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Matt Scherocman

Can you have 15 Copies of Microsoft Office on a single subscription?

Yes, when you purchase one subscription of Microsoft Office 365, you receive the right to install 5,5,5 copies of Office on different devices for that single user. We have highlighted the following points that speak to this licensing fact:

From Microsoft Official Volume Licensing Documentation*:

Italics are ours for clarification or emphasis:

  1. Each user to whom you assign a User SL (Subscription License) may activate the software for local or remote use on up to five concurrent OSEs (Operating System Environments). (5 copies for Windows and / or Mac)
  2. Each user to whom you assign a User SL may also activate Microsoft Office Mobile software to create, edit, or save documents on up to five of their smartphones and five of their tablets

In our words:

Each user of Office subscription, E3, or E4 can run up to 15 copies of Office - up to 5 that are full function 2013 (PC or Mac) AND up to five on mobile phone AND up to five more copies on tablets (currently only iPad Office is available – Android tablet to follow at a time that is unclear). Additionally, any user who has access to the web applications (K1, E1, E3, E4 plans or a-la-carte) could access Office functionality via any modern web browser.

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*To check out the details, please see the Microsoft Office Services Use Rights Document and lookup Office 365 ProPlus:

http://www.microsoftvolumelicensing.com/DocumentSearch.aspx?Mode=3&DocumentTypeId=31 

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Matt Scherocman

How to simplify the Office 365 admin experience

Starting this month, Microsoft is rolling out new capabilities that will help users manage their services more quickly.  These updates allow you to:

  • Have Office 365 proactively check your DNS records to find and fix DNS issues.
  • Manage more efficiently with streamlined common admin tasks.
  • Get to what you need faster with commonly used settings in the admin center.

Have Office 365 proactively check your DNS records to find and fix DNS issues

If your DNS records do not match what Microsoft expects for your environment, you will receive a notification when you are logged into your Office 365 admin center. Microsoft will then provide you with proposed actions to fix your potential DNS records issue.

Manage more efficiently with streamlined common admin tasks

One common admin task is adding new users to your Office 365 environment. Microsoft has reduced the number of steps required to create new users by adding the ability to automatically assign your available Office 365 licenses.

Get to what you need faster with commonly used settings in the admin center

Microsoft is simplifying the Office 365 admin center navigation experience by adding to the Office 365 admin center settings commonly used with Office 365 that previously were found only in other admin portals.

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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

 

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Sarah Bunt

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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Matt Scherocman

What are my options for reporting and monitoring in Office 365?

Office 365 is a great product that continues to improve, but when it comes to monitoring or reporting what is happening on the tenant today we feel it comes up short.  We have reviewed a few products that can help improve this experience:

Exoprise:
Exoprise will monitor your Office 365 tenant with a client that is installed on a local PC and then compare this data to results gathered by other clients around the world.  The crowdsourcing of the performance data allows the tool to narrow down if an issue is being caused by an Exchange Online server malfunctioning or if it is a potential local network issue between your client and the online tenant.

Pros:

  • Day to day report of how healthy your tenant is compared to others that are available
  • Ability to see how others are doing the same day helps to identity where problems are
  • Gives the ability to show where your data is headed on a geographical map
  • You can add multiple sensors/clients that will give you a more rounded view if you have multiple sites.

Cons:

  • If the PC with the sensor is off, no data can be gathered.
  • Limited number of reporting features

Cogmotive:

Cogmotive is a web based report driven tool for your Office 365 tenant. It gives detailed reports of statistical data on Exchange, Lync, mobile usage, licensing, and security.

Pros:

  • Great interface and easy to setup
  • Excellent graph outputs to quickly digest data
  • Detailed mailbox usage information
  • Mobile device reporting by device
  • Easy view of who has permissions to which mailboxes

Cons:

  • Limited custom reporting

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

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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.