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Microsoft removes perpetual Office licenses from Home Use Program; now Office 365 only

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Microsoft’s Home Use Program (HUP) is portrayed as an offer that lets workers at “qualified organizations” – which means organizations that are Software Assurance clients or those with more than 2,000 Office 365 or Microsoft 365 E3/E5 clients – buy Office at a rebate. Not long ago, the firm has begun offering Office 365 memberships rather than just ceaseless Office licenses. Presently, as spotted by ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft has refreshed its HUP FAQ to mirror that the ceaseless licenses are never again advertised.

In particular, the interminable licenses that were offered were Office Professional Plus 2019 and Office Home and Business 2019. Presently, you’ll just have the option to purchase a membership to either Office 365 Personal or Office 365 Home.

As indicated by the site for the Home Use Program, Office 365 memberships can be obtained at a 30% markdown. That implies that a time of Office 365 Home can be bought for $69.99, which is the ordinary cost of Office 365 Personal. You can get a time of Personal for $48.99.

Clearly, it’s not as quite a bit of a rebate as it used to be, particularly when you think about that Office 365 is a yearly membership. With the old arrangement, HUP clients could buy both of the Office 2019 alternatives for just $14.99.

Details shortly…neowin.net

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Microsoft Office 2019 Launched For Windows And Mac

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It’s that season again – an opportunity to update your Microsoft Office Suite whether you’re a great client or an IT proficient. On Monday, Microsoft declared the arrival of Office 2019 for Windows and Mac which incorporates Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Project. Clients have the alternative to download one of two forms: the standard, once “on-premises” discharge Office 2019 or the cloud-associated Office 365 ProPlus.

The updates to the Office Suite present in the 2019 variant are those highlights and improvements that have been added to Office 365 ProPlus since 2015. Since it is a one-time discharge, Office 2019 won’t get updates like Office 365 ProPlus would, “counting advancements in a coordinated effort, man-made consciousness (AI), security, and the sky is the limit from there.”

The improvements that Office 365 ProPlus clients have approached yet will be new to Office 2019 clients range over the entire suite. With Powerpoint 2019, your introduction’s liveliness goes past slide activities with Morph and Zoom permitting your slideshow to wind up true to life venture. More information examination highlights like extra equations and outline choices have been added to Excel 2019.

Word and Outlook 2019 present new Learning Tools and Focus Mode, which can obscure and conceal anything on the screen that isn’t your record, putting what you’re chipping away at in the spotlight.

Despite the fact that Office 365 ProPlus gives every one of these upgrades and will keep on having highlight refreshes as they turned out to be accessible, Microsoft states that the organization has no aim to stop this on-premise variant of the Office Suite: “While the cloud offers genuine advantages in profitability, security, and all-out expense of possession, we perceive that every client is at an alternate point in their selection of cloud administrations.”

Details shortly…news18

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Microsoft Office Makes its Debut on the Apple Mac App Store

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Apple on Thursday reported that Microsoft Office 365 is currently accessible on Mac App Store where Apple clients can download straightforwardly the mark applications, for example, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel that are well known in Microsoft Windows framework.

The introduction of the Microsoft Office in Apple Store came somewhat later than what Apple initially reported at its Worldwide Developers Conference a year ago when the Cupertino, California-based tech strong guaranteed the Microsoft Office bundle would be accessible before the finish of 2018.

Apple said clients can buy a membership for Office 365 from inside the applications, which was structured explicitly to help includes that are one of a kind to the Mac experience, reports Xinhua news organization.

“Apple and Microsoft have cooperated to carry extraordinary Office efficiency to Mac clients from the earliest starting point. Presently, with Office 365 on the Mac App Store, it’s simpler than any time in recent memory to get the most recent and best form of Office 365 for Mac, iPad, and iPhone,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior VP of overall promoting.

Jared Spataro, corporate VP at Microsoft, said his organization has been working intimately with Apple to furnish Mac clients with the absolute best efficiency experience interestingly intended for the Mac framework.

