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    17 comments  ·  Microsoft 365 Groups  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Rob Nicholson commented  · 

    Now that Microsoft is pushing out Teams, the first question we got is "How do we use Teams to chat with everyone?". The obvious suggestion would be to convert +Helios Manchester and +Helios London to Office 365 and then to Teams. Except these two distribution lists are used in the master +Helios Team DL and therefore I assume that's why they are not available for upgrade to a Office 365 group. But even if we did upgrade them, we can't add them to +Helios Team because of this uservoice.

    So please, please fix this as we're having to consider duplicating everyone in the distribution list and the Team :-(

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    0 comments  ·  Microsoft 365 Groups  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    1 comment  ·  Office 365 Admin » Exchange Admin  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Rob Nicholson commented  · 

    PS. I've added under Exchange admin as there is no category for Office 365 admin??

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    47 comments  ·  Office 365 Admin » Exchange Admin  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Rob Nicholson commented  · 

    So is there *no* payment option in the UK aside from credit card? My client's monthly bill is now over £1,000. Surely large companies using Office 365 don't pay by credit card??

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    40 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    (Update from Office engineering) Thank you for voting, we appreciate your feedback. User Voice is an important input we are considering when establishing the product road map. In general, when providing feedback specific for Excel Online, I would recommend using Excel Online UserVoice, where you’ll find the specific feature granularity.

    I would like to use the opportunity to provide update on progress:

    What is already available in production?
    • Find dialog remain open when find item for find next.
    • replace dialog
    • Ability to Freeze Panes

    Please give it a try, we are looking forward to your feedback.

    What is high on our backlog – Impacted by User Voice voting – Keep voting

    • Custom Sort
    • Enable reference to a cell in another sheet by click (In Vlookup as well)
    • Enhanced Print
    • Pivot table

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    505 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We see two patterns in this feedback thread and are addressing them now. The first pattern is that users want AutoSave OFF. The second pattern is that the Template scenarios are problematic with AutoSave.

    To address turning AutoSave OFF, we have implemented these capabilities:

    1. To avoid accidental edits by others, the owner of a file can set it to Always Open Read-Only. This can be done by setting the file to open in Read-Only Recommended (File > Info > Protect Document/ Workbook/ Presentation > Always Open in Read-Only) or by Sharing the file without allowing others to edit (File > Share > People with the link can edit > Uncheck the “Allow Editing” box).

    2. Users can turn AutoSave OFF for a file. While a document is open, clicking the AutoSave toggle turns AutoSave OFF for the current document for that user. The next time the same…

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    Rob Nicholson commented  · 

    Hmm, although I'm probably fighting against the tide but the reason this one IMO is causing so much angst is that it's a change to the way one us used to working. Overall, autosave is better. New Google suite users don't seem to complain about it. Also, this uservoice by it's very nature will be commented by people who have a problem with the feature. How many billions are okay with it?

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    Rob Nicholson commented  · 

    Interesting set of comments. Microsoft is of course copying Google's GSuite here where it's autosaved documents since the very start - I think. Doesn't seem to be shouts for it to be changed there? And the web versions of Office also autosave. Maybe it's because I've got into the habit of pressing Ctrl-S every few minutes anyway since CP/M days that this feature doesn't worry me.

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    12 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Rob Nicholson commented  · 

    >Copy the password. (place it in a text file for safe keeping): not laughing at you at all here but the irony in this is off the scale :-)

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    Rob Nicholson commented  · 

    >Show stopper for me: and for my client. But not for SPD - for the normal Office suite. It is unreasonable to have users to have to authenticate themselves via text message but then expect them to generate application passwords of Office inc. Outlook and Skype. It's hard enough desktop/laptop - totally unworkable on mobile devices.

    Sadly another half-baked part implemented solution in the Office 365 space. That happens far too often :-( Microsoft is in control of the entire Windows, Edge and Office 365 space but continually falls to make them work together. Even the "Copy app password" button when generating app passwords doesn't work in Edge - you have to manually copy...

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    1 comment  ·  Office 365 Admin » SharePoint Admin  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Rob Nicholson commented  · 

    I've just turned MFA on for a couple of test users. Sounds good in practise, unworkable in reality. The requirement to use app passwords for Outlook and Skype is just not workable for normal users. Answering your question, I suspect you'll have to use an app password for Powershell - each time. Which means that as the app password is system generated and certainly not memorable, you're going to have to write it down. Doh!

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    5 comments  ·  Office 365 Admin » Exchange Admin  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Rob Nicholson commented  · 

    >if you're talking about dual-factor authentication - it works just fine: this shows you haven't tried asking normal users to use MFA. Turn it on and they have to generate app passwords for Outlook and Skype. Try doing that on a mobile device without a storm of support tickets...

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    Rob Nicholson commented  · 

    My client is quite rightly concerned about security so I suggested we look at MFA. Turned it on for a couple of pilot users (inc. myself) and then turned it off within an hour. It adds an unacceptable burden to normal users especially on mobile devices - specifically application codes. As they are system generated, they are horrible to generate and use on mobile and not much better on desktop. Expecting 50 users (goodness knows what big companies do) to generate an application code and enter it into every application and device they use is not practical. They have trouble remembering their own Office 365 password.

    Sadly like so many things in Office 365, it's half-baked. My client will therefore be forced to live in a more insecure environment until the MFA experience is much improved. By this we mean that they authenticate themselves with MFA per device *once* and via a very simple user interface.

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    5 comments  ·  Microsoft 365 Groups  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Rob Nicholson commented  · 

    This anomaly needs fixing. It's very useful to have a non-member as an owner of the group for the sole reason of accepting access request. You can do it in the GUI but not via PowerShell

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    1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Rob Nicholson commented  · 

    I don't think this is currently possible. Site mailboxes have features that simply aren't present in Office 365 groups. For example, site mailboxes can have sub-folders, sent items etc. These are simply not present in the conversation side of Office 365 groups. Therefore data would be lost if you migrated. For this reason, I assume existing site mailboxes will have to continue to be supported forever...

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    17 comments  ·  Office 365 Admin » Message Center  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Rob Nicholson commented  · 

    Having just missed the news that you cannot create site mailboxes anymore, this isn't just a wish, it's a top-level requirement. My client doesn't have dedicated IT resources so can't be expected to go into the admin area frequently and I don't work for them full-time.

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