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 196th 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.

 

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Message center announcements,
December 14-20, 2020

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Major updates

 

(Updated) Microsoft Teams: meeting recordings saved to OneDrive and SharePoint

 

MC222640 | December 17 – Updated December 17, 2020: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. 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:…

 

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(Updated) Introducing Designer in Word

 

MC223444 | December 17 – Updated December 17, 2020: We have updated the rollout timeline for this release. Thank you for your patience. 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: CompleteStandard release: begin in early February and complete in mid-March Roll-out: tenant level Control type: user control Action: review and assess

 

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(Updated) Secure by Default – Honoring EOP/ATP detonation verdicts

 

MC226683 | December 16 – Updated December 16, 2020: We have updated the rollout timeline for this release and add additional details for clarity. Thank you for your patience. We’re making some changes to how tenant (Anti-spam/Hosted Content Filter policy) and user (Safe sender) allows work when it comes to high confidence phish. A message is marked with the high confidence phish verdict when we detonate it and know that it is malicious. We want to ensure that our customers are protected and therefore block those…

 

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Skype for Business Online Connector retirement

 

Act by: February 15

 

MC230065 | December 16 – We will be retiring the Skype for Business Online Connector on February 15, 2021 for all Skype for Business Online or Teams customers. This will simplify the admin experience by moving to a single PowerShell module for managing Skype for Business Online and Teams. Moving forward use the Teams PowerShell module, which is where we will continue to invest.

 

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Introducing an enhanced Teams Calling experience

 

MC229945 | December 16 – We are simplifying the calling experience in the Teams desktop app (Windows and Mac) by providing a streamlined view that combines contacts, voicemail, and calling history.Key points Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68771 Timing: mid-January 2021 through late January Roll-out: user level roll-out v tenant level Action: review and assess

 

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(Updated) Microsoft Teams: Accounts & Orgs moved to Profile menu’s second level on web and desktop

 

MC226759 | December 16 – Updated December 15, 2020: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. We will be reorganizing the account and settings shown in the profile menu, in the application’s title bar, to facilitate account and tenant switching for users who have been invited as a Guest in another organization, or who are using Teams with a work/school and a personal account side-by-side.

 

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Insights app in Microsoft Teams will be available starting February 2021

 

MC230176 | December 16 – The Insights app in Teams provides personalized insights to improve productivity and wellbeing and data-driven recommendations to help you build better work habits.

 

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Reminder: Microsoft Edge Legacy support to end on March 9, 2021

 

MC229643 | December 14 – As communicated in MC220490 (August ’20), Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application support will end on March 9, 2021. After support ends, Microsoft Edge Legacy will not receive new security updates. With March 9, 2021 only three months away, we strongly recommend that you build a transition plan to ensure that you have an up-to-date browser.Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application Timing: End of support for the Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop app will occur on March 9, 2021.Action: To continue…

 

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Presenter View in Teams Presentation Sharing

 

MC229331 | December 14 – The presenter, in control, can now see a presenter view during Teams Presentation Sharing in a meeting.

 

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Additional updates

 

Feature update for the Office 365 tab of the Enterprise new tab page in Edge

 

MC230772 | December 19 – Your end users will soon see four new information cards on the Office 365 tab of theEnterprise new tab page, when using a stable version above Edge 87. We introduced the Enterprise new tab page in October 2020 (MC225606).

 

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Announcing new sensitive information types for Microsoft 365 compliance center

 

MC230755 | December 18 – You will soon see additional sensitive information types appear within the Microsoft 365 compliance center that you can use to create more granular and accurate data classification policies.

 

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Updates to Microsoft Forms phishing activity notifications

 

MC230753 | December 18 – We are making some changes to how we handle Microsoft Forms phishing activity alerts.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 76911

 

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Known issue: Certain notification settings may not take effect

 

MC230715 | December 18 – Known Issue: Certain notification settings may not take effectWe are currently working to repair the ‘All activity’ preset for teams and channel notification settings, and the ‘All new posts’ notification setting for shown and pinned channels, available in global notification settings.

 

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SharePoint: Audience Targeting capability for Quick Links Web Part rolling out

 

MC230714 | December 18 – We are adding the ability to target specific audiences per link within the Quick Links Web Part. With it, you will be able to target specific links to different audiences, helping you provide more personalized experiences on SharePoint pages.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67115

 

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Meeting Reactions in Teams Meetings

 

MC230680 | December 18 – The Meeting Reactions feature allows users to react to participants during a meeting. Reactions will be available on Teams Desktop and Teams Mobile apps.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap IDs65946and 68905.

