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Microsoft Retreats from Flawed Plan to Force Bing Extension on Chrome Users

After several weeks of customer protest, Microsoft decided that their plan to automatically install a Microsoft Search in Bing extension for Chrome browsers with Office ProPlus wouldn't fly. While it's good that Microsoft is tweaking their plans and will allow Office 365 tenants to opt-in, the way they went about announcing such an outrageous decision begs the question just how Microsoft thought this was ever a good idea.

Feb 12, 2020 | Tony Redmond

Teams Certificate Outage Causes Office 365 Tenants Concern

The fact that the Teams outage on 3 February was caused by an expired authentication certificate is enough to cause Office 365 tenants to ask why such a thing happened. Teams is built on top of a lot of Office 365 and Azure components, so it's not altogether surprising that issues happen in what is a very complex infrastructure spread around the world. But given Microsoft's hyped focus on DevOps, you would have thought that something as fundamental as an expired certificate would have been picked up and fixed before it caused customer disruption.

Feb 10, 2020 | Tony Redmond

Microsoft Releases Sensitive by Default Upload for SharePoint Online

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...

Feb 6, 2020 | Tony Redmond

Sponsored: Adopting Teams is One Thing, Using it Effectively is Another 

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Feb 4, 2020 | Brad Sams

Microsoft Launches Preview PowerShell Module for Graph

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.

Feb 4, 2020 | Tony Redmond

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