Office 365 Weekly Digest | Week of March 27 - April 2, 2016


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UPCOMING EVENTS Azure Active Directory Webinars for April

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!


MTC Mid-Day Cafe: What's New with Delve?

When: April 4, 2016 @ 9:00am PT | Microsoft's Delve helps you to discover the information that's likely to be most important to you right now - across your organization. Join Mid-Day Café’s host Michael Gannotti and special guest Cem Aykan (Microsoft Senior Program Manager) for this special Delve focused episode. Cem will be covering what’s new in Delve as well as how it can impact organizations. Delve is changing the way people and organization discover information and connect with organizational assets. Tune in to this episode to learn how you and your organization can benefit from, and maximize the benefits of, Delve.


MTC Mid-Day Cafe: Get A Handle On Group Projects With Office 365 Planner!

When: April 11, 2016 @ 9:00am PT | Want to get a better handle on your collaboration group projects? If so then you need Office 365 Planner! This Mid-Day Cafe join host Michael Gannotti with special guest Mike McLean (Microsoft Senior PM Project) for a special session focused on Office 365 Planner, which offers people a simple and highly visual way to organize teamwork. Planner makes it easy for your team to create new plans, organize and assign tasks, share files, chat about what you’re working on, and get updates on progress. Planner can be used to manage a marketing event, brainstorm new product ideas, track a school project, prepare for a customer visit, or just organize your team more effectively.


YamJam: Office 365 Connectors

When: April 14, 2016 @ 9:00am PT | The Office 365 Network will host a YamJam for Office 365 Connectors. Members of the product engineering team will be on hand to answer your questions. We look forward to seeing you there!


The Future of SharePoint

When: May 4, 2016 @ 9:30am PT | Come celebrate SharePoint and see Jeff Teper, CVP OneDrive and SharePoint, unveil our new vision and roadmap for SharePoint and OneDrive for Business, both on-premises and in the cloud with Office 365. Following the live keynote from San Francisco there will be a number of on-demand sessions detailing our upcoming innovations. Whether you’re a user, IT pro, or developer, we’ll have a lot to share as part of this historic moment. Be sure to register and join us for this must attend event!


FastTrack Webinars: Learn how to do more, together

The best productivity experience? It’s already in your Office.  Ask questions, learn shortcuts and find out how Office 365 can make you and your team more productive. Each webinar is a live, instructor-led session offered at multiple dates and times. Facilitated discussion follows each session, with opportunities to ask questions and discuss specific scenarios to you. Direct registration links for each webinar are provided below.

  • Use Office 365 to achieve more: Discover how to get work done more efficiently with Office 365
  • Your files anywhere: Discover new ways to achieve more by getting work done with your documents from anywhere
  • Make meetings matter: Discover how Office 365 can help you get the right people achieving more together by connecting online through Skype for Business
  • Work like a network: Discover new ways to use Yammer to create conversations and quickly communicate answers
  • Get it done from anywhere: Discover how to access Outlook from anywhere and share your files to get things done in real time
  • Key roles in making Office 365 successful: Discover how different roles work together to execute a successful launch
  • Build awareness: Foster adoption of Office 365 in ways that matter to end users; understanding training resources and develop champions


BLOG ROUNDUP Office at Build 2016 - new opportunities for developers

This week at Build 2016, we announced three new Office-specific opportunities for developers: enhancements to the Microsoft Graph that can be used to build smarter business solutions; improvements to the add-in model, including support for Office for Mac 2016, centralized deployment and programmatic creation of solution-specific ribbons and buttons; and new extensibility features for Skype and Office 365 Groups.


What’s new in Office add-ins + IT admin and deployment updates

Heading into the last day of Build 2016, we take a look at what the updates to the Office extensibility model and Office add-ins mean for IT admins. In the latest Microsoft Mechanics episode, Jeremy Thake highlights new capabilities announced at Build for both developers and users while demonstrating new deployment options to get add-ins to users directly from the Office 365 admin portal.


Important notice for Office 365 email customers who have configured connectors

If you’re an Exchange Online or Exchange Online Protection (EOP) subscriber and you have configured connectors, this post contains important information that might impact your organization. To make sure that your mail flow isn’t interrupted, we strongly recommend that you read this post and take any necessary action at your earliest convenience.


Microsoft IT cloud computing strategies continue to evolve (Business Case Study)

Microsoft is on a multi-year journey to adopt cloud computing throughout the company. This complex and strategic undertaking involves multiple teams, public cloud computing, and private cloud computing. Understand the strategy, operations considerations, and cultural shifts that are making this journey successful. Since 2011, we have actively pursued cloud adoption to benefit from platform efficiencies, development agility, and rapid deployment capabilities. Our vision has always been "everything runs in the cloud." At the outset, our goal was to host 80 percent of our services and applications through public cloud services. Since 2011, the strategy has evolved and been refined to pursue a goal of more than 90 percent of IT services and applications in the public cloud. The reality today is a hybrid cloud, using both public and private cloud computing environments.



Updated: Office 365 URLs and IP Address Ranges

March 29 – April 1, 2016: Updates for Exchange Online, Skype for Business Online, SharePoint Online, Office 365 ProPlus and more.  Details on the updates are available on the RSS feed and the complete list is located here.


Stakeholder and Communications Plan for the Office 365 Admin

In this course we will demonstrate how to build a proactive “Stakeholder Communications Plan” you can put into place when you return to the office. We’ll help you understand how to organize your team, identify and classify your stakeholders, assess the impact of a change or service incident and know when to communicate and to whom. We’ll open up the floor for attendees to share and learn best practices that effectively generate interest and excitement in new productivity features of Office 365. | Feedback