We are updating the behavior when pasting mixed content (e.g. text and images) into the compose email form in OWA. Depending on the type of mixed content, OWA may only be able to paste one of the two types of content. Previously when this happened, OWA prioritized the image and pasting mixed content would result result in just the image being pasted (with no text). From customer feedback, we are adjusting this behavior to now paste all the text, but leave out the image. The user will have to individually copy in the image separately. We believe this is a better choice when we are unable to paste the entirety of the mixed content, and is also consistent with how other webmail services handle this situation.
We are no longer supporting connecting to LinkedIn within the Microsoft Outlook Social Connector in Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010 & 2013. Customers who want information about their contacts from LinkedIn should download the LinkedIn for Outlook app from the Office Store. The LinkedIn app is supported in Outlook 2013 & OWA.
We are enabling the detection of Windows FCI content classifications for Office documents in Exchange Online. This includes the full range of FCI content classifications, from automatic to manual content tagging. For example, you will be able to create an Exchange transport rule (ETR) that is able to detect the FCI classified Office document as Protected Health Information, and apply appropriate action to prevent disclosure.Support for Same feature in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business will be included in DLP in SPO rollout
The new edit profile details page experience will be available for Office 365 users via the portal web experience. You can access the new experience via the gear in the top right of the navigation bar Office 365 settings Me. The new experience will include additional features including updated web design while in edit mode, responsive page layout on smaller devices, and quick link to change your profile photo.
Regardless which email system or service you use, when an email message you send can't be delivered you'll receive a non-delivery report (NDR) or bounce message. While the NDR will tell you the message wasn't delivered, it's usually not very helpful in identifying the exact cause of the failure nor how to fix it. While advances in technology over the last 30 years have been immense, the state of the art in NDRs is still just an homage to 1982. That's about to change. Over the next several months NDRs generated by Office 365 will be enhanced to make it easier to understand and fix many message delivery problems. To start, they'll look better, friendlier, less intimidating to end-users. They'll explain the problem and cause in simple, everyday language, with clear steps the sender can take to try to fix the problem. Enhanced NDRs will include an "at-a-glance" delivery status graphic that summarizes the cause of the problem and where it needs to be fixed (sender side, recipient side, or by Microsoft supportengineers). A "More Info for Email Admins" section will provide an in-depth explanation of the problem and solution, and will include expanded technical details, often with a link to a Web-based article for in-depth information. And while the original message headers, in their mono-spaced typeface and primitively word-wrapped magnificence, will still appear at the bottom of the NDR, we'll also expose them in a formatted table, making iteasier to follow the message's server to server hop path and more quickly spot problems between hops. No one wants their message delivery to fail, but when it does, it shouldn't always take a degreein computer science to understand why and what to do to fix it. Enhanced NDRs in Office 365 will make it easier to understand and resolve many message delivery failures when they do happen, so you can get it fixed and get back to business in less time than ever before.
Currently Exchange Online users maximum message size is hard coded to 35MB Send, 36MB Receive (with 25MB shown as published default). This feature will allow a tenant administrator to allow customized maximum message size settings between 1mb and 150mb for a single mailbox, multiple mailboxes, and the default for new mailboxes.
When joining a Lync meeting, users with Chrome set as their default browser will see a message instructing them to copy the Lync meeting URL, open Safari or Firefox and paste the meeting URL into the new browser window in order to start the Lync meeting. Microsoft is working on an update for Lync Online Chrome users to join meetings using Lync Web App. The Lync Web App will launch in a separate window where users can proceed with the usual steps to join the meetings. This new Lync Online launch experience will be the same for both Mac and Windows users using any browser as default.
We’re delivering a comprehensive solution for MDM with OneDrive for Business and Office. Our plan focuses on an end-to-end Intune-based solution which provides the most complete MDM solution across both OneDrive and Office on iOS and Android.
Emails can be sent as the shared mailbox itself or on behalf of it by members who have proper permissions. This change will allow newly created shared mailboxes to retain a copy of emails sent from the mailbox by default. You will no longer have to figure out which mailbox member sent an email as the shared mailbox or on behalf of it.
Office 2013 rich client applications currently use the MS Sign-in Assistant to log into Office 365. This only supports the WS-Trust protocol and is not usable with any identity providers that require passive authentication with web page redirects such as WS-Federation and SAML/P. This feature is to enable Office rich client applications to work with third party Identity Providers and to work with the Windows Azure Multi-Factor Authentication implementation.
Dynamics CRM now integrates with Office 365 Groups bringing sales team together to collaborate even more effectively by having the relevant people, conversations meetings and content directly in context of the opportunity.
We're introducing "Like" social gesture to Office 365 Groups conversations in Outlook Web App (OWA). The Like action enables end users to acknowledge or endorse a message from their colleagues in the Group conversation. A tally of Likes are displayed in the Group's Conversation in OWA. When a Like happens on a message you posted, you see a notification in the Office 365 Notification Pane.
When a user attempts to hard attach a file in Outlook Web App, we use a pop-up window to recommend the user uploads the file to OneDrive for Business. For items above the limit set by the admin in Exchange Online (and therefore would bounce) we force the user to use ODFB. For any file over 5MB but below the organizational limit, we have a fly-out panel recommending using ODFB.
The Office 365 user profile page, aka "About Me," is getting a significant update. First, it will be more user friendly in its overall presentation and how it looks and responds across all devices. This update also introduces a new page authoring tool - that at first will be used to create stories within the company - then expand to enable creation of new types of dynamic pages. These stories and pages are created within the browser and have built-in hooks to add other Office 365 content (like documents from OneDrive for Business, videos from Office 365 Video and images a document library) in a seamless way. Finally, the new "About Me" page will highlight people and people search in a whole new way - from hierachical views, to showing who people most closely work with, and even a method to send a kudo to a co-worker.
Azure AD reports will allow you to audit Office 365 user logins and admin actions in your directory such as creation of new users or admins, password resets, deletion of users and other admin actions. The link to these reports will be available in the Office 365 admin center under auditing.
