Office 365 Weekly Digest | Week of February 28 – March 5, 2016


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

 

New Feature: Manage Yammer domains across their lifecycle in Office 365

Posted: February 29, 2016 | Action: Awareness | When you add or remove domains in Office 365, they will be automatically added to or removed from the corresponding Yammer network. If your Office 365 tenant already has additional domains that have not yet been added to Yammer, those domains will be automatically synchronized to Yammer. This roll out starts on February 29, 2016 and you should see this change in the subsequent weeks. If Yammer is included in your subscription and has been activated for your Office 365 tenant, you, as the Office 365 administrator, can manage your Yammer domains just like any other service in Office 365. Learn more at https://support.office.com/en-us/article/9d9f9ee8-7c56-4f50-81f3-aa0a8d761e14.

 

Updated Feature: Office 365 Admin Center

Posted: March 4, 2016 | Action: Awareness | We have been redesigning the Office 365 Admin Center to be more intuitive and informative, making it easier to complete your management tasks. We began rolling this out as a limited preview in September, and have received a lot of great feedback to help improve the experience. Over the next few weeks all customers will be able to see and use the updated Admin Center. We've even added a "What's new" page so you can keep up to date with the rapid improvements we will continually make on the new Admin Center. We have modernized the Office 365 admin experience by simplifying the experience, and making it easier to access the tools and complete common tasks. We are making this new experience the default admin experience, with an ability to switch back to the current admin center while you are getting used to it. Familiarize yourself with the new Office 365 Admin Center today. Click "Take a tour" from the new Admin Center home page. More details are available in the blog post linked below in the “Blog Roundup” section.

 

Updated Feature: Mobile client apps will now appear in users’ My Apps page

Posted: March 4, 2016 | Action: Awareness | We’re updating the way we record consent for mobile client apps. You’ll begin seeing this change over the coming weeks. With this change we are centrally recording consent given by users to mobile or native client apps (like applications on mobile devices like laptops, PCs, iOS and Android) that access Microsoft APIs (like Microsoft Graph, Office 365 and Azure AD). Recording consent is something that already happens for web apps. We are extending this to mobile client apps so that end users and administrators can have a consistent experience for using and managing both types of apps. Your users will be able to revoke consent given to mobile client apps through the Office 365 portal, in the same way they can do this for web applications. Mobile client apps will start to show up in the Azure Management Portal applications list, so that you can track usage and apply policies for the app. There are a number of other benefits and experience changes. The full list of benefits and changes is available here. Please inform your IT staff and helpdesk of this change and also update your user training, as necessary.

 


UPCOMING EVENTS

Azure Active Directory Webinars for March

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!

 

YamJam: Sway

When: March 9, 2016 @ 9:00am PT | We are excited to announce the Sway YamJam! Join the Sway product team on the Office 365 Network for a live hour of Q&A, the opportunity to voice feedback, and a discussion on how to make the most of Sway in your organization. The YamJam will take place on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 from 9:00am to 10:00am PDT in the Sway group. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

FastTrack Webinars: Learn how to do more, together

The best productivity experience? It’s already in your Office.  Ask questions, learn shortcuts and find out how Office 365 can make you and your team more productive. Each webinar is a live, instructor-led session offered at multiple dates and times. Facilitated discussion follows each session, with opportunities to ask questions and discuss specific scenarios to you. Direct registration links for each webinar are provided below.

  • Use Office 365 to achieve more: Discover how to get work done more efficiently with Office 365
  • Your files anywhere: Discover new ways to achieve more by getting work done with your documents from anywhere
  • Make meetings matter: Discover how Office 365 can help you get the right people achieving more together by connecting online through Skype for Business
  • Work like a network: Discover new ways to use Yammer to create conversations and quickly communicate answers
  • Get it done from anywhere: Discover how to access Outlook from anywhere and share your files to get things done in real time
  • Key roles in making Office 365 successful: Discover how different roles work together to execute a successful launch
  • Build awareness: Foster adoption of Office 365 in ways that matter to end users; understanding training resources and develop champions

 

Microsoft Technology Centers: Drive Business Results with Intelligent Tools Series

