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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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How is Microsoft Protecting Your Data From Government Snooping?

There have been a growing number of stories related to government surveillance of internet data in recent days. Our customers have taken notice and we have heard a number of concerns related to the privacy of their data in Microsoft’s Cloud.

While we share in these concerns, the bottom line is Microsoft is doing everything they can to keep your data safe. More importantly, there is no indication that any of Microsoft’s data has been breached by the government. We are told that on the business platforms, Microsoft has had only a handful of requests to share data with the government and was able to work with clients to provide notice and assistance in the vast majority of the cases.

A recent press release explains what Microsoft is doing to keep your data private.

Highlights include:

Expanding Encryption:

  • Microsoft is expanding or strengthening encryption across all of its services; particularly while data is transmitted over the internet
  • If you are on Office 365, Microsoft already encrypts all information moving between your business and Microsoft, and Microsoft’s internal data centers by default
  • These communication channels are protected by best-in-class cryptography including Perfect Forward Secrecy and 2048-bit Key lengths
  • All information which is stored in a Microsoft data center is protected by industry leading encryption and security protocols

Reinforcing legal protections:

  •  Committed to notifying any company when Microsoft receives a government request for access to their information
  • Working with other cloud providers to make the government go directly to an individual company, rather than a cloud provider, to obtain data

Increasing Transparency:

  •  Increasing the transparency of their software code, making it easier for customers to see for themselves that Microsoft products do not contain back doors.
  • Opening a network of transparency centers in the US, America and Asia

 

For more information or to read the full press release, please see this article from Microsoft

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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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What are the Differences Between Skype for Business 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

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Does Office 365 Include Message Encryption?

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

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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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