Exchange Online

Exchange Online

One of the conditions of setting up an Exchange Account on a mobile phone or tablet is that the Exchange administrator has control over that device’s security features. If you’re new to administering Exchange, the level of control that you get over these connected devices may surprise you.

Here’s a few things that you can do.

  • Enable/Disable the camera
  • Enable/Disable WIFI
  • Enable/Disable Internet Tethering
  • Enable/Disable the device’s web browser
  • Enable/Disable personal, POP or IMAP email accounts
  • Enable/Disable the use of storage cards
  • Enable/Disable text messaging
  • Require a password on the device
  • Require a password after a defined period of inactivity

To get this working, there are two main steps.

  1. Create a Mobile Device Mailbox Policy
  2. Apply the Mobile Device Mailbox Policy to the relevant users

How to create your Mobile Device Mailbox Policy

  1. Open PowerShell on your computer
  2. Connect to Exchange Online via PowerShell. Follow our quick guide to get this set up.
  3. Build your New-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy cmdlet, or use one of our samples below. For more information, refer to the documentation at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj218612(v=exchg.160).aspx
  4. Paste and Run your New-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy cmdlet. For example:
    New-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy -Name "No Camera Policy" -AllowCamera $false

How to assign your mobile device mailbox policy to users

To assign the new policy to users, use the Set-CASMailbox cmdlet. See this link for the complete documentation:
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb125264(v=exchg.160).aspx

To use this cmdlet, ensure you are connected to Exchange Online via Powershell

Assign the Policy to all users

Get-Mailbox -ResultSize Unlimited | Set-CASMailbox -ActiveSyncMailboxPolicy "Your Policy Name"

Assign the policy to a specific user

Set-CASMailbox -Identity elliot@gcits.com.au -ActiveSyncMailboxPolicy "Your Policy Name"

Confirm that your policy was added correctly

To make sure your policy was applied successfully run this:

Get-CASMailbox -identity elliot@gcits.com.au | fl *

You should see the policy name next to ActiveSyncMailboxPolicy:Applied Mobile Device Policy

A few minutes after running the policy, you should see it take effect on the relevant devices:

Disable Camera Via Office 365

Camera Disabled Via Office 365

Revert back to the default policy

You can revert back to the default policy by running the following:

Set-CASMailbox -identity elliot@gcits.com.au -ActiveSyncMailboxPolicy "Default"

Sample Policies

Use these sample policies or create your own. These sample policies only use one parameter eg. -AllowCamera $false, though you can add as many parameters to a policy as you like. See this link for the complete list of available parameters: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj218612(v=exchg.160).aspx

Disable a mobile device’s camera

New-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy -Name "No Camera Policy" -AllowCamera $false

Disable a mobile device’s WIFI

New-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy -Name "No WIFI Policy" -AllowWifi $false

Disable Internet tethering on a mobile device

New-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy -Name "No Tethering Policy" -AllowInternetSharing $false

Disable the web browser on a mobile device

New-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy -Name "No Browser Policy" -AllowBrowser $false

When you’re getting started with Office 365, you might find our Office 365 for Beginners videos to be helpful. Feel free to watch the video and read the summary below.

Your Office 365 account = Your identity

Office 365 works best when everybody in the team has an Office 365 account – and your account is everything to you in Office 365, it’s your identity, and when it comes to working in the cloud, your identity and the security of that identity is really important. It doesn’t matter if you share mailboxes, or files, or responsibilities with another person, because that can all be accounted for and easily configured. The bottom line is, having your own Office 365 login is essential.

Portal.office.com

There are a few different ways to login to Office 365, though my personal favourite is via https://portal.office.com. Because that takes you to your Office 365 Portal and you can get to everything from here.

Personal vs Work or School?

