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MC343788: Plus addressing: New disable setting and on by default

Plus addressing support in Exchange Online was released in September 2020 as an opt-in feature due to its incompatibility with some preexisting addresses used by customers. New customers had the feature enabled by default and last year we announced that we would be moving ahead with the plan to turn the feature on for all customers.

That Message center post (MC276028 August ’21) generated a fair amount of feedback from customers who do not intend to allow their users to utilize plus addresses. Considering the feedback, we announced that we would implement a new setting to allow customers the ability to disable the feature ahead of the change. That setting is now ready for use, and we are giving customers 30 days to proactively opt out of the feature before we enable plus addressing by default.

MC343788: Plus addressing: New disable setting and on by default

Affected workloads

  • Exchange Online

Key points

  • Timing: begin mid-April and expect to complete by the late May
  • Control: via Exchange Online PowerShell
  • Action: make configuration changes to ensure expected experience

How this will affect your organization

Plus addressing will soon be on by default. If you don’t disable plus addressing, your users will be able to utilize plus addresses after the feature is enabled.

The new setting is DisablePlusAddressInRecipients in the Organization Config. To opt out of plus addressing, run the following command in an Exchange Online PowerShell session:

Set-OrganizationConfig -DisablePlusAddressInRecipients $true

The setting will only start working when we enable plus addressing for all customers. We plan to roll out that change after the 30-day notice period expires in mid-April. That change will remove the old AllowPlusAddressInRecipients setting and plus addressing will start working for all customers unless they have set DisablePlusAddressInRecipients to True.

Mail Flow settings in the Exchange admin center

What you need to do to prepare

To avoid plus addressing becoming available to your users, admins should set the disable setting to True within the 30-day notice period. Customers with addresses containing pluses may also experience disruptions to deliveries.

Learn more

Message ID: MC343788
Published: 16 March 2022
Updated: 16 March 2022
Major change: True
Plan For Change
Product: Exchange
Platform: Online, World tenant
Change type: Feature update, User impact, Admin impact
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Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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