Details shortly…new18

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Microsoft and Samsung to Strengthen Smartphone Partnership with Microsoft App Integration

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Microsoft may have failed spectacularly in the versatile equipment and stage field, however, the nation is a noteworthy player regarding portable programming. Scarcely any designers have the same number of uses or downloads on iOS and Android. Today, Microsoft has developed its organization with Samsung to turn out to be increasingly intense on portable.

As indicated by a report from ZDNet, Samsung is getting ready to declare a noteworthy development of its organization with Microsoft.

To such an extent, Redmond authorities are relied upon to make that big appearance at Samsung’s Unpacked occasion in New York City one week from now. While the focal point of the occasion will probably be the most recent Galaxy Note cell phone. Microsoft’s job will be to demonstrate how Office applications and Your Phone are incorporated straightforwardly into forthcoming Samsung cell phones.

Progressively freakish gossipy tidbits encompassing Microsoft and Android have regularly proposed the organization will assemble its very own Android cell phone. That is presumably not going to occur, so teaming up more profoundly with Samsung is a noteworthy advance as the organization is the biggest cell phone producer on the planet.

Microsoft has been cooperating with Samsung for the last couple of Galaxy S cycles. This has implied the organization’s applications have shown up on handsets since the Galaxy S6 dropped quite a while prior. The applications clients can discover are Microsoft’s Office suite of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, and Skype.

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One thing we will be intrigued to see is whether Samsung is eager to effectively push Microsoft’s Bing web search tool. Simply a week ago, we gave an account of Microsoft and other hunt suppliers need to pay Google to show up on a decision menu for default search on Android gadgets.

Google has been constrained into the move by European controllers. Microsoft will probably offer to have Bing show up on the screens. Perhaps Samsung will assume a job in that circumstance. We will know more when the Unpacked occasion commences in New York one week from now.

Detail shortly…Winbuzzer

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Microsoft Excel Insiders Can Now Use Dynamic Arrays

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Microsoft has made another acclimation to its Excel application in Office. After some ongoing upgrades, the application has now gotten a progressively effective treatment of recipes inside spreadsheets. In particular, Microsoft has appeared an apparatus called Dynamic Arrays.

On the off chance that the name of that apparatus sounds commonplace to you, that is on the grounds that you may have effectively heard it and may well have officially utilized the element. Dynamic Arrays for Excel were first declared and presented a year ago.

In any case, from that point forward the component has just been accessible to a set number of Office clients. In an ongoing blog entry, Microsoft says improving equation the executives is significant. The organization says recipes in Excel has been a restriction on the application in light of the fact that an equation can just yield information to a solitary cell.

Dynamic Arrays change that, enabling equations to yield esteems crosswise over cells as a rundown:

“Utilizing dynamic exhibits, any equation that profits a variety of qualities will consistently “spill” into neighboring abandoned cells, making it as simple to get a variety of qualities returned all things considered to take a shot at a solitary cell. You can promptly bridle the intensity of dynamic clusters by utilizing one of the new FILTER, UNIQUE, SORT, SORT BY, SEQUENCE, SINGLE, and RANDARRAY capacities to manufacture spreadsheets that would beforehand have been about unthinkable.”

Office Insiders on Windows can start using Dynamic Arrays now, while the tool on macOS can also access the feature on the Insider.

Details shortly…Winbuzzer

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Microsoft 365 Gains New Features During December

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There are some enormous changes conceivably coming to Microsoft 365 with a revealed free form set to touch base one year from now. While we hold back to check whether that occurs, Microsoft is proceeding to refresh the group. The organization has today declared its December update for Microsoft 365.

In an ordinary month, Microsoft will detail month to month refreshes toward the month’s end. Nonetheless, with the occasions in December, the organization has pulled the trigger early.

Microsoft 365 is getting some convenient updates over a few Office applications. On Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Microsoft has revealed its Dark Mode for macOS Mojave clients.

PowerPoint is by all accounts the focal point of the new update, following ongoing changes made to the application for non-Microsoft 365 clients. Among those progressions are live constant subtitles, which have additionally as of late touched base on Skype. This component underpins 12 spoken dialects and spots content onto the screen from more than 60.

Likewise, on PowerPoint, Microsoft has added the capacity to reuse slides from different introductions and from over an association.

