New functionality to make it easier to customize, manage, and secure Office 365 ProPlus

At Microsoft, we’re committed to protecting your data and helping your organization stay current and secure in today’s fast-moving, complex technology environment. And we’ve designed new innovations for Office 365 ProPlus to do just that. As announced at Microsoft Ignite 2019 last week, we introduced:

  • An update to the Office cloud policy service.
  • Deeper integration for managing Office 365 for Mac using Jamf Pro.
  • New tools for Configuration Manager to better plan Office deployment projects.
  • New security features for the Office client.
  • New Group Policy setting to enable users to install Insider builds.

Together, these new functionalities help you more efficiently adopt, deploy, and manage Office 365 ProPlus—regardless of the size of your organization and the platform you choose.

Cross-platform support* for the Office cloud policy service

The Office cloud policy service—initially announced for Windows earlier this year—is a cloud-based service that enables IT admins to enforce policy settings for Office 365 ProPlus users. The settings are enforced across devices, whether domain-joined, Azure Active Directory (AAD)-joined, or completely unmanaged. In short, the policy settings roam with the user.

Today, we’re introducing an update to add cross-platform support for Office on the web, Android, Mac*, and iOS* devices, giving administrators the ability to manage Office policies from a single portal for all their Office users. To learn more, read this article

 

Easier Office 365 for Mac management using Jamf Pro

Today, we’re announcing deeper integration for managing Office 365 using Jamf Pro. Our integration with the new Application and Custom Settings experience, which was demonstrated at the Jamf Nation User Conference (JNUC), allows IT admins to easily set Office 365 policies using a familiar forms-based interface. Mac administrators can centrally configure security, privacy, and update policies to deliver the very best Office 365 experience to their users, including:

  • Enabling friction-free sign-on to Office 365
  • Controlling privacy and telemetry options
  • Reducing the attack surface for sensitive devices
  • Increasing compliance levels through feature enablement
  • Lowering support costs by implementing desired update workflows

 

Pilot health and inventory tools to deploy faster

We’ve brought a pair of updates to the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager—you probably know it as Config Manager—to help IT admins streamline parts of the device upgrade process. The first of these shows the health of pilot devices as it relates to a forthcoming upgrade. Pilots are a subset of devices you’ve selected to validate before deploying. With this update, that subset will also show the upgraded health of selected devices, including which are ready to upgrade right now. For those not ready, you can see what issues are blocking the upgrade and remediate those for faster deployment.

 

The second update, which enhances your existing inventory tools, leverages device telemetry to determine which devices running Office 365 ProPlus are ready to update to newer release. This update also provides insight into issues that are blocking an immediate upgrade, giving you the information needed to remediate problem areas.

 

Pilot health and enhanced inventory tools are just the beginning. With 80% of Office 365 ProPlus admins using Config Manager, we’re continuing to prioritize upgrades for the Config Manager console—including features like recommended configurations.

 

Safe Documents and Application Guard for enhanced file protection

On Tuesday, we shared Safe Documents, a new capability that brings the power of Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to Office 365 ProPlus.  When a user has a document in Protected View and wants to consider that document “trusted”, the field will be automatically checked against the ATP threat cloud before release. Admins will have advanced visibility and response capabilities, including alerts, logs, and visibility into similar threats across the enterprise.

 

We also showed an early, live demo of Application Guard capabilities integrated with Office 365 ProPlus. When available in mid-2020, Microsoft 365 customers will be able to open an untrusted Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file in a virtualized container instead of Protected View. From there, users will be able to view, print, edit, and save changes to untrusted Office documents—all while benefiting from hardware-level security. If the untrusted file is malicious, the attack is confined to the isolated container and the host machine is untouched. Users will be able to leverage Safe Documents to “trust” a document securely, and full reporting and audit trails will be available through ATP.

 

Group Policy to allow users to experience Office Insider builds  

Enabling your users to self-select into the Office Insiders program is as simple as delivering a policy.  This can be done by using the Office Cloud Policy service which is available in config.office.com and via group policy. This policy makes it easy for you to enable which users can self-select their device to receive the Office Insider builds as they become available in order to try new features. Read more in this article.

Microsoft Teams deployed with Office 365 ProPlus

As a quick reminder, when you update to Version 1908 of Office 365 ProPlus in January, Microsoft Teams will be rolled out to existing installations on the Semi-Annual Channel. Learn more about deploying Teams as part of Office 365 ProPlus in this article.

