Microsoft now offers enhanced control over third-party apps in Office 365

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Microsoft today announced a new feature in Office 365 Advanced Security Management that will allow IT to have control over the apps which users can connect to Office 365. With the new  App Permissions feature, IT will know which applications in their network have access to Office 365 data, what permissions they have and which users granted these apps access to their Office 365 accounts.

This is how it works,

  1. When someone attempts to connect an application with Office 365, they are prompted to approve the permissions the application needs.
  2. But people don’t always read the permissions closely, or they may not realize when an app is not in compliance with their organization’s policies.
  3. App Permissions provides information to IT about which applications in their network have access to Office 365 data, what permissions they have and which users granted these apps access to their Office 365 accounts.
  4. Based on this information, IT admins can choose to approve the app or revoke its access to Office 365. If they choose to revoke permissions to the app, it will no longer be able to access the information for any of the users in the Office 365 tenant.

It also allows IT Admins to notify users who have installed the application that is going to be banned.

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