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 187th 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,
October 12-18, 2020

NUNO ÁRIAS SILVA

Major updates

 

Update channel name changes for iOS, Mac and Android Microsoft 365 apps

 

MC224273 | October 15 – In June 2020, we changed the update channel names for Microsoft 365 Apps running on Windows (MC212678, May 2020). We are now updating iOS, Mac and Android applications to bring consistency across the platforms Office is available on. Key points Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68703 Timing: November 10, 2020 Roll-out: tenant level Action: review and assess

 

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Required properties improvements for SharePoint pages

 

MC224173 | October 14 – SharePoint page authors will soon need to supply required information before a page or news post can be published if one or more required properties have been set up in the pages library.Key points Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 63257 Timing: Targeted release, late OctoberStandard release, late November; complete early December Rollout: tenant level Control type: user control Action: review and assess

 

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(Updated) Introducing Microsoft Lists home (web)

 

MC218031 | October 13 – Updated 13, 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. Note: Currently, there is no way to turn off the Microsoft Lists app completely for a tenant. However, we are working on providing admins the capability to turn off personal list creation via PowerShell. With this setting, users will be able to use the Lists app, but will only be…

 

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(Updated) Encrypted sync in Microsoft Edge is now available

 

MC220411 | October 13 – Updated October 13, 2020: We are pleased to announce that this feature has completed rolling out and is available in your organization as applicable. Microsoft Edge now supports encrypted sync for additional Microsoft 365 accounts. Microsoft Edge is the only modern browser to enable encrypted sync using a Microsoft 365 account.Key Points:Timing: begins mid-September, complete end of SeptemberControl:Admin levelAction: review and assess

 

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Additional updates

 

(Updated) Introducing live transcription in Microsoft Teams meetings

 

MC220987 | October 17 – Updated October 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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Creating customized meetings experiences with apps in Microsoft Teams

 

MC224434 | October 16 – Per our announcement at Ignite 2020, we are introducing three new surfaces for Teams meetings: a pre- and post-meeting tab; an in-meeting side panel; and in-meeting content notifications.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68733.When this will happenWe will begin rolling this out in late October and expect rollout to be complete by early December 2020.

 

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Windows 10 native notifications in Teams

 

MC224422 | October 16 – 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-November through late November

 

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Outlook add-ins and optional connected experiences

 

MC224417 | October 16 – For Microsoft 365 Monthly Enterprise Channel and Semi-Annual Channel customers, we are changing how Outlook add-ins behave when theoptional connected experiencesprivacy setting has been disabled in your tenant.This feature has already rolled out to the Microsoft 365Monthly Channel (version 2008, build 13127.20296).Key points Timing: Monthly Channel: mid-September 2020Monthly Enterprise Channel: mid-October 2020Semi-Annual Channel: early January 2021 Rollout: tenant level Action: review and…

 

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Cortana Briefing Email support for Spanish

 

MC224405 | October 16 – TheBriefing email from Cortanahelps users start their day on track by surfacing information on upcoming meetings and outstanding tasks as well as protecting time for independent work. Currently, the Briefing email is available for Microsoft 365 Enterprise users with Exchange Online mailboxes in English. We are expanding to support Spanish for users who have an Exchange Online license. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68695When this will happenTargeted release: rolling…

 

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Introducing macOS native notifications in Teams

 

MC222156 | October 15 – Updated October 15, 2020: Our deployment timeline has changed. Please see the new timeline below. 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: mid-November through early December

 

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Reminder: Upcoming licensing and technical enforcement deadlines

 

MC224355 | October 15 – On March 26, 2020 Microsoft announced a number of measures across Power Platform and Dynamics 365 in support of individuals and organizations around the world affected by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. In addition to that, we also deferred (MC208085) several previously communicated license transitions and technical enforcement deadlines to allow customers ample time to prepare. With those deadlines now fast approaching, we are reaching out to remind you of key dates and available resources. This…

 

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Meeting chat moderation settings

 

MC224359 | October 15 – We are updating the Meeting options to allow an organizer to manage participants ability to chat prior to, during and after a meeting.Key Points:Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 67175Timing: begin mid-November and expect to complete by the end of NovemberControl: Meeting Organizer

 

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Awareness: Teams PowerShell Module

 

MC224358 | October 15 – We are pleased to announce a single Teams PowerShell module that now includes all cmdlets from Skype for Business Online PowerShell Connector. Teams and Skype for Business Online administrators only need to install the Teams PowerShell module without requiring a separate installation of the Skype for Business online connector.When this will happenThe latest Teams PowerShell module is available for installation.

