Office 365 Weekly Digest | November 19 – 25, 2017

Welcome to the November 19 - 25, 2017 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest.

There were no updates to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, likely a result of the shortened week due to the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.

There are no changes to the list of upcoming events, but there are plenty of opportunities for customer immersion experiences with Office 365, Windows 10, and Microsoft Teams.  Also, keep in mind that there are a couple of Microsoft 365 focused events on the calendar for December.

The third post of the "Four Success Factors for Driving Microsoft 365 Adoption" series, and a Q&A Roundup from a recent Teams On Air episode focused on Skype Meeting Broadcast, highlight last week's blog posts. Also included are posts with details on the November 2017 release for Office on iPad and iPhone, resources for Microsoft Teams in Education, as well as how to use an Exchange Transport Rule to block direct delivery to email addresses.

A reminder about DirSync and Azure AD Sync connectivity, as well as the latest episode of Teams On Air are included in the noteworthy items from last week. Also, an excellent report, Office 365 Year in Review 2017, is now available for download and is highly recommended. 




There were no items added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week...




Transforming your business to meet the changing market and needs of your customers

When: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 and Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 3pm ET | This 2-hour hands-on experience will give you the opportunity to test drive Windows 10, Office 365 and Dynamics 365. A trained facilitator will guide you as you apply these tools to your own business scenarios and see how they work for you. During this interactive session, you will: (1) Use digital intelligence to build personalized experiences across all customer touchpoints, (2) Improve customer service through a single, unified experience that delivers end-to-end service across every channel, (3) Increase customer satisfaction with intelligent scheduling, native mobile support, and remote asset monitoring to help you get the job done right the first time, and (4) Run your project-based business more productively by bringing people, processes, and automation technology together through a unified experience. Each session is limited to 12 participants, reserve your seat now.


Hands-on with security in a cloud-first, mobile-first world

When: Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 3pm ET | This 2-hour hands-on session will give you the opportunity to try Microsoft technology that secures your digital transformation with a comprehensive platform, unique intelligence, and partnerships. A trained facilitator will guide you as you apply these tools to your own business scenarios and see how they work for you. During this interactive session, you will: (1) Detect and protect against external threats by monitoring, reporting and analyzing activity to react promptly to provide organization security, (2) Protect your information and reduce the risk of data loss, (3) Provide peace of mind with controls and visibility for industry-verified conformity with global standards in compliance, (4) Protect your users and their accounts, and (5) Support your organization with enhanced privacy and compliance to meet the General Data Protection Regulation. Each session is limited to 12 participants, reserve your seat now.


Visualizing, Analyzing & Sharing Your Data Without Having to be a BI Expert

When: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 12pm ET & 3pm ET and Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 12pm ET | This 2-hour hands-on experience will give you the opportunity to test drive the latest business analytics tools. A trained facilitator will guide you as you apply these tools to your own business scenarios and see how they can work throughout your organization. During this interactive session, you will explore how to: (1) Locate and organize large amounts of data from multiple sources, (2) Visualize complex data and identify trends quickly without having to be a BI expert, (3) Find and collaborate with company experts on the fly, even if they work in another part of the country, and (4) Gather colleague's opinions easily and eliminate communication and process bottlenecks. Each session is limited to 12 participants, reserve your seat now.


Webinar: Embrace modern IT with Microsoft 365-powered devices

When: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 1pm ET | Microsoft 365-powered devices—devices running Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus, managed by Enterprise Mobility + Security—are the best way to experience the benefits of Microsoft 365. By combining the latest protection from advanced threats and proactive insights with a servicing model that's predictable and updates that are easy to deploy, you can ensure that your devices are always up to date and your users are always benefiting from the latest productivity enhancements and new features. In addition, embracing Microsoft 365 enables you to make the transition to cloud-based management at your own pace. Join this webinar to: (1) See how you can embrace both user-owned and business-owned devices without sacrificing security or control, (2) Discover how you can simplify the setup process for new devices and manage devices in the cloud instead of on-premises, and (3) Learn how to roll out updates for Windows and Office in a streamlined, predictable, reliable way—without disrupting user productivity. You'll also hear how you can accelerate your journey to Microsoft 365 with the FastTrack program. Engineers and product experts will be standing by to answer your questions, so don't miss this opportunity to get the answers you need to make the move to modern IT. | Related: Windows 10 for IT Pros Webinar Series (most available on-demand) | Microsoft Mechanics: Microsoft 365 Powered Devices


