Office 365

The Need to Manage Office 365 Feature Deprecations

by Tony Redmond

Everyone gets very excited about new Office 365 features, but how do we handle the dark side of change - deprecated features and functionality? The answer is that we probably don't do such a good job of managing features out of tenants. Maybe it's not the most exciting topic or work to do, but the simple fact is that deprecations happen and will continue to happen.

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    Analyzing the 2019 Numbers for Different Office 365 Workloads

    by Tony Redmond

    Microsoft is notoriously careful at giving out usage numbers for different Office 365 workloads.We know what the overall count is and now we have numbers for SharePoint Online and Teams. Some glances into a handy crystal ball and some inspired guesswork allows us to calculate likely numbers for Exchange Online, Yammer, and Planner and paint a more comprehensive picture of what's happening inside Office 365.

    Exploring the Office 365 Substrate

    by Tony Redmond

    The Office 365 Substrate is a poorly understood part of Microsoft's Cloud Office system. The substrate is a critical part of enabling services that run across different applications like Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Teams, and so on. Functionality like search, information protection, data governance, and eDiscovery is a lot harder when you have multiple moving parts. The substrate gives cohesion and coherence to what could otherwise be a tangled mess.

    Microsoft to Office 365 Users: Have Your Credit Cards Ready

    with 3 Comments by Tony Redmond

    In a rather odd decision, Microsoft is launching self-service purchases for Office 365 tenant users who want to use the Power Platform without consulting an administrator. Another troubling sign is the way that the MailItemsAccessed audit event has been packaged into a new Microsoft 365 Audit feature. Tenants expected to see this audit event last January after Microsoft announced it was coming. Its subsequent disappearance was a mystery until now.

    No Surprise That Exchange Online Uses Windows Server Core

    by Tony Redmond

    A recent Microsoft post contained the news that Exchange Online uses Windows Server Core. That might be news to some, but not to anyone who's been following the advice of the Exchange product group. Exchange Online doesn't use virtual servers, follows a preferred architecture, wants to reduce the potential attack surface, and extract as much CPU as possible out of its servers. All good reasons why Windows Server Core helps.

    Change in Management Philosophy Needed to Accelerate Teams Growth

    with 1 Comment by Tony Redmond

    Microsoft Teams is very successful at present, but a nagging doubt exists that some of the approaches taken by Microsoft towards Teams management and administration are less than optimum. It's great to introduce a mass of new features on an ongoing basis and it's better when policies exist to control the use of the features. But do new features always need to be enabled out-of-the-box?