Category Archives: Office 2013

WPC2016 and Related EMS Announcements

This week at WPC Microsoft have been discussing some of the most recent changes to EMS, which has now been rebranded from Enterprise Mobility Suite to Enterprise Mobility + Security to take into account some of the recent additions that focus heavily on security. Over the coming weeks I’ll have time to dig into these in more detail, but for now here are the related blog posts for the announcements. Introducing Enterprise Mobility + Security Learn about the rebranding and

Microsoft Australia Exam Camps coming soon

The Readiness team at Microsoft Australia just posted the dates for eight different exam preparation camps they are running across the country in April and May. Below is the list of exams, the dates for each city and the registration links. If you are looking at getting certified, click the link above to see full details about what is included and what is required of thoes who register. Next Up: Exam 70-331 Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Sydney 9th May –

Office 365 Desktop Applications And Azure RMS

A scenario that is being raised more often now that Microsoft is pushing it’s Enterprise Mobility Suite through the SMB channel is whether or not the version of the Office 365 desktop applications included with the Business and Business Premium plans can interoperate with Azure Rights Management Service. The answer is yes, but with an asterisk. What’s the asterisk? The Business and Business Premium desktop applications do allow you to open rights protected content, but they don’t allow you to

Preparing For Upcoming Office 365 Pro Plus Upgrades

One of the things that has been quietly happening behind the scenes for Office 365 customers is that they have been receiving updates in a very efficient manner via Click-To-Run, rather than through traditional Microsoft/Windows Update. The monthly updates are pulled down as a delta, and can be deployed with very little impact to user productivity. In February 2016 there are some changes coming, and for those that are doing upgrades directly from Office 365 they will be automatically updated

Microsoft Intune Mobile Apps Deployment Cheat Sheet List V1

This is by no means a comprehensive list, instead it’s the Microsoft apps I tend to deploy via Intune on a regular. If you have any suggestions for additions to this list let me know. Future updates will include a column for Windows 10 (including mobile) and Windows 8.1.

Reducing Bandwidth Requirements For Office 365 Small Business Premium Deployments

One of the documented differences with the included version of the desktop application in Office 365 Small Business Premium versus Office 365 Pro Plus is that you don’t have the same ability to download once and distribute to many clients, and by many, let’s say 25 users, because that’s the maximum on the P Plans. However, just because the documentation says something, doesn’t mean that we can’t do a bit of digging behind the scenes and see what can be

Best Of Both Worlds Training July 2014

This month I’m delivering the Best Of Both Worlds training for Microsoft’s OEM team, covering Windows Server and Office 365 integration opportunities.   Best Of Both Worlds July 2014

Catch me at WPC2014 for a Windows Intune and Office 365 session

If you are going to be at WPC this year, swing by this session if you want an autograph, to shake my hand, or to yell random things at me. Intune – The Future Opportunity for Your Office 365 Managed Service Speaker(s): Aileen Hannah, Mark O’Shea Increasingly, businesses are looking to IT partners to “take the problem away.” The public cloud makes it so much easier for partners to do just that by offering comprehensive managed services without having to

Office 365 For Consumers Gets Stickier

Over the last month much of what my working life has involved has included discussions around the benefits of Office 365 suite subscriptions for business and consumers. Today’s announcement that OneDrive is moving to 1TB per Office 365 Home Premium subscription for each of the 5 accounts, effectively giving 5TB of online storage per subscription. This number does seem crazy, and there’s the whole issue of getting all that data into the cloud, but I’m not going to complain about

Office 365 ProPLUS Deployment update

The May update to Office 365 ProPlus included a few changes, but from the deployment side the biggest change is that you have more control over the components that get installed for the user. If you aren’t familiar with benefits of Office 365 ProPlus take a look at this previous post. To get started you need to download the latest Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run from Microsoft, which is only a small download. Once downloaded, the installation is a simple


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