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

A couple of new features coming to Microsoft Teams

As Viva gains popularity and organizations are seeing the benefits of Viva, Viva topic is one of those apps Admins had to make available through a manual process in the tenant. That is no longer the case, as Viva topics in Teams now is a first class citizen for all: 

Suggested replies has been around for a while, and now Teams will add the feature of suggesting files to share when replying in 1:1 chats. According to the official roadmap, this feature is in development, but according to the Message Center the roll out should begin early July. This is a feature the end-user can opt out of by turning off the "suggested reply" feature all together

Sharing from apps is getting easier for the end-user, as the new "Sharing experience" is rolling out. Taken from the Message Center: "Users will be able to share apps directly from the app details dialog": 

Last but not least: "Mark all as read" is rolling out. Not all notifications are important, and in some large organizations there can be a myriad of teams and channels users follow but not necessarily want to read every day. This new feature will for sure make it easier to "start from scratch" and stay on top of the "right" notifications.

None of these new features require any admin actions.