Office 2010 End of Support

Finally, support for Office 2010 is ending in October 2020—but with Office 365 ProPlus, you can continue to stay current with the latest Office tools and security features, like the ones we described above. Read more in this blog.

 

Catch up on all other Office 365 ProPlus deployment content recorded at Ignite by following this guide. As always, learn what’s new in Office 365 ProPlus, watch our YouTube Deployment Insider channel, and join Office Insider Program.

You may also find the following additional resources useful:

*Office cloud policy service support for Mac and iOS devices is expected to roll out soon.

Ignite The Tour 2019/2020 guide to SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer and Stream sessions

Ignite The Tour 2019/2020 guide to SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer and Stream sessions

Am a keen follower of Microsoft's SharePoint Blog and proud to provide this direct from the Microsoft Tech Community:

Our industry-leading conference is hitting the road—and coming to a city near you. You don’t want to miss the very latest in cloud technologies and developer tools with guest speakers, industry experts, and more. Get on the list today! This blog covers all the related sessions and content to learn more about SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer and Stream – aka, SOYS.

 

“If learning is an act of exploration, then technology equips the explorer for the journey of a lifetime.”
– Anonymous.

 

If you were unable to attend Ignite in Orlando, FL last week, fear not. Now is your chance to soak up all the benefits of Ignite near your own back yard. Microsoft is bringing Ignite The Tour to a city near you.

 

Ignite-The-Tour_SOYS-sessions_002.jpgDive into the SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer and Stream (SOYS) session at Microsoft Ignite The Tour.

In the SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer, Stream (SOYS) and related tech space, keep a look out for the “Content collaboration, Communication, and Engagement in the Intelligent Workplace” learning path that consists of the below four 45-minute sessions in every city listed further below in the next “schedule” section:

 

  1. Content collaboration and protection with SharePoint, OneDrive and Microsoft Teams” [SOYS10]
    • Abstract: SharePoint connects the workplace and powers content collaboration. OneDrive connects you with all your files in Office 365. Teams is the hub for teamwork. Together, SharePoint, OneDrive and Teams are greater than the sum of their parts. Join us for an overview of how these products interact with each other and learn about latest integrations we are working on to bring the richness of SharePoint directly into Teams experiences and vice versa. We’ll explore new innovations for sharing and working together with data using SharePoint lists, and no-code productivity solutions that streamline business processes. Finally, we’ll explore how to structure teams and projects with hub sites.
  2. Connect the organization and engage people with SharePoint, Yammer and Microsoft Stream” [SOYS20]
    • Abstract: Company leaders recognize the need to transform their workforce, and organizations where employees are truly engaged report improved employee retention, customer satisfaction, sales metrics, and overall profitability. Microsoft 365 delivers the modern workplace and solutions that help you engage employees across organizational boundaries, generations and geographies, so you can empower your people to achieve more. Learn how SharePoint, Yammer and Stream work together to empower leaders to connect with their organizations, to align people to common goals, and to drive cultural transformation. Dive into the latest innovations including live events, new Yammer experiences and integrations, the intelligent intranet featuring home sites.
  3. The intelligent intranet: Transform communications and digital employee experiences” [SOYS30]
    • Abstract: The intelligent intranet in Microsoft 365 connects the workplace to power collaboration, employee engagement, and knowledge management. In this demo-heavy session, explore the latest innovations to help you transform your intranet into a rich, mobile-ready employee experiences that are dynamic, personalized, social and actionable. The session will explore new innovations for sites and portals, showcase common intranet scenarios, and provide actionable guidance toward optimal intranet architecture and governance.
  4. Harness collective knowledge with intelligent content services and Microsoft Search” (includes #ProjectCortex) [SOYS40]
    • Abstract: Join us to learn about the most significant innovations ever unveiled for knowledge management and intelligent content services in Microsoft 365. Get the latest updates on Project Cortex, Microsoft Search and other experiences that connect you with knowledge, insights, expertise, answers and actions, within your everyday experiences across Microsoft 365.

As a primer for all things SOYS, we encourage you to view CVP Jeff Teper’s general session on-demand before attending The Tour, “The latest innovations in SharePoint, OneDrive, and Office for content collaboration in Microsoft 365” – from Ignite 2019 in Orlando, FL.

