Major update from Message center

Microsoft
Exchange Online and Basic Auth – September 2021 Update
MC286990 · COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
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, but not disable Basic Authentication for any in-use protocols until further notice.

Today, we are announcing that we are restarting the program to end the use of Basic Auth in Exchange Online. Beginning October 1, 2022, we will begin to disable Basic Auth in all tenants, regardless of usage.

We previously communicated this change via several Message Center posts: MC191153 (Sept. ‘19), MC204828 (Feb. ‘20), MC208814 (April ‘20) and MC237741 (Feb. ‘21) and you can always read the latest information about our plans to turn off Basic Authentication here.

Beginning early 2022, as we roll out the changes necessary to support this effort, we are also going to begin disabling Basic Auth for some customers on a short-term and temporary basis.

We will randomly select tenants and disable Basic Auth for all protocols for a period of 12-48 hours. After this time, these protocols will be re-enabled, if the tenant admin has not already re-enabled them using our self-service tools.

During this time all clients and apps that use Basic Auth in that tenant will be affected, and they will be unable to connect. Any client or app using Modern Auth will not be affected. Users can use alternate clients (for example, Outlook on the Web instead of an older Outlook client that does not support Modern Auth) while they upgrade or reconfigure their client apps.

How this will affect your organization:

If you receive a Message Center post between now and October 2022, informing you that we are going to disable Basic Auth for a protocol due to non-usage, or you get one saying we know you are using Basic Auth, but we intend to proactively disable it for a short period of time, and you don’t want us to disable specific protocols, you can use the new self-service feature in the Microsoft 365 admin center to opt-out and request that we leave specific protocols enabled until October 2022. We added this feature to help minimize disruptions as you transition away from using Basic Auth.

We will disable Basic Authentication beginning October 2022, and once that happens, users in your tenant will be unable to access their Exchange Online mailbox using Basic Authentication.

Read more here.

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Anti-malware policy : Common attachment filter : Additional file types block by default
MC285906 · COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
The ‘Common attachment filter’ option in the ‘Anti-malware’ policy helps the Administrator configure the file types (based on file extension) which need to be blocked in the emails. This block action is applied anytime the file type of any attachment in the email matches this configurated file type list.

The current pre-configured list has 96 file types. Of these 96 file types, 10 files types are selected by default in the block list. When a new policy is created, these 10 file types are selected, to be blocked, by default. Administrator can make changes to this selection by selecting more file types or making changes to existing file types. If the Administrator chooses to extend this behavior to more file types, then this is possible using PowerShell option.

As part of this enhancement to the feature, we are adding three additional file types to the default selection list. The newly added file types are ‘.iso’, ‘.cab’ and ‘.jnlp’.

Key points

Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 85611

Timing: We expect this feature to begin rolling out in early October and expect the rollout to be completed by late October.

Roll-out: tenant level

Action: Review and assess.

How this will affect your organization:

Once these enhancements are rolled out, any email received by / sent from the users of your organization will be quarantined if any of the attached files matches with the newly added three file types.

What you need to do to prepare:

If your organization would like to have the emails with these file types blocked, then there is no action. However, if your organization needs require that these files be allowed, then the Administrator needs to edit the Anti-Malware policies and de-select these newly added file types.

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Weekly digest: Microsoft service updates

Microsoft
Message center announcements,
September 13-19, 2021
COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
Major updates

office_96x1.png Anti-malware policy : Common attachment filter : Additional file types block by default
MC285906 | September 18 – The ‘Common attachment filter’ option in the ‘Anti-malware’ policy helps the Administrator configure the file types (based on file extension) which need to be blocked in the emails. This block action is applied anytime the file type of any attachment in the email matches this configurated file type list. The current pre-configured list has 96 file types. Of these 96 file types, 10 files types are selected by default in the block list. When a new policy is created, these 10 file types are…
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teams_96x1.png Join meetings anonymously from your Teams desktop app (across clouds)
MC285905 | September 18 – 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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Additional updates

