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

The "new" look for Office on the web

It's been awhile since Microsoft announced "The new look" in Office on their desktop versions (June 2021). It has been available as preview for many customers, but it will now (2023 Q3) slowly roll out to customers everywhere. It is not the biggest of changes, but there are some smaller changed to icons and layout. It's not a big change, but it's nice to see office on the web getting the same "facelift" desktop users have been accustomed to. Having the same look and feel will make it easier for office users as they often have to navigate both versions in their daily work.

Here is a little reminder as of how to toggle between "preview" and "old" feature: The new look of Office - Microsoft Support

And here is the roadmap iten to keep an eye on (they may change the schedule after this post is live): Microsoft 365 Roadmap | Microsoft 365