A board is a representation and collection of content that’s related to a topic. Users can visit and create boards in Delve. Users can add any content that they see in Delve to a new or existing board, get suggestions based on boards they've used recently and see existing boards created by others. Users can follow boards to get updates or share a board with others in their organization who they think the board will be useful for. Boards don’t change permissions, so people will only be able to see content in the board that you already have access to.
The Clutter feature is a separate folder where lower priority email appear. These items are removed from the standard inbox view so that the user can focus on the higher priority messages in the inbox.
Delve (Codename Oslo) is the first experience to use the power of the Office Graph. Delve is a new way to search and discover content across Office 365 based on personalized insights. Delve will be available as a Windows 8 app, on mobile devices, and integrated in the Office 365 web experience. Office Graph is an underlying technology and a suite-wide intelligence fabric that will help you discover content and make new connections. The Office Graph analyzes signals and applies machine learning. Personalized insights are built up for each user, based on their behavior, their relationships to content, topics and one another. Content and signals are captured from Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Yammer.
Document conversations enable people to share ideas and expertise around Office documents, images and videos, directly in the context of editing or reviewing. When opening a file stored in SharePoint Online or OneDrive for Business in your browser, the file is opened on the left and a contextual Yammer conversation is shown on the right, side by side. You can collapse and expand the Yammer pane as needed. You can start Yammer conversations around content, @mention coworkers on files, and publish to Yammer groups—either public or private. You can also view and participate in conversations outside your document, on your mobile device, in Microsoft Dynamics CRM or any app where a Yammer feed is embedded.
Based on your feedback we’re adding a new “Select people” option to First Release. With this newly added option, you can select a set of users to participate in First Release. These users will receive updates before the rest of your organization, giving you time to prepare for changes. Additionally, First Release originally offered a selection of feature experiences for customers wanting early access to Office 365 updates. We started with new experiences, including Office Delve, Office 365 Video, Office 365 Groups and the app launcher. While having faster access to these new capabilities has been beneficial, you have asked us to roll out more changes through First Release. Starting with Exchange Online, we are delivering more changes to First Release customers before going to the rest of Office 365 customers.
The mobile device management (MDM) for Office 365 offering, which is specifically designed to help protect Office 365 data across phones and tablets. MDM for Office 365 delivers a subset of the capabilities provided by the full Microsoft Intune service.
Backscatter spam occurs when a spammer spoofs your email address and sends it to a random person on the Internet. The random person’s mail server accepts the email message and then later discovers it can’t deliver it. There are a few reasons why this occurs:The random person’s mailbox is fullThe random person’s mail server rejects spamThe random person’s email address does not existWhen that happens, the random person’s mail server sends a bounce message (non-delivery receipt, or NDR) back to the sender saying “Sorry, I could not deliver this message.” However, instead of sending it back to the spammer who sent the message, the mail server sends it back to you.You then receive this NDR in your mailbox indicating that the message “you” sent could not be delivered. But rather than being informed “your” message bounced, you say “Why am I getting bounces for a message I never sent?” Often times, these bounces contain spam.Exchange Online Protection is improving its backscatter spam detection with Boomerang - a technique originating in outlook.com which using cryptography and checks to see if a message did originally originate within the service, or is spam. If valid, the message is delivered to your inbox. If backscatter, the message is marked as spam.This will ensure the backscatter NDR bounces stay out of your inboxes, but legitimate NDRs get delivered.
We are delivering the following improvements to the Office 365 Groups files experience: ability to open a document in either Office Online or Office desktop; ability to share a file with others; ability to rename, copy or delete a file. Additionally deleted files now support the Recycle Bin mechanism available in SharePoint Online.
We are delivering the following improvements to the Office 365 Groups experiences: group membership can easily be viewed inOutlook 2013 similar to Distribution Group card; Group calendar provides the group availability by rolling up the availability of each member; elimination of the subscriber limit in conversations; support distribution groups naming policies for Group creation; introduction a new set of cmdlets to manage groups.
The new notification pane will provide end users with a single place to catch up on all system events (i.e. system alerts like password expiration, new emails, calendar reminders and eventually group likes) and will be available across apps in the Office 365 web experience. In order to access this new feature, a user simply clicks on the top right notification icon to open the notification pane. In the first phase the functionality will be limited to Office 365 Groups mail notifications and the icon will appear as multiple team members in the top nav bar.
Office 365 Video is a secure, company-wide destination for video upload, sharing and discovery, and smooth playback across devices - all powered by Windows Azure Media Services.More here in the corresponding blog post: http://blogs.office.com/2014/11/18/introducing-office-365-video/
Office 365 Video went into First Release (FR) on 11/18/14. This update will both move Office 365 Video to the broader worldwide production environment, beyond FR customers, and bring new updates for increased mobility and improved performance. For mobility, Office 365 Video will now have a companion iPhone app in the App Store, responsive Web pages across the video portal for access across devices of all sizes (PC, Mac, Android and iOS), plus extend video playback to non-Flash capable devices via our new HTML5-based player from Azure Media Services. We, too, have taken user feedback to enable more refinement for some of the admin controls available to portal and channel owners.
Customer feedback around timeliness of communications at the onset of a service incident led to increased adoption of monitoring automation for SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online. Based on automated detection of a potential issue, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, and Lync Online services can automatically post an alert directly to affected customers’ Service Health Dashboard (SHD).
Administrators can now more easily manage SharePoint Online team sites' storage quota based on real usage, and are no longer required to set fixed storage allotments per site collection. If an admin opts-in to the storage usage model, by selecting "Auto" within the SharePoint Online Admin Center, every site collection will utilize storage from the broad tenant pooled storage and will continue to 'auto'-grow up to a maximum of 1TB per site collection. If an admin chooses not to opt-in, and to manage storage "manually" per individually per site collection, they will now set usage caps instead of allocating fixed amounts. Whether you select "Auto" or to "Manual," SharePoint Online site collection quota management becomes simpler by removing management overhead and/or 'loss of storage' that has been allocated but not used.
Lync will become Skype for Business with a new client experience, new server release and updates to the service in Office 365. The new service will be called "Skype for Business Online", not Lync Online. It will include all of the features of the existing Lync Online service plus new enhancements. The admin portal will be reflected to update the new name and any new capabilities.
