Microsoft introduces Visio Online, diagrams in high fidelity from anywhere Blogs: Microsoft’s Visio Online is a service that allows users to access their charts, graphs, and diagrams from anywhere on any device. Visio Online began as a public preview in November 2016 and has now reached general availability as Microsoft Visio Online. While you are likely to have a better experience using Microsoft Edge, Visio Online can be accessed using any browser you choose. Blogs: Starting today, Visio Online is available to almost all Office 365 enterprise users. Additionally, IT professionals can take advantage of the JavaScript APIs to customize Visio capabilities for their company. Blogs: The Visio team work diligently to offer users the best experience possible. The Visio team used feedback received from the Visio Online Public Preview in November 2016 to provide the latest features and improvements to increase mobility. Visio Online now supports VSD file format as well as Exchange Online, and Hotmail email user online viewing support. Now, Visio Online also supports commenting; allowing teams to review, discuss, and comment on process flows, data, and more.

The Office Dev Center has detailed instructions as well as technical details for the Javascript APIs with Visio Online. The Visio team also invites users to use the Visio Online UserVoice for suggestions, questions, or comments about Visio Online.

Buy Office 365 or Office 2016 and you might win some Microsoft goodies

Buy Office 365 or Office 2016 and you might win some Microsoft goodies

Microsoft is running a new promotion where if you buy Office 365 or Office 2016, you can enter for the chance to win some extra Microsoft goodies. It’s all a part of the company’s “Wow. Win with Office” campaign where new Office customers can win up to $10,000, an Xbox One S, or a Surface Book.

To be eligible, you must purchase Office 365 Home or Personal, or Office 2016 Home & Student, Home & Business, or Professional. You must then email your receipt to, and complete registration on this website. By visiting the website and registering you can claim 30 sweepstakes entries to increase your chances at winning.

The promotion runs through November 6, 2017 at 11:59:59 PM ET. There are a total of five entry periods, and the promotion is offered only to legal residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia, and Canada. You can check out the full rules of the promotion by clicking here.

Microsoft Teams bumps the team membership limit from 999 to 2,500

Microsoft Teams is set to become the core communication client in Office 365, and after rolling out Guest Access last month the company is now working hard to integrate all Skype for Business Online capabilities into the new cloud productivity app.

It will likely take some time before Microsoft Teams completely replaces Skype for Business in Office 365, but in the meantime Microsoft continues to listen to customer feedback to slowly iterate on the new product. Earlier this week, Microsoft’s Suphatra Rufo announced that the maximum number of team members in one team has been bumped from 999 to 2,500, a change that will likely be very welcome at big companies using Microsoft Teams (via MSPoweruser).

Guess what  fans? Your team membership limit just went from 999 to 2,500. 

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Increase user limit beyond 999

Will need the team user limit to increase well beyond 999 users to support a “team” for company-wide communication, for a very large company (15,000+).

On the dedicated Uservoice website, the Program Manager added that this 2,500 members limit includes both guests and regular team members. Moreover, the channels per team limit is still 100 for now, which should be enough for most companies. Are you satisfied by this new team membership limit, or would you like it to be even higher? Let us know below.

The time is right to update Windows and Office Blogs: If you’ve been blocking automatic updates, the coast is now reasonably clear to apply Microsoft’s November patches Blogs: November has been a relatively beneficent month for Microsoft patches. For almost all of you, it’s now time to get those blocked Windows and Office patches applied.To be sure, there are still problems with the patches, including a long list of issues with the KB 300970 Win10 Anniversary Update (version 1607) cumulative update over on the TechNet forum. But most are variations on the perennial “cumulative update won’t install” theme. On Reddit, the KB 3200970 thread reveals lots of small bumps but no major roadblocks.

On the Office side, there’s a formidable list of patches—including several fixes for bugs introduced by earlier patches—but I haven’t seen any major problems with the November crop.

Accordingly, if you have Win7 or 8.1 Automatic Update set to “Never” or “Check but don’t download,” it’s time to get your system patched. If you have Win10 and you followed one of the many paths to blocking forced updates, now would be a good time to release the blocks and let Windows Update do its thing.

Those of you who haven’t updated Windows 7 or 8.1 since the patchocalypse in October need to decide if you’re in Group A (those who will take all the changes Microsoft has to offer, telemetry-laden or not) or in Group B (you only want security updates).

Once you’ve made that decision, follow the steps outlined in “How to cautiously update Windows 7 and 8.1 machines.” (Be aware that article is more than a little controversial. You can see much of the debate on

For those in Group B, the update you want from the Microsoft Catalog is as follows:

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When does support end for… Microsoft Office 2007? Blogs: There’s just three months before the already-extended suite goes dark — literally, in the case of Outlook 2007 Blogs: Businesses that remain wedded to Office 2007 have just over three months to drop Office 2007’s applications and switch to a newer suite, such as Office 2016.

A significant number of organizations will be affected by the deadline. According to patch management vendor Qualys, about 11% of enterprise PCs equipped with Microsoft Office include at least one component from Office 2007. The suite’s “share” was determined from more than 3 billion scans Qualys conducts annually on customers’ networks, said Jimmy Graham, Qualys’ director of product management, in an email.

Office 2007’s support expires Oct. 10. After that date, Microsoft will no longer supply patches for security vulnerabilities or fixes for other bugs, nor will it provide company-assisted technical support, whether free or paid, such as by-phone consultations or trouble-shooting.

Initially, Office 2007 support was set to end in April — at the same time Windows Vista was put to pasture — but in 2012 Microsoft extended the productivity suite’s support by six months. The reason for the extra time: a little-known provision in the company’s support policy that guarantees at least two years of “mainstream” support after the launch of a product’s successor (in this case, Office 2010).


A list of all Office 2007 components that will be retired Oct. 10 can be found in this support document on Microsoft‘s website.

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The applications within Office 2007 will continue to operate after support ends — with some exceptions — but companies will be taking a risk that malware exploiting a subsequently-revealed flaw might hijack devices. To receive security and non-security updates after Oct. 10, IT administrators must deploy Office 2010 or later. Not surprisingly, Microsoft recommends the Office 365 rent-not-own subscription program, and the Office 2016 applications that come with most enterprise- and business-grade plans.

In some cases, Office 2007 apps won’t work properly at all after October. The most notable of these: Outlook 2007. “As of October 31, 2017, Outlook 2007 will be unable to connect to Office 365 mailboxes, which means Outlook 2007 clients using Office 365 will not be able to receive and send mail,” Microsoft said.

Microsoft has created a sub-site specifically for Office 2007’s end of days that includes information on upgrade paths, links to detailed migration instructions, and more.

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There are three possible Microsoft-made replacements for Office 2007, but only Office 2016 has more than 5 quarters of Mainstream support remaining.