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 252th 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,
January 17-23, 2022


Major updates


(Updated) updates


MC295863 | January 21 – Updated January 21, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thanks for your patience.We’re updating the 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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Certificate based Authentication for Security and Compliance Center PowerShell


Act by: February 20


MC316448 | January 21 – With this update, which will improve the security of your tenant, Security & Compliance PowerShell will enable configuration of certificate-based authentication to allow unattended App-only access.


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(Updated) Microsoft OneDrive & SharePoint Library dropdown menu


MC301473 | January 20 – Updated January 20, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.We’re adding a dropdown menu that allows you to easily switch between multiple document libraries associated with a team or site. Now when you select a team or site within OneDrive, you’ll be taken to the default document library instead of a list of document libraries to choose from. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 81990.


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Exchange Transport Rule Report moving to the new Exchange Admin Center (EAC) from the Security and Compliance Center


Act by: March 31


MC316157 | January 19 – We will be retiring the Exchange Transport Rule (ETR) report from the Security and Compliance Center (SCC). The report will no longer be available in the security reporting dashboard, beginning early March 2022.Instead, we recommend the utilization of the replacement for this report, found in the new (MC252053 – July, 2021) modern Exchange Admin Center (EAC), which is where we will continue to invest our development resources.Note: The report will no longer be available in the respective…


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Basic Authentication – SMTP AUTH


MC315756 | January 19 – We’re making some changes to improve the security of your tenant. We announced in 2019 we would be retiring Basic Authentication for legacy protocols and in early 2021 we announced we would begin to retire Basic Authentication for protocols not being used in tenants.7 days from today we’re going to turn off Basic Authentication for SMTP AUTH in your tenant. Based on our telemetry, no-one is currently using Basic Authentication with that protocol in your tenant and so we expect there to be no…


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New Outlook for Mac becomes the default experience in Current Channel


MC315650 | January 18 – The new Outlook for Mac will connect to accounts using Microsoft sync technology for enhanced performance and reliability, with functionality that showcases the best of Outlook.Note:The new Outlook for Mac experience became the default experience in our Beta and Preview channels, while still allowing users to toggle back to the legacy experience (Help > Revert to Legacy Outlook), if desired.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID:88850.


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


MC274188 | January 18 – Updated January 18, 2022: We are updating this post as a reminder to review and take action as appropriate as we will be proceeding, this week, as outlined below. New action is required if you do not want your meeting recordings to auto-expire in January 2022.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…


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Additional updates


Microsoft Graph connector for Jira and Confluence cloud standard release announcement


MC316720 | January 22 – Microsoft is releasing two new Graph connectors for Atlassian Confluence and Jira.With the Microsoft Graph connector for Confluence cloud, you would be able to index and search for Confluence pages and blogs from any of Microsoft Search endpoints like Bing, SharePoint, etc. Similarly, with the Graph connector for Jira cloud, you will be able to index and search for Jira issues and tickets.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 86516.


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(Updated) Preview: Org Explorer in Outlook: View and navigate the organization chart


MC315746 | January 21 – Updated January 21, 2022: We have updated the content below to provide additional clarity. Thank you for your feedback.This new release of Org Explorer brings a new experience to Outlook Desktop. It will help you visualize and explore your company’s internal structure, work teams, and individual roles. This change can be previewed with the return of the Coming Soon toggle, which can be found on the upper-right corner of the screen. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID:84785.


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(Updated) Exchange Data Loss Prevention – Update to sender address location


MC306117 | January 21 – Updated January 21, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.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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Rebrand Privacy Management as Microsoft Priva


MC316433 | January 21 – As announced at Ignite last November, Microsoft Priva will become the new brand of privacy solutions that help companies build a privacy-resilient workplace. Privacy Management for Microsoft 365 will be rebranded as Microsoft Priva, offering 2 products – Priva Privacy Risk Management and Priva Subject Rights Requests.


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Skype for Business Planned Maintenance


MC316450 | January 21 – We have maintenance planned for Skype for Business. Starting 02/25/2022 6:00 PM UTC Ending 02/26/2022 4:30 AM UTC


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Cortana Voice Activation enabled by default in Teams Rooms


MC316436 | January 20 – The below message applies to tenants with Teams Room Devices. Please disregard if your organization is not utilizing Teams room Devices. We are making some changes to OOBE (out of the box experience) for Teams Rooms! Cortana Voice Activation will be enabled by default. We are changing the OOBE flow to include a screen to request your Cortana voice activation acknowledgement. NOTE: The setting will be on by default but if desired, IT admins can decide to opt out at that moment by switching the…


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Cortana support expansion to additional languages in Microsoft Teams Rooms


MC316435 | January 20 – End users can now use “Hey Cortana” to join meetings and other skills if their Teams rooms are configured to use language en-au, en-ca, en-gb, en-in, en-us. Note: If your organization does not utilize Teams rooms you can safely disregard this message. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 89162.


