Office 365 Weekly Digest | Week of October 9 – 15, 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: Office 365 Secure Score

Posted: October 10, 2016 | Urgency: Normal | Category: Stay Informed | Action: Awareness | Microsoft is pleased to announce the preview availability of a new security analytics service called the Office 365 Secure Score. The Secure Score is a security analytics tool that will help you understand what you have done to reduce the risk to your data in Office 365, and show you what you can do to further reduce that risk. We think of it as a credit score for security. This feature is available for all multi-tenant customers in preview today. The Office 365 Secure Score is designed to help you quickly evaluate and communicate about your risk across all Office 365 services and to help you take incremental action to improve your overall security. You don’t have to do anything to enable it. The service collects and analyzes your configuration for you, and allows you to quickly evaluate your options, then take the action most appropriate for your organization. We encourage you to take regular, incremental action to improve your security posture. Please visit https://securescore.office.com/ to learn more.

 

New Feature: Copy files and folders from OneDrive to SharePoint

Posted: October 11, 2016 | Urgency: Normal | Category: Plan for Change | Action: Awareness | We’re adding the ability to copy files and folders from OneDrive for Business to SharePoint team sites. We’ll be gradually rolling this out to general release starting in mid-October, and expected to rollout globally in a few weeks. Users will see this new feature when they select a file in OneDrive for Business and click Copy to. In the Choose destination pane, users will see their SharePoint sites and Office 365 groups in the Recent, Frequent, and Followed lists. Currently, this feature has a 50MB file size limit. Support for copying larger files is in the works and expected to be fully rolled out by early next year. Users can copy files from OneDrive for Business to SharePoint sites only if the admin has turned off scripting for personal sites in the SharePoint admin center (under Settings > Custom Script). If scripting is turned on, the option to copy to sites or groups won’t show up for users. More details about this new feature, including how to turn off scripting for personal sites, are available at https://support.office.com/article/Copy-files-and-folders-from-OneDrive-for-Business-to-a-SharePoint-site-67a6323e-7fd4-4254-99a8-35613492a82f.

 

Yammer Data Available via Office 365 Management Activity API and the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center

Posted: October 13, 2016 | Urgency: Normal | Category: Stay Informed | Action: Awareness | Yammer Events will be included in the Office 365 Audit log and Management Activity API. Network users needing Yammer activity data will be able to access it over the coming weeks via the Office 365 Management Activity API. With the inclusion into the Office 365 Management Activity API, Yammer now shares a consistent schema across all activity logs including fields such as tenant, service, user, action, object, location, and IP address, among others. Additionally, Yammer data will also be available through the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center. Additional information is available at https://support.office.com/article/ce0a68ef-9731-4891-8c6b-6882988e727d.

 

New Feature: Dynamic Conference IDs

Posted: October 13, 2016 | Urgency: Normal | Category: Plan for Change | Action: Awareness | Dynamic Conference IDs is a new Office 365 feature. As a follow-up from our notification in August, this is a reminder that beginning September 1, 2016 through the end of October 2016, we’re making an improvement to the Conference ID numbers used in Skype for Business PSTN Conferencing. You are receiving this message because our telemetry indicates one or more users in your organization are using PSTN Conferencing and the improvements haven’t reached your tenant yet. With this enhancement, organizers can confidently schedule back-to-back meetings as each meeting has its own unique and dedicated dial-in conferencing information. Organizers will notice this only for newly scheduled and ad-hoc meetings, existing scheduled meetings will not be impacted. As the roll out has started, this improvement will reach your tenant by the end of October at the latest. If you haven’t done so already, inform your IT staff & helpdesk of this change, and update your user training. If you feel this change is important to you, please visit https://support.office.com/article/Using-dial-in-conferencing-dynamic-IDs-in-your-organization-e55e4bff-fb67-4389-8695-f03024baa9b6 to learn more.

 


UPCOMING EVENTS

Azure Active Directory Webinars for October

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: Getting Ready for Azure AD, Manage Your Enterprise Applications with Azure AD, Secure Your Identities with Azure AD Multi-Factor Authentication, Securing Your Enterprise Office 365 Applications with Azure AD and more. Each 1-hour or 75-minute webinar 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 include an anonymous Q&A session with our Engineering Team. Capacity is limited so sign up for one or all of the sessions today!

 

Online Immersion Experience: Improve your organization’s ability to react quickly to new data and information using Office 2016 and Windows 10

When: October 19th / 26th, 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 October 31, 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.

 


BLOG ROUNDUP

Announcing the preview of the Office 365 adoption content pack in Power BI

Understanding how your users adopt and use Office 365 is critical for you as an Office 365 admin. It allows you to plan targeted user training and communication to increase usage and to get the most out of Office 365. The usage reports in the new Office 365 admin center are a great starting point to understand usage. However, many of you have shared feedback with us that you want the ability to further analyze your data to understand how specific departments or regions use Office 365 or which products are used the most to communicate. To provide you with richer and more personalized usage insights, we’re combining the intelligence of the usage reports with the interactive reporting capabilities of Power BI. The new Office 365 adoption content pack enables you to visualize and analyze Office 365 usage data, create custom reports and share the insights within your organization and pivot by attributes such as location and department. We’re announcing that a limited preview of the adoption content pack is now available for Office 365 customers.

