In a rapid change of Office 365, Microsoft sends to Tenant Admin’s the news about what is changing and what is coming in Office 365.

 

This is the 181th email that Microsoft has sent to Tenant Admin’s Newsletter with Office 365 changes.

 

This Weekly digest is intended to reach the Administrators of Office 365 within the latest changes that are happening to Office 365.

 

Below is an example that can be applied to your tenant, because these emails are based on the services that you have in your Tenant and subscription.

 

 
 

Message center announcements,
August 31-September 6, 2020

NUNO ÁRIAS SILVA

Major updates

 

(Updated) New Feature: SharePoint Auto Digest Email

 

MC215356 | September 5 – Updated September 4, 2020: This message has been updated to provide additional clarity on the schedule and a link to the PowerShell documentation. Please see changes below. Updated June 16, 2020: Thank you for your feedback. The message has been updated to provide additional clarity around the feature, timing and controls. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. SharePoint Auto-News Digest sends automated email to users in your company about the latest News posts that they have not yet read that…

 

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New service plan for Content explorer

 

MC221125 | September 4 – We’re making some changes to how the data classification content explorer is provisioned in your tenant. Content explorer will be part of a new service plan: Content Explorer. Content explorer was previously included as part of the Exchange Online service plan.When will this happenWe will roll out this change on September 29, 2020.

 

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Change to the minimum iOS system requirements for Outlook for iOS and watchOS

 

MC221506 | September 4 – We are changing the minimum iOS system requirements for Outlook for iOS and watchOS. Outlook for iOS is supported on the two most recent versions of iOS. With iOS 14 currently in beta, Outlook for iOS is preparing to remove support for iOS 12. In addition, once iOS 14 is released to GA, the system requirements for Outlook for iOS will be updated to reflect support for iOS 14. Microsoft will update the minimum system requirements for the Outlook for iOS app from iOS 12 to iOS 13.Additionally,…

 

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(Updated) Microsoft Teams new calling and meeting experience

 

MC212453 | September 4 – Updated September 4, 2020: To ensure the best possible experience for our users, we are delaying some of our deployments to reduce the amount of change flowing into the services. Please see the updated roll-out timeline below We are pleased to announce that we will be enabling users to be able to view meetings and calls in separate windows along with the other recently announced features.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 57294When this will happenNote: To provide…

 

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(Updated) New Feature: Cortana Briefing email

 

MC217997 | September 4 – Updated September 4, 2020: We are still in the process of rolling this out. We have updated the timeline below. Thank you for your patience. The Briefing email from Cortana helps users start their day on track by surfacing information on upcoming meetings and outstanding tasks as well as protecting time for independent work. After this feature rolls out, your end users will receive an automatically generated Briefing email (from Cortana) unless you disable the feature for your tenant. Only…

 

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Retiring certain WebPartPagesWebService methods affecting web part migration

 

MC221387 | September 3 – We’ve identified an issue with five methods belonging to the WebPartPageWebService Application Programming Interface (API) that could cause impact to data integrity. These methods are AddWebPart, AddWebPartToZone, SaveWebPart, SaveWebPart2, and GetWebPartPageConnectionInfo. As a result, we are planning to retire these methods.Note: If your organization is not utilizing these methods you can safely disregard this message.Key points:Major: RetirementTiming: early October 2020 to mid-October…

 

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(Updated) New Power Platform features coming to Teams

 

MC219363 | September 3 – Updated September 03, 2020: To ensure the best possible experience for our users, we are delaying some of our deployments to reduce the amount of change flowing into the services. Please see the updated roll-out timeline below We are adding newPower Platformfeatures to make it easier for customers to create, deploy and manage key business apps and chatbots directly within Microsoft Teams.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66407.When this will happenThe rollout will begin…

 

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(Updated) Microsoft Teams Call Merge

 

MC219084 | September 3 – Updated September 03, 2020: To ensure the best possible experience for our users, we are delaying some of our deployments to reduce the amount of change flowing into the services. We will update this Message center post once we have a new timeline. Thank you for your patience. Call Merge gives end users the capability to merge their activeunheld1:1 call into another 1:1 call or another group call. This applies to Teams VOIP calls and PSTN calls. Key Points:Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID:66054Timing:…

