Microsoft Retreats from Flawed Plan to Force Bing Extension on Chrome Users

by Tony Redmond

After several weeks of customer protest, Microsoft decided that their plan to automatically install a Microsoft Search in Bing extension for Chrome browsers with Office ProPlus wouldn't fly. While it's good that Microsoft is tweaking their plans and will allow Office 365 tenants to opt-in, the way they went about announcing such an outrageous decision begs the question just how Microsoft thought this was ever a good idea.

Teams Certificate Outage Causes Office 365 Tenants Concern

by Tony Redmond

The fact that the Teams outage on 3 February was caused by an expired authentication certificate is enough to cause Office 365 tenants to ask why such a thing happened. Teams is built on top of a lot of Office 365 and Azure components, so it's not altogether surprising that issues happen in what is a very complex infrastructure spread around the world. But given Microsoft's hyped focus on DevOps, you would have thought that something as fundamental as an expired certificate would have been picked up and fixed before it caused customer disruption.

A Roundup of Recent AWS Announcements

by Michael Otey

Amazon AWS is today’s leading cloud provider supporting millions of customers with over 175 cloud services from 22 geographic regions around the world. AWS has been available for over 13 years yet Amazon continues to evolve AWS at an extremely rapid pace. Some of the recent AWS announcements from January 2020 include:

Microsoft Releases Sensitive by Default Upload for SharePoint Online

by Tony Redmond

A new SharePoint Online feature blocks access to newly uploaded files until Office 365 Data Loss Prevention processes the files to detect policy violations due to the presence of sensitive data. DLP processing for SharePoint Online can take several hours to reach new files, so enabling sensitive by default stops users inadvertently sharing sensitive content until DLP can process files. The downside is that you can't apply sensitive by default to individual sites. It's all or nothing...

How PowerShell 7 Logging works in Linux

by Adam Bertram

With PowerShell 7 being cross-platform, the question often comes up of how logging works on Linux systems. Most PowerShell administrators are used to working in the Windows world and using the EventLog. Likewise, most Linux system administrators are used to Syslog and log files in general.

Windows 10 Version 2004 (20H1) – Cortana

by Russell Smith

Most of the changes in Windows 10 version 2004, which is due to land in the first half of 2020, are under-the-hood. And the Windows 10 November 2019 Update got some of the changes that were in development as part of 20H1, like enhancements to search in File Explorer. This second article in a two-part series looks at the new Cortana experience that is coming as part of Windows 10 version 2004.