Just as most of us were getting ready for Christmas 2016, Microsoft announced to relatively little fanfare a new way to configure authentication in Office 365. From a technical point of view this is perhaps one of the most significant Office 365 developments of the year and one that neatly addresses one of the difficult decisions to be made when implementing Office 365.
Microsoft has launched its UK datacentres for Azure and Office 365, with data centres in London, Durham, and Cardiff between them hosting Office 365 services including Exchange Online and SharePoint Online, as well as services in the Azure platform.
Microsoft have made several revisions to its directory synchronisation tool, going under names such as DirSync, Azure AD Sync, and Azure AD Connect, each with several versions. So the news that Azure AD Connect 1.1 was released last week might not be top of the news agenda, but it does come with several important and interesting enhancements over previous versions.