admin_96x1.png AIP client and scanner audit logs in Microsoft 365 Audit and Activity explorer
MC285911 | September 18 – Previously announced in public preview (MC243213), Azure Information Protection (AIP) administrators will soon be able to access data in Microsoft 365 compliance center Audit logs and Activity explorer, in addition to the AIP Analytics (Preview) portal. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70600.
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teams_96x1.png Reply to specific chat message in Teams Desktop
MC285886 | September 18 – With this update, Microsoft Teams Desktop users will receive the long awaited ability to reply to specific messages in chat from the message actions menu. This will help bring more context into conversations. This feature has already been available on the iOS and Android apps. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 81113.
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office_96x1.png OneDrive: New Command Bar
MC285602 | September 17 – 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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sharepoint_96x1.png New SharePoint hub to hub associations
MC285601 | September 17 – This release will add the ability to associate a SharePoint hub site to another hub site to expand search results across multiple hubs in your organization. This will enable users to discover relevant content when searching on any sites related to the associated hubs. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 85613
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Breakout rooms: Pre-meeting room creation and participant assignment
MC278891 | September 16 – Updated September 16, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. We are adding the ability for meeting organizers to pre-create rooms ahead of a meeting start and perform participant assignment tasks (both auto and manual) in advance.This is rolling out on desktop only.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 81390.
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teams_96x1.png Breakout Rooms Presenter support
MC278893 | September 16 – Updated September 16, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. We are adding the ability for organizer to extend the management of Breakout Rooms to specific presenters. This feature will enable meeting organizers to add and remove presenters as Breakout Room managers.By taking control from Breakout rooms management panel, appointed presenters will be allowed to perform Breakout room operations as manager or meeting organizer, as well as joining Rooms as…
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office_96x1.png Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for all channels
MC285145 | September 15 – 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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office_96x1.png Microsoft Bookings – SMS notifications for booking appointments
MC285054 | September 15 – With this rollout, we are enabling SMS notifications to be sent to the person booked for an appointment scheduled through the Bookings web app or Bookings app in Teams or via the self-serve booking page. Additionally, the SMS will include the Teams meeting link for virtual booking appointments. See here for all licenses for Bookings availability. A valid US and Canada phone number is required to send SMS texts to attendees. Note: We will be providing unlimited SMS notifications through a…
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office_96x1.png Co-authoring on Microsoft Information Protection encrypted documents in Office Desktop is Generally Available
MC285023 | September 14 – Co-authoring on Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents encrypted with Microsoft Information Protection sensitivity labels on Windows and Mac is now generally available. This feature is already available on Office on the web This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 82112.
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yammer_96x1.png Restrict Yammer Community Posting
MC285022 | September 14 – This feature allows network admins to manage the conversations that take place in key communities in their network through an admin setting to restrict posting. Once this setting is enabled, only community admins will have the ability to start a thread in the community while members can only reply and react to conversations.Note: This feature will be default off when released.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 87114
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sharepoint_96x1.png SharePoint Navigation Switcher
MC285021 | September 14 – This feature update will bring users a new navigation option feature for SharePoint team sites. Team site owners will be able to switch the team site navigation orientation from vertical to horizontal. Additionally, site navigation visibility can be turned off completely. This new navigation option allows site owners to customize their team site by changing navigation’s orientation and visibility to achieve a different look and feel, layouts, and alignment styles. This message is associated…
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office_96x1.png (Updated) New people-centric search features coming to Microsoft Search
MC275345 | September 14 – Updated September 14, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. 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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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Real-time messaging protocol (RTMP) Streaming Support to Custom Endpoints
MC268726 | September 14 – Updated September 14, 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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yammer_96x1.png (Updated) Nested Replies and Related Features
MC276026 | September 14 – Updated September 14, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. This new update makes Yammer conversations a whole lot better by providing several new features you are able to experience in Yammer starting now! See below for what’s available to users. This will rollout on desktop, web mobile, and Mac.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70809.
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office_96x1.png Microsoft 365 Records Management–Announcing public preview of adaptive policy scopes for retention and label policies
MC280914 | September 14 – Updated September 14, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.This new feature (preview), Adaptive policy scopes, will allow data administrators to scope retention policies and retention label policies to a dynamic set of users, SharePoint sites, or Microsoft 365 Groups. This is enabled by using the properties or attributes associated with these locations. Adaptive policy scopes work with all locations, including Exchange mailboxes, Microsoft 365 Groups,…
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Message Center Major Change Update Notification

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Excel Power View Retirement
MC284624 · COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
Silverlight, a component used in Power View, will no longer be supported beginning on October 12th. In response, we will be starting the process to retire Power View from Microsoft 365. As an alternative to Power View, we recommend using Power BI Desktop, which is where we will continue to invest our development resources.

Key points:

  • Timing: Beginning October 12, 2021 this change will roll out as an update.
  • Action: Inform users of the retirement and direct them to utilize Power BI Desktop as an alternative.

