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  • More amazing prices on Office 365: 6 users/one year for $55; 1 user/1 year for $40

    Posted on December 6th, 2018 at 13:08 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Two weeks ago I told you about a great deal on Office 365 Home from Amazon. This is the Real Deal, not some fly-by-night stuff.

    Now it seems Microsoft has lowered the price once again, but you need to act quickly.

    As of right now, if you use these (affiliate) links, you can get the 6-person one year subscription to Home for just $54.99 (US only), or the 1-person one year subscription to Personal for just $39.99 (also US only).

    The only difference between Home and Personal is in the number of users.

    If you already have Office 365 Home, you can buy this item and use the key to extend your current subscription by one year. Just be sure you use the same Microsoft id to login to the new copy.

    Thx Paul Thurrott.

  • Amazing price on a legit copy of Office 365 Home

    Posted on November 28th, 2018 at 14:43 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Amazon — yes, Amazon — has an amazing price on Office 365 Home.

    As of this moment, it’s $59.99 for a one-year subscription to Office 365 Home, for up to 6 people. Make sure you choose the “Download” option.

    If you already have Office 365 Home, you can buy this item and use the key to extend your current subscription by one year. Just be sure you use the same Microsoft id to login to the new copy.

    Also make sure that the price hasn’t gone up since I posted this!

    Thx Office Watch.

    UPDATE: Preston Gralla has an article in Computerworld that explains why moving from the bought-n-paid-for version of Office 2019 to the annual-rent Office 365 may be a good idea.

    It used to be that whenever Microsoft released Office with a new version number — for example, Office 2016 — that version was more powerful than any other available. That’s no longer the case. Office 2019 is considerably less powerful than Office 365. There’s nothing new in Office 2019 that hasn’t already been available for quite some time to millions of Office 365 subscribers (the company says it has more than 31 million subscribers to consumer editions), and in fact, Microsoft left several features out of Office 2019 that it had introduced in Office 365 over the past few years.

  • Patch Lady – When 365 isn’t the same 365

    Posted on November 27th, 2018 at 22:44 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I have a version of Office 365 that I purchased through godaddy as well as the top of the line Microsoft 365 E5 license.  I do that in order to compare the top to the bottom.  And one of the things I’ve noticed is that on the Godaddy implementation of Office 365 that often you can’t get to the same screens nor do they have the same options.  Take as example the Office secure score web site that walks you through making sure you can protect your email system as much as possible  https://securescore.office.com/#!/dashboard  I can get to that interface with the top of the line 365 program, I can’t get to it via the Godaddy offering.


    One could argue that Godaddy should know to set things up securely but if there’s one thing I’ve always found with vendors…trust but verify.

    For example one rule that needs to be set up is a block forwarding rule

    Can you set up this best practice in Godaddy’s implementation of Office 365, honestly I can’t tell.

    Bottom line be aware that the different vendor implementations of 365 means you may not have all the options you see talked about on the web.

  • Using Office 365 and can’t log on? (Again?) Looks like multi-factor authentication is down again

    Posted on November 27th, 2018 at 10:01 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    For the second time in as many weeks, I’m seeing widespread reports that folks can’t log on to Office.

    Mary Jo Foley reports on ZDNet:

    Starting around 9:15 a.m. ET, a number of Office 365 customers began reporting on Twitter that they were unable to sign into that service because of an MFA issue. Office 365 is one of a number of Microsoft services that uses Azure Active Directory MFA to authenticate.

    You can see the current status report here. At the moment we’re treated to this delightful ditty:

    Starting at 14:25 UTC on 27 Nov 2018 a subset of customers using Multi-Factor Authentication may experience intermittent issues signing into Azure resources, such as Azure Active Directory, when Multi-Factor Authentication is required by policy. Impacted customers may encounter timeout errors. Engineers are aware of this issue and are actively investigating mitigation options. The next update will be provided in 60 minutes, or as events warrant.

    Here we go again.

  • Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft’s self-analysis of what caused the multi-factor authentication meltdown

    Posted on November 26th, 2018 at 12:52 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Remember the bug on November 19 that brought down everybody who was using two factor authorization on Microsoft sites?

    We just got an explanation. Per Mary Jo:

    Actually, Microsoft unearthed three independent root causes, along with monitoring gaps that resulted in Azure, Office 365, Dynamics and other Microsoft users not being able to authenticate for much of that day.

    In a different, but sort-of-related glitch, lots of people are reporting problems today with Exchange Online, Office 365 and Outlook.

  • Patch Lady – KB4461522 and KB2863821 pulled

    Posted on November 17th, 2018 at 15:40 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    In addition to the Outlook patch on the 64 bit platform that is causing issues, Microsoft has pulled two Office 2010 updates.  These are both two non security updates.

    11/6/2018 KB4461522 Office 2010 Has been pulled Causing crashes in Access  
    11/6/2018 KB2863821 Office 2010 Has been pulled Causing crashes in apps  
  • Outlook.com won’t let some people log on – 401 error

    Posted on November 16th, 2018 at 12:49 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    This has been going on since last night, US time.

    @MikeyD215 reports:

    Anyone here experiencing issues trying to sign in to Outlook.com?

    Attempted sign-in results in “401 error: Unauthorized: Access is denied due to invalid credentials.”

    I have succeeded in signing into one account, but cannot sign into a second one. Softies claim problem almost 100% solved as of 10:45 a.m. EST, but complaints still pouring in.

    Affects some accounts, but not all. Occurring around the world. Been going on for over 15-16 hours now. Type of connection not a factor, type of browser not a factor. I am signed into MSN.com and can see my “@msn.com” emails, but I cannot access them in that one email account, but no problem with a different “@msn.com” email account.

    The Office 365 Service health page reports:

    Title: Can’t access email

    User Impact: Users may be unable to access their email.

    Current status: Restarting the affected infrastructure has resolved the issue. We’re continuing to monitor the service and are reaching out to some of the affected customers to validate resolution.

    Start time: Thursday, November 15, 2018, at 10:05 PM UTC

    Next update by: Friday, November 16, 2018, at 7:30 PM UTC

    Thx  @b, @BobbyB, Günter Born.

  • Patch Lady – a new ribbon for Office

    Posted on October 17th, 2018 at 23:57 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    In the last few weeks you may have received a new ribbon bar look.  It’s a bit whiter and has more contrast than the old icons.  If you think you accidentally clicked on something and think you messed up a view, it’s actually the new look being rolled out to some users.  If you want to go back to the more classic view, you can flip your click to run patching schedule from monthly to semi-annual channel.

    There is a user voice item that has (at the time of this posting) 575 votes.

    Bottom line, it’s not you, it’s them.  You didn’t do anything other than use your computer and get updates silently in the background.