Monday, 31 July 2017

OFFICE APPS HIT THE WINDOWS STORE IN PREVIEW FOR SURFACE LAPTOP

Microsoft‘s Office desktop apps are launching in the Windows Store today, coinciding with the launch of the new Surface Laptop with Windows 10 S. The Office suite, having been brought to the Windows Store using Microsoft‘s ‘Project Centennial’ desktop app bridge, is available to Surface Laptop owners only as part of a preview install and update process, according to an Office on Windows 10 S FAQ initially spotted by Microsoft leaker WalkingCat.


Microsoft clarifies that, while the install and update process is in preview, the apps themselves are not. Still, during the preview period, the following apps are only available to install for Surface Laptop users with Windows 10 S:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • OneNote for Windows 10
  • Outlook (not available in preview for Office 365 Education plans)
  • Access (not available in preview for Office 365 Education plans)
  • Publisher (not available in preview for Office 365 Education plans)
It’s worth noting that OneNote is the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) version of the app that has been available for some time.
Though the bulk of the suite is made up of bridged desktop versions of the Office apps, they are the 32-bit versions; 64-bit versions are not available via the Windows Store. Likewise, they are not compatible with COM add-ins, Microsoft points out.
As for the Office Mobile apps, which were previously the only versions of Office apps available on the Windows Store, Microsoft is repositioning them smartphones and tablets with screen sizes under 10.1-inches. Given their “Mobile” designation, this makes much more sense.
Again, the preview period limits the new Office apps to Surface Laptops running Windows 10 S. Microsoft notes that the apps will be available for purchase and installation on other Windows 10 devices after the preview period is over. Finally, as a bonus for Surface Laptop owners, Microsoft is offering one free year of Office 365 Personal for laptops that ship during the preview period.
 

Saturday, 29 July 2017

MS OFFICE ZERO-DAY EXPLOITED IN ATTACKS – NO ENABLING OF MACROS REQUIRED!

A new zero-day flaw affecting all versions of Microsoft Office is being exploited in attacks in the wild, and no user is safe – not even those who use a fully patched Windows 10 machine.
Even worse: targets do not have to anything except run a malicious file in order to get compromised, as the exploit doesn’t require them to enable macros or do anything else.

THE VULNERABILITY
The existence of the flaw was revealed by McAfee researchers on Friday, and confirmed by FireEye researchers on Saturday. The latter shared details about it with Microsoft weeks ago, and were waiting to publicly reveal the flaw once Microsoft pushed out a patch. The patch is still to be released.
“The root cause of the zero-day vulnerability is related to the Windows Object Linking and Embedding (OLE), an important feature of Office,” McAfee researchers noted.
The flaw is exploited through a specially crafted Microsoft Word RTF (Rich Text Format) file, which contains an embedded OLE2link object. The object instructs Word to send a HTTP request to a remote server controlled by the attackers, to retrieve from it a malicious .hta file masquerading as a RTF file.
A .hta file is an executable, and in this case it loads and executes a malicious script that closes Word(i.e. the winword.exe process), downloads additional payloads, and starts Word again and shows a decoy document.
“Because .hta is executable, the attacker gains full code execution on the victim’s machine. Thus, this is a logical bug, and gives the attackers the power to bypass any memory-based mitigations developed by Microsoft,” the researchers explained.
THE ATTACK
Who is leveraging this zero-day is unknown. According to FireEye researchers, the exploit “downloads and executes malware payloads from different well-known malware families.”
The booby-trapped Word documents are being delivered to victims as attachments in emails, but none of the researchers mentioned anything specific about them. McAfee says that the attacks have been going on since late January.
Hopefully, Microsoft will push out a patch this Tuesday. In the meantime, users can protect themselves by not opening any Office file that they aren’t positively sure they are coming from a trusted location or entity, and by enabling Office Protected View. Apparently, the exploit can’t bypass the protection offered by that feature.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Big News for Office 365 Subscribers: Microsoft Planning to Upgrade Office 365| Support for www.office.com/setup on 1-888-262-1663 Toll Free