Microsoft provide two types of accounts. There’s Personal Accounts and there’s Work or School accounts. Unfortunately these aren’t the only two names that these accounts go by. Personal Accounts are also called Live IDs or Microsoft Accounts. Work or School accounts are also known as Office 365 accounts, Organisational accounts or even Azure Active Directory accounts. But basically, Personal accounts are accounts for consumers and you use them to log into consumer level services like the regular Skype, or Xbox Live or Outlook.com. Work or School accounts are accounts that are given to you by your work or school. And you’ll primarily use them to sign into the Office 365 services.

The tricky part is, these two accounts can be used to log into the same applications and services, and you can have the same email address associated with both types of accounts which is the case with mine.

Work or School or Personal accounts

I have signed up for a Microsoft account, or a Personal Account, with my Work or School email, and I also have an Office 365 account. So when I put my email address in, occasionally it will say Work or School, or Personal account? And If you’ve signed up for a Personal Microsoft account using your work or school email and you also have Office 365 for work or school, you’ll probably see this too.

So you need to pay attention, is this particular login screen asking for a personal account, or a work or school account, or is it asking for either. The general rule of thumb is, if you’re using Office 365 for work or school, choose a ‘Work or school’ account.

Inside the Office 365 Portal

Office 365 Portal

Once you’re logged into Office 365, you can do quite a lot from inside the portal. Here’s what you get.

  • Install Office for PC or Mac

    Install Office at the top of the portal – This one may not be common to most people, though if you’ve got an Office 365 account that gives you the desktop versions of Office, you can install it for PC or Mac by clicking ‘Install now’.

  • Mail, Calendar, People and Tasks

    The first three tiles Mail, Calendar, People, and the one below called Tasks, are your email, your calendars, your contacts and your tasks. You can work with them from here through the browser, or through Outlook, or on your phone or tablet.

  • Yammer

    Next is Yammer. This is a social network for your business. It’s just like an internal Facebook.

  • Sites

    SharePoint Online is under Sites. SharePoint sites are places where your team can collaborate on projects and share information.

  • OneDrive

    OneDrive for Business is your personal cloud file storage. It’s private to you, though you can share things from it.

  • Delve

    Delve is your Office 365 search engine, it also helps you discover what’s everyone’s working on in Office 365.

  • Video

    Think of Office 365 Video as an internal YouTube that you can use for training videos, meeting recordings or any video material that needs to stay internal.

  • Power BI

    If you’ve signed up for the Power BI Add-on, you’ll see it in the portal too. Power BI Pro is costs extra, though if understanding data is important to your business, it’s absolutely worth it. The free version also lets you accomplish quite a bit.

  • Office Online

    Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote are the Online versions of the Office programs that you can use to work on your files over the internet, even if you don’t have Office installed.

  • Sway

    Sway is pretty similar to PowerPoint, use it to present information in ways that look really nice on all devices.

 

So we’ve covered logging into Office 365, the difference between a Personal Account and a Work or School account, and we’ve touched on a few of the common Office 365 services. If you think that’s all you need to get started, you can go ahead and dive right in. But if you do want to dive a little deeper on some of these services you can go ahead and check out some of our other videos or articles.

PowerApps

 A new way to build powerful business applications

If you think you haven’t got what it takes to build a mobile app for your business, think again. Microsoft PowerApps fill a huge gap in the development of business applications – and you can use them to automate your tedious manual processes.

Typically, If you need a custom app built for internal use, you’ll take this to your internal IT department, or outsource it to an external development team. Software developers will then use tools like Microsoft Visual Studio to build these apps to your requirements.

The process to take your app idea from concept to a finished product that can run on PCs and devices is extensive and expensive. So much so, that many teams will use a combination of existing tools like Excel, SharePoint or OneNote to achieve similar results. This can work well when you’re using a PC or Mac, though what if you really need to build an app that runs well on a mobile device? You use Microsoft PowerApps.

PowerApps allow you to uniformly design your own mobile applications and the logic behind them. These powerful applications run on Apple, Android and Windows devices and connect to almost any data-source imaginable.

