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 216th 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.

 

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,
May 3-9, 2021

NUNO ÁRIAS SILVA

Major updates

 

Recommended Files in Office: Excel for Microsoft 365, Word for Microsoft 365, PowerPoint for Microsoft 365

 

MC255074 | May 7 – Microsoft Office displays a list of recommended files on the File tab, or start page, of Word, Excel, or PowerPoint on Windows. This list allows you to keep track of work around you and quickly access files with activity you value most such as edits, mentions, comments by people you interact with.This feature uses machine learning to predict which files you’re most likely to want to work on next and presents those as a set of cards you can choose from. Only files that you have access to in…

 

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Apps in External Scenarios

 

MC254426 | May 5 – Apps will now be available for use in external meetings and chats. Users from the host organization (the user who creates a meeting or group chat) can install, update and delete apps. External users (belonging to other organizations) invited to the meeting or chat will be able to interact with only the apps host users install.

 

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(Updated) Spoof intelligence management enhancements for policy, insights and report

 

MC248392 | May 4 – Updated May 04, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. The Spoof intelligence experience will introduce enhancements so that Security Administrators can gain better management of spoofing activity within their tenant. These feature updates will provide a clearer and easier way for Security Administrators to configure domain spoofing for both Cross-Org (External) and Intra-Org (Internal) email messages using a new “Tenant allow/block list policy” designed…

 

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(Updated) Planner tasks storage location update

 

MC229058 | May 4 – Updated May 04, 2021: Based on learnings 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 re-start the rollout. Thank you for your patience. Beginning in January 2021, a copy of some Planner tasks will be stored in a user’s Exchange mailbox. All Planner tasks will continue to be stored in the Planner Service.Key pointsTiming: We will communicate via Message center when we are ready to…

 

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(Updated) OneDrive admin center settings are coming to the SharePoint admin center

 

MC240393 | May 4 – Updated May 04, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. The OneDrive and SharePoint admin centers are converging into one, providing you with holistic control as we streamline the admin experience. This feature is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 65911.

 

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Microsoft Teams: Profile menu update, relocating profile menu links to a new menu in the title bar

 

MC254084 | May 3 – The Me Menu updates were originally announced in MC228368 (Dec ’20). To ensure the feature was ready, the rollout was delayed and we are now ready to proceed.Access to Settings, Zoom Controls, Keyboard Shortcuts, About, and Check for Updates is moving from the Me Menu to a new menu in the title bar. The Me Menu will be focused on account management, where users can switch to another account or tenant through the first level of the Me Menu. The following links will be moved out of the Me Menu…

 

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Additional updates

 

PowerPoint Live: Present to Teams from PowerPoint for Mac

 

MC255080 | May 8 – This new feature release will bring the PowerPoint Live in Teams entry point into PowerPoint for Mac. Clicking the “Present in Teams” button in PowerPoint will be the only step you need to take to present the deck in your Teams meeting. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 82712

 

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New Outlook for Mac Preview becomes the default experience in the Preview Channel

 

MC255072 | May 7 – With usage growing daily in our preview experience, we are rolling out Outlook for Mac to Preview Channel as the default experience for any user who has never tried the new experience. The default-on Outlook toggle provides access to enhanced performance and user experience across Mail, Calendar, People, and Search.We announced the toggle in July, 2020 (MC219576).Note: If your organization does not use Outlook for Mac you can safely disregard this message.

 

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Together Mode generally available

 

MC255068 | May 7 – General availability of Together Mode and removal of the Preview label.

 

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(Updated) “Tasks by Planner and To Do” app name to be shortened to “Tasks” within Teams

 

MC250528 | May 7 – Updated May 07, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Reminder: Last year we announced the public preview of Tasks in Teams. At the same time, we also announced the planned three-stage naming sequence for how the app name would appear in Teams. This update reflects the final stage where we shorten Tasks by Planner and To Do to simply Tasks for simplicity, brevity and to better reflect the app combining the To Do and Planner experiences. You’ll still be…

 

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(Updated) OneDrive: Android – Outline for PDF viewing

 

MC252196 | May 7 – Updated May 07, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. 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) Microsoft Teams: introducing organization-wide backgrounds (preview)

 

MC249777 | May 7 – Updated May 07, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Currently, your end users can replace the background in a video meeting or call with an image, if you have enabled this feature for Teams desktop apps and Teams on the web. We are introducing, via a preview feature, the ability for you to provide backgrounds that end users have access to across the organization. This feature will require an Advanced Communications license when it becomes generally…

 

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

 

MC247826 | May 7 – Updated May 07, 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) PowerPoint Live in Teams: Slide Translation

 

MC245302 | May 7 – Updated May 07, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. This new slide translation feature in Microsoft Teams (desktop) will enable all meeting attendees to translate presentation content, presented via PowerPoint Live in a Teams meeting, into a language of their choice while in private view. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 80601.

