Interlink Cloud Blog

facebooktwitterlinkedin

Eric

What is the HeartBleed Vulnerability?

In recent days we have had a lot of questions from clients who were concerned their information may have been compromised in Office 365 by the HeartBleed vulnerability.  This flaw allows intruders to read server memory which would contain usernames, passwords, credit cards, or any other confidential information that may be on the server running OpenSSL.  We wanted to take a minute to reassure you that Office 365 and out of the box Microsoft configurations are not affected. 

 

The Heartbleed vulnerability is specific to OpenSSL which is not being used for any Microsoft Office 365 services.  In fact, all Microsoft servers (Windows Server 2003 through Windows Server 2012 R2) do not utilize OpenSSL out of the box and use their own encryption component called Secure Channel (or SChannel which you may have seen errors in your event log for).  Unless you have installed Apache or some other third-party application that uses OpenSSL on your Windows Server, you should be fine.  Microsoft will continue actively monitor the security of Office 365 with threat modeling and attack surface analysis.  We continue to believe security is a benefit of the Microsoft cloud services that goes above and beyond what a typical business can do and it is not a weakness. 

 

For additional information please reference this article from Microsoft

Eric McKinney

Microsoft Office for IPad now available!

March 27th Microsoft officially released the long anticipated Microsoft Office for IPad. Found in the Apple App store under three separate apps:

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for IPad
  • Microsoft Word for IPad
  • Microsoft Excel for IPad

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_blog-mobile-app.jpg

                       

Available for any user as a view only offering, subscribers of the following Office 365 plans can edit files.

  • Microsoft Home
  • Office 365 Small Business Premium
  • Office 365 Midsize Business
  • Office 365 E3 and E4 (Enterprise and Government)
  • Office 365 Education A3 and A4
  • Office 365 ProPlus,
  • Office 365 University
  • Office 365 Personal – Available Spring 2014.

 

One thing to note:

When you're trying to connect the Office apps to an existing Office 365 account, don't use the option from the 'Buy Office 365' screen that asks if you want to use an existing account. This option only works if you're using the same mail address for Office 365 and the iTunes store. If you're using a separate Office 365 account, first open an Office app as a free file viewer and then choose the Activate option. This is where you can enter Office 365 account details to activate the apps. Once you've activated one app, the rest are automatically activated and ready to go.

The apps offer services to tie in; SharePoint, OneDrive and OneDrive for Business ease of access to both personal and business files while on the go!

http://blogs.office.com/2014/03/27/announcing-the-office-you-love-now-on-the-ipad/

 

 

 

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

This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights.

 
Matt Scherocman

What are the Differences Between Lync Basic and Full Client?

Here’s a breakdown of the differences between Lync basic and full client:  

Lync 2013 Basic is a downloadable client for customers who have a licensed, on-premises Lync Server 2013 deployment and customers who subscribe to a Microsoft Office 365 plan that does not include the full Lync 2013 client. The Lync Basic client includes enhanced presence, contacts, instant messaging (IM), Lync meetings, and basic voice functionality.

Features not supported in Lync Basic include multiparty video, OneNote integration, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) support, skill search, recording, Enterprise Voice features, and advanced call handling (for example, call forwarding and Team Call). For details, see Client Comparison Tables.

 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg398996.aspx

This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights.

Matt Scherocman

Does Office 365 Include Message Enryption?

Microsoft has recently added to the Office 365 family – Messaging Encryption.  This replaces Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) and will be a great for many clients and is included as part of the E3/E4 suites.  Below are the key facts and a link to the O365 Technology Blog article outlining the new feature.

Key facts:

  • Included with O365 E3 and E4 at no cost
  • $2 per user per month to add to other plans
  • Rolling out the first quarter of 2014
  • Receiver does not need to be on the service
  • Current Exchange Hosted Encryption customers will be automatically upgraded

http://blogs.office.com/b/office365tech/archive/2013/11/21/introducing-office-365-message-encryption-send-encrypted-emails-to-anyone.aspx

This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights.

Welcome to the Interlink Cloud Blog

All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations or warranties regarding the information from our partners or other external sources.

Blog Categories

Interlink Cloud
Interlink Cloud
5 post(s)
Tips and Tricks
Tips and Tricks
1 post(s)
Outlook
Outlook
2 post(s)
Reporting
Reporting
1 post(s)
Cloud Storage
Cloud Storage
2 post(s)
Webinars
Webinars
11 post(s)
OneDrive
OneDrive
5 post(s)
Yammer
Yammer
3 post(s)
Azure
Azure
15 post(s)
SharePoint
SharePoint
9 post(s)
Microsoft
Microsoft
6 post(s)
Lync
Lync
8 post(s)
Office 365
Office 365
47 post(s)

Blog Archive