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Advanced Threat Protection across Windows 10 and Office

Explore the security across your email and endpoints with the unified ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) experience across Office and Windows. See the spectrum of defense’s across known and unknown attacks, including the filters in place to stop known threats in real-time, near real-time threat removal ahead of broad impact, and the discovery investigation containment and response to advanced threats that make it through all prior defenses.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Office 365 Update for July 2017

Jim Naroski covers recent enhancements to Office 365, Microsoft’s cloud-based productivity solution for the modern workplace.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

For Patch Tuesday Microsoft Office Gets Both Security and Non-security Updates

We’re not sure if this is a break in policy, but Patch Tuesday (the second Tuesday of each month) is generally considered for the deliver of security updates. This month, Microsoft is delivering both security and non-security updates for its Office products. The stack of patches include 17 security updates and 30 non-security updates. The full list is available in KB4033107. Microsoft’s Office updates for June caused problems for customers, with Microsoft having to spend the latter part of the month sending out repaired updates. We’re now finding out today that some of those fixes were rescinded quietly. On one hand Microsoft wants customers to stay up-to-date to ensure the best product security, but on the other hand, customers are increasingly reluctant to install any u...

MileIQ by Microsoft Now Included With Office 365 Business Premium

MileIQ offers automatic mileage logging for mileage reimbursements and taxes. It’s now included with your Office 365 Business Premium subscription. Learn more about this: https://www.mileiq.com/office365   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Microsoft Previews New Office Apps for Microsoft Business

Today Microsoft has announced new licensing schemes for businesses that combine Office 365, Windows 10, and Microsoft Intune. Catch up here: Microsoft Combines Office, Windows 10, and Management into Microsoft 365. In addition to announcing the availability dates for the new offerings, Microsoft has also announced preview for new apps that it will make available to business users through the new subscription model. Those are: Microsoft Listings—A simple-to-use email marketing service. Microsoft Connections—An easy way to publish business information on top sites. Microsoft Invoicing—A new way to create and deliver professional invoices. MileIQ – Microsoft’s mileage tracking app (only available for Office 365 Business Premium)   Microsoft 365 Business will be available in public ...

Microsoft Combines Office, Windows 10, and Management into Microsoft 365

The “365” branding has been working extremely well for Microsoft. Shown in report after report as cloud revenue, Office 365 has been a cash cow for the company. Today at the company’s sales and partner conference, Inspire, in Washington, DC it has announced a new cloud-based subscription offering called Microsoft 365. Microsoft 365 combines Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security (essentially Microsoft Intune). Earlier this year, Microsoft had already announced that it will combine big feature update delivery for Office 365 and Windows 10, and now with this combination offering that makes more sense. For companies that would like to take advantage of what this offers, Microsoft is delivering two new commercial licenses: Microsoft 365 Enterprise and Micr...

Microsoft Will Disconnect On-premises Office from the Cloud in 2020

This one may seem a bit far off, but with Microsoft refocusing more of its efforts to its cloud operations – including a controversial bit about the company creating a side-by-side implementation of SCCM and Intune – this planning tip for your Office users should also be a fair-warning about when Microsoft is planning to potentially push customers to a cloud-only model. From Office 365 system requirements changes for Office: Effective October 13th, 2020, Office 365 will only allow Office client connectivity from subscription clients (Office 365 ProPlus) or Office perpetual clients within mainstream support to connect to Office 365 services. After the October 13, 2020 date… This also seems to suggest that Office 2016 will be the very last version developed to work outside ...

Microsoft Jumps Back on the Update Wagon for July’s Office Patches

June was a rough month for Microsoft. The company spent much of the month resolving issues it introduced through a series of less-than-quality patches. Much of the customer woe came in its Office product – particularly for Microsoft Outlook. The company just resolved some lingering issues in its Outlook 2016 edition with a day or so to spare. But, the company is back to the schedule this month. Patch Tuesday for security doesn’t happen until next week, but the first week of each month is generally for non-security Office updates. Microsoft today has announced it has released this month’s entry on schedule. Many customers are crossing their fingers, hoping this latest round of updates will be a much kinder experience. Here’s what available today… Office 2013 Up...

Configuring for Standard or First Release options in Office 365

You can sign up for an early release so that your organization receives updates first. You can designate that only certain individuals receive the updates. Or, you can remain on the default release schedule and receive the updates later.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Microsoft Begins to Rollout SharePoint Communication Sites

Announced during Microsoft’s recent SharePoint Virtual Summit, SharePoint Communication Sites provide templates and drag-and-drop functionality for companies to quickly create dynamic web sites. The rollout is happening now for Office 365 First Release customers, with the rest of the Office 365 subscribers getting access worldwide in the coming months. Microsoft is targeting the end of August 2017 as the completion date for the public rollout. First Release rollout is ongoing and should be completed within 2-3 weeks. Additionally, Microsoft will be bringing the same development features to its mobile apps for iOS and Android. Updates for iOS will happen shortly, and the updates for Android sometime in the next few weeks. SharePoint for iOS SharePoint for Android Looking for an awesom...

Microsoft Announces the General Availability of Microsoft Stream

Microsoft today has announced that its business video sharing service, Microsoft Stream, is now generally availability. Microsoft Stream in positioned as an Office 365 application that provides employees at organizations of all sizes to upload, watch, share, organize and discover videos within their own organization from a single portal. Site: https://stream.microsoft.com/ Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Microsoft Garage Brings Cortana Dictation to Office with Dictate

Microsoft Garage has released a new add-in for Microsoft Outlook, Word and PowerPoint that uses the speech recognition behind Cortana to convert speech to text. Called Dictate, the add-in supports 20 languages for dictation and 60 languages for real-time translations. Dictate is available now for Windows 8.1 or later, Office 2013 or later, and .Net Framework 4.5.0 or later. Get it here: Dictate Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!