Microsoft Office

Microsoft Delivers Forms Pro to Public Preview

Microsoft Forms Pro is a new app/service take on its Forms application. The new offering is powered by both Office 365 and Dynamics 365 platforms and allows corporate customers to generate surveys, quizzes, and polls that are company branded and part of business workflows. The Microsoft Forms Pro Public Preview starts today. Sign up here: www.formspro.microsoft.com Microsoft has yet to announce pricing for Forms Pro, but suggest that it will be a paid service – possibly as an additional add-on price to Office. It is not available for GOV or EDU customers.

Tip: Keeping Microsoft Teams from Installing as a Default App for Office 365 ProPlus

If you to exclude Microsoft Teams from installing as part of the overall Office 365 ProPlus installation, you’ll need to modify the XML file with the ExcludeApp element. Use the Office Deployment Tool to make the modifications to add the ExcludeApp element: <Configuration> <Add OfficeClientEdition=”64″ Channel=”Monthly”> <Product ID=”O365ProPlusRetail”> <Language ID=”en-us” /> <ExcludeApp ID=”Teams” /> </Product> </Add> </Configuration> BIG NOTE: This same ExcludeApp element must be added to each and every ProductID element in the XML file. For example, if you intend to only install MS Project – even at a later date – the same ExcludeApp element must be included. Yo...

Microsoft Updates the Timeline a Bit for When Teams will Install by Default for Office 365 ProPlus

Earlier this year, Microsoft made the announcement that its Teams product would soon begin installing as part of the Office 365 ProPlus installation. The original target date was March 2019. And, while the integration is on track, Microsoft has updated the timeline a bit to include the various branches of deployment. Here’s the current timeline (note the SAC change): Monthly Channel Version 1902 – March 4, 2019 Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) Version 1902 – March 12, 2019 Semi-Annual Channel Version 1902 – July 9, 2019

Microsoft Opens Up Office Document Sharing Directly to LinkedIn Contacts

Microsoft is gearing up to begin the rollout of a significant new feature for Office customers that also have LinkedIn accounts, bringing the company’s job placement network further into the Office suite. Essentially, customers can interact directly with their LinkedIn contacts to share and co-author documents. The feature works for OneDrive, SharePoint, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Online. With this update, users will be able to find many of their first-degree LinkedIn connections as people suggestions when sharing files or folders from the OneDrive and SharePoint websites, or from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Online. This makes it easier for employees in your organization to collaborate with people outside your organization without needing to know their email addresses. Microsoft bel...

Microsoft Office Security Updates for March 2019

Microsoft Office received its fair share of updates the first Tuesday of the month during the regularly scheduled non-security Office update event. But, that wasn’t enough to push off much-needed security updates for Microsoft’s Office servers. Here is what’s available today…   Microsoft SharePoint Server 2019 Product Knowledge Base article title and number SharePoint Server 2019 Description of the security update for SharePoint Server 2019: March 12, 2019 (KB4462199) Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 Product Knowledge Base article title and number SharePoint Enterprise Server 2016 Description of the security update for SharePoint Enterprise Server 2016: March 12, 2019 (KB4462211) Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Product Knowledge Base article title and number P...

Microsoft Word Being Used as a Trojan Horse, Microsoft Says the Vulnerability Doesn’t Meet the Security Bar to Warrant a Fix

Mimecast Research Labs has identified a memory corruption problem with Microsoft Word in that attackers can use the exploit to bypass Windows antimalware security – and apparently, some are actively exploiting it now. Our detection engines spotted an attacker group, which seems to originate from Serbia, using specially-crafted Microsoft Word documents to take advantage of how Microsoft Word handles Integer Overflow errors in the OLE file format. The group was able to exploit this bug to circumvent many security solutions designed to protect data from infestation, including leading sandbox and anti-malware technologies. According to Mimecast, it notified Microsoft way back in May of 2018.  Two days later, Microsoft told Mimecast that the issue didn’t meet the security bar, so a ...

Microsoft Planner Gains Ability to Reuse Successful Projects and Plans

Microsoft has added the much-requested capability to reuse, or copy, recent projects and plans into a new Microsoft Planner document. Essentially, customers can now utilize old project plans as templates for current projects, through a simple menu command. Tasks, task descriptions, checklists, and labels and original plan members are copied over. However, task assignments, due dates, attachments, comments, and task progress is left blank so the new plan can go forward. Microsoft says that this feature is also in the works to show up for Microsoft Teams and Office 365 groups.

Microsoft Flights It’s March 2019 Non-security Office Updates

As has become usual fare, Microsoft has kicked off its March patching cadence with non-security updates for Office. Here’s what’s available right now: Office 2010 Update for Microsoft Access 2010 (KB4018363) Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4461626) Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB2589339) Update for Microsoft Outlook 2010 (KB4462229)   Office 2013 Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4462201) Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4092455) Update for Microsoft Outlook 2013 (KB4462206) Update for Microsoft Visio 2013 (KB4461484)   Office 2016 Update for Microsoft Access 2016 (KB4462192) Update for Microsoft Excel 2016 (KB4462212) Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4461439) Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4462214) Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4462195) Up...

Microsoft Delays Skype for Business Desktop App for Mac Transition to April

Microsoft has been working to transition Mac users from the Skype Meetings App to the Skype for Business Desktop app since December when the company first made notice of the upcoming changes. Despite the company affirming that it’s ready for the transition, Microsoft says that based on customer feedback, this change has been delayed until April. Specifically, the change will take place on April 5th. On April 5th, when a Mac computer visits Microsoft’s web site to connect to a meeting, instead of being prompted to download Skype Meetings the user will be prompted to download and install the Skype for Business Desktop app before the user can join the meeting. Of course, if the app is already installed, the computer can bypass the download and just attend the scheduled meeting. Th...

Microsoft 365 update for February 2019

Based on Kirk Koenigsbauer’s monthly New to Microsoft 365 communication, Jim Naroski covers recent enhancement to Microsoft 365 and Office 365. Companion blog: New to Microsoft 365 in February—advancing security and empowering a modern workplace

Microsoft Introduces an Outsourced Security Service for Office 365 Customers

In addition to releasing it’s Azure-based AI threat investigation and reporting tool, Azure Sentinel, today Microsoft has also announced a new managed threat hunting service for Office 365 tenants. But, unlike Azure Sentinel which relies heavily on AI, this other service for Office 365 has a deeply human component. Called Microsoft Threat Experts, the service allows companies to partner with Microsoft security workers to head-off potentially damaging intrusions. This initial release offers the following two components (with more coming): Targeted attack notifications: Alerts that are tailored to organizations provide as much information as can be quickly delivered to bring attention to critical threats in their network, including the timeline, scope of the breach, and the methods of ...

Skype for Business Server 2019 Capacity Planning for Front End Servers

Front End servers S4B server 2019 offers some new sizing numbers compared to S4B server 2015. What we are used to in S4B server 2015 is the max capacity for users in a pool being 80k consisting of 12 Front End servers. For S4B server 2019, the limit has increased to 106k users on 16 Front End servers. So that means the largest number of Front End servers we can now have in a pool is 16. So how does this (if at all) change the number of users per Front End server? If you recall, in S4B server 2015, the max amount of users is 6660 per Front End server. This number came to be when we divided (12 Front End servers / 80k users = 6,666), but then for whatever reason, Microsoft would state 6,660 instead of the 6,666 as the recommended number of users per Front End server. Well, that number has de...