Office 365 – New cloud-based management options for Office 365 Pro Plus

A new configuration tool (in preview) is available for Office 365 Pro Plus (Office Click to Run) to help administrator to define and apply configuration policy. This new capability helps to manage Office C2R installation on Windows without the ‘classic’ management infrastructure or MDM service. The defined Office configuration will apply to both managed and unmanaged devices as it uses Azure Active DIrectory. It does not replace group policy objects…

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Exchange Online – Item read and access is going to be audited

You may be already aware that you can have audit on any Office 365 activities, including Exchange Online mailboxes. In February 2019, Exchange Online mailbox audit is going to be improved by adding audit for item read and access by mailbox owners, administrators and delegates. This new implementation is replacing the previous MessageBind action, which will be deprecated when the update will be available on your tenant. You have nothing…

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Office 365 – The default installation option for Office Click to Run is switching to 64 bits

Starting mid January 2019, the default installation setting for Office Click To Run is switching from 32 bits to 64 bits. If you (and your end-users) are using the Office 365 portal (https://portal.office.com/OLS/MySoftware.aspx) to install Office Click to Run check the version before starting to install if you are planning to use the 32 bits install (as it used to be the default install option).

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OneDrive for Business – Files On-Demand is getting available on Mac

The Files On-Demand capability is now coming on Mac devices with the incoming OneDrive for Business client update for Mac. The Files On-Demand allows you to synchronize your OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online content without having to download the complete content. To take advantage of this new capability for Mac users, you need to run macOS 10.14.2 or later and have the update OneDrive client (version 18.240.1202.0001 or higher).…

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OneDrive for Business – An update is on his way to improve UPN change impact

As you may be already aware, OneDrive for Business is using the user principal name (UPN) to provision the personal space, and as such the UPN is also used in the URL for accessing it (like https://mytenant-my.sharepoint.com/personal/user_upndomain) As such, any change of the UPN’s user has an impact on OneDrive for Business and can broke synchronization. An updated OneDrive for Business client (starting with build 18.212.1021.0008) is being pushed to…

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Office 365 – 3DES cipher support is being retired by Feb 28, 2019

As Microsoft has announced it was moving to TLS 1.2, the 3DES cipher support is going to be removed by February 28, 2019. If you are not sure if this cipher is still being used by your organization to connect and access Office 365 services you can go to the Secure Score website (http://securescore.microsoft.com) and use the “Remove TLS 1.0/1.1 and 3DES Dependencies” option By clicking the Learn More button…

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Azure – Integration of PDF Acrobat Reader with Azure Information Protection is now generally available

It has been announced last September at the Ignite 2018 conference and in preview since then. Now, the integration of Acrobat Reader with Azure Information Protection is now GA. To take advantage of it, you have few things to do: Download and deploy the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader from https://get.adobe.com/reader/ Download and deploy the add-in available here https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2050049 You can also use the Foxit Reader available here https://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf-reader/ Download and…

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Exchange Online – Introducing the Fiddler extension for Exchange Online

You may already know Fiddler, the web debugging tool which has been initially developed by a Microsoft support engineer years ago and now part of Telerik (but still free). Well, the Exchange product team has been proud to announce the availability of a Fiddler extension dedicated to Exchange Online troubleshooting. The Exchange Online extension provides you all the features available with Fiddler (session capture, session colouring…) but also much more…

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Teams – New capabilities are coming in to calling in Teams

Microsoft Teams calling capabilities are going to be improved as multiple updates are being deployed, which is expected to be started by mid December 2018 and completed by end of January 2019. The below list details the new features going to be available once your tenant has been updated: Shared Line Appearance – Handle multiple calls on a specific number called a shared number. This feature can configure any enterprise…

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SharePoint Online – Sharing link with download blocked

An update is currently being deployed (complete roll out schedule for end of January 2019)  to allow SharePoint Online users to share link to document while blocking the download. This feature will let you share content stored on SharePoint Online or OneDrive for Business while blocking the download; the shared content will be only accessible through the web browser using Office Online.

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Flow/PowerApps – Changes are coming

You may already know Microsoft Flow and Microsoft PowerApps. If not, Flow is the ‘modern’ workflow solution to connect with multiple source (Office 365, external third party like Twitter or on-premises) available with Office 365 subscription or separately, while PowerApps is the solution to develop applications leveraging Microsoft technologies (Flow, Office 365 or Azure) or third party. Well, changes are coming in licensing for Flow and PowerApps. Starting February 2019,…

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Office 365 / Azure – New CDN’s are going to be used for authentication

This is an important notification for customer managing access to internet (and cloud services) using Whitelist. New Content Delivery Networks (CDN’s) are going to be used for managing Office 365 (and potentially Azure services) authentication. If you are using whitelisting to allow Office 365/Azure services access to your end-user you have to be prepared ASAP. The new CDN’s will be: aadcdn.msauth.net aadcdn.msftauth.net ccscdn.msauth.net ccscdn.msftauth.net If you need the IP addresses…

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Office 365 – New administrative settings to manage trial services

Earlier in May 2018, Microsoft has announced the availability of 1 year trial for Microsoft Teams, even if the user is not yet licensed for it. This trial is now available to Office 365 commercial tenants (aka not Edu or Gov). In addition of this Microsoft Teams 1 year trial, a new administrative settings is made available to manage how trial services (as of today only Teams is available but…

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Azure AD Connect – A new version of the directory synchronization tool is available

A new version (1.2.65.0) of Azure AD Connect has been released. You can get it from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=615771 You need to know that this version is going to overwrite your setting for autoupgrade if you have it set to not automatically update. Before Update After Update If you want to keep the autoupgrade disabled you will need to run the following command after the upgrade is completed Set-ADSyncAutoUpgrade -AutoUpgradeState Disabled As…

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Office 365 – Your end-users will received communications from Microsoft with trainings and tips

An update is being deployed on Office 365 which will send notifications to your end-users with trainings and tips for using Office 365 services. While this comes from a good intention, it is clear this will obsessed some end-users, administrators and/or training person as it is going to bypass the ‘traditional’ training path. End-users will receive trainings and tips information only for the service they have been enabled/licensed for. Thankfully…

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