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Lookout and Microsoft: securing enterprise mobility together

Microsoft and Lookout announced a new partnership that will integrate Lookout Mobile Threat Protection with our Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS).  The partnership will result in product integration that will improve how customers protect and manage the sensitive data that employees access through their mobile devices every day.  Lookout is a leading provider of mobile threat protection with a global sensor network of over 100 million mobile sensors.  Integrating the threat intelligence from Lookout into EMS will give security teams the ability to take action on threats to protect users, devices and data.

Read this Lookout blog post for information about this partnership and what we are building together.

Microsoft and Citrix Partner to Help Customers Move to the Cloud

At the Citrix Synergy event in Las Vegas today, there were several exciting announcements about how Microsoft and Citrix are partnering together to accelerate Windows 10 and Office 365 adoption. 

  • Citrix will leverage Azure to provide a Windows 10 VDI solution for customers with Windows licensed per user. 
  • Citrix is updating their mobile applications with the Microsoft Intune SDK so they can be managed by Intune and integrated with Office 365 mobile apps.
  • Citrix has announced an updated connector for SCCM, allowing organizations to manage Citrix XenApps applications with a single tool.
  • Microsoft and Citrix have partnered to optimize the Skype for Business application for use in XenApp and XenDesktop environments
  • Citrix and Microsoft are working together to leverage the Citrix NetScaler solution to provide secure, conditional access to on premises applications through the Intune solution
  • Citrix is building capabilities into its mobile apps like support for MFA and self-service password reset

Find out more about how the Microsoft and Citrix partnership continues to grow and provide valuable solutions for our customers.  All the details are in this Brad Anderson blog post.

The Future of SharePoint

If you missed the May 4th webcast on the future of SharePoint, you'll want to make sure you read up on all the exciting announcements.  This Office Blog posting has details and several videos showing some of the upcoming enhancements.

Some of the announcements:
  • improved sharing experience and control
  • improved integration between OneDrive for Business and SharePoint
  • new site designs for a better experience, especially on mobile devices
  • a SharePoint mobile app
  • dynamic, conditional access control for SharePoint
  • SharePoint site classification for policy application
  • additional FastTrack migration services for SharePoint and OneDrive for Business

Azure AD Identity Protection is in public preview!

In a nutshell, Azure AD Identity Protection offers the following capabilities:

1.) Detection of identity-based security issues using our signals intelligence, experience, and algorithms.

2.) Support investigation of risk events and users flagged for risk.

3.) Support for in-line remediation and management of risk events.

4.) Harnesses the power of Azure AD Conditional Access policies and real-time risk evaluation to auto-remediate leaked-credentials before they can cause harm:

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Announcing New Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Capabilities

Today, Microsoft announced that we’re delivering some new enhancements to Microsoft Intune. Intune already delivers mobile device and application management capabilities to ensure data and apps are protected on mobile devices.  Now, Intune will provide expanded capabilities to manage company apps and data in many more cases, specifically:

  • Intune now provides data leakage prevention through its Mobile Application Management (MAM) features. Intune MAM was recently updated to isolate corporate and personal data within the same app – something no other solution provides.

  • With today’s announcements, Intune’s MAM is being extended to “Bring your own” (BYO) devices that are not enrolled for device management (MDM).  This protects company data in mobile apps without requiring IT to enroll and deeply manage that end users’ entire device. The end-user preserves complete control over their personal apps, data, and settings – while the IT department controls the protection of corporate IP.

  • Intune MAM is also being extended to protect company information on devices enrolled into non-Microsoft MDM solutions. This allows you to start extending Intune MAM protections to mobile apps without having to first migrate your entire MDM solution.

  • Additional Microsoft apps are announcing support of for Intune MAM, including Power BI, and Remote Desktop client (both of which are available now).  Support for the Skype for Business and Dynamics CRM apps is coming soon.

  • Major companies like Box and Adobe have announced iOS and Android apps with native support for Intune mobile application management. Additionally, SAP Fiori mobile apps that are customized and built by SAP’s customers using SAP’s Fiori mobile services will also support these management and data protection capabilities delivered by Microsoft Intune.

Read this major announcement on Brad Anderson’s In the Cloud blog.  Find out how Intune MAM can now complement your current MDM solution, whatever it may be.

Microsoft Office apps are ready for the iPad Pro

Microsoft is taking another step forward in bringing a great Office experience to everyone across a range of devices and platforms. As we announced in September, we have optimized Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote apps for the iPad Pro. On the same day the iPad Pro was made available, these Office apps are also now available and take full advantage of new multitasking features, so you can be productive on your iPad Pro right away.

Read the Office Blog entry for information, screen shots and links to the apps.


5 ways to save big bucks with online meetings

In today’s economy, all companies have one thing in common—they’re constantly looking for ways to cut costs. Whether your business is small or large, nonprofit or for profit, the best companies are consistently seeking out ways to make their processes and people as efficient as possible. Online meetings are one way to do that.

Check out this Office blog entry for information about how online meetings can make you more efficient and save your organization money.

OneDrive for Business sync client preview and new browser, mobile, IT control and developer experiences, New IOS and Android Features

It’s the most significant set of updates we’ve ever released. First and foremost, we’re delivering a rock-solid new sync experience. Beyond this, we have a new browser experience, mobile app improvements, critical new IT controls and extended developer experiences to enable people to do and achieve more with OneDrive for Business.


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Data Loss Prevention in OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online and Office 2016 is rolling out

IT admins will see new controls in your Office 365 Compliance Center, allowing you to easily set up DLP policies for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. As a further protection, we recently announced even more protection controls with policy tips integrated throughout Office desktop apps—from Outlook and now to Word, PowerPoint and Excel—providing consistent notification across all of their productivity applications. IT admins also can configure their policy tips so that users can interact with the pertinent policy, for example, providing a business justification to override the policy or reporting a false positive.
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Office updates for the iPad Pro, iOS 9 and WatchOS 2

Multitasking on the iPad

Slide Over and Split View on iOS 9 will help you get things done faster by allowing you to quickly switch between the Office apps. Here are a few examples:

1.  Quickly use a second app. Slide Over lets you open a second app without leaving the one you’re in. Jot down a reminder in OneNote while you’re catching up on email. Or reference your notes while you’re working on a PowerPoint presentation.

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2.  Use two apps simultaneously. With Split View, you can have two apps open and active at the same time. Copy numbers from Excel into PowerPoint or rehearse a PowerPoint presentation while reviewing background information in Word.

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3.  Run Outlook side-by-side with Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Tap on a Word, Excel or PowerPoint file attached to an email message and Outlook will automatically launch the corresponding app with the file ready for editing, right next to Outlook. While you edit the Word document, you can still view the email message. After your edits are made, tap the back button in Word and the document will be attached to a new email message in Outlook, ready to be sent.

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4.  Use OneNote and PowerPoint to present with confidence. While you’re projecting a PowerPoint presentation to an external display, Presenter View provides tools like a laser pointer, pens, highlighters and slide thumbnails. Use Split View and OneNote to scroll through your talking points while the audience sees only your slides on the big screen.

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With the new iPad Pro, we’re adding inking to the Office apps and making it easier than ever to create documents and collaborate with others. The new tools include pens, highlighters, an easy-to-use thickness control and a new color wheel. Using Apple Pencil, you can mark up documents just like you would with pencil and paper—making the collaboration process natural and intuitive. And with inking-specific features like shape recognition in PowerPoint, the apps turn the pencil into a first-class content creation tool.

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Read more on Office Blogs here...