Azure – Azure AD External Collaboration Policy is now available

After few months in preview, the Azure AD External Collaboration policy is now available in GA with easier way to manage. In preview mode you had to use PowerShell to setup and manage the external collaboration policy, with the GA you can now use the Azure Administration portal, making things a little bit easier. To enable and manage Azure AD External Collaboration policy go to Azure AD management portal (https://aad.portal.azure.com)…

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Security – Microsoft Authenticator will support backup and restore

A long awaited feature for the Microsoft Authenticator is coming soon on iOS first. With this new feature, the Microsoft Authenticator app will be able to backup (and so restore) your accounts added onto the app. This will be less painful when you have to re install the app either on a new device or after your device has been reset. The functionality is currently under preview – aka beta.…

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Security – The new Azure Information Protection (AIP) client is available

The new Azure Information Protection (AIP) client is now available in version 1.26.6 You can download it from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53018 As part of the usual bug fixes, some new features are also available. The first one the integration of the AIP scanner (see https://t.co/RIvT261b7O); this means you do not need to download anymore the specific installation package for the AIP scanner (even if this is still available). If you use AIP…

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Skype for Business – The mobile application for SfB on Windows Phone/Mobile is going to be retired

If we needed another proof that Windows Mobile/Phone is dead, here it is The mobile app for Skype for Business on Windows Mobile/Phone is going to be retired by May 20, 2018. Any Windows Phone with the application installed will continue to be able to use it but no more updates will be delivered and if you need to re install the application it will not be possible.

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Office – Outlook (Click to Run) has a new option to show reminder on top of all other windows

A new option is being deployed for Office Click to Run installation for Outlook. This option is going to set the Reminder pop up on top of all other windows. To get it,you need to use Office Click to Run and have the version/build 1805 / 9307.2004 (or later). And in case you are not aware, you may have to restart Windows (not only Outlook) 3 times before the updated…

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Windows – Windows Admin Center is now available in GA

Windows Admin Center (formerly known as Project Honolulu) is now available. You can get it from http://aka.ms/WACDownload Windows Admin Center (WAC) is a new web-based administration interface, centralizing all (or most of) administration consoles (MMC) you are using as a Windows servers administrator. WAC can be used to manage Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2016 – will also support the coming Windows Server 2019, as well as Windows 10.…

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Teams – Retention Policies is now available for Teams

Microsoft is rolling out an update to make retention policies available for Microsoft Teams. Completion is scheduled for mid-April. Please note there is no default retention policy applied to Teams. To create (and apply) a retention policy for Teams, go to the Security and Compliance center (https://protection.office.com) and reach the Data governance\Retention blade Then create a new retention policy Follow the wizard to name your policy and set the retention…

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Exchange Online – Meeting with more than 500 attendees can now be updated/cancelled

As you should be aware, Exchange Online has a 500 recipients limit per message (see https://technet.microsoft.com/en-au/library/exchange-online-limits.aspx#Receiving%20and%20sending%20limits). When sending request meeting to a distribution list, the DL count as 1 recipient but may contains more than 500 members. If each member respond to this request meeting, they are added automatically as 1 attendee, which ultimately may reach the 500 recipients limit. This then blocks the organizer to edit/cancel the meeting because…

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SharePoint Online – The Newsfeed is going away

​As you know, SharePoint Online came with an initial enterprise social feature called Newsfeed. This is (used to be) the default social feature on SharePoint Online but you were able to switch to Yammer. In June 2018, the Newsfeed will be set to read only for existing tenant and will be removed for new tenant. This will ultimately leads to a removal of the feature for existing tenant. You should…

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Office 365 – New (and better way?) to manage Office 365 services IP addresses updates

Microsoft has just released a preview of a web service to help (and improve?) customer experiences with managing Office 365 Services IP address upgrades. You already well know the recommendations/requirements/best practices in term of accessing Office 365 Services as well as the public website listing (and providing RSS feed and XML/PAC files) here http://aka.ms/o365ip. Now, you should start using this web service (as it will eventually replace the website mentioned…

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Teams – MSI packages are now available to deploy Teams

Since Microsoft has released Microsoft Teams, there has been a need for MSI package to deploy it in enterprise environment using software deployment solution (such as SCCM). Until then, there has been lot of workarounds available on the internet to manage such corporate deployment needs. Now, Microsoft has released MSI packages (both 32 and 64 bits). However, there few tricks to keep in mind, like you can not use this…

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