 

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Microsoft Teams – Virtual Breakout Rooms

 

MC224343 | October 15 – Breakout rooms allow meeting organizers to split main meetings into smaller sessions for focused discussions.Key Points:Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID:65332Timing: begin in mid-November and expect to complete by end of NovemberControl: Admin and Organizer

 

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Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for all channels

 

MC224305 | October 15 – We’ve released updates to the following update channels for Microsoft 365 Apps:Current ChannelMonthly Enterprise ChannelSemi-Annual Enterprise Channel (Preview)Semi-Annual Enterprise ChannelWhen this will happen:We’ll be gradually rolling out these updates of Microsoft 365 Apps to users on those update channels starting October 13th, 2020 (PST).

 

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Update channel name changes for iOS, Mac and Android Microsoft 365 apps

 

MC224272 | October 15 – In June 2020, we changed the update channel names for Microsoft 365 Apps running on Windows (MC212678, May 2020). We are now updating iOS, Mac and Android applications to bring consistency across the platforms Office is available on. Key points Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68703 Timing: November 10, 2020 Roll-out: tenant level Action: review and assess

 

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Outlook on the web, Project Moca preview

 

MC224257 | October 14 – Available as a public preview now, Project Moca in Outlook is a new way to organize items such as emails, tasks, links, and files in a visual way. Items (such as tasks and sticky notes) are synced across Microsoft 365.NOTE: This feature has rolled out to EDU tenants as announced in MC221224 (August 2020).This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67162.When this will happenYou can enable Project Moca now using PowerShell; your users will have access 24-48 hours later.

 

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Modern capability to add custom content types in SharePoint

 

MC224244 | October 14 – We will be gradually enabling a modern capability to easily add custom content types to SharePoint lists & libraries that allow multiple content types.Key Points:Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID:67164Timing:Targeted release: gradual rollout from mid-October to late November.Standard release: starting in December and expect to complete at the end of JanuaryRoll out: tenant levelAction: review and assess

 

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Transfer Teams meeting between devices or add another device

 

MC224238 | October 14 – Teams meeting participants soon will be able transfer a meeting between a mobile device and a computer when they are logged in with the same AAD account. In addition to being able to transfer a meeting between devices, meeting participants may add another device as a companion to their meeting.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID67176.When this will happenWe are currently rolling this out in production and expect to be complete by the end of the week.We will roll this out to…

 

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Announcing sharing links that block video file download

 

MC224174 | October 14 – OneDrive and SharePoint are adding video files to the list of file types that support creation of sharing links that block the download of a file, as announced in May 2020 (MC213970).This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67166.When this will happenWe will begin rolling out this feature to Targeted release in late October.We will begin Standard release rollout in early November.We expect to complete rollout by end of November.

 

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PowerPoint for Mac record slide show updates

 

MC223900 | October 13 – We are bringing a new workflow and tools PowerPoint for Mac that will make it easy to record a rich slide show session.If your users do not have Macs, you can safely ignore this message.Key points Microsoft 365Roadmap ID 67104 Timing: mid-November to early December Roll-out: tenant level Control type: user control Action: review and assess

 

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Microsoft Teams displays, firmware update for Lenovo ThinkSmart View devices

 

MC224093 | October 13 – All-in-one dedicated Microsoft Teams devices integrate the Teams collaboration and communication experience into your home and workplace with high fidelity audio and video. A firmware update will soon be available with the new experience on Lenovo ThinkSmart View devices. If you do not have Lenovo ThinkSmart View devices in your tenant, you can safely ignore this message. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 53941. When this will happen We expect this feature to be available…

 

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Improvements to Teams Meeting Notes

 

MC224050 | October 12 – We are rolling out a few key improvements to the Meeting Notes feature. There is no longer a 20 person limit for meeting notes, and you will never lose access to notes if you had access to begin with. By default notes will support meetings with up to 100 participants, and if a participant is nudged in to the meeting or joins as the 101st participant, they can request access to notes in a single click from the creator of the meeting’s notes.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap…

 

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