Delve now incorporates links shared in Yammer so you can discover even more from across Office 365. Soon, Delve will also enable inline conversations so you can share and discuss any content in Yammer directly from within the Delve experience.
This release is an update to Office 365 sign-in for Yammer and gives admins the ability to unify suspension rights and email changes. For instance, when an user is deleted in Office 365 they will automatically be suspended in Yammer. And when admins change a user's email address in Office 365 it will automatically be modified in Yammer. Please note, these changes will only affect mapped users in networks that meet the requirements to receive Office 365 sign-in for Yammer.
Clutter will become on by default for all users in tenants where the Clutter feature is available. As Clutter becomes on by default, it will introduce an enhanced user experience providing a concise way to stay informed of messages being moved to the Clutter folder. Users will continue to have the option to set their own preference. Additionally a PowerShell cmdlet will be made available to enable administrators to turn off the Clutter feature on behalf of users ahead of Clutter being enabled by default.
The custom tile feature will provide the capability for an Office 365 tenant admin to quickly create an app tile from any public website, intranet or team site and push it to the my apps page of all users within their tenant. Users will then be able to add this app to their app launcher for quick access to a top site for their organization.
Exchange Online Protection will begin supporting outbound validation of Domain Keys Identified Mail (DKIM; see DomainKeys Identified Mail Signatures). DKIM is a method of validating a digitally signed message that appears in the DKIM-Signature header in the message headers. It ties an email message to the organization responsible for the message.
(Now Available in Preview)DLP in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business policy management will allow admins to create policies and take action if a sensitive document is detected. In addition, DLP in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business reports will allow admins to understand what DLP policies and rules matched within their organization. We will also extend the windows FCI classification support to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business.
The ability to import data into Office 365 in a quick and easy manner has been a known constraint of Office 365, and a solution for this issue has emerged as a key request from customers. We are working on a solution that will allow quicker imports of data into Exchange Online Archive Mailboxes. You will now be able to import Exchange Online data through PST files into the service without using third party tools. Drive Shipping and Network Based Ingestion options will use Azure-based services to import data. Over time we will be extending this to other data types across Office 365.
We are evolving the OWA options page to help users find what they need more easily. These updates will see the removal of the prior OWA options page. A few specific items will no longer be available in the OWA options with this change. These include distribution list self-management, Site Mailbox management in OWA, and delivery reports. This update build upon the prior updates announced here.
Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection is a new filtering service that provides protection against sophisticated attacks with new capabilities such as Safe attachments and Safe Links. More details can be found at http://blogs.office.com/2015/04/08/introducing-exchange-online-advanced-threat-protection/
ExpressRoute for Office 365 allows Office 365 customers to establish a private managed connection between their network and Microsoft datacenters. Customers can get premium connectivity that is like having an on-premises datacenter and enjoy the benefits of predictable performance and guaranteed availability from a single networking agreement with one service provider. ExpressRoute for Office 365 is planned to be generally available in the third quarter 2015.
The new Office 365 help pane feature will include several capabilities including What's new, help content and help search. The "What's new" new feature discovery component will provide users the ability to contextually discover and see how-to information about recently introduced capabilities. The Office 365 help pane will be available across apps in the Office 365 web experience.
Microsoft is planning to host Office 365 services from a Microsoft datacenter in India. This is planned to launch by the end of CY 2015. Office 365 customers in India today will be able to migrate their tenant to this new datacenter once it launches. We will have additional information about Office 365 on the newly announced India datacenter closer to the time.
Admins no longer have to choose between the basic and advanced setup options when setting up their Office 365 environment. The Office 365 setup wizard replaces these two options and basically steps admins through the Office 365 setup. The wizard includes migrating data from on-premises, Google Apps and others as well as integrating with the simplified domain setup experience released earlier.
With Office Online support in Yammer, documents uploaded to Yammer can be viewedwith Office Online, directly in Yammer. This allows documents to be beautifully rendered with Office Online directly in the context of all relevant Yammer conversations.
We’re adding support for file names that contain ‘%’ or ‘#’ characters. Previously these were blocked for upload to OneDrive for Business. Additionally for all other blocked characters in filenames, OneDrive for Business will warn the user of a problem with their filename and provide them with the opportunity to rename the file to continue the upload. Finally, OneDrive for business will support filenames up to 256 characters in length. Together these changes will help users and organizations more easily adopt OneDrive for Business.
Project managers, working in Project Pro for Office365 can systematically place resource requests in order to build their project teams. Soon thereafter, Resource managers working in Project Online willbe able to view, modify, accept or reject those requests. Also, decisions made by Resource managers will be available to Project Managers within Project Pro for Office 365 to review and plan accordingly.
This update will bring two key enhancements for Sites in Office 365 and OneDrive for Business. First, you will be able to upload files greater than 2GB - up to 10GB - to both Sites' document libraries and OneDrive for Business. We, too, will provide a greater amount of default storage for Office 365 Sites usage (for documents and information); Office 365 tenants will now get 1TB + (500MB * # of E/A/G users); this calculation used to be 10GB + (500MB * # of E/A/G users).
Moving forward, all Office 365 customers will get unlimited OneDrive storage at no additional cost. We will begin updating the First Release customers in 2015, aligned with our promise to provide ample notification for significant service changes. In the meantime, get started using your 1 TB of storage today by backing up all those work files kicking around on your PC – with the knowledge that even more storage is on its way!
Office 365 navigation will be updated to help you find your apps and services more quickly. The new launcher will expand as you add more services, and will make it easier to access apps like Word Online, Excel Online, and PowerPoint Online.
Office 365 ProPlus provides thousands of configuration options via Group Policy and the Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run. Now administrators can choose to exclude applications from the Office 365 ProPlus suite, such as Access or InfoPath. Updates to the Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run will enable administrators performing push deployments of Office 365 ProPlus to exclude one or more applications during the initial Office installation, or add/remove applications to an existing installation.
In the Beta release, the AAD Connect wizard provides a guided experience for integrating a single Active Directory forest with Windows Azure Active Directory. In upcoming versions, we plan support multi-forest scenarios.
