Teams Gets Urgent Message Capability for Personal Chats

by Tony Redmond

Microsoft is rolling out priority notifications for Teams, the ability for users to send urgent messages in chats so that the recipients get notified every two minutes until they respond. Office 365 tenants (except GCC) should see the new functionality in July. Tenants can control who gets to send urgent messages with messaging policies, and some user education would be good to help those allowed to send these messages understand when a message is truly urgent.

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    Planner Supports Export to Excel

    by Tony Redmond

    Excel fans delight! You can now export task data for a Planner plan to Excel and slice and dice the task information to your heart's content. The new feature is likely to be popular with Office 365 users because it adds values and it makes sense to use Excel for this purpose, but another way of looking at it is that Planner is so poor at analysis and reporting that it needed external help. The truth probably lies in the middle.