Office 365 Weekly Digest | Week of September 18 - 24, 2016


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


New Feature: Mobile Push Notifications for OneDrive for Business and SharePoint

Posted: September 19, 2016 | Urgency: Normal | Category: Stay Informed | Action: Awareness | Mobile Push Notifications for OneDrive for Business and SharePoint is a new Office 365 feature. We are currently rolling this out to all customers and we expect to have this rollout completed by December 31, 2016. This new feature will allow end users to receive mobile push notifications when other people share files and folders with them from OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online. Because there will be some data, including the user and file name, passed through Google Cloud Messaging and Apple Push Notification Service, we have also enabled an admin toggle to disable any mobile notifications about content changes in your tenant. This has administrative controls to enable and disable. This feature is on by default and can be found in the SharePoint Admin Center under “Site Settings”.


Updated Feature: Monthly feature updates for Office 2016 for Office 365

Posted: September 22, 2016 | Urgency: Normal | Category: Stay Informed | Action: Awareness | The latest feature updates for Office 2016 for Office 365 are now available. This month’s update includes new feature updates, as well as other security and bug fixes. If you have users configured for Current Channel release updates, you may want to get up to speed on the new features this month. Other than that, you do not need to do anything to prepare for this change. Learn more at | Resources: What’s New in Office


Planned Maintenance: Yammer

Posted: September 22, 2016 | Urgency: Normal | Category: Stay Informed | Action: Awareness | We have maintenance planned for Yammer, starting October 1, 2016 5:00 PM UTC, and ending October 1, 2016 6:00 PM UTC. As part of this planned maintenance, the Yammer service may be briefly unavailable, less than 5 minutes. During this planned maintenance window, the following workarounds can be used: None.


New Feature: Outlook Groups on iPad Now Available

Posted: September 22, 2016 | Urgency: Normal | Category: Stay Informed | Action: Awareness | The Outlook Groups on iPad is now available in the Apple App Store. End users can download the Outlook Groups to their iPads, giving them an optimized Outlook Groups experience. For more details, please visit


UPCOMING EVENTS Azure Active Directory Webinars for September / October

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: Preparing for Azure AD, Azure AD Multi-Factor Authentication, Self-Service Password Management and more. 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!


Microsoft Ignite: Join Us Online

When: Monday, September 26 – Friday, September 30, 2016 @ 9:00am ET | Microsoft Ignite is the conference for IT Professionals looking for what’s next in technology and skill building across Microsoft’s technologies. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will deliver the opening keynote, in which he will provide his unique perspective on the technology trends shaping the future of business and enabling powerful new ways for people and organizations to work. The conference is sold out, but you can do the next best thing and watch the live stream from your desk!  Note: The link above is to the actual invite to add the event to your calendar. Additional information is available at


Online Immersion Experience: Boost  your productivity with Windows 10 and Office 365

When: October 5, 2016 and October 12, 2016 at 10:00am and 12:00pm PT | Boost your productivity with Office 365 and Windows 10. An online immersion session is not your typical online event. These 90-minute interactive sessions start with an online roundtable discussing your business challenges and then launch into a live environment in the cloud. A skilled facilitator guides you through simulated business scenarios that are customized to your interests. We will 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 in a collaborative, fun environment. Please note: Each session is only open to 20 participants. Reserve your seat now and learn how you can be more productive anywhere, anytime with Office 365.


FastTrack Webinars: Learn how to do more, together

When: Multiple sessions currently scheduled through September 28, 2016 | 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 New Office training courses from LinkedIn Learning

In our continuing effort to provide better help to our customers, we’ve partnered with LinkedIn to provide an array of new LinkedIn Learning training courses to help you get more out of Office. The new courses are available today and focus on helping you get the most out of Outlook 2016 and Excel 2016. Learn how to use Outlook 2016 to set up an email account; send, receive and organize messages; add a signature; manage contacts and calendars; manage meetings; and collaborate and share with others. Get started with Excel 2016 by learning how to enter and organize data, create formulas and functions, build charts and PivotTables, and use other time-saving features. These courses are freely available and can be found alongside the hundreds of courses and videos in the Office Training Center.


Microsoft Tech Community: End of support for Exchange 2007 may affect your Office 365 ProPlus users

If your organization is still using Exchange Server 2007 you should be aware that the end of support for Exchange 2007 is coming up on April 11, 2017. In addition, as of February 28th, 2017, the 2013 version of Office 365 ProPlus will no longer be supported. Users running the 2013 version of Office 365 ProPlus are encouraged to update to the 2016 version prior to this date. 2013 users will still receive critical security updates, but they will no longer receive product updates for new features that are added to the service. If you have users that are currently using the 2013 version of Office 365 ProPlus connecting to Exchange Server 2007 for mail and calendar you will need to provide an Exchange environment that is supported by the 2016 version of Office 365 ProPlus.


GigJam expands support for interaction styles and content types

GigJam helps you get work done across your network by sharing just the slice of information you want, with who you need—both inside and outside your company. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve added two major capabilities to the GigJam Preview. First, we added the ability to share slices of images, documents and live line-of-business information with people who aren’t online at the time of sending and expire that information in 24 hours. Second, we added the ability to redact arbitrary content from images, PDFs or slides, ensuring that an object in a picture, a text block or a particular bullet doesn’t even go over to the recipient.


Announcing the availability of Office 365 Project Time Reporter

The Office 365 Project Time Reporter iOS app announced last fall is now available in the Apple Store. This app enables team members to submit timesheets and report progress on tasks tracked in Project Online. With the Office 365 Project Time Reporter on your iPhone, you can add new assignments or non-project work to your timesheet or create new personal tasks in the Timesheet view. Timesheets can be saved, allowing you to return later and send in for approval. You can also keep track of your current or overdue tasks in the Tasks view, filter and sort tasks to find the right ones, and submit status updates. Android and Windows Phone versions of the app will also be coming to the Google Play Store and Windows Store soon. | Resource: Getting Started with Office 365 Project Time Reporter


NOTEWORTHY Microsoft Tech Community: Confirmed - OneDrive for Business Admin Console

Information in a recent Gartner report that an admin console for OneDrive for Business is under development, was confirmed by the OneDrive for Business Team. The team noted that more details will be announced next week during Microsoft Ignite.


What is the weakest link in your security?

Here’s a sobering realization: You can have the most sophisticated computer security in the world and it won’t always protect you. Everything you rely on to keep your confidential data secure can be accidentally undone by one employee—in a matter of seconds. That’s because hackers, more and more, are attacking the weakest link in your cybersecurity—your end users. It’s called social engineering. And it’s a serious problem. It’s not new. This form of attack has been around longer than computers themselves, but as networks have become harder to break into manually, it’s seen a huge resurgence. | ebook: Insider’s Guide to Social Engineering


Microsoft IT Showcase: Preparing your organization for a seamless Office 365 ProPlus 2016 deployment

Microsoft has gained much insight from deploying the suite of Office applications to a globally diverse and highly mobile workforce over the years. Successfully transitioning to the latest business software requires that organizations plan ahead with thoughtful and proactive communications, deploy the upgrade with expertise and speed, and support employees with post-deployment training and materials so everyone is productive from day one. The good news is Microsoft IT is here to help. Microsoft IT used the materials in this program to support the Office 365 ProPlus 2016 deployment to its entire workforce within the Microsoft global enterprise. Now, you can use them to facilitate employee adoption, promote best practices, and ensure a direct path to productivity with the best Office suite ever.