We are adding capabilities to help you control some aspects for the mailbox Clutter feature. These include the ability to exclude selection communications from Clutter, enabling items such as corporate communications to bypass the Clutter model. It also adds controls to provide customer controlled sending identity for communications from the Clutter feature, such as controlling the sending name and applying a corporate identity to improve trust in the messages. The round of updates also provides admin controls to assign a specific retention tag for the Clutter folder.
The Office 365 Compliance Center is one place to manage compliance across Office 365 for your organization. You can define central policies that apply across your data in Office 365, such as preserve policies that keep content in SharePoint and Exchange indefinitely or for a set time period. Links to existing SharePoint and Exchange compliance features bring together the compliance capabilities across Office 365.
All customers will now have the capability to create custom themes for their end users. This includes a clickable custom logo and customizable colors for top navigation bar, menu icons and text and the Office 365 logo.
A new SharePoint Online admin center feature that allows admins the ability to show or hide "Newsfeed/Yammer," "Sites" and "OneDrive for Business" for their users' Office 365 navigation bar experience.
Improved data entry and navigation for Excel for iPad, using both the hardware and formula keyboard with support for edit, enter, and point modes.
Data loss prevention for SharePoint Online will help to identify sensitive data stored in SharePoint content libraries. With this capability, you will be able to perform eDiscovery searches for sensitive content in these SharePoint libraries. Sensitive content detections will be stamped/available in the FAST index for query and integration with search and classification results can be easily exported.
Office 365 customers who use federated sign-in can now use DirSync with password hash sync as a backup in case there is a failure with any part of the on-premises identity provider. In case of failure you can reconfigure the Azure AD tenant from federated to standard in a matter of hours to enable sign-in.
Office 365 customers who use federated sign-in can now use DirSync with password hash sync as a backup in case there is a failure with any part of the on-premises identity provider. In case of failure you can reconfigure the Azure AD tenant from federated to standard in a matter of hours to enable sign-in.
Exchange Online Protection will begin supporting outbound validation of Domain Keys Identified Mail (DKIM; see DomainKeys Identified Mail Signatures). DKIM is a method of validating a digitally signed message that appears in theDKIM-Signature header in the message headers. It ties an email message to the organization responsible for the message.
Enhanced document collaboration in Outlook Web App allows a user to open a document from email and edit the document side-by-side with the original conversation using the Office Web Apps. The user can then reply to the original conversation with an edited version of the document automatically attached to the response. The document can either be physically attached to the original email or stored in OneDrive for Business.
Bulk mail admin UI that enables admins to treat bulk as spam based on BCL values. This will allow different bulk mails to be treated differently based on the level of bulk spam confidence
Mail protection reports will include a more interactive reporting experience for Exchange Online and Exchange Online Protection admins. For e.g. when you click a report link, a new window opens and displays an interactive chart with summary level information. In addition, When you click a point on any report chart that is older than 7 days, a link to request an extended detailed report appears. When you create an extended report from a chart, you can specify the information you want and whether you want to be notified when the report is completed. You can further view the status of your extended report requests on the pending or completed queries page.
The speed of eDiscovery search queries against large numbers of mailboxes is improved by 10x and the reliability of these searches has also been improved. This allows the 5,000 mailboxes in a single query limit to be increased to 10,000.
The limit of Exchange Online Public Folder count will be increased from 10,000 folders to 100,000 total folders. Full hierarchy sync has been improved to the point where it can scale linearly as folder count grows within the environment. There have also been storage optimizations which will provide better performance when accessing public folders.
External collaboration settings have been consolidated into one place in the Office 365 Admin Center for admins to enable the access of their SharePoint sites and Exchange calendars with external organizations. In addition, admins can also enable their users to communicate with people outside of their organization using Lync.
Office 365 continuously delivers product innovations – like new email or collaboration capabilities – as they become available. To help you best manage how you embrace new feature updates to your Office 365 subscription, we give you the choice to either follow our Standard Release process or opted into the First Release program for a select set of significant updates to the service. First Release includes a selection of enhancements to the Office 365 user experience for SharePoint Online and Exchange Online. Tenants that opt into First Release will receive new qualifying feature update a minimum of two weeks before customers on Standard Release.
When a customer first downloads and begins to use Office for iPad there will be more prompts to guide them along their first run experience.
With Format Background you can choose to change your slide background to a solid color or to a picture that is saved on your computer. After you format the background of your slide, you can use the Apply to All option to apply the background of the current slide to all the other slides in your presentation.
Generic Top Level Domains (gTLD) can now be added directly from your Office 365 Admin Center. Over 1,300 new gTLDs are now supported.
Groups is a cross-suite experience unifying people, conversations, calendars, and content across Office 365, enabling seamless collaboration across applications. Rolling out first to Outlook Web App and OneDrive for Business. Creating a Group in Office 365 will automatically provision a conversation feed, calendar, and file storage so members can easily collaborate with each other. Groups are open by default but can be made private if necessary, enhancing discoverability and sharing.
We made Yammer threads more visually appealing and easier to navigate in the form of expanding cards for our Yammer apps for iOS and Android.
JSON Light is a new MSOData serialization format that minimizes the metadata, and therefore total bytes, sent in a response to SharePoint's REST services. This is based on the OData 3 standard.
This update adds new two features; Media Resiliency and Conversation History, as well as additional support for Apple OS X Yosemite.
Lync for Mac now supports Enhanced 911 (E911) functionality with location awareness. Additional improvements for the user experience included dynamic selection of a video camera while in a meeting and better file/picture transfer in IM and desktop sharing
Lync Mobile brings Gallery View to the iPad for you to enjoy the full Lync Meeting experience while conferencing with more than one person. The Gallery View supports up to four live video streams and can be seen both in landscape and portrait orientation.
We are delighted to announce the release of Lync online active user activities report which provides abundant user level activity information. This is a customer requested report to enabling checking Lync Online service usage on a per user basis, and is a useful tool for assessing end user adoption.We are rolling out this new report and customers will begin to see this new report in Office 365 administrator portal (https://portal.office.com) beginning in January, 2015. It will take several weeks to roll out to worldwide customers.