 

Upcoming 2019/2020 cities schedule nearest/best for you…

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Below, find the upcoming city and date nearest/best for you, review the local SOYS learning path and individual sessions, and follow all the action throughout the year with #MSIgniteTheTour on Twitter.

 

2019

 

2020

  • Toronto, Canada (Jan.8-9): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • Shenzhen, China (Jan.13-14): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • London, England (Jan.16-17): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • Seoul, South Korea (Jan.21-22): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • Osaka, Japan (Jan.22-23): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • Milan, Italy (Jan.27-28): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • Johannesburg, South Africa (Jan.30-31): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
    [note | links are not yet available for cities beyond this date; we will update as soon as they are available]
  • Washington D.C., USA (Feb.6-7): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Feb.10-11): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • Sydney, Australia (Feb.13-14): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • Taipei, Taiwan (Feb.17-18): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • Singapore (Feb.20-21): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • Prague, Czech Republic (Feb.24-25): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • Copenhagen, Denmark (Feb.27-28): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • Zurich, Switzerland (Mar.4-5): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • Amsterdam (Mar.11-12): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • Shanghai, China (Mar.18-19): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • Hong Kong (Mar.25-26): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • Madrid, Spain (Mar.25-26): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • Mexico City, Mexico (Mar.30-31): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • Mumbai, India (Apr.2-3): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • Bangalore, India (Apr.7-8): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • Chicago, USA (Apr.15-16): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • Tel Aviv, Israel (Apr.22-23): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • Berlin, Germany (Apr.28-29): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40
  • Stockholm, Sweden (May.5-6): Full SOYS learning path = SOYS10 | SOYS20 | SOYS30 | SOYS40

 

Microsoft Ignite The Tour 2019/2020 (Worldwide)

Microsoft Ignite The Tour brings the very best of Microsoft Ignite to a city near you. The tour provides technical training led by Microsoft experts and your community. You’ll learn new ways to build solutions, migrate and manage infrastructure, and connect with local industry leaders and peers.

 

100+ deep-dive sessions and workshops, 350+ experts. 
Learn | Connect | Explore.

 

Learn more at Microsoft.com/Ignite and follow the action on Twitter: @MS_Ignite, @SharePoint, @OneDrive, @Yammer, and @MicrosoftStream.  

 

Join in | Microsoft Ignite | The Tour, a global series of two-day tech events bringing Microsoft experts to a city near you.

 

Safe non-traveling, Mark

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Your OneNote

From your flashes of inspiration at 2:00 AM to the list of funny things your children say, or that brilliant idea you had in the conference room, and your ever-growing list of household chores  OneNote holds the notes to your life to track all the things you need to keep in mind, but simply don’t have room for in your overworked brain. 

 

We enjoy the privilege of serving millions of customers like you, who each have unique needs and who use OneNote in unique waysOver the past year, we’ve been listening to your passionate feedback and are humbled by your consistent love for OneNote. We hear you loud and clear — you want to keep your notes your way! 

 

With that in mind, we’re pleased to announce that we are continuing mainstream support for OneNote 2016 beyond October 2020, so that you can continue using the version of OneNote that works best for you. New support dates for OneNote 2016 now align with Office 2019 (October 10, 2023 for mainstream support and October 14, 2025 for extended support). We also want to make deployment and installation easier for organizations and individuals, so for Windows users, starting in March 2020, when you deploy or install Office 365 subscriptions that include the Office desktop apps or Office 2019, the OneNote desktop app will be installed by default alongside Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. If you’d like to install OneNote 2016 earlier, you can get it here: aka.ms/InstallOneNote. 

 

And, of course, OneNote should look the way you want it to. That’s why this week we are rolling out Dark Mode for OneNote 2016This will be available for Office 365 subscribers and non-volume licensing Office 2019 customers. Dark Mode changes the app’s interface elements from light to dark. Using OneNote in this mode can improve readability in low light environments, increase legibility of the user interface as well as your notes, provide better contrast, and reduce eye strain. You might also use OneNote in Dark Mode simply as a personal preference. The choice is yours! 

 

We’re excited about today’s announcements and we’ll keep listening to your feedback to make your OneNote better and better! Please continue requesting features and telling us what you think via the in-app feedback. 

