Microsoft’s spooky new update may scare anyone who thinks they’re funny

It’s not just about looking at you. He reacts very quickly.

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Surviving in the corporate world requires adopting tough skills.

Smile bubbling, for example.

Then pretend to focus when you’re half asleep, nod your head on a Zoom call when you have no idea what’s being said, and know who to talk to when you want to shout and be understood. .

There is also another useful skill. Limit the damage.

You often know when you’ve said or done something stupid, ignorant, or offensive. But you think you have time to fix it before it escalates beyond your salary level and into an ether whose gasses you don’t breathe.

Then comes Microsoft to make it much more difficult.

In a new entry on its 365 roadmapMicrosoft presents a large dollop of apprehension: “Microsoft 365 Compliance Center: Communications Compliance. Reduce detection time to investigation from 24 hours to 1 hour.”

Compliance. It’s a difficult word, rarely associated with a single positive feeling. But this update brings a whole new pressure to the concept.

In Microsoft’s words: “This feature will reduce detection time to less than an hour, allowing your organization to respond quickly to policy violations.”

Doesn’t everyone break the policy at one time or another? And doesn’t everyone realize this quickly and adopt their own damage control systems before it’s too late?

I’m so sorry for sending this video to the wrong person. Windows 11 is still confusing to me.

Unfortunately, Microsoft’s new joy can make repairs impossible. Especially since the Communication Compliance software logs not only emails, but also teams and other corporate communication tools.

The company explains, “Communications Compliance helps organizations detect explicit code of conduct and regulatory compliance violations, such as harassment or threatening language, sharing of adult content, and inappropriate sharing of sensitive information. .”

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So many quality words there. One person’s inappropriateness is another person’s fun. One person’s threatening language may be another person’s joke that they accidentally sent in a Reply-to-all email.

Please, I am not disrespecting the need for vigilance and self-awareness. I also don’t understand the need for policies and rules.

But imagine if it only takes an hour now for the corporate gods to descend on you and intone, “What did you say? Who?”

Won’t this exacerbate the already warm paranoia of the employees?

With all of these tools, judgment and discretion – on the part of those who control them, that is – are essential. One cannot help but fear, however, that surveillance may, in some hands, go too far.

Microsoft does not explain how it will now reduce the warning time to twenty-three hours. (This joy will get its preview in April.)

Still, it’s understandable that many companies will immediately jump on it as a big step forward. In control, that is.

Some might consider that if no one reports allegedly offensive language, it really wasn’t offensive. Indeed, Microsoft is simultaneously introducing another update designed to “enable end users to report inappropriate messages in Teams”.

Yes, now everyone can report on everyone.

These things can be extremely complex, but one idea might be to monitor bosses with these updates first.

Just so employees can see that the software is scrupulously fair, you understand.

Don’t all bosses think they have to lead by example?

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