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 229th 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,
August 2-8, 2021


Major updates


OneDrive sync client will no longer update or be supported on macOS Sierra 10.12 and macOS High Sierra 10.13


Act by: September 10


MC276032 | August 6 – If your organization is not using macOS you can safely disregard this message.The OneDrive team is committed to bringing you the best, most secure experience possible across your devices. As such, we are ending support for the OneDrive Desktop application (sync client) on macOS Sierra 10.12 and macOS High Sierra 10.13 and focusing our resources on new technologies and supported operating systems. Going forward, only the three most recent versions of macOS will be supported. When a new major…


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Plus addressing to be enabled for all Exchange Online customers


Act by: January 14


MC276028 | August 6 – Plus addressing support in Exchange Online was released in September 2020 as an opt-in feature. This was due to preexisting usage of plus signs (+) for email addresses in the service. At the same time, we made plus addressing on by default for new customers. With the successful introduction of the feature, we are now making plus addressing an always-on feature and removing the opt-in setting. Due to legacy mailboxes with email addresses containing plus signs (+), we are announcing a long notice…


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(Updated) Releasing Fluid live components in Teams chat


MC270177 | August 6 – Updated August 06, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Co-authoring content in Teams just got easier. Now you can send a chat message containing a live component that can be edited inline—in real time—by everyone in the chat.


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(Updated) Teams Meeting Recordings Auto-Expiration in OneDrive and SharePoint


MC274188 | August 6 – Updated August 06, 2021: We have updated the content below for clarity. Thank you for your feedback. As part of the evolution of the new Stream (built on SharePoint), we are introducing the meeting recording auto-expiration feature, which will automatically delete Teams recording files stored in OneDrive or SharePoint after a preset period of time. Note: The cmd to preemptively change the MeetingExpirationDays setting in Teams is not available yet, we apologize for the inconvenience. It will be…


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Removing Message Trace in SCC. Move Custom Queries to Message Trace in the new Modern EAC.


Act by: October 5


MC275807 | August 5 – Attention: We will be retiring Message Trace in the Security and Compliance Center (SCC) from the Security Portal beginning October 5th, 2021. In place of this feature, we recommend you use the Message Trace in the Exchange Admin Center (EAC), which is where we will continue to invest our development resources.


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(Updated) Microsoft Teams: meeting recordings saved to OneDrive and SharePoint


Act by: August 16


MC222640 | August 4 – Updated August 02, 2021: This post has been updated with new information regarding the move of Teams meeting recordings being saved to OneDrive and SharePoint, which is on track starting August 16th, 2021. We’re changing the storage for new Teams meeting recordings to be stored on, and served from, OneDrive and SharePoint (ODSP) – instead of Microsoft Stream (Classic).


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(Updated) New Device Parsing Logic in Microsoft Teams Call Quality Dashboard


MC273629 | August 3 – Updated August 03, 2021: We have updated the content for clarity. Thank you for your feedback. The Microsoft Teams Call Quality Dashboard (CQD) product group is introducing new logic to our device parsing in Call Quality Dashboard (CQD). This change will improve the accuracy with which we identify capture and render devices that Microsoft Teams users rely on every day, enabling administrators to get a better view of their device quality landscape through Call Quality Dashboard.


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Additional updates


SharePoint updates to options for disabling subsite creation


MC276029 | August 6 – This new update will improve the options for subsite creation settings in the SharePoint admin center. Currently, SharePoint admins can control the ability for site owners to create new subsites. This update makes the setting options for new subsite creation easier to understand and prevents users from being able to create subsites using alternate paths when the subsite setting is disabled.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 82122.When this will happenTargeted release…


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Viva Connections (Private preview) app visible in Teams


MC276017 | August 6 – In preparation for broader customer availability, the Viva connections (Private preview) app will now be visible in the Teams admin center and the Teams app store. At this point, the app cannot be installed or used. We will update you when the app is ready for use.


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(Updated) OneDrive: Sharing experience – “Shared with”


MC263839 | August 6 – Updated August 06, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. At the bottom of the Share Dialog, the “Shared with” list of people will give you an at-a glance view of everyone you’ve given access to a file. This change should make it easier to know who has access and how many people have access to your files. Clicking on the “Shared With” list will lead you to the Manage Access view. Sending a file via the Share Dialog should also return a visual confirmation…


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(Updated) Microsoft 365 admin center: Reports in the Admin Center – user information pseudonymized by default


MC275344 | August 6 – Updated August 06, 2021: We have updated the content below for clarity. Thank you for your feedback. We’re making some changes to Microsoft 365 Reports in the admin center. Reports found in the ‎Microsoft 365‎ admin center provide information about your organization’s usage data. By default, reports currently display information with identifiable names for users, groups, and sites. beginning next month, user information will now be hidden by default for all reports as part of our ongoing…


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Service Health and Communications API in Microsoft Graph V1 and legacy API retirement


MC275573 | August 5 – The service communications API in Microsoft Graph is now available! Following the preview announcement (MC257688 in May 2021), this API provides access to Message center and Service health posts for your tenant, and replaces the previous Service Communications API.With the new API now broadly available, we will be retiring the legacy version of the Service Communications API beginning December 17th, 2021.


