I already wrote about Office 365 and Basic Authentication in two earlier blogposts:
The last update from Microsoft regarding basic authentication is published in June 2021:
Microsoft has announced that it starts to disable basic authentication for customers that do not use basic authentication (for new Office 365 basic authentication is disabled by default).
I have disabled basic authentication is my tenant long ago and last week I got an email from Microsoft (MC274505, which can also be found in the admin portal) announcing basic authentication will be disabled in my tenant:
“We’re making some changes to improve the security of your tenant. We announced in 2019 we would be retiring Basic Authentication for legacy protocols and in early 2021 we announced we would begin to retire Basic Authentication for protocols not being used in tenants.
30 days from today we’re going to turn off Basic Authentication for POP3, IMAP4, Remote PowerShell, Exchange Web Services, Offline Address Book, MAPI, RPC and Exchange ActiveSync protocol in your tenant, and will also disable SMTP AUTH completely.
Note: Based on our telemetry, no users in your tenant are currently using Basic Authentication with those protocols and so we expect there to be no impact to you.”
If disabling basic authentication causes issues for your tenant, you can always re-enable basic authentication as outlined in the Microsoft link in the beginning of this blogpost. But please remember that basic authentication will be disabled permanently some day!