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  • Blog Post: Spam email and Office 365 environment - connection and content filtering in EOP

    In the last related blog post we gave some introduction about Exchange Online Protection (EOP), what needs to be done when EOP is not working as desired and spam email troubleshooting process and classification. In this blog we will be moving further and discussing some more advanced option to stop spam...
  • Blog Post: Download the Microsoft® Office 365 Integration Module Beta for Windows® Small Business Server 2011 Essentials Today!

    This week marks the beta release of the highly anticipated Microsoft Office 365 Integration Module (OIM) for Small Business Server 2011 Essentials. The OIM allows small businesses to seamlessly combine the cloud-based productivity tools of Office 365 with the infrastructure provided by SBS 2011 Essentials...
  • Blog Post: Security in Office 365 White Paper

    This whitepaper provides an overview of the security practices and technology that support enterprise-grade security in Microsoft Office 365 for businesses of all sizes. Download at http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26552 Read my favorites blogs: Designing a backup less Exchange 2010...
  • Blog Post: Health Provider Saves $4 Million, Improves Communications, by Moving Email to Cloud

    Advocate Health Care is the largest healthcare provider in Illinois. With employees in multiple locations, Advocate wanted to improve its messaging technology to make sure that clinicians and employees could communicate clearly, quickly, and accurately. It decided to unplug its Sun iPlanet email servers...
  • Blog Post: Office Next Update

    We’re wrapping up another outstanding week of the Office Preview release. We are getting a lot of great feedback, and hope to get much more. Please continue to help us by sending us your smiles and frowns, and forums feedback on Microsoft Answers , TechNet and MSDN coming. This week many teams across...
  • Blog Post: Hybrid Mailbox moves and EMC changes

    As customers are upgraded or sign up for the latest version of Office 365 for business, they may notice some changes in their recipient and organization management experience. For instance, we now allow the Organization and Hybrid Migration management experience to be initiated from the Exchange Administration...
  • Blog Post: Beta of Microsoft Office 365 Best Practices Analyzer for Exchange Server 2013 now available

    We wanted to let you know that we have released a Beta version of Microsoft Office 365 Best Practices Analyzer for Exchange Server 2013. You can download the bits and read more about the release here . While this Beta has been available for a little while, we have been updating the build once a month...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server Deployment Assistant Update for Exchange 2010 Hybrid Deployments with Office 365

    We're happy to announce that the Exchange Server Deployment Assistant (ExDeploy) now includes full checklist support for configuring hybrid deployments for Exchange 2010 SP2 organizations. This newly added scenario is for Exchange 2010 SP2 organizations interested in maintaining some users on-premises...
  • Blog Post: The most comprehensive solutions for the cloud on earth

    Get this solution at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud/default.aspx?fbid=4RvYE8ymqJD Read my favorites blogs: Designing a backup less Exchange 2010 Architecture Step by step guide for upgrading Active Directory from Microsoft Windows 2003 to Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Microsoft Exchange 2010 CAS...
  • Blog Post: Exchange ActiveSync client connectivity in Office 365

    This article explains how mobile devices connect to Exchange Online (Office 365) service and how the connectivity may be impacted if the device does not support certain Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) protocol requirements. Exchange ActiveSync protocol versions Most mobile devices that connect to Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Download Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Software

    A Microsoft private cloud dramatically changes the way your business produces and consumes IT services by creating a layer of abstraction over your pooled IT resources. This allows your datacenter to offer true infrastructure service capability as well as optimally managed application services. Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Test Office 365 Single Sign-On Using Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer

    We are excited to announce that the Remote Connectivity Analyzer tool has been updated! In addition to the standard set of connectivity tests, we’ve added an Office 365 tab and a Single Sign-On test. The new Single Sign-On test will validate users' ability to log on to Office 365 with their on-premises...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 365 Service Descriptions and Service Level Agreements for Dedicated Subscription Plans

    Microsoft Office 365 for enterprises provides powerful cloud-based solutions for e-mail, collaboration, instant messaging and web conferencing. The Office 365 dedicated plans deliver these services from a highly reliable network of Microsoft data centers on servers systems dedicated to individual customer...
  • Blog Post: The New OWA Rocks Tablets and Phones!

    Last week, we shared information about The New Exchange . Today we’re delighted to share some of the exciting new developments in Outlook Web App (OWA). The primary purpose of OWA is to give Exchange users access to their mailboxes from anywhere through the same Outlook UI and functionality they already...
  • Blog Post: Privacy in the Cloud: Office 365

    Read about Microsoft’s practical approach to safeguarding information in the cloud, and discover the benefits that have resulted for Office 365 customers. Office 365 delivers the power of cloud productivity to businesses of all sizes, helping them to save time and money and free up valued resources. ...
  • Blog Post: Log Parser Studio

    Log Parser Studio is a utility that allows you to search through and create reports from your IIS, Event, EXADB and others types of logs. It builds on top of Log Parser 2.2 and has a full user interface for easy creation and management of related SQL queries. Anyone who regularly uses Log Parser 2.2...
  • Blog Post: New Remote Connectivity Analyzer Tests for Mail Flow

    We’re happy to announce that we’ve added some tests to Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer (RCA), to help you test your mail flow configuration. These tests are intended for customers who use the Exchange Online Protection service to perform spam and malware filtering before sending email messages...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 ROI Case Studies - Small and Medium Sized Businesses

    Read how small and medium sized companies are realizing financial returns from their investments in Office 365. Read how several of our Office 365 customers are seeing direct and indirect benefits to their business from their move to cloud based services from Microsoft. These studies, conducted by independent...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Online - Hosted Email for Business

    Built to deliver the enterprise-grade security and reliability that businesses require, Microsoft Exchange Online provides hosted email, calendar and contacts on your PC, phone and web browser. Built-in anti-virus and antispam filters protect your information and help you focus on what’s most important...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Hybrid Configuration Wizard

    During the beta of Office 365 for Enterprises, we received great feedback from our customers and wanted to vastly simplify the process for configuring Exchange in a hybrid deployment with Office 365. We are introducing the Hybrid Configuration Wizard in Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 to refine the deployment...
  • Blog Post: Decommissioning your Exchange 2010 servers in a Hybrid Deployment

    Many organizations have chosen to configure a hybrid deployment with Exchange Online to take advantage of different features such as rich mailbox moves and cross-premises calendar free/busy sharing. This includes Exchange 2003, Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 organizations that require a long-term hybrid...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Office Web App Integration with Outlook Web App in Exchange Online

    On the Exchange team, it’s always important to us to get feedback from our customers on what we’re doing well and what we could be doing to make the experience better for you. In Exchange 2007, in response to one of the biggest Exchange 2003 OWA feature requests, we introduced WebReady Document Viewing...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool

    The Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool (OCAT ) provides a quick and easy method to analyze your Microsoft Office Outlook profile for common configurations that may cause problems in Outlook. This can be very useful for busy Help Desk personnel when end-users call for help with Outlook or when you want...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server Deployment Assistant Update for Exchange 2010 SP2 and Office 365 Hybrid Deployments

    We're happy to announce that the Exchange Server Deployment Assistant (ExDeploy) has been enhanced to include support for configuring hybrid deployments using Exchange 2010 SP2 and the Hybrid Configuration Wizard . The first in several upcoming scenario additions for configuring hybrid deployments when...
  • Blog Post: Standard Response to Request for Information – Security and Privacy

    This White Paper describes how Office 365 fulfills the security, compliance and risk management requirements as defined by the Cloud Security Alliance, Cloud Control Matrix. Download  at http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26647 Read my favorites blogs: Designing a backup less Exchange...