 

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(Updated) New file sharing experience in Teams

 

MC218732 | September 3 – Updated September 03, 2020: Based on learnings from our early rings, we have made the decision to make additional changes to the code before we proceed with the rollout. We will update this Message center post once we re-start the rollout. Thank you for your patience. With this feature, users will have a file sharing and access control experience in Teams that is similar to their experience with other Microsoft 365 apps.Key points Microsoft 365Roadmap ID 51230 Timing: Will provide update when…

 

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(Updated) Cortana voice assistance in Teams mobile

 

MC218148 | September 3 – Updated September 3, 2020: We are pleased to announce that this feature has completed rolling out and is available in your organization as applicable. We are pleased to offer Cortana voice assistance in the Teams iOS and Androidmobile app, which allows users to perform communication, collaboration, and meeting-related tasks by speaking natural language. At the time of this release, the feature will be be enabled only for users in the U.S. Expansion to additional languages and regions will…

 

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Office Scripts enabled by default

 

Act by: October 1

 

MC221139 | September 3 – In January, we released Office Scripts, a feature that enables users to automate their repetitive tasks in Excel Online, for public preview. We are now transitioning from public preview to making Office Scripts available by default for your organization.Key points Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 61687 Timing: targeted release begins the end of August; rollout should be complete the end of October Roll-out: tenant level Control type: admin control Action: review and assess by October 1, 2020

 

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Additional updates

 

Updates to Discover name, feed in Outlook for iOS

 

MC221542 | September 5 – We are changing the name of the Discover feed section on the Search home page in Outlook for iOS to Recommended. In addition, for your Outlook for iOS users, the Discover feed on the Search home page will now include SharePoint news and access to recently recorded Teams online meetings. When this change in the content feed is available for Android users, we will issue a new Message center post. Key points Microsoft 365 Roadmap IDs 67557 and 67560 Timing, changes in Discover feed: early…

 

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New User Access Diagnostic capabilities in the Power Platform admin center

 

MC221521 | September 4 – Starting September 4th, 2020, administrators will be able to run diagnostics on individual users from the Power Platform admin center to detect potential causes to access issues and suggest potential mitigations. The feature is in Public Preview. What is changing? The new experience is in the Power Platform admin center and is available exclusively for environments with a Common Data Service database. From the “users” page in the environment’s settings, the administrator can select a user and…

 

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New User Access Diagnostic capabilities in the Power Platform admin center

 

MC221520 | September 4 – Starting September 4th, 2020, administrators will be able to run diagnostics on individual users from the Power Platform admin center to detect potential causes to access issues and suggest potential mitigations. The feature is in Public Preview. What is changing? The new experience is in the Power Platform admin center and is available exclusively for environments with a Common Data Service database. From the “users” page in the environment’s settings, the administrator can select a user and…

 

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(Updated) Exportability of Security reports

 

MC219639 | September 4 – Updated September 4, 2020: We have updated this post to ensure proper visibility. There are no changes to the content below. We are making changes so all security reports will now be exportable from the security and compliance center.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66360When this will happenWe will begin rolling this out for standard and Germany datacenter customers at the end of August and expect to complete by mid-September.We will begin rolling this out for…

 

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(Updated) Multiple Number Dialing

 

MC220137 | September 3 – Updated September 03, 2020: To ensure the best possible experience for our users, we are delaying some of our deployments to reduce the amount of change flowing into the services. We will update this Message center post once we have a new timeline. Thank you for your patience. Teams now supports dialing multiple numbers for a given user. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66194.When this will happenWe will update this post when we are ready to proceed.

 

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(Updated) The new tasks experience is becoming generally available for Outlook on the web

 

MC217689 | September 3 – Updated September 3, 2020: To ensure the best possible experience for our users, we are delaying some of our deployments to reduce the amount of change flowing into the services. Please see the updated roll-out timeline below We will soon roll out the new tasks experience in Outlook on the web as we move from preview to general availability. With this change, we will remove the preview opt-in toggle; this means the classic tasks experience will no longer be available.This feature is associated…

 

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Teams meeting participant report updates

 

MC221432 | September 3 – In June (MC209710) we provided Teams meeting organizers with a participant report that includes join and leave times. We are making key changes to improve functionality and provide additional participant data in the report.This feature is associated with Microsoft 365Roadmap ID 66459.When this will happenWe will begin rolling this out mid-September and expect the rollout to be complete in mid-October.