Indeed, Microsoft is utilizing AI and Graph to fill in as part for an element in Word. The application will presently give abbreviation definitions at whatever point you see an abbreviation you don’t have a clue. To get to the component, enter the Review tab in Word to discover the definition.

Free Version

A week ago, we provided details regarding a proposed free form of Microsoft 365 touching base one year from now. Microsoft 365 turned into a coordinated item with the dispatch of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update.

The administration remains a heap of Microsoft administrations, however, is presently working as a particular item rather than individual administrations. Consider how Office 365 is a solitary item yet has a few administrations (applications) under the care of its.

Details Shortly…Winbuzzer

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Microsoft Feedback Form Hints at a Dedicated Office Key for Keyboards

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Microsoft has seen incredible accomplishment with the Windows key, which is presently basically pervasive. Presently, the organization is by all accounts reflecting on the expansion of a committed Office key, which would enable fast access to the elements of its profitability suite.

Twitter’s WalkingCat has spotted what has all the earmarks of being a private study. It gives little data about plans however demonstrates that some level of testing is progressing. It gives the idea that help for an Office key is in Windows 10 1903, which lines up with clients announcing activity focus keys accidentally opening the suite.

“Did you attempt a console with the Office key (on a PC running Windows 10 May 2019 Update?” the study peruses. “Did you attempt the Office key alternate routes: Office key + O, T, W, X, P, D, N, Y, and L?”

Microsoft does not list the usefulness for these alternate ways, so we can just supposition now. It’s conceivable they basically dispatch applications, with O for Outlook, T for Teams, W for Word, and so on. Notwithstanding, there are some that don’t agree with this hypothesis. Office key + X could be utilized for Excel, however, that has neither rhyme nor reason when the E key isn’t being used.

Therefore, we’ll simply need to keep a watch out if any more data surfaces. The last inquiry poses if clients might want to see a devoted Office key in PCs, and executions likely rely upon client reaction.

In any case, it’s impossible an Office key could ever be as across the board as a Windows one. It’s more probable Microsoft is taking a gander at big business consoles where the suite is utilized all the more vigorously. In any case, it’s intriguing to see consider if such a key would be helpful, or essentially a waste.

Details Shortly…Winbuzzer

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Configuring Microsoft Cloud App Security to protect Exchange Online

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More than ever before, end users expect flexibility and functionality at work to enable them to work when they want, where they want, and without a limited user experience. However, this challenges traditional IT security controls, such as blocking access from non-corporate machines, or outside the corporate network. Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Securityprovides new ways for organisations to meet their users’ increasingly demanding requirements, whilst not compromising on data security.

Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS) is included in Enterprise Mobility + Security E5 and builds upon the mobility and security functionality that comes as part of E3, predominantly Intune and Conditional Access.

What is MCAS?

MCAS is Microsoft’s Cloud Access Security Broker solution, which allows you to monitor the cloud applications and services being accessed and adopted by your users, whilst also providing increased protection for data across cloud applications. More simply, using the MCAS Proxy, you can apply deeper more granular control over the data stored in your cloud applications with the least possible impact on your end users.

The monitoring capability, Cloud Discovery, allows you to monitor and identify your own corporate cloud environment as well as evaluate the adoption of non-sanctioned cloud apps your users are utilising, and allow or deny access to these apps. You can use APIs for supported third-party services to monitor and provide governance of those apps outside of the Azure AD/Office 365 stack. Using Conditional Access App Control (also known as MCAS Proxy) you can monitor and control use of cloud apps in real-time.

In this article, I will investigate what MCAS actually is, and what benefits it offers above the more simplistic controls within EMS E3, and then I will explain how you can implement Azure AD Conditional Access to protect users with MCAS, and how you then go on to protect your data – in this case within Microsoft Exchange Online – using MCAS Session Policies.

Conditional Access App Control

The functionality within MCAS which enables the restriction of behaviourin web applications is Conditional Access App Control. This can be implemented with any apps configured with SAML or Open ID Connect with single sign-on in Azure AD. This functionality has recently been extended to Office 365 apps (Exchange Online, Yammer, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online and Microsoft Teams) in Preview.

