Cloud Connect February 2017
Directly from Outlook for iOS, it is now possible to create a meeting, add invitees AND see their availability on a calendar, making it easy to pick a time that works for all attendees right from your phone. Android functionality is coming soon!
- At the end of February, the option to install Office 2013 from the Office 365 portal will be removed.
- Users of Office 2013 can continue to receive updates until September 2017. After that, there will be no further updates and it is recommended to install Office 2016.
In order to receive Office 365 support going forward, it is required to have the latest versions of Office 365 installed. This means that after September 2017, those still running the 2013 version of office will not be able to receive support.
Microsoft Access is a great database management solution for small businesses because it makes collecting and storing data accessible on the desktop – no support from an Admin needed! As part of a cost-free update to Office 365, those with Business Premium subscriptions now have the use of Microsoft Access as part of their subscription! Formerly Access was only included on an enterprise-tier subscription. Dependent on how Office 365 is set to receive updates, this update has either already rolled out or will be rolling out in June 2017.
A common question when moving to the cloud is “Where is the anti-virus?” And while the Microsoft Cloud does offer many innate more robust security benefits – things like two-factor authentication, the “basics” are left out. With some additional services for Office 365, the question of “How do I secure my cloud?” is answered. Although data is available in the cloud it is not protected from user errors or data loss from user actions.