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Teams Gets Closer to Email

with 1 Comment by Tony Redmond

Since its inception, Microsoft Teams has had an odd relationship with email. Some think that Teams will replace email, at least for many internal conversations. The real facts are that Teams and email need to survive and co-operate together as collaborative modalities for Office 365 tenants. Microsoft is introducing three new features to help Teams gets along better with email, and that's a good thing.

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    Microsoft Releases Sensitive by Default Upload for SharePoint Online

    by Tony Redmond

    A new SharePoint Online feature blocks access to newly uploaded files until Office 365 Data Loss Prevention processes the files to detect policy violations due to the presence of sensitive data. DLP processing for SharePoint Online can take several hours to reach new files, so enabling sensitive by default stops users inadvertently sharing sensitive content until DLP can process files. The downside is that you can't apply sensitive by default to individual sites. It's all or nothing...

    How PowerShell 7 Logging works in Linux

    by Adam Bertram

    With PowerShell 7 being cross-platform, the question often comes up of how logging works on Linux systems. Most PowerShell administrators are used to working in the Windows world and using the EventLog. Likewise, most Linux system administrators are used to Syslog and log files in general.

    Microsoft Launches Preview PowerShell Module for Graph

    by Tony Redmond

    Microsoft has made a preview PowerShell module for the Graph available for developers to play with. Being able to use PowerShell with the Graph exposes a lot of data to play with, so it's a great addition to the administrator toolkit. To see how things worked in practice,, I convert a script to report Teams channels that are email-enabled to use the Graph module. Things worked out pretty well, but as you'd expect, some rough edges exist that need to be smoothed.

    Managing OneDrive for Business File Upload Requests

    with 1 Comment by Tony Redmond

    The new Request Files feature in OneDrive for Business is great for users but comes with no admin controls. You can block the feature completely with a kludge and use Office 365 audit records to know when people are requesting files. However, Microsoft could make the feature so much better by extending some existing controls to make requesting files work better and more securely.

    Microsoft Tries to Boost Microsoft Search in Bing with Chrome Extension

    by Tony Redmond

    In a January 22 post, Microsoft announced a plan to boost Microsoft Search in Bing by including an extension to make Bing the search engine for Chrome for Office ProPlus users. Obviously no one outside Redmond thinks that this is a good idea as forcing users to embrace Bing is unlikely to be popular. But it might happen in mid-February when the next Monthly Channel update for Office ProPlus lands. Stay tuned for developments.

    OneDrive for Business Makes It Easy to Request Files

    with 1 Comment by Tony Redmond

    The OneDrive for Business Request Files feature is a quick and simple way for users to ask others to upload files to a target folder using a special sharing link. Request files is now available within Office 365. The process is straightforward and might even help to stop people sending some attachments around in email. No admin controls are available for Request files, which is a nagging concern that deserves some consideration.

    Exchange Online Calendar Auto-Processing Vexes Some Users

    by Tony Redmond

    A recent change made to the way that Exchange Online processes notifications for calendar meetings has upset some Office 365 users because they don't see the email. Instead of leaving the notification email in the Inbox, Exchange processes the update in the calendar and moves the notification to the Deleted Items folder, meaning that it might be missed. Which makes some people mad.