Exchange Online

The PowerShell Mess in the Microsoft Cloud

by Tony Redmond

PowerShell is a great way of automating common administrative Office 365 operations. That is, if you know what module to use and how to use the cmdlets in that module. Unfortunately things are a bit of a mess with too many modules and inconsistent behavior in areas like error handling. With so many development groups working on Office 365, the PowerShell situation might be inevitable, but it needs cleaning up.

MyAnalytics Focused on Outcomes not Raw Statistics

by Tony Redmond

The new version of MyAnalytics is available to Office 365 E3 and E5 users and takes a different approach to the interpretation of data gathered about user work activities inside different apps. Instead of telling you the raw counts of messages sent and read and other data, MyAnalytics gives insights to help people work smarter and achieve a better work-life balance.

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    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.

    Stick or Stay: Should I Upgrade to Exchange 2019?

    by Tony Redmond

    Exchange 2019 has been around for six months. It's a good time to consider if on-premises organizations should upgrade or stick with the version of Exchange they run today. Exchange 2019 is a solid release, even if Microsoft's engineering efforts are largely focused on the cloud these days. Of course, moving to Exchange Online is an option too, but perhaps not for the dedicated on-premises deployments.

    Bringing Intelligence to the Office 365 Substrate

    by Tony Redmond

    Artificial intelligence is of major interest to Microsoft right now, so it really shouldn't be a surprise that Jeffrey Snover, one of their technical chiefs, is now heading the charge to bring AI to the Office 365 substrate. Quite what this means for the internal operations of Office 365, applications and clients, and customers is to be seen, but some interesting times lie ahead in the evolution of Office 365.

    Why Exchange Transport Rules are a Good Way to Encrypt Email

    by Tony Redmond

    Exchange Online transport (mail flow) rules are a powerful way to ensure that email from Office 365 tenants to specific recipients are encrypted in a consistent manner. Using rules relieves the need for users to become involved and makes sure that email is protected in a way that recipients can read messages. It's a good way to use the protection features built into Office 365.

    Exchange 2010 Nears the End

    by Tony Redmond

    Exchange 2010 will become unsupported on January 14, 2020. It's time to decide whether to move to Office 365 or Exchange 2016/2019. Exchange 2010 was a really big and important release in the 23-year history of the product, so it's sad to see it heading to the software scrapyard.

    New OWA Makes Categories into Favorites

    by Tony Redmond

    Microsoft is still building out the new OWA (for Exchange Online) interface. One new feature is the ability to make categories into Outlook favorites. This seems like a small thing, but it's really quite useful if you make an effort to use categories. Some people will love it. Some will say "blah."