How this will affect your organization:

Once users have taken the update they will no longer be able to create or open Power View reports from Excel.

What you need to do to prepare:

Instead of using Power View, we recommend using other ways to do analysis and visualizations within Excel (For example, PivotTables, PivotCharts, and so on). For more information, see BI capabilities in Excel and Office 365, or you can use Power BI Desktop (a free download). Existing Power View reports can be opened in Power BI, and new reports can be created in Power BI from Excel data.

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Weekly digest: Microsoft service updates

Microsoft
Message center announcements,
September 6-12, 2021
COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
Major updates

office_96x1.png Excel Power View Retirement
MC284624 | September 12 – Silverlight, a component used in Power View, will no longer be supported beginning on October 12th. In response, we will be starting the process to retire Power View from Microsoft 365. As an alternative to Power View, we recommend using Power BI Desktop, which is where we will continue to invest our development resources.
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Teams Follows Office Preview
Act by: July 24
MC264092 | September 10 – Updated September 10, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. We are rolling out a new Teams policy that will allow users to automatically be in the Public Preview channel of Teams if they are in Current Channel Preview for the Office 365 Client. IT admins can modify this policy for end users such that if Office is getting updates from Current Channel (Preview), Teams will receive updates via Public Preview. This feature will be ON by default for all…
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forms_96x1.png Microsoft Forms new App “Polls” in Teams
MC284259 | September 10 – 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 meetings/chats as “Polls”. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 84567
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exchange_96x1.png Classic Exchange Admin Center (EAC) Retirement Announcement
MC283874 | September 9 – In MC252053 (April 2021), we announced the general availability of the new Exchange admin center (EAC). The new EAC offers a faster, more secure, and more intelligent modern admin experience than the classic EAC and is helping admins work more efficiently. With the new EAC capable of assuming this responsibility and more, today we are at the next stage of our journey, and we are announcing the retirement of the classic EAC that will be fully retired on September 1, 2022. This will be carried…
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yammer_96x1.png Yammer Public Links API Changes
Act by: November 30
MC283912 | September 9 – We’re making some changes to public OGOs (Open Graph Objects).On December 1, 2021, all public Open Graph Objects (OGOs) will be associated with only the message it is attached to. These links, and the messages associated with them, are only visible to users who have access to the conversations the Open Graph Objects were a part of.Previously, there was only one OGO in each Yammer Network per absolute URL. Now there will be multiple OGOs that exist because this new change will create one OGO per…
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Microsoft Teams: Enable Teams users to purchase app subscriptions through the Teams app store
MC282989 | September 7 – Updated September 07, 2021: We have updated the message to provide additional clarity. Thank you for your feedback.At Build 2021 we announced the ability for Teams users to purchase third-party app subscriptions directly from the Teams app store. From within the store, users can view subscription plans offered and go through the checkout process to pay with a credit card.Note: if a tenant admin has disabled their users ability to discover and install third-party applications (all or partial)…
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office_96x1.png (Updated) We’re updating the Hybrid federated search
Act by: October 1
MC270671 | September 7 – Updated September 07, 2021: We have updated the content below to provided additional clarity. Thank you for your patience. We are making changes to Hybrid federated search, also called Inbound Hybrid Search, where users search from the SharePoint Online in the Microsoft 365 Search Center to display hybrid results from SharePoint Server. In modernizing search in Microsoft 365, we are updating the infrastructure used by SharePoint Server’s Hybrid federated search. As part of the process,…
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Additional updates

