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Matt Scherocman brings more than 15 years of experience in the information technology industry to Interlink Cloud Advisors. His experience includes both the system integrator and manufacturer sides of the business. During his time at the Microsoft Corporation he was responsible for all the the Large Account Reseller (LAR) relationships in the four ...state Heartland Area of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Prior to Microsoft, Scherocman led a Cincinnati based IT consulting company to grow 5000% and become a Microsoft Worldwide Partner of the Year. He is actively involved in the strategic vision and operation decisions of the company including finance, selling strategy and marketing. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from Miami University and is a Certified Expert in Microsoft licensing including speaking engagements at both Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference and Channel Partner Summit. He is a frequent contributor to leading industry publications. More
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Can Multiple Users Share a Full Copy of Office from the Cloud?

Yes. As of September 1, 2014, all SKUs containing Office 365 ProPlus, Project Pro for Office 365, or Visio Pro for Office 365 can be used by multiple users on a shared device or virtual machine.  This is referred to as shared computer activation. Users in a Terminal Server environment are now able to use Office applications such as Word and Excel without it counting against the five total installations allowed for Office 365.

Shared computer activation uses the Office Deployment Tool. Once enabled, Office installs without being activated and when a user signs in, Office will check to see if the user has been provisioned for Office 365 ProPlus and temporarily activates. If a second user signs in to the same computer, the activation doesn’t persist from the first user and the process is repeated. This means that multiple users on the same computer are all able to use Office 365 products simultaneously.

For more information on shared computer activation for Office 365 ProPlus see, Overview of shared computer activation for Office 365 ProPlus.

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Data Loss Prevention now available in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

Data Loss Prevention (DLP) was a feature previously only found in Exchange, Outlook, and OWA to prevent data from being sent out of the company. Now clients can easily search for this same kind of sensitive content in SharePoint and OneDrive using Microsoft’s new Data Loss Prevention for SharePoint and OneDrive functionality.

Office 365 Admin are now able to Leverage 51 built-in sensitive information types including credit cards, passport numbers, Social Security numbers, and more. This is designed to allow you to be better informed about what type of sensitive documents exist and where in SharePoint Online and in OneDrive for Business. This visibility can help with compliance needs, contractual obligations, and internal policy enforcement.

Later this year, Microsoft will introduce additional capabilities that will allow you to create policies that automatically detect sensitive content and apply protection such as taking actions like deletion of content or quarantine until further reviewed.

Click this link to view the original blog article

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Documents come to life with Yammer!

Have you ever edited a collaboratively created document and wanted others to input without being restricted to comments? Microsoft has recently embedded the social collaboration capabilities of Yammer into the Office apps! This means that employees can communicate their ideas and expertise about Office documents right from within the application they are working in. Employees can ask questions and offer feedback to their co-workers from the documents they’re working in. Since people are communicating through a Yammer feed, they can view and participate in conversations outside of the document and any other place where a Yammer feed is embedded.

Check out this 30 second video for a great visual:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdL43ID0ccQ

Whenever you open a file in your browser a Yammer conversation pane will pop up on the right side of your screen. The Yammer pane also allows you to post messages, mention your coworkers, and publish to a Yammer group. The functionality is for internal Yammer networks.

This feature is expected to roll out this month so expect to see it soon!

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Clutter

What’s next for email? Automatic Prioritization

At last month’s Microsoft Exchange Conference, Microsoft offered a sneak peak of some of the projects they’re working on to improve email. In addition to improvements involving document collaboration. The highlights include a new program called “Clutter”, designed at helping users manage their email. Clutter is still in development at Microsoft and we’ll keep the blog up to date as we find out more.

Clutter

Clutter is a much anticipated program designed to help users manage their most dreaded communication tool – email. At its heart, it intends to remove as much unimportant mail, or clutter, from a user’s inbox as possible so that a user’s inbox can become their inbox again.

While this program is still under construction by Microsoft, we know it use will use the power of Office Graph to learn how “importantly” or “unimportantly” you treat email messages and will automatically sort “unimportant” emails into a folder marked “Clutter”. This is really cool stuff, especially if you receive hundreds of emails per day like me.

To learn more about it, check out the press release.

Screen shots of the program are below:

Without Clutter:

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With Clutter:

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What is Microsoft's Service Level Agreement?

Microsoft offers a financially backed 99.9% service uptime guarantee for Office 365. "Uptime" is the amount of time a cloud-based service is available to the user and this translates to about 8 hours of downtime per year.

A full copy of their Service Level Agreement (SLA) can be found here.

While Microsoft offers an industry-leading guarantee for their service, they have actually exceeded their promise in the past fiscal year.  In Fiscal Year 2013 (June 2012-July 2013), Microsoft's actual worldwide uptime was an astounding 99.98%, 99.98%, 99.97%, 99.94% and 99.97% per quarter for the service.

Furthermore, Microsoft is committed to maintaining transparency and discloses quarterly uptime numbers (as well as a variety privacy and security information) on their Office 365 Trust Center website.

To Download Microsoft's SLA, please see: Microsoft Service Level Agreement (SLA)

To see the worldwide uptime visit the Office 365 Trust Center

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