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 241th email that Microsoft has sent to Tenant Admin’s Newsletter with Office 365 changes.

 

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Message center announcements,
November 1-7, 2021

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Major updates

 

Aligning OneDrive sync on Windows support with Windows OS lifecycle policy

 

Act by: December 31

 

MC296615 | November 5 – Beginning January 1, 2022, we will be aligning the OneDrive Desktop application (sync app) support lifecycle with the Windows support lifecycle. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will be supported until January 10, 2023.Windows 8 reached end of support on January 12, 2016.If you are not using the OneDrive sync app on any of these operating systems, you can safely ignore this message.

 

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(Updated) Power BI app for Microsoft Teams automatic installation and availability for government customers

 

MC288054 | November 4 – Updated November 04, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.Users will soon find it easier to find and share reports in Teams and they’ll be able to receive notifications when content is shared to them. Messaging extension will support search, link unfurling, and inserting cards into messages. Two changes are planned: Power BI will be automatically installed for users in your organization when they use the Power BI service in a web browser and have a…

 

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Chat with users with Teams personal accounts

 

MC296208 | November 3 – Chat with Teams will extend collaboration support by enabling Teams users to chat with team members outside their work network with a Teams personal account. Customers will be able to invite any Teams user to chat using an email address or phone number, and remain within the security and compliance policies of their organization.Will rollout on web, desktop and mobile.

 

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Upcoming API Retirements in Exchange Web Services for Exchange Online

 

Act by: March 31

 

MC296195 | November 3 – Today we are announcing the deprecation of the 25 least used APIs of EWS for Exchange Online (as determined by the call volume into the service).We are retiring these APIs to begin the process of reducing the surface area of the EWS protocol for maintenance and security purposes. After the retirement, support will end for these APIs.In the coming months we will send Message Center posts to tenants we can see are using these low volume, and now deprecated APIs.We will also remove the ability to…

 

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Office.com updates

 

MC295863 | November 2 – We’re updating the Office.com and Office app for Windows experiences. These updates make it even easier to find all the content associated with you, access your apps and templates in one place, take action quickly, and understand what work needs your attention. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 85662

 

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Content type sync enhancements

 

MC295852 | November 2 – In July, we announced (MC271079) the rollout of a new sync mechanism for Syntex and SharePoint content types and the subsequent phasing out of the old mechanism. This new mechanism is now fully released to all customers.

 

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Classic EAC retirement: Mail flow features

 

MC295841 | November 2 – As a follow-up to the classic Exchange admin center (EAC) retirement announcement (MC283874 – Sept), we want to let Exchange Online customers know that we will be retiring the mail flow features from the classic EAC beginning in early December 2021.You are receiving this message because our reporting indicates one or more users in your organization are using the classic EAC.Mail flow features that we are retiring from the classic EAC include:Message TraceRemote domainsAccepted domainsConnectors

 

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Service Communications API retirement

 

MC295521 | November 1 – As previously announced in (MC275573 – Aug), the legacy version of the Service Communications API will be retired on December 17th, 2021. The new service communications API in Microsoft Graph replaces the legacy version of the API and provides access to Message center and Service health posts for your tenant.When this will happen: The new API is now broadly available and the legacy version of the Service Communications API will be retired on December 17th 2021.

 

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Additional updates

 

(Updated) Refreshed Microsoft Whiteboard client experience coming soon

 

MC279627 | November 5 – Updated November 05, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.Microsoft Whiteboard is being updated to provide a new, unified experience across all devices, whether you’re on a large screen or a mobile phone. We’ve already shipped new, highly requested features to our web app, Android app and Teams clients, and there’s more on the way. As part of this new experience, we will also be updating our native applications on Windows 10, Surface Hub and iOS to…

 

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Announcing continuous compliance assessments in the Microsoft 365 compliance center

 

MC296437 | November 4 – We’re enhancing Compliance Manager’s automated testing and evidence generation functionality, and enabling additional improvement actions and solutions for automated testing. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 72222.

 

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(Updated) Real-time messaging protocol (RTMP) Streaming Support to Custom Endpoints

 

MC268726 | November 4 – Updated November 04, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Microsoft Teams will support the ability for your users to stream their Teams meetings and webinars to large audiences through real-time messaging protocol (RTMP) including endpoints outside your organization.This feature will rollout on desktop and Mac. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 83562.