teams_96x1.png Microsoft Teams Public Preview indicator “P” on avatar
MC284365 | September 10 – This update, that is currently rolling out to users in the Public Preview channel of Teams, adds a P next to their profile picture/avatar as shown in the image below. This is a marker that denotes the user is in Public Preview.
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teams_96x1.png Chat Delete Capabilities within Supervised Chats
MC284358 | September 10 – Earlier this year, through the Supervised Chat feature, we provided the capability to block restricted users from starting new chats unless an appropriate supervisor is present.We are continuing to iterate on this experience and soon we will provide another tool for supervisors to be able to delete any inappropriate chat within those supervised environments.The ability to delete chats will ONLY be available for users assigned the “Full permissions” role within the Chat permissions role policy…
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sharepoint_96x1.png (Updated) Sharing Links for Microsoft Lists is now available!
MC256837 | September 10 – Updated September 10, 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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admin_96x1.png (Updated) Microsoft 365 roadmap site updates
MC277639 | September 10 – Updated September 10, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. We will be making updates to the Microsoft 365 roadmap on how you view, filter, search for, and sort the information.
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office_96x1.png Viva Connections (Public preview) is rolling out
MC284081 | September 9 – Viva Connections, part of Microsoft Viva, is your gateway to a modern employee experience. The Viva connections app incorporates a customizable dashboard, the feed, and relevant resources all in one experience in the Microsoft Teams mobile app. This Public preview release includes the ability to: Set a SharePoint home site from the SharePoint admin center Create, author, and manage a dashboard from the home site Use Video news links to communicate announcements Use the new Dashboard and Feed…
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office_96x1.png Office add-in dialog API hardening update
Act by: September 14
MC283865 | September 8 – We recently made some changes to harden the security of the Office Add-in dialog API, which impacts cross-domain communication. Normally we do not do Message center communications on these monthly changes, but in the case we want to make sure the potential for impact is understood.Note:If your organization is not using Office Add-ins you can safely disregard this message.This change only impacts Office Add-ins and does not affect COM/VSTO add-ins.
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teams_96x1.png Direct app purchases and invoice billing support in Teams Admin Center
MC283612 | September 8 – Teams Admins will soon be able to purchase third-party app subscriptions worldwide directly in Teams Admin Center through the “Plans and pricing” feature. Payment methods include invoice billing and credit card purchases. Private plans will be available for purchase with privately-negotiated rates between ISVs and your organization. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 83144
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office_96x1.png Support experience update in Microsoft Endpoint Manager
MC283609 | September 8 – We are introducing an improved support experience in the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center which integrates the simplicity of in-console search and virtual assistant functionality to address more complex issues. This provides a seamless experience to guide you to Microsoft Intune issue-specific troubleshooting insights and web-based solutions, helping you get resolution faster.
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forms_96x1.png Microsoft Forms: New Mobile Friendly Experience for Form Creation/Analysis
MC283607 | September 8 – 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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admin_96x1.png Microsoft 365 Information Governance – Announcing general availability of retention policies for Teams private channels
MC283589 | September 8 – We are excited to announce that retention policies for Teams private channels messages are now generally available. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 82100 and 70582.
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sharepoint_96x1.png New Feature: Improvements to the Text web part for SharePoint pages and news
MC283569 | September 7 – We’re adding the ability to paste inline images into the Text web part so that images can be closer to text and so that text can wrap around images. We’re also addressing feedback to reduce line spacing in text. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 85584.
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office_96x1.png Allow users who aren’t admins to install language accessory packs
MC283568 | September 7 – By default, users must have local administrator permissions on their devices to install language accessory packs for Office. A policy setting is now available that you can enable to allow users to install language accessory packs, even if they don’t have local administrator permissions. This policy setting is named “Allow users who aren’t admins to install language accessory packs” and is available in Group Policy and in the Office cloud policy service. This policy setting applies to the…
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Message Center Major Change Update Notification

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Yammer Public Links API Changes
MC283912 · COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
We’re making some changes to public OGOs (Open Graph Objects).

On December 1, 2021, all public Open Graph Objects (OGOs) will be associated with only the message it is attached to. These links, and the messages associated with them, are only visible to users who have access to the conversations the Open Graph Objects were a part of.

Previously, there was only one OGO in each Yammer Network per absolute URL. Now there will be multiple OGOs that exist because this new change will create one OGO per message the URL is attached to.

Note: If you have not developed custom integration with Yammer or use 3rd party software which includes specific API calls, you can safely ignore this message.

Key points

  • Timing: December 1, 2021
  • Control type: admin control
  • Action: review and assess

How will this affect your organization?

On December 1, 2021, the following API calls will be affected by this change:

  1. GET api/v1/open_graph_objects?url=https://
    • If you are using GET api/v1/open_graph_objects?url=https:// – then currently this returns one single OGO id. Once this change is released it will return a list of OGO ids as now each time a link or URL is added to a message it generates a new OGO id.
  2. GET /messages/open_group_objects/:id.json
    • If you are using GET /messages/open_group_objects/:id.json – then after the change you can use any of the OGO ids associated with a URL and this API will return a feed of messages that the user has access to relating to that link.
  3. POST /message.json
    • If you are using POST /message.json – and the og_url is a SharePoint URL, you will need to call this API using an AAD token. Instructions to obtain an AAD token can be found here. Additionally, if using a SharePoint URL do not pass a thumbnail image URL to og_image as Yammer fetches the thumbnail associated with the SharePoint URL.

