Microsoft engineers seeks to broaden appeal of Office 365 to people with disabilities in new updates

Microsoft is to make it easier for people with disabilities to create content with an Office 365 accessibility update.

“As we make Office 365 accessible by design and make it easy for everyone to create accessible content, we hope that people of all abilities will feel empowered to achieve more with our productivity technologies, have equal access to digital information and have fulfilling interactions with each other,” said John Jendrezak, accessibility lead for the Office engineering team.

So what can we expect going forward? One of the key improvements will be to help visually impaired people with the screen reader tool for Word, Outlook and SharePoint.

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The built-in screen reader tool is called Narrator, and was updated as part of the recent Windows 10 anniversary update earlier this month.

The update includes new voices that can speak up to 800 words per minute, and Redmond says it has “six levels of verbosity, so you can get varying indications of text properties and control over how much punctuation you hear, and verbal hints when automatic suggestions are available.”

Microsoft Office 365 WordJendrezak said that the Office 365 team continues to work closely with the Narrator team to enhance productivity experiences for screen reader users.

Another improvement is the Scheduling Assistant in the latest version of Outlook for the PC, which aims to make it easier to manage a calendar. The Scheduling Assistant can set up a meeting with others, search for an email and set up signatures for a particular account.

SharePoint Online comes with an improved screen reader experience, and the new SharePoint home page in Office Setup 365 includes headings for easy navigation across the major areas of the page.

There is also a new “search as you type” experience to alert screen readers when matches are found, and improved navigation of sites.

Other areas that have been tweaked are Document Libraries, which now includes headings for easy navigation across the major areas of the page. Keyboard shortcuts for all major functions can be viewed in the app by pressing the question mark key.

“In May, I shared details about work underway to make Office 365 more usable with High Contrast themes on PCs, which is critical to ensure that the people with vision impairments, such as cataracts, can interact with data and commands in our applications with less eye strain,” wrote Jendrezak.

“Since then, if you have been working in Excel Online on a PC with High Contrast enabled, you’ll notice that tables, active cell and cells-selection outlines are more visible, hyperlinks in sheets are respecting High Contrast theme colors and Sparkline, slicers, shapes and charts are rendered using High Contrast theme colours.”

Another additional is Editor, which is a cloud-based advanced proofing and editing service designed mostly for people with dyslexia.

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Microsoft is throwing a lot of development resources at Office, not surprising when there are one billion users of Microsoft Office. Last week for example Office for Mac received an upgrade that included improved performance.

Microsoft also recently brought artificial intelligence-powered scheduling service Genee, and plans to integrate the software with Setup Microsoft Office 365 to give users more calendar power.

Microsoft productivity apps will come preloaded on some of Lenovo’s Android-powered devices, expanding the reach of Microsoft Office, Skype and OneDrive.

Productivity and inclusion—Office 365 accessibility update

Over the past year, hundreds of engineers from the Office 365 team have been working hard to make progress towards the plans outlined in our 2016 accessibility roadmap. Key enhancements releasing this quarter bring us closer to two goals:

  • People with disabilities can communicate, consume and create content on any device.
  • Everyone can easily create content that is accessible for all people.

As we make Office 365 accessible by design and make it easy for everyone to create accessible content, we hope that people of all abilities will feel empowered to achieve more with our productivity technologies, have equal access to digital information and have fulfilling interactions with each other.

Here are some of the key accessibility improvements releasing this quarter:

Screen reader usability improvements in Word, Outlook and SharePoint

Narrator—our built-in screen reader—received several key updates as part of the recent Windows 10 anniversary update. These included new voices that can speak up to 800 words per minute, six levels of verbosity, so you can get varying indications of text properties and control over how much punctuation you hear, and verbal hints when automatic suggestions are available.

The Office 365 team continues to work closely with the Narrator team to enhance productivity experiences for screen reader users. While using the latest version of Word for the PC and Windows Store apps with Narrator, you might have already noticed improvements in documents with tables, lists, images and hyperlinks. With the latest version of Outlook for the PC, you will now find it easier to manage your calendar, use the Scheduling Assistant to set up a meeting with others, search for an email and set up signatures for your account. Learn more about accessibility enhancements in Outlook for PCs in this article and review this support article to get started with Narrator.

