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 194th 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,
November 30-December 6, 2020

NUNO ÁRIAS SILVA

Major updates

 

Introducing translation in Outlook for Windows

 

Act by: January 6

 

MC228685 | December 5 – Translation in Outlook for Windows is a new set of translation features that enable users to translate full messages or specific words and phrases.

 

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Retiring Visio Web Access from SharePoint Online

 

MC228641 | December 5 – Beginning September 30, 2021, Visio Web Access (Visio Service) and its Web Part for SharePoint Online will no longer be available. Instead of Visio Web Access you will be able to use Visio Online and to migrate your organization’s web parts to a newer experience with the new Javascript (JS) APIs for Visio Online. Visio Online enables high fidelity viewing, sharing, and collaboration in your favorite browser, without installing the client for all Office 365 licenses. It supports embedding Visio…

 

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Configuration Change in Guest access for Microsoft Teams

 

Act by: February 8

 

MC228482 | December 5 – We’re making some changes to the default setting for Guests in Microsoft TeamsBeginning on February 8th, 2021, we are turning on Guest access in Microsoft Teams by default for any customers who have not configured this setting. This will bring Teams Guest capability into alignment with the rest of the suite, where the setting is already on by default.

 

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Microsoft Teams: Profile menu update, relocating profile menu links to a new menu in the title bar

 

MC228368 | December 5 – Access to Settings, Zoom Controls, Keyboard Shortcuts, About, and Check for Updates is moving from the Me Menu to a new menu in the title bar. The Me Menu will be focused on account management, where users can switch to another account or tenant through the first level of the Me Menu. The following links will be moved out of the Me Menu into a new menu in the title bar:Zoom ControlsKeyboard ShortcutsAboutCheck for updates

 

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(Updated) Upcoming Exchange Device Access and Conditional Access changes with Outlook mobile

 

MC216824 | December 3 – Updated December 3, 2020: We have updated the post to extend visibility. There are no changes to the body of the message. Thank you for your patience. Recently, we discovered that certain Azure Active Directory Conditional Access policies prevented Exchange Online device access rules from being applied to Outlook for iOS and Android. For example, customers with a conditional access policy that required Multi-factor authentication (MFA) resulted in Exchange Online not processing device access…

 

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(Updated) The Planner app in Teams will be renamed with an updated experience powered by Planner and To Do

 

MC211421 | December 3 – Updated December 3rd, 2020: Changing the app name in Teams from “Planner” to “Tasks by Planner and To Do” is scheduled to go live within the next few days to all non-Government tenants. The change is intended to better reflect the app combing the To Do and Planner experiences. Once we’ve made the name change, users will see a banner announcing the change. In the future, we will shorten the app name to “Tasks”. These name changes will not impact the naming for Planner or To Do experiences…

 

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(Updated) Azure CDN caching for SharePoint and OneDrive Video

 

MC218786 | December 2 – Updated December 2, 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 have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. We are pleased to introduce Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) support for videos to improve streaming performance and the overall user experience in SharePoint and OneDrive.Key points Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66065 Timing: Targeted release mid-August;…

 

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(Updated) Notifications coming to the Yammer Communities app in Microsoft Teams

 

Act by: October 27

 

MC223381 | December 1 – Updated December 1, 2020: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.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 in November and complete by early January. Roll-out: user…

 

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(Updated) Required properties improvements for SharePoint pages

 

MC224173 | December 1 – Updated December 1, 2020: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.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.

 

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Changes in classic form customizations in modern lists and libraries

 

MC222880 | December 1 – Updated December 1, 2020: This feature has completed rolling out. Thank you for your patience. 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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Reminder of Upcoming IE11 Retirement in Microsoft 365 Apps

 

MC228224 | December 1 – On August 17, 2020, Microsoft officially announced, via MC220490, the timeline for retiring support for Internet Explorer 11 in Microsoft 365 apps. We’d also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the upcoming Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application retirement, which was announced in parallel with the IE 11 change.To help customers currently using IE11 prepare for this, we are showing a banner at the top of Microsoft 365 services which contains a link to the download page for new…

 

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(Updated) Microsoft Productivity Score soon to be generally available

 

MC225209 | December 1 – Updated December 1, 2020: The transition to default on will not take place on December 3, 2020. The user level details from the communications, meetings, content collaboration, teamwork, and mobility categories will be removed by December 5, 2020. Review the blog post at Our commitment to privacy in Microsoft Productivity Score to learn more. Microsoft Productivity Score, a new analytics solution that helps you understand how work gets done in your organization, is transitioning from preview to…

 

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Additional updates

 

Azure Active Directory Application Proxy header-based authentication (in preview)

 

MC228668 | December 4 – Now in public preview, Azure Active Directory (AD) Application Proxy natively supports apps that use header-based authentication. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68895.

