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How can we improve the tenant admin features O365?

Allow Tenant Admins to Control New Features being Enabled/Disabled by Default

Tenant administrators should have the ability to specify whether or not new features such as Teams, Sway, etc. are enabled by default within their tenants. Just like there's the ability to set a tenant to receive First Release, Admins should be able to specify how changes are introduced to their environment. It's great that there are Powershell commands to turn features on/off but it would be much easier to either set these new features to be off by default, or enable Admins to enable when organizations are ready to absorb those changes. Functionality like Teams is absolutely fantastic, but without the right change management planning it becomes confusing for users. For Tenant Admins that either ignore announcements of new features, or are unavailable to turn them off when they become available - this is an appropriate solution to enable organizations to effectively manage how they are consuming Office 365.

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  • Wayne commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Turning on MyAnalytics by default resulted in multiple users in my tenant losing access to Office365 - we are still migrating from on-prem to exo - users without an ExO licence ended up with conflicting service plans.

    Sheer stupidity MS

  • Roseanne Jones commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agreed, why is this not the default? At least for those in a more sensitive environment such as Education where we may not know the impact of having a service turned on until it's discovered after the fact, and could be made available to students (cringe) with potentially harmful impacts.

  • David Gould commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Like this idea. Default off, admin notification and then the ability to turn it on to all at a later stage. This would make my role easier to plan forward!!

  • Caleb commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    What... IT needs control of the applications in their environment... nonsense.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree. If the user sees the app before we do and management has not approved its use or has not assessed how to make the product compliant, it's hard to take these features away or even to restrict the app the be compliant with company policy.

    It just invites unnecessary political tension or the idea that "IT always says no," then we get shadow IT. It's like trying to put the genie back in the bottle.

    These are great features, but they should allow the admin and governance time to see how to implement it in compliance with the company policy.

  • SDADM commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, yes, a thousand times YES!

    Flipping the switch to ON for some new feature (as was done for Video, O365 Groups, and more) is a bad enough idea, but those applications by default were made available to ALL users with no restrictions.

    We'd much prefer to set our own pilot teams and have them test so we understand all aspects of the new features, can set policies on usage and naming, can set roles and permissions, can prepare our help desk, can host training, etc. prior to rollout.

    I'd imagine any organization would want the same, but it's far worse when you do this to your government clients, Microsoft.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Really MS, do you just ignore something so simple? As others have said, quit forcing changes on local admin without giving us some control and turn off the freaking LIKE button. Email is not Social Media, there is business here not chat rooms.

  • Bill Blais commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Is there really no official response to this yet (nearly a year and more than 800 votes later)? It seems like a no-brainer 'switch' to add, but maybe there's more to it (to play devil's advocate)? Either way, some response/explanation would be great.

  • VV commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Totally agree! I truly hope that MS will implement this kind of function soon, that would make our life much easier!

  • Steve Minar commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Not just new features. All features that can be controlled on a tenant level need a UI. We want to limit a number of features that have been in Office 365 for a long time. Skype for Business comes to mind.

  • Nick commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Forms (preview) also pushed out today across our network (20,000 users) without warning. New services should be added at the discretion of the business...

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