SAML 2.0 and Shibb support for Office 365 ProPlus and Office 2013 standalone – available in tech preview

This is a common ask in education: When will OneDrive for Business folder sync client, Office 365 ProPlus/Outlook 2013 and Lync 2013 support SAML 2.0 and Shibboleth authentication with Office 365 Education? The great news is support for this is now becoming available via an Office 2013 and Office 365 ProPlus November 2014 client update…


Office 365 ProPlus for Faculty and Staff benefit launched today

Great news! We launched the new benefit for faculty, staff and teachers.  If your education institution is eligible, you can now provide the Office 365 ProPlus offering to your faculty and staff. Here is a quick FAQ on the announcement: Where can I send teachers, faculty and staff? Send them to this link to download…


New Outlook for Mac version available from Office 365 portal

Where do I grab the new Outlook for Mac? From your Mac, grab the new Outlook for Mac bits here. (note: PCs will show PC Office versions)   What are some new features? Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements. A new modern user interface with improved…


Shared Computer Activation with Office 365 ProPlus benefit for students/faculty/staff

This is a popular topic I get with education customers.  I put together a quick scenario guideline for you: What does Shared Computer Activation (SCA) provide me with Office 365 ProPlus benefit? SCA allows you to install the Office 365 ProPlus bits on a machine/instance which is leveraged by multiple fac/staff or students.  e.g. student…


Academic SKU changes from A to E change in name only

There is a name change currently being rolled out to all Academic tenants where we are changing the A2, A3, A4 SKU display name to E1, E3, E4 respectively. The good news is there is no impact to PowerShell scripts or anything functionality or capability wise so this is just a change in name only…


New Office 365 ProPlus benefits for students and faculty/staff

  More great news for students and faculty staff.  Launching today we have the Office 365 ProPlus benefit available as a new student ‘sign up yourself’ option.  In addition, today we are announcing that you can use the same qualifying benefit for faculty and staff available for sign up yourself in October and orderable license…


Top 5 tips for a successful back to school on a budget

It's school time again! A time of mixed emotion – exciting to be back in the thick of things but maybe a little sad that summer is over. Your first day of school might be full of all or many new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school!? Whether a fresher…