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12 Office 365 Updates You Might've Missed in June

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1. Exchange Online Threat Protection came out of preview and is now available to purchase through the Microsoft Online Subscription Program. It protects against unknown malware and viruses using the safe attachments capability, provides real-time protection against malicious URLs with the safe links capability, and serves up reporting and URL trace capabilities that give admins more insight into security risks and attacks in their organizations. Standard Exchange Online Protection was also updated.

2. New auto-expanding, highly scalable archiving came via an architecture update that allows both end users and admins to take advantage of very large archiving storage. More on the Office blog here.

3. Office 365 Web Apps were improved with updates that covered notifications, help features, contextual settings, and the integration of Skype for Business conversations. The rollout of these features will continue for the next several months.

4. Updated access and security controls were added for Outlook for iOS and Android; now, Outlook uses Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL)-based authentication for Exchange Online mailboxes in O365. This enables OAuth and prepares the way for built-in mobile device management for Office 365. More on the Office blog here.

5. The capability for workload-specific admin roles began rolling out. When administrators assign Office 365 admin roles and permissions, they will have more options of roles themselves (i.e. SharePoint Online administrator) and more flexibility in assigning roles.

6. Office Online now collaborates with Box, providing another option for working with documents and storage. More info from Box here.

7. Compliance Search was introduced in Office 365’s Compliance Center, offering a lighter version of searches across content when compared to eDiscovery. With Compliance Search, admins can search all Office 365 data using Keyword Query Language.¬†More on the Office blog here.

8. OneNote for iPhone and iPad was improved, offering better list-making tailored for the smaller device: an easier way to start lists, the automatic moving of completed items to a separate section, and new list preview views. Users can now view equations on iPhone and view/edit equations on iPad, as well as use lined and grid backgrounds. Lastly, the iOS and Mac sign up experience was simplified so users can more easily share notebooks. More on the Office blog here.

9. The Office 365 support teams improved their response to service incidents with more communication and tools. Upgraded communication helps admins identify service-related problems so they can more quickly be on their way to troubleshooting.

10. Formatting updates are rolling out in Office Online, including updates to text in Word Online and objects in PowerPoint Online. More user-friendly viewing was also added so that the Online apps are usable across all devices.

11. The Office 365 Store has been updated to make third-party solutions more easily accessible and usable in conjunction with Office 365. The Store can be accessed through an icon in the app launcher, tenant-level app installations now appear in the Store, and these third-party apps can now be pinned easily to the app launcher. More on the Office blog here.

12. In Exchange Online, updates and additional support to Transport Layer Security (TLS)-based encryption became available, adding more protection to incoming and outgoing emails in Office 365. More on the Office blog here.

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