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Important Office 365 Announcements from the SharePoint Conference

by Tony Redmond

Microsoft made a ton of announcements at this week's SharePoint conference in Las Vegas. If you're an Office 365 tenant administrator, the health of SharePoint Online and what it and OneDrive for Business can do is important to you. Among all the fluffy stuff about intelligent intranets, there was some good news about improvements in administration, security, and network utilization, all of which will help other Office 365 apps too.

Office ProPlus Desktop Apps Get New Privacy Controls

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Office ProPlus Version 1904 boasts new privacy controls and Microsoft has documented how it thinks about required and optional data collected from users. Office 365 still lacks privacy controls for the server apps. It remains to be seen if customers will be happy and consider that Microsoft has solved the GDPR issues identified in the Dutch DPIA report in November 2018.

Creating and Publishing a Teams Directory

by Tony Redmond

If your Office 365 tenant has many private Teams, you might run the risk that people create duplicate teams because they don't know that a team already exists. Teams doesn't have a separate directory but you can create one with PowerShell and publish the output in Teams. The magic is provided by deep links, which users click to navigate to a team they want to join.

SharePoint Launches Files Restore and New Admin Center

by Tony Redmond

Microsoft announced the Files Restore feature for SharePoint Online on April 22. It's the kind of news we can expect as the SharePoint conference draws near, and it's good news for Office 365 tenants. Some backup vendors might not be so keen as Files Restore makes it a tad harder for them to sell their backups. Small Office 365 tenants also got the news that the new SharePoint Admin Center is becoming the default. The new portal might even be ready soon.

Teams Supports Office 365 Data Loss Prevention Policies

by Tony Redmond

Microsoft Teams supports Office 365 Data Loss Prevention (DLP) policies, which means that you can check for the sharing of sensitive data like credit card or passport numbers in personal chats or channel conversations. Quite why someone would want to share their credit card number with someone else in a chat is beyond me, but there's no accounting for human taste.

Teams and Kaizala = Teams+?

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On April 4, Microsoft announced that Kaizala, their mobile chat application, is now available to all Office 365 commercial customers and will be integrating with Teams. On the surface, the two applications target very different user types: Teams takes care of corporate users with Office 365 licenses while Kaizala uses phone numbers as identities. We don't know how the two will meld, but the process will be interesting.

[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.

Office 365 Supervision Policies Now Include Teams

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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.

Managing Users with Teams Messaging Policies

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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.