 

For more information check out our OneNote FAQ! 

SharePoint Dev Weekly – Episode 57

SharePoint Dev Weekly – Episode 57

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In this session of SharePoint Dev Weekly, hosts – Vesa Juvonen (Microsoft), Waldek Mastykarz (Rencore) and special guest Garry Trinder (CPS Solutions), discuss the latest news and topics around Microsoft 365 and SharePoint development. This episode was recorded on Monday, October 28, 2019.

 

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User Activity based Expiration Policy for Office 365 groups is now generally available!

User Activity based Expiration Policy for Office 365 groups is now generally available!

O365 Groups power collaboration across Office 365 

Collaboration is a key ingredient for the success of any organization. Office 365 groups, of the most used collaboration features in Microsoft 365 today, power the collaboration features across apps, including Outlook, Teams, Yammer, and SharePoint. Employees can create groups quickly and start collaborating with co-workers by sharing group documents, emails, and calendars.

 

The twin problems of Groups Life cycle Management 

As the number of Office 365 groups increases, an organization needs to strike a balance between cleaning up unused groups and ensuring any valuable groups do not get deleted unintentionally, causing data loss. Many of you have shared feedback about these challenges in groups lifecycle management.

 

You say, we listen and act

We heard your feedback, and we’ve made some changes! We are excited to announce the new version of expiration policy which ensures any group being actively used continues to be available, circumventing expiration. This feature makes life easier for users, including admins, group owners and members, by automating the expiration and renewal process by tracking groups for user activity across different apps, like Teams, SharePoint, Outlook, tied to the group.

 

The new expiration policy puts group life cycle management on autopilot 

The current Expiration policy allows you to set an expiration time frame for selected or all Office 365 groups . After the defined group lifetime, owners are asked to renew them if they are still needed. With this newly added intelligence, groups which are being actively used will be automagically renewed. This preempts the need for any manual action on the part of the group owners. This is based on user activity in groups across Office 365 apps like Outlook, SharePoint, Teams, Yammer, and others.

 

Example:  At Contoso, the administrator has configured the Group lifetime to be 180 days. Megan is the owner of the Contoso Marketing O365 Group, with Enrico and Alex as its members. Her group is set to expire in 45 days. If an owner or a member performs actions like uploading a document in SharePoint, visiting Teams channel or sending an email to the group in Outlook, the group is automatically renewed for another 180 days, and she does not get any expiry notifications.

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Manual Controls: Group owners will continue to have the manual “delete”, “renew” option for granular control.

 

Soft Delete: Like before, groups which aren’t renewed (either automatically based on activity or manually) will be soft deleted. Groups in “Soft-delete” state can still be restored within 30 days, after which the content is deleted permanently.

 

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User actions for group auto-renewal: The following user actions will lead to automatic renewal of groups

  • SharePoint – View, Edit, Download, Move, Share, Upload Files
  • Outlook – Join group, Read/write group message from group space, Like a message (OWA)
  • Teams – Visit a Teams channels

We will continue to update this list to fine tune group auto-renewal experience.

 

Auditing and reporting: Administrators can get a list of auto-renewed groups from audit logs on the azure portal.

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Here are some quick steps to get you started.

 

Getting started

Office 365 groups expiration policy can be configured from the Azure Active Directory portal, as well as programmatically via Azure Active Directory PowerShell. Please note you need an Azure AD Premium license. Below is a quick tutorial on how to get started with the functionality in the new Azure portal experience.

 

1. Create Expiration Policy: Sign into the Azure portal, select Azure Active Directory, go to the Groups tab and select Expiration under Settings. (More details here) .Image 4.png

 

2. Set Group Life cycle: Specify the group lifetime in days and select which groups you want the expiration settings to apply to.

Group owners will receive a renewal notification 30 days before the expiration date, and from that notification they can renew their group with a single click!

 

If there is no user activity in the group (and the owners don’t manually renew their group) within the required time frame, their group will expire. Upon expiry it will stay in a “soft deleted” state for 30 days. Owners of deleted groups will receive a notification letting them know their group has been deleted and giving them the opportunity to restore their group within 30 days after its deletion date. The Group will be permanently deleted after 30 days.

 

3. Auto-renewal based on user activity: No explicit action is required to enable activity-based auto-renewal. If an the expiration policy is set for Office 365 groups, auto-renewal will be enabled by default.

