Microsoft makes more tweaks to its M365 services in light of increased remote-work demands


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Last month, Microsoft announced it was throttling some of its less-essential Microsoft 365/Office 365 services in an attempt to continue to meet high usage demands. This week, the company is making further adjustments to its cloud services as more users continue to work remotely as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Microsoft is notifying M365/O365 users via their admin portals that they are changing how some users will see thumbnail images when using OneDrive Files on Demand. Those who opt for “display items by using large thumbnails” in Windows Explorer or Mac Finder will see generic icons instead of thumbnails for a subset of file types, such as PDF and video files, officials said. Photo file thumbnails (like JPEG, JPG, PNG, etc.) are not affected by this change, officials said.

Microsoft also provided “additional clarity” around its plans to reschedule specific backend SharePoint-related operations to regional evening

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12 years on, audit finds WA government entities still don’t get infosec

Western Australia’s auditor-general has once again called out state agencies for not taking IT risks seriously, acknowledging that while they are getting better, there are still many entities that failed to meet the benchmark for minimum practice.

The report [PDF] presents the results of the general computer control (GCC) audits and capability assessments, with the objective being to determine whether computer controls effectively support the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information systems.

Focusing on information security, business continuity, management of IT risks, IT operations, change control, and physical security, the audit found 15 entities met the benchmark, compared to 13 in 2018.

In 2019, the audit found a total of 522 GCC issues from 50 state government entities.

“This was a slight reduction from the 547 issues reported at 47 entities in 2018. However, entities are not addressing audit findings quickly, with 45% of the findings reported in 2019 relating

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Covid-19 to hamper short-term growth but mobility-as-a-service to rebound in 2021

Significant reductions in transport usage caused by the coronavirus pandemic are set to negatively impact many industries for an indeterminate period and it will be no different for mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) in 2020 – but there are prospects for the sector to see a rebound next year, says Juniper Research.

The analyst’s latest study, Mobility-as-a-service: business models, vendor strategies & market forecasts 2020-2027, found that despite the expected restricted growth in 2020 of MaaS platforms – which integrate transport services such as buses, taxis, rail and metro into a single app – a dramatic return will be realised from 2021, with revenues generated set to exceed $52bn by 2027, up from $405m in 2020.

One of the key trends of the coronavirus outbreak has been the unprecedented demand for fixed and mobile services. On 25 March, pan-European operator Vodafone said it had seen an increase of 30% in internet

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