How Microsoft 365 Can Help You Amplify Your Security Strategy

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We had shared topline takeaways from Microsoft Ignite, and yesterday, we highlighted a complementary roundup, from SharePoint and Office 2019 to emerging technologies and other Microsoft Ignite conversations. Today, we look at Microsoft 365 and what it means for you back at the office.

Assess and manage compliance risk with Compliance Manager

Because achieving organizational compliance can be very challenging, we suggest organizations periodically perform risk assessments to understand their compliance posture. Compliance Manager is a cross–Microsoft Cloud services solution designed to help organizations meet complex compliance obligations like the GDPR. The Compliance Manager is now generally available for Azure, Dynamics 365, and Office 365 Business and Enterprise customers in public clouds.

“Compliance Manager really adds great additional value for Microsoft Cloud services by providing insights on the relationships between regulation, processes, and technology,” stated IT manager Nick Postma from Abrona, a Dutch healthcare organization that helps clients on their journey to becoming strong and confident members of society through social partnerships.



Microsoft 365 making an impression

Microsoft 365 captured IT pros’ attention – and for good reason. This bundle blends Windows 10, Office 365, and elements of Enterprise Mobility + Security in a subscription model. Microsoft introduced Enterprise and Business plans at Microsoft Inspire in July, followed by offerings for Education and F1 (Firstline Workers) at Microsoft Ignite. So now, regardless of your organization’s size or industry, you can amplify your security strategy. Here are a few ways you can deliver the benefits a digital workplace and overcome the increasing gaps with today’s distributed environments:

Increase security of corporate assets. Multi-layered built-in security includes Intelligent Security Graph. It combines robust machine learning with analysis of diverse signals to actively detect cyberthreats and defend against suspicious behavior.
Simplify IT management. Streamline device and app management with a single-console view so you can provision and secure devices easily.
Mitigate risk while giving convenient access. Be confident that company data is protected from unauthorized access as you secure different types of devices and operating systems wherever your employees are working – even through web browsers.
Migrate to the cloud seamlessly. New co-management capabilities help the transition from on-prem, meaning you and your teams can migrate to cloud-based management of Windows 10 devices with Microsoft Intune.

To get a pulse on how Microsoft 365 was trending, here is a taste of the headlines and tweets from Microsoft Ignite:

1. Microsoft 365: Step up your protection with intelligent security
2. Ronny de Jong‏@ronnydejong Maximizing IT’s Impact with Microsoft 365.
3. Co-Management FTW! via @MSFTMobility #MSIgnite #MSIgnite17 #MSIgnite2017
Yaacov Cohen‏@YaacovC Office 365 is so 2016, It is all about Microsoft 365 now.
4. Office 365‏ @Office365 Learn more about #Microsoft365 F1, a complete, intelligent solution to empower all workers.
5. More flavors to the Microsoft 365 line-up: Microsoft 365 Education and Microsoft 365 F1.


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Getting To Know MS Word

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Word 2013 is a word processing application that allows you to create a variety of documents like letters, flyers, and reports. With the introduction of several enhanced features—including the ability to create and collaborate on documents online—Word 2013 gives you the ability to do more with your word processing projects.

Getting to know Word 2013

Word 2013 is similar to Word 2010. If you’ve previously used Word 2010, then Word 2013 should feel familiar. But if you are new to Word or have more experience with older versions, you should first take some time to become familiar with the Word 2013 interface.

The Word interface

When you open Word 2013 for the first time, the Word Start Screen will appear. From here, you’ll be able to create a new document, choose a template, or access your recently edited documents.From the Word Start Screen, locate and select Blank document to access the Word interface.

Click the buttons in the interactive below to become familiar with the Word 2013 interface.

Working with the Word environment

If you’ve previously used Word 2010 or 2007, then Word 2013 should feel familiar. It continues to use features like the Ribbon and the Quick Access toolbar—where you will find commands to perform common tasks in Word—as well as Backstage view.

The Ribbon

Word 2013 uses a tabbed Ribbon system instead of traditional menus. The Ribbon contains multiple tabs, each with several groups of commands. You will use these tabs to perform the most common tasks in Word.

Click the arrows in the slideshow below to learn more about the different commands available within each tab on the Ribbon.

To minimize and maximize the Ribbon:

The Ribbon is designed to respond to your current task, but you can choose to minimize the Ribbon if you find that it takes up too much screen space.

Click the Ribbon Display Options arrow in the upper-right corner of the Ribbon.