Screenshot of Narrator in Ease of Access Settings

Narrator, the built-in screen reader in Windows 10, can be started from Ease of Access settings.

In SharePoint Online, you will notice improved screen reader experiences as the most used features have been made accessible by design. The new SharePoint home page in Office 365 includes headings for easy navigation across the major areas of the page, a new “search as you type” experience that alerts screen readers when there are matches found and improved navigation of sites by either table commands if using JAWS or arrow keys for all other screen readers.

Document Libraries now includes headings for easy navigation across the major areas of the page, keyboard shortcuts for all major functions that can be viewed in the app by pressing ? and the ability to navigate lists of files and folders using arrow keys similar to Windows Explorer. Screen reader users can now hear announcements when uploads are in progress and confirmations for actions within Document Libraries. Similar enhancements are coming in SharePoint Lists as well.

Screenshot of keyboard shortcuts in SharePoint Document Libraries

Press ? to access keyboard shortcuts in SharePoint Document Libraries.

High Contrast mode allows people with vision impairments to see data more clearly

In May, I shared details about work underway to make Office 365 more usable with High Contrast themes on PCs, which is critical to ensure that the people with vision impairments, such as cataracts, can interact with data and commands in our applications with less eye strain. Since then, if you have been working in Excel Online on a PC with High Contrast enabled, you’ll notice that tables, active cell and cells-selection outlines are more visible, hyperlinks in sheets are respecting High Contrast theme colors and Sparkline, slicers, shapes and charts are rendered using High Contrast theme colors.

Screenshot of Excel Online in High Contrast Mode with active sheet, selected cells, table outlines and chart outlines clearly visible

Excel Online makes it easy to see the active sheet, selected cells, table outlines and chart outlines in the High Contrast mode.

Proofing and Learning Tools enable people with dyslexia to read and write more effectively

Recently, we announced Editor, a cloud-based advanced proofing and editing service. People with dyslexia who have tried spell-checking with Editor have observed significant improvements, including the ability to find spelling corrections even when the misspelled word is very different from the intended word. More Editor enhancements are coming in the next few months for Word on PCs—all inspired by the needs of people with dyslexia and beneficial for everybody. In particular, Editor will make it easier to choose between suggested spellings for a misspelled word. Synonyms or definitions will be shown alongside suggestions and it will be possible to have both read aloud.

Screenshot of Editor in Word for PCs with synonyms shown alongside suggested spellings and an option to have a suggestion read aloud.

Editor in Word for PCs will make it easier to choose between suggested spellings.

Recently, we also made Learning Tools for OneNote generally available. Learning Tools now gives you the ability to dictate text in Spanish, French, German and Italian and have text read back to you in multiple languages. Download Learning Tools for free and see if it transforms your reading experience as it did for these students with dyslexia.

Accessibility Checker available in Office for Mac and more

We know that some of you prefer to check and fix the accessibility of your content after you finish authoring it and find tools, such as the Accessibility Checker for Office on PCs, helpful to identify areas in your files with images or videos that are missing alternative text. You now have the ability to run the Accessibility Checker from more places including, Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for Mac and Sway web and Windows Store apps. We are working to offer this capability for Word, Excel and PowerPoint Online apps and Outlook for PCs and Macs next. In apps where Accessibility Checker has been available for many years such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint for PCs, we are making it easier to discover and use.

Screenshot of Accessibility Checker in Excel for Mac, run from the Review tab with errors such as missing alt text for a chart shown

Accessibility Checker can be run from the Review tab of Office for Mac apps.

Export as tagged PDF from Word for Mac and more

This month, we also made available a highly requested ask from the Microsoft Accessibility Forum: Word applications for Mac now give you the ability to export documents as tagged PDFs and will soon be in conformance with the PDF/UA standard. We are working to offer this capability for Excel and PowerPoint apps for Mac next.

Screenshot of File -> Save As in Word for Mac with "Best for electronic distribution and accessibility" option selected

Export as accessible PDF from Word for Mac.

