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Matt Scherocman

Can you have 15 Copies of Microsoft Office on a single subscription?

Yes, when you purchase one subscription of Microsoft Office 365, you receive the right to install 5,5,5 copies of Office on different devices for that single user. We have highlighted the following points that speak to this licensing fact:

From Microsoft Official Volume Licensing Documentation*:

Italics are ours for clarification or emphasis:

  1. Each user to whom you assign a User SL (Subscription License) may activate the software for local or remote use on up to five concurrent OSEs (Operating System Environments). (5 copies for Windows and / or Mac)
  2. Each user to whom you assign a User SL may also activate Microsoft Office Mobile software to create, edit, or save documents on up to five of their smartphones and five of their tablets

In our words:

Each user of Office subscription, E3, or E4 can run up to 15 copies of Office - up to 5 that are full function 2013 (PC or Mac) AND up to five on mobile phone AND up to five more copies on tablets (currently only iPad Office is available – Android tablet to follow at a time that is unclear). Additionally, any user who has access to the web applications (K1, E1, E3, E4 plans or a-la-carte) could access Office functionality via any modern web browser.

Need a quick comparison chart?

*To check out the details, please see the Microsoft Office Services Use Rights Document and lookup Office 365 ProPlus: 

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Matt Scherocman

How to simplify the Office 365 admin experience

Starting this month, Microsoft is rolling out new capabilities that will help users manage their services more quickly.  These updates allow you to:

  • Have Office 365 proactively check your DNS records to find and fix DNS issues.
  • Manage more efficiently with streamlined common admin tasks.
  • Get to what you need faster with commonly used settings in the admin center.

Have Office 365 proactively check your DNS records to find and fix DNS issues

If your DNS records do not match what Microsoft expects for your environment, you will receive a notification when you are logged into your Office 365 admin center. Microsoft will then provide you with proposed actions to fix your potential DNS records issue.

Manage more efficiently with streamlined common admin tasks

One common admin task is adding new users to your Office 365 environment. Microsoft has reduced the number of steps required to create new users by adding the ability to automatically assign your available Office 365 licenses.

Get to what you need faster with commonly used settings in the admin center

Microsoft is simplifying the Office 365 admin center navigation experience by adding to the Office 365 admin center settings commonly used with Office 365 that previously were found only in other admin portals.

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Aaron Seals

New Exchange Online Protection Features

Microsoft has improved upon and added some new enhancements to the EOP service:

  • Directory-based edge blocking
  • Office 365 domain limit increased
  • View message traces up to 90 days
  • Remote PowerShell
  • OWA Junk mail reporting
  • Spam quarantine access for users
  • DomainKeys Identified Mail support
  • Enhanced IPv6 support
  • Match subdomains feature
  • Geocentric affinity 

Click here to access the full Microsoft blog article


Highlights from the article:

Spam quarantine access for users

In previous versions of EOP quarantine access was only available at the administrator level.  Now individual mail users will be able to access their own quarantine to manage spam via the EAC web interface.  Users must have a valid Office 365 user ID and password in order to access the spam quarantine page.  For current Exchange online subscribers, users should already be able to access their spam quarantine with their current user ID and password.  EOP only subscribers can utilize Directory Synchronization and password sync to automate access for their end users.

Directory-based edge blocking

DBEB allows organizations to reject messages for invalid recipients at the network perimeter.  DBEB will block all messages sent to an email address that isn’t present in the Azure Active Directory.

View message traces up to 90 days

Admins can now request message trace information for up to 90 days.  Message traces for the past seven days can be viewed immediately.

Remote PowerShell

EOP customers now have the ability to use remote PowerShell to manage Exchange Online Protection settings and use PowerShell scripting to automate a variety of management tasks.

OWA Junk mail reporting

Easily report junk mail back to Microsoft EOP team.  Users can report a false negative or positive back to Microsoft by right-clicking within the mail message and selecting ‘mark as junk’ or ‘mark as not junk’.  This will help improve the spam filtering capabilities of Exchange Online Protection.

To understand how EOP works, click this link:


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Matt Scherocman

OneDrive Announced A Terabyte Per User! – Microsoft Gets Serious About Cloud Storage

Microsoft recently announced updates to OneDrive for Business, previously called SkyDrive Pro. As part of this announcement, Microsoft offers some enticing advantages that make OneDrive for Business your cloud based solution of choice:

  • Storage has been increased from 25 GB to 1 TB per user
  • OneDrive for Business can be purchased as part of an Office 365 plan or as a stand-alone solution
  • Most Office 365 plans already include OneDrive for Business
  • Those plans that do not include OneDrive for Business are eligible to receive exceptional promotional pricing
  • Migration assistance is available

OneDrive for business offers one solution that provides organizations all the tools essential to collaborate virtually. OneDrive for Business is a file sync and share software designed to allow users to access documents from anywhere in the world, from multiple devices, among multiple users; collaborating with colleagues in real time, all through a reliable and secure service offered by Microsoft.

As Corporate Vice President John Case stated, "The cloud is about breaking down walls between people and information. Not building a new set of islands in the sky. Make sure you bet on a file sync and share solution that helps you embrace that."

Click Here to View the Annoucement on Microsoft's Blog

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Matt Scherocman

How is Microsoft Protecting Your Data From Government Snooping?

There have been a growing number of stories related to government surveillance of internet data in recent days. Our customers have taken notice and we have heard a number of concerns related to the privacy of their data in Microsoft’s Cloud.

While we share in these concerns, the bottom line is Microsoft is doing everything they can to keep your data safe. More importantly, there is no indication that any of Microsoft’s data has been breached by the government. We are told that on the business platforms, Microsoft has had only a handful of requests to share data with the government and was able to work with clients to provide notice and assistance in the vast majority of the cases.

A recent press release explains what Microsoft is doing to keep your data private.

Highlights include:

Expanding Encryption:

  • Microsoft is expanding or strengthening encryption across all of its services; particularly while data is transmitted over the internet
  • If you are on Office 365, Microsoft already encrypts all information moving between your business and Microsoft, and Microsoft’s internal data centers by default
  • These communication channels are protected by best-in-class cryptography including Perfect Forward Secrecy and 2048-bit Key lengths
  • All information which is stored in a Microsoft data center is protected by industry leading encryption and security protocols

Reinforcing legal protections:

  •  Committed to notifying any company when Microsoft receives a government request for access to their information
  • Working with other cloud providers to make the government go directly to an individual company, rather than a cloud provider, to obtain data

Increasing Transparency:

  •  Increasing the transparency of their software code, making it easier for customers to see for themselves that Microsoft products do not contain back doors.
  • Opening a network of transparency centers in the US, America and Asia


For more information or to read the full press release, please see this article from Microsoft

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