Office 365 Supervision Policies Now Include Teams

by Tony Redmond

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.

Managing Users with Teams Messaging Policies

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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.

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.

Groups Membership Model Makes Teams Private Channels Hard to Implement

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Secure (or private) channels is the biggest user request to the Teams development group, possibly because Slack has this feature. The only problem is that the Office 365 Groups membership model doesn't allow for filtering within a group, so introducing elements available to a selected set of members might create all sorts of difficulties for how Teams interacts with the rest of the Office 365 ecosystem.