The Confusing World of Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance Licensing

by Tony Redmond

Licensing the range of Microsoft 365 compliance and security features is a task taken on by the bravest. Or so they say. Another way of putting it is that people just don't understand what licenses are needed for the different compliance, data governance, and security features. A new Microsoft 365 Compliance plan and three sub-licenses might make it easier, even if they're more expensive. After reading the PDF to explain what licenses are needed, maybe you'll know what you need to buy.

Purging Unwanted Messages from Exchange Online Mailboxes

by Tony Redmond

Microsoft will remove the Search-Mailbox cmdlet from Exchange Online on July 1, but that doesn't mean you can't purge bad messages from user mailboxes. Office 365 content searches and content search actions can hard- or soft-delete messages. Some limitations exist, but not enough to be worried. And we include a PowerShell script to show how to get the job done.

Everything You Need to Know About Azure – March 2020 Edition

by Aidan Finn

At times like this, chatting about cool new features in Azure is a lot less important than what’s surrounding us all, and impacting some of us either directly or indirectly, now. But you know what? A distraction from the fear, worry, or self-imposed incarceration can be a good thing. So let’s crack on with it, and let’s talk about the cool new IaaS features that Azure launched during the last month.

Everything You Need to Know About Windows – March 2020

by Russell Smith

Microsoft announces that it will pause Windows 10 optional updates starting in May and extend security updates for some Windows 10 version 1709 SKUs to October. There are also details on new features coming to Edge, an update to Microsoft Emulator for Windows 10X, and news that Microsoft Search integration with Windows 10 is being delayed until Q4 2020. Additionally, I provide some tips on working at home.

How Slack Integrates with Teams for Calling

with 1 Comment by Tony Redmond

Slack has revealed its add-on for Teams calling to dispel the mystery (at least in my mind) for how they would create a calling integration without Microsoft's help. As it turns out, Slack has taken some work they already had and the fact that Teams has URIs for meetings and combined them together to get their integration done. Very smart|

Slack Wants to Integrate with Teams – But How?

by Tony Redmond

The Slack CEO says that the company is working on a calling integration with Teams. Slack hasn't released any technical information, which leads to a certain amount of speculation as to how such an integration might happen. Slack's previous attempts to integrate with Office 365 applications haven't been too successful, but perhaps a federated hook-up like the one between Skype consumer and Teams might work.