Office 365 – Microsoft Search is now available

A new service has appear in Office 365 called Microsoft Search. Microsoft Search is going to use Bing and Windows Search to provide search results to end-users on Office 365. The service is turned off by default and if you want to experiment/enable it you need to logon to your Office 365 admin portal (https://admin.microsoft.com) and reach out the Settings\Services & add-ins to enable Microsoft Search Then search for Microsoft…

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Office 365 – StaffHub is being retired and replaced with Teams

Microsoft is going to retired Office 365 StaffHub, which was designed for firstline/deskless workers, and replace it with Microsoft Teams. Starting April 1st, 2019 StaffHub will be unavailable for new tenants and remove for the mobile app stores. For existing customers using StaffHub, the service will be removed by October 1st, 2019. At this date, any access to StaffHub will be removed and a message inviting to download Microsoft Teams…

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Azure – Azure AD authentication available in preview for Azure Files

You may already know Azure Files service allowing you to use Azure as files ‘server’ and off course Azure AD to manage authentication to your Microsoft cloud services (Azure and/or Office 365). Well, good news, you can use Azure AD to leverage authentication to access Azure Files; meaning you can set NTFS like permissions on Azure Files. Off course the existing storage account key process is still supported and available.…

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Office – Office 2019 now available

Microsoft has just released the new Office 2019 client for Windows and Mac. This new version includes many of the new capabilities and features which have been added on Office 365 Pro Plus. It also introduced the Click to Run installation for Office client on-premises (aka not using Office 365 Pro Plus). You can know more about this new version here https://products.office.com/en-us/get-started-with-office-2019 It available now for volume license customers and…

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Office 365 – Get a sneak peek of what’s coming on Outlook on the Web

End-users accessing their mailbox on Exchange Online with Outlook on the Web (aka Outlook Web Access) will start seeing a toggle to invite them to try the new Outlook on the Web interface. The toggle will be available on the top right As administrator you may want to disable this capability; to do so you need to update your OWA mailbox policy to turn off this capability using the following…

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Azure – Secure Score is now available for Azure

You may already know Secure Score for Office 365, helping you to understand your security settings on Office 365 and providing guidance to increase it. Now, you can have Secure Score for Azure Active Directory (AAD) too The functionality is currently in preview and can be accessed either through the dedicated preview portal (https://portal.azure.com/#blade/Microsoft_AAD_IAM/ActiveDirectoryMenuBlade/IdentitySecureScore) or by accessing your Azure AD administration portal () or Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com/) and then reaching…

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Azure – New Azure information Protection Client available

A new version (1.37.19.0) of the Azure Information Protection Client has been released. You can download it from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53018 This version includes few updates and changes: Support for the ISO standard for PDF encryption. You need to configure the below advanced configuration to enable it and then keep the PDF format for encrypted PDF files instead of using the PPDF Labels applying protection are now displayed on Office 2016 clients…

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Security – The latest Threat Modeling tool is now in GA

The latest version of Microsoft Threat Modeling Tool (TMT) is now available in general availability (GA). If you were using the preview, you will be prompted to upgrade – NOTE it will mandatory to upgrade after Oct 15th. The 2016 version is still supported until Oct 1st, 2019. If you want to start using the tool go there. For those who do not know what MTM is, this is a…

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Visio – You can now create a Word document from your Visio drawing

Office 365 Pro Click to Run has been updated and now you can generate a Word document when exporting your Visio drawing. This is going to simplify document generation Open your Vision drawing and choose the Export menu (from the File menu) This will then open a new Action pane to let you define the export settings and review the document generated before exporting it

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Office 365 – Get a sneak peek of what’s coming on Outlook

A new feature is coming up to Outlook for Windows allowing you to get sneak peek of what is coming on. The feature is currently being deployed/enabled for Office 365 First Release tenant and will be available to Outlook client deployed with Office Click to Run. When the feature is available, your Outlook client will show a toggle to enable the ‘Coming soon’ feature – showing up at the top…

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Windows – Quick reminder: Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are reaching end of support in Jan 2020

It has been already reminded few times but as this is quite important as these versions are still use quite a lot you really need to start thinking to move on from Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. They are reaching their end of support/end of life on January 14th 2020.You have few options available to move on: migrate your 2008/2008 R2 workloads on Azure; you will enjoy…

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Intune – You can allow/block personal devices to register

If your company policy requires to allow only corporate devices to register to Intune, you can now block personally owned devices to join. To do so, from your Intune configuration blade reach out the Device enrolment blade and create/edit an Enrolment Restrictions policy The option to allow/block personally owned devices is available for each supported OS in the Configure platforms configuration blade

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Intune – You can now target specific users/devices when applying Windows Hello policy

With the latest updates on Intune, you can now define specific users/devices when you apply a Windows Hello policy. Until then, the Windows Hello policy was a tenant level settings and as such applied to all users/devices. To define the Windows Hello policy, go to your Intune configuration blade and reach out the Device configuration\Profiles and create an Identity Protection profile, then you will be able to define the targeted…

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Exchange Online – The end-user quarantine now has a new home

As you may know, your end-users can access and manage their own quarantine on Exchange Online by accessing the URL https://admin.protection.outlook.com/quarantine Ok, so you need to update them and let them know to start using the new URL, now hosted within the Security and Compliance center, https://protection.office.com/#/quarantine Don’t worry, they will have access only to their quarantine mailbox, nothing more (unless off course you have granted them additional permissions on…

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Intune – You can edit the update channel for your Office 365 Click to Run and define which version to get installed

With the latest updates on Intune, you can now edit the channel update after you have added your Office 365 Click to Run application on Intune as well as define (if required) which specific release needs to be installed on the client. To edit the update channel and/or define the version to be installed, go to your Intune configuration blade from your Azure portal and reach out the Mobile apps…

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