Here’s a good explanation of why we should care, as quoted from the more recent MSFT post: “Starting with Windows Vista , Internet Explorer has a new security zone protection feature, called protected mode, and that is set up by default for Internet, Intranet and Restricted Security zones.
The effect of the protected mode is that the sites in these zones will not have access to the folders available to other application (i.e. data available in other zones). This means the cookies available for one session for a site in a Protected mode zone will not be accessible to a site that resides in a separate zone (and the other way around), which will trigger behind the scene repeated authentication attempts.”
Net result: persistent login prompts, hair pulling, annoyances. The fix? Either manually or through group policy, apply the following settings to your Windows workstations:
In Office 365, you can quickly and easily get to your email, calendars, documents, and apps using the Office 365 app launcher (learn more). The tiles in the app launcher are those that have been promoted, or pinned, from the My apps Page (learn more). The My apps page includes all of the apps you get with Office 365 as well as custom apps that you add from the SharePoint Store or Azure AD.
In addition to these, you can add your own custom tiles to the My apps page that point to SharePoint sites, external sites, legacy apps, and more. Once there, you can pin them to your app launcher and instruct your users to do the same. This makes it easy to find the relevant sites, apps, and resources to do your job. In the below example, a custom tile called “Contoso Portal” is used to access an organization’s primary SharePoint site.
Tip To perform these steps, you must be an administrator with access to the Office 365 admin center.
Enter a Tile name for the new tile. The name will appear in the tile.
Enter a URL for the tile. This is the location where you want your users to go when they select the tile.
Tip If you’re creating a tile for a SharePoint site, navigate to that site, copy the URL, and paste it here. The URL of your default team site looks like this: https://<company_name>.sharepoint.com
Enter a Description for the tile. You see this when you select the tile on the My apps page and choose App details.
Enter an Image URL for the tile. The image appears on the My apps page and app launcher.
Tip The image should be 50×50 pixels, stored in SharePoint Online, and shared with everyone. You can, for example, put it in a library on your team site then generate an anonymous guest link and use that as the URL. If you can’t generate an anonymous link, make sure external sharing is enabled in SharePoint Online.
Choose Submit to create the custom tile.
Your custom tile now appears on the My apps page for you and your users..
To add the custom tile to the app launcher
Select the app launcher icon and choose My apps.
Select the ellipsis and choose Pin to app launcher.
Important Both you and your users need to perform these steps to promote custom tiles from the My apps page to the app launcher.
Edit a custom tile
In the Office 365 admin center, choose Company Profile in the left navigation.
Choose Custom tiles.
Select a custom tile and choose Edit tile.
Update the Tile name, URL, Description, or Image URL for the custom tile (see earlier description).
To delete a custom tile, follow steps 1-3, choose Remove tile and then Delete.
In addition to adding tiles to the app launcher, you can add app launcher tiles to the Office 365 navigation bar (learn more). To customize the look and feel of Office 365 to match your organization’s brand, see Customize the Office 365 theme.
“Microsoft’s Ignite Conference in Chicago last month was a huge event- 23,000+ attendees -and a lot of genuinely interesting technology news came out of it . I’ll share with you here my take on the big items of the event, flavoured through my lens of SharePoint/Office 365.
The core concepts: Microsoft is taking a mobile-first, cloud-first approach with three top priorities: to usher in an era of more personal computing, to reshape work and productivity with enhanced products and processes, and to build trust in a reliable, extensible cloud service offering.
What’s more, for us here in Canada, a lot of these announcements take on huge new relevance as Microsoft just announced on June 2 (http://reimagine.microsoft.ca/en-ca/) that they are opening data centers located on our soil. This opens up the doors to a Government and Private industry base that previously had been not able to leverage these services.
I will talk a bit on the upcoming on premise version of SharePoint 2016, the latest in Office 365 (including Delve/Office Graph), and more. ”
Microsoft Lync is now Skype for Business. The latest addition to the Microsoft Office 365 family, Skype for Business connects people everywhere to do more together.
What you need to know:
There will still be two distinct products: Skype for Business and Skype for Consumers.
Skype for Business does not “replace” Lync; rather the next release of the on-premises version of Microsoft Lync Server and the Microsoft Lync Client will be renamed to “Skype for Business”.
The Lync product stays the same under the covers – all the components, technology, infrastructure, and associated capabilities stay as Lync – just the name changes.
Microsoft will continue to make Skype for Business and Skype for Consumers interoperate (i.e. communicate) with each other – ultimately aiming for a seamless experience whether you are at work or at home. Today instant messaging, audio, and video are supported.
Skype for Business (aka Lync ) will have the ability to use the Skype Directory directly from the next release of the Lync Client! This will make it much easier to add Skype contacts and communicate with them.
The new Skype for Business client will visually look more like the existing Skype client (e.g. theme, icons and workflow) but with all the capabilities of the current Lync client.
Upgrading to the next version of Lync Server (aka Skype for Business) will require no new hardware from a Lync Server 2013 requirements standpoint.
Meetings, messaging, and more.
This is a great time to take a look at what Skype for Business offers.
Skype for Business is ideal for scheduling and running online meetings. Attendees can join from their computers, tablets, or phones. You can use video to connect and get on the same page or quickly trade IMs with your project team. Skype for Business makes communication easy and makes you more productive.
Not sure how to best use it? Have a look at this video for some ideas.
On November 11th, we announced our plans to rename Lync to Skype for Business, which will include shipping new client, server and service in Office 365 during the first half of 2015. At that time, we shared how Skype for Business will take advantage of the strengths of both Skype and Lync to make communications better for organizations—large and small. Today, we are thrilled to announce the availability of Skype for Business technical training, created to help our partners and IT pros get ready for the upcoming product release.
Starting January 19th through the end of March, the Office 365 Summit events will include instructor-led trainings on Skype for Business to help your company quickly take advantage of the upcoming opportunity.
Sessions include Skype for Business technical tracks for IT pros, developers and users including:
Beginning in February, we’ll make the Office 365 Summit content available on the Office 365 Summit Readiness tab for those unable to attend in person and we’ll start a series of live webcasts that provide deeper, topic by topic, training on Skype for Business. You can view the current session list and register at this link.
We’re incredibly excited as we approach the Skype for Business release and look forward to your participation. Please join us in person or online to take advantage of the opportunities to learn more, give us feedback and get ready for Skype for Business.
I hope to see you next week in Mexico City!
—Sami Abou Saab, product manager for Skype for Business.