Today we’re announcing GA of Conditional Access for the Office 365 Suite! This makes it a whole lot easier to configure Conditional Access policy for Office 365. With a single click, you confidently set policy on all of the Office 365 apps, including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Microsoft Teams, as well as micro-services used by these well-known apps.
We released Conditional Access for the Office 365 Suite to public preview in February, right before many employees switched to remote work in response to COVID-19, causing organizations to quickly update their access policies. The simplified experience helped thousands of organizations make this shift, so we also added it to our secure remote access guidance. Since February, we’ve seen the usage of this policy grow to over 7 million active users.
With the GA release, if you haven’t already updated your policies to use the Office 365 Suite, you should do so now. Review any policies you have targeting individual Office apps to see if they can switch to Office 365 policy targeting.
Using the Office 365 Suite ensures your users will have consistent policy requirements across Office 365. Office 365 apps use shared services for an integrated experience, like access to files, calendar, and contact information. Inconsistent policy across these services result in end-users being interrupted or blocked at unexpected times with additional security prompts.
Targeting the Office 365 Suite also means you don’t need to watch for new apps and manually update your policy as they become available—Conditional Access does that for you.
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The Office 365 Suite in Conditional Access is the best way to apply policy to Office 365 apps. Here is some additional documentation so you can learn more about the Conditional Access for the Office 365 suite.
Thank you to all our users who tried the preview and provided feedback. GA of this feature is just a start: we’re continuing to build richer options for Conditional Access and Office 365 so please keep the feedback coming.
Alex Simons (Twitter: @alex_a_simons)
Corporate Vice President Program Management