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 214th email that Microsoft has sent to Tenant Admin’s Newsletter with Office 365 changes.

 

This Weekly digest is intended to reach the Administrators of Microsoft Office 365 within the latest changes that are happening to Office 365.

 

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Message center announcements,
April 19-25, 2021

NUNO ÁRIAS SILVA

Major updates

 

Additional region support for Cortana voice assistance in Teams for iOS and Android

 

MC252293 | April 23 – Cortana voice assistance is extending support in Microsoft Teams mobile apps for iOS and Android for users with their phone region set to Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. This is available in English only and is in addition to the English support in the US launched in 2020. Expansion to additional languages and regions will happen as part of future releases.We apologize that this was not communicated ahead of time and are working to ensure we make you aware of these changes…

 

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(Updated) Top Senders and recipient report

 

MC237975 | April 22 – Updated April 22, 2021: Based on customer feedback we will not be moving forward with the retirement of the Top Senders and recipient report, at this time. Thank you for your feedback and you can safely disregard this message. ***Original message***We will be retiring the feature the Top Senders and recipient report from Microsoft defender for office 365 beginning June 14th, 2021. Instead we recommend the utilization of the Threat protection status report (View email security reports in the…

 

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(Updated) Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Malware detected in email report to be retired in June

 

Act by: June 14

 

MC250530 | April 21 – Updated April 21, 2021: We have updated the title of this post for clarity. Thank you for your feedback. We will retire the Malware detected in email report from Microsoft Defender for Office 365 beginning June 14, 2021. You are receiving this message because our reporting indicates your organization may be using the Malware detected in email report.

 

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Microsoft Graph privacy controls to fully replace the classic Office Delve control in May

 

Act by: May 15

 

MC251870 | April 21 – In August 2020, we announced that Microsoft Graph privacy controls (MC219941) would be available in the fourth quarter. These Microsoft Graph privacy controls allow administrators to more granularly configure the visibility of Graph-derived insights which includes documents and sites across Microsoft 365 apps and services. We also announced a six-month transition period before the new controls would replace classic Office Delve controls.The transition and end-of-support for the classic Office…

 

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Additional updates

 

SharePoint and Teams: Folder in site visibly connected to channel

 

MC252336 | April 23 – This new Microsoft Teams release will make it easy to tell which folders within your SharePoint library have a Teams channel associated with them. Additionally, you’ll be able to see this right from within the SharePoint user interface. This new feature will roll out to Teams desktop and web. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 30686.

 

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OneDrive: iOS – Outline for PDF viewing

 

MC252335 | April 23 – This new OneDrive for iOS release will allow you to view a table of contents that you can use for easy and concise navigation in a PDF document. Just press a title in the table of contents and you’ll navigate directly to the page. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 81918.

 

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Microsoft Graph connectors for on-prem data sources now generally available

 

MC252333 | April 23 – This is an update to our previous communication in MC248003. Graph connectors for three on-premises data sources (Windows file share, Oracle DB, Enterprise websites) are released to all the tenants in general availability. You can now create connections to these data sources in Standard Release.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67139

 

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Reduce background noise in Microsoft Teams Meetings (now available for MAC users)

 

MC252330 | April 23 – The AI-based, real-time noise suppression that was added to Windows desktop client for Microsoft Teams in Nov 2020 will soon also be available on MAC. This feature will automatically remove background noise from your meetings. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 82826.

 

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(Updated) New PowerShell to enable or disable the link to return to classic SharePoint

 

MC251565 | April 23 – Updated April 23, 2021: We have updated this post with additional details for clarity. Thank you for your feedback. On modern SharePoint list and library pages, there’s a link in the lower left of the page that says “Return to classic SharePoint.” This link reverts the current list or library back to classic mode. On the classic page, there’s a corresponding link that says, “Exit classic experience.” Tenant administrators can now control whether these links appear. By default, these links are…

 

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(Updated) The new Exchange admin center general availability

 

MC252053 | April 23 – Updated April 23, 2021: We have updated the content below for clarity. Thank you for your feedback. The new Exchange Admin Center (EAC) is a modern and a performant admin portal. This new portal has most of the functionality available in the classic EAC portal along with a lot of new features like tenant-to-tenant migration, automated G-Suite migration, and more. It also features a personalized dashboard with reports and insights that are designed to increase productivity. This message is…

 

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Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for Current Channel

 

MC252297 | April 23 – We’ve released updates to the following update channel for Microsoft 365 Apps: Current Channel

 

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Set out of office within Microsoft Teams

 

MC252199 | April 23 – With this update, end users can create an out of office message from within Microsoft Teams desktop or Microsoft Teams on the web. This out of office message will sync with the user’s Outlook calendar, presence, and contact card information. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68701.

 

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Location Based Access Control

 

MC252197 | April 23 – Many of our largest customers, typically in the banking and financial industries, are governed by strict standards. Their employees have access to very sensitive data and can only access that data within the boundaries of a single country. Admins currently restrict access to sensitive data based on IP address. However, IP address is less accurate and less reliable than GPS data. Thus, admins need the ability to restrict access based off of GPS data.Now, admins will have the ability to create…

 

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OneDrive: Android – Outline for PDF viewing

 

MC252196 | April 23 – This new OneDrive for Android release will allow you to view a table of contents that you can use for easy and concise navigation in a PDF document. Just press a title in the table of contents and you’ll navigate directly to the page. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 81917.

