Office 365 in Windows Store

Now anyone using Windows 10 can download the Office 365 suite of apps via the Microsoft Store. Microsoft initially launched its Office 365 suite in the Microsoft Store (then called the Windows Store) several months ago as a way for Windows 10 S users to get their hands on the desktop versions of Word, PowerPoint,…

via Office 365 suite exits preview on the Microsoft Store — Windows Central – News, Forums, Reviews, Help for Windows Phone

New OneDrive for Business feature: Files Restore

Microsoft’s new Files Restore is a complete self-service recovery solution that allows administrators and end users to restore files from any point in time during the last 30 days. Woo hoo! If a user suspects their files have been compromised, they can investigate file changes in Restore my OneDrive.

For anyone who has fallen victim to some crypto locker attack or has just completely emptied their OneDrive recycle bin, this is restore gold! Below are a few screenshots from the announcement page at Announcing New OneDrive for Business feature: Files Restore.

This puts the end user back in control and will reduce the amount of requests to administrators for simple restores. This update begins rolling out over the next few weeks. Let us know in the comments section below what your thoughts on this new feature are.

Selling on Your Site: Tips on Using the Payment Button

Using the Payment Button with our WordPress.com site makes selling products and services a snap! Take a look at this feature by Cheri Lucas Rowlands on how to make the most of this utility.

Cheri gives some great examples from real users and businesses who are hosting their sites and using PayPal for payment services. Let us know in the comments below what you think about this feature and if you are selling products or services with it.

These successful sellers use the Simple Payments button in effective ways.

via Selling on Your Site: Tips on Using the Payment Button — Discover

Free Microsoft Whiteboard Preview

Microsoft has released the Microsoft Whiteboard Preview app—a freeform digital canvas where people, ideas, and content can come together for collaboration.

This is a great tool for collaboration and visual planning. The app is free to use for anyone with a Windows 10 device, but one participant with an Office 365 personal, work, or school account is needed for multi-party collaboration.

Get the app here: https://www.microsoft.com/store/productId/9MSPC6MP8FM4

Source: Microsoft Whiteboard Preview—the freeform canvas for creative collaboration – Office Blogs

Share with Anyone | Office 365 Groups

Sharing anonymously with Office 365 groups is disabled by default. And no matter what tenant settings you apply in the SharePoint Admin Center or in the Settings module in the Office 365 Admin Center, you will not be able to share with ‘Anyone’. This is by design and though you may not like it, it’s purpose is to ensure that external guests or even group members can’t just create anonymous sharing links to your data.

The difference between sharing with Anyone and sharing with a Specific Person is that sharing with Anyone or Anonymously does not require authentication. It’s open and public access that anyone with the sharing link can access. You can read more about the specifics on sharing with SharePoint here.

However, for those of you who still want this ability, below are some steps to enable this feature using PowerShell. Follow the steps below to enable sharing with Anyone in your Office 365 group.

  1. Download and install the SharePoint Online Management Shell tool. This will allow you to connect to SharePoint online through PowerShell.
  2. Open and run the SharePoint Online Management Shell and type the following:
    • $userCredential - Get-Credential
      • Please note that you will be prompted for your Office 365 admin credentials, and if you have Multi Factor Authentication enabled, click here for those instructions.
  3. Now that you are connected and authenticated, you will need to run the command below.
    • Connect-SPOService -Url https://yourcompany.sharepoint.com -Credential $userCredential
      • Please note that you must replace the above url with your tenant ID which is embedded in your SharePoint (365 Group) address. It will look like this: https://yourcompany.sharepoint.com.
  4. Now that you are connected to your SharePoint Online tenant, you can now change the property to enable Anonymous sharing with Anyone in your 365 Group. Run the following command against the group site.
      • set-sposite -identity https://yourcompany.sharepoint.com/teams/365group -sharingcapability ExternalUserAndGuestSharing

     

  5. Congratulations! That’s it. Refresh your browser and the Anyone sharing should be available now.

You can read more about how to work with SharePoint Online via PowerShell using the links below.

Let me know if this has helped your tenant.

Microsoft fixing the big chip bug

According to Business Insider;

The processor security flaw that has the tech world abuzz is already being fixed for Windows computers — but the fix doesn’t completely solve the problem, and right now it’s only available for those running the latest version of the operating system.

The security flaw affects Intel, AMD, and ARM processors. It’s been widely reported that fixing it could require most PCs to take a sizable performance hit.

Microsoft started to push out a patch for the vulnerability for Windows 10 computers on Wednesday afternoon. It plans to release fixes for Windows 7 and Windows 8 on Tuesday, according to The Verge.

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-fixes-intel-amd-security-vulnerability-2018-1

Protect Your Data with Backblaze

Backing up your computer’s data should be your #1 priority. Having a backup of your data precedes protecting your data, sharing your data or even using your data. If you can’t restore a file after you have made any changes to it, then it’s lost and you can’t go back.

So, what should you do? Our recommendation would be to use a reputable backup utility that is effective and inexpensive. That is why we recommend Backblaze.

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Why risk losing those awkward family photos?

So why risk losing your photos, files and any other important data? Download a 30 day trial of Backblaze today and see how it backs up your data without any hassle. It really is a ‘set it and forget it’ solution.

We have tested and used Backblaze for our own personal machines and would recommend this solution without hesitation. Let us know if you are backing up your computer today and what solution you are using?

Excited for Advent

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Our family is very excited for the start of Advent. Last year we enjoyed a story called Ishtar’s Odyssey by Arnold Ytreeide which was a wonderful adventure across Persia as their caravan follows a star across the desert. You can read more about this and other books by Arnold at kregel.com.

This Year

9780825441745This year we will be reading another book by the same author called; Jotham’s Journey. This is a widely popular, exciting story for the advent season, where readers follow ten-year-old Jotham across Israel as he searches for his family. Though he faces thieves, robbers, and kidnappers, Jotham also encounters the wise men, shepherds, and innkeepers until at last he finds his way to the Savior born in Bethlehem.

Are you doing anything for Advent? Does your family follow any traditions? Share in the comments below.

YouTube is NOT FOR KIDS. PERIOD

Below is a great post from USA Today regarding Seven Ways to make YouTube SLIGHTLY Safer for Kids. The last point mentioned is, “YouTube’s not for kids, REALLY.” Agreed!

You can read the full article linked below.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/seven-ways-parents-can-make-youtube-slightly-safer/ar-BBFTkAy?li=BBnbklF