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How does Office Delve boost workgroup productivity?

Microsoft Office Delve accomplishes this by making it easy to identify files that you need to work, even when you can’t locate or describe them.

Microsoft Office Delve, a new information discovery and content management applicationmonitors content and tailors information discovery to each person’s content and work habits. Delve is based on Office Graph technology. This technology uses machine learning to track the links between people, content, and activities across Office 365 applications. The relationship maps that Graph creates pushes use patterns to news feeds personalized for each user.

Delve measures the relevance of each file that workgroup members create, change, and share. The more relevant a content is to your work—and the more closely you work with others to create and share it—the more relevant the file is to you. When you look for files, the most relevant ones appear on the search list.

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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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What New Features Have Been Added to Skype for Business Mobile?

The latest release of Lync mobile includes a number of new features – first, Lync Mobile now provides the ability to view uploaded PowerPoint presentations from your Windows Phone or iOS device. While Lync Mobile has previously allowed users to view shared desktops, this new functionality allows Mobile users to view PowerPoints that have been uploaded to take advantage of functionality such as Q&AS and imbedded multimedia files.

A screenshot of the shared PowerPoint as it would be viewed from a Windows Phone is below:

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Other new features allow Windows Phone users to control Lync using voice commands. This is helpful if you, like me, often use your phone to join Lync meetings while driving. Instead of searching through your phone, now all you need to do is hold down the home key and say “Lync, join my next meeting” or “Lync, join my current meeting”. Note this added functionality is for Windows devices only.

There is also a new GUI for Lync on iOS 7 devices:

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The full press release can be found here

 

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Does Microsoft Have a Service Pack Available for Windows 8.1?

Many of you wait for service packs to release before you begin deployment. As a heads up, for planning purposes, Microsoft is set to release Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Office, SharePoint and Exchange in early 2014.  SP1 will deliver performance enhancements, feature updates and improve compatibility with Windows 8.1. More information on all that will be available with SP1 and when you can acquire it, will come early next year.

  

http://blogs.office.com/b/office-news/archive/2013/11/20/office-2013-service-pack-1-coming-early-next-year.aspx

 

 

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What are the Compliance Updates to Windows Azure?

Windows Azure Compliance Updates: PCI DSS and ISO


PCI DSS Compliance

We are pleased to announce that Windows Azure has been validated for compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS) by an independent Qualified Security Assessor (QSA). The QSA has issued an Attestation of Compliance, having audited the Windows Azure against the PCI DSS 2.0 security standards for Level 1. To assist customers in achieving PCI DSS certification, Microsoft is making the Windows Azure PCI Attestation of Compliance and Windows Azure Customer PCI Guide available for immediate download.

Visit the Trust Center for a list of other compliance and certifications.

What is the PCI DSS?
The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) is an information security standard designed to prevent credit card fraud through increased controls around credit card data. PCI certification is required for all organizations (merchants and payment service providers) that process credit card transactions.

Is Windows Azure PCI “certified”?
As a cloud provider, Windows Azure does not directly manage cardholder environments, and therefore, is not eligible for PCI certification. However, Windows Azure has been validated by a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) as providing a secure environment that merchants can use to achieve their own PCI certification.

What Windows Azure services are in scope?
The Information Security Management System (ISMS) for Windows Azure, including infrastructure, development, operations and support for Compute, Data Services, App Services and Network Services are in scope for the PCI DSS Attestation of Compliance. This includes everything listed under Services on http://www.windowsazure.com/. The Windows Azure datacenters in the following regions are in scope: Asia Pacific East (Hong Kong), Asia Pacific Southeast (Singapore), Europe North (Ireland), Europe West (Netherlands), US North Central (Illinois), US South Central (Texas), US East (Virginia), and US West (California).

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