The corporate subscribers to Office 365, Office 365 ProPlus will now have an upgraded Office 365 every six months, just like Windows 10- according to the sources. This can be seen as an alignment with Windows 10. Microsoft outlined how it plans to deliver and support ProPlus, starting in September.
In this post we’ve listed Microsoft’s description to the most important questions and there answers.
Question:What’s the new schedule for Office updates? It is March and September, annually, like Windows 10?
Answer:Rather than issue Office feature updates three times a year — in February, June and October — the cadence since Office 2016’s launch in the fall of 2015 — Microsoft is slowing the tempo to twice yearly.
With this announcement, Microsoft seeks to have the customer feedback.
As per Ron Markezich, a Microsoft marketing executive, Customers also asked them to simplify the update process — and to improve the coordination between Office and Windows and this announcement will truly be a matter of delight for them.
Microsoft, with this announcement aims at promoting “Secure Productive Enterprise” (SPE), a subscription program that combines Windows 10 Enterprise, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security.Because SPE bundled both Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus, subscribers had to deal with two different upgrade tempos.
“This change will make planning and managing updates for both Office and Windows easier for customers using the Secure Productive Enterprise,” Markezich, the Microsoft marketing exec, said.
Customers told Microsoft it needed to synchronize the Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus release schedules if it wanted to sell SPE.
Question:What else changed besides the schedule?
Microsoft extended support from 12 months per update to 18 months, an increase of 50%. The additional six months means IT professionals can choose to update once or twice a year.
The support extension matched that of Windows 10, which has also settled on 18 months, more proof of a link, at least in Microsoft’s mind, between Windows 10 and Office 365.
As Windows 10 and the latest version of Office 365 Pro Plus, based on Office www.office.com/setup 2016, were lurching toward launch, Microsoft laid out a three-times-a-year release schedule and pledged 12 months of support for both revenue pillars. Because Windows 10 was first in the queue, its release calendar and support lifecycle was revealed first, followed by Pro Plus.
Question:What are the other changes in Office 365?
Answer:Microsoft also changed the terminology it uses, and expects customers to understand, for the multiple Office 365 ProPlus release “tracks.”
The twice-a-year feature updates will be named Semi-annual Channel (Pilot) and Semi-annual Channel (Broad), each describing how Microsoft envisions them being deployed in the enterprise. Most people will probably refer to them as simply “Pilot” and “Broad,” the latter representing deployment throughout an organization.
This is the third round of names Microsoft’s hung on the faster release schedule. The original labeling used Windows 10’s “Current Branch” and “Current Branch for Business” starting in the fall of 2015; Microsoft ditched that for the “Channel” terminology in 2016.
Question: When will Microsoft release the first Office 365 ProPlus upgrade under the new schedule?
Answer:The company said the Pilot channel will ship Sept. 12, Four months later -on Jan. 9, 2018. The second release will bring a new Pilot to customers March 13, 2018, a new Broad on July 10, 2018.
Question: Can Microsoft skip aProPlus features upgrade?
Answer:Yes they do, but you will have to hustle to get onto a supported version before the one you’re on falls off the list.
If your firm deployed the Broad channel in January 2018, then decided to skip the July 2018 upgrade, you would have to deploy the next ProPlus in the two-month span between Jan. 8, 2019 and March 12, 2019. In other words, after the January 2019 Broad releases and before the January 2018 Broad drops off the support list at the end of its 18 months.)
Question:According to the previous Office 365 ProPlus schedule, an upgrade is due in June. What happens to that under the new scheme?
Answer:“Office still plans to release a new Deferred Channel and First Release for Deferred Channel on June 13, 2017,” Microsoft said in an extended support document.
That means current Office 365 subscribers will have just three months, rather than the usual four, to conduct enterprise pilots and validate applications with June’s “First Release for Deferred Channel” release before the final “Deferred Channel” release appears Sept. 12.
Note: The first Semi-annual Channel (Broad) doesn’t release until January 2018.
That last Deferred Channel will be supported until July 10, 2018, Microsoft said.

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Allergan embraces growth pharma model, accelerates business with the Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise

With 22 acquisitions in the past five years, it’s easy to see how Allergan is a leading exponent of the new “Growth Pharma” business model. Expanding its diversified portfolio of branded and generic pharmaceuticals by acquiring companies like Botox and Zeltiq Aesthetics, Allergan is pursuing a rigorous growth strategy, rather than investing heavily in R&D. This approach, known in the industry as “open science,” sees the company enriching its intellectual property by acquiring new talent, promising new products and partnering closely with many external stakeholders. It requires an agile, IT-enabled workplace to pull off the rapid employee onboarding and a rich culture of teamwork and creativity to make this strategy work. At the same time, it’s critically important for Allergan to ensure the security of its IP and to remain compliant in this highly regulated industry. So, it’s great news that Allergan chose the Secure Productive Enterprise solution to enable this disruptive way of doing business in the pharmaceutical industry.

