Office 365 Weekly Digest | Week of July 10 - 16, 2016


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


New Feature: Service Assurance available within Office 365 Security and Compliance Center

Posted: July 11, 2016 | Urgency: Normal | Category: Plan for Change | Action: Awareness | We are introducing Service Assurance feature so you can understand how we protect your data, ensure availability, maintain compliance with global standards, and adhere to strict privacy commitments. Service Assurance helps you to understand how Office 365 protects your data by demonstrating how we implement and test - security, compliance, and privacy controls. With Service Assurance your Information Security, Risk Management, Compliance, and Audit teams get critical information to perform on-demand risk assessments. Service Assurance will help these teams in making your organization compliant with various standards as well as help in completing audit requirements. Please provide Users access to this new feature by assigning them to the 'Service Assurance user" role. To learn more, please visit


Mobile Management is moving to the Security & Compliance Center

Posted: July 11, 2016 | Urgency: Normal | Category: Plan for Change | Action: Awareness | We're moving the Mobile Management page from the Office 365 admin center to the Security & Compliance Center and renaming it Device Management. With this change, you'll now have one place to set up Mobile Device Management (MDM), create device security policies, and manage the devices that are connected to your organization. We started rolling this out on July 8th, and the roll out will be completed by the end of July. You'll find the Device Management page in the 'Security policies' section of the Security & Compliance Center. Additional information is available at


New Feature: “Save a copy” for Class Notebooks in Office 365 Education

Posted: July 13, 2016 | Urgency: Normal | Category: Stay Informed | Action: Awareness | As OneNote Class Notebooks have become more popular, we’ve often been asked how a student or teacher might take those digital books with him/her when leaving school. Students graduate, or change schools and would like to be able to bring the portfolio of work with them. Teachers also change school or move away. Based on talking to lots of teachers and students, we’ve launched the new Save a Copy feature for Class Notebooks. This new feature will begin rolling out today, and should complete over the next few weeks. When this feature enabled, users will be able to save a copy of their notebooks to their personal OneDrive and make it available for use elsewhere. More details are available at


New Feature: Professional Learning Community (PLC) Groups preview

Posted: July 13, 2016 | Urgency: Normal | Category: Stay Informed | Action: Awareness | Professional Learning Community (PLC) Groups preview is a new Office 365 feature. We will begin rollout on July 13, 2016 to Office 365 Education customers who have Office 365 Groups enabled, and should be completed by the end of August. Office 365 Groups, OneNote, Microsoft Planner and Skype provide a simple and structured way for educators to collaborate in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). We’ll be adding PLC Groups to the “create group” option within the Office 365 Education experience (in Outlook, Calendar, and Outlook Groups mobile app). This applies only if you have Groups enabled in Office 365. Please visit to learn more.


Content Type New Button Order supported in the SharePoint modern document library experience

Posted: July 15, 2016 | Urgency: Normal | Category: Stay Informed | Action: Awareness | We are enabling support for the Content Type New Button Order feature in the modern experience in SharePoint Online document libraries. This change will begin rolling out today, July 15th and is expected to complete by the end of the month. Previously, document libraries that had this feature configured would automatically revert to classic mode. This will no longer happen, and custom content type ordering will be reflected in the new menu in the modern document library UX. This may result in some users seeing the modern document library for the first time. Please visit for additional information.


UPCOMING EVENTS Azure Active Directory Webinars for July

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!


Rolling out Microsoft Office in one of the most demanding environments - Microsoft

When: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 @ 10:00am PT | IT subject matter experts will discuss the Office 365 ProPlus 2016 deployment, how we used System Center Configuration Manager to streamline the upgrade process, and how we use channels to deliver updates to users. Get candid answers from our experts as they share insights and best practices developed by Microsoft IT.


Microsoft IT enables information discovery with enterprise search and Delve

When: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 @ 10:00am PT | Microsoft IT hosts more than 350 million Office 365 documents and other content, serving 200,000 users around the globe. Helping employees find what they need to be effective in their jobs required new approaches to deliver integrated search experiences. Program managers David Johnson, Sam Crewdson, and Rene Sanchez Almaguer will share how we used Delve, SharePoint 2016 with hybrid services, and Office 365 Search to deliver rationalized search and discovery experiences.


