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 247th 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,
December 13-19, 2021

NUNO ÁRIAS SILVA

Major updates

 

Self-service trials for Microsoft Project and Microsoft Visio

 

MC306669 | December 18 – Beginning on January 26, 2022, customers, and individuals without global or billing admin rights can sign up for Microsoft Project or Microsoft Visio 30-day trials before directly purchasing subscriptions or engaging their IT procurement team. Note: These trial capabilities are available worldwide except for India. They are not available for Education or Government customers.

 

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Pairing naming convention between Teams channels and corresponding SharePoint folders

 

MC306666 | December 18 – Updated Timeline: We apologize for not sending an earlier update regarding our delayed rollout. We delayed the feature release to ensure the best possible experience for our users, and it is now ready. As previously mentioned (MC280294 – August), this new release will update the channel rename experience in Teams to simultaneously rename the corresponding folder in SharePoint sites whenever a channel in Teams is renamed. We are taking this step to eliminate the difficulty in tracking, across…

 

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(Updated) Join meetings anonymously from your Teams desktop app (across clouds)

 

MC285905 | December 17 – Updated December 17, 2021: To ensure an optimal experience we have decided to make some changes prior to rolling out this feature. The rollout timeline has been updated below. Thank you for your patience.Today, if you want to join a meeting hosted in a different cloud to one of your tenant, you are directed to use the Teams web experience. We are improving the experience to allow users to join meetings across clouds from their desktop app anonymously.

 

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(Updated) Microsoft Forms new App “Polls” in Teams

 

MC284259 | December 14 – Updated December 14, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.Microsoft Forms has always focused on providing the best polling experience to our customers. However, according to customer feedback and telemetry, we have determined that many people don’t know the “Forms” App provides polling capability in Teams. To provide a better experience we are delivering a new Teams app specifically for polling capabilities. This new app will be discoverable in Teams…

 

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(Updated) TLS1.2 enforcement for Direct Routing SIP interface

 

Act by: February 1

 

MC297438 | December 14 – Updated December 14, 2021: We have updated the timing below to provide additional time to take action.We’re making some changes to Direct Routing SIP interface.On February 1st, 2022 (previously January 3rd 2022), to provide the best-in-class encryption to our customers, we will begin retiring Transport Layer Security (TLS) versions 1.0 and 1.1 and begin obligatingTLS1.2 usage for the Direct Routing SIP interface.The move to TLS 1.2 is to ensure that our service is secure by default and in…

 

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Additional updates

 

Microsoft Teams: Meet now and call app update for Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows

 

MC306665 | December 18 – Teams Rooms on Windows are making an alignment for Meet now and calling experiences to Teams desktop replacing “New meeting” control on the Teams room console with Meet (aka Meet now) and replacing “Dial pad” control on the Teams room console with Call. With Meet, users can start an ad-hoc meeting with a single tap and invite participants to it. Calling app provides users functionality to dial PSTN calls where available as well as enable entry point for P2P Teams calls, group Teams calls and…

 

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Reminder: IE11 desktop application retires in 6 months on June 15, 2022 – Set up IE mode today (non-LTSC, non-Server)

 

Act by: June 15

 

MC306663 | December 18 – As previously announced in (MC257152 – May), (MC288052 – Sept), and (MC298657 – Nov), the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer mode (IE mode) provides legacy browser support within Microsoft Edge. Because of this, the IE11 desktop application will be retired on June 15, 2022. This means that the IE11 desktop application will no longer be supported and afterwards will redirect to Microsoft Edge if a user tries to access it.With 6 months left before…

 

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(Updated) Improved Teams Guest User Usability

 

MC300029 | December 17 – Updated December 17, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.We will be updating guest user functionality within the Microsoft Teams app. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88430.

 

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(Updated) Microsoft Teams: Press to unmute

 

MC303510 | December 17 – Updated December 17, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.You can now stay muted to avoid unwanted background noise during a meeting and rapidly respond when called upon. You can now use a shortcut to unmute while holding down the keys Ctrl+Space (Windows) and Option+Space (macOS), then release keys to go back to muted state again. The feature is supported only on Teams Desktop. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 83419 and 83610.

