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Aaron Seals

New Exchange Online Protection Features

Microsoft has improved upon and added some new enhancements to the EOP service:

  • Directory-based edge blocking
  • Office 365 domain limit increased
  • View message traces up to 90 days
  • Remote PowerShell
  • OWA Junk mail reporting
  • Spam quarantine access for users
  • DomainKeys Identified Mail support
  • Enhanced IPv6 support
  • Match subdomains feature
  • Geocentric affinity 

Click here to access the full Microsoft blog article

 

Highlights from the article:

Spam quarantine access for users

In previous versions of EOP quarantine access was only available at the administrator level.  Now individual mail users will be able to access their own quarantine to manage spam via the EAC web interface.  Users must have a valid Office 365 user ID and password in order to access the spam quarantine page.  For current Exchange online subscribers, users should already be able to access their spam quarantine with their current user ID and password.  EOP only subscribers can utilize Directory Synchronization and password sync to automate access for their end users.

Directory-based edge blocking

DBEB allows organizations to reject messages for invalid recipients at the network perimeter.  DBEB will block all messages sent to an email address that isn’t present in the Azure Active Directory.

View message traces up to 90 days

Admins can now request message trace information for up to 90 days.  Message traces for the past seven days can be viewed immediately.

Remote PowerShell

EOP customers now have the ability to use remote PowerShell to manage Exchange Online Protection settings and use PowerShell scripting to automate a variety of management tasks.

OWA Junk mail reporting

Easily report junk mail back to Microsoft EOP team.  Users can report a false negative or positive back to Microsoft by right-clicking within the mail message and selecting ‘mark as junk’ or ‘mark as not junk’.  This will help improve the spam filtering capabilities of Exchange Online Protection.

To understand how EOP works, click this link:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj723119(v=exchg.150).aspx

 

Matt Scherocman

What Are The Different Packages That Microsoft Offers in Office 365?

Follow this link to the slides that Interlink has customized to make Office 365 pricing easier to understand.  The top chart includes all of the a la carte options that clients have.  The bottom chart are the suites that are available.  If you are considering an EA agreement, the E plans are the ones that qualify toward the minimum user count of 250.  The EA agreement offers an immediate 15% discount on the monthly prices of the service.  Let us know what questions you might have on the pricing.

Interlink- Office 365 Pricing Slides Updated

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Matt Scherocman

Does Office 365 Offer Home Use Rights?

Yes, it offers end users the ability to run Office on their home machine.  However, it does not use the traditional home use program (part of an Enterprise Agreement).  In my opinion, the Office 365 offering is better while it not only gives you the same ability – to install full Office on a home PC, it also gives access to Office mobile which can be installed on other end user devices like mobile phones and tablets and integration with OneDrive.  Each user who has a license of E3, E4, or Office Subscription can install up to five full-fledged copies of Office. Plus the end user just downloads the software, they don’t have to be hassled with authentication codes, verifying emails, or paying ten bucks. 

Basically, the client would go out to the portal, login with their corporate credentials (with ADFS or Password Sync), and then download and install the software. 

When the user license for Office 365 is removed in the portal, or access for that user is turned off for Office, the installed copy will downgrade to reduced functionality mode once it “phones home” for the license check.  Then the license and the right to install those copies of Office can be moved to another user.

One cool note, if the user is using a Mac, then the interface will sense that and offer up the Office for Mac download option. 

 

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Sarah Bunt

Is Office 365 International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Compliant?

The simple answer is "no".

There are multiple flavors called Office 365 and the shared version (the most common) is not ITAR compliant. This comes from two different concerns around ITAR – 1) That only US citizens manage the data – Microsoft uses follow the sun support which includes non-Americans providing support and accessing the data 2) Is that the data stays in the US only. While this is typically true for Office 365, it does have the ability to fail over workloads to data centers located in other countries.

There are a few options:

  1. The ITAR compliant platform version of Office 365 is ITAR compliant, but it starts at 30,000 users and is considerable more expensive. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn270088.aspx
  2. Clients can split their users between platforms. Clients move everyone not working on defense contracts, including foreign nationals, out to the cloud and then hybrid the connection back to their existing Exchange installation where the ITAR restricted users and projects are housed.

Other Resources: Office 365 ITAR-support

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Matt Scherocman

What are the Differences Between Office Professional and Office Web Apps?

That’s a great question.  And unfortunately, a side by side comparison of the two is difficult to find.  In an effort to eliminate some of the mystery surrounding these products, I’ve created a quick summary that compares Office Professional Plus and Office Web Apps (both of which are available as part of the Office 365 product offering):

Essentially, Office Web Apps is a “light” version of Office Professional Plus.

Think of Office Professional Plus as your “traditional” Microsoft Office. It is the Office you are used to using – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.  It is a full copy of Office that sits on your machine and allows you to use each and every feature of the programs above.  If you have used Microsoft Office 2010 Professional (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, InfoPath, Lync, etc.) licensed in a traditional volume license manner, then you will find the two highly similar. See our next blog post which talks about the differences.      

On the other hand, Office Web Apps is a limited, online version of certain Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.  It provides a copy of the Microsoft Office programs, but with less functionality. I’ll use Microsoft Word for example.  The Word web app allows basic functionality (the ability to type, change fonts, bold, underline, etc.) but doesn’t allow you to use the more complex features (for example, editing pictures). It would be similar for other programs as well.

The benefit of Web Apps is that it is less expensive than Office Professional Plus.  Also, because it is web based, it can be accessed from any computer that has internet connectivity and a compatible browser. The downside is it does not offer as much capability as Office Professional Plus.  Web Apps tends to be beneficial for quick, light editing and for people who are not heavy users of the Office Suite.   If you want to try out the technology it is available for free at https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/  Just open an account and upload some Office files.  You can also see the same technology if you add Office files to Facebook. 


These links also provide some useful information:

For Web Apps: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/web-apps/
These links also provide some useful information:
Detailed Guide - feature by feature comparison between the two products: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office-online-service-description.aspx

For Web Apps: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/web-apps/
For Office Professional Pro: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/office-professional-plus.aspx

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