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Microsoft Access in Office 365 Business and Business Premium Available Now

Micorosoft’s database management software Access, which is already included in the ProPlus, E3, and E5 subscriptions, as well as consumer plans such as Personal and Home— is now included in Office 365 Business and Business Premium with enhancements.

An additional set of new enterprise data connectors that can be integrated with Access for Office 365 ProPlus, E3 and E5 subscribers is coming in early 2017, and include OData Feed, Dynamics CRM, Salesforce, and Amazon Redshift,” with more on the way. These new connectors will enable customers to integrate and extend Access into other line of business solutions and databases.

For Business and Business Premium plans, Access will be automatically installed as part of the next regular Office client update, rolling out between December 1, 2016 and January 30, 2017. While, customers on the Deferred Channel will receive this update in June 2017.

Access will continue to be included in the Office 365 ProPlus, E3 and E5 plans, writes office team.

Office 365 Business is the most inexpensive way for a company to get started with Microsoft’s productivity suite at $8.00 per user per month, and includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and now Access. Business Premium is $12.50 per user per month, and also includes Exchange.

Microsoft has evaluated recent reports of a potential bypass of Two-factor authentication (2FA), stating that the “technique described is not a vulnerability” and “the potential bypass does not exist on properly configured systems.”

Microsoft explains, in Exchange Server, “authentication configuration settings for client endpoints are not shared across protocols.” “Supported authentication mechanisms are configured independently on a per protocol endpoint basis.”

Multi-Factor Authentication in Exchange Server can be enabled in multiple ways, including OAuth. Before implementing MFA with Exchange Server it is important that all client protocol touchpoints are identified and configured correctly.

While in Office 365, when Azure MFA is enabled within a tenant, it is applied to all supported client protocol endpoints, explained Exchange team. Adding, ” Office 365 users may experience a small delay in activation of MFA on all protocols due to propagation of configuration settings and credential cache expiration.”

“Exchange Web Services (EWS) is an Office 365 client endpoint which is enabled. Outlook on the Web (OWA) and Outlook client access are also enabled in Office 365.”

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), which includes Two-factor authentication (2FA), in Exchange Server and Office 365, is designed to protect against account and email compromise.

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