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

Reminders "finally" back in the new Outlook, and the Microsoft 365 homepage is getting two new additions

The new Outlook for Windows has been using Windows notifications to alert users of upcoming meetings. Looking at how those notifications work, I think many would agree with me when I say they have not been as good as the Outlook notifications used to be. One thing I really missed in the Windows notifications, was the capability to set the snooze timer. But that is now history, the preview client has just released in app notifications. The "new" notification works much in the same way as the original Outlook notifications.

The Microsoft 365 homepage is getting two new additions. It can be hard to keep track of all your planner and todo tasks as you need to get into these specific applications to get an overview. But Rolling out this fall is an integration of these application into the 365 homepage. At least the planner plans and ToDo lists you are a part of will be visible, and much easier to access. This is related to Roadmap item 149272. The first roll-outs will be in September, but it could take until November for the feature to reach everyone.

The other new addition is not specific to the Microsoft 365 homepage, but rather an integration of PowerBI into Graph. Unless this feature is turned off (It will be on by default), certain information about PowerBI reports shared with a user, will show up in multiple Microsoft 365 services. The homepage is one of these services, where a user can locate and access a report he/she has access to. Read more about the sharing capability, and how to manage it here. This new capability will be rolling out in July and August