365 Message Center Show #63 – Recap

In this week’s episode of the 365 Message Center Show, there were several Outlook messages (new experience previews in the client and on the web, removal of the Groups footnote in emails, suggested replies, & block meeting invites from being forwarded), Insights in Excel (watch this space!!), preparedness for Hurricane Florence, and more!

1:40 Modern library content types and document templates in SharePoint Online – Read announcement MC147664 
— Darrell talked about this more in the last episode – this update makes it easier for content creators to add template options to document libraries in SharePoint

3:35 Outlook for Windows user experience updates and Coming Soon preview pane – Read announcement MC147699
— This is a coming soon alert for the….Coming Soon preview pane. The preview will allow your users to see the upcoming changes to the Outlook client.

6:06 Opt-in toggle to try the early version of the new Outlook on the web Read announcement MC147700
— Similar to the update before, this update will allow you to preview the new look in Outlook on the web.

6:48 New feature: Insight Services in Excel – Read announcement MC147874
— This feature will bring a similar feature to a very popular Power BI feature, Quick Insights, to Excel. Make sure you check out the “additional information” on the message, as there are some best practice guidelines.

10:41 Email notifications and other Message Center preferences for customized admin roles – Read announcement MC147927
— Your various administrator roles will now receive email notifications from the Message Center.

11:44 Removal of footnote in group emails you are following in your inbox – Read announcement MC148091
— We like this update, as it was too easy for a user to unsubscribe to a Group’s emails and not remember to change their behavior so that they start checking the Group’s inbox for messages.

13:47 Microsoft 365 Preparedness for Hurricane Florence – Read announcement MC148281
— It is nice to see Microsoft be proactive in letting everyone know they are prepared when there are issues that impact your data.

16:08 Suggested replies in Outlook on the web – Read announcement MC148154
— This feature will bring the ability for you to quickly respond to short question emails. You can already see this type of functionality in other services, like LinkedIn’s private messaging system.

18:19 Data export in Microsoft Bookings – Read announcement MC148369
— As highlighted by Erica and Phil in the chatroom, this feature will allow you to export your data and import into other systems, including those not in Office 365.

21:48 Monthly feature updates for Office 365 (Office) – Read announcement MC148375
— We talked about our favorite feature in the Office monthly update. Check out the post to see them all.

Set a reminder for next week’s episode: 365 Message Center Show #64

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My Schedule for Microsoft Ignite #MSIgnite

I’m excited for the Microsoft Ignite conference this year. In addition to delivering sessions and podcasting, I will also be helping at the Microsoft Teams booth. On Wednesday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, I will be at the Teams booth, specifically the “At my desk” desk, with Loryan Strant. On Thursday, from 11:30 AM to 1:15 PM, I will be at the “Open Collaboration” desk answering questions and helping you learn more about Microsoft Teams! Please stop by and hang out with us!

Check out my short video for a preview of my sessions!

Here is my presenting and working schedule – join the podcast, attend the sessions, and hang out in the Microsoft Teams booth in the Expo area.

POD2018 – 365 Message Center Show
Tuesday, September 25, 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Podcast Studio

THR1111 – Creating a custom Microsoft Flow template gallery in SharePoint
Tuesday, September 25, 2:15 PM – 2:35 PM
Expo Theater #6

BRK1092 – Turn it all on in Office 365 – RE365 Debate
Wednesday, September 26, 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Microsoft Teams Booth
Wednesday, September 26, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Microsoft 365 – Modern Workplace: Intelligent Communications – At my desk

“At my desk” desk, with Loryan Strant

Microsoft Teams Booth
Thursday, September 27, 11:30 AM to 1:15 PM
Microsoft 365 – Modern Workplace: Intelligent Communications – Huddle

“Open Collaboration” desk

MUP2008 – Learning through sharing: The new way to build your community
Friday, September 28, 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Microsoft Ignite 2018 Mobile App

The mobile app is now available for the Microsoft Ignite conference! Well, it is the MSFT Events app, but it updated with the Microsoft Ignite content and your schedule. Check out my quick video below on how you can start using it to build out your conference experience.

Download the MSFT Events app here: Apple App Store   |   Google Play

SQL Saturday Atlanta BI Edition 2018

Please join me on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta Georgia for another SQL Saturday event – this time a business intelligence edition! The day will be filled with sessions covering Power BI, Azure BI, SSIS, and my session: Using Your On-prem Data in a Cloud World.

