Teams is one of Microsoft’s hubs for teamwork within Office 365. People work with documents all the time and the documents are in SharePoint Online libraries. However, Teams imposes its own view of documents and omits some of the functionality available through the SharePoint browser interface. This doesn’t seem to matter very much, except in the case of data governance.
Office 365 Groups (and Teams) can quickly become obsolete, but administrators need some help to find the underused groups. PowerShell comes to the rescue through a mixture of checks against the group mailbox, Office 365 audit log, and Teams compliance records. A nice HTML report is the result – and isn’t that always welcome.
We can use PowerShell for SPO by using any of the development environments provided by Microsoft. If you ask my recommendation about what tool to use, I would say Windows PowerShell ISE or Visual Studio Code. Finally, there are also third-party tools to run PowerShell scripts and modules for SPO.
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!
Microsoft says that Office 365 will support internationalized email addresses (EAI) in Q1 2018. Support is limited to inbound and outbound email and you will not be able to assign email addresses with non-Latin characters to Office 365 accounts until all the heavy lifting is done to make sure that nothing breaks, including in hybrid organizations.
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Microsoft has a new Information Protection guide to help Office 365 tenants prepare for GDPR. The guide is incomplete because it focuses on SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, but it contains some good information that will help companies figure out what they need to do to prepare for the May 25, 2018 deadline. Expect more guides of this type to appear in the future.
If you have been on the internet at all in the last year and read anything about the Office 365 ecosystem, you have heard of PowerApps.
Lots of good things happened in the world of Office 365 during 2017. More people than ever before use the service, new applications and functionality appeared, and Microsoft delivered a robust service. On the other hand, a few lows happened as well, as sometimes bad decisions and miscommunication soured the experience. But overall, 2017 was good and laid a great foundation for 2018.
Office 365 Groups have been very good for SharePoint Online. Because many apps use Groups, they also use SharePoint, even if they don’t know it. Teams, Planner, Yammer, StaffHub, Stream, and Groups in Outlook (or whatever the name is this week) all drive SharePoint usage. SharePoint Online is Office 365 document management, and that’s a good thing.
PowerShell for SPO is a tool not only for platform administration and configuration tasks but also for doing many other common activities.
Jasper Oosterveld compares the Modern SharePoint experience to the Classic SharePoint experience.
Microsoft launched Advanced Threat Protection for SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Teams on December 5. It’s good to have extra anti-malware capabilities, but ATP requires Office 365 E5 or an extra add-on, so it might be out of the reach of some tenants. And it’s all about SharePoint – Teams is just there because Teams can store documents.