Office 365

Office 365 – Transitioning to cloud.microsoft domain

  Few months ago (in April 2023), Microsoft has announced that all Office 365 related services will use a unified cloud.microsoft domain (see https://blog.hametbenoit.info/2023/11/16/azure-virtual-desktop-a-new-application-preview/).   Well, these services have started to be transitioned to this new unified domain: Microsoft Service Health Status is now https://status.cloud.microsoft/ M365/Office 365 Setup is now https://setup.cloud.microsoft/ M365/Office 365 Administration Center […]

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Office – Get ready for the end of life of Publisher

  Microsoft Publisher has been part of the Office suite since the 90’s, offering publishing capabilities.   It has not been loved and used.   After October 2026, Publisher will reach its end of life. After that time, it will no longer be included in Microsoft 365 and existing on-premises suites will no longer be

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Outlook Web Access – Meeting participants time-zone notification

It is not always easy to schedule meeting with people on different time zone as you can’t easily identify their local time or even know if they are on a different time zone. Well, good news as now you will get notified when meeting participants are on a different time zone and then using the

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Office 365 – You can now control Edge configuration from O365 administration portal

As you know you can control Microsoft Edge configuration either using group policies (for Active Directory joined devices) or Intune (for both AD or Azure AD Joined devices). Well, a new option is now available to manage Edge configuration: the Office 365 administration portal. This new capability is currently being deployed for targeted tenant, while

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Office 365 – You can now enable Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in Pureview (preview)

As you know, Office 365 comes with capabilities to help you protect your data and ensure compliance – namely Pureview Information Protection and Pureview Data Loss Prevention (DLP). Well, good news as you can now enable Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for both features (in preview). After turning it on, compliance policies like DLP and auto-labeling

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Forms – You can now easily present results

As you know, with Office 365 you have access to Microsoft Forms for creating surveys and gather answers. Until now, the answers were only accessible from the corresponding Forms responses page or by exporting through Excel. It was not easy to present the results as the responses page includes additional details (such as time to

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Office 365 – New unified domain for Office 365 services

As you know, each Office 365 services have its own domain, like .sharepoint.com, yammer.com or powerbi.com. This fragmentation can cause some challenges for end-users and administrators. Microsoft is now introducing a new unified domain for all Office 365 services: .cloud.microsoft This unification under the .cloud.microsoft umbrella will simplify user experience by reducing sign-in prompts or

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Office – You can now apply Office policies to everyone using Cloud Policy Service

By now you probably know Cloud Policy Service which allows you to apply policies to your Office applications (https://config.office.com/). Until now, policies would have been applied to specific group(s) of users. Well, good news as now you can apply a policy to all users in your tenant. You can only apply 1 policy with a

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Office 365 – Bring your own domain for email notifications

As you know Office 365 products and services – such as SharePoint, Exchange Online… – send from time to time email notifications to end-users, such as for document shared, emails in quarantine… These email notifications have been using Microsoft domains as sender – such as @sharepointonline.com or @planner.com. Sometimes these emails were incorrectly identified as

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Office 365 – You can now export your Office policy configurations

If you use Office 365, you are probably aware of the Cloud Policy Service for Office (aka Office App Configuration) portal (https://config.office.com/) you use to create your custom Office installation XML file and Office configuration (similar to the GPO). Well, you can now export your policy configuration in CSV to help you identify and review

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