In my session, we will discuss the benefits of using Microsoft Flow, PowerApps, and Power BI, how those benefits translate to being on-prem, and how we can use the data in Office 365 as well. We will setup a data gateway and walk through using it to connect to data wherever it resides!

Click here for more details for the #SQLSatATLBI event, including registration and the schedule.

The slides for #SQLSatATLBI:
Using Your On-prem Data in a Cloud World Atlanta BI 2018

365 Message Center Show #62 – Recap

In this week’s episode of the 365 Message Center Show, Darrell covered SharePoint Online configuration options of library flows, mass delete notifications for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, and more!

03:25 New ways to configure flows in SharePoint Online – Read announcement MC147261 
— A new panel for configuring Microsoft Flows in SharePoint libraries and lists

6:45 Update to TLS 1.2 to prevent potential Skype for Business outage – Read announcement MC147276
— Calling out that you will need to make TLS changes in Skype for Business when in hybrid before October 31, 2018.

8:15 Mass delete notification in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business  Read announcement MC147280
— Help thwart malicious actions by attack software or an accidental delete, by alerting the user when a large number of files are deleted. Clarification on this point though – this is NOT for alerting admins when a user is maliciously deleting content because it is the user that gets notified, not the admin.

13:40 New group management capabilities in SharePoint Online admin center – Read announcement MC147409
— SharePoint Online service administrators will be able to start managing Office 365 Groups, in addition to global administrators, user administrators, and Exchange administrators.

18:30 Announcing new file template management for document library content types – Read Tech Community Blog post
— Bringing document templates to SharePoint modern document libraries, as well as the ability to edit the New menu.

28:02 Microsoft Teams Launches Australia and Japan Data Residency – Read Tech Community Blog post
— Teams data is now stored in the Australia and Japan regions for customers that have their Office 365 tenant residing there, but remember this is for NEW Office 365 tenants.

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365 Message Center Show #61 – Recap

In this week’s episode of the 365 Message Center Show, we covered Shared with Me coming to mobile apps, prevent forwarding of meeting invites, apply existing site designs when adding sites to a hub, and more!

03:24 Updated feature: Shared with Me in OneDrive for Business mobile apps – Read announcement MC146805 
— Microsoft is bringing the Shared with Me functionality they have been rolling out on the web, to the mobile apps.

4:55 New feature: You can now prevent forwarding of meeting invites in Outlook – Read announcement MC146814
— Meeting organizers will be able to block forwarding of meeting invites. If you are using an older Outlook client or a non-Outlook client, you will be able to attempt to forward, but you will receive an error email letting you know the message was not delivered.

8:00 Updated feature: Apply existing site designs to associated hub sites in SharePoint  Read announcement MC146822
— When you join a site to a SharePoint hub site, you will be able to apply a site design, which will allow you to frame the site specifically for your hub.

14:24 New feature: Privileged access management in Office 365 – Read announcement MC146905
— This update also includes new PowerShell commands to allow you to see, approve, or deny requests.

17:55 New feature: SharePoint Online view formatting- Read announcement MC146947
— Expanding on the JSON column formatting we have been using in SharePoint Online, list formatting brings us the power to format the whole row not just a column.

24:41 New feature: Add a SharePoint Online page, news or list as a tab in Microsoft Teams – Read announcement MC146974
— This update will bring more of the SharePoint experience into Teams when adding content from SharePoint as a tab.

26:51 Updated features: SharePoint Online News and modern pages – Read announcement MC147032
— When adding a link to a news story or page, SharePoint will automatically bring in the rich content from that page like the featured image. Also in this update, we will see who is editing a modern SharePoint page so we know who to contact. Our own edits will timeout in 5 minutes if we aren’t making changes anymore.

Set a reminder for next week’s show: http://go.messagecenter.show/62

*You will need proper privileges within your 365 tenant to view the messages linked above


365 Message Center Show #60 – Recap

In this week’s episode of the 365 Message Center Show, we covered enhanced anti-spoofing coming to all Exchange Online orgs, update on forced versioning in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, the new Microsoft 365 roadmap, and more!

03:10 Extending coverage of enhanced anti-spoofing protection to all Exchange Online organizations – Read announcement MC146520 
— Advanced protection for all! We talked about how it is good to always be talking security in your organization!

6:34 Revised versioning settings in OneDrive for Business and in team sites in SharePoint Online – Read announcement MC146556
— The ability to run the command and turn off the forced versioning for your tenant. This will keep versioning settings as they are now.