 

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Option to create all meetings online in Outlook for Windows

 

MC230567 | December 18 – Outlook for Windows users will soon be able to choose to have all their meetings set as online meetings when their organization uses Teams as their online meeting provider. This feature is already available in Outlook on the web and Outlook for iOS and Android (MC213856, May 2020) as well as Outlook for Mac. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66021.

 

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

 

MC224732 | December 17 – Updated December 17, 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 ID 68692.

 

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(Updated) Extending the temporary limit increase for live events

 

MC225752 | December 17 – Updated December 17, 2020: We have updated the post to reflect that these extensions will be in effect until June 30, 2021. Thank you for your patience. We are extending the temporary limit increase for live events in Teams, Stream and Yammer.

 

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(Updated) Shifts app groups will automatically have a tag in Teams

 

MC228393 | December 17 – Updated December 17, 2020: We have updated the rollout timeline for this release. Thank you for your patience. 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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(Updated) Multiple number dialing available in Microsoft Teams chat

 

MC229071 | December 17 – Updated December 17, 2020: We have updated the rollout timeline for this release. Thank you for your patience. Microsoft Teams will soon support multiple numbers for a given user when dialing from the chat header.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66194.

 

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We’re making changes to search in SharePoint Online

 

MC230532 | December 17 – As part of our continued effort to bring Microsoft Search to all your favorite productivity apps and services we’re making changes and improvements to several classic search experiences in SharePoint.

 

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Block Download Permissions for Teams Meeting Recordings on OneDrive and SharePoint

 

MC230505 | December 17 – As part of the New Stream experience, new Teams meeting recordings will be stored in your OneDrive for Business and SharePoint. Based on customer feedback we are enhancing the feature so that these recordings are not downloadable by those with view-only permissions, and that those permissions be set by default.The New Stream experience was originally communicated in MC222640 (Standard) and MC229363 (GCC) also see this documentation for more details on the timing and experience.

 

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iOS 14 Widgets for Microsoft To Do

 

MC230177 | December 16 – We are bringing the much awaited iOS 14 widgets for Microsoft To Do.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68883

 

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Microsoft Search usage reports

 

MC230175 | December 16 – We’re rolling out new search usage reports that visualize data generated from Microsoft search requests initiated from SharePoint Home and Office.com search boxes.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68781.

 

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Deploy and use Forms in PowerPoint

 

MC230157 | December 16 – In PowerPoint there is a feature that allows users to insert Forms. Under the “Insert” menu in the ribbon user can click on “Forms” to bring up a task pane that publishes their Forms that they can then insert. We have known of an issue that blocks customers from using this functionality if the IT admins block access for their tenants to Office store. Based on your feedback in UserVoicewe are now allowing IT admins to centrally deploy the add-in to their tenants so users can use Forms in…

 

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Change to properties added to Teams chat messages saved in Exchange Online

 

MC230096 | December 16 – We’re making some changes to the properties that are included in Teams chat messages when they are added to Exchange Online mailboxes.Note: if you are not using eDiscovery you can disregard this message.Currently, when chat messages (including 1:1 chats and 1:N chats) are added to Exchange Online mailboxes, the following Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) properties are added as MAPI properties to each…

 

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(Updated) Exclude specific files from OneDrive sync

 

MC226631 | December 15 – Updated December 15, 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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(Updated) PowerPoint for Mac record slide show updates

 

MC223900 | December 15 – Updated December 15, 2020: Our deployment timeline has changed. Please see the new timeline below. 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-December to mid-January (previously end of December) Roll-out: tenant level Control type: user control Action: review and assess

 

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Common Data Service User security role name change

 

MC230038 | December 15 – We recently announced that Common Data Service has been renamed to Microsoft Dataverse. With this change, the Common Data Service User security role is now called Basic User.

 

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We’re introducing recommended bookmarks for Microsoft Search Answers

 

MC229944 | December 15 – We’re improving Answers administration in Microsoft Search by recommending curated bookmarks, making it easier for you to promote authoritative resources in answer to search queries.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68864.

 

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Microsoft Forms: Email receipt and response download option

 

MC229934 | December 14 – With this update, forms designers can provide two ways respondents can make a copy of their responses to a form.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68904.

 

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Final Notice for disabling of TLS1.0 and TLS 1.1 Support for Exchange Online Mail Flow

 

MC229914 | December 14 – We will no longer support TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 from Exchange Online mail flow endpoints beginning January 11th 2021. As those versions of TLS are already retired (most recently communicated in MC218794, July ’20), Exchange Online customers and their partners should already be using TLS1.2 to protect SMTP connections between their email servers or devices and Exchange Online.

 

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