Office 365 Weekly Digest | Week of January 24 - 30, 2016


Note: The information below may not be posted to your Office 365 tenant as not all notifications apply to all tenants.


Updated Feature: SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business alert emails

Posted: January 29, 2016 | Action: Awareness | The format of alert emails sent from SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business will be updated to better work in mobile devices, and will present information in a clearer way. This update should be rolling out to you over the coming weeks. Existing alerts will automatically start to use the new format as it rolls out through SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. There is no expected impact for this update. There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. For details on how to set up alerts, please visit


UPCOMING EVENTS Azure Active Directory Webinars for February

Are you looking to deploy Azure Active Directory quickly and easily? We are offering free webinar briefings on key Azure Active Directory deployment topics! Sessions include: Pre-requisites, SSPR, MFA, SaaS Application Integration and Reporting. Each 1-hour briefing is designed to support IT Pros in quickly rolling out Azure Active Directory features to their organization. All webinars are free of cost and will be followed by Q&A with our Engineering Team. Capacity is limited. Sign up for one or all of the sessions today!


YamJam: Office 365 Planner

When: February 2, 2016 @ 9:00am PT | On January 28, 2016 it was announced that Planner preview rollout to EDU, Non Profit and Government tenants is now complete. So, we’re hosting a YamJam!  Join the Office 365 Planner group for additional updates and join our YamJam on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 9:0am PST.


Microsoft Technology Centers: Drive Business Results with Intelligent Tools Series

When: Thursdays, February 11 – March 31, 2016 @ 10:00am PT | Join us for a virtual event series, live from a Microsoft Technology Center, covering sales and cloud productivity solutions. We are thrilled to announce that in partnership with MTC studio our live events during the months of February and March will revolve around Driving Business Results with Intelligent Tools. Covering both Office and Dynamics solutions this event proves to be exciting, as organizations can increase customer satisfaction by creating intelligent workplace by utilizing intelligent tools. With a great line up of speakers, this eight-part MTC webcast series will allow customers to see how innovations can help them drive maximum impact across multiple teams, impacting customer loyalty, agent efficiency, employee satisfaction, and cost savings to their organization. Join us on Thursdays in February and March, and we’ll show you how to do more with less using new solutions that increase customer loyalty, boost employee satisfaction, and cut costs.

  • February 11, 2016 - Modern Team and the Evolution of Work
  • February 18, 2016 - Reinventing Productivity: Enterprise Knowledge from Microsoft
  • February 25, 2016 - Intelligent Insights Create Intelligent Organizations
  • March 03, 2016 - Power to the Customer with Omni-Channel Service
  • March 10, 2016 - Security is Not a Privilege, It's a Right
  • March 17, 2016 - Reinventing Customer Experience: Create Agent "Superheroes" via the Modern Service/Call Center
  • March 24, 2016 - What's Next in SharePoint 2016
  • March 31, 2016 - Reinventing Customer Experience: Field Service and the Modern Dispatch Technician


Take your teamwork to the next level anywhere, anytime with Office 365 and Windows 10

Join us for a Microsoft Immersion Experience session from the comfort of your own office. An immersion experience is a facilitated, hands-on session to “experience the possible” by test-driving Microsoft solutions through simulated everyday business scenarios. We send you a link to connect your own device to a remote desktop loaded with our latest and greatest technology so you can experience first-hand how Microsoft tools can solve your biggest challenges. These interactive, hands-on, 90-minute sessions are guided by a skilled facilitator and customized to your interests. Get immediate productivity gains: expect to leave with enough time-saving skills to more than offset your 90-minute time investment within a few short days. Each session is only open to 20 participants. Register now and learn how you can be more productive anywhere, anytime with Office 365.

Date Webcast title Registration link
February 17, 2016 at 12 p.m. PST Online Immersion Experience Register here


BLOG ROUNDUP New cloud storage options for Office mobile and Office Online

In February 2015, we announced the Cloud Storage Partner Program (CSPP) and enabled cloud storage providers to connect their services to Office Online and Office for iOS. Now, we’re making Office even easier for customers to use with cloud storage providers by adding real-time co-authoring with Office Online for documents stored in partner cloud services, extending our Office for iOS integration to all partners in the CSPP, and enabling integration between and cloud storage providers Dropbox and Box.


Office Videos: What's New in Office 365 for February 2016

Published: January 29, 2016 | Length: 1:49 | If you have an Office 365 subscription, these are some of the new features available to use for Office 365 for Windows. See more of what's new at


5 commonly overlooked security threats

The Internet is a vast place that brings amazing information to our fingertips in a matter of seconds. While this is a wonderful attribute, it also can be dangerous to your personal information or business’s data. That’s because there are hackers out there just itching to access your information and email is still a common way they accomplish this feat. And as we’ve seen through several recent examples—including the 2015 Pentagon and 2014 Sony email hacks—simply having a “strong” email password isn’t enough to keep your data from being compromised. While some may jokingly (or not-so-jokingly) call for less email usage and more frequent use of the phone to communicate important information, it’s not always possible in our highly digital world. So in addition to being cautious about what is communicated in your emails, it’s important to understand how to protect those emails in the first place. To ensure secure email on your personal and work devices, you first have to recognize threats to your email system—including the less common ones.



Office 365 License Management Tool (GUI)

Updated: January 30, 2016 | This is a simple windows forms GUI-based utility to manage Office 365 licenses. You can add/remove/update user(s) licenses. You can also manage licenses for multiple Office 365 tenants. Several reports are also available.


New Microsoft Virtual Academy Office 365 Courses

Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers online Microsoft training delivered by experts to help technologists continually learn, with hundreds of courses, in 11 different languages. Our mission is to help knowledgeable IT professionals learn the latest technology, build their skills, and advance their careers. MVA is free of charge, and the entire service is hosted on Windows Azure. Details on courses added this week are included below.  For a list of all available Office 365 courses for IT Professionals, please visit


  • Office 365 ProPlus Upgrade
  • Level: 100 | Published: January 28, 2016 | During the next 12 months, customers will be transitioning from the Office 2013 version of Office 365 ProPlus to the Office 2016 version. Join us to examine the upgrade timeline, along with the available upgrade options.