FastTrack Webinars: Learn how to do more, together

When: Multiple sessions starting July 12th and ending August 31st | 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.


BLOG ROUNDUP Office 365 news at WPC 2016

Last week Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team, had the privilege of taking the stage in Toronto for our annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) to talk about Office 365 momentum and the opportunity we have together with our partners. With their help, after five years in market, Office 365 is now empowering over 70 million people each month in companies of all sizes. Together, Microsoft and our partners can help our mutual customers empower their employees through digital transformation. This post summarizes the major announcements from WPC 2016 including Facebook likes Office 365, Skype for Business provides more opportunity for partner success, etc.


Data Loss Prevention Policy Tips in OneDrive mobile apps

With more people getting work done and collaborating with others on their mobile devices, organizations are finding it even harder to secure their sensitive data. We see many organizations making it a priority to better secure their sensitive content no matter the device being used to access and share it. To help organizations empower their employees to work anywhere at any time while helping to protect their content, we’re pleased to announce we have extended the Office 365 Data Loss Prevention Policy Tips to OneDrive mobile apps for Android, iOS and Universal Windows. Policy tips are contextual, user-facing notifications that educate people when they’re about to send, share or work with sensitive data, such as credit card, passport or driver’s license numbers. Policy tips help empower and educate users, while still allowing them to get their jobs done with enhanced security and stay compliant with your data protection policies. With this addition, your organization’s Data Loss Prevention policies, related to content stored in SharePoint and OneDrive for Business, are now viewable on mobile devices. This complements what is already supported today with the web and Office 2016 clients, including Outlook.


Announcing the public preview of the new Office 365 Network online community

We are pleased to announce the public preview of the new Office 365 Network. Over the last three years, the Office 365 Network has become a vibrant online community for IT pros, technical experts, product enthusiasts and Office 365 customers to come together and share best practices related to Office 365. As more organizations embrace the cloud and move to Office 365, we want to make the wealth of valuable information in the Office 365 Network available to anyone who is looking for it. Currently, the Office 365 Network is hosted as an authenticated Yammer network, which requires registration and sign-in to participate in the community, and makes discussion content searchable and discoverable only by users who are registered and signed in to the network. In an effort to make the community content accessible to anyone, the new Office 365 Network will be hosted on an unauthenticated platform, meaning community posts will appear in internet search results and visitors won’t have to sign in to view content in the network. The Office 365 Network will continue to be a community for valuable insights and great conversations, including engagement from Office 365 product teams seeking input and feedback on products, knowledge sharing among community members and involvement from product experts, who help make the Office 365 Network the place to be for passionate technology pros to connect every day. | Additional Resources: Office 365 Network Guidelines | Getting Started Guide


Plug in to success—7 steps for a strategic technology lifecycle

Take a minute to think about the applications you use, the programs you depend on and the technologies you’ve integrated into your business. Now ask yourself these questions: If a specific application supported my company in the past, how is it benefiting me now? Are our programs performing in line with our desired standard? What, if anything, am I doing to ensure my technology is not outdated? Is my vendor providing me with resources to manage my applications? Am I really getting the maximum business value from these solutions? To answer these questions, many enterprise scale organizations use established processes to manage their technology. A technology lifecycle—or TLC—offers a systematic approach for assessing the state of your technologies. Thankfully, this indispensable method applies to both enterprise scale organizations and small and midsize businesses. So whether you’re an experienced IT professional or a technological tenderfoot, considering your TLC will yield promising, practical results.


NOTEWORTHY Video: Office 365 - Data's Got a New Defender

Last year, 160 million customer records were compromised and 317 million pieces of malware were created. How do you keep your business safe in this new cloud world? The short answer: protect, defend, and respond. Office 365 helps you protect your data and users from malware, detect threats before they happen, and respond quickly to potential attacks.


Video: Microsoft Mechanics - Office 365 Compliance Center Updates

A look at the compliance side of the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center, the central place to view and manage your data - even beyond the Microsoft ecosystem. Watch and you'll see how the experience is improved by centralized security controls, the ability to view and manage security and compliance for all your cloud services. Insights and intelligence that offer recommendations based on your Office 365 environment. Also, the experience for security and compliance based on your role.