Office 365 Updates that Came Out in May 2018
It doubled-down on satisfying iPad and iPhone users, updated the platform’s search capabilities, and reaffirmed its commitment to helping administrators reinforce security measures.
1. Attack Simulator for Office 365 Threat Intelligence is now generally available
An announcement from Debraj Ghosh, an employee with the Microsoft Tech Community, confirmed the general availability of Attack Simulator for Office 365 Threat Intelligence. Attack Simulator is an interesting (and, in my humble opinion, pretty cool) tool. Those with Office 365 E5 or Office 365 Threat Intelligence can – you guessed it – launch three types of simulated attacks on end users:
1. Display Name Spear Phishing: Generate phishing emails for specific individuals, a team, or an entire department. Attack Simulator actually has an HTML editor that allows admins to create realistic looking emails.
2. Brute Force Password Attack: Simulate brute force password or passphrase attacks on all Office 365 users.
3. Password Spray Attack: Apply a commonly used password in an attempt to log in to multiple accounts in an organization.
2. Enhanced co-authoring and organization with Apple technologies
Microsoft endowed iOS users with real-time co-authoring for its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint applications. Whether you’re working on an iPhone or iPad, you can see who else is collaborating with you on a document in real time. It’s not uncommon for organizations to have both OneDrive and SharePoint accounts. Now, you can drag files in between folders in OneDrive, as well as drag files from OneDrive to SharePoint, enabling those with access to the site to view those files immediately.
3. SharePoint Online and office.com get personalized search
Google, Bing, and other search engines personalize suggestions based on your previous search history. Now, so do SharePoint and office.com. “Another user will see different results than you, even when you both search for the same words” the Office team announced in May. In addition, your search results will only contain documents you have permission to access. Office 365 is getting better. It’ll be interesting to see how Microsoft builds on these capabilities over the next coming months.