Learn more about how you can restore you group to recover all its content, including SharePoint, Planner, and Outlook – how to restore deleted Office 365 groups.

 

Note: The new version of Office 365 groups expiration feature is available in private preview today for select Azure AD Premium customers. Please reach out to your TAMs/CSMs regarding enrollment in private preview.

 

Let us know what you think!

We would love to hear your feedback! If you have any suggestions for us, questions, or issues to report, please leave a comment below. We’re always looking for ways to improve.

 

User Voice: Add security groups to Office 365 groups

Support & feedback: groupsarfeedback@microsoft.com

 

 

Best regards,

 

Salil Kakkar                                                               Yuan Karppanen

Program Manager                                                    Program Manager

Office 365 Groups                                                    Azure Active Directory

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Ignite 2019 guide to SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer, Stream and related technology sessions

Ignite 2019 guide to SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer, Stream and related technology sessions

Am a keen follower of Microsoft's SharePoint Blog and proud to provide this direct from the Microsoft Tech Community:

“Prepare the umbrella before it rains.” – Malay Proverb

 

Let technology rain. With less than two weeks until Microsoft Ignite 2019, the SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer and Stream speakers are firing on all cylinders to finalize their sessions for this year’s conference. And while the Ignite session catalog is live at https://myignite.microsoft.com, preparing YOUR umbrella from thousands of sessions can take some time even for the veteran attendee. And we’re to help – galoshes at the ready! If you’re passionate about these four technologies, below are most of the sessions to get you started – along with a few closely related sessions we couldn’t not call out.

 

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All SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer and Stream sessions are bucketed by these categories below:

  • Jeff Teper’s two big sessions
  • Content and team collaboration
  • Intelligent intranet
  • Harness collective knowledge and Microsoft Search
  • Content services, business applications, and the developer platform
  • IT Pro: security and administration
  • and related theater sessions

Steady your umbrella, find your favorites and +Add to schedule.

 

First, always suggest attending the Jeff Teper sessions

In the world of SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer, Stream and Office, there is no one better to give you the best insights of what’s to come than Jeff Teper, Corporate Vice President on the engineering side of it all.

 

Catch Jeff at his main session – one big breakout and a show with Microsoft Mechanics:

Content and team collaboration

Microsoft 365 is designed to be a universal toolkit for teamwork – to give you the right tools for the right task, along with common services to help you seamlessly work across applications. Office is the clear place to start on web, desktop and mobile. SharePoint promotes the intelligent content service backbone that powers teamwork – to better collaborate on proposals, projects, and campaigns throughout your organization – and is integrated with Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, Planner, Office 365 Groups and much more.

 

These sessions put teamwork first:

Intelligent intranet

Intranets remain a mission critical tool of digital transformation. They bring together multiple pieces of information, processes, and people to empower organizations to keep employees engaged and informed and to share knowledge and expertise. Modern SharePoint, along with Yammer and Microsoft Stream, is ready to power your entire intelligent intranet with more engaging, easier to create site and web content experiences that provide industry-leading time to value across mobile, web, and desktop.

 

These sessions will make you intelligent about the intelligent intranet:

Harness collective knowledge and Microsoft Search

Our world is rapidly transforming. The amount of data each of us must process is ever increasing. And Microsoft Search plus AI meets you wherever you are. From SharePoint to Delve, from Office apps to Bing for your business, harness the collective knowledge of your organization in every experience so everyone can be more engaged and effective every day. Using the intelligence of the Microsoft Graph, relevant content will surface to keep you up to date allowing you to unlock creativity with personalized search and discover people and content in the context of their work.

 

These sessions will find you before you find them:

Content services, business applications, and the developer platform

Most processes center on content – files and data. SharePoint gives you tools to gather and manage data in lists and libraries, while Microsoft 365 provides connections to a range of third-party systems with Microsoft Flow and PowerApps, and new streamlined business processes delivered and integrated to Microsoft Teams.

 

And, devs, we got you covered, too: yo /sharepoint –solution-name “hello-Ignite.” Dive into the latest SharePoint Framework innovation, Microsoft Graph power, and all the PnP goodness.

