Multi-Factor Authentication for the Hybrid Configuration Wizard and Remote PowerShell

You can now use an Administrator account that is enabled for Multi-Factor Authentication to sign in to Exchange Online PowerShell and the Office 365 Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW). In case you are not aware, the Azure multi-factor authentication is a method of verifying who you are that requires the use of more than just a…


Send-as and Send-on-behalf of for groups in Outlook

Today, we are excited to announce the ‘Send-as’ and Send-on-behalf of feature for groups in Outlook, which brings you one step closer to turning your email into a great customer support solution. With the new ‘Send as’ and ‘Send on behalf of’ feature, members of the group can respond to conversations using the shared identity…


Multi-Factor Authentication in Exchange and Office 365

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), which includes Two-factor authentication (2FA), in Exchange Server and Office 365, is designed to protect against account and email compromise. Microsoft has evaluated recent reports of a potential bypass of 2FA. We have determined that the technique described is not a vulnerability and the potential bypass does not exist on properly configured…


Managing Focused Inbox in Office 365 and Outlook

Editor’s note 1/20/2017: Update on rollout for commercial Office 365 customers: We are continuing our rollout of Focused Inbox. Here is an updated availability timeline by platform. Platform Required build Users in First Release Users in Standard Release iOS Already available Already available Already available Android Already available Already available Already available Mac1 15.26+ Began…


Tip: a few useful PowerShell scripts for Exchange and Office 365 Admins

Recently there has been some helpful activity over on the Microsoft Script Center for Exchange and Office 365 administrators. Here are 3 scripts that we wanted to call out, as well as a bit of an overview of what they do: Install Exchange 2016 Pre-requisites.ps1 – makes it easier to install Exchange 2016 prerequisites O365_Installs_Connections.ps1…


Looking back at Microsoft Ignite 2016

We had a lot of fun last week, with hundreds of sessions that covered vast variety of Microsoft services and products. If you were there – we hope that it was time well spent for you! We had many Microsoft experts in sessions and on the Expo floor to give you access and help answer…


On-Premises Architectural Requirements for the REST API

In the near future, hybrid customers will be able to take advantage of the REST APIs for both Office 365 and on-premises mailboxes. The REST APIs (Mail, Calendar, and Contact APIs) simplify programming against Exchange by providing a familiar syntax that is designed with openness (e.g., open standards support JSON, OAUTH, ODATA) and flexibility (e.g.,…

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Migrate traditional Distribution Groups to Office 365 Groups

Over the past few months, customers are increasing both the number of Office 365 Groups created and average monthly usage. It’s great to see customers getting value out of the service. If you are using Office 365 and haven’t yet moved traditional Distribution Groups (also known as Distribution Lists or DLs) over to Office 365…


Outlook for Mac and public folder access

Exchange Server 2013 introduced modern public folders and also shift in the way clients access the public folders. Ever since, the Outlook for Mac client had limited or no support for public folders. This article provides an update on how Outlook 2016 for Mac clients can access public folders in various topologies. Current Scenario The…


Data immutability and Office 365 tenant lifecycle

One of the more common questions about Office 365 has been – what happens to my data after my organization’s Office 365 subscription ends? The most common answer circulated in the community refers to a grace period of 30 days, during which you can still retrieve your data. The answer’s not wrong, but here’s some…