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Office 365 – A new global idle timeout settings is available (preview)

As you may already know, administrators were able to set an idle timeout setting for SharePoint Online (see https://blog.hametbenoit.info/2017/11/10/sharepoint-online-configure-idle-session-timeout/) and Exchange Online (see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/module/exchange/set-organizationconfig?view=exchange-ps#:~:text=Exchange%20Server%202019-,%2DActivityBasedAuthenticationTimeoutEnabled,-The%20ActivityBasedAuthenticationTimeoutEnabled%20parameter&WT.mc_id=M365-MVP-7836) for quite some time when users use the web browser to access the services. This 2 options are independent with each other and configured by either the SharePoint or Exchange administrators …

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Exchange Online – Retirement of the Basic Authentication for POP

If you remember since 2019, Microsoft has been announcing the retirement of Basic Authentication in a way to improve security as Basic Authentication does not support multi factor authentication (MFA) (see https://t.co/9XZtsVFoQr). Well, Office 365 and Exchange Online administrators should start looking at their Message Center has the retirement is starting and Microsoft provides you …

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Exchange Online – You can now send email using one of your mailbox alias (preview)

As you historically Exchange was always using the Primary Email Address when sending email, even when the user choose to edit the From field to use one of the aliases associated with the mailbox. The only workarounds where either to use SMTP Auth connection – which most of the time is disabled for end-user mailboxes …

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Exchange Online – You can now configure policies to manage access to the quarantine

If you use Exchange Online, you already know it comes with a level of security and protection against malware and spam called Exchange Online Protection. Until now, you could not really control the access to the quarantine except enabling (or not) notification to end-users to let them know there is email blocked in quarantine. Well, …

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Exchange Online – A new Exchange Online PowerShell module v2 is now available in preview

For those working with Office 365 and Exchange Online, you already know that the Exchange Online PowerShell modules have been evolving and is now existing with a ‘version 2’ (see https://t.co/EdWQQr2g8U). Well, the version 2 of Exchange Online PowerShell module is being updated again (currently available in preview) to remove the need for enabling WinRM …

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Exchange Online – Upcoming changes for auto-expand archive

As you may already know, Exchange Online has a specific archive feature to automatically expand the archive limit. Well, starting November 1st, 2021 the auto-expand archive capability will no longer be able to provide unlimited storage as it used too – even if you had to go through a support request to expand the storage …

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Exchange Online – Classic administration portal is being retired

As Exchange Online administrator, you may be already aware there has been a new and modern Exchange Online administration portal available (https://admin.exchange.microsoft.com/). Well, the classic Exchange Online administration portal (https://outlook.office365.com/ecp) is going to be retired starting October 15, 2021 and will be fully removed by September 1, 2022. Starting October 2021, features related to security …

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Exchange Online – New endpoint for SMTP AUTH clients still using TLS 1.0 or TLS 1.1; act before 2022

If you use Office 365 and Exchange Online, you should already know that support for TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 has ended in October 2020. While the support of these legacy TLS protocols has ended, this is still in use and available for connection. Starting 2022, TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 will be completely disabled …

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Exchange Online Protection – It is now easier to enable the ‘First Contact Safety Tip’

As you may already know, Exchange Online Protection has been able to provide a ‘First Contact Safety Tip’ to display a notification to end-user when they receive an email from somebody for the first time to make them pay more attention in case of potential phishing.   Well, until then, this ‘First Contact Safety Tip’ …

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Outlook – External sender can now be flagged

As you know, Exchange administrators have been able to flag external sender for few weeks already (see https://t.co/144cAWA42F) but this was applicable only to Outlook mobile.Well, good news, if you have already configured it for your Outlook mobile users, this also now applies to Outlook client, including Outlook Web Access (aka OWA, aka Outlook on …

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