Over the past year, the pandemic has disrupted traditional work patterns. With many working from home, many organizations now focus on how to help employees manage their work/life balance. Platforms like Microsoft Viva Insights can help, but there are many steps admins can take using existing technology to support a wellbeing mindset in their organization. An easy and effective change is to implement a transport rule that reminds people they have the “Right to Disconnect” when an email is received outside work hours. This article walks you through how to implement a timed disclaimer in Exchange Online with Azure Automation.
Mike Weaver joins Steve Goodman to discuss the state of Microsoft 365 tenant migrations, limitations in the suite, new Teams migration features, and gotchas to avoid when planning your move.
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Hybrid hasn’t changed much – but everything around it has. Over the last few years small changes to the way people deploy Microsoft 365 along with bigger shifts in the way your secure Microsoft 365 mean your old assumptions about Exchange Online migrations have to change. Has SharePoint become the go-to technology in Microsoft 365? Has HAFNIUM made publishing Exchange for Hybrid migrations more difficult? And how can MFA impact your once seamless migrations?Read More
Anyone who can run a Microsoft Teams meeting can now run a webinar using a modified version of a standard Teams meeting. Microsoft is quite clever in extending the standard functionality to be able to deliver the features needed to publish and deliver a webinar. Some rough edges exist, but because running a webinar is very like running a regular meeting, you can expect that this will be an extremely popular new feature.Read More
Microsoft experienced a failure with its Azure DNS servers on April 1. The issue was quickly resolved and the root cause determined to be a bug. That’s all good, but Azure has suffered several recent problems which have affected other Microsoft cloud services from Office 365 to Bing to Xbox. Microsoft says they are taking action to remove the single point of failures in their infrastructure. Let’s hope that they get the work done before the Microsoft cloud suffers a more widespread outage.Read More
Microsoft has upgraded unified DLP policies to support the rich set of conditions, exceptions, and actions available for Exchange transport rule-based DLP policies. The upgrade means that organizations which have been forced to continue using ETR-based DLP policies can begin the process of moving over to unified DLP. This process won’t be easy, but it’s the right thing to do for the long term.Read More
Microsoft has clarified that the Teams Pro service plan is being added to Office 365 enterprise and Microsoft 365 business standard and premium licenses. Tenant admins don’t have to do anything to add the new service plan as Microsoft will do this for them. Teams Pro adds the ability to differentiate product features across different types of user licenses. Teams Pro does not replace the Teams Advanced Communications add-on, but it needs an overhaul too.Read More
Microsoft MVP Amy Babinchak reveals how Office365 administrators can turn Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS) into a manageable and indispensable tool for organizations. This is achieved with several simple, tried and true methods that will reduce the amount of information alerts while highlighting severe, actionable alerts which are detailed in this article.Read More
On the show this week, we’re joined by a special guest from Microsoft, to talk about one of the key pillars of Microsoft Viva – and we discuss new Teams features you might not like quite so much, discuss the recent Microsoft outage and look at three big new features on the Microsoft 365 Roadmap…Read More
In the second part of a two-part series, after going through the work to generate Viva Topics, it’s time to expose the topic cards to apps. In this article, we explore how apps use topic cards, including the Office online apps and Microsoft 365 apps for enterprise. We also consider the experience of users within a tenant who don’t have a license for Viva Topics. Finally, we ask the big question if Viva Topics is worth the $5/month fee per user asked for by Microsoft.Read More
Viva Topics is the foundation of Microsoft’s knowledge network. Substantial effort is needed to build the set of topics found in SharePoint Online content before apps can surface topic cards to users. This article is the first of a two-part series. In it, we chronicle the process of how the AI used by Viva Topics suggests topics and how knowledge managers refine and publish the topics to make them available to end users.Read More
Twenty years after the release of SharePoint Portal Server 2001, SharePoint now powers document management in Microsoft 365. The event will be commemorated at a 20th anniversary SharePoint Saturday on March 27, 2021. All are welcome to celebrate this notable achievement for a fine product and a great user community.Read More