Opinion

Google Is Building a Slack, Not a Teams

with 2 Comments by Brad Sams

For the past half-decade or so, Google has been trying feverishly to crack the enterprise market with its cloud and productivity application. While the company has made some serious in-roads, with its cloud services growing and the adoption of its productivity suite, Google Apps, often becoming the preferred choice for small companies, Microsoft still rules the roost for the productivity market.

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

by Tony Redmond

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.

The Need to Manage Office 365 Feature Deprecations

by Tony Redmond

Everyone gets very excited about new Office 365 features, but how do we handle the dark side of change - deprecated features and functionality? The answer is that we probably don't do such a good job of managing features out of tenants. Maybe it's not the most exciting topic or work to do, but the simple fact is that deprecations happen and will continue to happen.

Office 365 Successes and Failures Since 2011

by Tony Redmond

Office 365 has experienced great success since its launch in June 2011, but it's also had its share of failures as well. This article considers the most important technical advances in Office 365 and the most important parts of the ecosystem as well as some places where things didn't go quite so well as either Microsoft or tenants would have liked.

Office 365 Has Changed Enormously Since 2011

with 3 Comments by Tony Redmond

Microsoft launched Office 365 in June 2011. Since then, the cloud office suite has matured nicely and now serves over 200 million monthly active users. Looking back as we enter a new decade, the fears that people had about going to the cloud have been dealt with and the Office 365 record of cost, reliability, and security holds up to close examination.

Analyzing the 2019 Numbers for Different Office 365 Workloads

by Tony Redmond

Microsoft is notoriously careful at giving out usage numbers for different Office 365 workloads.We know what the overall count is and now we have numbers for SharePoint Online and Teams. Some glances into a handy crystal ball and some inspired guesswork allows us to calculate likely numbers for Exchange Online, Yammer, and Planner and paint a more comprehensive picture of what's happening inside Office 365.

Exploring the Office 365 Substrate

by Tony Redmond

The Office 365 Substrate is a poorly understood part of Microsoft's Cloud Office system. The substrate is a critical part of enabling services that run across different applications like Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Teams, and so on. Functionality like search, information protection, data governance, and eDiscovery is a lot harder when you have multiple moving parts. The substrate gives cohesion and coherence to what could otherwise be a tangled mess.

Teams Doesn’t Need Two PowerShell Modules (But Why Two Exist)

with 2 Comments by Tony Redmond

If you work with Teams through PowerShell, you'll know that you sometimes need to open the Skype for Business Online module. It's a royal pain in the rear end to deal with two inconsistent modules. It would be much neater if everything was gathered into one coherent module. However, that's not going to happen much before Skype for Business Online retires in 2021. In the interim, here are seven sets of policy cmdlets that you'll probably need to use to assign policies to multiple users at one time.

Year of Yammer: New Goals for Microsoft’s Enterprise Collaboration App

by Tony Redmond

Microsoft has declared some undefined period, perhaps starting at the Ignite conference, to be the "Year of Yammer." Cynics might say "What! Yet again?" as Microsoft tries to position its enterprise networking app within Office 365 collaboration as it certainly feels like we have been down this path before. On the upside, this attempt seems to focus on what Yammer is good at instead of mimicking other apps. Time will tell.