Bing Enterprise Chat enabled by default for all

There are a lot of great things happening in the generative AI space these days. Microsoft is determined to be a part of this revolution, and they have announced a lot of coming services. One of the new features that was released a few weeks ago was the Bing Chat Enterprise (BCE) which is a new feature that enables your organization to use AI-powered chat for work while keeping your user and business data protected.  BCE is available in preview to Microsoft 365 customers with E3, E5, A3, A5 (faculty only), Business Standard and Business Premium licenses, but not to customers in government clouds.  At first BCE was an opt-in feature, but it is now turned on by default for eligible customers who have not previously opted out of it. Should your organization want to opt-out of BCE, it is possible to do so through the BCEAdmin panel   BCE and Bing Chat might seem similar, but Bing Chat does not offer commercial data protection and should only be used for personal use. BCE will now be availa

Breakout rooms coming to Teams soon

This is one of the features I have been looking forward to, and will be most useful in remote teaching and training. With breakout rooms coming to Teams, we get a great way to split classes into smaller groups for collaborative work. All of them supervised by a teacher/trainer who can monitor all rooms at the same time, or easily pop in/out of the sessions for support or questions.

The feature is associated with the roadmap item 65332, and according to a message in the admin center recently, it should be rolling out this month. The doesn't come with separate administrative controls, but the users need the right to start private meetings and channel meetings in order to control these features in the meeting.