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…

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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…

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Synchronize passwords for federated users to reduce downtime in case of an emergency

Office 365 now supports Password Synchronization as a temporary backup for Single Sign-On (federation). From the TechNet Wiki, “At General Availability, the Password Synchronization feature did not support the synchronization of passwords for users in a Federated namespace. We have recently updated the service code to allow this. This enables the added possibility of running Password Sync while…

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Is there any new Office 365 training for my end users?

This is a common question I get from customers deploying Office 365 Education. There are several training resources available for end user’s to learn Office 365 Education. This site has excellent Office 365 end user video and text training resources here:   The videos are on Office 365 common usage scenarios: A downloadable Office 365…

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Do you have any bandwidth calculators for Office 365?

  Update 3-24-15: Latest Office 365 bandwidth guidance is here:  https://aka.ms/tune This is a pretty common question I get with my education customers. The answer is there is not one tool that can calculate everything for your Office 365 bandwidth but there is an Exchange calculator, Lync calculator and some guidance for SharePoint bandwidth.  …

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The Service Upgrade

Over the course of the year until the end of September 2013, we are going to be rolling out the new Office 365 Education service to existing customers who are on the “pre-upgrade Office 365”.  The service upgrade for Office 365 will deliver exciting new features, including: The new Office If you have purchased a…

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Can’t convert domain to federated

I ran into an interesting problem setting up ADFS 2.1 on Windows Server 2012 for Office 365 federation. It is now a supported server OS for ADFS and Office 365 as long as you run the Azure Active Directory PowerShell.  ADFS setup worked flawlessly and I setup the web certificate, etc. You can follow the…

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