Saturday, January 21, 2023

Microsoft Teams Search and Purge

There are times when customers require the ability to purge data from their tenant.  The major services of Office 365 like Exchange Online, SharePoint Online (plus OneDrive for Business) and Microsoft Teams have always had methods for performing permanent deletion of data.  Exchange Online and SharePoint Online have always had capabilities that allows you to do item level data purging.  There have always had ways to delete Microsoft Teams chat data too, however the deletion options of chat item level data was very limited and not optimal.  This is no longer the case.  

Microsoft Teams has a new feature in the eDiscovery Premium SKU that allows you to have item level deletion of chat data.  This feature is now fully Generally Available.  

Please review the links below.

Friday, December 16, 2022

Microsoft Teams Linux Client

I missed this announcement last month.  Microsoft Teams now has a web app that is fully supported and generally available for users who are on Linux.


Monday, November 21, 2022

Microsoft Teams Premium Announcement Notes

There was an important announcement at the recent Ignite conference in October 2022 for Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Teams is introducing a new SKU called Microsoft Teams Premium which will include a wide array of new capabilities.  Here is a listing of features that caught my attention:

  • Meeting Guides: pre-configured meetings set by IT based on the type of meeting you want to have (internal, external, etc.)
  • Customer meeting branding: great for external attendees meeting join experience
  • Intelligent Recap: creates smarter recordings and after meeting actions
  • Live translation for captions
  • Advanced meeting protection: water marking, limit who can record a meeting, additional integration with E5 features like meeting labels
  • Advanced Meeting Appointments: text reminders, custom branded virtual appointments, streamline appointment management, additional analytics, etc.
  • Advanced Webinars: streamlined registration workflows, registration waitlists, automated email reminders, virtual green room, manage what attendees can see, etc.

Sunday, November 13, 2022

User Data Migration Across Tenants

Cross tenant data migration is capability that comes up a lot.  Customer tenants have to be merged or divested commonly through business acquisitions.  Tenant to tenant migration capabilities are now in full GA in our commercial cloud.  This enables organizations to move a user’s mailbox and OneDrive data.  

Note that this is for user data, not organizational data.  For instance SharePoint Online sites and Microsoft Teams data is not in scope at this time.  

Additionally, these features will be introduced to the GCC, GCCH and DoD clouds soon, and they are currently available in Preview.  

Finally, the capabilities only work within a cloud and are not intended to be supported across clouds.


Friday, September 30, 2022

Blog 15 Year Anniversary

Wow.  This is actually kinda of exciting, I am now celebrating 15 years running this blog.  Like this blog, my career has take several twists and turns, yet I have been able to keep this blog going.  When I first started this blog, I was a developer and I was very focused deep diving very technical aspects of what I was working on.  These days, I am much more focused on running a team of principal product managers and focusing on managing their careers.  Yet one constant has been here; Microsoft.  I am so thankful for everything I have been able to achieve and I still look forward to the future.  Even though the types of blogs I am authoring are very different from the ones I wrote 15 years ago, I really believe this Blog has helped me with my career.  

Exchange Online Client Access Rules (CAR) Planned Depreciation

Today I saw that Exchange Online Client Access Rules (CAR) plan to be deprecated in about 12 months.  Customers are encouraged to start leveraging AAD Continuous Access Evaluation (CAE) in its place.  I have seen customers extensively leverage CAR policies as way to control access to email.  Please see article for additional information.