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 256th 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,
February 14-20, 2022

NUNO ÁRIAS SILVA

Major updates

 

(Updated) Updating default tenant-level tag management settings

 

MC320163 | February 18 – Updated February 18, 2022: We have updated the rollout timelines below. Additionally, we have updated the content with additional details. Thank you for your patience.We’re updating the default tag management settings based on customer feedback. The new defaults eliminate the need for team members to ask owners to create or edit tags on their behalf. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88318

 

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Forms Integration with Bookings

 

MC333943 | February 17 – Organizations using the Microsoft Bookings app in Teams for virtual visits can now collect information from attendees and be able to securely share it with the staff while maintaining industry specific compliance requirements (such as HIPAA). Microsoft Bookings app in Teams will be integrated with Microsoft 365 Forms to support end to end (Pre-visit) workflows for virtual visits.

 

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(Updated) OAuth interface for Office 365 Reporting web service

 

MC318316 | February 17 – Updated February 17, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.Currently, users accessing Reporting Web service use “Basic Authentication” and must provide their credentials. With this feature update, Microsoft will improve the security of your tenant by replacing “Basic Authentication” access in favor of the recommended OAuth user interface which is where we will continue to invest our development resources.

 

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Retirement of superseded Azure AD (Azure Active Directory) Connect Sync versions

 

MC333227 | February 16 – We will begin retiring past versions of Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Connect Sync 12 months from the date they are superseded by a newer version.

 

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Outlook for Android will require Android 8.0 or above starting May 23, 2022

 

Act by: May 23

 

MC333201 | February 16 – Beginning May 23, 2022, Outlook for Android will no longer support Android 7.1 or below. Users will need to upgrade their Android operating system to Android 8.0Note:If your organization does not utilize Android, you can safely disregard this message.

 

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(Updated) Message Center Email Notification Changes

 

Act by: April 1

 

MC329435 | February 15 – Updated February 14, 2022: We have updated the content below with a link to the Message center Preferences. Thank you for your feedback.Beginning in early April 2022, admins within your tenant will no longer receive the Message center weekly digest and major update email notifications by default. Any existing admins who have customized their Message center email preferences will continue to receive these emails, based on their customized preferences, and this update will have no impact. This…

 

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Additional updates

 

(Updated) 1:1 VOIP and PSTN call recording and transcription in Calls App V2

 

MC279469 | February 19 – Updated February 18, 2022: 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) Co-organizer Meeting Role

 

MC292796 | February 19 – Updated February 18, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Organizers will soon be able to assign the co-organizer meeting role to up to 10 specific people they invite to their meeting. Co-organizers will be granted most of the capabilities of the organizer in the meeting, including being able to access & modify the meeting options for the meeting.Usage of the co-organizer role for a meeting will be optional. If users choose not to use the…

 

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Third party Teams apps designed for Outlook and Office.com will now be available for users in Outlook and Office.com

 

MC334280 | February 18 – To get more done without constantly changing apps, we’re making new Teams third party apps also available for users in Outlook and Office.com. Users in Targeted Release will be able to acquire and use these apps in Teams, Outlook, or Office.com.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88942 and 88909

 

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Microsoft AutoUpdate Auxiliary Teams updates for devices running macOS devices versions below minimum

 

MC334275 | February 18 – We will be making an addition to the Microsoft Teams update logic to include auxiliary updates via Microsoft AutoUpdate. This will reduce the number of devices running versions of Teams that are older or no longer supported.You may have encountered issues where devices were running old versions of Teams that were not updating. We will be leveraging Microsoft AutoUpdate to update versions of Teams that may not have been updating due to usage patterns that do not allow the Teams built-in update…

 

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Microsoft Teams Connect shared channels public preview

 

MC334274 | February 18 – Teams Connect shared channels will be rolling out to public preview in the coming weeks. Shared channels is a new channel type, in addition to the existing standard and private channel types. Shared channels enables users to collaborate seamlessly with internal and external partners beyond the boundaries of a team.Invite individuals or entire teams to a shared channel. These can either be from your org or from an external Azure AD org. Once added to a shared channel external users can access…

 

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(Updated) Private drafts for SharePoint pages and news

 

MC291100 | February 18 – Updated February 18, 2022: 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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(Updated) Music Mode for Teams

 

MC267133 | February 18 – Updated February 18, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. We will not be rolling out to GCC-High and DoD at this time and will communicate via Message center when we are ready to proceed. We apologize for any inconvenience.This new feature release can be used to transmit high fidelity music. Users will be able to conduct online music lessons, transmit music performances, or other non-speech content.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 83520

 

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Room Finder for Outlook Mobile

