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 183th 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,
September 14-20, 2020

NUNO ÁRIAS SILVA

Major updates

 

(Updated) Office Scripts to be enabled by default

 

Act by: October 1

 

MC221139 | September 18 – Updated September 18, 2020: We have updated the title to more accurately reflect the state of the change. Additionally, we have provided more details about the timeline. We apologize for any confusion. Thank you for your feedback.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…

 

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(Updated) Introducing resource-specific consent for Microsoft Teams

 

MC218561 | September 18 – Updated September 18, 2020: We are pleased to announce that this feature has completed rolling out and is available in your organization as applicable. Resource-specific consent (RSC) for Microsoft Teams makes it possible for team owners to consent to apps accessing their team data without explicit admin approval. Admins may choose which team owners can consent.Key points Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 56605 Timing: end of August (previously mid-August); complete end of September (previously…

 

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(Updated) Outlook for Windows Introduces Roaming Signatures

 

MC215017 | September 18 – Updated September 18, 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 Outlook for Windows is introducing e-mail signatures that will be stored in the cloud rather than being stored locally on the user’s Windows device.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 60371When this will happenWe will begin rolling this out to…

 

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(Updated) Updated sender display name for Message center email communication

 

MC222233 | September 16 – Updated September 16, 2020: We have updated the content below to provide more clarity. Thank you for your feedback. The Admin centerMessage center team is updating the display name of the sender for Message center emails. This change is related to MC219415 (July 2020).Key points New sender display name: Microsoft 365 Message CenterOld sender display name: 365 Service AlertTiming: mid-October Rollout: tenant level Action: review and assess

 

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(Updated) Final Reminder: Office 365 ATP External email forwarding controls and policy change

 

MC221113 | September 15 – Updated September 15, 2020: As announced in latest update to MC221113, additional time was needed to complete validations before deploying change and enforcing the Auto Forward Policy. We have completed all validations and will resume deployment of this policy on September 16, 2020. As a reminder the Auto-Forwarding Policy will be enforced for tenants who have configured their policy to “On” or “Off”. For tenants that have made no changes and have no users externally forwarding prior to…

 

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Configuration Change: We’re making some changes to the way we treat Feedback in OneDrive For Business

 

MC222217 | September 15 – On October 19, 2020, we are changing the way users contact support directly in the OneDrive Sync application and leave Feedback for our engineering team.Key points:Timing: October 19, 2020Roll out: Tenant levelAction: Review, assess and shareControl: Admin – How to disable “Get Help” in OneDrive

 

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Retirement of IDCRL based sign-in in Office Win32 clients

 

MC222132 | September 14 – Office has introduced a modern and OAuth based authentication mechanism in Office 2016 and ProPlus Win32 clients. Modern auth has been the default way of authentication in Office apps since the release of Office ProPlus, more than 4 years ago. We however allowed customers to override this behavior by setting a regkey EnableADAL to 0 so that they could continue to use the legacy form of authentication against Microsoft 365 resources like SharePoint. This legacy form of authentication was powered…

 

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(Updated) New Power Platform features coming to Teams

 

MC219363 | September 14 – Updated September 11, 2020: We have updated the content below to provide additional information. 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 in mid-September (previously mid-August) and be complete by the end of September (previously August).

 

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Updates to the Ideas Feature in Excel

 

MC221738 | September 14 – As part of our efforts to improve the usability and discoverability of the Ideas feature in Excel, we are going to begin rollout of a naming update to highlight that the focus of this connected experience is to make Data Analysis simpler, faster and more intuitive.Note: this change does not impact functionality, only the name.The “remove Ideas button from the Ribbon” policy setting, which located under User Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Excel 2016\Intelligent…

 

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Additional updates

 

(Updated) Introducing the Organizer only Teams meeting lobby policy option

 

MC219629 | September 18 – Updated September 18, 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 In May (MC214522), we introduced a new user setting, Only me, that meeting organizers could select when configuring the “Who can bypass lobby?” setting for a Teams meeting. We are now making it possible for you to set Teams meeting defaults in your organization so that…

 

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(Updated) New Feature: Schedule pages and news posts in SharePoint

 

MC212265 | September 18 – Updated September 18, 2020: We have completed roll out to all Targeted Release customers and will now begin rolling to General Availability. Please see the updated timeline below. We appreciate your patience. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 62892.When this will happenWe have completed Targeted Release and we expect completion of roll out to all customers in mid-October.

