Office 365 – Mobile Devices Management is now available

It has been announced some time ago, Microsoft has now delivered a first release of the mobile devices management for Office 365. You can now define complete access rules for mobile devices to access your Office 365 resources. This feature is currently being roll out on Office 365 for all Office 365 commercial plans (Business, Enterprise, EDU and government). If you are interested in cloud mobile devices management, the first…

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Windows 10 – Do not install the latest Surface firmware if you have Bitlocker enabled and running Windows 10 10041

UPDATE 30/03/2015 – After disabling BitLocker to solve the issue, you can re enable it Today, I have installed the latest updates available through Windows Update on my Surface Pro 3 running Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10041: KB 3050653 and System Firmware Update. My Surface has Bitlocker enabled. Unfortunately, after the usual system restart and after the Surface Firmware has been updated, I ran into the issue than Windows…

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Office 365 / Exchange Online – Changes in the Clutter feature

Since last November and the introduction of the Clutter feature (see http://blogs.office.com/2014/11/11/de-clutter-inbox-office-365/ for more details), Microsoft has updated the Clutter feature to allow better management of this feature by administrators. Now, administrators can define retention policies, define rules to bypass Clutter or personalize the message received by end-users. See http://blogs.office.com/2015/03/03/making-clutter-office-365-even-better/ to know more

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Office 365 / SharePoint Online – Important change with document library

Starting March 24th, SharePoint Online has been updated by enabling by default document versioning on Document library. This impact all new document library created since then, as well as new site. The document versioning enabled is the Create major version So be aware of this change has some impact in the storage consumed as well as to the user experience as draft version may not be viewable More details https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3050531

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Office 365 – Compliance Center

Following my previous post to announce the new Office 365 Compliance Center (http://blog.hametbenoit.info/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=666), here is a quick post on how to go with it. Access to the compliance center is allowed to global administrator and based on the RBAC (Role Based Access Control) permission models, the same than the one used by Exchange (either online or on premises); that said Exchange role groups and Compliance Center role groups does not…

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Office 365 / Azure – Installation of the AAD Connect March Preview build

Following the announcement of the availability of a new AAD Connect preview build (March 2015 build), here is the some details regarding the installation and configuration steps for this build. I may not have covered everything here yet but will do new post if needed. As quick reminder, if you already had the previous build installed, you have to uninstall it and restart your server as there is NO upgrade…

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Office 365 / Exchange – Now with latest Exchange CU, ActiveSync devices will be automatically reconfigured

With the release of the CU 8 for Exchange 2013 and the RU 9 for Exchange 2010, ActiveSync devices will be automatically reconfigured when the mailbox has moved from on premises to Office 365. Previously, the device had to be reconfigured (either by deleting the EAS connection or by manually setting the URL to outlook.office365.com). To know more about this, go to http://community.office365.com/en-us/b/office_365_buzz/archive/2015/03/23/exchange-activesync-on-boarding-to-office-365.aspx

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Office 365 / Azure – A new build of the Azure Active Directory Connect tool has been delivered

As you may already know since some time, Azure Active Directory Connect (AAD Connect) will be the only tool to synchronize On Premises Active Directory with Azure Active Directory (so replacing DirSync for Office 365) as well as providing more features. So, a new preview build has been delivered for testing today. There is no upgrade path from the previous build. Go to http://connect.microsoft.com/site1164/program8612 to get the new build

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Office 365 – Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) support for Office client is now in Public Preview

After being announced some months ago and an internal/private beta program, support for Multi Factor Authentication for Office client is now available in public preview. MFA support for Office client means if you are using the MFA feature available through Office 365 to secure access to your Office 365 tenant (or the Azure MFA to secure access to both online and on premises application) – see http://blog.hametbenoit.info/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=618 and http://blog.hametbenoit.info/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=556 to…

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Lync / Skype for Business / Office 365 – Native support for PSTN will be available in Office 365

After announcing the Skype for Business preview (formerly Lync), Microsoft has announced today that PSTN support will be natively available in Office 365 (starting with US first this summer) See the announcement here http://blogs.office.com/2015/03/18/skype-for-business-is-here-and-this-is-only-the-beginning/ (section The right cloud for communication and productivity in the middle of the page) You can also sign in to be part of the US preview here http://updates.skypeforbusiness.com/

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Office – Office 2016 is now a public beta

After announcing a limited technical preview (limited as per invitation), and following a more private beta program before, Microsoft has announced today that Office 2016 is now in public beta, meaning everyone can access the beta build and start testing it Satya Nadella has announced it during his keynote at the Convergence Conference at Atlanta http://www.microsoft.com/en/convergence/atlanta15/#fbid=yZlbL-Hz15r More details about what to expect from Office 2016 are here http://blogs.office.com/2015/03/16/announcing-the-office-2016-it-pro-and-developer-preview/ You can…

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Office 365 / Yammer – Change to the integration of Yammer with SharePoint

Microsoft is making some changes in the integration of Yammer with SharePoint; as part of these changes, the Yammer App for SharePoint (2013 and Online) and the Yammer webpart for SharePoint 2010 will be discontinued on March 15th, 2016.   At this date, these applications will stop working completely. The Yammer Embed will be the only way to get Yammer integrated with SharePoint. Timeline March 12th, 2015 Public Announcement on…

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Office 365 – Office 365 Admin mobile application has been updated

It has been a while since the Office 365 admin mobile application (on Windows Phone, iOS and Android) has been published. Since then, there has been few (not to say no) updates while Office 365 services were evolving very quickly. Finally, today, this app has been updated. You still CAN NOT completely manage your Office 365 tenant (at least using the Windows Phone app) as you should expect due to…

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Office 365 – New compliance center is coming

As announced on the Message Center, over the next few weeks a new compliance service/feature will be deployed on Office 365. This new feature is in fact a compliance center which will become the single place to manage compliance across Office 365 services, from Exchange to SharePoint sites. At the time of writing this post, the compliance center is currently running in a preview/beta mode – on invitation only and…

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