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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.

The Mysterious Files Folder and its Importance to Office 365 Apps

by Tony Redmond

Many differences exist between the on-premises and cloud worlds. The Files folder is one of Office 365's unique features. The folder exists in user mailboxes to hold information about "file-oriented experiences." As it turns out, apps like Delve, SharePoint, and Office 365 Groups like to display file information to users, but they need a fast and efficient way to get to that data. Files is the answer!

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    How Background Office 365 Processes Cause Confusion

    by Tony Redmond

    Background processing usually remains hidden from end users. No need exists for a user to understand what maintenance goes on under the covers of the service. Office 365 delivers service with no fuss to its users, but recently I have noticed some instances when background processes have made themselves felt. Although these are not serious issues, they are a worrying sign of a lack of attention to detail.

    Chrome Makes SharePoint Look Insecure

    by Tony Redmond

    An update to SharePoint Online for some Office 365 tenants clashed with Google’s determination to move from SHA-1 to SHA-2 as the basis for securing web sites. The symptom is that Chrome flags SharePoint sites as “Not Secure”, which is a pretty worrying thing for an Office 365 administrator to see. Fortunately, Microsoft is reversing the update out to fix the problem.

    Office 365 Groups News from Ignite

    by Tony Redmond

    Office 365 Groups occupy a special place in Microsoft’s collaboration strategy. The link-up between Yammer and Groups was the headline news for some, but a lot of other facts were revealed at the Ignite conference, mostly around operational improvements to help tenants manage groups better. Here’s some of what occurred.