Download Office 365 for IT Pros eBook Updates Now
The Office 365 for IT Pros eBook team is delighted to announce the availability of the December 2022 update for Office 365 for IT Pros (2023 edition). This is the 90th monthly update delivered since May 2015. As with all our updates, we’d appreciate if our subscribers can download the new files when convenient. There’s no point in us updating chapters if subscribers don’t use the new content.
Subscribers to the EPUB/PDF version can download the updates from their Gumroad.com or by using the link in the receipt received by email after buying the book. If you have difficulties getting into your Gumroad.com account, please send email to support at gumroad dot com.
Those who bought a copy from Amazon.com should contact Amazon support for access to the updated files. The Amazon Kindle model struggles with books that receive regular updates (as you probably know, most novels are never updated), so there’s no way available to us to distribute automatic updates. It’s one of the more frustrating aspects of working with Kindle.
For more information about how to obtain book updates, please consult our FAQ.
Changes in Office 365 for IT Pros December 2022
Like any month, the December 2022 update includes a bunch of changes across large swathes of the book. Some details about the changes are listed in our change log. However, the notes in the change log don’t highlight the importance of some of the detailed updates. For instance, the latest version of the Microsoft PowerShell Graph SDK include refreshed group management cmdlets that address some of the shortcomings we listed previously. These restrictions no longer exist, or a more elegant solution is available. In either case, we’ve rewritten examples to clarify and explain the changes.
Other changes include:
- New tenant branding options for Azure AD sign-in screens.
- The Microsoft Authenticator app will implement mandatory number matching for its MFA challenges in February 2023.
- A relevance indicator is now available for Microsoft 365 message center notifications.
- Microsoft has pushed out the deployment date for a change they want to make to Exchange Online object naming.
- The deployment of roaming signatures for Outlook and OWA has now happened for Outlook subscription versions (it’s fair to say that some tenants are finding this has caused issues with ISV signature management products).
- Microsoft will implement a block to stop administrators attempting to move auto-expanding archives back to on-premises Exchange. Apart from speculating that someone tried this and failed abysmally, we have no idea why Microsoft is doing this.
- Yammer stories are now available. Not many people noticed.
- Teams now supports a delete chat option.
- The Teams Common Area phone license is now the Teams Shared device license. And there’s a good reason why.
- The Office click-to-run desktop clients now have full native support for information protection, so Microsoft will stop tenants using the unified labeling client to apply sensitivity labels.
- Tons of changes in the PowerShell chapter. And we mean lots.
To go along with our headline changes, we have many other smaller updates in chapters.
Not All Chapters Updated
Some might ask why not all content chapters received updates. The usual reason is that we don’t have anything compelling that must be changed in those chapters. In other cases, it might be that we’re waiting for Microsoft to complete the delivery of functionality or for a set of changes to come together (for example, all released from preview to general availability) so that we go over an area once.
But don’t worry: we keep an eye on everything that we can using as many sources as we can consume to stay on top of what’s happening.
As always, we close with an appeal to go ahead and update book files now. We hate to think that someone might read and use outdated information when an update is available. It’s important to us that you use the best and most complete information we can deliver. It’s how it should be.