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June Office 365 security and compliance update

Below is a roundup of recent security and compliance news.

Gain enhanced visibility and control with Office 365 Advanced Security Management—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. To learn more, watch the Microsoft Mechanics video and review the technical documentation.

New enhancements to Office 365 eDiscovery further simplify the eDiscovery process—To save you time and make it easier to perform investigations and eDiscovery from one central location, we have released several eDiscovery enhancements to the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center, including case management, search, hold and export. These new eDiscovery enhancements further strengthen the rich set of eDiscovery capabilities already present in Office 365 to help you quickly investigate and meet legal and regulatory obligations from the Security and Compliance Center.

Download the updated Security Intelligence Report—The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) analyzes the threat landscape of exploits, vulnerabilities and malware using data from internet services and over 600 million computers worldwide. It has been updated for July–December 2015 and is now available for download.

Microsoft Secure launches as a resource to learn about Microsoft’s security offerings—Microsoft Secure is the new place to learn about Microsoft’s security offerings. It covers topics including identity protection, securing apps and data, expanding device controls and safeguarding infrastructure. Here you’ll find resources like webinars, videos and e-books on the Microsoft security approach.

Read more here..

Announcing a new version of the Office 365 admin app

As an Office 365 admin, you sometimes find yourself in a situation when you’re not at your desk but you still want to act quickly. For example, if your CEO has forgotten their Office 365 password or an employee left the company, you want to take action right away. To help you in these situations and to easily stay up to date on the latest changes in Office 365, we developed the Office 365 admin app, which gives you access to all common admin features on the go.

Quickly find what you’re looking for—With all the new functionality that has been added, we want to make sure that you’re still able to quickly find the feature you���re looking for. With the update, we are introducing feature grouping to the app. Similar features, such as quick actions on the user card, are now categorized and displayed together in one card.

In addition, new quick links on the dashboard give you direct access to settings that you use on a regular basis, such as users, groups and billing.

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Spot important information right away—The update also makes it easier for you to identify areas that need your attention. Information that is important to you and that you might want to take action on, such as blocked users, is now highlighted in the app.

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One management experience across admin app and admin center—We also worked on aligning the design of the app with the design of the new Office 365 admin center. The app now uses the same color and icons, making it easier for you to move from one tool to the other.

Read more here...

What’s new in Office 365 Groups administration—June 2016 update

  • Ability to update privacy type—When you create an Office 365 group, users have two privacy options: public (anyone within your organization can access the group’s content) and private (only approved members can access the group’s content). This update enables group owners to change the privacy setting from public to private or vice versa by editing the group properties in Outlook on the web. Administrators can also leverage the Set-UnifiedGroup cmdlets to change the privacy type. Read “Make Office 365 groups public or private” for more information.

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Easily edit a group’s privacy setting.

  • Multi-domain support—Larger organizations use separate email domains to reflect different parts of their businesses. Office 365 groups that are created by users in one domain will share that domain (as opposed to using a common domain across the tenant). Administrators now also have control to create groups in specific domains of their choosing. Read “Multi-domain support for Office 365 Groups” for more information.
  • Guidance to configure Office 365 Groups with on-premises Exchange mailbox users—If you’ve configured a hybrid deployment between your on-premises Exchange organization and Office 365, you can make groups created in Office 365 available to your on-premises users by following the steps outlined in “Configure Office 365 Groups with on-premises Exchange hybrid.”
  • Allow users to send as the Office 365 group—If you want to enable your group’s shared mailbox to “Send As,” you can now use the PowerShell cmdlets to configure this. Once you enable this setting, your Office 365 group users can use Outlook or Outlook on the web to send and reply to email as the Office 365 group. Users can go to the group, create a new email and change the “Send As” field to the group’s email address. See “Use PowerShell to manage Office 365 Groups” for more information.
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#AzureAD a leader in the 2016 Gartner IDaaS MQ



Gartner released their Magic Quadrant for Identity and Access Management as a Service (IDaaS) for 2016 and Azure Active Directory was placed in the “leaders” quadrant, and positioned very strongly for our completeness of vision.

Read more, and get access to the Gartner report here.

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.


Video: What’s new in Intune MAM without device enrollment



Did you know that Intune can be used to manage individual applications on a mobile device, even if that device is managed by a different MDM solution?  Intune can also manage apps on a device that is not managed or enrolled.  We call it Mobile Application Management (MAM), and you can find out how we do it by checking out this new Microsoft Mechanics video that shows the admin and end-user experience.

Microsoft Flow will help you Automate Daily Tasks

Automate your time-consuming tasks

Set up flows that instantaneously deal with critical emails, notify the whole team whenever a work item is updated, or capture, track, and follow up with new sales leads—almost anything, all automatically.

Some great Office 365 Templates examples below 



See entire Library of Flows here...

OMS Office 365 management solution now in public preview



Microsoft has announced the public preview of the Microsoft Operations Management Suite solution for Office 365.  With this solution, you can monitor user activities, monitor admin activities, detect/investigate unwanted user behavior, demonstrate compliance and perform troubleshooting.  Check out this TechNet Blog entry for more detail and the steps you'll need to follow to test it out.

OneDrive app for Windows 10



Microsoft has released a "Universal" app for OneDrive designed specifically for Windows 10.  This app has a new, modern look and feel that matches those apps already released for iOS and Android.  Also, if you are lucky enough to have a touch-enabled Windows 10 device, this app is super easy to use.  Read the Office Blog entry for more details.

Enhancements to Office 365 eDiscovery



To save you time and make it easier to perform investigations and eDiscovery from one central location, we have released several eDiscovery enhancements to the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center, including case management, search, hold and export. These new eDiscovery enhancements further strengthen the rich set of eDiscovery capabilities already present in Office 365 to help you quickly investigate and meet legal and regulatory obligations from the Security & Compliance Center.

Read this Office Blog entry for more details, including links and screen shots.