Microsoft Office 365 Secure Score Explained in 4 Minutes

Microsoft Office 365’s Secure Score tool analyzes your Office 365 security profile, generating a cumulative score reflecting the strength of your security. But while the score itself is a useful metric, the tool is limited in the remediation of large numbers of users in an enterprise setting.

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Azure Standard Support Gets Cheaper, Faster

Competitive Support Here’s some news that may have slipped under your radar: Azure Standard support, Microsoft’s middle-of-the-road support offering, is now only $100/month. Considering that the former price point was $300, it’s quite a shift in value.   There’s a similar drop for government customers, with a drop from $375 to $125 a month, though German Azure customers [...]

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Avoid These Surprising Adoption Challenges of Office 365

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Avoid These Surprising Adoption Challenges of Office 365

Embrace Change Moving to Office 365 can be a big task, but it’s often more complex than administrators initially believe. As recently discussed on this very blog, even the most careful IT team can run into unexpected adoption challenges of Office 365.  Reda Chouffani’s recent must-read article on this topic discusses in-depth some of these challenges. Take PowerShell, for example. The article rightly points [...]

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TLS 1.0 and 1.1 Become the Walking Dead this Halloween

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TLS 1.0 and 1.1 Become the Walking Dead this Halloween

Don’t Leave Your Environment Vulnerable This Halloween, you should flee in terror from rotting, decrepit…versions of TLS. As of October 31st this year, Office 365 will no longer support TLS 1.0 and 1.1.  The deadline was initially March 1st of this year; the extension to October 31st means a brief reprieve for anyone struggling to shift to TLS 1.2, the most recent version.  In their announcement, Microsoft [...]

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Considering Hybrid? Start Here

How to Hybrid In some far-off future, we might all live in the cloud. But keeping one foot on the ground—so to speak—is going to be the most practical and possible solution for most enterprises for some time to come. This hybrid concept is nothing new, but adoption continues to grow enormously everywhere.  In an authoritative article for Petri, Michael Otey lays out some of the major benefits and [...]

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New Tool Brings Easier Conditional Access Management

New Tool brings Easier Conditional Access Management

“What If”…Conditional Access was Simpler? Azure AD’s Conditional Access Policies (CAPs) are traditionally set up and monitored on a group basis. Usually, knowing what’s happening on the scale of a single user requires them to actually tell you about it. As a result, it’s a clunky process. A new tool from Microsoft, however, just might change that [...]

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Faster, Easier Sign-in for Office 365 Apps

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More Limber Logins Microsoft recently updated some aids for a faster, easier sign-in for Office 365 and more. That may seem like a small change—but considering how much time is spent around here signing in and out of Office 365, Azure, and connected apps, we’re welcoming the upgrade. To start, rather than navigating all the way to the My Apps portal, then [...]

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Surprise Retirement of Azure AD Command File Download

Unannounced & Incomplete Not even half a year after Microsoft Ignite, the company’s cheerful promises to keep its clients better informed of upcoming changes have hit yet another snag. The surreptitious retirement of Microsoft Azure AD Commands downloadable as a file didn’t just occur without fanfare—it came without, well, much of any announcement at all. Microsoft Connect’s homepage now redirects to a Doc pointing [...]

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Microsoft Teams Gets a Big Update

The Biggest Appdate Yet Microsoft’s collaboration tool Teams got a whole lot of new functionality this week. It’s the biggest release for the program since its launch last March. The focus this time is clearly on apps, efficiency, and centralization. Apps integrated with Teams are now more easily managed with a personal apps space and adding more with the in-Teams app [...]

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Microsoft’s Cloud Surges Forward into 2018

The Cloud Boom Continues A full three quarters ahead of its goal, Microsoft’s commercial cloud business hit $20 billion in annualized revenue. For almost a year now, it’s been generating more revenue from subscriptions to Azure and Office 365 than from traditional on-premise licenses, and the proof of that shift is now booming. Year-on-year, Microsoft’s cloud-based revenue has—amazingly—doubled. This boost is reflected [...]

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