Note: The information below may not be posted to your Office 365 tenant as not all notifications apply to all tenants.
Refreshing the SharePoint Online ‘site contents’ page
Posted: June 1, 2016 | Urgency: Normal | Category: Plan for Change | Action: Awareness | We are refreshing the SharePoint Online site contents page – a ‘behind the scenes’ page that helps site owners, members and visitors better understand the activities occurring within each site. This page has been redesigned to provide visibility on site activity and top-viewed content, along with an easier to navigate site map, user tips and clearer access to add lists, document libraries, subsites and apps. We’re committed to evolving your intranet experience. Please use the feedback button on the page to let us know what you think. We will be gradually rolling this out to First Release customers beginning June 1, 2016, and will release to all other customers over the following months. Learn more at https://support.office.com/article/The-SharePoint-Site-Contents-page-ba495c1e-00f4-475d-97c7-b518d546566b.
Updated Feature: SharePoint Document Library Experiences
Posted: June 2, 2016 | Urgency: Normal | Category: Plan for Change | Action: Awareness | Modern document libraries have been enabled for First Release customers on an opt-in basis for the past two months. Modern libraries offer many UI enhancements, such as thumbnails; uploading and links; inline creation of custom view and columns; and pinning. We’ve replaced the Ribbon with a clean, responsive command bar. Finally, modern libraries are becoming the new experience for files saved in Office 365 groups. We’re going to begin updating aspects of the document library experience on June 7, 2016, for First Release users, with worldwide rollout over the following month. First Release users will notice several changes. First, users will no longer be prompted to click to try the new experience. If a library is configured to use the new experience, users will be taken to that experience by default. Some library customizations are not yet supported in the modern experience, and if we detect such a customization we will automatically redirect users to the classic experience. Second, libraries will have a new header control at the top of the page. For libraries in team sites, this header includes global navigation links. For libraries in Office 365 Groups, the new control no longer includes links to the group’s conversation, calendar and member management. Instead, the new control will have a single link to the group’s conversation, from which users can navigate to calendar and member management. The new experience will be on by default for all First Release users. Tenant administrators and site owners have the ability to change that default on a tenant-wide or per-library basis. For additional information, please visit https://support.office.com/article/What-is-a-document-library-3b5976dd-65cf-4c9e-bf5a-713c10ca2872.
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!
When: June 6, 2016 @ 9:00am PT | In March, Microsoft started to roll out a new Admin Center for Office 365 – making it faster, easier and more efficient for you to manage the service. 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. We all love more features and functionality but the amount of growth and new services in Office 365 resulted in the admin center becoming more complex and difficult to navigate. The new admin center will make it easier for you to find common tasks and scenarios and provide a variety of new functionality as well. Attend this demo-heavy session to learn from Anders Svensson, Sr. Program Manager, and Anne Michels, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, about the enhancements of the new admin center such as a completely new UI, improved discoverability and search functionality, customization and a new reporting portal. Make sure to bring your questions!
When: June 14, 2016 @ 8:00am PT | Sometimes the most revolutionary innovation isn’t inventing a new product, it’s finding a new application or market for the product you already make. Many organizations are utilizing ordinary technology to do extraordinary things. Join us June 14, 2016 at 8 a.m. PDT / 3 p.m. GMT for the next episode of Modern Workplace, “Game Changers: Making extraordinary happen,” and see how the nonprofit sector leverages existing technologies to innovate rapidly and save lives. Learn how you can identify ways to repurpose existing technologies to advance your business.
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
- Bring your team together with Yammer: 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
The cloud offers many security benefits to organizations, but also raises new security considerations. It can also add to existing ones such as shadow IT, the use of software that is not formally sanctioned by the organization. We are thrilled to introduce Office 365 Advanced Security Management, a new set of capabilities powered by Microsoft Cloud App Security—to give you greater visibility and control over your Office 365 environment. Advanced Security Management includes:(1) Threat detection—Helps you identify high-risk and abnormal usage, and security incidents, (2) Enhanced control—Shapes your Office 365 environment leveraging granular controls and security policies and (3) Discovery and insights—Get enhanced visibility into your Office 365 usage and shadow IT without installing an end point agent.
Azure AD Identity Protection has been generating a TON of customer interest, especially with recent news about hackers selling huge lists of leaked user credentials. For the benefit of those who missed the original public preview announcement, you can think of Identity Protection as a gatekeeper to the cloud, analyzing and securing sign-ins to all of the applications Azure AD manage, including Office 365, and Azure, third party applications like ServiceNow, Salesforce.com, Google Apps, and DropBox and on-premises apps connected using the Azure AD App Proxy. Now, we’re excited to let you know that Azure AD Identity Protection has just turned on support for federated identities. This means that our largest customers, most of who use Active Directory Federation Server with Azure AD, can now get the benefit of this powerful security service. This blog post gives you a quick walk through of how to get this set up and working.
Updated: Office 365 URLs and IP Address Ranges
June 1, 2016: Updates for Exchange Online, Exchange Online Protection, Skype for Business Online, Yammer, Office 365 authentication and identity and Office 365 portal and shared. Details on the updates are available on the RSS feed and the complete list is located here.
7 new videos were posted last week covering a wide range of topics:
- Office 365 – How to enable an Archive Mailbox: Part 1 | Part 2
- Microsoft Planner Overview
- Office 365: Data’s Got a New Defender
- Stay Compliant with Office 365
- Office 365 Updates for June 2016
- From Inside the Cloud: What visibility and control do I have of threats in my Office 365 environment?