Office 365 Weekly Digest | Week of January 10 – 16, 2016


Note: The information below may not be posted to your Office 365 tenant as not all notifications apply to all tenants.


Updated feature: Mail sent from SharePoint Online is changing

Posted: January 11, 2016 | Action: Awareness | Starting in January 2016, there will be a change in the FROM address used in notification mails sent by SharePoint Online. These changes are scheduled to be completed by the end of January. With this update, recipients will be much less likely to have notification emails blocked by spam filters or delivered to a Junk Email folder. There is no action you need to take, but you may consider removing SPF records or rules from your spam filter. Learn more at


What’s New: December 2015

Posted: January 11, 2016 | Action: Awareness | Improvements to Office 365 kept flowing through the holiday season, bringing even more value to Office 365. The new Skype for Business for Android is here! The Power Pivot data model in Excel 2016 got smart rename support and Access 2016 Runtime became available. For business, the popular First Release program added more services, the Office 365 Compliance Center became the Office 365 Protection Center, Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery arrived and the Office 365 Planner preview started rolling out. To help you schedule meetings faster, there’s a new Outlook add-in called FindTime. The big news for developers is the availability on GitHub of Matter Center, an Office 365 Add-in and SharePoint-based document collaboration solution designed to increase productivity for legal professionals. Please visit to learn more about the new features and improvements released for Office 365 during December.


Prepare for your Office 2016 upgrade

Posted: January 11, 2016 | Action Required by February 9, 2016 | Beginning February 9, 2016, Office 2016 Current Branch for Business will be available. The First Release for Current Branch for Business has been available since September, and we are now making this broadly available to Office 365 customers. Current Branch for Business is the default update branch of Office 2016, for Office 365 ProPlus subscriptions. We recommend that you review upgrade guidance and develop a plan to manage the upgrade of your existing Office 365 ProPlus installations. Auto-upgrades for Office 365 ProPlus and Office 365 Business clients will begin later in February 2016. If you wish to disable auto-upgrades refer to the following KB article: Additional information is available at


New Feature: Mandatory Anonymous Link Expiration is now available

Posted: January 12, 2016 | Action: Awareness | Mandatory Anonymous Link Expiration is a new feature for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. This feature has started rolling out and is scheduled to complete in the coming weeks. With this feature, administrators can now set a mandatory expiration length for all anonymous links created in their company to help promote security and link hygiene. End users will be required to create links that match or are shorter than the stated value. There is no default value for anonymous link expiration. To begin using this feature, use the SharePoint Online Management Shell using the “RequireAnonymousLinksExpireInDays” parameter. Please visit to learn more.


Updated feature: SharePoint Online sites page

Posted: January 14, 2016 | Action: Awareness | We are updating the SharePoint Online sites page. You will see these updates over the coming weeks. You will see changes when you click on the "Sites" tile in the app launcher. On the sites page, there will be a new section called "Recent sites," showing you a list of Office 365 sites you've recently visited. We have also improved the query driving the "Suggested sites" section of the page. This now leverages the Office Graph to provide a greater level of relevancy to the sites being suggested to you. There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. More details can be found at


New feature: Managing Yammer licenses in Office 365

Posted: January 14, 2016 | Action: Awareness | Managing Yammer licenses is a new Office 365 feature. This is available today for business subscriptions, and will be available to education subscriptions soon. As Yammer integrates more closely with Office 365, you will have the option to manage Yammer licenses in Office 365 and control who sees the Yammer tile in the Office 365 app launcher. Previously, Yammer licenses could not be individually assigned to users. You can assign Yammer licenses in the Office 365 admin center or by using Windows PowerShell cmdlets for Office 365. If you purchased Yammer as part of a bundled subscription plan (such as Office 365 Enterprise E3), and had assigned the bundled subscription plan to a user, then after per-user licenses are available, the Yammer license will be automatically assigned to the user.


Temporarily disabling feature: Praise

Posted: January 15, 2016 | Action: Awareness | We are temporarily disabling back Praise. We’ll be implementing improvements to Praise in the near future as we have received feedback on the need for additional user and admin controls. Until these improvements have been rolled out, the current Praise functionality will be disabled. We recently added Praise, through our First Release program. Praise was added to Delve Profiles, which lets users give quick, public recognition to their peers. When disabled, the Praise section in the Delve Profile will not be visible to end users. Keep in mind, existing Praises will not be impacted, and should re-appear again when we turn Praise back on, with additional user and admin level controls. There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. We’ll be sending another communication as we get closer.