 

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(Updated) Isolated Audio for NDI and Hardware-Out

 

MC299212 | December 17 – Updated December 17, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.Microsoft Teams will now optionally support isolated audio streams when using Network Device Interface (NDI) or Hardware-Out from Teams Meetings. NOTE: If you are not using NCI hardware you can safely disregard this message. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 86757.

 

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(Updated) Hardware Support for AJA and Blackmagic Devices

 

MC287353 | December 17 – Updated December 17, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. The ability for Teams clients to stream content from a client to the local network via Network Device Interface (NDI) is being expanded to enable streaming content to select attached hardware devices. Users with the ability to turn on NDI will also be able to push content to attached hardware devices from AJA or Blackmagic Designs. This will enable users to push content from Teams out via…

 

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(Updated) Editor for Outlook iOS

 

MC294741 | December 17 – Updated December 16, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.This new feature leverages the technology used in Microsoft Word to surface spelling, grammar and refinement suggestions to users as they compose emails in Outlook on iOS. Users can then tap the marked word/phrase to quickly replace their error with the correction.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 79326.

 

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Exchange Data Loss Prevention – Update to sender address location

 

MC306117 | December 17 – We’re making some changes to how sender address based conditions are evaluated by Exchange Data Loss Prevention in the Microsoft 365 compliance center.

 

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Important update for the Microsoft Teams Android app is now available

 

Act by: December 20

 

MC306109 | December 17 – Microsoft Teams app for Android update is now available to help our users with an Android OS issue which may impact emergency callingRecently, an Android operating system issue was encountered that had the potential to impact emergency calling. An investigation was conducted and found that the issue, which is caused by an unintended interaction between the Teams app and Android operating system, is only present on a small number of devices with the Teams app installed when the user is not…

 

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Create and manage verticals in Microsoft Search

 

MC306102 | December 17 – This update will allow Microsoft Search administrators to create and modify out-of-the-box and custom search verticals in Microsoft Search. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 85657.

 

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Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for Current Channel

 

MC306096 | December 17 – We’ve released updates to the following update channel for Microsoft 365 Apps: Current Channel

 

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(Updated) Redesigned Microsoft Teams Store Experience

 

MC298032 | December 16 – Updated December 16, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.With the newly redesigned Teams Store, you’ll find a landing page optimized for ease of discoverability with rotating banners at the top that spotlights interesting apps and scenarios. You’ll also see intelligent recommendations for apps that are popular amongst your colleagues and across all users on Teams. We’ve also added new curated surfaces that showcase collections of apps that address…

 

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

 

MC268726 | December 16 – Updated December 16, 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) Transcription in 1:1 VOIP Calls

 

MC298824 | December 16 – Updated December 16, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.Transcription in 1:1 VOIP Calls will soon be available. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68774.

 

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(Updated) OneDrive: New Command Bar

 

MC285602 | December 16 – Updated December 16, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.With this update users will be able to easily identify the right file and access primary commands. The new simplified view will permit users to focus on the content while at the same time being visually pleasing.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 85602.

 

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(Updated) Microsoft Forms: New Mobile Friendly Experience for Form Creation/Analysis

 

MC283607 | December 15 – Updated December 15, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.Form designers who create forms and analyze results from Mobile will now have a much more mobile friendly experience that is optimized for their device, making Forms even easier to use. This will be available to New forms and Existing forms in the browser first and then a few weeks later in the Office Mobile app.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 81843.

 

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Microsoft Information Protection: Public preview of new roles and role groups for granular permissions management

 

MC305453 | December 15 – We’re releasing new roles and role groups to allow granular permissions to manage Information Protection and Data Loss Prevention (DLP) within the Microsoft 365 compliance center. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88531.

 

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Roaming Signatures in Outlook for Windows delayed

 

MC305463 | December 15 – Roaming Signatures in Outlook for Windows, originally announced in MC215017 June ’20, has been delayed while we work on further stabilization. We apologize for the delay and will communicate via Message center when we are ready to proceed.The Microsoft 365 Roadmap(60371) has been updated to reflect this change.

 

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Sensitivity labels now apply to modified documents

 

MC305436 | December 15 – Coming to public preview, default labeling policies can now be applied to any supported document that a user edits, not just a new document.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88515.

