Everything You Need to Know About Office 365 – December 2020 Edition
As we kick off the first workday of 2021, it’s time for our monthly round-up of what happened, well, last month. Even though it was a much quieter month, there are still notable updates and posts that you should know about. And as you think about goals for 2021, learning more about Office 365/Microsoft 365 isn’t a bad item to add to your list.
Starting with Teams, Microsoft has begun rolling out personal features for desktop and browser clients but also delayed some native notifications and fluent updates. But for those who have been waiting on breakout rooms, that feature is here and likely already available in your tenant.
Along with meeting reactions being released this month, Microsoft will also make Guest Access enabled by default too; there is also a new approval workflow coming too. Another important event happening in January is that Exchange Online will start rejecting old TLS connections.
On the SharePoint side of the Office 365 coin, Microsoft announced that there are now 200 million monthly users of the platform. And for the advanced admins out there, Tony has a process outlined that will help you decrypt SharePoint Online documents with PowerShell. And a monthly round-up wouldn’t be complete without talking license, Azure AD Premium licenses are needed to manage SharePoint Sites with sensitivity labels.
Say Goodbye to Traditional PC Lifecycle Management
Traditional IT tools, including Microsoft SCCM, Ghost Solution Suite, and KACE, often require considerable custom configurations by T3 technicians (an expensive and often elusive IT resource) to enable management of a hybrid onsite + remote workforce. In many cases, even with the best resources, organizations are finding that these on-premise tools simply cannot support remote endpoints consistently and reliably due to infrastructure limitations.
This month also on Petri we covered quite a few important topics that can help your workflow including how to mark Office 365 documents and emails as formal records, updating user photos for Microsoft 365 accounts, and many other topics that you can view here.
As we head into 2021, Office 365 and Microsoft 365 will continue to see the aggressive updates rolled out. And as always, we here at Petri will keep you informed of the changes that will potentially impact your tenant.