Author: Tony Redmond

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 is the lead author of the “Office 365 for IT Pros” ebook, the only constantly-updated book covering Office 365 and associated technologies. You can buy a copy of the book at https://gum.co/O365IT/ (PDF/EPUB) or https://amzn.to/2u0GPvc (Kindle).

Outlook Mobile Gets a New Architecture

by Tony Redmond

Microsoft has simplified the synchronization architecture used to connect Outlook mobile clients to Exchange. The new approach sets the scene for some new functionality, like support for S/MIME and access to shared mailboxes. It's all good and it marks the continued progress of Outlook mobile since the Acompli acquisition in 2014.

Using Office 365 Sensitivity Labels

by Tony Redmond

Sensitivity labels allow Office 365 tenants to encrypt messages and documents very easily. That is, as long as you have applications that understand labels. A preview version of the AIP client integrates a Sensitivity button in the Office desktop applications, but we must wait for native integration across desktop, web, and mobile clients.

Teams PowerShell Module Gets a Refresh

by Tony Redmond

Microsoft has updated the Teams PowerShell module to version 0.9.5. The best thing about the refresh is that the Get-Team cmdlet works. Well, it can now retrieve a full list of Teams in an Office 365 tenant. It would be good if Get-Team returned more data and supported server-side filtering, but it's a start.

Using Exchange Address Book Policies with Teams

by Tony Redmond

Teams borrows from many other Office 365 applications to build its functionality.The latest component taken is Exchange Online address book policies, used to segment the directory and stop users getting in touch with other people in the organization outside the scope of a policy. But it's an imperfect and partial block, and if you really want to stop people talking, you'll have to do a lot more work.

Exchange 2019 Server On-Premises Debuts

by Tony Redmond

Microsoft has shipped Exchange 2019, the latest in a long line of enterprise-class email servers stretching back to 1996. The latest version runs on Windows Server 2019 and Microsoft recommends that you use Server Core. There's fewer people using on-premises servers today, but those that do can install the best email server in the business.