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

Introducing Quick Attach in Microsoft Teams!

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
Quick Attach is a new feature in Microsoft Teams that, with a click of the paperclip icon, displays your most recent and contextually relevant files. There's no need to search through your folders. Get details.

Search in Viva Connections App for Teams on iOS/Android Tablets

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
The search feature within the Viva Connections app in Microsoft Teams is about to get a major upgrade for iOS and Android tablet users. You will no longer need to switch between apps or open up a browser to search through the intranet. With this update, the search functionality will be integrated within the Teams app, making it easier and more efficient to find what you need. The rollout is expected to kick off in early April 2024, with completion slated for mid-April 2024. Learn more.

New Requirement: Intune Admin Role for Device Restrictions!

- 1 min read-Rene Vlieger
Starting April 11, 2024, or shortly thereafter, Microsoft will change how Enrollment device platform restrictions are handled. This will directly affect how administrators manage these policies. To tinker with the Enrollment device platform restrictions, you'll need to have the ‘Intune Service Administrator’ role-based access control (RBAC) permission. Without it, these policies become hands-off, read-only mode only. Get details.

OneDrive for the Web Empowers You to Create with Templates!

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
Learn how Microsoft is enhancing the file creation experience in OneDrive for the web. This includes introducing a treasure trove of templates in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You can also decide where your new files will be stored.

Managing Teams Transcript Files in OneDrive for Business

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
Starting in April 2024, Teams will begin saving meeting transcript files exclusively in OneDrive for Business for transcription-only meetings. You'll no longer have to juggle between OneDrive and Exchange Online to access your transcripts – everything you need will be conveniently located in one place. Learn more.

Microsoft Purview for Teams Events eDiscovery & Legal Hold

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
Starting early April 2024, Microsoft Teams Events eDiscovery and legal hold support will be seamlessly integrated into Microsoft Purview. Gone are the days of relying solely on SharePoint for these tasks. Learn more.

Saying Farewell to the "User Consent to Apps" Setting

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
The "User consent to Apps" setting in the Microsoft 365 Admin Center is retiring starting early April, with the entire transition expected to wrap up by early May 2024. Instead, the the user consent settings will be available in the Entra portal. Get details.

Introducing Copy Email as Attachment in Microsoft Outlook

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
Starting mid-March 2024, Microsoft Outlook for Windows is rolling out a game-changing feature: Copy email as attachment! Suppose you're composing a new email, and you need to include a lengthy thread from a previous conversation. Instead of tediously copying and pasting each message, you can now simply attach the entire email thread with a few clicks. Learn more.

Introducing Microsoft Teams' Meeting Options Categorization!

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
Microsoft Teams is rolling out a game-changer: Meeting Options categorization. You'll have increased clarity right at your fingertips. Whether it's managing who can present, controlling chat permissions, or handling attendee access, the options will be neatly organized, making setup a breeze. Get details.

Azure Information Protection Add-in for Office Retires in April

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
The Azure Information Protection (AIP) Unified Labeling add-in for Office is set to retire in April 2024. Get details on what this entails, see key milestones, and learn how to prepare.

Product Transitions to the cloud.microsoft Domain

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
As of February 2024, Microsoft has transitioned its products and scenarios to the cloud.microsoft domain, running parallel to the previous domains. Over the coming months, the previous domains will seamlessly redirect to cloud.microsoft, ensuring a smooth transition. One of the changes this brings is that Microsoft services like the Service Health Status Page and Microsoft Setup are now accessible through cloud.microsoft. Get more details.

Navigating Change: Teams Meeting Add-In Update in Outlook

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
Effective March 31, 2024, the Teams Meeting Add-in in Outlook will cease to receive feature updates tailored specifically for Classic Teams. Instead, as part of the shift towards New Teams, organizations are encouraged to embrace the latest enhancements for optimal performance. Learn more.