Category Archives: Office 365

Warning: Office 365 SPAM – Phishing attack

DO NOT respond to any mails which ask for Urgent Upgrade. Here is a sample mail which I just received.

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There is a link called UPGRADE NOW.
DO NOT CLICK ON THIS LINK.

This link leads to an authentic looking Office 365 login page. Needless to say, it is a fake page. This is called a Phishing attack.

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DO NOT put your password there.
Just delete the mail permanently and do not think about it again.

I have already informed the relevant authorities in Microsoft. They will do the needful.

If you are in another country or region, you may not receive this particular type of mail. But in any case, do not trust any such mails. If you are an IT person, go to the Office 365 Admin page and check if there is a genuine need for license upgrade. If you are not an IT person, just alert your IT team.

Be safe!.

Productivity Session at CIO meet: Video

I recently spoke at the CIO Powerlist 2017 event which was attended by 100+ CIOs from India.  Watch my session video – 27 min.

Topics covered

  1. Office 365 Secure Score
  2. File storage best practices
  3. Skype FB best practices
  4. Better teamwork using Office 365 Groups
  5. Chat based collaboration using Office 365 Teams
  6. Team Task management using Planner
  7. When NOT to send a mail (because there is a better option available)
  8. Amazing data cleanup using Power Query
  9. Excel Forecasting – new feature
  10. Automated animation using Morph in PowerPoint
  11. Summary Zoom in PowerPoint

Link recent files instantly

Here is a smart new feature which allows you to Link recent files instantly. It is difficult to notice but a very nice addition. Just notice the dropdown below the Insert – Link button. Also available with Right Click – Link button. Shows recent files to choose from. Works with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. It is similar to the Insert Attachment dropdown in Outlook. One difference.

This list does not show the cloud icon for files which are on OneDrive or SharePoint. Look at the path before adding the link. Whether the file is on local drive or OneDrive, it is not going to automatically give access to others, in case you send the documents to them. The Outlook – Add Attachment list shows the cloud icon and automatically gives EDIT permission to the recipients.

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Security Neglect: Office 365 Worst Practices

Everyone is worried about putting corporate files, data and emails on the cloud – or Office 365. This worry continues after deploying Office 365. Paradoxically, the actual efforts put into maximizing Office 365 are inadequate. Of course, Microsoft data centers follow and often create new, global security standards. However, there is Security Neglect at the individual tenant (customer) level. Most do not even know that there is a Office 365 Secure Score. Find out more. Reading time 7 min.

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Drop-down Gamification

Office has so many features that there is no place to show all of them on screen. That is why, Microsoft has to use drop-downs and More… buttons. Unfortunately, most of us never even notice these buttons, leave alone clicking on them to find out what more is available. Due to this, thousands of brilliant features are never noticed. Here is the solution: Drop-down Gamification. This concept applies to More buttons and sub-menus as well. The objective is to make this self-discovery of feature gems as much fun as possible.

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Pitfalls: Office 365 Consumption measurement

Office 365 Consumption involves quantification of product specific usage.  Microsoft as well as customers monitor Office 365 Consumption and use it to estimate ROI as well as efficiency gains from Office 365.

Often, teams a pre-defined increase in utilization as a KRA which is linked to salary / bonus. This article shows the pitfalls of using the Active Users chart to measure Office 365 Consumption. This applies to O365 E3 or above.

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CIO Crown Session Video: Disruption, Transformation and Acceleration using Office

This keynote was delivered at the CIO Crown event in Mumbai (India), August 2016.  200+ CIOs attended the session. It was an honor to showcase the power of Office365 to a highly motivated and intelligent audience… love it!

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View it in 720p resolution in full screen for maximum impact.

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Office 365 Storage Guide

Many customers have deployed Office 365. However, the usage of all components is not optimal. That is why I wrote this short and simple Office 365 Storage Guide. Tweak it as per your specific needs but the base concept is same. No documents should be stored on local My Documents. Storing a document on a particular device makes it unavailable to even the person who created it. That is why, it should go on a cloud storage.  In addition, files stored on the cloud are easier to share with others.

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