Microsoft 365 Powered Devices: Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA)

When: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 12pm ET | We are very excited to announce a Microsoft 365 Powered Device 'Ask Microsoft Anything'! What is a Microsoft 365 powered device? It's a device running Windows 10 with Office 365 ProPlus and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EM+S). The AMA will take place on Tuesday, December 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PT in the Microsoft 365 AMA space. An AMA is a live online event similar to a "YamJam" on Yammer or an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit. This AMA gives you the opportunity to connect with members of the Windows, Office and EM+S product and engineering teams who will be on hand to answer questions and listen to feedback.


Productivity Hacks to Save Time & Simplify Workflows

When: Wednesday, December 13th & 20th at 1pm ET | This 90-minute hands-on experience will give you the opportunity to test drive Windows 10, Office 365 and Dynamics 365. A trained facilitator will guide you as you apply these tools to your own business scenarios and see how they work for you. During this interactive session, you will: (1) Discover how you can keep your information more secure without inhibiting your workflow, (2) Learn how to visualize and analyze complex data, quickly zeroing in on the insights you need, (3) See how multiple team members can access, edit and review documents simultaneously, and (4) Gain skills that will save you time and simplify your workflow immediately. Each session is limited to 12 participants, reserve your seat now.


Connecting, Organizing & Collaborating with Your Team

When: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 12pm ET and Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 12pm ET | During this session, you will have the opportunity to experience Windows 10, Office 365 and Microsoft's newest collaboration tool: Microsoft Teams. A trained facilitator will guide you as you apply these tools to your own business scenarios and see how they work for you. During this interactive session, you will explore how to use Microsoft Teams and Office 365 to: (1) Create a hub for team work that works together with your other Office 365 apps, (2) Build customized options for each team, (3) Keep everyone on your team engaged, (4) Coauthor and share content quickly, and (5) Gain skills that will save you time and simplify your workflow immediately. Each session is limited to 12 participants, reserve your seat now.




Identify business needs and prioritize Microsoft 365 scenarios

This is the third post from our blog series on the four success factors for driving Microsoft 365 adoption. In this blog post, we will focus on the second success factor – Scenarios, and how to identify and prioritize them, while measuring their impact on your organization. The true measure of success for your Microsoft 365 adoption, like any change or new technology, will be the value realized by your organization from its investment. Your opportunity with Microsoft 365 is to enable the different Lines of Business and departments in your organization to realize important business outcomes. This requires identifying and prioritizing scenarios – which are the different ways people and teams in your organization can use the capabilities of Microsoft 365 to achieve their goals.


Teams On Air Q&A Roundup: Behind the scenes of Skype Meeting Broadcast

Last week on Teams On Air we had Jeff Tyler, lead for digital experiences at Microsoft to showed us Behind the Scenes of Skype Meeting Broadcast at Microsoft. You can leverage Skype Meeting Broadcast to engage with employees and customers live, up to 10K attendees. During this episode, we took you behind the scenes of a highly produced event at Microsoft. In addition, Jeff and I share how we use Skype Meeting Broadcast to run this show, Teams On Air, and some best practices on how you can get started with just a laptop and internet access. We had so many questions from our Q&A, that we couldn’t address them all, so we’ve rounded up all the questions from our live Q&A and included them below. If you want to catch up on the show, you can access our full list of on demand videos on YouTube at


Office 365 for iPad & iPhone - November 2017 release details

On November 14th, 2017, Microsoft released an updated version of Office for iPad & iPhone to Office 365 subscribers - Version 2.7 in 35 languages. Here are some of the new features included this month: 1) In all applications (Excel, PowerPoint & Word): With the addition of a digital pencil to pens and effects that are already available, you can sketch out your ideas to make them come to life and rediscover the simple pleasure of creating content with a pen. 2) In Excel, you can scroll quickly through long spreadsheets on your touch device using the new scroll handles. More information and help content on this release can be found here.


