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Microsoft Announces New E5 Plan for Office 365

Microsoft announced a new premium Office 365 Enterprise Suite called E5 available to eligible partners and their customers by year end

The top seven features bundled into the forthcoming E5 suite include:
Skype for Business Meeting Broadcast
PSTN Conferencing, Cloud PBX with PSTN Calling
Power BI Pro
Delve Organizational Analytics
Customer Lockbox and Advanced Threat Protection.



Skype for Business Meeting Broadcast:

The highly anticipated Skype for Business Meeting Broadcast enables broadcast meetings for up to 10,000 participants. This is great for companies who communicate through town-hall, all-hands meetings, or need to make product or sales presentations. Attendees can join the meeting from a browser on nearly any device, as well as rewind, pause and resume playback based on his or her own schedule without affecting the broadcast.

PSTN Conferencing (US-based only):

PSTN conferencing will be available for U.S. based customers in the E5 bundle. PSTN conferencing allows people invited to a Skype for Business meeting via Office 365 to join by dialing-in using a landline or mobile phone

Cloud PBX with PSTN Calling:

Currently in preview for US-based Office 365 customers, cloud PBX with PSTN calling provides users the ability to make and receive traditional phone calls from their Skype for Business client. Calls may be managed using hold, resume, forward and transfer features found on traditional phones. This cloud-based service is built on proven Lync Server and Skype for Business Server technologies.


Power PI:

measures the health of your business through advanced data reporting and dashboards using natural query language.  Its Power Query, Power View and Tiling commands make Power BI a favorite with company CIOs, marketing heads and line of business users by effectively moving the power of data out of the server room and into the hands of on-demand, in-demand users.

Includes all the functionality of the free Power BI version plus additional data refresh and collaboration tools offering higher data-capacity and data-streaming limits.

New Power BI Pro features include creating and publishing customized content packs; sharing refreshable team dashboards and reports using groups; connecting on-premise data using Personal Gateways; and enabling live interactive connectivity to SQL Server Analysis Services


Delve Organizational Analytics:

Delve Organizational Analytics builds on the current Delve features and gives additional personalized insights from the most commonly utilized user data and coworker interactions. A dashboard has been added to measure, track and identify key trends such as frequently used team documents and leading team interactions.


Advanced Threat Protection:

Hardens subscriber email environments by blocking bulk email at the IP address level. The new service evaluates known bulk email offenders through advanced machine-learning identifiers, and then rates the reputation of a sender and frequency of mailing, thereby marking known spammers. Microsoft provides built-in safe lists and threshold levels for the administrator as well.


The real-time, time-of-click safe attachment protection scans each message, and,as described by Microsoft Office 365 security product manager Shobhit Sahay, creates a ‘detonation chamber’ that queries the URL for executables, registry calls or requesting access privileges.   Based on this analysis, the service can block the message via the ‘safe link’ and ‘safe attachment’ templates



Source: CDW Blog

New activity logging and reporting capabilities for Office 365

Microsoft is pleased to announce the roll out of new activity logging and reporting capabilities for Office 365, including the Office 365 activity report, comprehensive logging capability, PowerShell command or cmdlet and a preview of the Office 365 Management Activity API.

Office 365 activity report

The Office 365 activity report enables you to investigate a user’s activity by searching for a user, file or other resource across SharePoint Online, One Drive for Business, Exchange Online and Azure Active Directory, and then download the activities to a CSV (comma separate values) file. You can filter by date range, user, file/folder and activity type. This feature is especially useful for compliance reporting purposes for companies that are in highly regulated industries such as pharmaceuticals and financial institutions

You can use the Office 365 activity report in the Office 365 Compliance Center to view user and admin activity in your Office 365 organization. The report contains entries for the following types of events:

  • Admin activity (admin audit logging) in Exchange Online.
  • Access to mailboxes by someone other than the owner (mailbox audit logging) in Exchange Online.
  • User activity in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business.
  • Admin activity in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business.
  • Admin activity in Azure Active Directory (the directory service for Office 365).
  • User sign-in activity in Azure Active Directory.