The Lync Online client devices report tells you how many users in your organization have used one specific type of device to take part in peer-to-peer or conference in a specified month. The metrics in this report are available through PowerShell Cmdlet: Get-CsClientDeviceReport, RESTFul WebService API: CsClientDeviceMonthly as well as a graphical report in Office 365 admin center for client devices.
MAPI over HTTP is a new transport used to connect Outlook and Exchange. It is the long term replacement for RPC over HTTP connectivity (commonly referred to as Outlook Anywhere). MAPI/HTTP removes the complexity of Outlook Anywhere’s dependency on the legacy RPC technology. Update 1/5/2015 - roll-out continues into January 2015 for select regions, target roll-out completion for Q1 CY2015.
The match subdomains feature enables you to send and receive emails on subdomains of a provisioned domain (a.k.a. Accepted Domain) in Office 365.
PowerPoint for iPad can play back media in a presentation and you can insert videos and media to make your presentation more vibrant.
The Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider program expands capabilities for cloud Partners, including the ability to directly provision customer subscriptions and provide one monthly bill for both Partner and Microsoft services
My apps will provide a location for all apps that your organization has a license for, and any that are added to Office 365 by your organization. From the my apps page, you will be able to launch and manage apps, including pin and up-pin to the Office 365 app launcher.
A new cipher order will be enabled for Exchange Online Protection, which prioritizes more secure ciphers.
Our largest update to Power BI since it was first introduced in February. Features now available in preview include dashboards, mobile app for iPad, out-of-the-box connectors for popular SaaS services, highly requested new visualizations, and live connectivity to SQL Server Analysis Services. These features will be available to preview in the US in late December, with broader availability throughout 2015. Existing Power BI customers will find a preview option appear in their existing Power BI sites, if your are not currently a Power BI customer you can access the free public preview by visiting PowerBI.com.
We're excited to announce another wave of Yammer localization updates in web, mobile, email notifications and Success Center, bolstering our earlier announcement from June 2014. The Yammer web client and Success Center now support 28 languages. The Yammer mobile apps supports 25 languages in iOS/Android, 26 languages in Windows Notifier and 28 languages for localized email notifications. These updates help Yammer connect more people globally, breaking down silos and enabling them to work like a network.
The SharePoint APIs will soon support the OData v4 standard for all of the APIs.
The Office 365 Admin App will be significantly updated with new features and a new user interface.The updates include:New dashboard view that provides an overview of the service status, the number of unlicensed users, new messages and active support requestsUser management capability such as adding, editing and disabling users as well as the ability to reset passwordsImproved service communications by integrating Message Center and simplifying the service health viewAbility to monitor active service requests The app will be available across Windows Phone, iOS and Android.
The horizontal sub-navigation menu will be integrated with the left navigation menu in the Office 365 Admin Center. Admins can now preview all the sub-navigation menu items from the left navigation menu before selecting the desired menu item and loading the related web page. This will speed up the navigation experience by eliminating unnecessary web page loads.
A new Office 365 plan for businesses of up to 300 users. Includes the full Office desktop applications - Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Publisher, with 1TB of OneDrive for Business cloud storage to access, edit and share your documents across your Windows PC, Mac, iPad, Windows tablet and smartphone.
A new Office 365 plan for businesses of up to 300 users. Includes the core Office 365 cloud services – business class email and calendaring, Office Online, online meetings, IM, video conferencing, cloud storage and file sharing, Yammer and much more.
A new Office 365 plan for businesses of up to 300 users. Includes the full Officedesktop applications - Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Publisher, with 1TB of OneDrive for Business cloud storage to access, edit and share your documents across your Windows PC, Mac, iPad, Windows tablet and smartphone. Also includes the core Office 365 cloud services – business class email andcalendaring, Office Online, online meetings, IM, video conferencing, Yammer andmuch more.
Office 365 FastTrack OnboardingService BenefitComingfall 2014, FastTrack will become the Office 365 onboarding benefit includedwith new Office 365 purchases*. As part of FastTrack, customers willreceive personalized assistance from a Microsoft onboarding expert ensuring theservice is ready to use. FastTrack will provide tools for current stateassessments, identity management, domain configuration, and provisioning ofOffice 365 workloads including Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Office 365 Pro Plus,and Yammer. Best practices and guidance, coupled with direct remoteassistance, support, and engagement from Microsoft enable quick and efficientonboarding to Office 365.*minimum seat purchase of eligible SKUs apply.
Notebook enables teams to capture, compile, and share information within your Office 365 Groups experience. You'll find the notebook In the '...' menu in the group header, and you'll be able to jump right into the notebook from any of our other groups experiences.
With Office 365 for Government, Microsoft is able to support customer compliance with IRS 1075. IRS 1075 provides guidance to ensure that the policies, practices, controls, and safeguards employed by recipient agencies adequately protect the confidentiality of Federal Tax Information (FTI) and related financial tax return data.
In the upcoming Office 365 ISO 27001 audit, Office 365 will be including the ISO 27018 Privacy controls in their assessment. Inclusion of these new controls in the ISO assessment will further help Office 365 validate to customers the level of protection Office 365 provides to protect the privacy of customer data.
With our Android, iOS apps for Office 365 Message Encryption, users will be able to view their encrypted messages easily through the app on their devices. They can view all their previous encrypted messages using the app at same time by single login.
With the one time passcode feature, Office 365 Message Encryption users will be able to choose whether they want to use a Microsoft account or a one time passcode to view their encrypted message.
A new persistent navigation bar across Office 365 services simplifies navigation and bringing system alerts, reminders and new mail notifications cross suite. The updated navigation bar will dynamically scale to accommodate different display widths. If the display is wide enough, all menu items will be visible. If the display is narrow, the additional menu items will automatically be added to the more menu (ellipsis). “My profile” controls will now be accessed via your photo which can be easily edited from any Office 365 service.