Microsoft Teams in Education: Impacting our future

Microsoft Teams is thriving in the business space and quickly becoming a mission critical tool for how teams collaborate with one another and get work done. There's another interesting application for Microsoft Teams though, and that's using it in education to as a tool for learners to do their best work. This blog post is just a quick reference of resources available for you to get started in Microsoft Teams in education and its major capabilities.


Block direct delivery to addresses

We're all familiar with how Office 365 tenants work--when you spin up a new Office 365 tenant, you get a managed domain ( Then, maybe you configure a hybrid environment, and now your tenant has your domain, as well as your original domain, and a new The two managed and both have internet-routable MX records. Since we already know that the managed domains have their own MX hosts configured, that means that you can deliver mail destined a migrated user (who might have a primary SMTP address of using their address ( If you have certain mail flow or business requirements (such as DLP, encryption, or other content filtering that has not yet been configured in Office 365) that force your inbound email to traverse a certain path, you may find that unacceptable. To prevent email delivery to the namespace directly, you can use the create a transport rule in your Exchange Online Tenant.




REMINDER: DirSync and Azure AD Sync Communication to Azure Active Directory - December 31, 2017

On December 31, 2017, Azure AD will no longer accept communications from Windows Azure Active Directory Sync ("DirSync") and Microsoft Azure Active Directory Sync ("Azure AD Sync"). The last release of DirSync was released in July 2014 and the last release of Azure AD Sync was released in May 2015. Details on upgrade paths to Azure Active Directory Connect are included at the link above.


Teams On Air: Ep. 57 - 4 ways to leverage Microsoft Teams for project and client management

Format: Video (22 minutes) | Join Praveen Maloo, Product Evangelist for Microsoft Teams, and Jason Ritchey, Vice President of Client Delivery at Valorem, a consulting firm focused on digital transformation, as they discuss Valorem's journey with Teams. We will look at real-life use cases, adoption best practices and how collaboration with Teams is driving business agility across the organization.


Microsoft IT Showcase: How Microsoft protects against identity compromise

Format: Video (5 minutes) | Identity sits at the very center of the enterprise threat detection ecosystem. Proper identity and access management is critical to protecting an organization, especially in the midst of a digital transformation. This part three of the six-part Securing our Enterprise series where Chief Information Security Officer, Bret Arsenault shares how he and his team are managing identity compromise (leg number two of the security stool).


Office 365 Year in Review 2017

This 23-page report offers a look back at all the key developments in Office 365 during 2017. Catch-up with some of the news you might have missed, as we go back during the year to see changes in Microsoft Teams, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Office 365 reporting and administration and much more. All the entries include web links with further information. In the second part of the report, we look ahead to 2018 and some of the big upcoming changes like the convergence of Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams as well as the transition from Office 365 Video to Microsoft Stream. By reading this report you’ll learn how much Office 365 has developed this year and the trajectory it’s going along with some resources and predictions.


Resetting passwords on Azure AD-joined devices is much easier with the latest Windows update

We’re announcing a feature that should make your users’ lives much easier. The new Windows 10 Fall Creators update allows users with Azure AD-joined (AADJ) devices to see a “Reset password” link on their lock screen. When they click this link, they will be brought to the same self-service password reset (SSPR) experience they see when signing in from a browser. We know that controlling helpdesk costs is a constant burden for the world’s largest IT organizations. One of the common problems we’ve seen is that, even though organizations have password management solutions, users just don’t know where to go to reset their passwords. This can be due to lack of discoverability, or simply that it’s not in a place that users frequent very often. One of the significant benefits of the Azure AD password reset experience is that it’s right in front of users when they sign in on the web. Now, it’s right in-line with what your users see when coming to work the first thing in the morning, too!

Comments (1)
  1. Cian Allner says:

    Thanks for featuring my ‘Office 365 Year in Review 2017’ TechNet download report, it’s really appreciated, Also in general thanks Thomas for your contributions you have made to the wider Office 365 community with this brilliant Office 365 weekly digest blog series and planned service changes posts. Keep up the good work!

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