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 188th 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 19-25, 2020

NUNO ÁRIAS SILVA

Major updates

 

(Updated) Required properties improvements for SharePoint pages

 

MC224173 | October 23 – Updated October 22 to clarify this change applies to Targeted Release for entire organization, and does not apply to Targeted Release for selected users.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 for entire organization, late OctoberStandard release, late November; complete early…

 

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Reminder: Office 2013 Client Connectivity to Office 365 Services

 

Act by: October 13

 

MC218020 | October 22 – Updated October 22, 2020: We have updated the message to extend it’s visibility. There are no changes to the message below. We are republishing the content for MC190854 (Sept, 2019) as it was removed from Message center prematurely. The original message is provided below. We apologize for the inconvenience.As previously announced via blog and MC175274 (March, 2019), Office 2013 clients’ connections to commercial Office 365 services will not be supported after October 13, 2020. After this date,…

 

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Redirecting from incompatible site experiences in Internet Explorer 11

 

Act by: November 19

 

MC224523 | October 21 – We’re making some configuration changes to address compatibility issues when users navigate to specific public sites while using Internet Explorer 11. This change will only impact devices with the new Microsoft Edge previously installed and will only be activated when a user navigates to an incompatible public site while using Internet Explorer 11. Key Points:Timing: No sooner than the release of Microsoft Edge 87 stable on Thursday, November 19, 2020.Roll-out: Tenant levelAction: To block this…

 

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(Updated) Introducing Microsoft Lists home (web)

 

MC218031 | October 20 – Updated October 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…

 

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(Updated) New file sharing experience in Teams

 

MC218732 | October 20 – Updated October 20, 2020: We appreciate your patience and we are ready to proceed with this roll out. Please see the updated timeline below. 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: We will begin in mid October and complete by the end of November. Roll-out: tenant level Control type: admin control Action: review and assess

 

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Meeting chat moderation settings

 

MC224359 | October 19 – 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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Microsoft Teams – Virtual Breakout Rooms

 

MC224343 | October 19 – 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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Modern capability to add custom content types in SharePoint

 

MC224244 | October 19 – 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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Additional updates

 

Use NDI® technology in Microsoft Teams on individual meeting basis

 

MC225011 | October 24 – Microsoft Teams meetings began supporting integration with NewTek NDI® (Network Device Interface) in September (MC218745). We are now updating NDI for Microsoft Teams so that authorized users can enable NDI®on a per meeting basis. Note: If you do not use NDI® in your tenant, you can safely ignore this message.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68836When this will happenRollout will begin the end of October, and we expect it to be complete mid-November.

 

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iOS Teams app updates enhances mobile meetings

 

MC225004 | October 23 – We’re improving the Teams experience on iOS devices with a new presentation mode, the ability to see more participants, and the ability to see shared content and a spotlighted participant concurrently.This feature is associated with Roadmap ID 68834 When this will happenThe updated app will be available in the App store at the end of October.

 

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Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for Current Channel

 

MC224946 | October 23 – We’ve released updates to the following update channel for Microsoft 365 Apps: Current Channel When this will happen: We’ll be gradually rolling out this update of Microsoft 365 Apps to users on that update channel starting October 21st, 2020 (PST).

 

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Announcing general availability of SharePoint spaces

 

MC224942 | October 22 – We announced SharePoint spaces in April (MC208358). This web-based, immersive platform, which allows your users to create and share mixed reality experiences, will soon move from public preview to general availability. At that time, the menu entry will no longer contain “(Preview)”.This feature is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67135.When this will happen Targeted release: early November through mid-NovemberStandard release: mid-November through late November

 

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(Updated) Microsoft Whiteboard introduces per user licensing

 

MC222821 | October 22 – Updated October 22, 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 Microsoft Whiteboard, which is automatically enabled for most Microsoft 365 tenants, will soon read licenses at a user level. There’s no change to how Microsoft Whiteboard is managed at the tenant level. If you do not use Whiteboard in your tenant, you can disregard this…

 

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(Updated) Teams custom meeting images

 

MC221370 | October 22 – Updated October 22, 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 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…

 

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(Updated) New Feature: Inline message translation for Android

 

MC221732 | October 22 – Updated October 22, 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 Inline message translation lets users translate Teams mobile messages into the language they choose. This feature will be rolling out for Android, shortly; the iOS rollout is ongoing (MC216842, June 2020). This feature is also related to MC218683 (July 2020), which…

