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 208th 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,
March 8-14, 2021

NUNO ÁRIAS SILVA

Major updates

 

Microsoft Information Governance – Update to retention policies for SharePoint site collections

 

MC244318 | March 13 – We’re updating the behavior of SharePoint sites which have been released from a retention policy. Today as documented,sites which are removed from a retention policy continue to retain data and prevent any deletion of the site for 30 days to prevent inadvertent data loss. Going forward, when a site is removed from a policy or the policy is disabled or deleted, the site will be allowedto be deleted and moved to the recycle bin, however all other behaviors for data preservation will remain the…

 

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Threat protection status report URL updates

 

Act by: April 12

 

MC244305 | March 12 – We’ve detected a problem that allows Admins to access the previous version of the Threat protection status report due to the previous version of the URL still being accessible in the production environment.

 

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Microsoft To Do app updates will be available on iOS13 and above or MacOS10.14 and above

 

MC244303 | March 12 – Note: If your organization is not using iOS or MacOS you can disregard this message.Microsoft To Do app updates will only be supported on the latest versions of MacOS and iOS.Microsoft To Do iOS app updates would be available for devices running iOS 13 and above Microsoft To Do Mac app updates would be available for devices running MacOS 10.14 and above

 

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(Updated) OneDrive/SharePoint Send link to Outlook sharing option is being retired

 

MC237377 | March 11 – Updated March 11, 2021: Based on learning’s from our early rings and your feedback we have made the decision to not proceed as outlined below. The Send link to Outlook sharing option will remain until further notice. Thank you for your feedback. Note: These changes do not apply to the OneDrive mobile app on iOS or Android. Previously we had rolled out this change and disabled the ability to share a link via the Outlook Share Target. We have restored the functionality to ensure customers have…

 

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(Updated) Presenter View in Teams Presentation Sharing

 

MC229331 | March 9 – Updated March 09, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. The presenter, in control, can now see a presenter view during Teams Presentation Sharing in a meeting.

 

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(Updated) 1:1 Call recording policy introduction

 

Act by: April 12

 

MC238796 | March 9 – Updated March 09, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. We are changing how 1:1 Call recording is enabled by creating its own policy.

 

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*Retirement Milestone* Microsoft Edge Legacy support ending today

 

MC243845 | March 9 – As communicated in MC220490 (August ’20), Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application support ends today, March 9, 2021. Microsoft Edge Legacy will no longer be supported and will not receive new security updates.Additionally, we announced in MC237900 (February ’21) that we will remove the now out of support Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application and replace it with the new Microsoft Edge when you apply April’s Windows 10 cumulative monthly security update. This update will be available…

 

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Additional updates

 

SharePoint Page Analytics

 

MC244306 | March 12 – This new SharePoint Page Analytics feature will introduce analytics for SharePoint pages and news posts. You’ll be able to see the number of viewers on all SharePoint pages in addition to seeing information about how users interact with your page or news post. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70635

 

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Microsoft Teams: AI-assisted poll creation for Teams meeting presenters

 

MC244304 | March 12 – We’re using Forms intelligence to provide new features for meeting presenters who create polls as part of Microsoft Teams meetings, as announced in MC225995 (November 2020). This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap IDs 79493, 79494, and 79495.

 

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Deployment schedule available for Microsoft Power Platform 2021 Release Wave 1

 

MC244301 | March 12 – Beginning on April 1, 2021, we will enable the Microsoft Power Platform 2021 Release Wave 1 across our global customer base.

 

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New eCDN Ramp available for Microsoft Teams

 

MC244295 | March 12 – Note: This was originally posted as MC242584 that was removed prematurely. Thank you for your patience.Soon you will be able to use a new Enterprise Content Delivery Network (eCDN), Ramp, should you need a CDN for live events in Microsoft Teams.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 80825

 

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Announcing general availability of sensitivity label configuration update to define external sharing settings

 

MC244216 | March 12 – We are rolling out an update to the configuration of sensitivity labels for Microsoft Teams sites and SharePoint sites to enable granular control of external sharing settings. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70735.

 

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(Updated) Introducing macOS native notifications in Teams

 

MC222156 | March 11 – Updated March 11, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. With this update, your users will be able to choose their preferred means of Teams notifications delivery, either via the Teams built-in notification system or via their native OS notification system. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66743. When this will happen MacOS 10.14 and greater native notifications: late March (previously early March) through mid-April (previously late March)

 

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(Updated) Planned Maintenance: Skype for Business capacity upgrade

 

MC243203 | March 11 – Updated March 11, 2021: We have updated the maintenance window below. Thank you for your patience. We have maintenance planned for Skype for Business: Starting March 26, 2021 16:00 UTC.Ending March 26, 2021 23:00 UTC.

 

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(Updated) Planned Maintenance: Skype for Business capacity upgrade

 

MC243202 | March 11 – Updated March 11, 2021: We have updated the maintenance window below. Thank you for your patience. We have maintenance planned for Skype for Business: Starting April 2, 2021 16:00 UTC.Ending April 2, 2021 23:00 UTC.

