Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Skype for Business Online Retirement

There was an important announcement that Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31, 2021.  The Skype consumer service and Skype for Business Server are no associated to this announcement.

Microsoft Teams will be the service moving forward that is replacing Skype for Business Online.  Customers should start planning now on this transition.  Please review the announcement for getting details for that planning.

Announcement - https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/Skype-for-Business-Online-to-Be-Retired-in-2021/ba-p/777833

Monday, July 22, 2019

Office 365 ProPlus Activation Improvements

There is are interesting improvements coming out for Office 365 ProPlus.  As many of you know, users can install ProPlus on 5 devices.  Today when they exceed that a user, is prompted and the user is forced to make a decision on which other device to deactivate ProPlus on.

Now the users can install ProPlus on new devices without getting prompted.  Now when the user reaches their sign-in limit, the user will be automatically signed out of ProPlus on the least used device.  Next time the user goes back to that device, they will be prompted to re-activate.

Announcement - https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Office-365-Blog/Office-365-Client-Licensing-and-Activation-Improvements/ba-p/763694

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Microsoft Teams and Information Barriers

A feature that I have always been fascinated with is Information Barriers and it has been expanded to Microsoft Teams (in Preview).

Information Barriers is a feature of Office 365 that can be used to restrict conversation and communications between groups of people to avoid conflicts of interest.

For Microsoft Teams this means:
  • Adding users to a Team could be restricted
  • Private chats can be restricted
  • Inviting other users to meetings
  • Performing screenshare between users
  • Placing a phone call between users
Here are some references:
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/Information-Barriers-Preview/ba-p/505536

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/information-barriers-in-teams

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/securitycompliance/information-barriers

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Microsoft Teams DLP

Microsoft Teams is releasing new Data Loss Prevention (DLP) capability.  It is very similar in concept to SPO DLP.  Users could potentially have chat conversations on topics between users or in channels that are not appropriate.  Teams DLP can be configured centrally with all your DLP policy and then used to protect information.  Please use the information to get started.

Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-rzLPnixiM
TechNet - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/securitycompliance/dlp-microsoft-teams

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Office 365 Network Onboarding tool

A lot of questions have questions when onboarding into Office 365 around networking.  There is a new proof of concept tool that is available to help you with this planning.  Go here for more information - https://connectivity.office.com/

Monday, March 25, 2019

Windows Virtual Desktop Preview

Windows Virtual Desktop is a new solution that is in preview.  This solution:
  • Delivers a Windows 10 experience
  • Provide an experience with Office 365 ProPlus
  • Supports your ability to move your Windows Server desktops to Azure

For some more information about this – read this - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/modern-desktop/enterprise/windows-virtual-desktop

Saturday, February 23, 2019

New Updates Coming for Office 365 Security and Compliance Centers

If you have not been watching, there are some new changes to the Microsoft Office 365 Security and Compliance Center.

This new portal experience is bringing together all the information being collected by Office 365, Windows 10, EMS and Azure.  Security administrators will be able to see a singular view and have the ability to drill in on areas that they need to investigate.  Additionally, features will be highlighted that you can use to help mitigate risk.



The new compliance center provides information about our current compliance with reminders on areas where customer configuration is required to stay in compliance.



Announcement - https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Security-Privacy-and-Compliance/Introducing-the-new-Microsoft-365-security-center-and-Microsoft/ba-p/326959