Ways for you to get more information

Eager to learn more about Accessibility Enhancements in Office 365 in person? Join us at the Microsoft Ignite conference next month in Atlanta for these sessions on Office 365 Accessibility Enhancements, SharePoint Online Accessibility and Strategies for an Inclusive Workplace. (Sessions will also be recorded and available to stream online.)

Responsible for ensuring that the products your organization develops or purchases meet accessibility requirements? You can now get conformance statements that demonstrate how Office 365 applications such as Delve, OneDrive, Outlook, Publisher, SharePoint, Sway and Yammer conform to the accessibility criteria of modern accessibility standards via our new pages for WCAG 2.0 AA reports and EN 301 549 reports. Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates continue to be published at the existing page for US Section 508 VPATs. Reports for more Office 365 applications will be added to these pages in the coming months as we make progress towards our publicly committed plans to meet the requirements of modern accessibility standards across the suite by the end of 2016.

React quickly to new data and information using Office 365 and Windows 10

An online immersion session is not your typical online event. These 90-minute interactive sessions start with an online roundtable discussing your business challenges and then launch into a live environment in the cloud. A skilled facilitator guides you through simulated business scenarios that are customized to your interests.

We will send you a link to connect your own device to a remote desktop loaded with our latest and greatest technology, so you can experience first-hand how Microsoft tools can solve your biggest challenges in a collaborative, fun environment.

Online immersion sessions help you discover how to:

  • Keep information secure while being productive—Make it easier to work securely and maintain compliance without inhibiting your workflow.
  • Capture, review and share notes from anywhere—Boost your team’s productivity by sharing documents and collaborating in real time.
  • Use social tools to find experts and answers—Break down barriers between departments to share knowledge quickly.
  • Quickly visualize and analyze complex data—Zero in on the data and insights you need without having to involve a BI expert.
  • Co-author and share content quickly—Access and edit documents even while others are editing and reviewing them—all at the same time.

Expect to leave the session with enough time-saving skills to more than offset your time investment within a few short days.

Office 365 Service Assurance—gaining your trust with transparency

As customers consider the transition to the cloud, we often hear that they want to ensure security, privacy and compliance requirements are met. At Microsoft, we believe that customers have the right to know how Office 365:

  • Safeguards confidentiality, integrity, availability and reliability of your data.
  • Let’s you control access to your data.
  • Helps you comply with various regulatory standards.

Service Assurance—Dashboard

We want to ensure that you have access to the information that is relevant for you to perform a risk assessment on Office 365 services—on demand. Access to this information should be seamless. To achieve these goals, we have released the Service Assurance Dashboard as part of the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center, which provides you immediate access to:

  • Details on how Office 365 implements security, privacy and compliance controls including details of how third-party independent auditors perform audits to test these controls.
  • Third-party independent audit reports including: SSAE 16 / SOC 1, SOC 2 / AT 101, ISO 27001 and ISO 27018.
  • Deep insights into how we implement encryption, incident management, tenant isolation and data resiliency.
  • Information on how you can leverage Office 365 security controls and configurations to protect your data.

Service Assurance—Audited Controls

While there are many detailed insights provided through Service Assurance, initial customer feedback indicates that Audited Controls are particularly helpful. The Audited Controls feature in Service Assurance helps you to understand how Office 365 protects your data by detailing:

  • Test status—Status of the Office 365 controls.
  • Control implementation details—Explanation of how Office 365 implements a control.
  • Testing performed to evaluate control effectiveness—How independent auditors test the effectiveness of our security, compliance and privacy controls.
  • Test date—When a control was validated.
  • Office 365 controls—How the Office 365 internal controls map to standard controls.

Service Assurance—Compliance Reports

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In this open and transparent model, we don’t just tell you “what” controls we have implemented, but also give you insights into “how” Microsoft implements and tests these controls. The Compliance Reports and Trust Documents provide you independent audit reports, deep-dive white papers and FAQs that are relevant to your geography and industry. Service Assurance helps you to stay secure and compliant with an “end-to-end” view of controls implemented by you as well as by Microsoft. For controls owned by you, it provides actionable implementation plans for relevant features that help you to implement these controls and manage your risks.

