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 197th 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,
December 21-27, 2020

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Major updates

 

Antimalware Scan Interface (AMSI) to include runtime inspection of Excel 4.0 macros (XLM)

 

Act by: January 31

 

MC231204 | December 24 – Antimalware Scan Interface (AMSI) integration with Office is expanding to include runtime inspection of Excel 4.0 (XLM) macros, an addition to existing support for Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). The existing default behavior for runtime inspection of VBA macros will also apply to XLM macros, providing an additional layer of security for users with Excel for Desktop on Windows.

 

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New meeting options for managing large Teams meetings in Outlook for Windows

 

MC231140 | December 24 – When organizing Teams meetings in Outlook for Windows for 40 or more participants or 10 or more distribution lists, Teams users will soon see a prompt to set meeting options.

 

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We’re making changes to search in SharePoint Online

 

MC230532 | December 24 – 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 24 – 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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Additional updates

 

Branch office survivability for Teams customers that have configured voice resiliency

 

MC231359 | December 23 – It’s important for users to be able to make and receive PSTN calls even should a central site that hosts Teams becomes unavailable. Microsoft Teams is now offering this capability, branch office survivability, for all Teams customers that have configured voice resiliency.If you do not use Session Border Controllers (SBC) from one of these vendors (AudioCodes, Oracle, Ribbon Communications, and TE-SYSTEMS) you can safely ignore this message. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap…

 

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Microsoft 365 informed network routing (public preview)

 

MC231356 | December 23 – Informed network routing provides a bi-directional data sharing channel between Microsoft and your Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) solution and will soon enter public preview. Optimized SD-WAN connectivity may result in improved user experience and performance.If you are not using, or planning to use, a SD-WAN solution, you can safely ignore this message.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70549.

 

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(Updated) Add a shared calendar to a Teams channel

 

MC231108 | December 23 – Updated December 22, 2020 for clarity.With this feature, users can add the Channel calendar app to a Teams channel when using the Teams desktop app.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap IDs 68910 and 68911.

 

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Introducing Approvals in Microsoft Teams

 

Act by: January 12

 

MC231205 | December 22 – Approvals in Microsoft Teams is a way to streamline requests and processes with a team or partners. Users will be able to create new approvals, view pending approvals, and see previous ones in one place.Users with an F3 license or above are able to take advantage of the Approvals app within Teams (license list below). If you do not have users that meet that requirement, you may safely ignore this message.

 

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Outlook on the web: Extension of suggested replies worldwide

 

MC231194 | December 22 – Outlook on the web is rolling out suggested replies to customers worldwide in the following languages: French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68919.

 

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(Updated) Teams Meeting support for 20,000 attendees

 

MC221223 | December 22 – Updated December 22, 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 re-start the rollout. Thank you for your patience. 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.

 

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Power Platform – Update to Add-CustomConnectorToPolicy data loss prevention (DLP) PowerShell cmdlet

 

MC231184 | December 22 – Effective December, 2020, data loss prevention (DLP) policies’ Powershell cmdlet Add-CustomConnectorToPolicy will no longer support the addition of custom connectors to tenant level policies. Additionally, custom connectors added to tenant level policies will not be shown on the data loss prevention page (DLP UI) in the Power Platform admin center. What are data loss prevention policies? Your organization’s data is likely one of the most important assets you are responsible for safeguarding as…

 

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Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for Current Channel

 

MC231135 | December 22 – 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 21st, 2020 (PST).

 

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