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

1000 channels in Teams, sending an invite to channel meeting participants and Automatic transcription of videos

If you have a meeting recording but forgot to add transcriptions, it might be good to know automatic transcription will be added to files uploaded to SharePoint, Yammer or This feature is currently rolling out and should be generally available by late August. The feature is ON by default, but can be controlled by the set-SPOTenant command. If you are not familiar with how transcriptions work, here is a blogpost to get you up to speed.

Not the most technical update, but still an update that will be appreciated. According to roadmap item 127496, the number of channels per team will increase from 200 standard and 200 shared channels to 1000 channels combined + 30 private channels.  This should give organizations great flexibility within their teams. The feature is currently rolling out in preview, and should be generally available by the end of September.

Organizers of channel meetings should soon be able to also send invites directly to participants of the channel by a turn of a toggle in the invite. This will send invites directly to members' mailboxes, and the chances of missing a scheduled channel meeting should be something in the past. Roadmap item 142405 should be rolling out some time during August.