Improve compliance with Office 365 E5 plan

Microsoft is the industry leader in cloud compliance for enterprise customers. With the Office 365 E5 plan, advanced compliance is integrated into the service, so organizations can meet their unique requirements using a single cloud service.

Microsoft recognizes that organizations want control over access to content stored in cloud services. To maximize data security and privacy for Office 365 customers, Microsoft has engineered the service to require nearly zero interaction with customer content by Microsoft employees. Access is obtained through a rigorous access control technology called Customer Lockbox for Office 365, which helps you meet compliance obligations for explicit data access authorization. In the rare instance when a Microsoft service engineer needs access to your data, access control is extended to you so that you grant final approval for access. Actions taken are logged and accessible to you so that they can be audited.

Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery simplifies the eDiscovery process, reducing the volume of data by finding near-duplicate files, reconstructing email threads and identifying key themes and data relationships. Leveraging machine learning and predictive coding, it helps compliance administrators intelligently explore and analyze large, unstructured datasets and quickly zero in on what’s relevant to save time and money.

Stay safe in the cloud with Office 365 E5 plan

Advanced Threat Protection helps protect organizations from unknown malware and viruses. Advanced Threat Protection includes three key capabilities:

  • Safe Attachments—Protects against unknown malware and viruses by opening documents attached to emails in cordoned-off virtual environments to detect malicious behavior.
  • Safe Links—Provides real-time, time-of-click protection against malicious URLs by wrapping external links in special URLs that check the destination URL for threats before opening them.
  • Click Trace—Provides rich reporting and URL trace capabilities by keeping a record of every user who has clicked a Safe Link-wrapped URL for additional protection.

With Advanced Security Management, security administrators have access to the granular controls and policies they need to monitor access and reduce the possibility of attacks. Advanced Security Management provides these three functions:

  • General Anomaly Detection alerts and granular activity policies—Helps admins react quickly to suspicious activity with Advanced Security Alerts.
  • App Permissions—Enables IT to approve or revoke access for third-party apps or services that users authorize to connect to Office 365.
  • Cloud App Discovery—Enables IT to monitor what cloud services users connect to, so they can gain insights, identify anomalies and manage risky behavior.

Step by step instructions to Fix The 1401, 1402, 1406 Error When Installing Microsoft Office

The 1401/1402/1406 mistake is a typical issue which for the most part shows when you attempt and introduce Microsoft Office on your PC. The mistake is fundamentally created by your PC’s failure to peruse/prepare a specific registry key on your framework – keeping your PC from having the capacity to introduce the program you require. In case you’re seeing this blunder, the uplifting news is that it’s in reality simple to settle, by utilizing the instructional exercise and devices laid out in this article. These mistakes are the same and will appear in this organization: Mistake 1401: Setup can’t make Registry Key Mistake 1402: Setup can’t open Registry Key Mistake 1406: Setup can’t compose the incentive to the registry key The motivation behind why they are demonstrating is on account of your PC can’t embed the documents it requires into the “registry database” of your PC.

This database is a focal storeroom for every one of the settings and choices which Windows uses to run – and is constantly being utilized to help Windows including reviewing your desktop backdrop to introducing another program. Despite the fact that the registry is ceaselessly bringing about a lot of issues, the uplifting news is that the 1401/1402/1406 blunders are in reality simple to settle on it. The best approach to settle these blunders is to first ensure your client profile has entry to changing the registry keys on your framework. Client profiles are controlled by a strict arrangement of consents on your framework,

implying that in the event that you need to have the capacity to repair the issue you’re seeing – you ought to begin by ensuring your specific profile can change the registry keys of your PC. To do this, you can stack up the “consents” alternatives and afterward ensure you have every single conceded authorization on there. From that point onward, you ought to likewise hope to incapacitate any outsider programming you may have on your PC – which will essentially keep some other projects from meddling with the establishment procedure. On top of that,

it’s additionally suggested that you utilize a ‘registry cleaner’ program to settle any of the blunders and issues inside your framework. A registry cleaner is a product instruments which will look over your PC and settle the different issues which are bringing on blunders – fundamentally permitting your PC to run quicker and without a significant number of the mistakes which the registry causes. The registry database (which registry cleaners settle) is the primary driver of 1401/1402/1406 mistakes, a should be repaired in the most solid path conceivable to guarantee your PC is running easily and dependably. Downloading and running a registry cleaner ought to guarantee your framework is working effectively after the blunder. You can settle 1401/1402/1406 blunders on your PC effectively by utilizing the instructional exercise and devices on our site. You can Click Here to settle the Office Installation 1401/1402/1406 blunders.