 

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Introducing Microsoft Teams templates

 

MC222406 | September 18 – Your users will soon be able to quickly create news using Microsoft Teams templates. Custom templates are not yet available for EDU customers but are planned in the future. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67110 . When this will happen We will begin rolling this out the first week of October and expect the rollout to be complete by the end of October.

 

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Ability to show/hide services on the Service Health page

 

MC222388 | September 17 – You can now customize the services you wish to see on theService Health page by editing preferences.When this will happen This change should be in your tenant now.

 

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Teams meetings, end of meeting notification

 

MC222346 | September 17 – We will soon be alerting Teams meeting participants when there are five minutes remaining in a scheduled meeting.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67122.When this will happenWe will begin the rollout mid-September and expect it to be complete in late September.

 

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Organizational branding of Teams custom apps store

 

MC222261 | September 16 – You will soon be able customize the Teams Apps store with your organizational branding for line of business applications in your custom apps store.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67111.When this will happenThis feature will be available in late September.

 

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(Updated) Speaker attribution in Live Captions

 

MC219651 | September 15 – Updated September 15, 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 Teams already provides live captions as a way to follow along with what is being said in a meeting. We will soon add speaker attribution to captions so that everyone knows who is speaking. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 65949. When this will…

 

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(Updated) Introducing live transcription in Microsoft Teams meetings

 

MC220987 | September 15 – Updated September 15, 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 Live transcripts in Microsoft Teams meetings will provide another way to both follow and review meeting conversations. Note: Live transcription currently supports only spoken English (English-US). This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 65967. When this…

 

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(Updated) Microsoft Authenticator App Lock will be enabled by default

 

MC220224 | September 15 – Updated September 15, 2020: We have completed the rollout for iOS. The rollout for Android is taking longer than expected. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please see the updated roll-out timeline below If you do not have users who are using the Microsoft Authenticator app on their mobile devices for two-factor authentication, you may safely ignore this message.Microsoft AuthenticatorApp Lock will soon be enabled by default if the user has set up a PIN or biometric on the device.When this…

 

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Flow Admin Center unavailable

 

MC222178 | September 15 – Description: Our internal monitoring has detected that you may have recently experienced failures when attempting to access Flow Admin Center. We have applied configuration changes to fix this issue. How does this affect me? You may have experienced failures prior to the changes. If you are still experiencing failures, please attempt to access the Admin Center through this link as a temporary workaround. For additional support, please contact Microsoft Support for assistance and reference…

 

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Turn off message preview for chat notifications in Teams

 

MC222171 | September 15 – We are introducing a setting that enables users to turn off message previews for their Teams message notifications. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66744.When this will happenWe will begin rolling this out in early October and expect the rollout to be complete by late October.

 

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Microsoft Teams: Windows 10 native notifications in Teams

 

MC222157 | September 15 – With this update, your users will be able to choose their preferred means of Teams notifications delivery, either via the Teams built-in notification system or via their native OS notification system. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap IDs 66742. When this will happen Windows 10 native notifications: mid-October through late October

 

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Introducing macOS native notifications in Teams

 

MC222156 | September 15 – With this update, your users will be able to choose their preferred means of Teams notifications delivery, either via the Teams built-in notification system or via their native OS notification system. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66743. When this will happen MacOS 10.14 and greater native notifications: late-October through early November

 

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Updated Feature: Ability to opt-out of Outlook incident notifications

 

MC222150 | September 14 – On April 30, 2020, we announced the rollout of Outlook incident notifications for Microsoft 365 Global administrators and Office Apps administrators (MC211619). In response to feedback, administrators now have the ability to opt-out of this feature.When this will happenThis functionality has already been rolled out to your tenant.

 

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More news and more information here – https://office365weekly.blog/2020/09/21/office-365-weekly-digest-2020-38/

 

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