 

MC333944 | February 17 – The room search & book experience users are accustomed to in Outlook Mac, Windows and Web will be available in Outlook for iOS and Android. Users can search, check availability and book conference rooms directly from the Create Event screen. Outlook Mobile is here to make the transition to hybrid work easier. Users can now leverage Room Finder or Book a Workspace features when they need to find space to work – no matter if they need focus time or a room for a large group meeting. Note:…

 

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New Fluent Emoji style coming to Teams emojis and reactions

 

MC333941 | February 17 – This update will have Teams joining Microsoft 365 and Windows in updating all emojis and reactions to the new Microsoft Fluent emoji style, bringing users a more vibrant and expressive emoji experience.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88277

 

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OneDrive Sync Activity Center is getting an experience refresh

 

MC333940 | February 17 – We are updating the user experience of the OneDrive Sync Activity Center on Windows and macOS to be more aligned with the Fluent design principles. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88954.

 

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

 

MC288642 | February 17 – Updated February 22, 2022: 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.

 

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(Updated) Microsoft Lists: Board View

 

MC312481 | February 17 – Updated February 17, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.This new feature, Microsoft Lists: Board View, will allow users to work with list data in a board format. This view is ideal when users want to track items as they move forward in a process or workflow. Moving items through stages is as easy as dragging and dropping. Users will be able to configure which columns from the list are displayed in the cards and in what order.This feature will rollout…

 

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(Updated) Microsoft Editor Spellcheck and Grammar in SharePoint Pages

 

MC308286 | February 17 – Updated February 17, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below to show as intended. Thank you for your patience.This update will add the Microsoft Editor service to SharePoint Pages and News and enabling their spellcheck and grammar capabilities. This will allow proofreading to take place in SharePoint without relying on the Editor browser extension. This feature changes the suggestion’s colors to monochrome when they’re shown on a themed background to increase visibility. This message…

 

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Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for Current Channel

 

MC333626 | February 17 – We’ve released updates to the following update channel for Microsoft 365 Apps: Current Channel

 

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Chat filter for non-meeting chats

 

MC333623 | February 17 – There will be a new chat filter within the Chat app filter which filters out meeting chats and chats with bots. It will filter for one on one and group chats with other users. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 89436.

 

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Suggested Reply Language Support for Japanese, Thai, and Turkish languages.

 

MC333231 | February 16 – Suggested replies support for Outlook on the web, Outlook mobile is being extended to also include Japanese, Thai, and Turkish. This will rollout on web, and mobile.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88869.

 

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(Updated) Update to the Copy Link command in OneDrive/SharePoint Web

 

MC316434 | February 15 – Updated February 15, 2022: We have updated the content below to show as intended. Thank you for your patience.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) Update: Suggested Replies – Outlook for Office

 

MC301300 | February 15 – Updated February 15, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.Update: Outlook on the web will soon be rolling out suggested replies to customers in Outlook for Office.Note: Due to some issues that presented themselves prior to rollout, we paused our planned release until now. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70802.

 

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(Updated) Microsoft Stream: Comment on a video or audio file in SharePoint and OneDrive

 

MC317765 | February 15 – Updated February 15, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.This feature allows you to have threaded conversations on a video or audio filed saved in OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online through a cohesive and familiar commenting experienced like the one used in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88521.

 

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Add-in health view being added to the Microsoft 365 Apps health dashboard

 

MC332872 | February 15 – A new view focused on add-in health is being added to the Microsoft 365 Apps health dashboard in the Microsoft 365 Apps admin center. The view will provide information about the reliability and performance of Component Object Model (COM) and Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) add-ins used by Office apps in your organization. The view will show information about both public and private add-ins. Public add-ins are created by independent software vendors and are generally available to all…

 

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Account Switching in Office mobile apps

 

MC332871 | February 15 – This feature update to Account switching, will enable users to switch from one account to another through the Profile icon that helps them access the account selection interface.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88930

 

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List of the joined teams per user in Teams Admin Center

 

MC332869 | February 15 – We ask that you pardon us for not sending an earlier message, as is our customer commitment, regarding our early February rollout. Teams admin center is adding support for viewing the list of teams a user has joined.This integration will enable the admins to view all the teams that a user is a part of from a single view.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 87969

 

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Microsoft Stream: in player Help experience

 

MC332705 | February 14 – The web player for audio & video files that are stored in OneDrive and SharePoint (including when those files are embedded in Teams, Yammer, and SharePoint web parts) is updated with a new feature called Help. This entry point allows users with to report technical playback issues on video/audio files to Microsoft. The Help feature also provides links to public end user help documentation for the player.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 88932

 

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