Select the desired minimizing option from the drop-down menu:

Auto-hide Ribbon: Auto-hide displays your document in full-screen mode and completely hides the Ribbon from view. To show the Ribbon, click the Expand Ribbon command at the top of screen.

Show tabs and commands: This option maximizes the Ribbon. All of the tabs and commands will be visible. This option is selected by default when you open Word for the first time.
To learn how to add custom tabs and commands to the Ribbon, review our Extra on Customizing the Ribbon.

To learn how to use the Ribbon with touch-screen devices, review our Extra on Enabling Touch Mode.

The Quick Access toolbar

Located just above the Ribbon, the Quick Access toolbar lets you access common commands no matter which tab is selected. By default, it shows the Save, Undo, and Repeat commands. You can add other commands depending on your preference.

To add commands to the Quick Access toolbar:
Click the drop-down arrow to the right of the Quick Access toolbar.
Select the command you want to add from the drop-down menu. To choose from more commands, select More Commands.

The Ruler

The Ruler is located at the top and to the left of your document. It makes it easier to adjust your document with precision. If you want, you can hide the Ruler to create more screen space.

To show or hide the Ruler:

Click the View tab.
Click the check box next to Ruler to show or hide the ruler.
Screenshot of Word 2013
Backstage view
Backstage view gives you various options for saving, opening a file, printing, and sharing your document.

To access Backstage view:

Click the File tab on the Ribbon. Backstage view will appear.

Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about using Backstage view.

Document views

Word 2013 has a variety of viewing options that change how your document is displayed. You can choose to view your document in Read Mode, Print Layout, or Web Layout. These views can be useful for various tasks, especially if you’re planning to print the document.

To change document views, locate and select the desired document view command in the bottom-right corner of the Word window.

If your document has many pages, Word 2013 has a handy new feature called Resume Reading that allows you to open your document to the last page you were viewing. When opening a saved document, look for the bookmark icon to appear on the screen. Hover the mouse over the bookmark, and Word will ask if you want to pick up where you left off.


1. Open or navigate to the Word 2013 interface.
2. Click through all of the tabs, and review the commands on the Ribbon.
3. Try minimizing and maximizing the Ribbon.
4. Add a command to the Quick Access toolbar.
5. Hide and show the Ruler.
6. Navigate to Backstage view, and open your Account settings.

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New features in Microsoft Forms for educators

New features in Microsoft Forms for educators

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New educator-focused features in Microsoft Forms

When teachers talk, we listen. Now that Microsoft Forms is generally available, we have been responding to millions of requests for new features—especially from educators who rely on Forms in their classrooms. Today, we’re introducing three new features to make Forms even more collaborative and customized for educators and students.

Embed forms in OneNote

Integrating Forms and OneNote is one of the top asks from educators who use the OneNote Class Notebook and want to seamlessly integrate formative assessments. Now, you can embed a form into OneNote Online in just a couple of steps. Under the OneNote Insert menu, click Forms, and then in the Forms for OneNote pane, select a form.

Select a form to embed in OneNote.

Once you select the form, you can embed it into OneNote. To learn more, see Insert a form into OneNote Online.

Embed the form into OneNote.

Once the form is embedded, students can answer the form and see their results, all in OneNote.

Form in OneNote for student to complete and receive feedback, in one place.

Customizing forms with images and backgrounds
Now, you can customize the background of your form by inserting an image from Bing and OneDrive, or uploading an image from your local computer.

Insert a customized background image.

Forms automatically adjusts the theme color to match the background image. To learn more, see Change a form theme.

Form theme color automatically matches the background image.

Accessing forms—the Other forms portal
The Other forms portal allows form designers to access all the forms they’ve opened via the Share to collaborate link. In other words, you can get back to “other people’s forms” without having to find the original email, IM conversation or other places where you originally opened the form.

Other forms portal page.

Forms shared by others.

Create a form or quiz
Educators can create a form or quiz, define settings, share the form and then check the results. Just follow these simple steps:

Sign in and create a new survey form or quiz form.

Adjust the settings for the form.
Share the form with others.
Check the form results.
Learn more about using Forms
To learn more, see Copy a form, Delete a form, Share a form or quiz as a template and Share a form to collaborate. Also, visit What is Microsoft Forms? and our FAQs page for more information. Finally, read “Individualizing instruction with the new Microsoft Forms” by Laura Stanner, Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert, for an in-depth look at Forms.

You can send us feedback at our Microsoft Forms UserVoice, where you can vote on other users’ product suggestions to help influence the product.