When: Thursdays, February 11 – March 31, 2016 @ 10:00am PT | Join us for a virtual event series, live from a Microsoft Technology Center, covering sales and cloud productivity solutions. We are thrilled to announce that in partnership with MTC studio our live events during the months of February and March will revolve around Driving Business Results with Intelligent Tools. Covering both Office and Dynamics solutions this event proves to be exciting, as organizations can increase customer satisfaction by creating intelligent workplace by utilizing intelligent tools. With a great line up of speakers, this eight-part MTC webcast series will allow customers to see how innovations can help them drive maximum impact across multiple teams, impacting customer loyalty, agent efficiency, employee satisfaction, and cost savings to their organization. Join us on Thursdays in February and March, and we’ll show you how to do more with less using new solutions that increase customer loyalty, boost employee satisfaction, and cut costs.

  • March 10, 2016 – Security is Not a Privilege, It’s a Right
  • March 17, 2016 – Reinventing Customer Experience: Create Agent “Superheroes” via the Modern Service/Call center
  • March 24, 2016 – What’s Next in SharePoint 2016
  • March 31, 2016 – Reinventing Customer Experience: Field Service and the Modern Dispatch Technician

 


BLOG ROUNDUP

Announcing the new Office 365 admin center

We're excited to announce the rollout of the new Office 365 admin center. The new admin center makes it faster, easier and more efficient to manage Office 365. Over the last few years, Office 365 has been evolving at a rapid pace, making more features and functionality available to users and admins on an almost daily basis. (Take a look at the Office 365 Roadmap to see a list of past and future features.) As the service evolves, we wanted to make it easier for you to find common tasks and scenarios. We built the new admin center hand-in-hand with our customers. From the very beginning, through the introduction of the first preview back in September, we’ve incorporated your feedback into the development of the new experience. We’ve received hundreds of pieces of feedback each day, with amazing insights, and we read all of them. You influenced every change we made.

 

Office 365 Admin Mobile App

Manage Office 365 from anywhere. The Office 365 Admin app allows you to receive notifications, add users, reset passwords, create support requests, and more, when you're on the go.​​ | Published March 3, 2016: Video: Office 365 Admin app for Windows Phone | Video: Office 365 Admin app for iPhone | Video: Office 365 Admin app for Android | Download the Office 365 Admin Mobile App

 

Office 365 Groups Training: Unite your team with Groups

Do you need to organize and work with a team on a project? In this tutorial, learn how to use Office 365 Groups to find and share information with conversations, share and collaborate on team files, share milestones and schedules on the team calendar, and add new members so they can get caught up with the team.

 


NOTEWORTHY

Updated: Office 365 URLs and IP Address Ranges

February 29, 2016: Updates for Exchange Online and Office 365 authentication and identity.  Details on the updates are available on the RSS feed and the complete list is located here.

 

The Yammer YamJam Summary is posted!

On February 23, 2016 the Yammer Team hosted a YamJam to answer questions from the community and discuss product features and updates. Couldn't make it to the YamJam? Check out the Yammer YamJam summary.

 

Azure AD Identity Protection is in public preview!

Identity Protection is a new feature of Azure AD that gives organizations around the world a previously unavailable level of security for their cloud identities. We’ve been working on this new capability for over a year now with the vision of building the industry’s first cloud powered, adaptive machine learning based identity protection system, one that can detect cyber-attacks, mitigate them in real time, and automatically suggest updates to your Azure AD configuration and conditional access policies to help our customers keep their enterprises safe. Today, phishing attacks and account compromise are one of the biggest cyber risks that organizations face. A single compromised identity in your organization can give cyber-criminals an opening into your environment. Once inside, they can perform lateral attacks, identify opportunities to incrementally elevate privileges and eventually gain full control of your resources. Azure AD Identity Protection helps prevent the use of compromised accounts using industry leading machine learning (ML) based real time detection and automated mitigation, helping protect all of the cloud and on-premises applications customers use with Azure AD. This kind of ML based system only works if you have access to huge amounts of relevant data to use in training adaptive ML algorithms, which are critical to success in today’s rapidly changing landscape of cybercrime.

 

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