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 (Gumroad.com – EPUB/PDF version) or (Amazon – Kindle).

[Sponsored] Managing Teams Deployments for Better Outcomes

by Tony Redmond

Teams is on a roll at present with the number of organizations using the app accelerating past 500,000. Good planning and forethought help enormously to ensure the success of any deployment and Teams is no different. Whether you're running a migration from Skype for Business Online or a greenfield deployment, thinking before deploying is always a good thing to do.

How Retention Impacts Office 365 Storage

with 2 Comments by Tony Redmond

Office 365 retention policies help organizations keep information for as long as needed. But retention consumes storage. This isn't a problem for Exchange Online, but it is for SharePoint Online, because files held in the Preservation Hold Library are charged against the tenant storage quota. This isn't a reason to not use retention policies, but you should be careful.

Microsoft Responds to Dutch DPIA with Privacy Control for Office ProPlus

with 2 Comments by Tony Redmond

Microsoft has announced that version 1904 of Office ProPlus (click to run) for Windows includes new privacy controls to allow organizations limit the data sent back by the Office apps. There's no word about when they will deliver similar controls for Office for Mac, Office mobile, and the Office 365 server apps. Privacy is a real challenge in a world where cloud apps gather so much telemetry to measure performance, reliability, and other aspects, but it's good that organizations will now be able to control how much they share with Microsoft.

Office 365 Supervision Policies Now Include Teams

with 3 Comments by Tony Redmond

Good news for those who like to know what's going on in email: Office 365 supervision policies now support Teams personal chats and channel conversations in addition to email. And you can now use sensitive data types to find communications worth reading. Seriously, supervision policies are important to a certain section of the market, so it's good that Teams messages now surface for review.

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    Stick or Stay: Should I Upgrade to Exchange 2019?

    by Tony Redmond

    Exchange 2019 has been around for six months. It's a good time to consider if on-premises organizations should upgrade or stick with the version of Exchange they run today. Exchange 2019 is a solid release, even if Microsoft's engineering efforts are largely focused on the cloud these days. Of course, moving to Exchange Online is an option too, but perhaps not for the dedicated on-premises deployments.

    Bringing Intelligence to the Office 365 Substrate

    by Tony Redmond

    Artificial intelligence is of major interest to Microsoft right now, so it really shouldn't be a surprise that Jeffrey Snover, one of their technical chiefs, is now heading the charge to bring AI to the Office 365 substrate. Quite what this means for the internal operations of Office 365, applications and clients, and customers is to be seen, but some interesting times lie ahead in the evolution of Office 365.

    Managing Users with Teams Messaging Policies

    with 3 Comments by Tony Redmond

    If you have a small Office 365 tenant, you probably don't need to use Teams messaging policies to control user access to Teams features. But larger tenants soon discover that policy-based management is a great way to control the functionality available to select sets of Teams users. Here's how to create and assign a policy to users through the Teams Admin Center or PowerShell.

    How Stable is Office 365? Can I Trust the Cloud?

    by Tony Redmond

    Microsoft says Office 365 is stable, secure, and trustworthy. But then something happens to make people less sure that Office 365 really is what Microsoft says it is. To see if we can resolve some of the doubts in peoples' minds, Mary-Jo Foley is going to question me about some of the seamier sides of Office 365 on March 4. The audio and transcript will be available soon afterwards.

    Planner Does Multiplan

    by Tony Redmond

    Microsoft has announced the ability of the Planner web app to create multiple plans for an Office 365 group. This is a useful feature that Teams and SharePoint Online (the Planner web part) can already do, but some extra work was needed to break the connection between a plan and a group, and that's what Multiplan means. Or it means a spreadsheet.

    The Joys of Managing Large Microsoft Teams

    by Tony Redmond

    Teams now supports memberships of up to 5,000 users. This is great for large tenants, but probably isn't too interesting for most of Office 365. If you're in the situation where you might need to operate very large teams, you might need Microsoft to make some changes to the client, write some tools, and impose some basic etiquette on Teams users.