Office 365

Bringing Microsoft Search by Bing to Office 365

by Tony Redmond

You can now connect Office 365 sources like SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Teams, and Yammer to Microsoft Search and have Bing reveal results from those sources in its searches. It's a useful trick, as long as you use Bing as your search engine. And there's the small matter that Microsoft has left Exchange out of the list of connected sources, which seems to reduce the usefulness of searches a tad.

Microsoft Enables Longer Azure Active Directory Passwords

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You can now protect your Azure Active Directory account with a 256-character password, including spaces. This news will bring much joy to Office 365 administrators and others who hated the previous 16-character limit, but please don't rush into forcing users to change their passwords without taking the time to pause and consider how best to proceed. Longer passwords are good, but they should be only one part of a strategy to protect user accounts.

Office ProPlus Desktop Apps Get New Privacy Controls

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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.

Creating and Publishing a Teams Directory

by Tony Redmond

If your Office 365 tenant has many private Teams, you might run the risk that people create duplicate teams because they don't know that a team already exists. Teams doesn't have a separate directory but you can create one with PowerShell and publish the output in Teams. The magic is provided by deep links, which users click to navigate to a team they want to join.

SharePoint Launches Files Restore and New Admin Center

by Tony Redmond

Microsoft announced the Files Restore feature for SharePoint Online on April 22. It's the kind of news we can expect as the SharePoint conference draws near, and it's good news for Office 365 tenants. Some backup vendors might not be so keen as Files Restore makes it a tad harder for them to sell their backups. Small Office 365 tenants also got the news that the new SharePoint Admin Center is becoming the default. The new portal might even be ready soon.

Slack Uploads from Outlook and Other Office Integrations

by Tony Redmond

Slack released some integrations for Office (365) on April 9. I took a look and discovered some interesting things about how the Outlook add-in for Slack works (and doesn't work sometimes). If you use Slack, you'll probably be interested in a tighter connection between it and Office, but if you're invested in the Office 365 ecosystem, Teams is a better choice.

Teams Supports Office 365 Data Loss Prevention Policies

by Tony Redmond

Microsoft Teams supports Office 365 Data Loss Prevention (DLP) policies, which means that you can check for the sharing of sensitive data like credit card or passport numbers in personal chats or channel conversations. Quite why someone would want to share their credit card number with someone else in a chat is beyond me, but there's no accounting for human taste.

Teams and Kaizala = Teams+?

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On April 4, Microsoft announced that Kaizala, their mobile chat application, is now available to all Office 365 commercial customers and will be integrating with Teams. On the surface, the two applications target very different user types: Teams takes care of corporate users with Office 365 licenses while Kaizala uses phone numbers as identities. We don't know how the two will meld, but the process will be interesting.