So now, instead of approaching a software development team with a list of requirements, you open PowerApps and start building. Once you’ve created your application, you can share it with anyone on your team.

It’s important to note that PowerApps are for building internal tools only. Though, while you can’t share these with the public, they can be used in public facing scenarios, such as survey collection, or event signups.

Data that PowerApps can work with so far:

  • Excel
  • Dropbox
  • Dynamics CRM Online
  • Google Drive
  • OneDrive
  • SalesForce
  • SharePoint Online
  • Dynamics ERP
  • SQL Server
  • SharePoint Server
  • Any custom datasource you configure!

Some PowerApps you can build:

  • Company asset manager
  • Budget Tracker
  • Conference Agenda
  • Instruction Manual
  • Service Desk
  • Survey collection and reporting
  • Event sign-ups
  • Opportunity tracking
  • Product Catalog

How to get started with PowerApps

If you’re interested in getting started with PowerApps and Office 365, you might have to wait for your invite. PowerApps are currently in private preview, though you can sign up for your invitation here.

 

Office 365 apps for Windows Phone

Office 365 Apps for Windows Phone

Office 365 apps for Windows Phone

Office 365 is a powerful productivity platform that allows you to get more done from any device. Here’s a list of apps from Microsoft that help you make use of Office 365 while you’re on the go.


  • Mail and Calendar

    The new Mail and Calendar app for Windows Phone is an updated version of the earlier built-in mail app. It’s a Universal Windows App, so it runs on all Windows devices, including PCs. It doesn’t have the same Focused Inbox as the iOS/Android versions, though it does have some cool swipe functionality.



  • OneNote


    OneNote is the one place for everything in your life. Use it to plan projects, keep meeting minutes, take notes, organise trips and keep track of important info. Spend a few moments with OneNote on any of your devices and it will quickly become your favourite app. We cannot speak more highly of OneNote, it’s a must have for any Office 365 user.


  • Word

    Create, Edit and Share Word documents on the Microsoft Word App for Windows phones and tablets. Microsoft Word is one of the top rated productivity apps on the Google Play Store due to its rich feature-set, ease of use and ability to open documents from various cloud services and locations.



  • Excel

    Excel has made the transition to mobile devices with style. The new dedicated Excel App lets you create, edit and share Excel Documents. The new Excel app on Windows Phones and tablets is a huge improvement over the converged Office Mobile app that was previously available.



  • PowerPoint

    Create, Edit and Share PowerPoint presentations from your Windows phone or Tablet. The new PowerPoint app for Windows Phones and Tablets is a big step up from the combined Office Mobile App.



  • OneDrive

    The OneDrive app lets you add both consumer and business OneDrive accounts, and work with your files from anywhere. Browse your files, and those shared with you. Quickly access recent documents, or search your entire OneDrive. Open your OneDrive files in your Office Apps, and automatically save them back to OneDrive.



  • Skype for Business

    Skype for Business, formally known as Lync, does exactly what the name suggests – it gives you Skype for your business. Use the mobile app to stay in touch with your team members and regular Skype contacts from your Windows Phone.



  • Yammer

    Yammer is a social network for your business. Post announcements, share praise, run polls and gather feedback. Yammer is a great alternative for group conversations via email, is integrated across Office 365, and has a great Windows Phone app.



  • Outlook Groups

    Outlook Groups are the new way to work as a team in Office 365. Create an Outlook Group to get a group email address, feature-packed newsfeed, OneNote notebook and document storage. Outlook Groups for Windows Phone gives you that functionality on the go.



  • Office Lens

    Office Lens is a cool app that lets you take photos, or use existing ones, and convert them into PDFs, editable Word Documents, OneNote Pages or PowerPoint Presentations. Take photos of Documents and Whiteboards, and let Office Lens do the rest.



