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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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!
Office 365 now boasts a new data governance framework to provide compliance coverage across multiple workloads. The new framework covers Exchange, SharePoint OneDrive for Business, Skype for Business, and Office 365 Groups. It is a big step forward for tenants that have been waiting for Microsoft to deliver common compliance processing across the full service.
Microsoft Planner added the ability to assign multiple people to a task. It’s a good step, but it’s the first new feature in nine months. That’s curious when you compare to the development cadence of other Office 365 applications.
Delve does a good job of finding Office 365 content stored in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. But you can make Delve so much more effective by changing your habits to tag documents and add them to boards. Try these simple steps that pay big dividends.
The latest version of the PowerShell module for Azure Active Directory contains the cmdlets to recover a deleted Office 365 Group (and a plan or a team). We have been waiting for this feature for two and a half years, but maybe the waiting makes the feature all the sweeter…
Exchange Online now boasts an “archive folder”, helpfully furnished to allow users to keep items they need to retain. Unless they have an archive mailbox. Or use Outlook auto-archive. It’s just a tad confusing.
After an extensive trial, Microsoft is preparing to release the Office 365 Adoption Content Pack to all enterprise tenants. Gaining insight into how people use the Office 365 applications will help tenants maximize their investment in the cloud. However, the content pack is not a silver bullet and won’t make your organization any more effective than it is today.
Microsoft plans to auto-generate Office 365 Groups for managers to enable them to collaborate better with employees. Sounds good, until you realize that the reporting relationships stored in Azure Active Directory drive the process. And we all know how reliable that information really is.
My transition to an iPhone is fine and I have mastered Outlook for iOS. That is, except for Contacts, which are a problem because Outlook must obey Apple’s rules. And I won’t even discuss searching.
The Microsoft Teams application is now generally available. Lots has been done to improve Teams since its preview release and Microsoft has made many good updates. Some edges remain for Microsoft to work on, but Teams is now more than a valid competitor for Slack in the chat-based collaboration market.
Backup vendors have been slow to move from an on-premises view of data. Office 365 applications form a software parts bin used to build new apps and backup and restore is more complex. AvePoint now supports backup and restore of Outlook Groups. One step forward…