Teachers also use Microsoft Forms to create quizzes, polls, or surveys. They can quickly create a survey or quiz in just a few minutes, send to students to fill out on any device, and see the results in real time. Listening to millions of users’ voices, and leveraging latest Microsoft technology, we improved Microsoft Forms to be more collaborative and productive, by adding the following top-requested capabilities:

New question types: Teachers can ask students to correctly order items in a list, ask students to self-report, or develop and iterate through a grading rubric using our new ranking and Likert controls.
Education Resources (preview) in Microsoft Forms allows teachers to use professionally-created, standards-aligned assessments in their classes.

New collaboration features allow easier viewing and sharing of the Forms created in through Microsoft Teams or SharePoint Office 365 groups.

Integration with PowerPoint (under development): Forms’ integration in PowerPoint will allow teacher to easily insert a quiz to a PowerPoint deck, adding to Forms’ integration with Excel, OneNote and Sway. (see more)
Administrator control: Administrators will have clear controls over sharing Microsoft Forms outside the organization. : Blogs


Creating an Access Database

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01. Beginning

Numerous individuals make their first database utilizing one of the numerous free Access 2013 database layouts. Lamentably, this isn’t generally an alternative, as you now and then need to make a database with business necessities that aren’t met by one of the accessible layouts. In this article, we walk you through the way toward outlining your own Access database without the utilization of a layout.

To start, open Microsoft Access. The directions and pictures in this article are for Microsoft Access 2013. In case you’re utilizing a prior adaptation of Access, see Creating an Access 2007 Database from Scratch or Creating an Access 2010 Database from Scratch.

02. Make a Blank Access Database


Numerous individuals make their first database utilizing one of the numerous free Access 2013 database formats. Tragically, this isn’t generally a choice, as you in some cases need to make a database with business necessities that aren’t met by one of the accessible layouts. In this article, we walk you through the way toward outlining your own Access database without the utilization of a layout.

To start, open Microsoft Access. The guidelines and pictures in this article are for Microsoft Access 2013. In case you’re

utilizing a prior variant of Access, see Creating an Access 2007 Database from Scratch or Creating an Access 2010 Database from Scratch.

Once you’ve opened Access 2013, you will see the Getting Started screen appeared previously. This exhibits the capacity to look through the numerous formats accessible for Microsoft Access databases, and additionally peruse the databases that you’ve as of late opened. We won’t utilize a layout in this case, be that as it may, so you should look through the rundown and find the “Clear work area database” section. Single-tick on this passage once you find it.

03. Name Your Access 2013 Database

When you tap on “Clear work area database”, you’ll see the fly up appeared in the outline above. This window prompts you to give a name to your new database. It’s best to pick an unmistakable name, (for example, “Representative Records” or “Deals History”) that enables you to effectively distinguish the motivation behind the database when you later peruse the rundown. On the off chance that you would prefer not to spare the database in the default organizer (appeared beneath the textbox), you may transform it by tapping on the envelope symbol. Once you’ve indicated the database document’s name and area, tap the Create catch to make your database.

04. Add Tables To Your Access Database

Access will now give you a spreadsheet-style interface, appeared in the picture over, that encourages you make your database tables.

The main spreadsheet will enable you to make your first table. As should be obvious in the picture above, Access starts by making an AutoNumber field named ID that you can use as your essential key. To make extra fields, just double tap on the best cell in a section (the line with a dim shading) and select the information compose you might want to utilize. You may then write the name of the field into that cell. You would then be able to utilize the controls in the Ribbon to tweak the field.

Keep including fields in this same way until you’ve made your whole table. Once you’ve wrapped up the table, tap the Save symbol on the Quick Access toolbar. Access will then approach you to give a name to your table. You can likewise make extra tables by choosing the Table symbol in the Create tab of the Access Ribbon.

In the event that you require help gathering your data into suitable tables, you may wish to peruse our article What is a Database? that clarifies the structure of database tables. In case you’re experiencing issues exploring in Access 2013 or utilizing the Access Ribbon or Quick Access toolbar, read our article Access 2013 User Interface Tour.

05. Keep Building Your Access Database

Once you’ve made the greater part of your tables, you’ll need to keep dealing with your Access database by including connections, structures, reports and different highlights. Visit our Microsoft Access Tutorials segment to get help with these Access highlights.

