Microsoft Office

Visio Pro Online Subscription Gets New Name and Updated Pricing

Microsoft has altered how it delivers Visio Pro and also modified the subscription base. First off though, there’s a name change. Microsoft Visio Pro for Office 365 will now be known as Microsoft Visio Online Plan 2. Visio Online Plan 2 includes Visio Online, an always up-to-date Visio desktop application, and 2GB of OneDrive storage making it Visio’s most powerful diagramming suite to date. Visio comes with a robust library of built-in and third-party templates and shapes, as well as integrated collaboration tools, so your team can work together—virtually anytime, anywhere. Store and share your diagrams and processes online and access them on the go, from nearly any device. Link your shapes and diagrams to data from popular internal and external sources to visualize real-time inform...

CVE-2019-0784 Keeps Microsoft Project from Opening Certain Files

Microsoft is warning customers that use Microsoft Project and have installed CVE-2019-0784 (a recent security update for aWindows ActiveX Remote Code Execution Vulnerability), may not be able to open certain files anymore. The issue is with Microsoft Project files with spaces in the name. We are investigating and hopefully will soon get a fix for this, but depending which part we need to fix (client, server or service) it could take a while before it is available in an update or your distribution channel.  There are workarounds – you can still open just fine by opening the client Project application and then File, Open to select the project, or you could just rename the plan and remove the space(s).  So far, there’s no promised date for the ultimate fix.

Microsoft Produces a Special Site to Assist Organizations in their Exchange Deployments

Obviously, Microsoft would love to have its customers migrate all existing Exchange environments to the cloud. But, for many customers, that’s still not a feasible solution for a variety of reasons – some that are valid, some that are not. Microsoft has now produced and delivered a new “assistant” web site that shows the different Exchange deployment options side-by-side and provides the guidance for each type of method. The new site is: The first option, On-premises Exchange deployments, will go to the Deployment Assistant and all the on-premises deployment options you know and love today. You can select questions and answers to build checklists that help you deploy new Exchange 2013 or Exchange 2016 organizations, or upgrade to th...

New Windows 10 and Office 365 management and user experiences for 2019

Microsoft CVP, Brad Anderson, takes you through the latest updates to support modern experiences across devices with Windows 10 and Office 365. In this show, Brad demonstrates cold-booting his personal, highly-managed and secured Windows 10 device in under 20 seconds. We’ll also show you new options to get to managed remote Windows sessions and apps across devices using the new Windows Virtual Desktop. And we show new streamlined management experiences for Microsoft 365 administrators as well as what you can do to set baseline protections and device configurations quickly using built-in Security Baselines in Microsoft Intune. To sign up for the Windows Virtual Desktop Preview at: Enable updates to the Microsoft 365 Admin Center at:

Tip: Lockdown Creation of Microsoft Teams and Office 365 Groups

MVP, Anthony Caragol has put together a tool that provides the ability administrators to keep Teams and Office 365 Groups from being created except for those designated to do it. In this case, the tool can be used to lockdown creation to just a specific security group or to global and other admins. Download: Microsoft Teams and Office 365 Creation Lockdown Tool

Office 365 Groups Gains the Ability to Enforce Company-consistent Group Names

Microsoft is rolling out a new function for Office 365 Groups to allow companies to help make sense of the group names being created by end-users. Office 365 Groups is a valuable feature that gives users the ability to connect with like-minded or collaborative partners for corporate projects, business, and community. But, due to the ability to generate groups, the group names can become unruly. Azure AD Naming Policy for Office 365 Groups is now generally available and contains two rules that can be applied: Prefix-suffix naming policy You can define prefixes or suffixes that are then added automatically to enforce a naming convention on your groups (for example, in the group name “GRP_JAPAN_My Group_Engineering”, GRP_JAPAN_ is the prefix, and _Engineering is the suffix). Custom blocked wo...

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: 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 ...