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Spanning Continues to Fight for Office 365 Backups

by Tony Redmond

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.

Consumers Gain from Enterprise-Class Office 365 Features

by Tony Redmond

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.

Choosing the Best Mobile Office 365 Email Client

by Tony Redmond

Companies that move to Office 365 have to decide what mobile email client to use. A native client that uses Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) or Outlook? In the past, the best choice was probably something like the iOS mail app. Now, Outlook is the focus of Microsoft's mobile efforts and it's where all the new functionality appears. EAS is still valuable, just less so than it was before.

Office 365 Takes Aim at Spoofers but Users See Warnings About Fraudulent Messages

by Tony Redmond

Microsoft upgraded their EOP anti-spoofing capabilities inside Office 365, which is good, but they didn't tell anyone. The first users knew was when they started to receive messages stamped with "the sender failed our fraud detection checks" - something that is never assuring. This only applies to ATP customers, but it's not the first time Microsoft has failed to communicate important news.

Recovering Deleted Email with New Exchange Online Cmdlets

by Tony Redmond

Exchange Online has two new PowerShell cmdlets to help administrators recover deleted email on behalf of users. You can now search for deleted items and recover found items without having to sign into a user's mailbox, something that will be popular with both administrators and users alike. The joy of helping users find email they deleted and can't find themselves...

The Big Flaw in Exchange Online Auditing

with 1 Comment by Tony Redmond

You can capture Exchange mailbox events in the Office 365 audit log, but only if you remember to enable auditing for target mailboxes. Exchange Online doesn't enable new mailboxes for auditing by default, so administrators must remember to enable the mailboxes manually - and check for new mailboxes periodically. If you don't, nothing is recorded and your audit log will be empty.