Simpler configuration and monitoring for Office 365 admins

Lawrence Chiu is a senior product marketing manager for the admin experience on Office 365.

As we noted in a previous blog post, we’re on a journey to simplify the Office 365 admin experience. This simplification includes streamlining how you configure your environment, such as adding new domains, and providing you with more insight so that you can efficiently monitor your service.

Add generic top-level domains from the Office 365 admin center

Adding your domains to your Office 365 service provides key benefits to your service, including the ability to use your domain in your email addresses. For example, if you own the domain www.contoso.com, you can use branded email addresses like yourname@contoso.com rather than yourname@contoso.onmicrosoft.com, the domain name assigned to you when you register for Office 365.

You can add domains with common top-level domains (TLDs) such as .com, .net, and .org in the Office 365 admin center. However, until recently, adding domains with generic top-level domains (gTLDs), such as .art or .design, to Office 365 required you to use PowerShell. The Office 365 admin center did not support adding domains with gTLDs—until now.  Office 365 now supports over 1,300 generic top-level domains.

Admins can now add domains with gTLDs directly from the Office 365 admin center. The process is the same as creating domains with common TLDs. Log in to your Office 365 admin center, click domains, and then add your domain. PowerShell is no longer required!

As with domains using TLDs, your domains with gTLDs also have their DNS records proactively checked to find and fix any potential DNS issues.

More reports, so you know which devices are accessing your service

Knowing how users are interacting with your service is important. Using Office 365 with unsupported or unauthorized devices can not only give end users a poor experience and create more support requests, it can also put your company’s data at risk. Knowing which operating systems and browsers are being used is invaluable, especially since support for Windows XP and Internet Explorer 8 has now come to an end.

Two new reports have been released that enable you to monitor which operating systems and browsers are being used to access Office 365 online. These reports give you a summary view of the different operating systems and browsers and browser versions being used, as well as user details so that you can identify the users who are noncompliant. Using these reports will help you ensure that your environment is protected, your users are getting the best experience possible, and that you have technical support in the event that you need it.

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The journey to simplify the admin experience is ongoing. We will continue to simplify the common tasks, settings, and other admin experiences so that you can easily get the most out of your Office 365. Stay tuned to this blog for more information on new features and experiences. And please share your thoughts about the admin experience with us.

Lawrence Chiu