Office 365 is planning to launch Office 365 services from Microsoft datacenters in Japan in December 2014. Each datacenter will service Office 365 customers with a business address in the same country. After the launch of Office 365 services from these datacenters, all new tenants with a business address in the service area will be created in that datacenters. New Office 365 datacenters in Japan and India will replicate data across datacenters in a single country only. Office 365 customers creating new subscriptions in Japan and India datacenters or who are moved to those datacenters will have the following data stored at rest only in that country (1) Exchange Online mailbox content (e-mail body, calendar entries, and the content of e-mail attachments, and (2) SharePoint Online site content and the files stored within that site. Existing customers located in the serviced countries can also take advantage of the new Office 365 datacenters. We will move all existing customers in the service area to the new Office 365 datacenters.
With Office 365 sign-in for Yammer, users can access Yammer with their Office 365 credentials and work across Office 365 applications with ease. Office 365 users will be able to seamlessly access Yammer from their Office 365 navigation bar, providing immediate access to their existing Yammer account. Office 365 sign-in for Yammer will follow a phased roll-out between December 2014 and March 2015, shipping to Office 365 customers with the following criteria:Yammer Enterprise is activated in a network’s Office 365 Admin Center; andYammer single sign-on (SSO) is not enabled.
This feature will enable the Office App Store in new markets, including availability for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet. The new market are, Russia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, and Brazil.
With our new OneDrive app on Android you can now access both your personal and work accounts. This is the first example of how we’re creating a single, unified OneDrive experience that holistically addresses what people, businesses, and IT need. Because people are increasingly using the same devices and apps to get things done at work and at home, the ability to store and share files in the cloud is essential on both fronts.Users can now get to their personal or work files, easily share with family or coworkers, and ensure that they’re never without the files that matter to them – all from a single app. Your personal and work accounts are kept separate, and OneDrive makes it clear when you’re accessing your work or personal files. So you don’t need to worry about accidentally backing up your photos to your work account.
In April 2014, we made a set of announcements related to OneDrive for Business, one of which was the availability of OneDrive for Business storage for all Office 365 ProPlus customers as part of their ProPlus subscriptions. Customers that add Office 365 ProPlus after December 1st, 2014 will automatically get OneDrive for Business provisioned as part of their ProPlus subscription. OneDrive for Business will begin rolling out to existing Office 365 ProPlus before the end of 2014, we expect all Office 365 ProPlus customers will have OneDrive for Business before the end of January 2015.
Mac OS X will get a standalone desktop sync client application that enables desktop syncing between a user's OneDrive for Business folder in Office 365 and his or her computer.
The OneNote Class Notebook Creator sets up a shared notebook for a class. It creates two public sub-notebooks (or section groups) for the class and one for each student. Each student’s is shared with the teacher; synchronization enables student work and teacher feedback to be exchanged automatically, with no email or other action.This app should be added to your school web site by a tenant administrator. It will then only be used during notebook creation. Activity thereafter occurs in OneNote.
OneNote for Android is releasing in the Nokia Store for Nokia X devices.
OneNote for Android features a new UI with the familiar Office Ribbon to help you be more productive on your Anrdoid devices. Additionaly, now you can take handwritten notes on your Android tablet with a stylus.
Three updates: First, It makes OneNote for iPhone a standalone experience with the ability to create new notebooks and sections. This means that you can now create a notebook, share it with others, and get on the same page - all from the convenience of an iPhone. Second, It dramatically improves the look and feel of OneNote on iOS 7 making note taking and navigation of your notes much more fluid and efficient. Third, we've added Office Lens to OneNote for iPhone. Similar to Office Lens on OneNote for iPad, this popular feature turns your iPhone into a pocket scanner so you can use it to take pictures of things like receipts, or whiteboard notes. Then, with Office Lens you can trim, enhance and makes pictures more readable. Best thing is, images are automatically synced to OneNote, and if your picture includes printed text, OneNote can recognize the text with optical character recognition (OCR) so you can search for words in the image.
Now you can add files from your favorite cloud storage service to OneNote on your iPhone or iPad. We added support for adding, changing and removing section passwords from any Apple device. On iPhone, you can now rearrange your pages. In OneNote for Mac you can now open and sync notebooks stored on SharePoint Server.
Adding top requested features to OneNote for iPad and iPhone: OneNote for iPad and iPhone will support inserting Office documents, PDFs, video/audio files, opening with a double-tap, and easy sharing with AirDrop. OneNote for iPad and iPhone will let you lock or unlock password-protected sections created in OneNote for Windows. OneNote for iPad and iPhone will be able to add a PDF printout to any page and then take notes on it in OneNote. OneNote for iPad and iPhone will let you move pages and sections around your notebooks to get them organized the way you want. OneNote for Mac will let you share a page as email, just email the page and the formatting will stay the same as in your notebook. OneNote for iPad and iPhone will better copy and paste text from other apps while keeping the formatting you expect. Lastly, you will be able to create and sync notebooks from OneDrive for Business along with OneDrive.
Now you can add files from your favorite cloud storage service to OneNote on your iPhone or iPad. We added support for adding, changing and removing section passwords from any Apple device. On iPhone, you can now rearrange your pages. In OneNote for Mac you can now open and sync notebooks stored on SharePoint Server.
This update will enable OneNote for Mac to open, create, and edit Notebooks stored in OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online.
OneNote Staff Notebook, like OneNote Class Notebook, is an app for Office 365 that lets an education staff leader quickly set up a personal workspace for every staff member or teacher, a content library for shared information and a collaboration space for everyone to collaborate—all within one powerful notebook. With a Staff Notebook, administration and staff can save time, become more organized and collaborate more effectively.
A Project Web App (PWA) admin can now configure if a Project Site gets created for any new project. If teams do not plan to use the Project sites, turning off this feature can greatly improve the time it takes to create and publish a project. This also allows users to move from one Project Detail Page to the other faster. Also, with the option to turn off Project Site creation for any project, customers can now manage up to 5000 (previously 2000) projects per any site collection within Project Online.
By turning off the Task List Sync for enterprise projects, you will find that publishing a project is much faster. It will also help you navigate to the next Project Detail Page faster and generate your latest project status report lot quicker. This option can be accessed from the Connected SharePoint sites page.
Know which devices and browsers your users are using. The operating system and browser reports provide you with summary and user access views of the types of operating systems and browsers accessing your Office 365 environment.
Microsoft Outlook, now available for iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets.