 

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(Updated) Multiple Spotlights coming to Teams meetings

 

MC246221 | April 22 – Updated April 22, 2021: We have updated the message to include the mobile client and additional images for clarity. Thank you for your patience. This release of Multiple spotlights in Teams meetings will allow organizers and presenters to spotlight up to 7 participants simultaneously for everyone to see during meetings and will roll out across Microsoft Teams Desktop, Mobile and on the Web. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 80425

 

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(Updated) Microsoft Teams: Dynamic View

 

MC242824 | April 22 – Updated April 22, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Microsoft Teams is excited to introduce Dynamic view, a redesigned and optimized meeting stage that will optimize your experience of consuming shared content and engaging with video and audio participants. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 65943

 

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(Updated) New PowerPoint Live Presentation option with desktop and window sharing

 

MC247826 | April 22 – Updated April 22, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. When making a Live Presentation, presenters will soon be able to add a video feed to the presentation. This feature is available for presenters using the Microsoft Teams desktop app for both Windows and Mac. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66587.

 

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(Updated) Increasing interactive meeting participants and chat from 300 to 1000

 

MC242587 | April 22 – p>Updated April 22, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Currently, we allow only 300 users to be added to interactive meetings. We are going to increase the meeting participant and chat size from 300 to 1000.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID65951and 68844

 

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(Updated) Prevent attendees from sharing video feed in Microsoft Teams Meetings

 

MC244745 | April 22 – Updated April 22, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Meeting organizers and presenters will be able to prevent meeting attendees from turning their camera on to share video during a meeting. Currently meeting organizers and presenters have no control over whether meeting attendees can share video. This feature is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap IDs 70620and70621.

 

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(Updated) New eCDN Ramp available for Microsoft Teams

 

MC244295 | April 22 – Updated April 22, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. 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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Office App for Desktop Improvements

 

MC252056 | April 22 – The new version of the Office App for Desktop will bring improved performance, reliability, and includes the ability to open multiple instances of the app at the same time. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70811.

 

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Microsoft Teams: Operator Connect (in preview)

 

MC252045 | April 22 – Now in public preview: Microsoft is introducing Operator Connect, in addition to Calling Plans and Direct Routing, as a third option for integrating calling capabilities in Teams. This public preview enables Teams administrators to select the operator of their choice and enable them for number provisioning in their tenant. This is rolling out to Microsoft Teams service.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70759

 

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(Updated) Introducing macOS native notifications in Teams

 

MC222156 | April 21 – Updated April 21, 2021: Based on learning’s from our early rings, we have made the decision to make additional changes before we proceed with the rollout. We will deliver a new Message center post once we we are ready to proceed with the rollout. Thank you for your patience. 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…

 

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(Updated) Viva Connections for Microsoft Teams desktop clients

 

MC244743 | April 21 – Updated April 21, 2021: Viva Connection global navigation configuration has a dependency on the SharePoint App Bar feature (MC240066). Based on learnings from our early rings, App Bar rollout timelines have been adjusted. This will also impact the ability to fully configure Viva Connection. We have updated this post with additional details for clarity. Thank you for your patience. Viva Connections for Teamsenables users to discover and search intranet content, sites, and news from across the…

 

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(Updated) Text formatting (bold, italic, underline) available in Microsoft Forms

 

MC228897 | April 21 – Updated April 21, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Forms users and educators can make more professional looking surveys and quizzes with highlighted and emphasized information inline. Now you’ll be able to bold, italicize, underline, add bullets or numbering and even change the font size, font color when designing your forms and quizzes. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68894.

 

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(Updated) Microsoft Teams: Call Merge

 

MC245998 | April 21 – Updated April 20, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Call Merge gives end users the capability to merge their active unheld 1:1 call into another 1:1 call or another group call. This applies to Teams VOIP calls and PSTN calls. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66054.

 

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Exclude specific files from OneDrive sync on macOS

 

MC251868 | April 21 – This new feature setting will allow you to exclude newly added OneDrive files from syncing to the cloud by file name or extension on macOS devices. This will rollout to the OneDrive sync app on macOS. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 80684.

 

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SharePoint: Audience Targeting capability for Events Web Part

 

MC251867 | April 21 – This new audience targeting release will allow the ability to target specific audiences per event within the SharePoint Events Web Part. This can help users target specific events to different audiences, helping them provide more personalized experiences on SharePoint pages. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70815.

 

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Exchange Online – New cmdlet to make meetings shorter by default

 

MC251866 | April 21 – Last year we introduced the ability for individuals to shorten the default length of their meetings. We are now releasing a PowerShell cmdlet to allow you to shorten all events created in Outlook. With this cmdlet you can end your events a few minutes early or start them a few minutes late for all events that are under 60 minutes and over 60 minutes. Note: There are some limitations for the cmdlet, so please read our blog for details on how to run this cmdlet and its limitations. This message…

 

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Productivity Score: Note about changes to Content collaboration

 

MC251864 | April 21 – Microsoft Productivity Score: Changes to Content collaboration We will be changing the collaborators metric in the Content collaboration category within the People experiences area in Microsoft Productivity Score.

 

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Enable Intune app protection policies (APP) for Microsoft Lists on iOS

 

MC251567 | April 20 – The Microsoft Lists iOS app is now configurable as a first party app in the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center. This allows app to be targeted to ensure that the data accessed is protected by app protection policies. The app now also supports conditional access deployment through Azure admin portal.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70752

 

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Organizers can lock meetings

 

MC251564 | April 20 – Within the desktop app in-meeting experience, organizers can choose to lock their meetings to prevent subsequent unwanted join attempts.Users attempting to join a locked meeting by any means (e.g. from web, desktop, mobile, PSTN, and devices) will not be able to do so. There will be a message to say that the meeting is locked. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 80669

 

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