Cloud Connect February 2017

Tips and Tricks:
A new scheduling experience for Outlook on iOS is here!
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!
A question of the Month:
Office 2013 is going into “End of Life”, what does that mean for me?
Most users of Office 365 have the newest version of the Office 365 apps, meaning that most likely Office 2016 is currently and there is nothing to worry about. However, if the specific decision was made to install Office 2013, there are some things to be mindful of:
  • 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.

Feature Update:

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.

Security and Backup:

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.

To learn more about how to protect your all your data –email, documents, and systems contact us at [email protected] and learn about your options! Security and data protection is on top of mind and we can help you with the piece of mind!