 

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Upcoming licensing and technical enforcement deadlines

 

MC228648 | December 4 – 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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Send SharePoint pages to Yammer

 

MC228391 | December 4 – We are adding the ability to share SharePoint pages to Yammer communities and to make it easier to create Yammer posts, questions, polls, and praises directly from a SharePoint page.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66183

 

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Admin delete option for confirmed phishing in Microsoft Forms

 

MC228517 | December 4 – Admins will have two ways to delete a form that has been confirmed for phishing. Before this update, after an admin confirmed phishing, the form would be blocked permanently. In other words, the form owner would be unable to edit or delete the form.

 

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Upcoming retirement of Internet Explorer 11

 

MC228486 | December 3 – On August 17, 2020, we announced that Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) after August 17, 2021 and recommended that customers transition to Microsoft Edge. The removal of IE 11 support will impact customers that use Dynamics 365 and Power Platform products with IE 11. Customers have been using IE 11 since 2013 when the online environment was much less sophisticated than today’s landscape. Since then, open web standards and newer browsers—like the…

 

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(Updated) SharePoint site header updates

 

MC227307 | December 3 – Updated December 3, 2020: We have updated the post with a link to Additional Information. Thank you for your patience. We are expanding the SharePoint branding options that make it easier to customize your site, including new header configurations for modern sites. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 63776.

 

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(Updated) Introducing SharePoint Portal Launch Scheduler

 

MC227532 | December 3 – Updated December 3, 2020: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. We are introducing a SharePoint Portal Launch Scheduler, designed to help coordinate and schedule launch details for SharePoint sites that are expected to receive high volumes of traffic, also known as portals. The Portal Launch Scheduler is available via SharePoint PowerShell.Note: You need tenant administrative permissions to run the PowerShell cmdlets.This message is associated with Microsoft…

 

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

 

MC224732 | December 3 – Updated December 3, 2020: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. 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.

 

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(Updated) Exclude specific files from OneDrive sync

 

MC226631 | December 3 – Updated December 3, 2020: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. We are introducing a setting that allows you to exclude newly added OneDrive files from syncing to the cloud by file name or extension on Windows devices. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66188.

 

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Announcing evaluation mode and trial for Defender for Office 365

 

MC228400 | December 3 – We’re introducing an evaluation mode in Microsoft Defender for Office365which applies only to email protection. The Microsoft Defender for Office 365 evaluation experience is designed to eliminate the complexities of device and environment configuration so that you can focus on evaluating the capabilities of the security solution.The ability to access and setup evaluation mode requires a customer to either have a paid or trial license for any of the following licenses as part of their…

 

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Shifts app groups will automatically have a tag in Teams

 

MC228393 | December 3 – The Shifts app in Microsoft Teams keeps workers connected and in sync. With this update, every group in the Shifts app will automatically have a tag in Teams. This feature means team members do not need to know the names of on-shift employees in order to communicate with them in a timely manner.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 64972.

 

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Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for Current Channel

 

MC228385 | December 3 – 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 December 2nd, 2020 (PST).

 

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Microsoft Teams: use an iPad to present in a live event

 

MC228362 | December 2 – Live event presenters will soon be able to use an iPad to make a presentation.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68846.

 

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Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for Current Channel

 

MC228046 | December 1 – 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 November 30th, 2020 (PST).

 

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(Updated) Microsoft Whiteboard introduces per user licensing

 

MC222821 | November 30 – Updated November 30, 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 deliver a new Message center post once we are ready to re-start the rollout. Thank you for your patience. 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…

 

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Rollout continues for structural navigation caching for optimized page performance

 

MC227859 | November 30 – We’re continuing to optimize page performance for publishing-enabled SharePoint sites that use structural navigation with a caching model as outlined in MC194438 (October 2019) and MC207740 (March 2020).

 

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More news and more information here – https://office365weekly.blog/2020/12/07/office-365-weekly-digest-2020-49/

 

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