Microsoft Retreats From 1TB Limit for Auto-Expanding Archives – For Now

In November, Microsoft set a 1TB limit for Exchange Online auto-expanding archive mailboxes. Now they’ve retreated and the latest service description says nothing about a limit. The two changes in the service featured little or no customer communications and a total lack of any supporting material, like administrative controls to help manage archive mailboxes approaching the limit. While a limit has gone for now, it will be back.

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Posting Microsoft 365 Roadmap Items to Teams

Finding it hard to keep up to date with Office 365? This post describes how to use PowerShell to post recent Microsoft 365 roadmap updates to a Teams channel.The message cards hold details of what an update contains, its status, the posting date, and the technology categories the item covers. Apart from posting to Teams, the script also creates a CSV file holding details of all the roadmap items that you can use for reporting and analysis.

Microsoft Removing Legacy Office 365 eDiscovery Tools

Microsoft announced the retirement of legacy eDiscovery tools from Office 365. The Exchange Online in-place holds and eDiscovery tool, Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery 1, and the Search-Mailbox cmdlet are being retired. All will be gone by mid-2020. It’s a pity to see the Search-Mailbox cmdlet being removed, but time and progress make this kind of thing inevitable.

Microsoft Fixes Teams Problem After SharePoint Site Rename

Teams and SharePoint Online share a connection through the Files Channel tab. Unfortunately, if you rename the URL of a SharePoint site, the connection broke. The good news is that Microsoft has now fixed the problem. Some pesky bugs got in the way, one of which stopped the connection being restored. But the developers persisted and the final bug was fixed last week.

January 2020 Update Available for Office 365 for IT Pros

Office 365 for IT Pros Book Cover

Office 365 for IT Pros is the only book that is continuously updated to track progress of Microsoft’s Cloud Office service. The January 2020 update is now available for subscribers to download from Gumroad.com or Amazon. Fifteen out of 24 chapters are updated in this release. As always, we’d like subscribers to download and use the new content.

Teams Priority Notifications Promotion Extended

Teams supports priority notifications to nag users when something important happens and they need to respond. Enterprise Office 365 users can send as many urgent messages as they want, but Microsoft plans to charge frontline users to send more than five messages monthly.

Happy Office 365 Holidays 2019

The Office 365 for IT Pros Writing team is taking a short break for the holiday season. We’ll be back in 2020 with new articles and insight into Office 365 as well as an update for the book on January 6. Everyone needs to recharge their batteries and we’ll be using the holidays to prepare for all the work we know that’s coming in 2020.

The Final Days of Office 365 Video

Microsoft has announced how the final phases of the migration from Office 365 Video to Stream will proceed. The biggest thing to understand is that you have until March 2020 to decide to migrate or delay – unless you’ve already migrated, in which case you don’t need to do anything. Migration isn’t particularly difficult unless you have done something special to customize Office 365 Video.

Antivirus Exclusions and the Teams Desktop Client

Like all applications, the Microsoft Teams client has some “hot” files that the app depends on. Antivirus software processing can affect app performance if it conflicts with the hot files. You can exclude the Teams hot files from antivirus processing to see if that helps performance. Like anything to do with antivirus software, it’s a question of balancing security and performance.