 

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Changes to Microsoft Teams apps’ native permissions in the browser

 

MC305426 | December 15 – In order to better secure Microsoft Teams third-party applications that request native device permissions – such as camera, microphone or location access – we will be requiring users to manually opt-in for these permissions per app in the Microsoft Teams web browser experience. We are already doing this on the Teams desktop and mobile clients. Previously, Microsoft Teams app permissions were handled by the browser when requesting camera, microphone or location access. With this change, users…

 

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Contextual Views in Message Extensions and Link-Unfurled Cards (preview)

 

MC305425 | December 15 – Now in preview, this feature will enable Adaptive Card v1.4 for Message Extensions which will allow users to send refreshed, up to date cards that will update with new information.This will allow different information and actions to be shown depending on the particular user’s role in a chat/channel.The update will also allow User Specific Views and Sequential Workflows.This will allows subsequent adaptive cards to be shown depending on the action taken by a user. This will rollout on Desktop,…

 

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Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for all channels

 

MC305391 | December 14 – 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) 1:1 VOIP and PSTN call recording and transcription in Calls App V2

 

MC279469 | December 14 – Updated December 14, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Microsoft Teams will now release ability to record and transcribe 1:1 VOIP and PSTN calls and show the recording and transcription in Call history in the calls details panel. This is a critical feature specifically for our Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) customers. In absence of chat, PSTN callees do not have a way to view call recordings and transcriptions. This message is associated…

 

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(Updated) Text predictions in Outlook for iOS & Android

 

MC293771 | December 14 – Updated December 14, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Text predictions help Microsoft 365 users write more efficiently by using intelligent technology to suggest text during composition. This feature is already available for Outlook on the web (MC225214, October 2020), Outlook for iOS in US and Canada (MC229558, December 2020), Outlook for Android in US and Canada (MC, February 2021) and Outlook for Windows (MC229381, December 2020).Note: We are now…

 

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(Updated) OneDrive and SharePoint: Improved Move/Copy user experience

 

MC288642 | December 14 – Updated December 14, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.We’re refreshing the Move/Copy user experience in OneDrive and SharePoint to make it easier for you to move and copy your files and folders.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 85567

 

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(Updated) Microsoft Teams: Switch between multiple video cameras in Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows

 

MC300017 | December 14 – Updated December 14, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.This new feature will enable in-room users to switch between multiple video cameras from console on Teams rooms on Windows. For rooms with more than one video camera attached to MTR, users will be able to switch between these cameras during a Teams meeting by selecting camera from the list of available cameras. If the device does not have multiple USB cameras set up with Teams Rooms device in the…

 

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(Updated) Microsoft Teams: Configure your activity feed notifications

 

MC302218 | December 14 – Updated December 14, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.Users will be able to control the type of notifications that appear in their activity feed. Right click on the feed item, and you will be able to turn on/off all reactions or stop specific app notifications from surfacing in the activity feed. A key user pain point in activity today is that important information is getting buried and there is just too much noise. Reaction and App activities are…

 

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Create Videos on Office Mobile

 

MC305100 | December 14 – Office Mobile is a content hub which houses a bunch of content types – from your favorite Word, Excel, PowerPoint to Lens, Forms, PDFs, and now very recently, Videos. In CY21Q3, we announced an update which saw Stream video player integrated inside Office Mobile. This allowed users to access and play videos on their professional network with ease, be it Teams Meetings Recordings, demos or tutorials sitting on your OneDrive for Business. This was received well by our customers, to have their…

 

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Queue View in Microsoft Teams Bookings app

 

MC305098 | December 14 – Bookings app in Teams enables various organizations to schedule virtual appointments with external attendees and manages staff availabilities in a shared calendar experience. We are now adding a new tab (preview) to your Bookings app called Queue. Queue tab will enable schedulers to have a consolidated view of all the appointments for a day in chronological order. This new tab will bring real time updates to meeting state in a queue view for virtual visits scheduled in the Microsoft Bookings…

 

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(Updated) Dynamic e911 for US WFH users

 

MC280290 | December 13 – Updated December 13, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Additionally, the following documentation is now available: Emergency addresses for remote locations. 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…

 

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