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 202th 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,
January 25-31, 2021

NUNO ÁRIAS SILVA

Major updates

 

Public preview simplified mobile app sign in

 

MC236523 | January 30 – Microsoft is simplifying how your users can sign in to mobile apps by allowing users to use a QR code to log in (instead of typing in their username and password). This experience will first be offered within Outlook on the web as a public preview.

 

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Microsoft Secure Score API update reflects recommendations in Microsoft 365 security center

 

MC236350 | January 30 – Microsoft Secure Score recommendations delivered via API will look and be weighted the same as the recommendations you currently see in the Microsoft 365 security center.

 

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(Updated) Theme and Fluent icon updates in Teams on the web, Windows and Mac

 

MC225329 | January 29 – Updated January 29, 2021: We have updated the post for additional clarity. Thank you for your patience. We are updating the default and dark theme colors in Teams on web, Windows, and Mac and will also update Fluent icons to align other Microsoft 365 applications.

 

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(Updated) Introducing an enhanced Teams Calling experience

 

MC229945 | January 29 – Updated January 29, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. 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.

 

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Transition from the Sent and received email report to the Mailflow status summary.

 

MC236025 | January 27 – We are retiring the Sent and received email report and recommend using the Mailflow status summary report moving forward.

 

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Changes to private Content Delivery Networks (CDN)

 

MC236026 | January 27 – A content delivery network is a temporary cache storage location designed to optimizethe user experience by providing static files like images, JavaScript, stylesheets, and font files directly from cache locations closest to the user.In SharePoint Online there are two primary CDNs that are available to handle your static files. One CDN is public and manages JavaScript, stylesheets, and font files. The other CDN is private and is designed to manage images. The public CDN will remain unchanged at…

 

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Update in ink toolbox for iOS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint clients

 

MC236019 | January 27 – We’ve made some changes in the ink toolbox within iOS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint clients.

 

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(Updated) New meeting options for managing large Teams meetings in Outlook for Windows

 

MC231140 | January 26 – Updated January 26, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. 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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(Updated) SharePoint spaces to be available by default in New menu

 

Act by: March 1

 

MC235288 | January 25 – Updated January 22, 2021: Note: The PowerShell cmdlets will be available as part of the January 29, 2021 update to the SharePoint Online Management Shell. We apologize for any inconvenience. SharePoint spaces allows the creation and sharing of immersive or browser-based mixed reality environments using assets such as 3D models, 360° images and videos, and 2D content such as videos, images, and office documents. In October 2020 (MC224942), SharePoint spaces became generally available. We are now…

 

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Additional updates

 

Ink and highlighter in Excel for the web

 

MC236693 | January 29 – With this update, end users will be able to use the ink capabilities and highlighter to annotate in Excel for the web.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66260

 

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(Updated) Send SharePoint pages to Yammer

 

MC228391 | January 29 – Updated January 29, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. 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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(Updated) Microsoft Teams: Touch Bar Meetings Controls for Mac

 

MC232965 | January 29 – Updated January 29, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Teams Meeting controls for MacBooks with Touch Bars that allow users to mute/unmute, turn camera on/off, open/close sharing tray, open/close participants panel, open/close chat panel and raise/retract hand.Note: If your organization does not use Mac OS you can disregard.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68906

 

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(Updated) Updates to Microsoft Forms phishing activity notifications

 

MC230753 | January 29 – Updated January 29, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. 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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(Updated) Introducing intelligent file recommendations for Planner

 

MC227303 | January 29 – Updated January 29, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. This new Planner feature allows users to quickly add attachments to their tasks from an intelligently curated list of relevant files. The recommendations are based on the task and the user. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66364.

 

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(Updated) Enabling page rotation for iOS to view OneDrive PDF files

 

MC227458 | January 29 – Updated January 29, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. You will soon be able to rotate page orientation while viewing PDF documents in the Microsoft OneDrive iOS app. Any changes made are saved to OneDrive.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68855.

 

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Reminder: Azure SSL/TLS certificate changes

 

Act by: February 8

 

MC236676 | January 29 – We originally communicated last November in MC226884 that on November 02, 2020, DigiCert replaced the certificate of the Intermediate Certificate Authority (ICA) “DigiCert SHA2 Secure Server CA”, which issues SSL/TLS certificates used by Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) services in the Public Cloud.

 

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Azure SSL/TLS Certificate Changes

 

MC226884 | January 29 – In early November, DigiCert replaced the certificate of an Intermediate Certificate Authority (ICA) which issues SSL/TLS certificates used by Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) services, such as Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365, in the Public and US Government Clouds. In most cases, no action is required. However, if you explicitly hard code (i.e. “pin”) the ICA certificates to be trusted or have custom solutions that depend on storing ICA certificates in a trust store, you will need to take…

 

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Dynamics 365 and Power Platform 2021 release wave 1 plans available now!

