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.

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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.

Office 365 Message Encryption (OME) Making Protected Email Better

Microsoft is releasing some updates to Office 365 Message Encryption (OME) in January. The detail in the announcement wasn’t great, so we plunged in to find out what’s happening. THe bottom line is that OME will use tenant domains to send email so that anti-spam filters will consider the messages to be authentic.

The End of Delve Blogs

Microsoft has announced that Delve blogs will no longer be supported in 2020. The news is unsurprising because Delve blogs have not been actively developed for several years. Office 365 tenants with content in Delve blogs must figure out where to move the content to. It might be the case that you don’t need to do anything because the content isn’t needed. If you do need to keep it, you could move Delve blog posts to SharePoint news or similar repositories.

Blocking Outbound Messages Stamped with an Office 365 Sensitivity Label

Exchange Online transport rules can block outbound email stamped with selected Office 365 Sensitivity Labels to make sure that confidential material doesn’t leave organizations. The transport rule is very easy to construct with the only complication being the need to discover the GUID of the sensitivity label you want to block. Fortunately, PowerShell gives us an easy way to find a label’s GUID.

Microsoft Launches Office 365 in Switzerland

Office 365 services are now available in Switzerland from Microsoft’s datacenters located in Geneva and Zurich. The services available include Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Teams. Swiss tenants will continue to access other services like Stream and Planner from Office 365 datacenters in other regions.