  • Office Remote

    Office Remote for Windows Phone lets you control your PowerPoint presentations from your Phone. You can start or stop presentations, advance slides, view speaker notes and more. You also get to control your Word and Excel documents remotely while you present them on a screen or your computer.



  • Power BI

    The Power BI for Windows devices app lets you view and interact with your Power BI dashboards from anywhere. You can set alerts on important data, and get notified when targets are hit or not met. If you’re not familiar with Power BI, check it out now. We think it’s the most exciting addition to Office 365 available.



  • Office 365 Admin

    This is a must have app for any Office 365 Administrator. Use the Office 365 Admin app to add, edit, block or delete users, reset passwords, assign licenses, check on the Office 365 service status and much more. You can also log support requests and sign into multiple Office 365 organisations from the same app.


Office 365 apps for Android

Office 365 Apps for Android

Office 365 apps for Android

Office 365 is a powerful productivity platform that allows you to get more done from any device. Here’s a list of apps from Microsoft that help you make use of Office 365 while you’re on the go.


  • Outlook

    We recommend the Outlook for Android app when using Office 365 on an Android Phone or Tablet. It gives you an awesome feature called Focused Inbox, allows you to reschedule email for later reminders, and customise simple swipe shortcuts to better organise your inbox.



  • OneNote


    OneNote is the one place for everything in your life. Use it to plan projects, keep meeting minutes, take notes, organise trips and keep track of important info. Spend a few moments with OneNote on any of your devices and it will quickly become your favourite app. We cannot speak more highly of OneNote, it’s a must have for any Office 365 user.



  • Word

    Create, Edit and Share Word documents on the Microsoft Word App for Android phones and tablets. Microsoft Word is one of the top rated productivity apps on the Google Play Store due to its rich feature-set, ease of use and ability to open documents from various cloud services and locations.



  • Excel

    Excel has made the transition to mobile devices with style. The new dedicated Excel App lets you create, edit and share Excel Documents. Use it in conjunction with the Keyboard for Excel to really up your Excel productivity while mobile.



  • PowerPoint

    Create, Edit and Share PowerPoint presentations from your Android phone or Tablet. Presenter view, an exclusive feature for Office 365 subscribers, allows you to check your speaker notes on your phone or tablet, and control the presentation running on your PC. The new PowerPoint app for Android is a big step up from the combined Office Mobile App. After 100 000 reviews, it’s sitting at 4.4/5.



  • OneDrive

    The OneDrive app lets you add both consumer and business OneDrive accounts, and work with your files from anywhere. Browse your files, and those shared with you. Quickly access recent documents, or search your entire OneDrive. Open your OneDrive files in your Office Apps, and automatically save them back to OneDrive.



  • Skype for Business

    Skype for Business, formally known as Lync, does exactly what the name suggests – it gives you Skype for your business. Use the mobile app to stay in touch with your team members and regular Skype contacts from your Android phone or tablet.



  • Yammer

    Yammer is a social network for your business. Post announcements, share praise, run polls and gather feedback. Yammer is a great alternative for group conversations via email, is integrated across Office 365, and has a great Android app.



  • Outlook Groups

    Outlook Groups are the new way to work as a team in Office 365. Create an Outlook Group to get a group email address, feature-packed newsfeed, OneNote notebook and document storage. Outlook Groups for Android gives you that functionality on the go.



  • Sunrise

    Microsoft bought Sunrise, the best calendar app for Android, in Feb 2015. Sunrise combines calendars from Office 365, Outlook.com, Google, Facebook, your TV show schedules, your favourite sport teams schedule, and much more. Sunrise also provides an easy way to decide on a time to meet people via your phone.



  • Office Lens

    Office Lens is a cool app that lets you take photos, or use existing ones, and convert them into PDFs, editable Word Documents, OneNote Pages or PowerPoint Presentations. Take photos of Documents and Whiteboards, and let Office Lens do the rest.



