How can we improve the tenant admin features O365?

Tenant-wide time zone setting for SharePoint (at least)

It doesn't make any sense to me to have to set the time zone per Site Collection. For an organization that sits in one time zone, having to change every Site Collection from PST to the local time zone is tedious. If there were a single overarching setting that Site Collections could inherit from, it would make things a lot easier.

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      • Simon Whitfield commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just had a support request in about this issue. Being in the UK, it is a pain that everytime you create a new SharePoint site that you have to remember to go back and change the regional settings. This is more a nuisance with Microsoft Teams, as you create the team in the Teams GUI, which then creates the underlying SharePoint site automatically for you, so you never really interact with SharePoint.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Even if we set user outlook timezones for outlook in o365 when you create an o365 group the SharePoint libraries do not pick up this user setting.

        This is a fundamental requirement for any organisation with a wildly different timezone than where the tenant is hosted - eg New Zealand - we are a day ahead of the USA... please resolve.

      • Jacqueline Sirmon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We need Tenant-wide time zone set for users as we provision them so that they aren't prompted to select a time zone (which they just click past and are then late to all their appointments)!

      • Lance Moonshower commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        How about an update on this? Seems like a lot of responses from customers but no update since July 2015 from MS. This seems so fundamental that it's crazy it hasn't already been addressed.

      • Jay H commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I can't fathom why Office 365 was ever released not using UTC adjusted to the local account timezone. Given that Microsoft is a global corporation with customers all over the world outside their headquarters's PST timezone, one would think this would be a super high priority to get this implemented. How has Microsoft been "thinking" about something this fundamentally wrong for over two years.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The sites zone should not have a time zone. Store everything in UTC (as I'm sure it is anyway) and have the UI apply the user's timezone to the times accordingly....

      • Matthew commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I disagree -- Microsoft should get out of the entire time zone by site business altogether. Being in a global organization with global teams, setting a site time zone does not make any sense. Have a tenant time zone to default for external and anonymous users, and for licensed users -- use the regional settings in delve to drive time zone and format for all services.

      • Erica commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Don't want the tenant setting to control all the site collections. But when the end users creating site collections, the default time zone is the same with tenant or current windows time zone, it's good. If someone wants to change the time zone, they can change at site collection level by themselves. ^_^

      • Shirley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When the end user create site collection, it's better to set the default time zone the same with the tenant time zone,not US.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This shouldn't be a case of and I quote "the more votes a suggestion gets, the more likely it is that we’ll do it". This is not a popularity contest like on trash TV, this is a real issue affecting every user who is not in your timezone. Please try to think of people who are not American as we are paying customers too.

      • Rick de Vries commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please do something about this! Just because it's your timezone in Redmond does not magically make the impact less.

      • Adam commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        You are thinking about it. Wonderful. Such customer service. Let's pretend that instead of being a US based software developer, you are attempting to gain user uptake in new technologies and you don't happen to live in the US (crazy, I know).

        Now, you are introducing one of your (older/non-technical) users to all things Office 365 & OneDrive. Do you realise how much confusion is caused, when these people are reviewing their files, with wrong date & time stamps?

        How to you think they share their experiences with their co-workers & manger.

        Just. Fix. It.

      • Eric L commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        What complete garbage to not have this already implemented, It should take the tenant settings and propagate instead of having each user go set it with a procedure. everything available from a business standpoint should be optimezed for time zones and regional settings, we've been with 365 for more than 2 years and still asking for this "feature" to be done. Really not impressed MS.

      • Justin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Time zones across o365 need to be looked at. Skype for Business missed conversations emails come through with the wrong timezone, I believe these are set to mountain time. Message trace in Exchange, despite having a timezone selector, outputs in UTC.

      • Alex O commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a great idea. Shame it has not been implemented after more than 2 years.

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