August update for Office 365 – courtesy of blogs.office.com

Breakdown of the new Office365 features made available through August.Office365 - Cloud Solutions from Microsoft

Office365 Home Premium & Office365 University updates:

  • OneNote for Android now supports English QWERTY keyboards

Office365 for business updates:

  • Exchange Online mailbox sizes are doubling – increase in size from the original 25GB to 50GB. Kiosk, shared and resource mailboxes will also have some increase in size.
  • SkyDrive Pro enhancements – Increases default storage from 7GB to 25GB. Admins are now given option to increase this further. Upload of individual files not has a limit of 2GB. Increase in the default retention period from 30days to 90 days. Versioning has been turned on by default for newly created SkyDrive Pro Libraries.
  • Ability to easily switch plans – Switch Plans Wizard helps customers upgrade to higher plans within their service plan family.
  • Message Center – Admins have the ability to view important service updates from within their Office365 Admin Center.
  • Remote PowerShell for Lync Online – Improved management and automation.
  • Lync Mobile Apps – Mobile Apps for iPhone and Windows Phone now support viewing shared meeting content such as PowerPoint slides or a desktop.
  • Cascading controls in Access Web App – Build Drop-down selectors that show values based on previous selections.

Note* – Some of the above updates may take time to show up in your Office 365 account as they are being rolled out worldwide. Not all updates apply to every plan.

Many thanks to — Andy O’Donald @andyodonald at Microsoft for the update on the blogs.office.com website, appreciate your time in updating us!

SkyDrive Pro Synchronisation issues #skydrive

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I have noticed some people have had issues with their SkyDrive Pro synchronisation when deploying Office across their workforce, not entirely sure of the reason but have found some posts that seem to have rectified the issues;

Below are the steps I have ran through to resolve synchronisation issues;

 

To begin try the first 4 steps to see if this resolves your issue.

1. In SkyDrive Pro select “Stop Syncing a Folder”

2. Delete the SkyDrive folder on the local machine

3. Clear all browsing history in IE

4. Use Disk Clean up to remove temporary files

 

If you are still experiencing issues please try the following, I would recommend an administrator complete these tasks if you are experiencing this as a regular user.

 

1. Ensure that any Office processes are not running, groove.exe (SkyDrive Pro), msouc.exe, msosync.exe, office library sync,…

2. Open Windows explorer and browse to

C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\Spw

C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\15.0\OfficeFileCache

Delete all the contents.

3. Reconfigure a document library which you want to sync.

 

I believe this will resolve the issue, possibly a cache corruption causing problems with the uploading of files and stalling the queue, any comments or input, please post 🙂

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Exchange Online – Protection #Office365 #guru365

Exchange Online is protected by…. Exchange Online Protection. Not the most ‘funky/trendy’ name Microsoft could come up with, but it does what it says on the tin. (Exchange Ronseal?)

It helps combat malware in your email messaging cloud and on-premises environment.

 

To define what it protects, I’ll further define the terms used;

  • Malware – consists of viruses and spyware.
  • Viruses – infect other programs and data, and spread throughout your computer and network.
  • Spyware – Gathers personal information, such as passwords and usernames and sends it to the author of the spyware ‘application’.

 

Exchange Online Protection offers a multi-layered malware protection, not only protecting you from inbound malware but protecting you outbound too. (By protecting meaning you don’t infect your happy customers, turning them into unhappy customers).

What Exchange Online Protection consists of;

  • Layered defences against malware – Exchange Online Protection uses multiple anti-malware scan enginers to help protect against known and unknown threats. These engines include heuristic detection to provide early protection against an outbreak. This layered solution has been proven to provide more protection than just a single engine.

 

  • Real-time Threat Response – During some outbreaks, the Microsoft Anti-malware team may have gathered enough information to define policies that detect the threat even before it has reached a scan engine, they are published to the network every two hours to provide an additional layer of protection.

 

  • Fast Anti-Malware Definition Deployment – Exchange Online Protection maintains close relationships with partners who develop anti-malware engines. As a result this gives Microsoft the ability to recieve and integrate definitions before public release. The service checks for any updates, every hour.

 

Internal messages in your organisation are not scanned for malware, it is only for the inbound and outbound traffic received or sent to a mailbox. You can however utilise your onsite Exchange 2013 server to include this type of malware scanning.

Archive files are scanned and the engines are able to drill into compressed files such as .zip/.rar etc

Malware detected emails can be traced through the  Exchange Cloud service to find out why a message was detected to contain malware.

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