Rene Vlieger

As a Microsoft 365 consultant, Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), I spend my days immersed in the world of cloud technology, assisting organizations on their transformative journey. My passion lies in enhancing productivity, fortifying governance, ensuring compliance, bolstering security measures, and fostering seamless adoption of new technologies.

In my role, I strive to be more than just a consultant; I aim to be a catalyst for organizational growth and evolution. By guiding businesses through logical steps, I help them ascend the maturity ladder, ensuring that every technological advancement is not just implemented but embraced wholeheartedly. But my commitment doesn't end there. I believe in the power of sharing knowledge, which is why I invest heavily in training sessions, workshops, and yes, even penning (or typing!) joint blogs. 

My Microsoft 365 knowledge includes Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive, Loop, Viva, Purview, Defender, Entra, Outlook, Whiteboard, Copilot, and Forms.

Published by Rene Vlieger

Online Event: Microsoft Teams and Information Management - What You Need to Know

- 1 min read-Rene Vlieger
Join Microsoft MVPs Joy Apple and John Leask for a free online training session on April 3, 2024, at 10am Eastern, 3pm CE. Learn principles of governance that will help your organization better manage Microsoft Teams.

Enhancing Collaboration with Microsoft Copilot's New UI Updates

- 3 min read-Rene Vlieger
Two Copilot changes coming by mid-April 2024. (1) a green shield icon next to the user profile image indicating Microsoft’s enterprise compliance standards, which ensure discretion when sharing personal and organizational data. (2) Legal and Data Protection Disclaimer: A persistent disclaimer related to legal and data protection will be placed underneath the chat prompt box.

Microsoft Teams Unveils Game-Changing Recording Update!

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
Starting from somewhere May 2024, Teams meeting recordings will be automatically saved to the OneDrive for Business of the meeting organizer. Yes, you heard that right! No more hunting down recordings in different folders or wondering where they've disappeared to.

Microsoft's Commitment to Security with Copilot for Microsoft 365

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
Starting March 1, 2024, Microsoft is reinforcing its dedication to providing worldwide standard multi-tenant customers with robust data residency options. Whether it's through the Advanced Data Residency (ADR) add-on or the Multi-Geo Capabilities, Microsoft 365 offers a comprehensive suite of tools to help you meet your data residency and privacy obligations. Get details.

Elevating SharePoint Security with Enhanced Deletion Indicators

- 3 min read-Rene Vlieger
Microsoft Purview Insider Risk Management is set to introduce improvements to the indicators for "Deleting of SharePoint files/folders". With this forthcoming rollout, your Insider Risk Management system will not only capture permanent deletions but also track files and folders that have been moved to the recycle bin. This means a more comprehensive view of activity within your SharePoint environment, giving greater insight into potential risks or anomalies. Learn more.

Enhancing Team Collaboration with Microsoft Teams Mobile

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
Microsoft Teams Mobile is introducing a feature that will change your meeting and call experiences: citations for Copilot responses. Suppose you're in the midst of a Teams call, brainstorming ideas or discussing a critical project, when Copilot swoops in with a helpful response. Previously, tracking down the exact source of the information within the meeting transcript could sometimes be a tedious task. But now, with the introduction of citation numbers, accessing the content source becomes a breeze. Get details.

Service Health and Message Center: Copilot Consolidation

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
Starting at the end of March 2024, Microsoft is consolidating Service Health and Message Center communications related to Microsoft Copilot services purchased through the Microsoft 365 catalog. Moving forward, all updates, announcements, and important notices regarding Microsoft Copilot will be published under the unified service name "Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365." Learn more.

Empower Your Security: Embrace the Evolution of MFA

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
In November 2023, Microsoft announced a proactive measure to enhance security across Entra Id tenants by automatically deploying Microsoft-managed Conditional Access policies. Initially, the rollout was slated to activate after 90 days, but now, Microsoft has extended the timeline indefinitely. Instead, they'll provide a 28-day notice before implementation, ensuring you have ample time to prepare. Get details on the progress of this initiative as well as ramifications.

Microsoft Teams Introduces Custom Storage App Control

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
Starting early April 2024, Teams admins will be able to switch the default storage app for file uploads from Microsoft OneDrive and SharePoint Online to a third-party provider of their choice. This means that when admins upload local files using drag-and-drop in Teams chat and channel conversations, they'll automatically land in their preferred storage solution. Learn more.

Introducing Copying Rules in Purview Data Loss Prevention

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
Microsoft Purview | Data Loss Prevention (DLP) has just introduced a new feature: the ability to copy existing rules and tweak them to fit your specific needs. No more starting from scratch every time you want to implement a rule. Starting early April 2024, you'll be able to access this feature in Public Preview, with General Availability slated for early May 2024. Learn more.

Empower Your Leadership with Microsoft Viva's Deep-Dive Reports!

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
The upcoming release of two Out of Box Experience (OOBE) reports in the Microsoft Viva Insights app on Microsoft Teams will roll out from late March 2024 and is expected to be fully implemented by mid-April 2024. The New Hire Onboarding and Integration report promises insights into the onboarding journey of new team members, shedding light on their experiences and identifying potential areas for improvement. The External Focus report is designed to give leaders a comprehensive understanding of how team members are managing external relationships. Learn more.

Introducing Work Account Support in Clipchamp Desktop App

- 1 min read-Rene Vlieger
Microsoft Clipchamp's update introducing support for logins with Azure Active Directory/Entra ID accounts is a game-changer. Seamlessly access Clipchamp's work version right from your desktop app without needing to juggle between browsers. Learn more.