 

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(Updated) Updated timing changes: Whiteboard on OneDrive for Business

 

MC282992 | November 4 – Updated November 04, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.Update: We want to inform you that the timing has shifted for the Microsoft Whiteboard move to OneDrive for Business storage which will integrate seamlessly across the suite, so you can create, share, discover, and manage whiteboards as easily as any Office document.Previously (April – MC253185), the opt-in period was set to complete in September and setting to default-on would complete in…

 

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(Updated) Dynamic e911 for US WFH users

 

MC280290 | November 4 – Updated November 04, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.Dynamic e911 provides the ability to dynamically detect a Teams user’s location for emergency calling. Today, e911 is available for users in admin configured locations on enterprise networks only. With this new feature, we will extend the capability to users working remotely from other dynamic locations.This is rolling out on Teams desktop, web and mobile.Note: The release of this feature supports…

 

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Multi-language Teams meeting invite control

 

MC296205 | November 3 – Multi-language Teams meeting invite control enables administrators to configure the join information languages in meeting invitations. Controlled by a new policy parameter, this feature allows the administrator to set up to two languages to replace the user preferred language when creating new Teams meeting invitations across all email platforms. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 81521.

 

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Expanded reactions in Microsoft Teams

 

MC296204 | November 3 – This update will expand available reactions by allowing users to apply any emoji as a reaction to chat messages. Users will be able to pick from >800 Teams emojis to express themselves the way they want.This will be available for Teams desktop apps (Windows and Mac), Teams mobile (Android and iOS), and Teams on the web. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88080.

 

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Q&A in Teams, now in Public Preview

 

MC296194 | November 3 – The Q&A app for Teams meetings and webinars is now available for public preview. By including Q&A in any Teams Meeting or Webinar, event organizers add the ability for attendees to have a focused, structured conversation where they can ask questions and engage in the discussion with the rich social Q&A features that they know and love. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 84027.

 

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(Updated) Planner tasks storage location update

 

MC289682 | November 3 – Updated November 03, 2021: We apologize for any confusion the last update may have caused. We are proceeding with this rollout and the rollout timeline has been updated below.We are pleased to roll this out after the delay (MC229058 – May ’21). Starting in mid-October 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.

 

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Scheduler Recurring Meetings

 

MC295855 | November 2 – Ask your virtual assistant to schedule dynamic recurring meetings using natural language. Right within Outlook, customers will be able to email their virtual assistant and request to schedule meetings at a frequency of their choosing. Scheduler’s dynamic recurring meetings are meant to work around the user’s busy schedule. Traditional recurring meetings in Outlook have fixed schedules that occur at the same time. Recurring meetings scheduled by Scheduler behave differently. To keep your future…

 

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Compliance Manager: New assessment templates for Azure and Dynamics 365 (preview) plus Zero Trust controls (GA)

 

MC295821 | November 2 – As announced at Ignite, we’re introducing new assessment templates and controls to help you extend compliance beyond Microsoft 365 and better meet compliance requirements with a Zero Trust approach.

 

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(Updated) Power Apps can now display images from Microsoft Lists

 

MC257468 | November 2 – Updated November 02, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Power Apps image controls can now display images that are stored in image columns in Microsoft Lists. Images can be displayed in four sizes: small, medium, large, or full.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 81986

 

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(Updated) Sharing Links for Microsoft Lists is now available!

 

MC256837 | November 2 – Updated November 02, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. This release will allow users to now share Microsoft Lists using the same sharing links that they have been using for files and folders. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 81965

 

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(Updated) Azure B2B Integration with SharePoint Online is now Generally Available

 

MC256838 | November 2 – Updated November 02, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Azure B2B Integration with SharePoint Online and OneDrive is now generally available.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 81955

 

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(Updated) Private drafts for SharePoint pages and news

 

MC291100 | November 2 – Updated November 02, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.This new feature will provide users the ability to create private drafts for pages and news posts. A private draft will be visible to only the page author, the people the author chooses to share it with, and site admins. Users will be able to create and edit content that’s not ready for others to see except the people with whom users want to collaborate. This message is associated with Microsoft…

 

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