Tony Redmond is an independent consultant who specializes in Microsoft collaboration technology. He runs his own consulting company and advises many companies on how to best develop, use, or exploit Microsoft technology, He has written 15 books and is the lead author of the "Office 365 for IT Pros" ebook.
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Microsoft is very keen that Office 365 tenants should move away from email distribution groups to embrace the world of Office 365 Groups. There is lots to like about Groups, but I have some doubts about the way Microsoft is cajoling people to move.
Microsoft is obviously putting a lot of effort into improving the functionality available in the OWA and Outlook clients, but only for Office 365 users. It’s now got to the point where on-premises customers must be wondering where their next update will arrive. The answer may be “Never”.
Microsoft gave details of many new features at the SharePoint Virtual Summit. Introducing a modern SharePoint Admin Center is the best feature in my eyes, but then again, I am not a SharePoint Pro.
Microsoft is convinced that Office 365 tenants should move from old-fashioned email distribution lists to embrace the new world of collaboration enabled by Office 365 Groups. A new conversation method allows OWA users to convert DLs that they own. Is it a winner?
Microsoft has released the Report Message add-in for Outlook 2016 to help Office 365 users report when spam arrives into Inboxes or messages are incorrectly treated as Junk. It’s a good way to get information about new threats to Microsoft security researchers.
Microsoft has updated the Outlook apps for iOS and Android so they can now access conversations in Office 365 Groups. It’s a good step forward, if only maybe to reduce the number of Office 365 related apps you have to install on a phone.
Further signs of Microsoft discarding the on-premises roots of Office 365 in favor of consistent cross-workload functionality comes when the Security and Compliance Center takes center stage for eDiscovery from July 1.
Outlook 2016 click-to-run desktop clients are now getting the necessary code for the Focused Inbox feature. It’s a good step forward when a really important client is upgraded with an important feature, but you kind of wonder what’s happening for the poor-old on-premises community…
Microsoft’s Q3 FY17 results tell us that Office 365 now has over 100 million monthly active users. That’s great, but the really interesting thing is how many on-premises seats remain to move to the cloud.
Microsoft extends the Office 365 data governance framework to cover conversations in Teams. Office 365 captures chats as items in Exchange Online mailboxes that are discoverable with content searches. And audit events work too!
A French law might force companies to turn Office 365 off at the weekend. It might be blissful to never receive mail or be asked for a document when you’re supposed to have downtime. The question is how to make this happen with Office 365?
Office 365 content searches are very powerful at finding content in SharePoint, Exchange, Groups, public folders, and OneDrive. Permissions filters can restrict the ability of eDiscovery managers to see results. With a little PowerShell, you can create effective filters.
As part of the Office 365 data governance framework, tenants can now create retention policies that apply to the mailbox and team site belonging to Office 365 Groups. The process is quite straightforward, but some gotchas exist that you need to think about!