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Microsoft Azure Multi-Factor Authentication Deep Dive: Securing Access on Premises and in the Cloud​


Better together Hybrid SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server 2016


Get ready for Yammer!

The below post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.

Today, I’m excited to announce that we are activating Yammer for every eligible Office 365 tenant—new and existing—without requiring additional action on the part of admins. This allows all Office 365 customers to gain the full benefits of Yammer. It also marks the culmination of our foundational efforts—including moving Yammer into Microsoft managed datacenters and undertaking identity work with Azure Active Directory—to bring Yammer fully into Office 365.

With this groundwork laid, we’re poised to provide a new set of high-value user and admin scenarios. Every Office 365 user with a Yammer license will be able to easily access Yammer from the Office 365 app launcher or start a Yammer conversation from SharePoint, Office 365 Video Portal and, coming soon, Delve and Skype Broadcast. This enables you and your coworkers to share ideas and work together in the open using Yammer’s flexible workspaces.

Making Yammer available in Office 365 is key to unlocking new experiences for users that span their productivity apps. As a case in point, Yammer will hook into the Office 365 Groups service in the first half of 2016 to deliver powerful cross-suite scenarios that let you escalate your Yammer conversation into a Skype call, schedule a meeting using Outlook calendar, access your files in OneDrive, create tasks in Planner and more, all from your Yammer group. (Click Here​ for more information)

​​ Office 365 brings significant new value to business customers worldwide 

The post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice-president for Microsoft Office.
They are excited to announce the availability of several new Office 365 communications services designed to modernize voice, video, and meeting experiences, while saving companies substantial costs in their communication infrastructure. Organizations can now replace their legacy meeting and phone systems with innovative services built on the familiar Skype for Business experience, all naturally integrated within Office 365—the world’s most-used collaboration and productivity platform.

They are also excited to announce significant new security and analytics capabilities aimed at dramatically improving our customers’ ability to protect their organizations and glean insights from data. (Click Here for more information)



Announcing Office 365 customer security considerations preview

Office 365 provides customers with a continuous stream of innovative features that provide significant productivity improvements while keeping information highly secure. We are working on resources and tools to help you leverage Office 365 information security features and controls, so you can manage security in your Office 365 tenant. The Office 365 Service Trust Portal (STP), launched earlier this year, is an example of a feature that provides deep insights into how Office 365 services are operated and independently audited.
They are now we are pleased to present the customer security considerations (CSC) workbook that can be used to facilitate a quick review and implementation of the security controls available in Office 365. The CSC workbook is designed to provide you with information on key security and compliance features to consider when adopting, deploying and managing Office 365. (Click Here for further information)



Today at Connect()—introducing the Microsoft Graph

As a company, we are focused on reimagining the way the world should work. In an age of information abundance, we understand that people are seeking integrated experiences that help them break out of knowledge silos, “work like a network” and connect information from multiple touchpoints in meaningful ways. Office extensibility has always been about ubiquitous connectivity, enabling new experiences on mobile devices, and empowering developers to create powerful and personalized cloud services that can transform the productivity landscape. Today, at the Connect() conference in New York, the Office Extensibility and Azure Active Directory teams took a major step forward with the general availability of the Microsoft Graph (formerly “Office 365 Unified API” as previewed at //build earlier this year). (Click Here for further information)


Infomation about upcoming changes to S​​harePoint Online Public Website​


​Starting in January 2015, Microsoft is making changes to the SharePoint Online Public Website feature. Exisiting customers of this feature will continue to have access for another two years. New customers who subscribe to Office 365 after the changeover date won't have access to this feature. Moving forward, Office 365 customers will have access to third-party offerings that will enable them to easily integrate their public presence with their Office 365 service. More information about these solutions will be made available in January 2015.​ (Click Here​ for more information)

Create SharePoint server farms​

With the Microsoft Azure portal marketplace, you can quickly create pre-configured SharePoint Server 2013 farms. This can save you a lot of time when you need a basic or high-availability SharePoint farm for a development and testing environment or if you are evaluating SharePoint Server 2013 as a collaboration solution for your organization.​ (Click Here ​for more information)

Pre-Configured SharePoint 2013 Farm

With SharePoint Server Farm, the Microsoft Azure Preview Portal automatically creates a pre-configured SharePoint Server 2013 farm for you. This can save you a lot of time when you need a basic or high-availability SharePoint farm for a development and testing environment or if you are evaluating SharePoint Server 2013 as a collaboration solution for your organization. (Click Here for more information)



From inside the Cloud

The Office 365 Trust Center has always been the place where Microsoft has provided open and transparent information about how they run Office 365 and their commitment to customers’ data privacy, security and compliance requirements. They recently launched a significant update to the Office 365 Trust Center, providing even greater information and insight for their customers. (Click Here for more information)

In this video Microsoft address the baseline set of customer expectations in “Why Trust Office 365?”



In this video Vivek Sharma explains a key security topic of how we protect your data at rest.



​​​​Update on InfoPath and SharePoint Forms.

​On January 31st, 2014 Microsoft announced the Update on InfoPath and SharePoint Forms. Microsoft is going to retire InfoPath. To be specific Microsoft is going to retire the desktop client and InfoPath Forms services in SharePoint server. As Microsoft states, " This means that InfoPath 2013 is the last release of the desktop client, and InfoPath Forms Services in SharePoint Server 2013 is the last release of InfoPath Forms Services. The InfoPath Forms Services technology within Office 365 will be maintained and it will function until further notice."(Click Here for more information)


Below is a video where Microsoft gave an Update on InfoPath and SharePoint forms at the SharePoint Conference 2014.