Sunday, October 27, 2019

Which Office 365 Gov Cloud Should I use???

I get lots of questions on which cloud is right for me?  Specifically there are Office 365 GCC, GCCH and DoD.  A colleague of mine wrote this really good article to help you with this -

It goes through all the standards and accreditations and will help you make the right decision on which cloud to go to.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Audio Conferencing via Direct Routing for Office 365 GCCH and DoD

We had several customers waiting for Audio Conferencing with direct routing to be released in Office 365 GCCH and DoD.  I was recently announced in our roadmap.

“Audio Conferencing via Direct Routing for GCC High and GCC DoD enables participants to join your organization’s meetings using a standard phone number. Participants choose to use a phone to join meetings for scenarios where Internet connectivity is limited, are in transit, or don't have access to a Teams application. Participants can join the meeting either by using the dial-in access numbers of your organization or by having the meeting dial out to a phone number. Configuring this feature requires your organization to use its own numbers for dial-in access and all meeting dial-outs to phones are via Direct Routing. To enable the service, organizations need to set up Direct Routing and configure phone numbers that can be used for dial-in access. GCC High and DoD customers should note that the requirement to use direct routing is different from the Audio Conferencing service that is offered to commercial organizations where the dial-in access numbers are provided by Microsoft. Please be sure to review the correct documentation for this offering. We expect the documentation to be available at the same time as General Availability for the feature.”

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 -

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 -

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:

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.

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