What is the difference between MCAS and OWA Mailbox Policies?

One of the key questions I had from an Exchange Online perspective when first investigating MCAS was why I would use this EMS E5 (the more expensive option) capability over the native protections within Exchange Online, perhaps alongside Conditional Access which comes as part of EMS E3.

The simple answer is the improved granularity of the control.

Using OWA Mailbox Policies, you either allow access to all attachments completely in OWA (open and download), view-only (just open in Office Web Apps) or block access to all attachments completely.

Using MCAS Session Policies, you can target more specific usage, such as device type (PC, mobile, tablet or other), specific geographic locations, or even specific ISPs. More importantly, you can also target specific file properties, so rather than restricting your users’ access to all files received as attachments, you can instead treat differing files alternatively, either targeting classification labels, file extensions, file names or file size. Then, you can reach another level of granularity again by using Content Inspection, applying controls on specific sensitive data types, for example, protect files that contain an email address to ensure you’re not sharing Personally Identifiable Information (PII), or write custom expressions to monitor what emails are being exchanged regarding a confidential project.

Those who are eagle-eyed reading this may have noticed I’ve hinted the final key benefit of MCAS. This being rather than just blocking access to the files sent in an email, you can apply protection to files accessed using OWA automatically based on the criteria specified above, using Azure Information protection Classification Labels (currently only labels that apply protection and are within the Global policy are supported) and block download of any files that can’t be protected – i.e. .txt files.

How do I enforce MCAS protection?

You can now configure conditional access policies in Azure AD to applyMCAS protection. When configuring your CA Policy, under the Session Access controls, select use Conditional Access App Control.

There is also a link here to the Cloud App Security portal.

Enforce MCAS protection using the Cloud App Security Portal.

How do I configure MCAS protection?

To demonstrate the capabilities, I am going to create three MCAS Session Policies to enforce different behaviours:

  • First, I am going to apply a protection label to any documents which makes reference to Project X-Ray accessed from a non-domain joined machine, to ensure if they are downloaded, they will remain restricted to only members of the specified group via AIP Protection.
  • Second, I am going to create a policy that blocks files download from a non-domain-joined or compliant machine.

For my first policy I will start by creating a new Session Policy from the Policies screen.

Create a new session policy.

Then, I Create policy > Session Policy.

Create session policy.

In the Create Policy window, I will configure my policy. First I will configure general details such as Policy nameDescription and Session control type. For these policies, I will be selecting Control file download (with DLP) from the drop-down list.

Control file download.

Under the Activity source section, I configured the filter to match the requirement of applying the policy when the machine is not domain joined.

Activity Source.

I then configure the Content inspection section, which is where I will identify the data to be protected. This is where you could use Sensitive Information types, but I am simply using a text string custom expression.

Configure content inspection.

In some cases, you may want to protect anything that is encrypted and therefore can’t be scanned, but in this case, I am not applying this.

Next, you specify the action to be taken on the file. In this example, I want to block access to the file.

Block access file.

Once these settings are all configured you can click Create to create the policy. Note, that you see the warning message confirming that this is only applied to browser-based apps.

Activity source.

For my second policy, I will configure the same settings, with different values.

Under the Activity source section, I have configured the filter to match our requirement of applying the policy to machines that are not domain-joined or compliant.

Configure filter in activity source.

In this case, I will not configure content inspection and will simply set the action to block download with a custom block message.

Action to be applied when user matches policy.

Click Create, and this is all the policies configured.

What is the user experience?

The first thing the user will notice is a warning that their access to OWA is being monitored by MCAS.

The next thing is that the URL for OWA will be changed from https://outlook.office365.com/owa to https://outlook.office365.com.eu.cas.ms/owa (in my case as my tenant is based in the EU).

Email example

Now, let’s look at what happens when we trigger our Session Policies, first looking at the Project X-Ray policy. When I open an attachment which contains Project X-Ray information from OWA, I can view this in the browser and I’m still able to download it. When launching the document after download, the first thing you will notice is this during Word’s start-up process:

Amended Word startup process.

