Exchange Online

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.

OWA Gets a Refresh

by Tony Redmond

Microsoft has released a new version of Outlook Web Access (OWA) to preview. Office 365 targeted release tenants can check the new UI out to see how it works. It's new and it's early, so some glitches exist, but the new OWA is more attractive than the old, which might be all that's important.

Looking Forward to Office 365 at Ignite 2018

by Tony Redmond

Microsoft has scheduled 1,500+ sessions for the Ignite 2018 conference in Orlando next week. What's happening for Office 365? Well, there are many sessions to attend, but the interesting thing is the huge number of sessions assigned to Teams compared to other workloads. SharePoint does OK, but Exchange is low, and Yammer gets a surprising allocation.

Spanning Continues to Fight for Office 365 Backups

by Tony Redmond

I don't consider backups to be a necessity for Office 365, but ISVs continue to offer these products and customers continue to buy, so I chatted with Spanning to find out what's happening in the Office 365 market, who's using cloud backups, and why. We also spoke about the challenges that backup vendors continue to have in coping with some of the unique aspects of Office 365.

Consumers Gain from Enterprise-Class Office 365 Features

by Tony Redmond

Outlook.com (premium) now boasts two new protected email features taken directly from Exchange Online. It's an example of how the shared Office 365 infrastructure enables Microsoft to make functionality available to users of its consumer and enterprise platforms as they want. OneDrive Restore is another example. In both cases, the features aren't available to free seats.