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 new file experience, learn how to block anonymous access to chat and avatars for all

The file app in Teams is getting a makeover, making it far easier to navigate through your own files, and to rediscover or relocate files shared by you or to you. The look and feel is a lot cleaner, and way easier to navigate. According to the roadmap, it should be available to must users by the end of July.

Anonymous access can be a concern for some organizations. Microsoft is now making it easier to control if anonymous meeting users have access to chat or not. Currently rolling out to tenants world wide, is the addition to Teams control panel and Powershell, to set a policy to exclude anonymous users. Take a look at the options and how to set them in this article. Internal users will get a warning when using a feature anonymous users can't use, if there are any in the meeting.

Avatars is rolling out to "anyone" with a valid license. Soon anyone can get their own Avatar for meetings. This feature is a great addition for those who are unable to join with a live camera feed. The avatar brings a new level of presence where a user can animate a lot of reactions otherwise unavailable to them. To set up avatars, users will have to use a Teams app where they can create several avatars. These avatars are then available in their meetings. Take a look at this documentation to get started.