The new Outlook for Mac includes: better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements, a new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs, online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail, Master Category List support and enhancements delivering access to category lists (name and color) and sync between Mac, Windows and OWA clients, Office 365 push email support for real-time email delivery, faster first-run and email download experience with improved Exchange Web Services syncing.
Outlook Web App options are updating to enable contextually-aware options from the Gear menu and a new options tree, letting you more easily see and access available options and options specific to the area of OWA you are currently using.
A native mobile app on Android phones that offers the same email, calendar and contact functionality you get in Outlook Web App, but with additional capabilities that are only possible through native integration of the app with the device.
The Office 365 Partner admin app will bring several of the capabilities available in the Partner admin center portal to a mobile app experience. This includes the ability to view your customer list, view a customer's service health, view a customer's service requests and change user passwords. The mobile admin app will be available for Windows Phone, Android and iOS.
Updates to Outlook for iOS & Android including PIN lock, improvements to remote wipe, IMAP support, the ability to toggle conversation view, customize swipe gestures and more.
PivotTable interactivity in Excel for iPad will allow opening an Excel spreadsheet that has a PivotTable, selecting data, visualizing the results, and saving the PivotTable back.
Withfiltering in Power Map, use familiar Excel filter controls to uncover moreinsights from your 3D geospatial visualizations. When using filters, you canadjust the amount of data shown, toggle between different categories or simplysearch and select specific values for more targeted analyses.Custom Mapsextends all the features of Power Map so you can tell rich and interactivestories using any map type. Simply choose an image – like building floor maps,the human body, public transit routes, and system architectures - and Excelwill guide you through transforming your data into visualizations that can beexplored and shared.
Power Map for Excel is now available for all Office 365 subscriptions that include Excel.
In Power View, you can now apply predictive forecasting, and hindcasting, when visualizing and exploring your data. Forecasting in Power View utilizes built-in predictive forecasting models using exponential smoothing to automatically detect seasonality in the data to provide forecast results from a series of data. Explore forecast results by adjusting the desired confidence interval or by adjusting outlier data to see how they affect results. You can also hindcast to see how Power View would have predicted the present and recent past based on older data.
This update will make DL membership & BCC searchable for users placed on In-place Hold.
Improvements in workflow, reducing the number of steps, and connecting with ease to printers. These improvements will be available for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad.
Customer DNS records are now automatically checked for potential issues. If potential issues are identified, admins are notified and actions are proposed. Subscribers with GoDaddy hosted domains have the option to have Office 365 automatically update the DNS records. For all other DNS hosts, admins will be provided with the correct DNS records and instructions on how to correct them. A confirmation screen will notify the admins once all issues are corrected.If custom DNS records are used in the tenant, admins are provided with the option to turn off the DNS records check to eliminate the error notifications.
You can now benefit from up to 7 site collections with Project Web App (PWA) within any Project Online tenant.
Enables users to propose a new time in response to a calendar invite in Outlook Web App.
Easier ways to provide feedback for Office for iPad from within the app experience.
Customers, both end-users and admins, are now able to select multiple messages from the quarantine dashboard to release at once.
Quick navigation for tables helps you easily jump to a particular row, column or cell, especially when you have a large data set.
The default 30-day retention period of deleted items folder on an Exchange Online mailbox will now be removed. This means the user no longer has to worry about their deleted items folder automatically deleting emails every 30 days, but instead they can choose to empty the folder at their convenience. The admin can set a limit through Exchange Admin Console and PowerShell if they want to set a default limit on the folder.
You may choose to create policy templates specific to the needs of departments or divisions. Departmental templates allows you to define the scope of these templates. In other words, you can define the list of groups or individual users who can apply a particular template. Only those people can view and use the templates to protect documents. Currently this capability is available in the RMS Sharing app. Support for Office applications will be made available soon.
Send as link to OneDrive for Business allows a user to email a link to a document in OneDrive for Business in place of a physical attachment in Outlook Web App. Similar to a physical attachment, the link appears in the attachment well as an icon with a cloud on the front.
Send the document you're working on as a PDF via email on Word for iPad.
Send the spreadsheet you're working on as a PDF via email on Excel for iPad.
This API provides programmatic access to Office 365 service health information and message center communications. The API can be accessed by both the Office 365 admin and Admin-on-behalf-of partner admin roles.
Shared computer activation for Office 365 ProPlus will enable users to access Office 365 ProPlus clients from remote desktops (terminals) or shared physical kiosk PCs. It will allow for installation of Office 365 ProPlus on servers with the Remote Desktop Services role enabled. In this solution, activation of Office is performed as the user launches Office applications per Windows log in session. Activations from licensed users do not persist for subsequent users logging in - those users also need to validate their license state when they log in to the shared PC. Use of shared computer activation does not constitute one of a user's five installations on PCs or Macs.
Site provisioning and branding support through an Office AMS solution pack for SharePoint sites in SharePoint Online with the use of Apps for SharePoint. Here is the full list of the additional CSOM APIs added: Expose get and set of SPWeb.AlternateCssUrl via CSOM (.Net, REST, JS), Expose get and set of SPWeb.SiteLogoUrl via CSOM (.Net, REST, JS), Expose get and set of SPContentType.MobileNewFormUrl, SPContentType.MobileDisplayFormUrl, and SPContentType.MobileEditFormUrl via CSOM (.Net, REST, JS).
We have rolled out advanced encryption at rest for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business called per-file encryption. Per-file encryption technology encrypts every individual file stored in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business with its own unique key, and also encrypts each subsequent update to the file with an additional unique key. This granular level of encryption vastly reduces the risk of unauthorized access to the content.SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business have always provided encryption in-transit.
Sign-in Page Branding enables an Office 365 customer to select custom colors, text and Imagery for their Office 365 sign-in page. Self Service Password Reset allows a user who has forgotten their password to reset it based on prearranged alternative personal information. These two features were previously available with the Azure AD Premium subscription and are now being made available to all Office 365 subscribers.
The Office 365 sign-in page can be branded with the additional purchase of Microsoft Azure AD Premium subscription. This subscription includes Company Branding which can be used to customize the sign-in page for all applications including Office 365, and also the Azure Management portal and the Azure Access Panel page.
