Manage how people use Places in your organization

Turning Places on or off in your organization lets you manage whether people can search, share, and map location details using the Bing Maps app from Outlook Web App and Outlook 2013. For example, when Places is turned on and the body of an email message includes a physical address, a user who selects the Bing Maps app can view a map of the location on a Bing map embedded in the message.

Note:  The features that are available to your Office 365 organization are determined by the service plan for your account. Some features aren’t available to mailboxes or organizations in specific regions.

Manage access to Places in your organization

Places is turned on by default for most Office 365 service plans or regions that support it. If Places is supported for your service plan or region, you can manage people’s access as follows:

  1. Go to Admin > Service settings > Email, calendar, and contacts.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Turn on Places to let people search, share, and map locations with Bing.

    • Turn off Places to prevent people from searching, sharing, and mapping locations with Bing.

What else do I need to know?

  • The Bing Maps app requires the standard version of Outlook Web App. The light version of Outlook Web App isn’t supported. For detailed browser information, see our supported browsers.

  • When a user selects the Bing Maps app in a message, Bing Maps can access limited information, such as phone numbers, postal addresses, or URLs in the body or subject of the active message. Bing Maps may send this data to a third-party service.

  • The Bing Maps app uses the Country/Region setting specified in a user’s account settings to determine which language to use when displaying Bing Maps information.

  • When you turn on Places for your organization, people who have the Bing Maps app installed can select the Bing Maps app in active messages in Outlook Web App and Outlook 2013. The Bing Maps app tries to map the locations, like physical addresses, specified in the body or subject of active messages. If the location is found, a Bing map of the location displays in the active message. For more information, see Where is the Bing Maps app for Outlook? For information about how to enable and install apps from Outlook Web App, see Installed apps.

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