Office 365

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.

Managing Users with Teams Messaging Policies

with 2 Comments by Tony Redmond

If you have a small Office 365 tenant, you probably don't need to use Teams messaging policies to control user access to Teams features. But larger tenants soon discover that policy-based management is a great way to control the functionality available to select sets of Teams users. Here's how to create and assign a policy to users through the Teams Admin Center or PowerShell.

How Stable is Office 365? Can I Trust the Cloud?

by Tony Redmond

Microsoft says Office 365 is stable, secure, and trustworthy. But then something happens to make people less sure that Office 365 really is what Microsoft says it is. To see if we can resolve some of the doubts in peoples' minds, Mary-Jo Foley is going to question me about some of the seamier sides of Office 365 on March 4. The audio and transcript will be available soon afterwards.

Planner Does Multiplan

by Tony Redmond

Microsoft has announced the ability of the Planner web app to create multiple plans for an Office 365 group. This is a useful feature that Teams and SharePoint Online (the Planner web part) can already do, but some extra work was needed to break the connection between a plan and a group, and that's what Multiplan means. Or it means a spreadsheet.

The Joys of Managing Large Microsoft Teams

by Tony Redmond

Teams now supports memberships of up to 5,000 users. This is great for large tenants, but probably isn't too interesting for most of Office 365. If you're in the situation where you might need to operate very large teams, you might need Microsoft to make some changes to the client, write some tools, and impose some basic etiquette on Teams users.