White Paper:Securing Access to the Office 365 Cloud with Two Factor Authentication

White Paper: Securing Access to the Office 365 Cloud with Two Factor Authentication

Microsoft designed the Office 365 productivity suite specifically for customers’ secure access over the Internet and for the customer’s choice of a partial or all-at-once transition to the cloud. Office 365 provides the flexibility to temporarily or permanently maintain a hybrid environment so you can move to the cloud gradually, or maintain some users on-premises indefinitely. Many organizations using Office 365 in a hybrid cloud and on-premises environment choose to secure user access to Office 365 with two factor authentication. In doing so, users can also have convenient, Single Sign On (SSO) to both Office 365 services and on-premise applications. Considerations in implementing two factor authentication for Office 365 include using Active Directory and Active Directory Federation Services technologies.




Configuring and using an iPad with Office 365 | Mike Hacker

Configuring and using an iPad with Office 365 | Mike Hacker.

Note: This post was co-authored with Julian Soh. Julian works for Microsoft as a business productivity solution sales professional. He current covers state and local government customers in the PacWest region.


Post updated 1/22/2012 to include the office365.com email address as mentioned by Loryan Strant in the comments.


With an iPad device running an operating system prior to 5.0.1 the user will experience issues when trying to utilize some of the features included in Office 365. These issues occurred because the Safari browser did not fully support HTML standards, including the contenteditable property. The lack of full HTML standards caused issues with many web applications including SharePoint Online, and in particular the ability to use the Office Web Apps feature to view and edit Office documents in the browser.

With iOS 5.0.1 we have some good news, Apple updated the Safari browser to support the contenteditable property! This means that you can now more fully take advantage of the features included in Office 365 with your iPad device. To ensure you have the best experience, first check to see if you are running version 5.0.1 or higher on your iPad device

Case study: An SME migrates to Microsoft Office 365

Case study: An SME migrates to Microsoft Office 365.

Events and hospitality firm iLuka has moved its IT into the cloud to improve security and saved thousands of pounds in Microsoft licensing fees in the process.

iLuka specialises in managing the advertising campaigns of large multinational firms at the Summer and Winter Olympics every two years. It organises activity for the major sponsors such as hotels and travel.

The small UK-based firm decided to move from an on-premise Microsoft infrastructure to a cloud-based infrastructure using Microsoft Office 365 when it became clear that its clients, which are huge multinationals, wanted a higher level of security.

The Microsoft Office 365 suite is a hosted, online version of the traditional installed version of Microsoft Office software. This online service is subscription-based and includes Office, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Lync Online and Microsoft Office Web Apps.

Tim Chapman, IT director at iLuka, says the company decided to move to Office 365 to reduce risks by taking advantage of Microsoft’s high-level security: “Our clients were not comfortable about our datacentre security and wanted enterprise-level protection.”