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Microsoft Education and Open Up Resources announce partnership to deliver top rated math curriculum

Microsoft Education and Open Up Resources announce partnership to deliver top rated math curriculum

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Today we are declaring the combination between Open Up Resources educational module and Microsoft Education for Back to School 2018. Open Up Resources is a charitable attempting to build up the most astounding quality full-course OER educational program, guidelines adjusted, and given to allowed to advance instructional value. This educational programs was created by Illustrative Mathematics, and as of now covers sixth – eighth Grade Math. As of late, EdReports evaluated this educational modules with their most elevated consistently appraising.

Any educator would now be able to effortlessly join to utilize the Open Up Resources educational modules. With the present declaration, Microsoft Education is putting forth this educational modules through OneNote , Forms and custom dashboards. This arrangement is free and can be utilized by educators and understudies on any stage and gadget.

Microsoft Education – Content, Assessments and Dashboards

The Office 365 Education arrangement takes the Open Up Resources educational programs and evaluations and assembles a free arrangement that pulls together substance, appraisals and examination.

Content: Organize all your class materials, including Open Up Resources, into one advanced note pad with OneNote Class Notebooks. At that point, make additionally convincing, intelligent substance that you can without much of a stretch team up on with understudies and associates.

Evaluations: Quickly make fundamental reviews, tests, surveys, enrollments and more with Microsoft Forms. Educators can see brings about dashboards as they are submitted, and information can be effortlessly traded to Excel for reviewing or be seen in dashboards.

Dashboards: Monitor and investigate an expansive scope of live information from content engagement through simple to-utilize dashboards, intelligent reports, and convincing information representations with custom Dashboards gave by Microsoft Education.

To get a feeling of the arrangement, we set up together a video for the first pilot exhibiting the general idea

Classroom-Friendly Materials Access with OneNote Class Notebooks

Utilizing the custom OneNote Class Notebook to get to and convey the Open Up Resources educational programs:

Instructors can convey the Illustrative Mathematics course materials on any gadget by means of OneNote.

Understudies can compose, draw, team up and spare their work naturally in an individual computerized journal.

Continuous coordinated effort can happen around the materials: educator to-class, instructor to-understudy, and understudy to-understudy.

OneNote Class Notebooks incorporate consistently with normal LMS and SIS stages.

The previous spring, both Buncombe County and Evergreen school areas occupied with a private pilot utilizing the Open Up Resources materials in an OneNote Class Notebook. Here is the thing that Stephanie Brucker, District Tech Coordinator from Buncombe County needed to state:

“The incorporation of the Open Up Mathematics assets into OneNote has enabled educators in our region to genuinely coordinate our balanced gadgets and science effectively to propel understudy learning. Using OneNote and Illustrative Math together in the classroom has opened up a portal to every understudy’s considerations and thoughts all through the units. The coordinated effort of materials in the vicinity of OneNote and Open Up has really expanded the act of numerical talk at the same time with our advanced activity.”

Appraisal Tools with Immediate Insight with Microsoft Forms

Open Up Resources appraisals have been incorporated with Microsoft Forms. At the point when a Class Notebook is made, the Forms are all consequently pre-introduced into the Educators Forms library in Office 365 Education, prepared to be dispersed as evaluations. Through evaluations, conveyed in Forms, benefits include:

1. Simple advanced evaluations

2. A single tick task and productive scoring

3. Support for separation through quick, developmental evaluation knowledge.


For the test case program, Microsoft Education has made custom dashboards that are attached to the Open Up Resources Class Notebooks and Forms information. =These dashboards will enable instructors to pick up bits of knowledge into the evaluation information and patterns.

Case investigation dashboard, pulling from the OneNote Class Notebook and Microsoft Forms appraisal information

To enable instructors and schools to get up and running, we have assembled Getting Started materials on the Microsoft Support site which incorporates guidelines and bolster data..

In the event that you or your region might want to take an interest in a pilot,

1. Go to the Open Up Resources site and join

2. Login to the site

3. Tap on the OneNote connection in the upper right of the site route bar.

We are energized for school locale to begin utilizing this new arrangement in the new 2018/2019 school year. Both OneNote and Forms are a piece of Office 365 for Education, which is free for educators and understudies with a substantial school email address. : Blogs

The best version of OneNote on Windows

The best version of OneNote on Windows

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We’re incredibly lucky to have millions of passionate OneNote users around the globe, and we love learning how we can help you remember, think, and organize better. In spending time with you, we heard a recurring theme: you want a single version of OneNote on Windows that combines all the benefits of the modern Windows 10 app with the depth and breadth of capabilities in the older OneNote 2016. We took that feedback to heart, and over the last few years we’ve been focused on making OneNote for Windows 10 the best version of OneNote on Windows.