 

These sessions fill up your low-to-no code solution’ing thru to custom apps and APIs:

IT Pro: security and administration

With growing digital data in your organizations, need for simplified governance of this corporate data and staying current in compliance are becoming critical for business’s success. With OneDrive, SharePoint and Microsoft 365, your data is in the most secure and compliant place. And we continue the journey to modernize the entire admin experience. The new admin and security centers offer much more control for migration, compliance and overall management of your modern workspace.

 

These sessions give you the control to manage your Ignite IT Pro needs:

All related Theater sessions

Theater sessions are short (20 minutes) and super packed with information. If you want to learn a lot in a targeted fashion in a short amount of time, these theater sessions are for you:

 

Ignite 2019 (November 4-8 in Orlando, FL, USA)

The Microsoft Ignite conference is happening in Orlando from November 4-8. Ignite is Microsoft’s annual gathering of technology leaders and practitioners. It’s a full week of visionary discussions and hands-on learning about the latest tools and insights that are driving tomorrow’s innovations.

 

  • Connect with 25,000+ people, 1000+ sessions, and 200+ hands-on experiences + a Vision Keynote with Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella.
  • Learning about the latest tools in cloud technology, as well as development techniques that will help us better manage our infrastructure and migrate legacy workloads.
  • Connecting with experts and other tech professionals who are working through the same business challenges we are, and who have shared interests.
  • Exploring the latest in productivity and security through interactive experiences, hands-on demos, labs, and training sessions.

Learn more at Microsoft.com/Ignite and follow the action on Twitter: @MS_Ignite, @SharePoint, @OneDrive, @Yammer, and @MicrosoftStream.  

 

And whether you attend Ignite or not, take a look at Microsoft Ignite | The Tour, a global series of two-day tech events bringing Microsoft experts to a city near you.

 

Safe travels and we look forward to seeing you all in Orlando and beyond,

Mark

 

GO TO MYIGNITE

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Microsoft Ignite 2019 Guide to Office 365 ProPlus Deployment

If you’re an Office IT Admin, get ready to learn the latest and greatest about Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus deployment at Ignite starting November 4. We’re very excited to announce the following sessions, workshops, speakers, and other learning opportunities to help you make your Office 365 ProPlus deployment and management success. Here is what we have lined up for you:

Best practices for deploying and managing Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus (BRK3087). Amesh Mansukhani, a Principal Program Manager focused on helping enterprise organizations efficiently manage Office 365 ProPlus deployments, shares what’s new from the Office engineering team on how to best deploy and manage Office 365 ProPlus within your environment. He’ll also walk through the deployment tools and discuss the best options to suit your environment.

What’s new in the Office Customization Tool (THR 30309). Learn what’s new in the Office Customization Tool for Office 365 ProPlus from Chris Hopkins, a Senior Program Manager on the Office Enterprise Lifecycle team responsible for the deployment and management experience for Office across Office 365, System Center Configuration Manager, and Microsoft Intune.

Best practices for compatibility assessment and Office 365 ProPlus upgrades using Office Readiness in Configuration Manager (BRK3090). In this session, Tara Hanratty, a Senior Program Manager in Microsoft Ireland who focuses on helping enterprises address compatibility concerns, will discuss best practices for upgrading to Office 365 ProPlus, including:

  • Evaluating Office readiness
  • Using the Readiness Toolkit for advanced VBA readiness
  • Discovering and remediating issues
  • Deploying to “ready devices” with the right settings
  • Identifying optimal pilots to unblock more devices
  • Viewing health on deployed devices
  • Viewing unblocked devices
  • Advanced plug-in reports (accessibility)


Get to know the new Office Cloud Policy Service (THR3038)
. If you are still managing Office policies using Group Policy Manager, but you want to move the cloud, come learn about the new Office Cloud Policy Service. Chris Hopkins will explain how you can use the Office Cloud Policy Service to manage policies for Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus on Windows, Mac, and Office on the web. He’ll also show you how to use built-in intelligence to provide security policy recommendations and baselines for simplifying management and compliance.

Deploying and managing Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus (WRK3019). In this workshop, Matt Philipenko, Senior Premier Field Engineer for Office Deployment, Servicing, and Activation and ProPlus Ranger, will cover deploying and managing Office 365 ProPlus using Configuration Manager and Intune. He will walk through creating an Office 365 ProPlus deployment, managing updates, configuring cloud policies, and monitoring your current deployment status, and also share Microsoft best practices and common customer implementations.

