December 20, 2022

Trustmarque’s Microsoft monthly round-up – December 2022

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Introducing your monthly digest of Microsoft-related news and updates from the UK IT sector.

Trustmarque is a Microsoft Specialisation Partner and for over 35 years we have successfully delivered IT solutions in the NHS, public sector and private businesses across the UK.

Microsoft is constantly developing its range of business software to ensure that new technology can be utilised across the customer base to improve the user experience, as well as remaining competitive.

However, announcements can be missed or difficult to determine what the changes mean for your organisation. Here’s our round-up of what you need to know in December. 

Six new Designations have replaced Microsoft’s Gold and Silver Competencies 

Trustmarque is proud to have earned four of these new designations in infrastructure; data and artificial intelligence; digital and application innovation and modern workplace. To achieve these accreditations and be recognised as a ‘solutions partner’ Trustmarque scored 70 or higher out of 100 in the new partner capability score. No more legacy competency renewals as Microsoft make their partner program stricter.  

Digital and App Innovation Azure Microsoft Solutions Partner
Microsoft Viva Webinar

Reduce your IT costs with Azure VMware and Trustmarque

This year and into 2023, Trustmarque is working with its strategic partners, Microsoft and VMWare to help reduce IT costs through managed infrastructure.

Save money with managed infrastructure and expand or shrink your environment on demand as your business needs change.

Lower your costs with monthly consumption pricing by reusing your existing on-premises licenses for Windows Server and SQL Server on Azure with Azure Hybrid Benefit, and by purchasing your computer resources in advance with reservation pricing.

Solve frontline challenges with Surface and Microsoft 365  

Did you know 52% of frontline workers quit over poor tech tools? 

According to latest research, today’s frontline workplace is disconnected, outdated and at risk. Your frontline workforce is essential to your achievements.  

During the past few years, organisations have quickly adapted to remote work however minimising disruptions and keeping employees engaged are just a few of the top challenges facing organisations with Frontline workers. 

It’s time to solve frontline challenges with Surface and Microsoft 365  

Empower frontline workers with purpose-built solutions that improve engagement, workflow, and security across your organisation.  

Book your assessment workshop to find out how you can:  

  • Connect your workforce 
  • Digitise manual processes 
  • Accelerate onboarding 
  • Empower with devices

Spotlight on Local Government 

Why Local Government should integrate penetration testing into their security strategy

Local councils face a growing threat of a cyberattack. Between September 2020 and August 2021, 40% of cyber-attacks were aimed at the public sector, according to the National Cyber Security Centre which responded to 777 cyber-attacks during this period. 

As 2023 approaches, we are supporting local government organisations in testing the strength of their security controls. Trustmarque offers a whole host of penetration tests for every situation from wireless to network, web application to active directory, and many more. The Cyber Security team will take you through our services in greater depth and recommend a bespoke solution suitable for your organisation, business objectives and obligations.  

Find out more and book a Cyber Security Workshop to uncover your risks and improve your security posture. 

Systems updates and changes

What’s new with the Microsoft 365 app?

Over the last couple years, Microsoft 365 has evolved into our flagship productivity suite, so we are creating an experience to help you get the most out of Microsoft 365. In the coming months,, the Office mobile app, and the Office app for Windows will become the Microsoft 365 app, with a new icon, a new look, and even more features.

Microsoft introduce the Microsoft 365 app which will replace (starting in November 2022), as well as the Office mobile app and the Office app for Windows (starting in January 2023). The ‘traditional’ perpetual licences for Office 2021 will stay branded as Office at this time.

Trustmarque and Microsoft

Our technology experts help our customers to automate processes, manage cloud migrations, drive efficiencies in your licensing strategy, transform datacentres and storage, enhance your cyber security for your IT estate and users, have a wide range of network connectivity solutions, and empower your people through flexible working solutions.

Written by Julia Bluckert

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