SharePoint Online

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

with 4 Comments by Tony Redmond

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.

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.

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.

Using Document IDs with SharePoint Online

by Tony Redmond

Most Office 365 users might be unaware of SharePoint's Document ID service, which generates unique document identifiers for documents in a site. That's OK, because records management is not the kind of subject that turns everyone on. But business situations do occur when document IDs might be useful, which is why I went looking at how this SharePoint feature works.