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 185th 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 28-October 4, 2020

NUNO ÁRIAS SILVA

Major updates

 

Introducing Designer in Word

 

MC223444 | October 3 – We’re introducing Designer in Word for the web, a feature which offers formatting consistency and style variety for every document.Key points Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 63455 Timing: targeted release now, standard release early November Roll-out: tenant level Control type: user control Action: review and assess

 

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Notifications coming to the Yammer Communities app in Microsoft Teams

 

Act by: October 27

 

MC223381 | October 2 – With this change, Yammer users can be notified in Teams when announcements are made in communities that they are a member of and when the user is @ mentioned in a conversation. This change affects the Yammer Communities app in the Microsoft Teams app (web, desktop, and mobile).Key points Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 64015 Timing: beginning of November Roll-out: user level Control type: user control Action: review and assess

 

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Microsoft Teams: meeting recordings saved to OneDrive and SharePoint

 

MC222640 | September 29 – We’re changing the storage for new Teams meeting recordings to be stored on, and served from, OneDrive and SharePoint (ODSP) – instead of Microsoft Stream (Classic). Customers are able to opt in, opt out, or take no action with regard to these changes.This change will apply to customers who either opt in or take no action following this announcement.Key points:Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 67138Timing:Early October (October 5, 2020)– You can enable the Teams Meeting policy to have meeting…

 

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Microsoft Graph connectors for Microsoft Search Generally Available

 

MC222601 | September 29 – As communicated in MC217074 (June ’20) we are following up with details on Microsoft Graph connectors for Microsoft Search becoming generally available to Microsoft 365 Tenants.Key points:Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 67139Timing: Starting mid-October and expect to complete in February 2021Roll out: Tenant levelControl: Admin level

 

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Updates to Discover feed in Outlook for Android

 

MC222963 | September 29 – We are changing the name of the Discover feed section on the Search home page in Outlook for Android to Recommended. In addition, the Discover feed on the Search home page will now include SharePoint news and access to recently recorded Teams online meetings. This is the promised update to MC221542 (09/04/2020), which announced these features for iOS.Key points Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70112 Timing: from end of October to early December Rollout: tenant level Control type: admin control Action:…

 

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Changes in classic form customizations in modern lists and libraries

 

MC222880 | September 28 – We are changing how customized forms work inside SharePoint lists and libraries that will affect tenants using the SharePoint classic experience.Key points Timing: late October to late November Roll-out: tenant level Control type: user control Action: review and assess by October 25, 2020

 

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Additional updates

 

Microsoft Teams meeting invitation formatting update

 

MC223448 | October 3 – The familiar Microsoft Teams Meeting join details sent out with every meeting invitation email is getting a formatting update with clearer language to help ensure a better join experience for meeting participants. This feature is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67094.When this will happenWe will roll this out in mid-October 2020.

 

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Ability to appear offline as new presence status

 

MC223441 | October 3 – We are adding the ability for Teams users to appear as offline.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68727.When this will happenWe will begin rolling this out in mid-October and expect the rollout to be complete by end of October.

 

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(Update) Teams meetings, end of meeting notification

 

MC222346 | October 2 – Updated October 02, 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 be alerting Teams meeting participants when there are five minutes remaining in a scheduled meeting. This is an informational notification and will not automatically end the meeting.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67122.When this will…

 

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2020 Release Wave 2 Dynamics and Power Platform general availability deployment

 

MC223363 | October 1 – Starting October 1, 2020 we will begin to enable the 2020 Release Wave 2 features across our global customer base through March 2021. Your environment will have the updates automatically applied for the Dynamics 365 and Power Platform applications during your regional maintenance window. It will not require any action from you. For more information see Microsoft Dynamics 365 applications and Microsoft Power Platform release plans.

 

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Microsoft Threat Protection and Advanced Threat Protection product name changes

 

MC223358 | October 1 – We are making the following product name changes to bring Microsoft Threat Protection and the products formerly known as Advanced Threat Protection together under the Microsoft Defender brand:Microsoft 365 Defender (previously Microsoft Threat Protection)Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (previously Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection)Microsoft Defender for Office 365 (previously Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection)Microsoft Defender for Identity (previously Azure Advanced Threat…

 

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General availability of SharePoint Syntex

 

MC223196 | October 1 – Microsoft SharePoint Syntex uses advanced AI and machine teaching to amplify human expertise, automate content processing, and transform content into knowledge.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67134.This message applies to customers with the following SKUs; if you do not have one of these you may safely ignore this message. Microsoft 365 F1, F3, E3, E5, A3, A5 Office 365 F3, E1, E3, E5, A1, A3, A5When this will happenSharePoint Syntex will be available for purchase, as…

 

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OneNote feed in Outlook for the web

 

MC223192 | September 30 – The OneNote feed will be available in Outlook on the web.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66203.When this will happen We will roll out the OneNote feed beginning in late September 2020 and expect the rollout to be complete in late October.