The mistake is fundamentally created by your PC’s failure to peruse/prepare a specific registry key on your framework,


Two Different Ways to Resolve Microsoft Issues

Microsoft office is office suite of applications launched by Microsoft during 1988. Initially, the suite contained only three applications named Word, Excel and Power Point. With substantial development of Microsoft office, the suite began to known having some other applications like Outlook, OneNote, InfoPath, Groove, Publisher, Tools etc. If we talk about use of use of office in the corporate world, it is undoubtedly incredible. Now, MS office has been using in various organization on large scale making more and more people benefitting from it.

Each of the application has its own set of features to make the work done easily. However, sometimes the users of the application require assistances to solve many problems. These problems may vary as setup issues and troubleshooting of some common errors of the problems. Here is a short info on what you should do when you get stuck in the problems-

Getting self-help for the problems-

First of all, you should make some efforts to solve the problems. Quite a large number of issues can be solved with minor efforts. You can simply gather information with help of internet and unravel the issues within no time. It will take a bit longer time, but gives solution without paying a single penny to the user. In order to resolve the issues, you should be familiar with basic functions, problems and causes of Microsoft Office suite of application.

When to look for expert assistance-

It is quite important for you to know the right time to seek for expert assistance. This will bring smart decision to make real value for the money. The right time of going for technical help or expert assistance is when you face problems to setup office, install the application appropriately, troubleshoot complex issues, and configuring the settings.

Going for MS office setup is quite common for many people. Even the survey brings the results that a huge number of people call technical support for instant and best help. Today, numerous online service providers offer admirable technical assistance to help customers who do not have time to combat the issues and look for quick help. You can simply go for this option assistance available through the call, live chat support or through email support. This help is also useful when someone is not aware or has technical knowledge of resolving the issues.

Whenever you may have a problem in the functions of MS suite of application, know your choice of help to get the issue resolved efficiently.

Whenever you may have a problem in the functions of MS office setup suite of application, know your choice of help to get the issue resolved efficiently.


What’s new in Office 365 administration—new Service health dashboard now generally available

Today, we’re pleased to announce that the new Office 365 Service health dashboard is now available to all customers. Since the first preview—announced at Ignite in September 2016—the new Service health dashboard has provided admins with a deeper level of service health insight. We’re excited about the rich insights that it is bringing to admins.

The new Service health dashboard reaches general availability

For many of you, moving to Office 365 was a big change. In an on-premises world, if there was a service incident, you were the ones investigating and solving the issue. With Office 365, you trust Microsoft with running the service as well as with quickly solving service incidents. We know that having visibility into the service is crucial for you, and we built the Service health dashboard with that in mind. We are now providing an even deeper level of service health insights that are personalized for your organization. This allows admins to stay on top of service incidents, improve their internal support experience and improve their users’ Office 365 experience.

We’d like to thank each one of you who has participated in the preview program and who has provided feedback on the Service health dashboard. Over the last four months, we have received numerous pieces of feedback that have helped us identify gaps, fix bugs and evolve the Service health dashboard to a monitoring experience that meets the needs of all company sizes. And it’s great to hear how it is already helping you:

“The Service health dashboard has helped us better understand the current state of the office setup 365 service and is a much clearer picture of potential service. It conveys easy to understand information about service health and makes me aware of what is relevant to me.” —Customer feedback

Here is a summary of the main improvements:

Access rich and more actionable incident insights—The dashboard now features a view that separates major business critical outages from others and splits them into two categories: Incidents and Advisories. This view makes it easy for you to identify issues that you might want to act on immediately.

