Block Outlook for Android on wearables and smartwatches
Microsoft has added a policy to Intune that grants an administrator the ability to block Outlook for Android on wearable devices (for example, a Samsung Galaxy Watch). This block prevents any Outlook data from being shared with the wearable device. This includes emails, calendar items, and more.
To configure this block, log into Endpoint Manager and select the Apps > App Configuration Policy tabs. From here, click Add and choose Managed Apps (you can also modify an existing Outlook app policy).
Give the policy a name and click Select public apps. Search for, and add Microsoft Outlook. Click Next.
On the Settings tab, expand Outlook configuration settings, and next to the field Org Data on Wearables select No. From here select any other settings to go into your App Configuration Policy and click Next. On the next screen pick which users or groups of users will get this settings. Click Next and Create.
For those who do not have an Intune subscription, a new feature is being added to mobile device policies in Exchange Online (which anyone with an Exchange license can leverage) to disable Bluetooth on the device. You can do this via PowerShell. In the example below, we are disabling Bluetooth for the policy named, Company Mobile Policy.
C:\> Set-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy -Identity "Company Mobile Policy" -AllowBluetooth Disable
Global recipient limits
Earlier in the year, Microsoft announced a change to recipient limits in Office 365. Recipient limits dictate how many recipients someone can add to a single email message (this includes all recipients added to the To, Cc, and Bcc lines). This limit was previously hardcoded to 500 recipients. With the February announcement, administrators were allowed to configure this limit per mailbox, with a value of 1 to 1,000 recipients per message.
Starting in August Microsoft extended this functionality by allowing a global recipient limit to be set via PowerShell using the Set-TransportConfig command.
To see the current configuration, connect to Exchange Online PowerShell and run the following command.
C:\> Get-TransportConfig | Format-List MaxRecipientEnvelopeLimit MaxRecipientEnvelopeLimit : Unlimited
A value of Unlimited denotes the Office 365 published limits, which at the time of writing is 1,000 recipients per message.
You can modify this value with the following command. In the example below we are setting the max recipients per message to 500.
C:\> Set-TransportConfig -MaxRecipientEnvelopeLimit 500
In most cases, when this setting is configured on both the mailbox and globally, the mailbox will win. The exception to this is when the mailbox is set to Unlimited, then the global parameter wins. Another way to think of Unlimited at the mailbox and global level is null or not set.[Read more…] about Exchange Online Updates (September 2020)