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Microsoft Will Deprecate Client Access Rules in Exchange Online

In October, Microsoft will begin retiring Client Access Rules (CARs) in Exchange Online with the goal of completely deprecating them by September 2023. CARs will be replaced with Continuous Access Evaluation (CAE) for Azure Active Directory.


  • Don’t wait, you want to get ahead of the curve on CAE as it’ll help you shutting down malicious access attempts relating to credential theft. CAE enables Azure Active Directory applications to subscribe to critical events, that can then be evaluated and enforced in near realtime.
  • ​​​​​​​Very positive move forward – User session revocation can be enforced in near real time. There may be some business app breakage but those were just vulnerabilities waiting to be exploited.


  • Deprecation of Client Access Rules in Exchange Online
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  • Microsoft to retire Exchange Online client access rules in a year

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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