Comprehensive logging capability

User and admin activity events are logged across SharePoint Online, One Drive for Business, Exchange Online and Azure Active Directory. This is useful for helping to see what types of files a user has been sharing with others in the organization.

Today, you can search on over 150 events (with more coming soon), including file views, mailbox owner activity, Azure Active Directory log ins and many more. In the future, we plan to expand these capabilities to include activities in other Office 365 services, such as Yammer and Skype for Business.

Search PowerShell cmdlet

Another new way to search activity logs is with PowerShell, using the Search-UnifiedAuditLog cmdlet, which enables you to run scoped queries against the audit storage log, such as by date, record type, operation and file extension. This cmdlet also lets you export those logs to a file. For example you could run the following cmdlet to search user activity logs for all events from May 1, 2015 to June 26, 2015:

Search-UnifiedAuditLog -StartDate May 1, 2015 -EndDate June 26, 2015

These capabilities started to roll out last month. 


Sources: Office Blogs

Enable or Disable Clutter for Office 365 Users

After understanding what is Office 365 Clutter , we are going to illustrate how can you enable or disable Clutter for Office 365 user or all users

You have to know that this can be done through PowerShell

Connect to Office 365 using PowerShell

To enable clutter for one user run:

Set-Clutter -Identity -Enable $true

To disable clutter for one user run:

Set-Clutter -Identity -Enable $false

To enable clutter for all users run:

Get-Mailbox | Set-Clutter -Enable $true

To disable clutter for all users run:

Get-Mailbox | Set-Clutter -Enable $false

How to find out who has clutter enabled or disabled

You can use the script attached here to Export all Office 365 users Clutter status to a CSV file

This PowerShell script connects to Office 365 and lists out all mailboxes and shows you if each user has Clutter enabled or disabled for their mailbox.

Sources: Cogmotive Blogs



What is Office 365 Clutter ?

Clutter is an email filtering option available to Office 365 customers.  It is similar to an anti-spam filter as it moves less important email (based on your reading habits) into a ‘Clutter’ folder where they can be ignored or reviewed later.  Most of the mail going into the folder should be bulk mail (advertisements) and messages from mailing lists.  However, you will want to periodically check the Clutter folder as it may move legitimate email into this folder.

How Clutter filters messages

Clutter and junk email are both filtered out before they reach your Inbox. Junk email is evaluated and filtered first, then Outlook processes the rules (if you have set up any). Next, Clutter analyzes the remaining messages and filters out the types of messages that you usually ignore or don’t respond to, based on your past behavior.

Messages from certain people will never be identified as clutter:

  • You
  • Anyone in your management chain
  • Your direct reports

Clutter looks at various aspects of messages to understand what you don’t typically read, for example:

  • The sender
  • Whether you’ve participated in the conversation
  • If you’re the only recipient
  • The importance

As your reading habits change, Clutter learns and adapts.

How Clutter will look like in Outlook ?

clutter outlook


How Clutter will look like in OWA?

clutter OWA

If you are using OWA and need to mark messages as “not clutter”,  either right click on the message and choose ‘Mark as not clutter’ or just drag it to the Inbox. If Exchange is missing messages you want marked as clutter, right click and choose ‘Mark as clutter’ or drag it to the Clutter folder. In Outlook and other clients, you’ll need to drag a message to the clutter folder to mark it as clutter or drag it to the Inbox to mark it not clutter.

Users can drag messages they deem suitable to the Clutter folder to “train” the tool to spot similar email in the future. The tool gets smarter over time, learning from your prior actions with similar messages.

Once Clutter is enabled in OWA, it appears in other clients linked to that Exchange account, including Outlook on both Windows and OS X desktops and notebooks, and the iPhone and Android OWA apps.

Note:  If you have rules moving messages, Clutter is applied after server-side rules are applied and items touched by rules won’t be filtered by clutter.


Sources: Article, MS support

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