardo IoT can be used by a range of industries, from retail to oil and gas production. It also acts as a platform for independent software vendors, partners and customers to build or extend IoT applications.

“We don’t produce tools and machinery,” Wallis said. “We produce customer experiences, so our applicability is not tied to our industrial production.”

Nothing new in SAP Leonardo IoT

Holger Mueller, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation ResearchHolger Mueller

There’s nothing new in the announcement of SAP Leonardo IoT, as it doesn’t amount to much more than the repackaging of an existing brand, according to Holger Mueller, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research.

SAP Leonardo was originally the brand for SAP’s IoT platform when it was launched in 2016. SAP rebranded the platform as a digital innovation system in 2017 for all of its next-generation technology, like AI, machine learning and advanced analytics — a move Mueller called a mistake.

“You should never reuse a smaller brand — that was just for IoT– for something bigger, like all of SAP’s next-generation technology, other than SAP Cloud Platform,” he said. “Now, they have not much to announce, so they bring IoT back to Leonardo, and it’s just more confusion for customers. In essence, they announce something that was always the key value proposition for SAP, that is better [integration of] IoT with business data. The product is real and just gets discredited with shenanigans like this.”

There is a case to be made for SAP Leonardo IoT as business use for IoT sensor-based data grows. But there are questions as to whether companies will turn to SAP or other players for an IoT platform, according to Jon Reed, co-founder and principal analyst of the technology news and analysis site Diginomica.

“SAP still has an uphill battle to establish authority as an IoT player,” he said. “They have established quite a few customer use cases in this area, so I’d say they are in the game, but they have a lot to prove and to earn. If they can establish their value as an overall data platform — ERP and beyond — then IoT fits into that.”

However, Reed said he also believes there’s not much new in SAP Leonardo IoT, calling the display at the Mobile World Congress a “branding exercise.”

“It’s another shuffling of Leonardo and next-generation components,” he said. “Since no one understood Leonardo, they must sharpen the positioning. But there is some meat on this bone — much more than, say, blockchain in my opinion.”

SAP Leonardo integration with Microsoft Azure IoT

While analysts found little in SAP Leonardo IoT to talk about, SAP’s Wallis did highlight new functionality. The toolkit can now be integrated with Microsoft Azure IoT Hub, according to SAP. SAP customers can use Microsoft Azure IoT Hub to manage IoT device data, and they can use SAP Leonardo IoT to integrate this with business data. Telemetry data from Azure IoT Hub is relayed to SAP Leonardo IoT, where it is combined with data from SAP business applications, according to Wallis.

“This intelligently combines the telemetry data [from Azure IoT Hub] with SAP business applications or with SAP experience data from Qualtrics to drive new business models or change customer and product experience,” Wallis said.

In addition, SAP Leonardo IoT’s edge feature enables customers to deploy data where it makes the most sense for them — locally on top of Microsoft Azure IoT Edge runtime or fully in the cloud, according to Wallis.

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