Microsoft announced the roll-out of the Site Swap feature for SharePoint Online. You can only do this with PowerShell, but the process is quick and easy and works well (assuming your new site is ready to go). Who doesn’t like one-line PowerShell commands that do a lot of work with minimum effort!
The process of introducing Office 365 sensitivity labels to a tenant can be long and complicated because of the need to plan how to manage encrypted content. As you go through the process, don’t delete labels if they’ve already been used to protect content. Instead, remove them from the label policies used to publish information to clients. The labels will then remain intact in documents and other files.
Microsoft has announced that the AdditionalStorageProvidersAvailable setting in OWA mailbox policies will now control access to both first-party and third-party storage providers. The new setting is now available and becomes active in August. Before then, you might want to adjust some of your OWA mailbox policies.
Teams allows users to decide how they receive notifications about new messages posted in a channel. You can opt for notifications to appear in the activity feed or as a “banner” pop-up. And for busy channels, you might decide not to have any notifications at all.
The August updates for Office 365 for IT Pros (2020 Edition) are now available for download from Gumroad.com and Amazon.com. It’s been a big month for change and we updated 21 of the 24 content chapters. Printed books could never cope with this level of change – or any level of change when you think about it.
On July 30, Microsoft announced the retirement of Skype for Business Online with effect from July 31, 2021. Two years seems like a long time to prepare, but it’s amazing how time passes when you’ve got lots to do. Microsoft, ISVs, third-party consultants, and customers all have lots of work to do to prepare for the transition.
A question about how best to set auto-replies for Exchange Online shared mailboxes to respond to messages arriving during a public holiday gives another chance for PowerShell to show how useful it is. You could do the work with Flow, but PowerShell is more flexible and capable when dealing with multiple shared mailboxes.
On July 25. Microsoft South Africa announced the commencement of Office 365 services from datacenters in Johannesburg and Cape Town. South Africa is the sixteenth Office 365 region. Core services like Exchange Online and SharePoint Online are now being delivered to South African tenants.
Following a configuration change, the Exchange Online Focused Inbox ran into a problem on July 24 and delivered all messages to the “Other” view. This caused problems for users who didn’t receive notifications of new mail. Software can have bugs, but configuration changes should be tested before getting to production.