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Update to the Copy Link command in OneDrive/SharePoint Web


MC316434 | January 20 – Instead of automatically copying the link with default permissions, we want to give customers the ability to change their link type and permissions prior to generating a sharing link and pasting it into the app of their choice.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 88866.


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(Updated) OneDrive: New Command Bar


MC285602 | January 20 – Updated January 20, 2022: 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) Dynamic e911 for US WFH users


MC280290 | January 20 – Updated January 20, 2022: The rollout to DoD has been delayed and we will communicate via Message center when we are ready to proceed.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:…


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(Updated) Sensitivity Labels for Teams Created from Templates


MC281936 | January 20 – Updated January 20, 2022: This rollout was delayed due to deployment complications. We have updated the rollout timeline below and the Roadmap will be updated to reflect the change. Thank you for your patience.Sensitivity labels allow Teams admins to protect and regulate access to sensitive organizational content created during collaboration within teams. With this update, you will be able to apply sensitivity labels to teams created from templates as well.This message is associated with…


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OneDrive: Move your shortcuts in OneDrive


MC316147 | January 19 – You can now move the shortcuts you’ve added using “Add shortcut to OneDrive” into any folders in your OneDrive. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 82166.


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Filters on Microsoft search


MC316145 | January 19 – Out of Box filters “File Type” and “Last Modified” will be getting an UI upgrade. From the right side panel these filters move in line with Search Results on top of the results list. This helps users discover and use these out of box filters easily. Filters can also be defined on Custom verticals. Custom filters can be defined on datetime and string, refinable properties. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 57054.


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Reminder: IE11 desktop application retires in 5 months on June 15, 2022 – Set up IE mode today (non-LTSC, non-Server)


Act by: June 15


MC316144 | January 19 – As previously announced in (MC257152 – May), (MC288052 – Sept), (MC298657 – Nov), and (MC306663- Dec), 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 5…


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Microsoft Teams Admin Center: App lists and banners in the app management page


MC316142 | January 19 – The Manage Apps page in Teams Admin Center today allows admins to manage apps in the tenant. A list of apps and editorial banners are added to help admins find relevant apps for the tenant. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88305


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Microsoft Teams: Enriching the App detailed page with more descriptive App information In Teams admin center


MC316141 | January 19 – In Teams admin center, the app detail page for Microsoft and third-party apps will provide greater description for apps, including images and product videos. The custom app detail page is also optimized.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88306


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Migration and retirement of Encryption report in Office 365 Security


MC315742 | January 19 – As previously messaged (MC276896 – Aug 2021), we have finished migrating the encryption reports from the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center to the Microsoft 365 Compliance Center. As part of the migration, we will be retiring the Top 5 recipient domains encryption reports.Note: Other encryption reports are unaffected.


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Introducing monthly active users for the Microsoft 365 service change


MC315739 | January 18 – Message center posts will include monthly active users (based off the past 28 days) specific to the Microsoft 365 service change being communicated.This will help change coordinators and IT admins make a decision on which change they should address first vs deprioritize, based on the potential number of end users who could be impacted by a change eg: If the change is about a service which has 0 active users for your organization, you should be able to deprioritize the change. Note: The monthly…


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(Updated) Send Feedback on Image Tags


MC286337 | January 18 – Updated January 18, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.Users will now be able to provide feedback on tags associated with an image by using the “Give feedback” option within the details pane of the document library. Using the feedback policy settings, tenant admins will be able to control how much feedback the users can choose to share with Microsoft. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68902.


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(Updated) Expanded reactions in Microsoft Teams


MC296204 | January 18 – Updated January 18, 2022: We have updated the rollout timelines below. Thank you for your patience.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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Simultaneous screenshare and video on Safari web browser


MC315673 | January 18 – Note:if your organization does not utilize the Safari browser you can safely disregard this message.To align with Teams desktop, we’ve recently created the ability to simultaneously share content via screen share while video is running on Safari browser.


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