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Announcing Exchange Public Folder Migration Scripts with Modern Authentication Support

Modern Authentication for Exchange Online Public Folders
Exchange Online users increasingly require the convenience and security of modern authentication, particularly as organizations move to the cloud. With modern authentication, users can access their emails, calendar, contacts, and other data with a single sign-on experience, while also benefiting from enhanced authentication methods like multi-factor authentication, device trust, and more.

Organizations that have migrated to Exchange Online may have noticed that the modern authentication experience is not available for public folders. Public folders are still managed using basic authentication, which can be a hassle for users, especially if multiple public folders are used. To make modern authentication easier for users, Microsoft has released public folder migration scripts with modern authentication support.

What Are the Benefits of Modern Authentication for Public Folders?
Modern authentication for public folders provides a number of benefits for users, including:

* A single sign-on experience that enables users to access all of their data with one account.
* Enhanced security measures like multi-factor authentication and device trust.
* The ability to access public folders from any device, including mobile devices.
* An improved user experience as users no longer have to enter their credentials multiple times.

How Is Modern Authentication Enabled for Public Folders?
Microsoft has released a set of migration scripts that make it easy to enable modern authentication for public folders. The scripts allow organizations to migrate their public folder data to an Exchange Online mailbox, enabling modern authentication for public folders.

The migration scripts come with detailed instructions and require minimal configuration. The scripts can be used to migrate public folder data from on-premises environments as well as from other Exchange Online tenants. Once the migration is complete, users can access their public folders using modern authentication.

What Are the Requirements for Modern Authentication for Public Folders?
In order to use modern authentication for public folders, organizations must meet the following requirements:

* The organization must have an Exchange Online tenant.
* The organization must have a valid Office 365 license.
* The organization must be running Exchange Online Version 1805 or later.
* The organization must have enabled modern authentication for their tenant.

How Can I Get Started with Modern Authentication for Public Folders?
To get started with modern authentication for public folders, organizations can use the migration scripts provided by Microsoft. The scripts are available for download here: https://github.com/Microsoft/Office365-PublicFolderMigrationScripts [https://github.com/Microsoft/Office365-PublicFolderMigrationScripts]. The scripts include detailed instructions on how to migrate public folder data to an Exchange Online mailbox.

Once the migration is complete, users can access their public folders using modern authentication. This will enable users to access their data with a single sign-on experience, while also benefiting from enhanced security features like multi-factor authentication and device trust.

Conclusion
Modern authentication for public folders provides a number of benefits for users, including a single sign-on experience, enhanced security measures, and the ability to access public folders from any device. Microsoft has released migration scripts that make it easy to enable modern authentication for public folders. Organizations that meet the requirements can use the scripts to migrate their public folder data to an Exchange Online mailbox, enabling modern authentication for public folders.
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Announcing Public Folder Migration Scripts with Modern Authentication Support

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