 

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Deployment schedule available for 2021 Release Wave 1

 

MC244161 | March 11 – As previously announced, beginning on April 1, 2021, we will enable the 2021 Release Wave 1 across our global customer base. Your production environments will receive the mandatory update during one of the scheduled maintenance windows, based on your region. How can I prepare for this change? Please visit the deployment schedule to determine the maintenance window in which your environment will receive the update. The general availability deployment is based on the regions where environments…

 

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Improved Person columns in Microsoft Lists

 

MC244060 | March 11 – We are improving the behavior of Person columns in lists by making the suggestions that appear when you type more relevant.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70751.

 

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Microsoft Teams: Mobile optimized network data usage

 

MC244059 | March 11 – This feature update will allow users to select an option to reduce the bandwidth used in video calls and meetings. In a user’s call Settings on iOS and Android they can now select if they’d like to reduce the data used in the following circumstances:Never – defaultCellularAlways This message is not associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70786.

 

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New browser usage reports available to support your organization’s migration to Microsoft Edge

 

MC244044 | March 10 – Coming soon, IT admins will be able to view Microsoft browser usage, alongside other Microsoft products like SharePoint and OneDrive, on the usage dashboard of the Microsoft 365 Admin Center. This new report will allow IT admins to see browser usage trends, in response to the retirement milestone for Microsoft Edge Legacy (March 9, 2021).With the retirement announcement and migration planning, we received requests for a browser usage reporting tool that would allow IT admins to see Microsoft…

 

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Awareness of Exchange Server Vulnerability for On-Premises servers

 

MC244043 | March 10 – We are sending this notification to raise awareness for customers who may be running Exchange servers in either hybrid or on-premises environments. If you are not in either of those scenarios, you may safely ignore this message. Please note that the online services included in your Microsoft 365 or Office 365 subscription are not impacted by the announced vulnerabilities.

 

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(Updated) Microsoft Authenticator code matching for MFA notifications

 

MC242338 | March 10 – Updated March 09, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. This release of Code Match for Multi-Factor Authentication is available for Android and iOS and will allow you to turn on code matching for the Microsoft Authenticator app and apply the behavior to specific users or groups. Once enabled, users will be required to match the number on the sign-in screen with the number in the app. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70617.

 

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SharePoint Events web part will display event images

 

MC243945 | March 10 – The Events web part on SharePoint pages and news posts will have an option to show images. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70791.

 

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Immersive Reader is coming to SharePoint pages and news posts

 

MC243944 | March 10 – The Microsoft Immersive Reader, which is currently built into Word, OneNote, Outlook, Teams and other Microsoft apps, will soon be available for SharePoint pages and news posts. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70737.

 

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New Azure AD built-in roles to reduce Global administrator dependency

 

MC243943 | March 10 – We’ve created two new roles, Authentication policy administrator and Domain name administrator, to help reduce the number of Global Administrators in your organization.

 

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(Updated) “All” List Update on Office.com

 

MC242583 | March 9 – Updated March 09, 2021: We have updated the content with additional details for clarity. Thank you for your feedback. “All” files list: Helps you quickly find, work on, and collaborate on the files or content that matters most to you.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70728

 

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(Updated) Announcing OneDrive for Business location picker support for security groups and distribution lists

 

MC241352 | March 9 – Updated March 09, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Data loss prevention (DLP) for OneDrive for Business will soon support user accounts and groups as part of the policy scoping location picker. This feature is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70708

 

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(Updated) Meeting Reactions in Teams Meetings

 

MC230680 | March 9 – Updated March 09, 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 | March 9 – Updated March 09, 2021: We have updated this post with a link to a blog post with additional detail. 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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(Updated) OneDrive Android – Bookmarks feature for PDF viewing

 

MC242827 | March 9 – Updated March 09, 2021: We have updated this post with a link to a blog post with additional detail. Thank you for your patience. We are adding a bookmark that makes it easier for users of OneDrive mobile app for Android to return to a specific page in a PDF document and pick up where they left off. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70547.

 

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(Updated) Blocking URLs and Files with Tenant Allow/Block List

 

MC237645 | March 9 – Updated March 09, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. We understand that, from time to time, you might disagree with an Exchange Online Protection (EOP) filtering verdict. With this update, you will be able to manually overrideMicrosoft 365 filtering verdicts using the Tenant Allow/Block List (TABL) in the Security & Compliance Center.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 61352.

 

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Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for all channels

 

MC243888 | March 9 – We’ve released updates to the following update channels for Microsoft 365 Apps: Current Channel Monthly Enterprise Channel Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel (Preview) Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel

 

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(Updated) Microsoft Teams: Policy packages assignment to groups

 

MC243733 | March 9 – Updated March 09, 2021: We have updated this post for clarity. Thank you for your patience. This release of policy package assignment to groups will allow you to assign multiple policies to a group of users, such as a security group or distribution list.

 

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(Updated) Exchange Online – Tag for external email messages received

 

MC243047 | March 8 – Updated March 08, 2021: We are aware that the PowerShell cmdlets are not working. We will update this post with more information as available. Thank you for your feedback. In this release, Exchange Online will enable admins to protect their organization against spam and phishing threats from external senders. This feature is available in Outlook on the web, the new Outlook for Mac, and Outlook mobile (iOS and Android). This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70595.

 

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More news and more information here – https://office365weekly.blog/2021/03/15/office-365-weekly-digest-2021-10/

 

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