In the coming months, Microsoft Intune will be updated to allow only iOS 8.x or later to be enrolled.
Existing enrolled devices will not be impacted and will continue to be managed for a limited time but it will not be possible to enroll new devices running older version of iOS.
As usual, this is always important to run the latest version to ensure you can continue to use the service.
This update is being rolled out over the week.
Yammer is being updated to allow end-users to create Yammer groups with external users. This feature called External Groups does not impact existing groups; if you want to have external user added, you must create a new external group
NOTE if you administrator has blocked external groups creation, you will not see this option
If you want to block such external group, you have the following options:
For these options, you need to contact the support
One last option (and which does not require support call) is to use Exchange Transport Rules (ETR).
To do so, you need to logon as a Yammer network admin and access the Security Settings and enforce the use of Exchange Transport Rule
As you may know, Exchange Online is already protected with Exchange Online Protection (protection you can improve with the E5 license and Advanced Threats Management).
That said, the EOP security is already quite good and performing well, but even with this, sometime when a message is being put into the Junk Email folder, the end-user may be lost with what to do? is it really a junk or a false positive?
New safety tips are being displayed in both Outlook client and Outlook on the Web (formerly Outlook Web Access) to help the end-user to better understand:
Starting today, the Yammer User Profile feature is now using user’s details from Azure Active Directory to populate profile on Yammer.
This evolution follows the announcement of the depreciation of Yammer DirSync (see http://blog.hametbenoit.info/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=747)
If you were still using Yammer DirSync, you should stop using it and ensure you are using the latest version of Office 365 directory synchronization (Azure Active Directory Connect – you can check the latest version here https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/active-directory-aadconnect-version-history/ and get the download link)
Office 365 has made Exchange Out Of Office smarter
Now, when you set an Out Of Office with an end date, Exchange Online will be able to automatically decline request meetings which fall into this out of office period.
You only have to define an end date when you set your Out Of Office.
It has been announced some time ago already but we have been waiting for the official release.
This is it, you can now download the Skype for Business Cloud Connector to connect your existing PSTN with Office 365 like this
Download link http://aka.ms/getcce
Once you have downloaded and installed it, follow the steps detailed here for the configuration
Microsoft has updated the Office 365 Groups functionality to include connectors with social networks like Twitter or web applications like Dynamics CRM.
By default this feature is turned on.
If you want to disable it, you must use PowerShell
$cred = Get-Credential $Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential $cred -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection Import-PSSession $Session Set-OrganizationConfig -Identity contoso.com -ConnectorsEnabled:$false
$cred = Get-Credential
$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential $cred -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection
Set-OrganizationConfig -Identity contoso.com -ConnectorsEnabled:$false
When enabled (as it is by default), the connectors are available using Outlook Web Access (or now called Outlook On the Web) and click on the Connector tab
Then you will be able to add connectors
Once you have added connector(s), this Connectors tabs will also be used to configure (use the My Accounts option when on the Connector page) or remove the connector
Identity Protection is a new feature of Azure AD that gives organizations around the world a previously unavailable level of security for their cloud identities.
Azure AD Identity Protection helps prevent the use of compromised accounts using industry leading machine learning (ML) based real time detection and automated mitigation, helping protect all of the cloud and on-premises applications customers use with Azure AD. This kind of ML based system only works if you have access to huge amounts of relevant data to use in training adaptive ML algorithms, which are critical to success in today’s rapidly changing landscape of cybercrime.
To take advantage of this new feature (in preview), go to your Azure management portal (https://portal.azure.com/) and search for Azure AD Identity Protection in the marketplace
When you click the Create button you will be asked to select the tenant your want to protect
Then the activation/configuration will take few minutes
Once ready you can access the Azure AD Identity Protection portal
You will have a dashboard of user accounts in risk, be able to set admin notifications and define your security policy
Finally this is it; you can now manage your Yammer domains from the Office 365.
This means if you already have additional domains associated with Office 365, they will be automatically added into your Yammer network.
If you are adding or removing domains from Office 365, this will be automatically added/removed from Yammer.
No more administration tasks to associate additional domains with your Yammer network.
If you want to check if this feature is already activated for your Office 365 tenant/Yammer network, logon to Yammer with your admin credentials and access to the Network Admin settings of your Yammer network
Then go to the Network Migration and check the list of domains associated with your network (you should see your primary domain used when creating your Yammer network, and the additional ones below)
Then you can migrate/consolidate the previous Yammer networks created for these associated domains
The long waited “modern/universal” Office 365 Administration application for Windows 10 is now available.
You can install it on Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile devices from https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/office-365-admin-universal-beta/9nblggh5lc8f or directly from the Store, search for Office 365 Admin Universal
If you are already using the Office 365 Admin app on a mobile device, you will not be lost as this universal app provides the same UI and same functionalities
Benoit is specialized on Microsoft infrastructure (Active Directory, Azure, ForeFront products, Hyper-V, Identity Management, System Center, Windows) and collaboration (BPOS, Exchange, Office 365, SharePoint) technologies.
He has been awarded as Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 2002 - on Windows, then SharePoint and finally Office 365. He has been recoginzed as Microsoft Community Contributor for his work on the Office 365 community in 2013 and 2014.
He has been involved in early stage of testing phase for many Microsoft products - from Windows to Office 365, including Exchange, SharePoint or Office client and WindowsUpdate.
He has participated as speaker or Ask The Expert (ATE) at many Microsoft or Quest events. He also participed in writing several books on SharePoint (2003 to 2010).
With more than 10 years of professional experience, he has a deep knowledge of the Microsoft market and his competitors.
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