How do I start a trial of Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection?

Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is now available for Education customers. ATP extends the email protection provided by Exchange Online Protection (EOP) to also guard against previously unknown threats with behavioral analysis and real-time protection through the use of Safe Links and Safe Attachments. One of our early adopter schools reported hundreds of instances…

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How do I configure Office 365 ProPlus for download of Office 2016 or Office 2013?

Since February 23rd 2016, most Office 365 users download Office 2016 as the default version from portal.office.com. Office 365 administrators can choose the options for which versions and applications are available on their tenant and select the default Update Channel experience for Office 2016 users when they download Office 365 ProPlus. The configuration settings are available in the Office 365 admin center under Service settings -> User software. For…

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Office 365 Groups in Education

Office 365 Groups are a powerful new tool to enable contextual collaboration across Office 365 products. Groups can be pre-provisioned or created as-needed by users in Exchange Online. Office 365 Groups have seen a high degree of adoption in Education since there is an immense need for ad-hoc collaboration. We have also received a lot of great…

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How can I get the new 2016 version of Office 365 ProPlus today?

There is quite a bit of confusion floating around about how to get this today. The good news is you do not have to wait until February 2016 to get your 2016 version of Office 365 ProPlus. Currently, there are TWO ways to obtain the new 2016 version of Office 365 ProPlus from your education…

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How can you whitelist messages from Clutter?

A customer at a university wanted to ensure important system messages were not put into the clutter folder in user’s mailboxes.  They asked how can you whitelist these system messages. I found a way to do it with transport rules with this example syntax: New-TransportRule -Name <name_of_the_rule> -SubjectContainsWords "Meeting" -SetHeaderName "X-MS-Exchange-Organization-BypassClutter" -SetHeaderValue "true" The header…

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Ability to add custom tiles/sites to the Office 365 App launcher

I found out about a neat feature for adding in custom tiles to the app launcher.   Here are the steps: 1) Click the Office 365 admin click Company Profile > Custom tiles > Add 2) Fill out name and URL, custom image URL   3) Add in the App to the App launcher: Click…

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Office 365 Education summer feature summary

I took a vacation and have been away for a bit and a lot things have occurred in Office 365. Let me summarize some of the key Office 365 and Azure Active Directory features which I feel are most relevant to education customers that were announced or launched this summer:   Class Dashboard and School…

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How can I query multiple user’s OneDrive for Business data?

This is a very common question I get from customers and also they want to know how they can globally elevate permissions to search/access OneDrive for Business. They want to be able to search OneDrive for Business data from an eDiscovery query and/or preserve/hold the data.   Prerequisites: To conduct an eDiscovery Center full query…

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Sway integration with Office 365

Great news today – the Sway team provided Office 365 integration starting in First Release tenants today.   What is Sway and how can I use this in Education? Sway is an easy way to create and share a polished, interactive, web-based canvas of your ideas. Sway looks good on any device or screen (mobile,…

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Where can I find new Office 365 training?

I get asked this quite often from my customers and we have a plethora of Office 365 content but in some cases the content can get stale. I will break some new training areas into three categories IT Pro/Admin, end user and developer.   Office 365 IT Pro and Administrator training: Microsoft Virtual Academy I…

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