Microsoft Edge Chromium Integrates with Office 365

Microsoft Edge Chromium is the newest browser from Microsoft. Currently in development, Edge Chromium has a brand new feature in the Canary release that integrates with Azure AD and Office 365. If you log into your computer with an Azure AD account, Edge Chromium will automatically detect and sign you into Edge with your Azure AD account.

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In addition, Edge Chromium now offers an Office 365 start page based on the account used in the Edge profile in addition to the Bing start page you see today with Microsoft Edge.

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This allows for easy access to Microsoft Search (log into Bing.com first with your Office 365 account), recent e-mail, files, and more in Office 365 – and as you can see below, even SharePoint on-premises files when you have configured hybrid OneDrive for Business!

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Finally, it will even import your profile picture that you’ve uploaded to Office 365 and display it in the Edge Chromium toolbar.

I encourage enterprises who currently may have an investment in Internet Explorer 11 or Google Chrome to take a hard look at Edge Chromium. It has the enterprise features that Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge previously for offered via Enterprise State Roaming while improving integration with the Microsoft 365 ecosystem.

You can download the Edge Canary today at the Microsoft Edge Insider Channels.

SharePoint 2019 October 2019 Updates

The SharePoint 2019 October 2019 Updates have been released.

Product KB Article
SharePoint Server 2019 (sts-x-none) https://support.microsoft.com/help/4484110
SharePoint Server 2019 (wssmui) https://support.microsoft.com/help/4484109
Office Online Server https://support.microsoft.com/help/4475595
Office Updates https://support.microsoft.com/help/4522242

For all SharePoint updates, visit SharePoint Updates.

SharePoint 2016 October 2019 Updates

The SharePoint 2016 October 2019 Updates have been released.

Product KB Article
SharePoint Server 2016 (sts-x-none) https://support.microsoft.com/help/4484111
SharePoint Server 2016 (wssmui) https://support.microsoft.com/help/4484115
Office Online Server https://support.microsoft.com/help/4475595
Office Updates https://support.microsoft.com/help/4522242

For all SharePoint updates, visit SharePoint Updates.

SharePoint Server 2016 Hybrid Auditing (Preview) Retirement

While I was a big fan of SharePoint Server 2016 Hybrid Auditing and frequently used it sucessfully, it never left the preview status. Today, Microsoft announced that Hybrid Auditing support would be removed in the November 12th, 2019 PU. While previous logs sent to the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center will be available, no new logs will be submitted. This is documented in the Office 365 Message Center under MC190932.

This change only impacts SharePoint Server 2016. This feature was not included in SharePoint Server 2019. If you require auditing for on-premesis SharePoint, implement Site Collection Audit Logging. Remember that Site Collection Auditing adds audit logs to the Content Database the site resides in. To manage storage, consider automatic trimming of audit logs and not using audit log settings such as View which generate a significant amount of audit log entries.

If you have configured Hybrid Auditing using the SharePoint Hybrid Configuration Wizard, please read this notification, as it affects your current audit log handling. The removal of this functionality will be facilitated through a Patch Update for SharePoint 2016 on premise, available on November 12, 2019. After installation new audit logs for Hybrid usage will not be sent to the Security & Compliance Center, though previous logs will be available. Concurrently the Security and Compliance Center will be updated to not accept Hybrid audit logs after November 12, 2019.

Microsoft Teams is Coming to Linux

The Microsoft Teams client is coming to Linux! This is great news and will allow Microsoft to have the widest operating system coverage on desktop and mobile. As most people who follow Microsoft closely are likely aware, Windows is no longer one of the top performing products in Microsoft’s portfolio and Microsoft’s focus has shifted to services such as Azure and Office 365. This shows in revenue as well as behavior – we’re seeing Linux releases for a variety of software, from SQL Server to VSCode and soon… Teams.

Teams has been usable on Linux for some time now through the browser, but there are limitations. A fully featured Teams client will be welcome to provide full media features. While the Teams client is available on Microsoft’s official repository as a deb package, don’t get too excited – you have to be invited to use the Linux client :-(

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While I still use Windows 10 as a daily driver, primarily due to gaming and .NET Framework development, Linux has been attractive as a desktop option for quite some time now. Client applications like this enable people to choose their operating system of choice.

I’ll be looking forward to the day Chromium Edge and Office come to Linux!