Here’s what CIO Sean Lennon has to say about the organization’s decision to facilitate a new culture of work at Allergan that securely enables teamwork and creativity for all workers with the help of the Secure Productive Enterprise solution:

“As Allergan continues to build its global portfolio of products and services, it’s our role in IT to enable the company’s scalability. That’s why we chose the Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise, because it allows me to deliver a secure technology experience that drives creativity, collaboration and teamwork for the business. So, while employees are working more collaboratively and are empowered to innovate with immediate access to all the tools they need—Office 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security and Windows 10 Enterprise—I’m also saving money by consolidating our IT landscape and reducing the burden of on-premises maintenance. It’s always a challenge to maintain a lean IT organization and provide the best tools for enabling the business to achieve its goals, but we’ve achieved the right balance with Microsoft.”

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

New to Office 365 in June classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams and more

The new classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams are now broadly available

We’re excited to announce that the new classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams are now rolling out to Office 365 for Education customers. For students, Teams helps create safe and engaging classroom environments with rich conversations including text, video and voice, as well as custom class themes, stickers and emojis. Educators can save time with student class rosters automatically populated from the school’s information system. They can also move effortlessly between planning lessons, creating content and providing feedback with the help of integrated OneNote Class Notebooks, Assignments and Office apps. Lastly, Teams provides a hub for educators and staff to connect with each other outside the classroom (for example, in professional learning communities), all from a single experience within Office 365 for Education.
The classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams are being shown on a Windows desktop and iPhone. Specifically, the same World History project-based group conversations around an embedded Word document and Planner plan are being shown on both devices, in context with the rest of the class resources and student-led discussion.
With classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams, everything students need is right at their fingertips with OneNote Class Notebook, Assignments and Office apps built into every class.
Availability: The classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams are now rolling out to Office 365 for Education customers in 181 markets and 25 languages on Windows desktops, Macs, Windows Mobile, iOS and Android, as well as the web.

Office 365 security, protection and compliance updates

Several Office 365 updates this month help enterprise subscribers better protect sensitive information, manage risk and stay ahead of threats within their organization.
Windows Information Protection expands to Office on Windows desktops—Windows Information Protection (WIP) support is expanding beyond Office mobile apps to Office on Windows desktops. WIP helps prevent accidental data leaks while letting your employees maintain control over their personal data. They can simply designate content created in these apps as “work” or “personal,” so your IT department can protect or remove only business data. Learn more about Windows Information Protection.
Availability: Windows Information Protection support in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook on Windows desktops is now available for Office 365 commercial customers with Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5. It was already supported in Office mobile apps for Windows tablets and phones.
Additional Office 365 security and compliance updates—This month we also announced additional updates to help you manage threats and protect sensitive information. Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) now offers enhanced reporting on malicious emails detected and blocked in your organization. New ATP Safe Links policy configurations let you block specific URLs, customize policies for specific people and more. Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery now provides a more streamlined user interface for managing the entire case lifecycle. It also now extracts text from images using optical character recognition and helps you supervise employee communications to comply with internal policies and regulatory bodies. Lastly, a new security information and event management (SIEM) connector for Office 365 Advanced Security Management (ASM) enables your organization to centralize the monitoring of ASM alerts with your existing SIEM software.
The threat protection status report is being shown in the Office 365 security and compliance center, including reporting on malicious emails detected and blocked in your organization.
Enhanced threat protection reporting provides better visibility into malicious emails.
Availability: Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, Advanced Data Governance, Advanced eDiscovery and Advanced Security Management updates are available and included in Office 365 E5 and Secure Productive Enterprise E5 customers.

