New features and fixes now availiable in SharePoint Online

Today we released the first major service update to Office 365. Amongst other things this is our first update to SharePoint Online (SPO) since the launch of Office 365 and we thought it would be a good time to share information about the new features and fixes available as part of this service update. On a broad…

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Free/Busy Viewing and Calendar Sharing in Office 365 Hybrid Environments

We often get the question: “For Office 365 organizations in a hybrid Exchange deployment (some users on-premises, some users in Exchange Online), what Free/Busy viewing and Calendar sharing options are available?” In the below table you’ll see whats avaliable in an organisation with a mix of Exchange Server On-Prem (2010 SP1 or 2007 SP2 or…

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How to create auto signatures centrally in Office 365 Exchange Online

Many are asking if they can make use of centralized auto signatures in Exchange Online in Office 365. The answer is yes – and its done using Disclaimers. To automatically apply disclaimers to e-mail messages, you use Transport Rules. You create Transport Rules in the Exchange Control Panel – just click Manage My Organization >…

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So you’d like SharePoint Online documents to open in Office Web Apps always

As described in an earlier blog post SharePoint Online comes with a very useful template “Express Team Site”, from which you can easily fire up Office documents by clicking the built in icons (see below). Default behavior is that the document opens in the Office rich client if such is installed on the PC. If…

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BCS in Office 365 – read and write connections to External Data

The long awaited Business Connectivity Services has entered our Office 365 E3 (and E4) tenants. Business Connectivity Services bridges the gap between SharePoint sites and other web services, databases, and external business applications. It enables SharePoint to create read and write connections to external data in lists, and to display external information in Web Parts. Imagine…

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Easy documents in Office 365

Did you know – SharePoint Online in Office 365 comes with a site template called “Express Team Site”. It’s a very fast and snappy way to get at team site up and running. And best of all: the preconfigured document library “Documents” comes preconfigured with icons for easy launching of new documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint…

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Limiting access to Microsoft Office 365, depending on where the client resides

Many customers who have implemented our federated SSO feature have asked us to enable more control over external access based on the location of the client e.g. limit access to Microsoft Office 365 services, depending on where the client (trying to access the Office 365 services) resides. While this feature is officially on the roadmap for the first…

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Understanding Shared Mailboxes in Office 365 (updated)

Many potential customers are asking about departmental mailboxes in Office 365. How can a department, a team etc share a mailbox, and does it involve a license? Shared mailboxes in Office 365 Exchange Online allow a group of users to view and send e-mail from a common mailbox. A shared mailbox: doesn’t have a username and…

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