Office 365 Weekly Digest | Week of September 11 – 17, 2016


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


Reminder: Removing Office for Mac 2011 from Office 365 portal

Posted: September 13, 2016 | Urgency: Normal | Category: Stay Informed | Action: Awareness | Office 2016 for Mac is the recommended version of Office for Mac and includes all the latest upgrades and new features. Beginning September 22, 2016, Office for Mac 2011 will no longer be available for installation from the Office 365 portal. Your users will no longer see Office for Mac 2011 as an option for download through the Office 365 portal. For users who already have Office for Mac 2011 installed, Microsoft will provide customer support and troubleshooting through October 10, 2017. We recommend users install Office 2016 for Mac to have the latest and greatest features and support. To install Office 2016 on your Mac, in the Office 365 portal, go to Settings > Office 365 settings > Software. Note: To install Office 2016 for Mac, you must be running Mac OS X 10.10 or later.


Updated Feature: New usage reports for SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Exchange Online

Posted: September 13, 2016 | Urgency: Normal | Category: Stay Informed | Action: Awareness | New usage reports for SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Exchange Online have rolled out to the new Office 365 admin center. The new reports will provide you with valuable insights about how users in your organization are adopting and using the different products. For more details, please see the "New usage reports for SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Exchange Online" post in the "Blog Roundup" section below.


Updated Features: What’s new for Intune in September

Posted: September 15, 2016 | Urgency: Normal | Category: Stay Informed | Action: Awareness | We plan to start rolling out the monthly service update for Intune in the next five days. The latest updates include iOS 10 updates, Lookout integration for Android devices, company portal updates, and a new feature in app wrapping which will now support Mobile Application Management (MAM) without device enrollment for Android and iOS. There is nothing you need to do as there is no expected downtime. We will notify you once you've been updated so that you can start using the new features and functionality. To see what's coming in Intune, please visit



Azure Active Directory Webinars for September

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: Preparing for Azure AD, Azure AD Multi-Factor Authentication, Self-Service Password Management and more. 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!


Microsoft Ignite: Join Us Online

When: Monday, September 26 – Friday, September 30, 2016 @ 9:00am ET | Microsoft Ignite is the conference for IT Professionals looking for what’s next in technology and skill building across Microsoft’s technologies. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will deliver the opening keynote, in which he will provide his unique perspective on the technology trends shaping the future of business and enabling powerful new ways for people and organizations to work. The conference is sold out, but you can do the next best thing and watch the live stream from your desk!  Note: The link above is to the actual invite to add the event to your calendar. Additional information is available at


Online Immersion Experience: Boost  your productivity with Windows 10 and Office 365

When: September 28, 2016 at 12:00pm PT and October 5, 2016 at 10:00am and 12:00pm PT  | Boost your productivity with Office 365 and Windows 10. An online immersion session is not your typical online event. These 90-minute interactive sessions start with an online roundtable discussing your business challenges and then launch into a live environment in the cloud. A skilled facilitator guides you through simulated business scenarios that are customized to your interests. We will send you a link to connect your own device to a remote desktop loaded with our latest and greatest technology, so you can experience first-hand how Microsoft tools can solve your biggest challenges in a collaborative, fun environment. Please note: Each session is only open to 20 participants. Reserve your seat now and learn how you can be more productive anywhere, anytime with Office 365.


FastTrack Webinars: Learn how to do more, together

When: Multiple sessions currently scheduled through September 28, 2016 | 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.



New usage reports for SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Exchange Online

Since the first rollout of the usage activity dashboard in March, we’ve continued our work to provide you with a better reporting experience. Many of the old usage reports have now been migrated to the new admin center. Today, we are happy to announce three new usage reports for SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Exchange Online, which provide you with additional insights about how end users in your organization are using and adopting Office 365. The new SharePoint activity report provides you with details about how users in your organization use SharePoint Online team sites to store and collaborate on files. The new OneDrive for Business activity report enables you to understand which users are using OneDrive in your organization within Office 365. Together, with the already available OneDrive for Business usage report, you now have a holistic view of how your users are leveraging OneDrive to store and collaborate on documents. The new Mailbox usage report—together with the already available email activity report—provides you with a complete picture about how your users are using their mailboxes. More details for each of the new reports included in this post...


Take Action Yourself on Blocked IPs and Banned Senders in Office 365

Many organizations are unaware that they can take action on their own when it comes to blocked IPs and banned senders in Office 365. For both of these cases, a web based portal exists that can be used to remedy the problem, eliminating the need to create a support case with Microsoft. If you find yourself in one of the above two scenarios, please visit the appropriate web portal detailed in the post, or in the following links - Resources: Request IP delist / Remove user from block list.


Introducing Outlook’s new and improved calendar on iOS and Android

Whether you’re planning your next dinner date or an upcoming meeting with teammates, the Outlook team’s mission is to provide you with the best calendar app out there. We’re happy to share that it’s about to get even better on iOS and Android—with new features and a better overall experience to help you manage and make the most of your day. Features such as Interesting Calendars, event icons, maps in event details, improved date and time pickers, recurrence editing and more!


Office Lens comes to Windows 10 and adds Office 365 support

The new Universal Windows Office Lens app gives your Windows 10 PC, tablet, phone or even HoloLens scanning superpowers. Whether you need to share your latest ingenious napkin sketch or grab the text from a photo or screenshot in your pictures folder, Office Lens makes it simple to automatically crop and re-use your content in OneNote, Word or PowerPoint. With the latest updates for Office Lens for Windows 10, Android and iOS, you can securely save your scans to your work or school Office 365 accounts. Whether you’re collaborating over OneNote, need an image on your OneDrive or need to re-create a document in Word, Office Lens brings your content securely to your Office 365 experience. Just sign in to Office Lens using your company, organization or school email address and capture to your heart’s content. Your scans will benefit from the easy sharing and security afforded by Office 365.



Updated: Office 365 URLs and IP Address Ranges

September 13, 2016: Updates for Exchange Online.  Details on the updates are available on the RSS feed and the complete list is located here.


Cleaning up the Azure AD and Microsoft account overlap

We receive pretty regular feedback about how the split between our cloud identity systems — work/school accounts in Azure Active Directory and personally owned Microsoft accounts (formerly known as “Live ID” accounts) – can make for some pretty confusing user experiences. All of these issues are the result of Microsoft having two giant cloud scale identity systems built by different parts of the company. Luckily we’ve combined those teams and together we are hard at work address these issues. Releasing our new combined Microsoft Authenticator apps for iOS and Android back in August was the first major deliverable from those efforts. This post shares the details of the next set of work we’ve done to address this confusion, including we’re now blocking the ability to create a new personal Microsoft account using a work/school email address, when the email domain is configured in Azure AD.


Video: Effective Security in a Mobile World

Video: 33 minutes, 40 seconds | The new world of work demands that people collaborate faster and more seamlessly than ever before. Your employees have access to cloud-based apps, personal devices, and pervasive internet connectivity. All these things are great for getting work done, but your company is still held to high standards around security, and auditing, and you can't afford to make a wrong move. Join this webcast to explore some common security scenarios such as: (1) How do you provide access when you can't always control the endpoint?, (2) How do you know where all your company's files are right now?, (3) If you terminate an employee, how would you know what files they had in their possession?, (4) Could you wipe a terminated employee's corporate data while leaving their personal content alone? This webcast is part of our Digital security in the modern world webcast series. Sign up for the entire series today!


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