Additional updates for Office 365 commercial customers

This month, we have additional updates for our commercial customers, providing your employees with new ways to collect feedback in surveys, as well as manage and share videos internally.
Microsoft Forms is available for commercial public preview—Previously available for education customers, Microsoft Forms is rolling out for commercial customers, providing a lightweight web tool for creating surveys, quizzes and polls. It helps anybody in your organization easily collect customer feedback, measure employee satisfaction, organize team events and more.
A customer satisfaction survey is being shown being created and shared with Microsoft Forms. First, questions are added with response options. Then a theme is chosen before she Share pane is selected, showing all the options for sharing the survey.
Microsoft Forms is a lightweight web tool for creating surveys, quizzes and polls.
Availability: Microsoft Forms is rolling out in public preview for Office 365 commercial customers in First Release.
Microsoft Stream is generally available—Microsoft Stream is an intelligent video service for commercial customers to easily and securely upload, share, manage and view videos in a single experience. Speech-to-text transcription, face detection, intelligent search and more make video consumption more efficient. IT can also tailor Microsoft Stream to fit their organization’s needs with management and security capabilities. Get started with Microsoft Stream.
Intelligence features in Microsoft Stream are being shown. A video is shown playing, and the faces detected in the video are shown below the video. Text is showing alongside the video representing what is being said on the video.
Microsoft Stream leverages face detection, speech-to-text and more to enhance productivity.
Availability: Microsoft Stream is generally available for Office 365 commercial customers with Enterprise and Education plans in 181 markets and 44 languages.

Improvements to intelligent services in Office 365

This month’s updates to cloud-powered intelligent services in Office 365 apps and services help save you time, produce better results and share insights on your work habits with your coworkers.
Find credible sources and content from within more apps—We’re extending Researcher beyond Word on Windows desktops to Word on Macs, as well as to OneNote for Windows 10. Researcher helps you find and incorporate reliable sources and content for your outline notes or papers in fewer steps. Powered by the Bing Knowledge Graph, Researcher helps you explore material related to your topic and add it in one click, without leaving the app. Learn more about Researcher.
Researcher is being shown in OneNote for Windows 10 alongside an outline being crafted on economic trade theory. The Researcher pane is opened, the term “global economy” is typed into the search box, and results for related material are sifted through. A specific article is selected, a piece of text is highlighted and copied with a single click into the OneNote outline.
Researcher helps you find and incorporate reliable sources and content without leaving the app.
Availability: Researcher is now available in OneNote for Windows 10, for all Office 365 subscribers. Researcher is now available in Word on Macs for Office Insider Fast. Researcher was already available in Word on Windows desktops.
Share your work habits with MyAnalytics—Now you can share MyAnalytics insights about your personal working style with others. This can help spur conversations around productivity habits among the people you work with, driving new norms around meetings, emails and after-hours work. MyAnalytics insights are private by default until you share them. Learn more in this MyAnalytics blog.
Sharing in MyAnalytics is being shown. The desired statistics are being selected, and then a recipient is chosen for sharing and a message is written to go along with the insights sent.
Now you can share MyAnalytics insights about your personal working style with others.
Availability: Sharing in MyAnalytics is now available for all Office 365 commercial customers with MyAnalytics.



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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

What’ll be the expiry date of Microsoft Office 2007 support?



This week’s news headlines has given some good information to the users who are still using the Office 2007. The news is that Microsoft is moving into the “Extended” support period, allowing the users a time-period of three more months to switch from their current Office 2007’s apps to the latest suite like Office 2016 or others.

Microsoft stated that Office 2007’s users will no longer get company assisted technical support such as phone consultations or troubleshooting nor the packages for security issues, after its support expiry date that is October 10.

Earlier, Microsoft decided to end the Office 2007 support in April. However, directions on Microsoft’s managing vice president, Rob Helm estimated that Office 2007 has already provided with an extension of six months from the Microsoft’s side in 2012.Hence, now the Office 2007 moves to Extended on 9th October, 2012, from the originally set “Extended” support period on April 9 instead. The reason for extending this time is the condition in the company’s support policy that guarantees minimum two years of “mainstream” support even after the release of product’s new version (version 2010 here. Hence, now the extended support for Office 2007 will end on 10th October 2017.
Microsoft on its official website has provided a complete list of all the components of Office 2007 that will expire on October 10.
There are two types of support provided by the Microsoft:
  1. “Mainstream” – This is the period in which users are provided with the updates whether for the product’s security purpose or any other purpose completely free of cost and on regular basis.
  2. “Extended” – After exiting the ‘mainstream’ support period the device will enter this support period, which also provides the product’s security updates for free, but for most of the other updates it asks for the payment from the users.
How “Office 2007” will work after the support ends?
There are different cases, answering the above questions, in some of them Office 2007’s applications continue to work even after the support expires, but with the risk of being getting harmed by the malicious software that enters or attacks the devices. Whereas in some other, the apps are not able to work at all after the support’s expiry date that is Oct 10. Hence, the users must upgrade to Office 2010 or other future versions to receive the updates after October 10.