  • Delve

    Delve uses your Office 365 data and machine learning to help you discover what your team members are working on across Office 365. You can use Delve to search for people, projects and documents across Office 365.



  • Office Remote

    Office Remote for Android lets you control your PowerPoint presentations from your Phone. You can start or stop presentations, advance slides, view speaker notes and more. You also get to control your Word and Excel documents remotely while you present them on a screen or your computer.



  • Power BI

    The Power BI for Android app lets you view and interact with your Power BI dashboards from anywhere. You can set alerts on important data, and get notified when targets are hit or not met. If you’re not familiar with Power BI, check it out now. We think it’s the most exciting addition to Office 365 available.



  • Office 365 Admin

    This is a must have app for any Office 365 Administrator. Use the Office 365 Admin app to add, edit, block or delete users, reset passwords, assign licenses, check on the Office 365 service status and much more. You can also log support requests and sign into multiple Office 365 organisations from the same app.



  • Microsoft Send

    Microsoft Send is a project by Microsoft Garage, a community within Microsoft that turns ‘wild ideas into real projects’. Microsoft Send feels like texting and works like email, stripping back subjects, signatures and greetings, to give you quick simple messaging with anyone who uses email. This app is great for teams.



  • Keyboard for Excel

    Here’s another app from the Microsoft Garage team. Keyboard for Excel adds a number optimised keyboard to your Android Device. It prioritises the characters that you use the most in Excel (including a TAB key!) and is designed to give you greater speed and efficiency for data-entry on your phone.


Office 365 iPhone Apps

Office 365 Apps for iPhone

Office 365 iPhone Apps

Office 365 is a powerful productivity platform that allows you to get more done from any device. Here’s a list of apps from Microsoft that help you make use of Office 365 while you’re on the go.


  • Outlook

    We recommend the Outlook for iOS app when using Office 365 on an iPhone. It gives you an awesome feature called Focused Inbox, allows you to reschedule mail to be reminded later, and customise simple swipe shortcuts to better organise your inbox.



  • OneNote


    OneNote is the one place for everything in your life. Use it to plan projects, keep meeting minutes, take notes, organise trips and keep track of important info. Spend a few moments with OneNote on any of your devices and it will quickly become your favourite app. We cannot speak more highly of OneNote, it’s a must have for any Office 365 user.



  • Word

    Create, Edit and Share Word documents on the Microsoft Word App for iOS. Microsoft Word is one of the top rated productivity apps on the App store due to its rich feature-set, ease of use and ability to open documents from various cloud services and locations.



  • Excel

    Excel has made the transition to mobile devices with style. The number of features they’ve packed into this iOS app is amazing, and the users agree – after 13000+ ratings, the Excel App for iOS is still over 4.5 stars.



  • PowerPoint

    Create, Edit and Share PowerPoint presentations from your iPhone or iPad. You can also use Apple Airplay to project your presentation onto a large screen, and control it from your phone or Apple Watch.



  • OneDrive

    The OneDrive app lets you add both consumer and business OneDrive accounts, and work with your files from anywhere. OneDrive for iOS lets you upload, share, and save your files for offline use.



  • Skype for Business

    Skype for Business, formally known as Lync, does exactly what the name suggests – it gives you Skype for your business. Use the mobile app to stay in touch with your team members and regular Skype contacts from your iPhone or iPad.



  • Yammer

    Yammer is a social network for your business. Post announcements, share praise, run polls and gather feedback. Yammer is a great alternative for group conversations via email, is integrated across Office 365, and has a great iPhone app.



  • Outlook Groups

    Outlook Groups are the new way to work as a team in Office 365. Create an Outlook Group to get a group email address, feature-packed newsfeed, OneNote notebook and document storage. Outlook Groups for iOS gives you that functionality on the go.



  • Sunrise

    Microsoft bought Sunrise, the best calendar app for iOS, in Feb 2015. Sunrise combines calendars from Office 365, Outlook.com, Google, Facebook, your TV show schedules, your favourite sport teams schedule, and much more. Sunrise also provides an easy way to decide on a time to meet people via your phone.



