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

Let the organization know when to expect you in the office, And Windows Mail is going away.

As hybrid work seems to be the new normal for a lot of employees previously always bound to the office, the challenge of finding a perfect time for a physical meeting seems to be the new headache for many of our colleagues. There is a feature in both Teams and Outlook which could make this a lot easier. This feature has been around for some time, but the experience hasn't been unified until now. Now it's possible to set your locations both from Teams and Outlook, and make changes from either application.

Personally, I have set a schedule in Outlook, and I make ad-hoc changes in either application when I have changed my schedule. This way "everybody" knows I am in the office every day from 9-5, except Thursdays when I usually work from home.

There is a good post on techcommunity I recommend going though, to understand how it works and how you can use it.

For those of you who are using the Windows 10 or Windows 11 native mail client, the native client is going away. The new client is called Outlook for Windows. This client has been in preview for Microsoft 365 subscribers for some time, but it is now also rolling out to private user accounts as well. 

You can read about the new client, and how to get started in this blog post.