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Quickly understand the incident—A summary view surfaces the most relevant and critical details to you in two short sentences—easy and quick to consume. If you want to access additional details, you can go to a more detailed view that provides you with all available information, including workarounds and message history. You can also access a history of incidents and advisories that occurred in the past 30 days.

Easily see the impact for your organization—The dashboard allows you to quickly understand the impact of the service incident on your organization by showing you the number of impacted users. (Please note: This functionality is currently available for Exchange Online–related incidents only and will be extended to other workloads over time.)

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Quickly provide feedback—A rating option now enables admins to provide feedback on the accuracy and usefulness of the information of each post on the Service health dashboard.

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To access the new Service health dashboard, click Service health in the left navigation menu in the Office 365 admin center.

More to come

This is just the beginning. Our goal is to provide you with richer and more actionable service health insights that will help you to stay on top of incidents, reduce support costs and improve end user experiences. We’ll be adding more enhancements in the coming months, including:

Tell us about issues—If you are impacted by an issue that is not showing up on your Service health dashboard, the Tell us feature will provide you with a quick and easy way to let us know.

Stay informed through your preferred channel—The Service health dashboard will enable you to sign up for notifications via text and/or email, so that you can monitor the service and track issues through the channel you prefer.

Access user level details—In addition to the number of impacted users, you will also be able to access a full list of impacted users to enable you to drive more targeted communication and support.

Check the health of your users—On-demand user health checks will allow you to check end user health by running a test against our service. User Monitoring will enable you to proactively monitor specific users and to find out about possible health issues affecting those users right away—often before they might even notice them.

In-product messaging—The Service health dashboard will enable you to make your users aware of service incidents and inform them about possible workaround solutions through optional in-product notifications.

More management enhancements in February

Here’s a summary of additional Office 365 administration updates for February:

Weekly Message Center digest—Based on popular demand, we introduced a weekly digest that enables Office 365 admins to receive a summary of their Message Center notifications via email. The Message Center is the main channel that Microsoft uses to inform admins about changes, maintenance work and updates coming to their service. To make it easier for you to stay up to date and to share the notifications with your co-workers, the weekly digest now brings them directly to your inbox and can be configured for delivery to any email address of your choosing—even an Office 365 Groups mailbox in Outlook. The weekly digest capability is currently available to Office 365 admins who are set to First Release in tenants with more than 50 subscribed users and will become available for all customers over time.

If you don’t receive the weekly digest yet, you can also access the Message Center in the admin center, admin mobile app and Office 365 Service Communications API.

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Introducing Azure AD tenant restrictions (preview)—Certain organizations choose to restrict internet destinations by filtering on Fully Qualified Domain Names (FQDNs) and/or IP addresses using proxy and/or firewall devices. However, this approach is not effective in a world where SaaS applications are hosted in a public cloud, running on shared FQDNs such as (Outlook on the web) and (Azure AD). Blocking these FQDNs would effectively block access to every instance of the service, including the organization’s.

The new tenant restrictions feature enables organizations to control access to SaaS cloud applications, based on the Azure AD tenant the applications use for single sign-on. For example, you may want to allow access to your organization’s Office 365 applications, while preventing access to other organizations’ Office 365 applications.

Tenant restrictions is a new feature being introduced to Azure AD Premium P1 subscribers and all Office 365 customers. To make use of this feature, Office 365 subscribers must enable Modern Authentication as the default authentication protocol for the cloud service and access the service using a Modern Authentication–enabled client. When you’re ready to get started, see Use Tenant restrictions to manage access to SaaS cloud applications for more information.

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Office 365 admin center learning page—To help small business run their business on Office 365, we’ve launched an Office 365 admin center video page that makes it easy to understand key management scenarios through a series of short, easy-to-follow videos. Learn how to add a domain name, add people, set up document storage, download software and much more. Please let us know what content you’d like to see as we continue to add more videos and categories in the coming months.

New Power BI admin role—The Power BI admin role is a new role in Azure AD, meant for those tasked with administering Power BI for their organization. Office 365 user admins can assign users to be Power BI admins within the Office 365 admin center or via PowerShell script. Once a user is assigned, they’ll be able to access the Power BI Admin portal. There, they will have access to tenant-wide usage metrics and be able to control tenant-wide usage of Power BI features.