  • Office Lens

    Office Lens is a cool app that lets you take photos, or use existing ones, and convert them into PDFs, editable Word Documents, OneNote Pages, PowerPoint Presentations and even contacts. Take photos of Documents, Whiteboards and business cards, and let Office Lens do the rest.



  • Delve

    Delve uses your Office 365 data and machine learning to help you discover what your team members are working on across Office 365. You can use Delve to search for people, projects and documents across Office 365.



  • Sway

    Sway is like PowerPoint for any device. Create Sways to share ideas, information and presentations in a format that displays beautifully on any device. It uses an intuitive design engine to layout your Sway with minimal input, and lets you share it with anyone, whether they’re using Sway or not.



  • Power BI

    The Power BI for iPhone app lets you view and interact with your Power BI dashboards from anywhere. You can set alerts on important data, and get notified when targets are hit or not met. If you’re not familiar with Power BI, check it out now. We think it’s the most exciting addition to Office 365 available.



  • Office 365 Video

    Office 365 Video for iOS gives you access to your Office 365 Video Portal, formatted for your mobile device. You can use Office 365 Video to store and share training videos, your company’s mission and vision, recorded meetings and more.



  • PowerApps

    Microsoft PowerApps are coming soon, and they’re a fantastic way for anyone to build powerful business apps using their existing data. Use PowerApps to access any datasource, including SharePoint, Excel, SQL Database, custom APIs and more. Next create simple logic flows to automate business processes and present important information. Once you’re done, you share your apps with the team.



  • Microsoft Send

    Microsoft Send is a project by Microsoft Garage, a community within Microsoft that turns ‘wild ideas into real projects’. Microsoft Send feels like texting and works like email, stripping back subjects, signatures and greetings, to give you quick simple messaging with anyone who uses email. This app is great for teams.


Custom Office 365 Login Screen Branding

You can add your own branding to your users Office 365 login screens via the Azure admin portal. The level of customisation that you get depends on the version of Azure Active Directory that you’ve signed up for.

What’s Azure Active Directory?

Azure Active Directory might not sound familiar to you, though it underpins every Office 365 organisation. All of your Office 365 users are stored in your Azure Active Directory, which is included in Office 365.

How to set up the custom branding for Office 365 login screens

  1. Login to Office 365 as an administrator at https://portal.office.com
  2. Click the App Launcher/Waffle button on the top left of the screenOpen Office 365 App Launcher To Start SetupOfBranding
  3. Click the Admin tileOpen Office 365 Admin Center To Setup Branding
  4. On the left menu, scroll down to Azure ADOpen Azure AD To Customise Office 365 Login Branding
  5. You may need to sign up for an Azure subscription, though you won’t have to put any credit card details in yet.
  6. Click Active Directory on the left menu once you’ve signed up.Select Azure Active Directory
  7. Click the Active Directory that has the same name as your Office 365 subscription, you will likely only have one listed here. Ours is called Ozbizweb Group.Open Azure Active Directory
  8. Click Configure, then click Customize BrandingConfigure Azure Active Directory And Customise Branding

The Customize Default Branding section gives you a few options to customise your Office 365 login experience.Customise Office 365 Default Branding

Banner Logo

Size: 280 x 60 (Max is 300 x 60)

The Banner logo is the logo that appears above the Office 365 login fields. It supports JPEG, though a PNG image with a transparent background is recommended.

Square Logo

Size: 240 x 240

The square logo is used to represent user accounts in your organisation, on Azure AD web UI and in Windows 10. You should also add this one as a PNG with a transparent background, though JPEG is also supported.

Square Logo, Dark theme

Size: 240 x 240

You can upload a separate image for this one if the previous square logo won’t look good on dark backgrounds. Again, PNG with a transparent is recommended, though JPEG is supported.

