Microsoft 365 Gets Some Major Improvements

Posted on March 21, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft 365, Office 365, Windows 10 with 4 Comments

Microsoft today announced a number of enhancements across Microsoft 365, including bringing Teams to Office 365 ProPlus.

“Today, we’re announcing several new Microsoft 365 enhancements to help IT reduce costs, increase security, and boost employee productivity,” Microsoft corporate vice president Jared Spataro revealed.

Here’s a rundown.

Windows Virtual Desktop is now available in public preview. Mehedi wrote about this earlier today.

Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) comes to the Mac. Mehedi also wrote about this earlier today.

Microsoft Threat and Vulnerability Management (TVM) added to Microsoft Defender ATP. This new capability will help detect, assess, and prioritize threats across endpoints, Microsoft says.

Teams comes to Office 365 ProPlus. Office 365 ProPlus will now include the Microsoft Teams app, enabling chat-based collaboration.

Windows Update improvements. Microsoft has made improvements to the Windows Update process in Windows 10, reducing the time it takes to apply feature updates by 20 percent. This requires Windows 10 version 1709 or newer.

Configuration Manager and Intune improvements. Coming soon, Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune are being updated with new insights and deployment options to make it easier to manage your devices across platforms.

Microsoft 365 admin center GA. Microsoft 365 admin center is now generally available and will become the default experience for all Microsoft 365 and Office 365 administrators. You can learn more here.

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Comments (4)

4 responses to “Microsoft 365 Gets Some Major Improvements”

  1. bluvg

    "reducing the time it takes to apply feature updates by 20 percent."

    Could they also reduce the time it takes to apply other updates? For example, Server 2016/2019 updates take dramatically longer than in 2012 R2 and prior.

  2. ph-sth

    The Teams in Pro Plus announcements is odd. We've been deploying a PP package that natively includes Teams for a few months.

  3. dxtremebob

    Anybody else seeing this? When I attempt to sign in to my Microsoft account on all Windows 10 PCs I see this message:

    "Something went wrong and we can't sign you in right now. Please try again later.

    The Microsoft account login server has detected too many repeated authentication attempts. Please wait a moment and try again."

    This has been going on for days. I've tried every trick in the book to resolve with no success!