Outlook roaming signatures vs CodeTwo email signatures

[Update]: This blog post was updated on October 29, 2020.

Microsoft is going to introduce roaming signatures, a new feature for Outlook for Windows. The new feature changes the way Outlook email signatures are stored. The signatures will no longer be stored on a local drive – they will now be stored in the user mailbox, which will make them available on all devices running Outlook for Windows that have been configured with this user’s email account. When this feature is rolled out (initially scheduled for Q4 of 2020), it will be automatically enabled for all Microsoft 365 users. According to Microsoft 365 roadmap item 60371, users who use Microsoft 365 Monthly Channel (early adopters) might get this feature as early as November 2020. As there is a lot of inaccurate information regarding the feature, let’s explain what this feature really is and whether it affects CodeTwo solutions at all.

Outlook roaming signatures vs CodeTwo email signatures

Impact of Outlook roaming signatures on CodeTwo software

Microsoft mentioned in an email sent to Microsoft 365 clients that third-party add-ins which provide the email signature functionality will no longer work when this feature is released unless admins modify the registry for users in their organization as per this article. A similar information is spread throughout many different sources and articles as well. Because of that, we would like to clarify that the new feature from Microsoft:

  1. will not “break” CodeTwo tools or substitute them in any way – it just saves Outlook signatures in the cloud, like Outlook on the web (OWA) did for years. That way, these signatures are automatically accessible on other Windows-based PCs for a given user once they use Outlook hooked up to the same Microsoft account;
  2. does not introduce central management of signatures, AD integration, dynamic signatures, signature campaigns and other features you already get from CodeTwo;
  3. does not work with mobile devices and other email clients – it’s limited to Outlook for Windows only;
  4. does not require you to take any action* for your organization no matter what signature mode you use with CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365:
    1. if you use server-side mode to centrally add signatures, this change does not affect your organization;
    2. if you use client-side or combo mode (which require you to install CodeTwo Signatures Add-in for Outlook), the latest version of the CodeTwo Outlook add-in (UPDATE: released on June 17, 2020) automatically changes the registry for all users who use this add-in so that CodeTwo signatures will continue to work when roaming signatures are released by Microsoft. The add-in is updated automatically for these users (they might be prompted to restart Outlook after the update).

      * Only the admins who deployed the add-in globally via GPO will need to redeploy it to make sure all users get the latest version (instructions on how to do this can be found in the user’s manual).

Comparison of Outlook roaming signatures and CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365

As mentioned above, the new feature for Outlook changes nothing for companies that use third-party email signature tools such as CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365, because these tools address completely different problems. Take a look at the table below to compare native signature cloud settings in Outlook with CodeTwo’s email signature solution.

 CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365Native signature cloud settings in Microsoft Outlook
Central email signature management for the entire company or selected groups of users

Support for all email clients and devices (including mobiles)

Setting up different signatures for internal and external emails

Signatures inserted automatically based on rules

Email signatures in encrypted messages

Azure Active Directory synchronization (user info automatically added to signatures)

Scheduling email signature campaigns
Delegation of email signature design and management to specific people or teams
Unified visual identity across the entire company

Automatic conversion of plain text emails to the HTML format (signatures in emails sent by mobile devices look the same as those sent from PCs)

Signature editing blocked for all/selected users
One-click customer satisfaction surveys in email signatures
Signatures added/removed by specific keywords in the email body
Other features

If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the new feature and its impact on CodeTwo software that you use, feel free to contact us.

CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365 is the world-leading and highest rated email signature solution for Microsoft 365 & Office 365. It’s a cloud service deployed on Microsoft Azure in a region of customer’s choice, backed up by world’s only 4-level security system compliant with ISO/IEC 27001 & 27018 and a free 1-year Microsoft 365 data backup service, which makes it the most secure signature software on the market. Our product is co-engineered with Microsoft and awarded by Microsoft for exceptional Customer Experience.

CodeTwo offers solutions for organization-wide email signature management, data backup and migration for Microsoft 365 & Exchange Server, developed for 15 years and used by over 90k organizations worldwide, including Facebook, Samsung and UNICEF.

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