imageEver had problems with Office 365’s applications?

Have you tried the Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant for Office 365?

How does it work?
Support and Recovery Assistant works by running tests to figure out what’s wrong. It can fix many problems for you, or it can tell you how to fix them yourself.

  • Problems with Outlook
      • Outlook stops responding
      • Can’t receive emails
      • Outlook keeps asking for my password
      • Shared mailboxes or shared calendars don’t work.
      • Outlook keeps saying "Trying to connect…" or "Disconnecte
  • Problems with Office 365 email on your phone
      • I can’t sync my email
      • Email app keeps asking for my password
  • Trouble setting up Office apps
      • Where do I go to install Office?
      • I can’t activate Office
      • I need help setting up my Office 365 email in Outlook

The installation is a 195KB stub that installs a 98.8MB .NET application.

After accepting the Terms of Use screen, you’ll be sent to the main page.  In the upper right hand corner, you can sign-in to your Office 365 account to kick things off.

Download the tool from the site below.


These days, a data breach is every organization’s worst nightmare—and for good reason. Cyberhackers are getting more sophisticated by the day, and more and more companies are falling prey to this global cybersecurity epidemic. Is your company prepared to protect against, detect, and respond to an attack when—not if—it happens to you?

At the Microsoft Virtual Security Summit, security experts and thought leaders will gather together to share insights to help you elevate your security posture, stay competitive despite cybersecurity threats, and better protect data, devices, and users in a cloud-first, mobile-first world. Register for this session-packed, live online event on March 14 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM PT.

You’ll learn about:

  • Best practices to ensure cyber defense and cyber resiliency
  • Innovations in cloud security
  • New threats to look out for in 2018
  • Blockchain security, and more

Summit Highlights

Anatomy of a Breach: How Do Hackers Break In?
Jim Moeller, Principal Cybersecurity Consultant
& Matt Kemelhar, Cybersecurity Expert, Microsoft

This keynote will provide an in-depth look at the lifecycle of an attack, strategies hackers employ to infiltrate your network, and tips for preventing attacks within your organization based on lessons from real-world examples.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is Coming: Are You Ready?
Sian John, Chief Security Advisor U.K.
& John Payseno, Assistant General Counsel, CELA, Microsoft

GDPR takes effect in May, affecting all companies, government agencies, non-profits, and other organizations conducting any type of business in the EU or collecting or analyzing data tied to EU residents. Tune into this keynote to hear these experts share how to build a compliance practice by understanding both the spirit of the law, as well as the letter.

Cyber Resiliency and Future State: Innovations in Cloud Security
Jonathan Trull, Cybersecurity Executive & CISO
& Shawn Anderson, Executive Security Advisor, Microsoft

Hear from top Global Security Advisors about the trends that will affect cybersecurity into the future across AI, Internet of Things, and Machine Learning.

Already booked for March 14?
Sign up now and we’ll let you know when the on-demand version is available for viewing.

imageRegistration opens at 9:00 AM PST, February 15, 2018.

Microsoft Build
May 7-9, 2018
Seattle, WA

Save the date:

imageBig news for those looking for help in defending all your client devices from threats.

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection coming to Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1
Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP) is coming to Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1.  It was announced yesterday that starting this summer, customers moving to Windows 10 can add Windows Defender ATP Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) functionality to their Windows 7, and Windows 8.1 devices, and get a holistic view across their endpoints.

For Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, we are building a behavioral based EDR solution to give security teams rich insights into threats on their endpoints. All detections and events are surfaced in Windows Defender Security Center, the cloud-based console for Windows Defender ATP. Security teams benefit from correlated alerts for known and unknown adversaries, additional threat intelligence, and a detailed machine timeline for further investigations and manual response options.

Although this solution can run side-by-side with third-party antivirus solutions, it is better together with Windows Defender Antivirus (also known as System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) for down-level). With Windows Defender Antivirus, security teams can see all malware detections and trigger response actions to prevent the spread of malware, in the same console.

More WDATP Cross Platform support for iOS, Android, MacOS, & Linux through partners
We previously announced CROSS-PLATFORM support for Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection technology to detect, protect, and respond to security threats against macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android through partnerships with Bitdefender, Lookout, and Ziften.

We are now extending this partnership with SentinelOne Endpoint Protection & their EDR technology.  Read about it here.

For more information on Post-breach Security Technology & Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, visit the following:

The LinkedIn Resume Assistant for Word for Windows is now available to Office 365 Subscribers who receive updates through the Monthly Channel starting February 7, 2018 in select regions. The following blog post announcements discuss the general availability milestone.


The LinkedIn Resume Assistant is only available for Windows versions of Word at this time. 

  • Insiders Channels: November 9, 2017
  • Monthly Channel: February 7, 2018
  • Language: English
  • Regions: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, New Zealand, United, Kingdom, and United States of America

The LinkedIn Resume Assistant requires an Office 365 Client subscription such as Office 365 Business or Office 365 ProPlus (the client can be a part of offering like Business Premium, E3, or E5)

Office setting for LinkedIn feature integration

LinkedIn feature integration can be enabled or disabled through a setting by going to the  File > Options, General tab in Excel, Word, PowerPoint or Outlook. When the setting is checked or unchecked in any of the four applications, all four applications respect the change.


