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Matt Scherocman

ALERT! Office 365 OneDrive Forced Update

ALERT! Office 365 OneDrive Forced Update

Beginning in May 2016, Office 365 users with fewer than 250 Office 365 licenses will be required to use the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client to sync OneDrive for Business files. This automatic upgrade requirement has already started rolling out and will continue until July 31, 2016.

NOTE - It will NOT apply to those clients with more than 250 Office 365 licenses!

What does this mean for you?

If you are currently using less than 250 Office 365 licenses, you will be automatically upgraded sometime in the next month and a half and the following things will occur during the sync takeover:

  • The old OneDrive for Business sync client (Groove.exe) will begin to stop syncing OneDrive sites.
  • The new OneDrive for Business sync client (OneDrive.exe) will begin to sync the same OneDrive sites, but it will not re-download the content already there.
  • The old OneDrive for Business sync client (Groove.exe) will stop running and will remove itself from automatically running upon system startup. The only exception to this is if the client is still syncing other such as SharePoint site libraries or on-premises OneDrive for Business.

How to delay updating OneDrive.exe until the second release wave

The OneDrive.exe update is planned to roll out in two waves. The first wave will begin when the update becomes available and will take one to two weeks to completely roll out. The second wave will begin rollout shortly after the first wave comes to a closure. There is a policy that will prevent OneDrive sync clients from being updated until the second way which is the “Delay updating OneDrive.exe until the second release wave” setting.

  • By default, these updates are installed right after the first wave begins rolling out.
  • By enabling this setting you will force the update to occur for you during the second wave only.

What to expect after you begin to the use new OneDrive for Business sync client

  • The old OneDrive for Business sync client (Groove.exe) will still be the client you use to sync any site libraries or on-premises SharePoint content. You will be able to use both sync clients on the same computer without any issues.
  • Links in the “Recent list” Office desktop have the chance of no longer working. This means you may have to re-pin the files you want to appear since they might lose functionality.

Contact Interlink Cloud Advisors if you have any questions on this or need help with your cloud update strategy.

For more information please check out the support article from Microsoft - Transition From the Previous OneDrive for Business Sync Client.

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The New Office - Office 2016

The New Office - Office 2016

Office 2016 is the latest addition to Office 365. It’s made for teamwork, perfect for Windows 10, and full of new features that work for you. Updates in Office 2016 include:

  • Co-authoring in Word, PowerPoint and OneNote – Real-time typing lets you see what others are typing and view their edits as they make them
  • Simplified Sharing – Share button located on the Ribbon in Word, Excel and PowerPoint lets you see who has access to a given document, allows you to invite others, and change access permissions to your document
  • Improved Version History- view or go back to earlier drafts of your document from within your document by clicking on the File tab and selecting history
  • Shared Notebooks – OneNote shared notebooks provide a centralized place to share all project information- videos, photos, drawings, hand written notes, screen clippings, etc
  • Modern Meetings – Use Skype for Business to send an instant message to ask a quick question and easily add voice, video, or screen sharing. Use Skype for Business HD video conferencing with co-authoring, and desktop sharing for collaboration
  • Office for all of your devices – Full viewing and editing of Office documents across Windows, Android, and Apple devices

Office 2016 and Windows 10

  • Windows Hello – Your Windows 10 device lights up in your presence and greets you by name. You can log in to your PC and Office 365 with a simple look or a touch – no need for password anymore
  • Cortana and Office 365- by learning more about you over time, Cortana becomes useful every day, bringing together all of your relevant business information so you can stay on top of your day. For example: if you are preparing for a team meeting, Cortana will pull the meeting time, location from the mail & calendar app, get the recent PowerPoint presentation you collaborated on from OneDrive for Business, and connect you to the Skype meeting
  • Office Mobile Apps on Windows 10 – Every new phone and small tablet running Windows 10 comes pre-installed with Office mobile apps, so you can be productive right away
  • Continuum – On Select Windows 10 premium phones you can use a Continuum-compatible accessory to project, even wirelessly, to any monitor. You can even connect to a mouse and keyboard to use your phone like a PC for getting things done
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NEW Microsoft Office 365 E5 Plan

NEW Microsoft Office 365 E5 Plan

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Microsoft has added a new a new premium Office 365 Enterprise suite plan– E5It will deliver the most comprehensive set of productivity, collaboration, analytics, security and compliance capabilities of any Office 365 plan. Also, Microsoft has added new feature value in E1 and E3 with Skype Meeting Broadcast added into E1, and DLP and Encryption extended across workloads (SfB and SPO) for E3.  

What is E5? 

 

The new advanced feature value of security, analytics and new cloud voice and PSTN conferencing capabilities has been reserved for E5Let’s briefly breakdown the features below. For a more detailed look at E5 and all of the new aspects of the Enterprise plans, contact us here.

 

 

Security:

 

Includes Predictive eDiscovery, Secure Attachments/URLs with Advanced Threat Protection and Access Control.

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Growth: Office 365 Now Supports up to 150 MB Email Size

Growth: Office 365 Now Supports up to 150 MB Email Size

In the past, users of Outlook have been restricted to attachments onl25 MB or less in total.

However, for those who prefer to attach all files directly to an email through Outlook at once, there is good news: the maximum message size has increased to 150 MB.

 

It is important to note, however, that the administrator is responsible for changing the default settings themselves and users are still set at a maximum of 25 MB unless changed. It is now an option to choose the size setting ranging from 1 MB up to the new 150 MB. There are even ways for restricting or allowing certain sizes to distinct users or groups.

 

For more information and details about how to change the settings check out the steps here

 


If you would like to learn more about your Office 365 options we would be happy to walk you through it. Give us a call at 800-900-1150 or contact us here. 

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OneNote for iPhone Updates: Making Easy Access Easier

OneNote was rolled out for iPhone and Android to offer quick access to your notes, no matter where in the world you are. As such, the goal is to keep things efficient and accessible, and Microsoft does just that with regular updates. The most recent updates to OneNote for iPhone include two features that offer more assistance to users on the go.

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Notification Center Widget

The new Notification Center includes a widget from OneNote. A widget is a component of an application that allows users to perform functions or access services, such as the social media widgets on smart phones and tablets that allow instant posting from the widget rather than having to open the application. iPhone users with the latest version of OneNote that are running iOS8 on their smartphones and tablets can utilize this widget, which can be enabled in the Notification Center, providing instant access to notes, lists, and other OneNote posts.

The iOS Notification Center allows users to have quick access to information and actions outside of applications, which saves time and effort, including the OneNote Today widget. This tool is designed to include all of the features that users need on a single screen such as recent notes, buttons for adding notes, photos, or lists, and today’s date with a click/scroll option to access tomorrow’s notes. Users can click on “Note” to create a new note, “photo” to launch the Office Lens application, and “list” to create a new list page.

To add this widget, iPhone users simply need to download the latest version of OneNote from the AppStore. Once that’s done, users can visit the Notification Center to enable the widget, drag it to the top of the list, and utilize the feature anytime.

Anywhere Access

In addition to the widget, OneNote now also offers enhanced access from anywhere. Using OneNote on multiple devices is easier than ever with the new update that syncs all Recent Notes across devices. Essentially, this will show users their most recently edited notes, regardless of the device the note was edited on or the device being used to access the OneNote app. Users can simply pick up their iPhone and access all notes from their desktop, tablet, or other devices instantly, and in the same order on every device.

Microsoft is always looking for small ways to make big improvements in accessibility and these new additions to OneNote for iPhone is just another example of this.  To read more about these updates and how to utilize them,click here

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