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Matt Scherocman

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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Matt Scherocman

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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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.

Need a quick comparison chart? https://www.interlink.com/component/easyblog/?view=entry&id=26

*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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