 

Office 365 Groups update at Ignite 2016

It was an exciting time for Office 365 Groups at Ignite 2016 in Atlanta last month. We had some great sessions, which are now available online to all of you that could not attend. These sessions cover top of mind questions you asked us to discuss, ranging from our collaboration product strategy, use cases, administration and governance, extensibility and key innovations on our product roadmap. Office 365 Groups is a group membership service that provides a single identity for teams in Office 365 and equips them with a set of group collaboration assets such as a calendar, a OneNote notebook, a Plan to manage tasks and conversations powered by Outlook or Yammer. Our key Ignite session, Discover Office 365 Groups—overview, administration and roadmap, presented a comprehensive overview and update on Office 365 Groups. We first discussed how group collaboration in the enterprise has evolved to be multi-faceted and how Office 365 addresses the unique needs and workstyle of different groups.

 

Managing Focused Inbox in Office 365 and Outlook

For many, the inbox is the command center for their day. It’s the way to keep track of what is going on and what needs to get done. Outlook’s Focused Inbox makes this process easier by helping you focus on the emails that matter most to you. It separates your inbox into two tabs—Focused and Other. Emails that matter most to you are in the Focused tab, while the rest remain easily accessible—but out of the way in the Other tab. You’ll be informed about email flowing to “Other”, and you can switch between tabs at any time to take a quick look. This post provides an overview of the admin controls available for Focused Inbox, information about the transition from Clutter and additional details on the roll out of Focused Inbox.

 

Yammer bolsters security and compliance with new auditing and reporting capabilities

Yammer is designed to connect people and teams across your organization so they can work more effectively together, while also meeting your organization’s security and compliance needs. Having visibility and control over your data within the cloud services you use—whether user actions, object activities or access points—is a critical part of IT compliance and security. We’re pleased to announce we are rolling out new auditing and reporting capabilities for Yammer, powered by the Office 365 Management Activity API and the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center. These new capabilities provide a new level of visibility for IT and builds on our announcement earlier this year that Yammer is now covered by the Office 365 Trust Center. As part of the Office 365 Trust Center, Yammer complies with international and regional standards such as the Office 365 Data Processing Agreement with European Union Model Clauses (DPA with EUMC), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Office 365 Business Associate Agreement (HIPAA BAA), ISO 27001, ISO 27018, Section 508 for web accessibility, and SSAE 16 SOC 2 report. We also recently announced an update to the Yammer apps for iOS and Android that allows IT administrators to protect their corporate data using mobile application management (MAM) controls in Microsoft Intune.

 

New Learning Tools help educators create more inclusive classrooms

A one-size-fits-all approach to education can be especially stifling for students with unique learning needs. To put it into perspective, Dyslexia is estimated to impact 1 in 5 people, 72 percent of classrooms have special education students, and 73 percent of classrooms have readers that span 4 or more grade levels. Understanding this classroom reality is what led our teams at Microsoft to design Office 365, and its inclusive classroom technology like Learning Tools for OneNote, with accessible learning experiences in mind. With accessibility in mind, and based on direct feedback from educators and students, the team continues to expand the capabilities and availability of the tools that help students of all abilities be successful. Many features previously exclusive to OneNote desktop are now coming to OneNote Online, Word desktop and Online, Office Lens, and beyond, to make sure more students have access to these tools. The accessibility features in many of the tools in Office 365 – free for teachers and students – that educators use regularly with their students create even more inclusive experiences, enabling all learners to have that “aha” moment that motivates their ongoing success.

 


NOTEWORTHY

EOP Field Notes: The Common Attachment Types Filter

The Common Attachment Types Filter is a feature that was rolled out to Exchange Online earlier this year. If you haven’t opened your malware filter for a while, you may not even know this new filter is there! With this filter, you no longer need to create transport rules to block file types as attachments (for example, .exe, .reg, .bat, etc…). While attachments are always scanned for malware, organizations typically prevent certain file types from entering their environment through email. If your organization currently uses transport rules to block certain file types, moving that configuration over to the Common Attachment Types Filter can provide benefits like user notifications and reducing your number of transport rules. If you were an Exchange Online customer prior to the roll out of this filter, by default it will be disabled. For organizations that signed up for Exchange Online after this filter was rolled out, you will find this filter enabled by default.

 

Configurable token lifetimes in Azure AD are now Public Preview!

We’ve turned on the public preview of the token lifetime configuration in Azure AD! This is a powerful tool that many of you have been asking for. It makes it possible to dictate the lifetimes of the various tokens issued to your users by Azure AD. With this feature, you will now have more influence over when users are prompted to re-enter their credentials. It’s a great way to configure Azure AD to meet your company’s security and usability goals. This post walks you through this exciting new feature…

 

Cloud Services Due Diligence Checklist

To help organizations exercise due diligence as they consider a move to the cloud, Microsoft developed the Cloud Services Due Diligence Checklist. It provides a structure for an organization of any size and type—private businesses and public sector organizations, including government at all levels and nonprofits—to identify their own performance, service, data management, and governance objectives and requirements. This allows them to compare the offerings of different cloud service providers, ultimately forming the basis for a cloud service agreement. The checklist provides a framework that aligns clause-by-clause with a new international standard for cloud service agreements, ISO/IEC 19086.This standard offers a unified set of considerations for organizations to help them make decisions about cloud adoption, as well as create a common ground for comparing cloud service offerings.

 

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