Beginning with the launch of Office 2019 later this year, OneNote for Windows 10 will replace OneNote 2016 as the default OneNote experience for both Office 365 and Office 2019. Why OneNote for Windows 10? The app has improved performance and reliability, and it’s powered by a brand new sync engine (which we’re also bringing to web, Mac, iOS, and Android). You don’t need to worry about being on the latest version since it’s always up-to-date via the Microsoft Store, and it lets us deliver updates faster than ever before. In fact, over the last year and a half we’ve added more than 100 of your favorite OneNote 2016 features based on your feedback (thank you!), with more improvements on the way including tags and better integration with Office documents.

We’d love for you to start using OneNote for Windows 10 today, however we know some of you might not be ready yet. Maybe you rely on a feature we don’t yet support on Windows 10 (please let us know using the Feedback Hub), or you don’t want to store your notebooks in the cloud. If so, you’re more than welcome to continue using OneNote 2016.

What’s happening to OneNote 2016?
While we’re no longer adding new features to OneNote 2016, it’ll still be there if you need it. OneNote 2016 is optionally available for anyone with Office 365 or Office 2019, but it will no longer be installed by default. If you currently use OneNote 2016, you won’t notice any changes when you update to Office 2019. We’ll continue to offer support, bug fixes, and security updates for OneNote 2016 for the duration of the Office 2016 support lifecycle, which runs through October 2020 for mainstream support and October 2025 for extended support. For more details, please refer to this FAQ.

A preview of what’s to come
We’ve been listening to your feedback about what you like—and what you don’t—and working hard to address it in the product. Your opinions, feature requests, and, yes, complaints have been critical in helping us shape the current experience. Today, we’d like to walk you through some of the work we’ve done to bring your favorite features from OneNote 2016 to OneNote for Windows 10, highlight some of the capabilities that are only available in the Windows 10 app, and give you a sneak peek at a few of the improvements coming this year.

Your favorite features, improved
OneNote for Windows 10 was designed to feel natural with any input method, from mouse and keyboard to pen and touch, and it contains numerous improvements under the hood for better performance, reliability, and battery life. It also has a number of new features not available in OneNote 2016, including ink effects* and dramatically improved ink-to-text (check it out—it’ll even preserve your ink color, size, and highlights!), Researcher*, a notification center, deep integration with Windows 10, and much more.

Top-requested features coming soon to OneNote for Windows 10
Here’s what you can expect later this summer:

Insert and search for tags: OneNote 2016’s popular tags feature is coming to OneNote for Windows 10! Soon you’ll be able to insert, create, and search for custom tags, making it easy to mark key information and find it later. Tags you create will now roam with you to across your devices, and OneNote will even show you tags other people have used in a shared notebook so you don’t have to recreate them yourself. The new tags experience was designed based on your feedback, and it will be available later this summer.

View and edit files: See live previews of Office files in OneNote, work together on attached documents, and save space in your notebooks with cloud files. You’ll get all the benefits of saving a file on OneDrive with the context and convenience of an attachment or preview on a OneNote page.

An improved sync experience
We’ve been hard at work making sync faster and more reliable on OneNote for Windows 10, as well as on Mac, iOS, Android, and web. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s a look at the new sync engine in action.You can try the first set of improvements today by opening a OneDrive notebook in OneNote for Windows 10, Mac, iOS, or Android. These improvements will be rolled out to OneNote Online in the coming months, as well as notebooks on OneDrive for Business and SharePoint.

Improving the user experience
Last year, we unveiled a new look and feel for OneNote on Windows 10, Mac, iOS, Android, and OneNote Online that aligned the disparate designs into a single, unified interface. In addition to bringing consistency to our apps, the new user experience scales much better for large notebooks and significantly improves accessibility for those who rely on assistive technologies. To learn more about the new design, check out our help article.

This is just a quick look at OneNote for Windows 10, but we’re not done yet. We’ll continue listening to your feedback and incorporating it into our future plans, so leave us a comment below or add your feature request using the Feedback Hub. You can also join the Office Insider program for early access to the latest updates. And before we sign off, we want to say a huge thank you for your support. We really hope you love the new OneNote for Windows!