12:10 New feature: The Microsoft 365 Public Roadmap Read announcement MC146557
— The new roadmap that will incorporate Office 365, Windows 10, etc.

18:22 New feature: Chat and call insights from Skype for Business Online in MyAnalytics – Read announcement MC146619
— We went on a bit of a tangent about multitasking but good info about this new data being included in Office 365 MyAnalytics.

27:19 New feature: Bill payment events in Outlook – Read announcement MC146634
— A service only available in North America at the moment, this feature will automatically setup a calendar event and remind you two days before the bill is due. There is a limited number of bill providers supported now.

29:51 New feature: Azure Active Directory applications are moving to Office.com – Read announcement MC146637
— This will bring your Azure apps to users via the landing page on Office.com

Set a reminder for next week’s show: http://go.messagecenter.show/61

*You will need proper privileges within your 365 tenant to view the messages linked above


365 Message Center Show #59 – Recap

In this week’s episode of the 365 Message Center Show, we covered editing Office 365 Group email addresses, deleting your stored data in FindTime, new theme option for SharePoint, and more!

04:44 New feature: Edit the email address of an Office 365 Group – Read announcement MC146221 
— Previously we weren’t able to change the email address of an Office 365 Group. This caused several problems – one of which being that you cannot remove a custom domain that one of your Office 365 Groups was using.

7:28 Users now have the ability to delete their FindTime data – Read announcement MC146273
— In keeping with all the changes allowing you to control your data, Microsoft is providing you a way to delete all of your FindTime data and your account.

10:18 New header emphasis options are now available in SharePoint Online Read announcement MC146274
— As announced in May, you will be able to change the color of your site header – now you only get white – to go with your branding guidelines.

16:08 New feature: Save for Later in SharePoint Online – Read announcement MC146317
— Also announced in May, this feature will allow you to save SharePoint news items, just like you can do now in the mobile app.

19:14 New feature: Guided workflow for deleting users – Read announcement MC146320
— A short set to help you decommission users in your environment – there are some gaps, but this will help!

29:45 Planned Maintenance for SharePoint Online – Read announcement MC146344
— Be aware that SharePoint and OneDrive for Business could be read-only for between 30 minutes – 4 hours.

Set a reminder for next week’s show: http://go.messagecenter.show/60

*You will need proper privileges within your 365 tenant to view the messages linked above


Set the default open behavior for browser enabled documents

I was recently asked how to configure documents that are in a SharePoint document library to open in their native application on the client computer instead of the browser. This question came from a user in SharePoint Online, but the answer is the same for those using SharePoint Server 2013, 2016, and 2019.

There is a feature at the site collection level and a setting on every document library that you use to decide how documents get opened. I searched for an official Microsoft document detailing how this can be accomplished, but I could only find a post from 2014 that said it was for Office Web Apps – a product that has been replaced by Office Online Server – and SharePoint 2013.

Check out my short video below walking through the settings!

365 Message Center Show #58 – Recap

In this week’s episode of the 365 Message Center Show, we cover Live Events in Microsoft 365, changes to the Office 365 Group creation process, Microsoft Teams administration, and more!

02:45 New feature: Live events in Microsoft 365 – Read announcement MC145792 
— New wave of communications that leverages Microsoft Teams, Stream, and Yammer. The next generation of town hall meetings and broadcasts 🙂 Darrell shows a demo of setting up a new live event!

17:19 Making some changes to the Office 365 group creation process – Read announcement MC145892
— When creating Office 365 Groups you won’t be able to select if members will receive Group email in their inbox, if external people will be able to email your Group , and you can’t customize the welcome email members receive.

22:01 Updated feature: OneDrive for Business admin center setting is now honored by Outlook Desktop Read announcement MC145909
— Now your sharing settings are honored across your OneDrive and Outlook experience

23:56 Streamlining settings in the Teams and Skype for Business admin center – Read announcement MC145946
— You can’t turn off Microsoft Teams tenant-wide – you will have to manage access to Teams per user

31:00 A new TLS certificate is coming to Exchange Online – Read announcement MC146001
— Make sure your on-prem Exchange servers can access: http://ocsp.globalsign.com, http://crl.globalsign.com, http://secure.globalsign.com

Some upcoming shows:
Microsoft Whiteboard discussion and demo with Ian Mikutel and March Rogers
 – See it on YouTube

Set a reminder for next week’s show: http://go.messagecenter.show/59

*You will need proper privileges within your 365 tenant to view the messages linked above