 

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SharePoint modern pages make adding text easier (Targeted release)

 

MC223191 | September 30 – Modern SharePoint page authors will find that adding text is easier when they have added new sections. This announcement applies only to customers in our Targeted Release program. If you are not participating in Targeted Release, you may safely ignore this message.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67146.When this will happenWe will begin gradually rolling this out to Targeted Release customers in early October and expect to complete this rollout by the end of March…

 

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Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for Current Channel

 

MC223182 | September 30 – We’ve released updates to the following update channel for Microsoft 365 Apps:Current ChannelWhen this will happen:We’ll be gradually rolling out this update of Microsoft 365 Apps to users on that update channel starting September 28th, 2020 (PST).

 

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Upgrade macOS to access new Microsoft 365 for Mac updates

 

Act by: November 10

 

MC223176 | September 30 – As of the Microsoft 365 for Mac November 2020 update, macOS 10.14 Mojave or later is required to receive updates to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. Ifyou continue with an older version of macOS, your Office apps will continue to work but you will no longer receive any updates including security updates.Note:If your organization is not using macOS then you can disregard this message.Key Points:Major: RetirementTiming: November 10, 2020Action: Review and assess impact

 

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Microsoft 365 admin center Network connectivity preview

 

MC222869 | September 29 – The Network connectivity category within the Microsoft 365 admin center allows you to see a network assessment that evaluates the impact of your network design on Microsoft 365 user experience in a 0 – 100 scale. This is calculated based on network attributes which have been proven through support cases to affect user experience the most. The network assessment is best evaluated at a specific office location, but an organization wide network assessment is also provided. In addition, specific…

 

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(Updated) Customization of quarantine notification

 

MC218143 | September 29 – Updated September 29, 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 making it possible for you to customize quarantine notifications with your organization logo, custom display name, and a custom disclaimer.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 64781When this will happenWe will begin rolling this out in to…

 

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(Updated) Results from PowerBI coming to Microsoft Search in SharePoint and Office.com

 

MC220668 | September 29 – Updated September 29, 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’re updating Microsoft Search in SharePoint and Office.com to include results from PowerBI.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67103.When this will happenWe are rolling this out to Targeted Release tenants in late August 2020, and we expect the…

 

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(Updated) Move files and easily keep sharing

 

MC220127 | September 29 – Updated September 29, 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 When your end users move a file from OneDrive to a SharePoint site collection, or from a SharePoint site collection to a OneDrive, or from a SharePoint site collection to another SharePoint site collection, they will have the option to easily continue sharing the file…

 

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(Updated) Teams Desktop: Language-Aware Spellchecking

 

MC217362 | September 29 – Updated September 29, 2020: We have begun rolling this out and are updating the anticipated completion time below. Now, Microsoft Teams users can more easily communicate using multiple languages. Users who write different messages in different languages will now see spellchecking relevant to the language they’re actively using when typing a message in the Microsoft Teams desktop app.This is a key improvement to the existing Teams Desktop Spellchecking feature, to make it “language-aware” and…

 

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(Updated) Teams Meeting support for 20,000 attendees

 

MC221223 | September 29 – Updated September 29, 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 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 begin rolling out at the end of…

 

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(Updated) Teams meeting participant report updates

 

MC221432 | September 29 – Updated September 29, 2020: We have begun rolling out but are adjusting the expected completion time. Please see the schedule update below. 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…

 

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Prevent attendees from unmuting in Teams Meetings

 

MC223029 | September 29 – Meeting organizers and presenters can now prevent attendees from unmuting themselves during a meeting.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66575When this will happen:This feature will start rolling out:Standard release tenants in early October.GCC tenants in mid-OctoberGCC-High and DoD tenants at the end of October

 

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Hide notification previews on Microsoft Teams mobile apps to protect sensitive data

 

MC223019 | September 29 – You can now keep organizational data confidential on Teams iOS and Android appslock screens by blocking data from appearing in notification previews.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66744.When this will happenThis feature is available on Teams iOS (v. 2.0.22) and Android (v. 1.0.0.2020091301) apps.

 

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SharePoint: Organization chart web part

 

MC223018 | September 29 – We are introducing a SharePoint web part allows page authors to generate an organization chart centered on an individual.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67131.When this will happenWe will begin gradually rolling this out the first of October and expect to finish by mid-October.

 

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New Choice, Person, and Yes/No column experiences

 

MC222586 | September 28 – Microsoft and SharePoint Lists are getting new field editors and renderers. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67095, 67097, and 67119. When this will happenTarget Release: begin late September and end late OctoberStandard Release: begin late October and end late December

 

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