Opinion

If an Office 365 Disaster Happened, What Would You Do?

by Tony Redmond

A question none of us like to think about too much is what we would do if a natural or man-made disaster took out Office 365 and disrupted service for an extended period. The good news is that the way Microsoft has built out Office 365 into datacenter regions helps to limit the effect of any outage, but the fact still remains that something bad could happen. What would you do then?

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.

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.

Groups Membership Model Makes Teams Private Channels Hard to Implement

with 4 Comments by Tony Redmond

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.