This setting is available as a Group Policy.


The following help articles are available from either Microsoft or LinkedIn related to this release.

Resume Assistant

LinkedIn Integration

November Blog Posts:

Posted by: kurtsh | January 31, 2018

DOWNLOAD: Secure DevOps Kit for Azure

imageThe "Secure DevOps Kit for Azure" (will be referred to as ‘AzSDK’ henceforth) is a collection of scripts, tools, extensions, automations, etc. that caters to the end to end Azure subscription and resource security needs for dev ops teams using extensive automation and smoothly integrating security into native dev ops workflows helping accomplish secure dev ops with these 6 focus areas:

  1. Secure the subscription: A secure cloud subscription provides a core foundation upon which subsequent development and deployment activities can be conducted. An engineering team should have the capabilities to deploy and configure security in the subscription including elements such as alerts, ARM policies, RBAC, Security Center policies, JEA, Resource Locks, etc. Likewise, it should be possible to check that all settings are in conformance to a secure baseline.
  2. Enable secure development: During the coding and early development stages, developers should have the ability to write secure code and to test the secure configuration of their cloud applications. Just like build verification tests (BVTs), we introduce the concept of security verification tests (SVTs) which can check for security of various resource types in Azure.
  3. Integrate security into CICD: Test automation is a core tenet of devops. We emphasize this by providing the ability to run SVTs as part of the VSTS CICD pipeline. These SVTs can be used to ensure that the target subscription used to deploy a cloud application and the Azure resources the application is built upon are all setup in a secure manner.
  4. Continuous Assurance: In the constantly changing dev ops environment, it is important to move away from the mindset of security being a milestone. We have to treat security as a continuously varying state of a system. This is made possible through capabilities that enable continuous assurance using a combination of automation runbooks, schedules, etc.
  5. Alerting & Monitoring: Visibility of security status is important for individual application teams and also for central enterprise teams. We provide solutions that cater to the needs of both. Moreover, the solution spans across all stages of dev ops in effect bridging the gap between the dev team and the ops team from a security standpoint through the single, integrated views it generates.
  6. Cloud Risk Governance: Lastly, underlying all activities in the kit is a telemetry framework that generates events capturing usage, adoption, evaluation results, etc. This allows us to make measured improvements to security targeting areas of high risk and maximum usage before others.

Read more here/download it here:

Posted by: kurtsh | January 28, 2018

BETA: Azure Location Based Services

imageAzure Location Based Services (preview) provides developers from all industries, powerful geospatial capabilities, packed with fresh mapping data necessary to provide geographic context to web and mobile applications.

Azure Locaiton Based Services provides the ability to:

  • Give context to your data for increased productivity
  • Refresh your apps and devices with dynamic information
  • Track more than geographic coordinates
  • Use Azure Location Based Services with familiar tools and services

This service is an Azure One API compliant set of REST APIs, accompanied with a web-based JavaScript control to make development easy, flexible, and portable across multiple mediums.

The press has written quite a bit about it.  Tom Tom, Delphi, and other location-oriented manufacturers have adopted it:

For more information, visit the product page:

imageThis isn’t new however, it’s important to highlight this notice given that many folks are still deploying Office 2016 Professional Plus.

Office 365 ProPlus or Office perpetual minimum requirements
Starting October 13, 2020, Office 365 ProPlus or Office perpetual in mainstream support will be required to connect to Office 365 services. Office 365 ProPlus will deliver the best experience, but for customers who aren’t ready to move to the cloud by 2020, we will also support connections from Office perpetual in mainstream support. For more information:
Office 365 system requirements updates

Office Perpetual is the “.MSI” installable version of the product that does not get updated with features in the same way that Office 365 ProPlus does. 

Office 2016 Professional Plus’ support for usage against Exchange Online/SharePoint Online implementations ends, per the Microsoft lifecycle site on 10/13/2020 – so folks will need to have transitioned off of Office 2016 Professional Plus by that date (to Office 365 ProPlus or Office 2019 Professional Plus), if they want to continue to use Exchange Online/SharePoint Online, etc. in a supported manner.

Posted by: kurtsh | January 28, 2018

INFO: Windows 10 Language Packs for Worldwide Deployments

Program Manager, Michael Niehaus is the the technical lead for Windows 10 Deployment Services here at Microsoft.  He’s an incredibly important person to Enterprise desktop architects.

He has a blog and recently updated his long running post that talks about how to get Windows 10 Language Packs for deployment in worldwide Enterprise deployments of Windows 10 – specifically for Windows 10 1709 language packs.


Check out the post here:

Posted by: kurtsh | January 28, 2018

VIDEO: Office 365 Update for January 2018

Jim Naroski covers recent enhancements to Office 365, Microsoft’s cloud-based productivity solution for the modern workplace. The course transcript, complete with all links mentioned, is available at

Here are the topics covered in the January Update:

For previous updates, go to the Office 365 Update YouTube Playlist:

For written transcripts of new features, visit the Office 365 Update Blog:

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