Azure Active Directory Webinars for January

Are you looking to deploy Azure Active Directory quickly and easily? We are offering free webinar briefings on key Azure Active Directory deployment topics! Sessions include: Pre-requisites, SSPR, MFA, SaaS Application Integration and Reporting. Each 1-hour briefing is designed to support IT Pros in quickly rolling out Azure Active Directory features to their organization. All webinars are free of cost and will be followed by Q&A with our Engineering Team. Capacity is limited. Sign up for one or all of the sessions today!


Office Small Business Academy Webcast Series: January 2016

The Office Small Business Academy is a new monthly webcast series created for small business owners as a source of ideas, inspiration and smarter ways of running a business. It features experts and analysts with accessible, real-world advice, ready to be put to use by entrepreneurs, creative professionals, techies and leaders who’d rather be the boss than work for one. This month, we sit down with entrepreneurial experts for a reality check and some timely inspiration. Don’t miss this opportunity to start 2016 off right with insight and strategies from trusted experts who know a thing or two about success.

Date Webcast title Registration link
January 16, 2016 at 8 a.m. PST New Year, New Goals: Planning for Success Register here



Leading the way in the fight against dangerous email threats

A typical month for the Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online Protection team might be considered atypical for most. In our fight against spam and malware, we process over 200 billion emails each month and block 10 million spam messages every minute. That’s the norm for our malicious threat protection efforts—but we don’t stop there. As email attackers around the globe are getting smarter and more sophisticated, we’re making big investments in our Exchange Online Protection and Advanced Threat Protection services to proactively identify and block the most dangerous email threats with features such as built-in protection against malicious attack vectors, with spoof and common attachment-type detection, visible protection to end-users via Safety Tips to prevent users from interacting with detected malicious emails and rich learning mechanisms for users, and Phish Reporting and Advanced Threat Protection.


Do More with Office 365: OneDrive for Business Sync

Published January 11, 2016 | This article includes information that shows you how to configure and troubleshoot OneDrive for Business sync. Some of the topics include how to troubleshoot specific errors that you get when using the OneDrive for Business sync app, the special characters that cause problems with OneDrive for Business sync, and what to do if you have problems installing the OneDrive for Business sync app.


Office 365 Secure Score (Alpha Preview)

It's like a credit score for your security. The Office 365 Secure Score is a new data service Microsoft is building to help our tenants understand the extent to which they have adopted robust security configurations, behaviors, and best practices. The experience places all of the existing security-relevant features of the service in one place and makes it easy to tell which things you have adopted or not, and then makes it easy to remediate the gap. Please help us improve this service by participating in the preview, downloading and running the collector, analyzing your results, and giving us feedback at The secure score experience is a three step process to collect, analyze, and take action on the results.


8 ways to successfully lead your mobile workforce

Although the mobile workforce has been building for some time, managers are, in many ways, still catching up and trying to determine how best to lead their teams when they’re not only not in the same room, but may be spread out over a number of cities, states or even countries. However, because so many organizations have used a remote workforce model for so many years now, and technology has moved ahead by leaps and bounds, leading remote teams is certainly easier than in years past. Of course, finding your own path to successful leadership will largely depend on your personal style, corporate culture and team members, but if you don’t know where to start or would like to add new techniques and technology to your bag of tricks, you would do well to try these time-tested tips.



Updated: Office 365 URLs and IP Address Ranges

January 13, 2016: Updates for Office 365 Portal.  Details on the updates are available on the RSS feed and the complete list is located here.


Video: 6 steps to a successful Yammer network

Published: January 13, 2016 | Length: 30:53 | This video outlines prescriptive guidance on how to roll out Yammer and drive ongoing usage in your organization.


Video: Cloud PBX with Skype for Business​: Simplify Communications in the Cloud

Published: January 15, 2016 | Length: 1:08 | With Office 365 and Skype for Business, you can create connected teams that work better together. Reduce reliance on costly PBX systems and transition to the cloud.


Video: Meet Delve Analytics

Published: January 15, 2016 | Length: 0:52 | Delve Analytics provides real-time work analytics at the individual and organization level to optimize activities for the best business outcomes. You can improve personal and team effectiveness with dashboards that provide insights on time and relationships.


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