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

Microsoft Authenticator lite generally available

Microsoft Authenticator Lite has been made generally available (post). This is a feature allowing Microsoft Outlook to work as the authenticator app for a user. This is a nice feature for users who are not using MFA, or maybe still use SMS MFA for their login and don't want to install the authenticator app for some reason.

I would of course, recommend to use the authenticator app itself, but admit this can simplify things for users. The feature isn't "brand new", but it has not been supported for the legacy "per user mfa" a lot of organizations are still using. 

If you do not want this new feature available to users, you would have to turn it off, as it seems it will automatically made available to everyone. There is a good description of how to do so in this article. This will be rolling out from late september and for a couple of weeks.