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I'm a technical writer at Microsoft who writes about SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync, and how you can use them with Office 365.

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  • Blog Post: I wrote a Test Lab Guide! Configuring an Office 365 Trial Subscription

    I've been fortunate recently to try my hand at writing a test-lab guide that's helpful if you have an interest in Office 365: Configuring an Office 365 Trial Subscription I wrote a blog post at the Microsoft Test Lab Guides blog that has more details: This new TLG uses a fictional Microsoft account...
  • Blog Post: FOPE to EOP Service Upgrade

    Last week one of my coworkers published some TechNet content that will be of interest to Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) customers. It's called the Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) Transition Center . You may know that all FOPE customers are being upgraded to Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Interview with an IT Pro

    Recently I interviewed a couple IT pros I know to get their feedback on our products and our technical documentation (most of the questions are about Exchange, Exchange documentation, and Office 365, since I work on those products). My goal is to get a feel for how an IT pro approaches our products and...
  • Blog Post: The New Office 365

    I haven't written a post in over a month! That's because I've been heads down on help content for the new Office 365. :-) We launched it this week, so I have a moment to give you links to a few resources: Personally, I work on the Exchange Online Protection (EOP) help content on TechNet, so I'll call...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Online Service Description

    The Office 365 team recently completed Office 365 Preview Service Descriptions that you can access on TechNet. Most pertinent to this blog is the Exchange Online service description. This isn't help documentation, but rather these are documents that describe the features and plans available to Office...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2013 On-Premises and Exchange Online Hybrid Compatibility

    We've had some questions come through to the Exchange Server and Office 365 teams regarding which versions of Exchange Online can be configured to work in a hybrid environment (where you have some mailboxes online and some in the cloud) with Exchange Server on premises. For example, does Exchange Server...
  • Blog Post: Video: Hybrid Configuration Wizard

    In a previous post, Microsoft Exchange SP2 and the Hybrid Configuration Wizard , I introduced the Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW) and discussed how it makes hybrid deployment (where you have a portion of your mailboxes on premises and a portion hosted in the cloud) much more simple. I recently came...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Mail Flow in Office 365 - TechNet Radio

    This post is piggybacking on Where did that email go? In this podcast, Troubleshooting Mail Flow in Office 365 , Blain Barton and Scott Landry discuss how to troubleshoot mail flow in Office 365. Scott has a lot of experience, and brings to light a bunch of tips and tricks to use when you get that...
  • Blog Post: How do I create an email footer using FOPE?

    A guest post from my cohort on the Office content publishing team: Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) users commonly ask about creating a footer for outgoing email. You may want to add a disclaimer to your outbound email for HIPAA or other legal compliance reasons, or you may simply want...
  • Blog Post: Find News on Updates for Microsoft Office 365

    The following resources on the Office 365 community were pointed out to me recently and I think they are worth passing along: Service Updates for Office 365 for professionals and small businesses (English) Service Updates for Office 365 for enterprises (English) Each link contains a rolling...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Directory Sync for FOPE

    The Directory Sync tool helps you automate the process for synchronizing your users with Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE). I've written about it previously here at Directory Synchronization for FOPE , which is simply an introduction to the tool. I want to point out a couple more resources...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Exchange SP2 and the Hybrid Configuration Wizard

    Exchange Service Pack 2 was just made public and includes the Hybrid Configuration Wizard, which the team built to make it easier for customer to configure hybrid deployments. By "hybrid" deployment we typically mean a case where a portion of your organization's mailboxes are hosted with Office 365,...
  • Blog Post: Where did that email go?

    I may have written about this before - but today I looked through my old posts and I couldn't find it - so I decided to talk about it again. We get a lot of questions coming in to our team like, "My colleague says they sent me a message and I never got it. Where is it? How do I find it?" This can be...
  • Blog Post: Using Active Directory Federation Services to provide single sign-on for Office 365 deployments

    The following article in the Office 365 community, Plan for and deploy Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 for use with single sign-on , provides some good, detailed information about configuring single sign-on so that users in your environment can use Office 365 features without using multiple...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 for Small Business

    I really liked this blog post, Moving mom’s real estate business to Office 365 , and accompanying videos on the Office 365 Technical Blog. It gives a great real-world story about an organization that is taking Office 365 and using it to make their processes more efficient. Nice work.
  • Blog Post: Return on Investment for Microsoft Office 365

    I enjoyed reading this blog post, The Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Office 365 , in the Office 365 community blog. It references a Forrester Research study that analyzed the economic impact of Office 365 to determine whether it makes economic sense for a mid-size organization to use it. Of course...
  • Blog Post: Feature Set Comparison for FOPE Deployments

    We have been getting a lot of questions like, "Can I access the FOPE Administration Center if I'm a Live@edu customer?" or "Do I need to do directory synchronization for my FOPE deployment?" This topic, Feature Set Comparison for FOPE Deployments , is helpful. It contains a table that describes Forefront...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 365 Help and How-to Videos

    I've been teaming with other folks in Office division to make the Office 365 Community as helpful as possible. A couple weeks ago, through a contact in the O365 community, I was told about a big collection of helpful technical videos, on the Office 365 channel , that the Office 365 team has released...
  • Blog Post: How Forefront Online Protection for Exchange and Office 365 Work Together

    On the Microsoft podcasts site you can find a recently released podcast, Forefront Online Protection for Exchange and Office 365 - Better Together (direct link to the mp3), that addresses how Forefront Online Protection for Exchange and Office 365 can work together. It focuses mainly on features of FOPE...
  • Blog Post: FOPE in Office 365

    The FOPE documentation contains a topic, FOPE in Office 365 Beta Feature Differences , that shows the Forefront Online Protection for Exchange features available for Office 365 Beta, Live@edu, Business Productivity Online Suite, and so on. It's helpful if you have asked questions like, "We have the Office...
  • Blog Post: Cross-Premises Mail Flow - Moving Mailboxes to the Cloud

    We've been working quite a bit on documentation that shows the various flavors of cloud hosting. It definitely isn't a one-size-fits-all proposition. For example, some of our customers may want to to move all of their mailboxes to Exchange Online all at once, and others want to move more slowly to cloud...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 365 Beta and Forefront Online Protection for Exchange

    This documentation, Overview of Complex FOPE Mail Flow Scenarios , can be helpful if you use FOPE and are planning to bring a subset of your mailboxes to the cloud, but you also keep mailboxes on premises. It addresses a handful of cross-premises scenarios that you may run into. I will throw in the caveat...
  • Blog Post: The road to Microsoft Office 365

    Mary-Jo Foley is writing a series of articles (see The road to Microsoft Office 365: The past , or The road to Office 365: The present ) on how Microsoft Office 365 came to be: The idea of a suite of Microsoft-hosted applications isn’t something new that the Softies dreamed up in response to...
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