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SharePoint: Title Region Gradient


MC275570 | August 4 – This new feature will allow SharePoint page authors to remove the background gradient on title region images. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 82091


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(Updated) Microsoft 365 Information Governance


MC264360 | August 4 – Updated August 04, 2021: We are making some additional change before proceeding with this change. We will communicate via Message center when we are ready to proceed. Thank you for your patience. Until this release, attempting to delete a file with a retention label configured to “retain items for a specific period” in SharePoint caused an error blocking the deletion of it.To improve consistency of user experience between OneDrive and SharePoint, the behavior of any retention label set to…


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(Updated) New: Launch your portal using the SharePoint Portal launch scheduler


MC254891 | August 4 – Updated August 04, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. 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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Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for Current Channel


MC275527 | August 4 – We’ve released updates to the following update channel for Microsoft 365 Apps: Current Channel


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(Updated) New Azure AD built-in role – Cloud App Security Administrator


MC261079 | August 4 – Updated August 08, 2021: We have updated this post to ensure visibility. Thank you for your patience. We have created a new built-in role in Azure AD for you to manage Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS).


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The settings that allow users to create groups in the Azure portal have been improved


MC275349 | August 3 – The Azure Active Directory settings that control how users can create security and Microsoft 365 groups have been updated. In the Azure portal, if you set either Security Groups or Microsoft 365 Groups to No, your settings may have been updated to Yes. Please validate these settings are correct for your tenant.Here are the previous settings: Here are the new settings: The previous settings, when set to No, would still allow users to create groups in PowerShell and APIs and other portals, but…


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New people-centric search features coming to Microsoft Search


MC275345 | August 3 – This new feature, People-centric search is rolling out to Microsoft Search. This update will allow people in your organization to find content through people, and understand people through their content.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68783.


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(Updated) Meeting Join Custom Branding


MC268191 | August 3 – Updated August 03, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Additionally, this feature will be available as a preview until December 31, 2021. After that, an Advanced Communications license is required to continue using this feature, as noted below. This new release of meeting Join Custom Branding will allow tenant admins to upload their company logo to the Teams admin portal so it appears on the meeting pre-join and lobby screens for meetings organized by…


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(Updated) Teams desktop app for Mac: Include computer sound in a meeting


MC235180 | August 3 – Updated August 03, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. TheMicrosoft Teams desktop app for MacOSwill soon allow users include their computer’s sound when sharing either their desktop or a window in a meeting.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67168 and 67169.


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(Updated) Microsoft 365 Information Governance – Retention policies for Teams private channels messages


MC263844 | August 3 – Updated August 03, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Until now, retention policies for Teams channel messages have excluded any private channel messages. With this new feature you will be able to apply retention policies to user messages shared within Teams private channels. Retention policies scoped to private channel messages will require a separate policy from your Teams channels or chat policies. Private channel messages are indexed into the…


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Dynamics 365 and Power Platform 2021 release wave 2 early access available now!


MC275154 | August 2 – We are excited to announce that early access for the 2021 wave 2 release for Dynamics 365 and industry clouds and Microsoft Power Platform is available as of August 2, 2021. This is a compilation of new capabilities and features that will be released between October 2021 and March 2022. How does this affect me? Customers and partners can opt-in to early access and validate the latest features in a non-production environment. Starting August 9, 2021, customers that are a part of the Microsoft…


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Ability to swap content and gallery is coming back


MC275152 | August 2 – This feature update will allow you, when in a Teams meeting and someone shares content, to now click on participant videos in gallery view to swap the content with gallery, effectively bringing videos to the center and content to the side or top.Note: Unlike earlier, when Large Gallery was disabled when content was shared, you can now launch Large Gallery when somebody is sharing screen or other content.You are also able to use the swap feature when using Together mode.When you swapped the…


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Delayed – Changes to the way EOP moves email to Junk folder


MC275150 | August 2 – Attention: The rollout for the below changes, which were communicated earlier (March MC248005), has been delayed. The new timeline is late September through late October 2021.Updated April 29, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.Note: This change will only effect EOP customers with Exchange online mailboxes. EOP standalone customers with hybrid environments will have no impact.Today EOP depends on the junk email rule to move spam/phish messages to a…


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