 

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(Updated) Location Based Access Control

 

MC252197 | May 7 – Updated May 07, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. 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…

 

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(Updated) New Feature: Manage how long guests can access SharePoint Online and OneDrive documents

 

MC220791 | May 7 – Updated May 07, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. You will soon be able to create a policy that automatically revokes access for external guests to SharePoint Online (SPO) sites and individual OneDrivesafter a defined period of time.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 43797.

 

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New Guide: Discover and configure sites that require IE mode

 

MC254894 | May 6 – We’re releasing a new assistant for admins who want to configure Internet Explorer mode (IE mode) for Microsoft Edge. To detect the sites that need to use IE mode, many admins follow the Enterprise Site Discovery process. In this step-by-step assistant, you’ll get scripts to automate configuration of Enterprise Site Discovery, get IE mode recommendations from a cloud-based tool, and create an Enterprise Mode Site List that you’ll deploy to your users. This assistant will soon be available to…

 

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Adding Link settings to the Quick Permissions inside the OneDrive Share Control

 

MC254893 | May 6 – This new OneDrive feature will make Link settings more discoverable by adding it to the quick permissions dropdown inside the OneDrive sharing dialog. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 81958.

 

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Outlook: Dictate emails on iPhone and iPad

 

MC254892 | May 6 – You can now use speech-to-text to dictate email messages, available starting in EN-US. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 81951

 

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New: Launch your portal using the SharePoint Portal launch scheduler

 

MC254891 | May 6 – This new SharePoint Portal launch scheduler will help coordinate and schedule launch details for high-traffic sites (portals). This feature provides a great end-user experience when launching a brand-new portal by enabling you to release new sites in scheduled phases, as well as better monitor site quality and performance. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70799.

 

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Announcing new options for custom sensitive information types

 

MC254429 | May 5 – As previously messaged in (MC232031) and (MC233488), as part of your data classification efforts in the Microsoft 365 compliance center you can now customize built-in classifiers (sensitive information types) to meet your organization’s needs. We are rolling out some minor feature updates to enhance this customization experience.

 

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Export Lists to CSV

 

MC254423 | May 5 – So you are aware: We have recently rolled out the capability to export Microsoft Lists to CSV files to all environments.

 

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Exchange Online Protection: Quarantine & reports portals are both getting a new look

 

MC254421 | May 5 – We wanted to let you know that both the quarantine portal and the reports portal will each be getting a new look and will be available in the new Security portal at security.microsoft.com and protection.office.com. For Admins who currently use the reporting and quarantine(including end users) portals, this new look will automatically be switched over when the features are deployed.

 

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Exchange: Update to Exchange Online Reply-All Storm Protection

 

MC254418 | May 5 – Last year we introduced the Reply-all Storm Protection feature to help protect your organization from unwanted reply-all storms. This update, coming soon, allows admins to customize various settings for it. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68840

 

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Public preview: OneDrive Sync admin reports in the Microsoft 365 Apps Admin center

 

MC253597 | May 4 – We are releasing in public preview a new dashboard for IT administrators to check OneDrive sync app versions, sync status, sync errors on individual devices, and to monitor deployment progress of Known Folder Move.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 65909.

 

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(Updated) Teams: Transfer calls between devices

 

MC242825 | May 4 – Updated May 04, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. This new Teams release will expand support and allow calling participants to transfer an ongoing VoIP, PSTN or Group call between Teams devices. Users will be able to transfer a call from one device to another or even add a second device to the same call. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68776.

 

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

 

MC252330 | May 4 – Updated May 04, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. 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 MacOS. 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) Large gallery view and Together Mode for web meetings in Edge and Chrome browsers

 

MC236329 | May 4 – Updated May 04, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. 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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(Updated) Introducing a SharePoint app bar that features global navigation

 

MC240066 | May 4 – Updated May 04, 2021: We are ready to proceed with the rollout and have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Your SharePoint modern communication and team sites will soon feature theSharePoint app bar which provides quick access to customizable global navigation as well as other intranet resources. The SharePoint app bar makes important content and resources easily accessible for users on these sites, regardless of where they might be in SharePoint.

 

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Reminder: Skype for Business Online retires July 31, 2021

 

MC254085 | May 3 – Note: If your organization has already transitioned from Skype for Business Online to Microsoft Teams, please disregard this message.Originally announced in MC219641 (July ’20), as Microsoft Teams has become the core communications client for Microsoft 365, this is a reminder the Skype for Business Online service will retire July 31, 2021. At that point, access to the service will end.

 

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More news and more information here – https://office365weekly.blog/2021/05/10/office-365-weekly-digest-2021-18/

 

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