 

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Manage Your Firstline Worker’s Access to Teams on Personal Devices When Off Shift

 

MC224920 | October 22 – Off-shift access control enables IT administrators to manage their Firstline Workers’ access to Teams outside payable hours. Option 1 is a new setting that can be enabled to provide a blocking dialog to Firstline Workers when they access the Teams app on their personal devices outside payable hours. It prompts employees to accept that they will not be getting paid for time spent on Teams to ensure employees are not involuntarily working while not on shift and helps employers to comply with…

 

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Outgoing screen-sharing support in Safari for Microsoft Teams

 

MC224842 | October 21 – Your users on Mac OS will soon be able share a screen using Teams on the web with Safari 13.1 and higher. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67174When this will happenWe will roll this out in late October 2020.

 

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(Updated) Play My Emails in Outlook for Android launching internationally

 

MC224720 | October 21 – Updated October 21 to provide additional clarity. Play My Emails in Outlook for Android will soon be rolling out in Australia (en-AU), Canada (en-CA), India (en-IN), and the United Kingdom (en-GB). The feature has rolled out for Android in the United States(MC216371, June 2020).This update is related to Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 71375.When this will happen We will begin rolling this out in mid-November and expect to be complete by mid-December.

 

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Introducing commenting in Microsoft Lists

 

Act by: November 23

 

MC224822 | October 21 – Your users will soon be able to add and delete comments on list items. Users can view all comments on a list item and filter between views that show comments or activity related to an item. Key points Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 64169 TimingTargeted release, gradually rolling out in mid-October and expecting to be complete mid-NovemberStandard release, gradually rolling out mid-November and expecting to be complete early December Rollout: Targeted release for everyone (entire organization) Control…

 

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Reducing background noise in Microsoft Teams meetings

 

MC224751 | October 21 – Users with the Microsoft Teams desktop app for Windows will soon see three levels of noise suppression designed to reduce distraction due to noise during meetings.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68694.When this will happenWe will gradually release this in mid-November and expect to complete the rollout in mid-December.

 

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Play My Emails in Outlook for iOS launching internationally

 

MC224750 | October 21 – Play My Emails in Outlook for iOS will soon be rolling out in Australia (en-AU), Canada (en-CA), India (en-IN), and the United Kingdom (en-GB). The feature has rolled out for iOS (MC194834, November 2019) in the United States.These updates are related to Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 71039.When this will happen We will begin rolling this out in early November and expect it to be complete by December

 

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Security Defaults – MFA update to four administrator roles

 

MC224734 | October 20 – If you have Security Defaults enabled in your tenant, all Application Administrators, Cloud Application Administrators, Password Administrators, and Privileged Authentication Administrators will soon be required to perform multi-factor authentication (MFA) each time they sign-in. Key points Timing: late November through early December Roll-out: tenant level Control type: admin control Action: review and assess

 

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Microsoft Teams: Increasing the org-wide team limit from 5,000 to 10,000

 

MC224732 | October 20 – We are pleased to increase the limit for org-wide teams in Microsoft Teams from 5,000 to 10,000 members.Note: org-wide teams aren’t yet available for Teams for Education.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID68692. When this will happenWe will begin rollout in early November and expect to be complete by mid-November.

 

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(Updated) Calendar view on Microsoft Lists and SharePoint lists

 

MC222826 | October 20 – Updated October 20, 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 Users will now be able to view list content in a modern calendar view. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 64167 When this will happen We will gradually roll this out from the end of September to mid-November (previously mid-October).

 

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(Updated) SharePoint: Organization chart web part

 

MC223018 | October 20 – Updated October 20, 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 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…

 

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Increasing team membership to 25,000 members per team

 

MC224713 | October 20 – As announced at Ignite, we are increasing the number of members that can be added to a team from 10,000 to 25,000.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68723.When this will happenWe expect rollout to begin in early December 2020 and be complete in late January 2021.

 

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Manage and deploy Microsoft 365 Partner Apps from Microsoft 365 admin center

 

MC224519 | October 19 – We are launching a new feature for Global Admins to directly discover, purchase, acquire, deploy and manageMicrosoft 365 Appsdeveloped by Microsoft partners from one single location. Previously, to deploy Office add-ins, Web apps and Teams app would have required you to go to 3 different portals. Now we are removing this fragmentation and allowing you to deploy from one single location. Additionally, we help you discover the different integrations available across Microsoft 365 once you start…

 

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