Teams

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.

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.

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.

[Sponsored] Managing Teams Deployments for Better Outcomes

by Tony Redmond

Teams is on a roll at present with the number of organizations using the app accelerating past 500,000. Good planning and forethought help enormously to ensure the success of any deployment and Teams is no different. Whether you're running a migration from Skype for Business Online or a greenfield deployment, thinking before deploying is always a good thing to do.

Office 365 Supervision Policies Now Include Teams

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Good news for those who like to know what's going on in email: Office 365 supervision policies now support Teams personal chats and channel conversations in addition to email. And you can now use sensitive data types to find communications worth reading. Seriously, supervision policies are important to a certain section of the market, so it's good that Teams messages now surface for review.

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.