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Office 365 endpoint categories and Office 365 IP Address and URL web service

Office 365 endpoint categories and Office 365 IP Address and URL web service

Microsoft recently published a set of connectivity principles for Office 365 which provides concise guidance on the recommended ways of achieving optimal performance and connectivity to Office 365. The first of these principles is to Identify and differentiate Office 365 network traffic using Microsoft published endpoints. Endpoints include IP Addresses and URLs that are used to connect to Office 365.

Today we are releasing a preview of a new web service that publishes these endpoints making it easier for enterprise customers to evaluate, configure, and stay up to date with changes in Office 365 network endpoints. These web services will eventually replace the HTML, XML, and RSS data published today at Usage documentation for the IP Address and URL web services are detailed in Managing Office 365 Endpoints – Web Service.

We are also publishing three categories for Office 365 network endpoints as attributes of this data:

Optimize for a small number of endpoints that require low latency unimpeded connectivity which should bypass proxy servers, network SSL break and inspect devices, and network hairpins.
Allow for a larger number of endpoints that benefit from low latency unimpeded connectivity. Although not expected to cause failures, we also recommend bypassing proxy servers, network SSL break and inspect devices, and network hairpins. Good connectivity to these endpoints is required for Office 365 to operate normally.
Default for other Office 365 endpoints which can be directed to the default internet egress location for the company WAN.
Use of these categories, how they simplify connectivity to Office 365, and what actions you can take to make use of them is detailed in Office 365 Network Connectivity Principles.

Benefits for administrators from the Office 365 IP Address and URLs web service and the new categories include:

  1. Automation of Office 365 endpoint data and changes publishing
    System readable data for direct network device integration that is also script friendly. Data available in JSON for scripts or CSV format for Excel
    Includes the first release of new Optimize, Allow, Default categorization of Office 365 endpoints.
    2. Includes ExpressRoute routable flag for each endpoint
    Version change notification published alongside the data
    All provided attributes are supported by owning development teams
    COMING SOON: Template PAC files based on the endpoint details
    With this announcement we will be asking customers who use the previous IP/URL publishing in HTML, XML, and RSS to migrate to these web services.

During preview we’ll work to ensure that the data is accurate, but we will not be providing support outside of business hours. We will be seeking feedback from network device vendors and enterprise customers. The web services are in preview now, and we encourage you to start migrating any scripts that you have for working with this data today. While in preview, you should not rely on the data from the web services in production. Also while in preview only the Office 365 worldwide commercial instance is annotated with endpoint categories. Endpoints for other service instances such as US Gov GCC High and others are temporarily all set to Allow. We plan to make these supported and with GA status in the coming months.

  1. There is a sample PowerShell script on the IP/URL web service usage documentation page so please try it out and let us know your feedback.
  2. Documentation and links:Managing Office 365 endpoints – Web Service (including usage documentation for the IP/URL web service) Office 365 Network Connectivity 2. Principles (including Office 365 endpoint categories)
    Office 365 Tech Community Office 365 Networking Space for questions about use of the web services.
    The worldwide commercial instance endpoints in CSV format.

Microsoft Information Protection

Microsoft Information Protection

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The Microsoft Information Protection  brings the classification, labeling, and protection capabilities of Azure Information Protection and Office 365 Security and Compliance Center in to a simple, lightweight, cross-platform software development kit that enables any application to read and apply MIP labels and protection.

In this release, we’re providing our first look at the components of the SDK and how your organization will be able to use each of them to make your own applications Microsoft Information Protection enabled and fully aware.

What is Microsoft Information Protection?
Back in February, over on the Enterprise Mobility + Security blog, we revealed details on the Microsoft Information Protection story and the work we’re doing to bring together Azure Information Protection and Office 365 labeling via Security and Compliance Center.

Microsoft Information Protection is the combination of AIP and the O365 labeling in Security and Compliance center, and the future integration around the labeling experience that will come as part of O365 and EMS. The videos below cover some of the changes we’re making as we work toward this goal.

Azure Information Protection: Unified labeling, on-prem scanning and protection across platforms
Preparing for GDPR: Compliance management and information protection capabilities in Microsoft 365

As the classification, labeling, and protection experience becomes native across the Office 365 experience, your organization and users will begin to demand that the ease-of-use they experience in their Office applications and services carry over to 3rd party and line-of-business applications. As our customers and partners, you’ll be able to use the MIP SDK to make classification, labeling, and protection in these applications easier than ever.

File, Policy, and Protection APIs
The MIP SDK is made up of three separate APIs: File API, Policy API, and Protection API.