 

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Introducing floating call controls in Teams meetings

 

MC221371 | September 2 – We are changing the behavior of the floating call controls in Teams meetings so that they will always be visible for Android and iOS phones and tablets.When this will happenWe will roll this out to the respective stores beginning lateSeptember and expect the rollout to be complete by the end of October.

 

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Teams custom meeting images

 

MC221370 | September 2 – Microsoft Teams administrators will soon be able to upload a custom logo image for all tenant meetings; however it will be displayed only in meetings where the organizer has an Advanced Communication license.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67113.When this will happenThe ability to upload the image will begin to appear in the Teams admin center in early SeptemberThe logo will appear in meetings by late September.

 

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Introducing the ability to print a blank form

 

MC221300 | September 2 – With this update, a Forms owner will be able to print a blank form for any respondent who is unable to complete the form online.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67099. When this will happen We will begin rolling this feature out the end of August and expect the rollout to be complete mid-September.

 

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(Updated)New Riverbed CDN available in Microsoft Teams

 

MC220515 | September 1 – Updated September 1, 2020: We have updated this post to ensure it is displaying as intended. There are no changes to the content.Soon you will be able to use a new Enterprise Content Delivery Network (CDN), Riverbed, should you need a CDN for live events in Microsoft Teams.When this will happenWe will begin rolling this out in early September and expect the rollout to be complete by mid-September.

 

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(Updated) Feature Update: Office.com home page layout and navigation

 

MC213423 | September 1 – Updated September 1, 2020: To ensure the best possible experience for our users, we are delaying some of our deployments to reduce the amount of change flowing into the services. Please see the updated roll-out timeline below We are updating the layout and application navigation for the Office.com home page and the Office app in Windows 10 based on customer feedback. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 64019. When this will happen We will roll out this new experience to…

 

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(Udpated) Outlook for Mac: Preview toggle of new experience in Insider Slow

 

MC219576 | September 1 – Updated September 1, 2020: This message has been updated to ensure it is displaying as intended. There are no changes to the content. We are releasing the ability to preview the new Outlook for Mac for all Insider Slow users via a toggle that will be turned off by default. Insider Slow users can turn on the “New Outlook” toggle located at the top right of the Outlook window and experience all of the updates. They can switch quickly between the new Outlook for Mac experience and the current…

 

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Teams Meeting support for 20,000 attendees

 

MC221223 | August 31 – Teams will soon support up to 20,000 meeting attendees as view-only participants for tenants with the Advanced Communications add-on.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 65952.When this will happenThis feature will be available at the end of September.

 

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(Updated) Pin based verification process for support callers

 

MC219951 | August 31 – Updated August 25, 2020: Based on feedback we have updated the timeline and details of the post to provide more clarity. We appreciate your feedback. We’re adding a PIN-based verification step to our existing phone-based verification process, to better protect your organization. If you contact us from a number not registered with your Admin center profile, the Microsoft support representative will send a verification code to your registered email or phone in your Admin Center profile. Provide…

 

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We’re updating comment notifications for files in OneDrive and SharePoint

 

MC221211 | August 31 – We’re updating comment notifications for files in OneDrive and SharePoint.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66192When this will happen:We’ll be gradually rolling this out in early September and the rollout will be completed by mid October.

 

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Spotlight an individual video participant for all attendees in a Teams meeting

 

MC221195 | August 31 – We are delivering the ability for presenters to lock an individual video feed for all attendees to see during a Teams meeting. Once selected, the individual identified as the spotlight will be the main video shown to all participants.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67090.When this will happenThe rollout will begin mid September and finish end of September.

 

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Incoming video support in web meetings on Safari 13 and later

 

MC221187 | August 31 – We are please to announce the that incoming video support for Teams meetings on Safari 13+ will be available soon.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67109When this will happenWe will begin rolling out in early September and expect to be complete by the end of September.

 

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More news and more information here – https://office365weekly.blog/2020/09/07/office-365-weekly-digest-2020-36/

 

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