User ID Placeholder

Typically, this is someone@example.com and is shown in the user ID input field. You can replace this with someone@yourdomain.com if you like. Though you should leave it blank if you’re making apps using Azure AD that will support external users.

Sign In Page Text Heading

This heading will appear above the customised sign in page text which can appear at the bottom of the Office 365 Sign in screen.

Sign In Page Text Body

This can be a short message at the bottom of the Office 365 login screen that can give more information to the users. You can use this to display welcome text, information about password resets, or contacting the helpdesk. This one can’t be longer than 500 characters (250-300 characters recommended).

Click the arrow to proceed to the next screen. This is where you can add the background image that will appear when a user enters their username.Customise Second Page OfOffice 365 Default Branding

Sign In Page Illustration

Size: 1420 x 1200

The message from Microsoft here is to use an abstract illustration or picture. Since the image gets resized and cropped, avoid using rasterized text and keep the “interesting” part of the illustration in the top-left corner. It can be a JPEG, GIF or PNG and should be about 300kb in size. Max size is 500kb.

Sign In Background Colour

Certain users may connect to Office 365 on low bandwidth connections, so you can customise the background colour of the Sign In Page Illustration section which will appear while the image loads. The default is the Office 365 orange/red, though this can be set to a hexadecimal colour code that suits your brand eg #73A2D1

Show or Hide Keep me signed in or KMSI

If you don’t want your users to choose to stay signed into devices, you can hide the ‘Keep me signed in’ checkbox here.

Post Logout Link Label

This is the link text that will appear when your users log out of Office 365. eg. Return to Ozbizweb Group website.

Post Logout Link URL

This is the URL that you’d like the Post Logout Link Label to redirect your users too. Eg. http://www.ozbizweb.com.au

Once you’ve applied your changes, click the Tick icon and wait for the changes to be applied.

Changes Are Saved For Office 365 Branding

 

You can test them out in an In-Private window (CTRL-Shift-P in Edge/Internet Explorer, CTRL-Shift-N in Google Chrome). Just enter your email address, and you should see some of the changes are taking effect. Note that it may take up to an hour to see your branding changes.

The free tier of Azure Active Directory doesn’t appear to display all the customised branding elements. Though some of them, like the Banner Logo and custom background colour before the Sign In Illustration loads, do appear.

Some Office 365 Branding Changes Available For Free

Want to see all your Office 365 login screen branding?

Displaying all of your branding changes is one of the many benefits of Azure Active Directory Premium, and the good news is that you can try it out for free. If you decide that you don’t want to go ahead with Azure Active Directory Premium for all your users, and just want it for the branding, you can assign it to just one user. This seems to enable all the custom branding elements for all users in your organisation.

Here’s how to activate an Azure Active Directory Premium Trial

  1. In the Azure portal, click the quick start cloud icon.Open Quick Start In Azure Active Directory
  2. Scroll down to Get Azure AD Premium and click Try it now.Try Azure Active Directory Premium
  3. Click Activate Trial and the bottom of the screen.Activate Trial For Azure Active Directory Premium
  4. Click the tick to get started. This trial will not auto-renew, and you won’t be charged after the 30 days are up.Activate Azure Active Directory Premium Trial
  5. Wait for the trial to start.Starting Azure Active Directory Premium Trial
  6. Make sure the Azure Active Directory Premium plan is selected and click Assign at the bottom of the screen.Assign Azure Active Directory Premium Licenses
  7. You will be presented with a list of users in your organisation, mouse over the users and click the + icon to select them for license assignment.Choose Users For Azure Active Directory Premium
  8. Click the tick icon and wait for the License plan operation to complete.Licenses Assigned For Azure Active Directory Premium
  9. Open an In-Private window, navigate to https://portal.office.com and enter a user’s email address. You should see all the branding changes you’ve implemented are now active!Office 365 Branding Changes Are Applied