Policy API
The Policy API exists to allow developers to perform label-driven actions in their applications. The typical consumer of this API will be an application owner. This API doesn’t apply a label to a document or take any action at all. Rather, it informs the application of the available labels for the current user and what actions should be taken when that label is applied. It’s up to the software engineer to code the appropriate behavior in the application and to write those changes to the output file.

For example, if I’m a software developer at a company writing a CAD/CAM application, I would leverage the Policy API to:
Display the labels available to the authenticated user.
Calculate the actions to take when a label is selected, either by a user or programmatically.
Calculate the actions to take when a label is

Protection API
The Protection API enables developers to read and write Azure Information Protection rights-managed streams. The API can be used to read encrypted input and decrypt to reason over the contents in plaintext, or to take plaintext output from a system and encrypt it in an AIP rights-managed format.

We believe that organizations using RMS SDK 2.1 or 4.2 will be able to fully replace that functionality with the Protection API capabilities from the MIP SDK.

File API
Last, but certainly not least, is the File API. The file API provides an easy-to-use method of performing several file related tasks for well-known file formats. By simply passing in a label ID, the API can apply a label, content marking, and protection to a list of supported formats. Additionally, labels can be fetched from the service, read from a file, deleted or changed, and justification provided when downgrading the label.

The File API isn’t truly independent. Rather, it provides an abstraction of the previous APIs so that developers don’t need to worry about handling policy actions or protection actions; the File API, based on the labels that are present, knows exactly what to apply and how to apply it to the supported file types.

Use Cases
Before embarking on any journey with a new SDK, we understand that it’s important to have solid use cases and business justification. We’ve been mulling over the various use cases for the SDK for quite a long time. You’ll be able to use some of our ideas below to kickstart discussions in your own business.

From the standpoint or Microsoft and the MIP SDK team, our #1 goal with the SDK is this:

The Microsoft Information Protection SDK will enable our third-party ISV ecosystem to build native support for MIP classification, labeling, and protection in to their applications.

One of the most common questions we hear on the Information Protection teams is:

“When will Microsoft support application or service X with MIP?”
It’s extraordinarily difficult to build a solution that works across many applications, in a scalable, fast, user friendly, and most important, transparent manner. We believe that the best MIP CLP experience is a native application experience. We’ll be announcing several partnerships with security ISVs this week at RSA Conference and as we approach GA. These partners are already committed to building support for MIP in to their applications and services.

File API Use Cases
We believe that, for most tasks, organizations will build functionality that leverages the File API. Because the API can be used to read, apply, or remove labels and protection, without having to worry about modifying the file contents in your own code, it’ll be the simplest, most common approach to using the SDK. Here are some examples of File API use cases:

You’re a software engineer at a financial services institution. You want to be sure that data from your LOB applications, typically exported in Excel format, are labeled on export based on the contents. File API can be used to list available labels then to apply the appropriate label to a supported file format.

Your company develops a cloud access security broker (CASB). Your customers ask for the ability to apply MIP labels to Microsoft Office and PDF documents. The File API would enable you to display a list of configured labels, then allow your customers to build rules which would apply the desired label. File API, taking in the label ID, would handle the rest for files meeting the customer’s criteria.

Your company provides a service-based data loss prevention solution and/or a CASB that monitors SaaS applications for file activity. To reduce the risk of data loss or exposure where data is protected with MIP, your service must be able to scan the contents of protected files. Using File API for the supported formats, when the service is a privileged user, you can remove protection, scan the contents for restricted or sensitive content, discard the plaintext result, and apply a service rule to report on or remediate the risk if found. : Blogs

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Excel has been live since Jan 2018 and there have been several updates after that. The version 16 release is powered by the Office Code convergence. It’s built from the same codebase as Excel for Windows, while also being integrated and tailored to capabilities like TouchBar. It has been an exciting journey as we worked on massive code alignment under the hood, bringing in many new user features and making it one of the best and fastest versions of Excel.