The fact that your machine is configuring “Information Rights Management” is the first sign that the policy has been applied, and the document has been protected. When we open the document, you can see the policy has applied correctly:

Policy correctly applied.

The SECRET – PROJECT X-RAY protection template has been applied, and when we look at the permissions you can see the restrictions this puts in place.

Secret Project X-Ray template applied.

So in this scenario, you could have a set group of people who you have set specific permissions. This means they can download their documents and work on them so long as they are signed in to their Office 365 account (by applying this restriction in the AIP label), giving these users more flexibility than before had they not been using their corporate machines.

Finally, the behaviour when the second policy is applied, this in turn blocks the downloading of files.

Again, you can open the attachment within OWA/Office Web Apps, and the option to download the file still displays within the email. This may be one of the reasons organisations prefer the user experience of OWA Mailbox Policies because if you block the download of attachments from OWA the option is removed from the interface. For users, this is less confusing, but obviously it has to be outweighed against the flexibility benefits.

When you attempt to download the file, you are shown a Download blocked notification including the custom wording we configured in our policy above.

Download blocked notification.

You will also notice a txt file being downloaded which contains further information on the file. This is because where the MCAS Proxy sits in the navigation process, something must be downloaded at the time the proxy intervenes in the download. Consequently, this txt placeholder is downloaded and contains some original file information and the custom block message again.

The file was blocked code.

This article is just a brief introduction to some of the capabilities of MCAS Proxy with Exchange Online and how they are implemented. Over the last 12-18 months, we have seen there has been a bigger uptake of Office 365 E5.

As a result of this, there have been greater monitoring and protection capabilities with Cloud App Security, so I won’t be surprised to see more organisations implementing these technologies in their environments.

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Office 365 and Azure Among Microsoft Services with Account Problems

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Microsoft recent poor record of service upkeep is continuing. Just last week, the company’s Office 365 subscribers in Europe could not get into their mailbox for a whole day. Fast forward to this week and Microsoft is trying to solve a similar problem.

Once again Office 365 is part of the prison. The new issue is wider spread in terms of location and affected services. ZDNet reportsthe issue is not just in Europe this time and is being described by users all over the world.

Alongside Office 365, the latest problem is also being observed in Dynamics 365 and Azure platforms. It seems the problem is the same as last week. Users are reporting being unable to log in to their accounts.

On its status pages for Azure and Office, Microsoft confirmed the issue and said it started at 21:00 UTC last night. It is worth noting that the problem has been resolved and both status pages now show no problems.

“Engineers have identified an issue with Level 3 as an internal network provider,” the OS maker said. “Steps have been taken to fail over to an alternative DNS provider.”

Cross-Service Problems

Microsoft says its Azure Active Directory (AAD), the identity and access cloud management tool. Used as an account authentication tool for cloud services, it seems AAD is causing problems for Microsoft account holders on the cloud.

Microsoft returned this morning at 06:15am to confirm it has fixed the problem:

“We’ve fixed the delay some customers may have experienced accessing cloud resources,”a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement sent to ZDNet.

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Microsoft 365 Gains New Features During December

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There are some big changes potentially coming to Microsoft 365 with a reported free version set to arrive next year. While we wait to see if that happens, Microsoft is continuing to update the bundle. The company has today announced its December update for Microsoft 365.

In a normal month, Microsoft will detail monthly updates at the end of the month. However, with the holidays in December, the company has pulled the trigger early.

Microsoft 365 is getting some handy updates across several Office applications. On Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Microsoft has rolled out its Dark Mode for macOS Mojave users.

PowerPoint seems to be the focus of the new update, following recent changes made to the app for non-Microsoft 365 users. Among those changes are live real-time captions, which have also recently arrived on Skype. This feature supports 12 spoken languages and places text onto the screen from over 60.

Also on PowerPoint, Microsoft has added the ability to reuse slides from other presentations and from across an organization.

Once again, Microsoft is leveraging AI and Graph to work as part for a feature in Word. The app will now provide acronym definitions whenever you see an acronym you don’t know. To access the feature, enter the Review tab in Word to find the definition.

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