Microsoft said that Outlook 2007 will not be able to connect to Office 365 mailboxes after 31st October 2017 resulting in blocking the transmission and reception of the mail for the Outlook 2007 clients using Office 365.

Here, the Office 365 rent-not-own subscription program and the Office 2016 applications that come with most enterprise- and business-grade plans are recommended by the Microsoft. Moreover, a sub-site especially for Office 2007 to deliver information on upgrade paths, links to the detailed switching instructions and more is also designs by the firm.

That’s all for the Office 2007 users. Hope, you’ll get all the required information regarding Office 2007, switching to Office 2016, etc. from this article. But, if you still faces the issue related to the updates, installation, and activation of the successor versions, etc. You may contact us on our toll-free number 1-888-262-1663; our technicians are available 24×7 at your service.


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SharePoint communication sites begin rollout to Office 365 customers

During last month’s SharePoint Virtual Summit, we unveiled SharePoint communication sites — beautiful, dynamic sites that let you reach a broad internal audience, and that look great on the web, in the SharePoint mobile app, on PC and on Mac. Today, we’re excited to announce that communication sites are now rolling out to Office 365 First Release customers, followed by full worldwide rollout to Office 365 customers in the coming months.

Create a beautiful communication site in seconds


Communication sites are perfect for internal cross-company campaigns, weekly and monthly reports or status updates, product launches, events and more. To help you jumpstart getting your message out fast, communication sites provide configurable templates for the sites and pages within. When you click Create site from the SharePoint home in Office 365, you have a choice of three initial site designs:
  • Topic — Select the Topic design when you have a lot of information to share, such as news, events and other content.
  • Showcase — Use the Showcase design to feature a product, team or event using photos or images.
  • Blank — Start with a blank site and make your design come to life quickly and easily.
Communication site designs (from left to right): Topic, Showcase and Blank.
And it is easy to tell your story. Once your new site is created, simply drag-and-drop to reorganize web parts on the page to bring your use cases and scenarios to life. News and pages allow for multi-column layouts to represent your message in a meaningful, intuitive fashion.
Learn how to create a communication site in Office 365, add a page and work with column layouts.

Share your plans and updates in engaging, interactive ways


Communication sites allow people to create and share recurring updates beyond email. When you create a page on a communication site, you can embed documents and video, and dynamically pull in real-time data from across Office 365, including documents from SharePoint, Power BI reports, Microsoft Stream videos and Yammer discussions. The resulting page is a rich and dynamic communication. And the page persists on the site, so people can refer to it easily, even as the membership of your team changes, so new members can more easily get up to speed.
The new capabilities for the rich section layouts and new web parts can be utilized on SharePoint team sites as well.

Consume, create and connect from your mobile device via the SharePoint apps


It’s easy to access, engage with and create content for communication sites from any device. The full site, pages, news, navigation, search and more are natively viewable, functional and engaging. Read a page, create a news article, engage in a Yammer conversation — all in the context of the site — from within the SharePoint mobile app experience.
You can download the SharePoint mobiles apps for iOS and Android today, and the new features will be available in the coming weeks. Learn more about the SharePoint mobile app for iOS, SharePoint mobile app for Android and SharePoint app for Windows 10 Mobile.

Communication sites help further refine and enhance your message


Beyond what we shared during the SharePoint Virtual Summit, communication sites have additional capabilities to further refine and enhance your message.

Make your home page and sub-pages look great


  • Full-width layouts — The Hero and Image web parts can be placed in a section layout that spans the page from left to right, giving you ways to emphasize your most essential information.
  • Enhanced title region with custom header image — Visually represent your home page, news and subpages with a compelling header graphic and title. You control what portion of the image is the most important, so it looks great, and as intended, across web and mobile experiences.
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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Track your Office knowledge and skills with Office Training Roadmaps

Today, we are releasing Office Training Roadmaps to help your company set training expectations and track progress for six Office apps. The training roadmaps help you quickly find what you need to learn and are available both online and as printable posters for Office 365, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word and Access 2016.
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Also, if you or your company needs help getting started with Office apps, we have expanded our Quick Start Guides to include Excel, Outlook and Sway. All of these free resources can be found at the Office Training Center.




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