Excel for Mac has a very large and engaged customer base and it’s very important for us to continue to delight and improve the product based on our customer’s desires. Excel’s UserVoice is a site we use to capture feature request from our customers. Overall, we are proud to announce that with the version 16 release , we have addressed more than 50% of the Mac features by votes as requested by our customers! It is important to note that those some of these updates or new features are included only for our Office 365 subscribers. See below for some of the key features:

Collaborative Editing and AutoSave
Work with others at the same time in your workbook. Check out the thumbnails in the upper-right corner of the window show who else is viewing or editing the file with you. Also, now Excel is equipped with AutoSave for files stored on OneDrive or SharePoint Online. AutoSave is exactly what it sounds like: Your file is automatically saved every few seconds. Plus, if other people are working in the same file, they can see your changes almost instantaneously. And if you need to roll back, simply check your file’s version history for a list of changes and access earlier copies. AutoSave can be switched on and off using a dedicated toggle button in the ribbon.
2. More charts
Use new charts, such as funnel, sunburst and histogram, to transform your data into professional visualizations, or use the new Map chart type to transform geographic data into a beautiful map to tell your story

3. More functions
Shorten the formulas you write using the new logical functions IFS and SWITCH.

4. Better support for PivotTable charts
Change your fields and filters in a PivotTable, and the chart you created will automatically adjust to show exactly what you want.

5. Slice and dice your table data
You loved slicers for PivotTables. Now you can also use them for Tables to filter your data and see what filters you’ve applied.

6. Improved Visual Basic Editor (Shipped in Oct 2017 update)
Create and edit macros in the Visual Basic Editor using IntelliSense, VBA menus and toolbars, debug tools, an object browser, and more.

7. Speed up calculations
By taking advantage of multiple processing threads, Excel recalculates formulas much faster when values are changed.

This feature request (Will Excel 2016 utilize multiple ) was one of the top UserVoice requests with over 1730 votes and 700 comments. Since this feature was introduced, the impact has been great, as noted in these customer quotes . : Blogs

Data protection beyond backup and recovery with Office 365

Data protection beyond backup and recovery with Office 365

Securing your information against record debasement , information misfortune, and malevolent aim is a best need for Microsoft, and a fundamental piece of the Office 365 administration. Our way to deal with information security goes past high accessibility and debacle recuperation situations. Versatility and recoverability are incorporated with the administration.

Regardless of whether a customary reinforcement arrangement gives recuperation choices to address record defilement, cancellation, and noxious assaults, it won’t really enable you to recoup rapidly from such occurrences. Research demonstrates that it can take a long time to recognize the nearness of an aggressor an association’s system. Given this, a reinforcement and reestablish arrangement could be a potential zone of assault, and could additionally expand the extent of assault into your debacle recuperation condition. Furthermore, all reinforcement information would should be throuroughly scrubbed before it could be utilized as a feasible reestablish alternative. Gartner predicts that by 2020, 30% of associations focused by major cyberattacks will spend over two months purging reinforcement frameworks and information, bringing about deferred recoveries.[i]

Because of this, Office 365 has moved past the reinforcement and reestablish arrangements that were first settled in on-premises situations. Microsoft puts profoundly in giving an all encompassing set up arrangement that the two keeps numerous duplicates of your information over various areas, and empowers you to create forthright strategies for counteractive action and discovery. These approaches can be authorized physically and consequently at numerous levels of granularity, including by means of wise area based grouping, examples, or touchy kinds of substance.

Notwithstanding the inalienable forming and reusing capacities gave by applications like Exchange, SharePoint, and OneDrive, Office 365 gives far reaching answers for help guard your information from both human mistake and also vindictive assaults:

Information Loss Prevention encourages clients to distinguish, screen and ensure delicate information through profound substance examination.

Trade Online Protection gives powerful email assurance against spam, known infections and malware.

Propelled Threat Protection broadens Exchange Online Protection by defending your Office 365 condition (email, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, SharePoint, OneDrive, and Teams) from the present most refined obscure dangers utilizing behavioral investigation and machine learning strategies to moderate noxious substance. ATP likewise gives ongoing, time-of-click assurance against malevolent URLs, and rich detailing and following abilities, so you can increase basic bits of knowledge into who is being focused in your association and the class, volume, and recurrence of assaults you are confronting.

Risk Intelligence gives intelligent instruments to break down predominance and seriousness of dangers in close constant, ongoing and adjustable risk ready notices, and remediation capacities for suspicious substance.

Reviewing helps screen and explore moves made on your information, cleverly distinguish hazards, contain and react to dangers, and ensure profitable licensed innovation.

Propelled Data Governance gives brilliant arrangement proposals and programmed information characterizations that enable you to take activities on information, for example, maintenance and cancellation – all through its lifecycle. Inherent and custom cautions enable you to recognize information administration dangers like surprising volumes of document cancellation.

The numerous inherent security abilities of Office 365 in blend with the above administrations and controls help guarantee your information is ensured set up and occurrences like record defilement, erasure, and noxious goal are limited consistently.