Author: Tony Redmond

Tony Redmond has written thousands of articles about Microsoft technology since 1996. He covers Office 365 and associated technologies for Petri.com and is also the lead author for the Office 365 for IT Pros eBook, updated monthly to keep pace with change in the cloud.

Play My Emails Goes International

by Tony Redmond

Launched in 2019 for the U.S. Microsoft introduced Play My Emails in Outlook mobile (initially iOS, now for Android too) at the Ignite 2019 conference. I was excited at the notion of being able to process email in a different way. The promise was that a natural voice would generate an intelligent readout of messages… Read More

Botched Microsoft Update to Teams Retention Causes Customer Heartburn

by Tony Redmond

No Data Compromised but Bad Day for Teams Retention Alarm bells went off on Thursday, October 29 when administrators in several tenants noticed that retention policies created to process Teams chat messages were apparently applied to Exchange mailboxes. Microsoft subsequently issued incident EX225368 “Admins may see Microsoft Teams retention policies unexpectedly update to Exchange Online… Read More

Project Moca In Preview for Office 365 Users

by Tony Redmond

On October 14, Microsoft announced that Project Moca, a new “productivity module,” is available as a public preview for Office 365 commercial tenants. The feature had previously been made available to Education tenants in August and to premium Outlook.com accounts in June. Moca is the “Outlook spaces project,” the first sights of which leaked in… Read More

New Crucial Audit Events Added to Office 365

by Tony Redmond

Helping Investigators Understand What Happened In March, Microsoft eventually released the MailItemsAccessed “crucial audit event” for accounts holding Office 365 E5 licenses (other suitable licenses include Microsoft 365 E5 or the Microsoft 365 E5 compliance). Crucial events are deemed to be of higher value to investigators or others who need to understand exactly what happened… Read More

Working with Azure AD Administrative Units

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Logical Division of Azure Active Directory Management Since its launch in 1999, Active Directory has used Organizational Units (OUs) to logically partition the directory. Despite discussions going back as far as 2014, the ability to partition Azure Active Directory in the same or an equivalent manner wasn’t available. Administrative Units (AUs), launched in public preview… Read More

Microsoft’s Tenant to Tenant Migration Vision Lacks Coverage and Depth

by Tony Redmond

Image 1 Expand Those who listened to Microsoft’s virtual Ignite session on Supporting Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures in Microsoft 365 might have concluded that Office 365 tenant restructuring was about to become possible. It’s not. What’s really happening is that Microsoft is taking on the easiest parts of tenant to tenant migrations: cross-tenant mailbox migration (now… Read More