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OWA Gets a Refresh

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Microsoft has released a new version of Outlook Web Access (OWA) to preview. Office 365 targeted release tenants can check the new UI out to see how it works. It’s new and it’s early, so some glitches exist, but the new OWA is more attractive than the old, which might be all that’s important.

Looking Forward to Office 365 at Ignite 2018

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Microsoft has scheduled 1,500+ sessions for the Ignite 2018 conference in Orlando next week. What’s happening for Office 365? Well, there are many sessions to attend, but the interesting thing is the huge number of sessions assigned to Teams compared to other workloads. SharePoint does OK, but Exchange is low, and Yammer gets a surprising allocation.

Microsoft Launches Exchange 2019 Into Preview

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Microsoft has just launched the preview version of Exchange 2019. The good news is that it’s a new version. What might be unexpected is the lack of new features. Some worthy plumbing won’t turn user heads, but then again, when you’re the best standalone email server on the planet, do you need to change very much? Dropping Unified Messaging will cause some brows to darken. Expect some sparks at Ignite.

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Spanning Continues to Fight for Office 365 Backups

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I don’t consider backups to be a necessity for Office 365, but ISVs continue to offer these products and customers continue to buy, so I chatted with Spanning to find out what’s happening in the Office 365 market, who’s using cloud backups, and why. We also spoke about the challenges that backup vendors continue to have in coping with some of the unique aspects of Office 365.

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Consumers Gain from Enterprise-Class Office 365 Features

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Outlook.com (premium) now boasts two new protected email features taken directly from Exchange Online. It’s an example of how the shared Office 365 infrastructure enables Microsoft to make functionality available to users of its consumer and enterprise platforms as they want. OneDrive Restore is another example. In both cases, the features aren’t available to free seats.