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Microsoft Forgets to Renew Certificate, Teams Goes Offline

If you woke up this morning and are unable to sign in to Microsoft Teams, you are not alone. Microsoft’s productivity application was unavailable for many users but the outage does not appear to be a serious threat to the service.

Feb 3, 2020 | Brad Sams

Microsoft Closes Outlook Copy-On-Write Flaw with Exchange Online Fix

Microsoft fixed the copy-on-write bug in Outlook for Windows in Exchange Online. The fix stops users removing attachments from sent or received messages. A strong case can be made that the fix should have been present from the start to stop any possibility that clients could comprise Exchange Native Data Protection. Microsoft doesn't think many people were affected and they could be right, but that doesn't make the problem any easier to swallow.

Jan 30, 2020 | Tony Redmond

Managing OneDrive for Business File Upload Requests

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.

Jan 28, 2020 | Tony Redmond

Microsoft Tries to Boost Microsoft Search in Bing with Chrome Extension

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.

Jan 22, 2020 | Tony Redmond

OneDrive for Business Makes It Easy to Request Files

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.

Jan 21, 2020 | Tony Redmond

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