 

MC236611 | January 29 – We recently published the 2021 release wave 1 plans for Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform which is a compilation of new capabilities that will be released between April 2021 through September 2021. The new features and enhancements provide you with significant capabilities to help transform your business using our applications. We’ve done this work to help you—our partners, customers, and users—drive the digital transformation of your business on your terms. Get ready and learn more…

 

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Exchange Online support for Active Directory Rights Management Service (AD RMS) retiring

 

Act by: February 28

 

MC236526 | January 29 – We are retiring Active Directory Rights Management Service (AD RMS) support in Exchange Online as of February 28, 2021. Moving forward, we recommend the utilization of Azure Rights Management Service (Azure RMS).

 

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(Updated) Changing the way updated message center posts sync to Planner

 

MC229082 | January 28 – Updated January 28, 2021: We are pleased to announce that this has been released and is generally available. We are changing the way updated message posts are synced to Microsoft Planner. We will no longer append the title of the post with ‘(UPDATED)’ or create duplicate tasks of the same message post when syncing. Key points Timing: mid-January 2021 Roll-out: tenant level Action: review and assess by January 20, 2021

 

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Reminder: Azure SSL/TLS certificate changes

 

MC236478 | January 28 – What is changing? We originally communicated last November (MC226863) that on 02 Nov 2020, DigiCert replaced the certificate of the Intermediate Certificate Authority (ICA) “DigiCert SHA2 Secure Server CA”, which issues SSL/TLS certificates used by Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) services in the Public Cloud. When is it changing? Starting on 08 Feb 2021, Azure AD Identity services will be switching the Certificate Authorities. Will this change affect me? We expect that most customers will not…

 

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M365 Compliance Center Information Governance solution update

 

MC236374 | January 28 – We are clarifying how users access label policies and retention policies inMicrosoft 365 compliance center.

 

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Introducing Override Alerts

 

MC236362 | January 28 – We’re introducing override alerts for Microsoft Defender for Office 365 Plan 1 and Plan 2. These new system alert policies will enable security admins to receive alerts if a message with a high confidence phish or malware verdict is delivered to a mailbox due to one of the following overrides:Phish delivered due to an IP allow policyPhish delivered due to an ETR override.Phish delivered because a user’s Junk Mail Folder is disabled.Phish not zapped because ZAP is disabled.Malware not zapped…

 

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Large gallery view and Together Mode for web meetings in Edge and Chrome browsers

 

MC236329 | January 27 – This new Teams feature allows users to change layout to Together mode or Largegallery during a meeting conducted in Edge or Chrome browsers.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70573

 

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Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for Current Channel

 

MC236233 | January 27 – We’ve released updates to the following update channel for Microsoft 365 Apps: Current Channel

 

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Power Platform admin center – Help + Support experience – Planned Maintenance

 

MC236221 | January 27 – We have maintenance planned for the Help + Support experience within the Microsoft Power Platform admin center to perform infrastructure changes. During the maintenance window listed below, users will be unable to update or gather specific support case details using the Power Platform admin center. Maintenance window start: 31 January 2021, 1:00 AM UTC Maintenance window end: 31 January 2021, 6:00 AM UTC

 

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(Updated) Increasing team membership to 25,000 members per team

 

MC224713 | January 26 – Updated January 26, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. 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 February (previously late January).

 

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(Updated) New usage report for Microsoft Teams in Microsoft 365 admin center

 

MC234381 | January 26 – Updated January 26, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. We are adding a new Microsoft Teams report to the Microsoft 365 admin center usage reports section.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70552.

 

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(Updated) Meeting Reactions in Teams Meetings

 

MC230680 | January 26 – Updated January 26, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. 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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(Updated) OneDrive: Bookmark for OneDrive for iOS

 

MC226028 | January 26 – Updated January 26, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. We are adding a bookmark that makes it easier for users of OneDrive for iOS to return to a specific page in a PDF document.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68842.

 

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SharePoint web part toolbox updates

 

MC236114 | January 26 – [Introduction]We are updating the web part toolbox to make it easier for page authors to find and use web parts on their pages and news posts. We have added categories, a toggle to switch between a grid view and list view, web part descriptions in list view, and a section for the user’s most frequently used web parts.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70668.[When this will happen]The Targeted Release (tenant) will rollout in late January, 2021 and be complete by early…

 

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Limiting the maximum supported value for StartRow to 50,000

 

MC235978 | January 25 – We’re making some changes to SharePoint Online Search. To continue to provide a high performance search experience, we’re limiting the maximum supported value StartRow to 50,000.

 

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More news and more information here – https://office365weekly.blog/2021/02/01/office-365-weekly-digest-2021-04/

 

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