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Office 365 admin app improvements—The Office 365 admin app now supports cert-based authentication and multi-factor authentication.

New tile for the Office 365 admin center dashboard—To enable admins to manage Setup Microsoft Office 365 more efficiently, we continue to evolve the admin center home page. In February, we included a Suggested Features tile that admins can add to their home page. The tile shows features we recommend enabling to increase the value your organization is getting out of Office 365.

In addition, we’ve started to retire the old admin center and the ability for customers to switch back to the old experience.

More to come

Over the coming months, we will add more reports, focused on the clients used to access SharePoint and OneDrive for Business. We are also working on making the Office 365 adoption content pack in Power BI available to all customers and on providing new public APIs that will enable you to programmatically access the usage data and integrate it into custom applications, like a company reporting portal.

New Office 365 adoption resources, webinar with Microsoft CIO Jim DuBois

Over the past couple years Microsoft FastTrack, the customer success service for the Microsoft Cloud, has helped more than 22,000 customers worldwide achieve success with Office 365. That number is growing quickly, with more than 4,000 new customers each month now turning to FastTrack for guidance on Office 365 implementation and user adoption. In addition to providing onboarding, FastTrack helps customers think beyond just the deployment to help organizations move to the cloud with confidence and realize business value faster.

Many organizations rely on FastTrack for assistance, guidance and resources that are provided directly from the people that build and run Office 365. Today, FastTrack is announcing several exciting new resources to help customers achieve widespread adoption of Office 365 and get the most from their investment, including:

  • A new webinar, featuring Microsoft CIO Jim DuBois, which will share best practices and discuss the resources available to help you achieve your business goals through Office Setup 365 adoption.
  • Expanded Productivity Library scenarios to show your users how embracing Office 365 will lead to success.
  • The Office 365 Adoption Guide, which provides a step-by-step blueprint for adoption.

Ensure your business goals are met—plan ahead for user adoption

Organizations of every size and description—including 85 percent of Fortune 500 companies—count on the Microsoft Cloud and Office 365 to provide the collaboration, mobile productivity, intelligence and trust they need to run their businesses. But what if you’re the person your company has charged with ensuring user adoption to realize the full value of Office 365? How can you help your organization achieve its business goals through Office 365 adoption when your schedule is overloaded, your team is overextended and you aren’t sure where to begin?

“We found the Microsoft FastTrack adoption methodology really beneficial,” says Simon Denton, business architect at Mott MacDonald. “It set out quite clearly the steps we needed to go through to define principles and scenarios. Once we did that, we knew adoption would come easily. We based our entire adoption plan on Microsoft FastTrack documentation. It gave us a really good foundation.”

Join us for our upcoming webinar, “Microsoft FastTrack: Achieve your success with Office 365”

Microsoft CIO Jim DuBois will share insights on how to enable digital transformation of your organization through Office 365 adoption. In addition, Simon Denton of Mott MacDonald will explain how he used FastTrack resources to help his company increase productivity by moving to Office 365. And we’ll demonstrate many of the adoption resources at The webinar is Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT/UTC. Reserve your place today.

Plan for success with our new Office 365 Adoption Guide

Based on our extensive research, and insights from thousands of customer engagements worldwide, the new Office 365 Adoption Guide provides an end-to-end methodology to help you realize business value through user adoption. The Adoption Guide includes best practices and guidance on how to develop and execute a successful adoption strategy.

Explore the Office 365 Productivity Library at

Use the Productivity Library to learn how to talk to users about Office 365, discover what the service makes possible for your professional role and your industry, and access guidance and resources to help you get started with your chosen scenarios. It includes guidance to help you get started, awareness and training templates, and resources that relate Office 365 apps to real-world business situations and highlight product benefits for daily tasks we all experience. We’re continually improving and expanding the Productivity Library, so visit often to get regular updates related to Office 365 product features and see case studies of how organizations use the platform to realize business value.

Maybe you’re just starting to think about making the move to Office 365, or perhaps you’ve already begun your digital transformation journey. Either way, FastTrack has the resources to help you achieve user adoption of Setup Microsoft Office 365 and realize business value for your organization.