Improves usability to enable admins to complete common admin tasks quickly. Simplifications include a new user creation workflow with a single form, automatic license assignment, and confirmation page. The user profile detail panel contains more user information including assigned license and alias email addresses. Admins can optionally manually assign set passwords for new users.
Setting up your domain is now easier with the redesigned domain setup wizard. The new wizard has reduced the number of steps required when adding a new domain to Office 365. The setup wizard also automatically detects your DNS host and ensures that the DNS records for your environment are correct. Lastly, customers on enterprise plans can now manage their DNS records at Microsoft.
Manage your users more simply within the Office 365 Admin Center. The user profile detail panel has been updated with more relevant user details including user photo, job title and department name. Editing of user license assignments and user email addresses now conveniently happen in context with the user profile detail panel. Managing mailbox permissions now also happens within the Office 365 Admin Center.
You can now easily use single sign-on with your Yammer mobile apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone. We've improved the back-end sign-up and sign-in flow to provide a streamlined experience across devices. It now even supports 'no e-mail users' by using unique identifiers - when no e-mail address is assigned - to allow your front-line or field workforce to join and leverage your Yammer network.
Added a new Site Folders view that takes you directly to document libraries of sites you’re following. Now you can get to sites you’re following fast, right from OneDrive for Business.
Lync will become Skype for Business with a new client experience, new server release and updates to the service in Office 365. The new client will be called "Skype for Business", not Lync, and will use familiar Skype elements including icons and colors. We expect that this will simplify adoption for new users, though it will represent a change for existing users.
The new OneDrive for Business search box is now smarter, with type-ahead features helping you find a document that might have been shared with you, or one that you tucked away several folders deep. You can also perform actions, like sharing these files, directly from the search results. Finding files and sharing them is even faster with the improved search box.
We are enabling customers to both increase and reduce seats licensed through the office 365 admin center where previously a phone call was required to reduce seats. An Office 365 billing admin can simply go to the billing page in the Office 365 admin center and choose the subscription. In the subscription details they can change the quantity of seats licensed. The license change is effective immediately. Note that reducing seats that were purchased with a term discount may be subject to an early termination fee. This is available for all annual subscriptions which are paid monthly and does not include government, academic, or charity subscriptions.
System Center Office 365 Management Pack will enable subscribers to monitor Office 365 service communications within System Center including, Subscription health, Service Health and incidents, Message Center communications.
The Taxonomy Refinement Panel Web Part will help site visitors filter content that’s displayed on a page. The filters are terms from the site’s navigation. Faceted navigation lets site visitors filter content that’s displayed on a page. The filters are category specific, so site visitors can use different filters depending on where they are on the site. Faceted navigation is configured in the term store. This means that content managers won’t have to create and maintain one unique page for each category.
Originally 'Touch Design' was built and designed to ensure a fast, consistent experience across your devices - providing access to OneDrive for Business no matter what mobile browser you use; finger-first touchability.Office 365 will expand Touch Design features and footprint to cover more of SharePoint Online, plus enhancements to the overall OneDrive for Business mobile Web experience. New features include:- Touch Design for your Team Site homepage- Touch Design for your Sites' document libraries, plus new capabilities for these libraries and your OneDrive for Business the ability to sort documents, create documents (Windows tablet and iPad only), create folders & upload files. We continue to invest in the bringing you the best mobile experience across the Office 365 service. Look for more in this area in the future, too, as we expand even further to all sites beyond the main Team Site.
We are announcing the removal of current limits on external users for all SharePoint Online plans. Specifically, the changes will be as follows. The external users limit for Office 365 Small Business and Small Business Premium will change from 500 to Unlimited. The external users limit for Office 365 Midsize Business and Office 365 Enterprise plans (including E1 – E4, A2-A4, G1-G4, and SharePoint Online Plan 1 and Plan 2) will change from 10,000 to Unlimited.
Groups is now in its own menu item in the unified left navigation menu.The groups landing page shows a list of all your groups and their associated email address if applicable.The groups detail panel now enables admins to edit group membership and manage group attributes such as its name, description and email address as well as delete the group.
Users can now personalize their Office 365 workspace by selecting from 22 predefined themes.The themes modify the color of the top navigation bar, menu text, Office 365 logo, the selection focus, and some of the text on the canvas as well as potentially adding a background image to the top navigation bar.
Exchange Online Protection standalone and Exchange Enterprise CAL with Services subscribers can now directly manage recipients from within the Exchange admin center (EAC). This includes the ability to add, edit, or delete mail-enabled users (mail recipients who are internal to the organization) from the EAC and the ability to use mail enabled users as part of filtering policies and rules. Learn more. In addition, You can use Exchange Online Protection (EOP) to create mail-enabled groups for an Exchange organization. You can also use EOP to define or update group properties that specify membership, email addresses, and other aspects of distribution groups. You can create distribution groups and security groups, depending on your needs.
Word Online is adding pagination so you know where the page breaks are in your document and the number of pages will appear in the status bar, similar to the desktop version of Word.
Yammer Enterprise now included in Office 365 Midsize Business and Education plans, including Office 365 Midsize Business, Office 365 Education A2, Office 365 Education A3, Office 365 Education A4.
The Yammer web experience now supports a total of 28 languages. You can easily select your preferred primary language from the language picker under Company Resources in your home page, under Access Options in a group, or in the footer of every page that doesn’t support infinite scrolling, default is “English (US)”.
Yammer mobile apps now support 12 languages across iOS, Android and Windows Yammer Notifier. We are also taking mobile localization a step further, with inline message translation: a translate button will appear below the initial post. Clicking translate will instantly convert the entire conversation, including related responses, into the user’s default language.
The Yammer Share Button is a new way for you to share web content with your Yammer networks. With the Yammer Share Button, users can share useful web content directly into their networks and help colleagues get the most out of Yammer.
We're expanding anytime, anywhere productivity with Yammer on Android Wear devices. Glance at your wrist to quickly read and ‘like’ team messages and even reply using voice commands–directly on your smartwatch. It’s never been easier to stay connected with your team, on the go. Just install Yammer on your Android phone and Yammer is seamlessly extended to your Android Wear device