Microsoft Office privacy controls and Diagnostic Data (BRK3088). Office uses the power of the Microsoft Cloud to deliver exciting new capabilities to individuals and organizations. Diagnostic data helps Microsoft keep Office and these experiences secure, up to date, and performing as customers expect. Some organizations have wondered what happens to this data, how it’s used, and how they might control the flow. Revolutionary change in product transparency over the past year means commercial customer IT departments can now control this data. In this session, you’ll gain a deep understanding about diagnostic data, identify the benefits of diagnostic data to your organization, learn about you can view and manage this data, and hear from a customer that has implemented the controls. This session is presented by Brian Albrecht and Steve Conn. Brian runs the Microsoft Office Data, Privacy, and Insights PM Team and is responsible for diagnostic data privacy and compliance with GDPR and next generation privacy regulations across the Office 365 client experiences. Steve has worked on Office and Windows in various marketing and engineering roles for 12 years.

The future of Office: The insiders view and how we’re making it easier for IT admins and organizations to deploy and use Office 365 ProPlus (BRK3298). Are you interested in what’s being developed for Office 365 ProPlus deployment? In this panel, moderated by Amesh Mansukhani, Microsoft CVPs Aleš Holeček and Tara Roth dive deep into what we’re bringing in the coming year to IT Admins and organizations around Office 365 ProPlus deployment. We also talk about the Office Insider program and why it’s a necessary component to successful deployments. And, we’ll get some real-world feedback from several customers, including Thuy Mesina from Chevron and Jason Meyers from Mars, about their recent experiences with ProPlus deployment and the Office Insider program.

Moving to Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus? FastTrack is here to help! (BRK2177) Learn from the FastTrack experts Sean McLaren and Bryan Allen as they share deployment best practices and learnings from experience with customers moving to Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus. The clock is ticking on end of support for Windows 7, with the January 14, 2020 deadline quickly approaching. Learn how FastTrack can help you accelerate your upgrade to Windows 10 with Desktop Analytics and leverage your existing investments in System Center Configuration Manager. You’ll also learn how we can help you deploy Office 365 ProPlus, mitigate application compatibility issues with Desktop App Assure, and keep your devices up to date. FastTrack for Microsoft 365 is your advisor to help deploy Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus, and leverage the value of Office in the cloud at no additional cost.

We look forward to seeing you at Ignite in Orlando, Florida starting November 4! Come talk with us at the Hubb. Our experts are easiest to find in the following booths: Office 365 ProPlus Deployment, Office Insiders Program, and FastTrack. For those not joining Ignite in person, you can watch livestream keynotes and some select sessions on-demand. As always, visit out Docs page to see what’s new in Office 365 ProPlus, watch our YouTube Deployment channel, and join the Office Insider program.

You may also find the following additional resources useful:

SharePoint Dev Weekly – Episode 56

SharePoint Dev Weekly – Episode 56

Am a keen follower of Microsoft's SharePoint Blog and proud to provide this direct from the Microsoft Tech Community:

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In this session of SharePoint Dev Weekly, hosts – Vesa Juvonen (Microsoft), Waldek Mastykarz (Rencore) and special guest Elio Struyf (Valo Intranet), discuss the latest news and topics around Microsoft 365 and SharePoint development. This episode was recorded on Monday, October 21, 2019.

 

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SharePoint Development Community (PnP) – October 2019 update

SharePoint Development Community (PnP) – October 2019 update

Am a keen follower of Microsoft's SharePoint Blog and proud to provide this direct from the Microsoft Tech Community:

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Latest monthly summary of SharePoint Development guidance for SharePoint Online and on-premises is now available from the SharePoint Dev Blog. Check the latest news, samples and other guidance from this summary.

 

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SharePoint Dev Weekly – Episode 55

SharePoint Dev Weekly – Episode 55

Am a keen follower of Microsoft's SharePoint Blog and proud to provide this direct from the Microsoft Tech Community:

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SharePoint Dev Weekly is a video and a podcast series where Vesa Juvonen (Microsoft) and Waldek Mastykarz (Rencore) will have a weekly discussion on the latest SharePoint Dev topics. They are often joined by a visitor to talk about specific topics. We’ll also highlight other latest SharePoint Dev news and most interesting engineering and community articles. This was recorded on Monday 7th of October 2019.

 

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