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What Does “Supported” Mean to Microsoft?

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Mar 27, 2017 2:16:17 PM

There are a few words Microsoft likes to use in several different situations. “Federated” is a great example of this. Federated can mean several different things in the Microsoft world, and it can sometimes be hard to tell what sort of “federation” you’re talking about.

“Supported” is another word Microsoft uses to mean different things in different situations, and what I’d like to talk about in this blog post.

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Topics: Cloud, Exchange Support, Office 365, Microsoft, Office 2013

The Case Against the Cloud

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Feb 21, 2017 12:51:30 PM

It's safe to assume if you're reading this you're very aware of "the cloud." Unless you've been under a rock for the last five or six years, you know Microsoft has gone all in on their cloud services. You've heard a thousand reasons why you should move your organizations IT services to the cloud. But that doesn't mean every organization should. Here are some reasons not to move to the cloud. 

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Topics: Cloud, Office 365

Office 365 Migration — Exploring Tenant to Tenant Migrations

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Jan 24, 2017 1:46:19 PM

Since June 2011, Office 365 has been the destination for many Exchange, Skype for Business and SharePoint migration projects. Depending on the range of estimates, somewhere between 20-50% of all Exchange mailboxes are currently run from Exchange Online in Office 365.

Moving your organization’s Exchange, Skype for Business and SharePoint services to Office 365 solves a lot of problems, but it can also create complications. One problem that Office 365 makes more difficult is getting your data out of the service, or re-configuring your data to another tenant within Office 365.

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Topics: Office 365

New Calendar Sharing Experience in Office 365

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Jan 11, 2017 10:46:58 AM

Microsoft is rolling out a new calendar sharing experience in Office 365. The change is intended to make sharing calendars between users easier and more reliable, although there are some unintended consequences for some Office 365 customers.

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Topics: Office 365, Office 365 calendar sharing

New Exchange Online Migration Options

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Dec 28, 2016 1:58:23 PM

Microsoft is constantly updating and improving services; it’s a hallmark of Office 365. The constant Office 365 updates are great for me, providing new content and tips to share with you on a regular basis.

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Topics: Exchange Migration, exchange online, Office 365, Exchange, Office 365 groups

Our Top Exchange & Office 365 Blog Posts of 2016

Posted by ENow Software on Dec 20, 2016 9:35:16 AM

Another year, another slew of exciting Exchange and Office 365-related news. To give you a glance at top events, insights and conversations of 2016, we've compiled a list of our favorite blog posts of the year. Browse through these posts, and let us know others you'd add to the list!

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Topics: exchange online, Office 365, Exchange, Azure, ADFS, Office 365 groups, Azure active directory

Do More Via Actionable Email Messages in Exchange Online

Posted by Vasil Michev MVP on Dec 6, 2016 12:42:09 PM

Email has long been the primary communication channel for organizations of all sizes, and this is unlikely to change in the near future. Although headlines often spell doom for email and appoint its successor, email usage is actually increasing at a global scale. That's not to say email is without its problems. Lately we have seen a lot of focus on reducing the amount of time spent in Outlook, with features such as Clutter, Focused Inbox, sweep rules/actions and My Analytics.

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Topics: exchange online, Office 365, actionable email messages

Introducing Microsoft Teams

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Nov 7, 2016 9:19:02 AM

On November 2 Microsoft introduced “Microsoft Teams,” a new collaboration suite within Office 365. Office 365 already has several different “collaboration” tools available, so what’s new about Teams and why do you need another way to collaborate?

In this blog post, I’m going to break down what I know about Teams so far by addressing common questions and what the future holds for Teams and other collaboration tools in and out of Office 365.

What is “Microsoft Teams”?

Teams is a team-based collaboration tool that is part of Office 365. Teams puts pre-existing Office 365 services into one package that enables corporate teams to work together in a new way.

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Topics: Office 365, Powershell, Microsoft, Office 365 groups, Azure active directory

Manage Office 365 Groups with PowerShell

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Oct 18, 2016 10:27:38 AM

There are a few very compelling reasons to move to Office 365, and in my opinion, Office 365 Groups are at or near the top of that list. Office 365 Groups combine resources from across Office 365 in ways that are not possible on-premises to give end users interesting new functionality.

Originally, Microsoft envisioned Office 365 Groups as resources that did not need much, if anything, in the way of administrative control. The idea was that end users should be able to control their collaborative experience without pesky admins getting in their way. This, of course, is a ridiculous concept that Microsoft has since corrected. Now Office 365 administrators have the controls necessary to ensure Groups are being used in accordance with organizational data usage policies within their Office 365 tenants.

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Topics: Office 365, Powershell, Office 365 groups

Ignite 2016 Wrap-Up

Posted by Paul Robichaux on Oct 4, 2016 5:52:33 PM

I just flew back from Microsoft Ignite, and boy are my arms tired. (Not really; I got to fly myself there and back.) It was a tremendous conference, with lots of announcements, product changes, attendee chatter, and various other happenings. I wanted to write a quick recap of some Ignite highlights, but first: a quick book review. (I promise it’s relevant.)

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Topics: Office 365, Ignite, Microsoft Ignite

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