Due to the impact of the outbreak, a large number of employees of companies around the world can only be telecommuting from home, telecommuting involves teleconferencing and company data sharing and many other online content. This has also led to a surge in usage of Microsoft Office 365 services, which is now under pressure from Microsoft’s servers. Microsoft has adjusted Microsoft Teams service restrictions due to server stress, and this time more commercial components provided by Microsoft began to impose restrictions.
Microsoft announces immediate service restrictions to reduce server stress:
Microsoft has just announced to all Microsoft Office 365 users around the world that it will adjust some services to reduce server pressure. Measures to adjust include reducing the frequency of file checking and synchronization, default download settings for content attachments, clarity of video playback, and online previews of images. In fact, Microsoft also acknowledges that the surge in user numbers and usage has had an impact on the overall service of Microsoft Office 365, and it is now a last resort.
Services such as Microsoft One Note and Microsoft SharePoint already have stability issues that can cause crashes if not processed. Microsoft Teams’ use of remote conferencing and online calls in China has skyrocketed by 500 percent, and mobile usage of the app has increased by 200 percent. Now more parts of the world are implementing controls to discourage people from leaving the country, bringing the use of Microsoft’s range of productivity tools to a new peak.
Global adjustments to Microsoft OneNote:
To reduce the server pressure on Microsoft OneNote Microsoft announces that all commercial tenants of the product (except educational subscriptions) default to restricting note editing. For notes that you didn’t create yourself, which is those created and shared by others on the team, jump to the Microsoft web page to edit them if you need to edit them. The tool’s synchronization frequency has also been reduced by default, and if the user wants to synchronize in a timely manner, use the save feature instead of waiting for automatic sync. Finally, only files up to 50MB can now be uploaded, and more than 100MB of previously uploaded files will not be downloaded, please share with OneDrive.
Global adjustments for Microsoft SharePoint:
Based on service stability considerations, Microsoft has scheduled all of its specific back-end maintenance operations to prevent interference with users at night or on weekdays in the corresponding region. Some of the features affected by this, such as migration and uploadable files, videos, or image file management, can be delayed, requiring users to be patient. Microsoft SharePoint also has a reduced video playback clarity by default, although users can still manually change the resolution of playback.
Global adjustments for Microsoft Stream:
The product is mainly to provide enterprises with internal streaming video support, and streaming video is currently the largest use of the server’s bandwidth resources to be limited. This adjustment mainly includes the user’s newly uploaded video will be disabled by the Timeline feature, but previously uploaded videos can still use the Timeline function. If you use this product to record video from a video conference, the default recorded video clarity is adjusted to 720P, and Microsoft does not mention whether users can adjust it manually.
Finally, Microsoft said that the service restrictions are necessary to ensure that users around the world can use the services provided by Microsoft Office 365. Although microsoft adjustment products are not many but it is estimated that the subsequent Microsoft will continue to increase service restrictions, it is recommended that commercial users are best to pay attention to these product dynamics.