What do you need to do to prepare?

If your organization is using any of the APIs listed above, ensure that you plan for this change so it does not break any custom experiences you have leveraging these Yammer APIs. Also, contact the developers of any 3rd party software that you use to make sure that they are prepared for the coming changes to these Yammer APIs.

Additional information:

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Microsoft Forms new App “Polls” in Teams
MC284259 · COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
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 meetings/chats as “Polls”.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 84567

When this will happen:

We will begin rolling this out starting in Teams meetings and then moving to Teams chat in mid-October and expect to complete by the end of November.

The original “Forms” app will be retired from Teams meetings in mid-November, and then will be retired from Teams chat in at the end of December. Once retired from meetings/chat the “Forms” app will only be available in the Teams channel tab to provide Survey capabilities.

How this will affect your organization

Once this rollout is complete:

  1. The new Microsoft Forms App “Polls” will have the same functionality, same service, and there will be no need for data migration.
  2. For the previous polls that were created in the original App “Forms”, these polls will not be lost. Poll owners can still view them in the new App “Polls” portal in Teams OR view it in the Forms web portal page (http://forms.office.com/)
  3. The original App “Forms” polling capability will be retired in Teams meeting and Teams chat. Original App “Forms” survey capability in Teams channel Tab is not impacted.

What you need to do to prepare

You may want to update your users on the upcoming changes. We will continue to update this post with additional information as we proceed.

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Classic Exchange Admin Center (EAC) Retirement Announcement
MC283874 · COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
In MC252053 (April 2021), we announced the general availability of the new Exchange admin center (EAC). The new EAC offers a faster, more secure, and more intelligent modern admin experience than the classic EAC and is helping admins work more efficiently. With the new EAC capable of assuming this responsibility and more, today we are at the next stage of our journey, and we are announcing the retirement of the classic EAC that will be fully retired on September 1, 2022.

This will be carried out in phases as we move forward. The initial phase will be moving the features under Protection to the Microsoft 365 Defender portal.

Key Points:

  • Major: Retirement
  • Timing:
    • October 15, 2021 – Move Protection and Advanced Threat features to the Microsoft 365 Defender portal
    • September 1, 2022 – Classic EAC will be retired

How this affects your organization:

In the initial phase, the following features will be moved to the Microsoft 365 Defender portal. Beginning October 15, 2021 users or Administrators will no longer be able to access these pages. If the user clicks on these features in Classic EAC, these feature pages will have a banner with a link to the new home for these features.

These features include:

  1. Safe Attachments
  2. Safe Links
  3. Malware Filter
  4. Connection Filter
  5. Spam Filter
  6. Outbound Spam
  7. Quarantine
  8. Action Center
  9. DKIM

What you need to do to prepare:

You can access the new EAC directly from https://admin.exchange.microsoft.com. Within the classic EAC, you will also find an opt-in toggle button, along with banners and links in the left navigation panel for the new EAC. Once you’ve opted in to moving to the new EAC, you’ll automatically be directed to the new EAC from the Microsoft 365 admin center. The new EAC can also be accessed from the Partner Center Portal.

For the features being moved, outlined above, we recommend that you start using the Microsoft 365 Defender portal to access these features.

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(Updated) Microsoft Teams: Enable Teams users to purchase app subscriptions through the Teams app store
MC282989 · COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
Updated September 07, 2021: We have updated the message to provide additional clarity. Thank you for your feedback.

At Build 2021 we announced the ability for Teams users to purchase third-party app subscriptions directly from the Teams app store. From within the store, users can view subscription plans offered and go through the checkout process to pay with a credit card.

Note: if a tenant admin has disabled their users ability to discover and install third-party applications (all or partial) then those same limitations apply to their users ability to discover and buy the third-party subscriptions.

Key Points:

  • Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 83502
  • Timing: We expect this feature to begin rolling out in early October and for rollout to be complete by late October.
  • Roll-out: tenant level
  • Action: review and assess

How this will affect your organization:

Users today who can find and install third-party apps from the Teams app store will be able to purchase subscriptions when this feature is released for applications that offer subscription plans. For those ISVs with whom you may have negotiated a discounted rate, private plans will be offered during the purchase flow for your users.

Purchase app subscriptions via the Teams app storeWhat you need to do to prepare:

Consider updating your end-user documentation and alert your help desk of this upcoming feature.

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Insights in Microsoft 365 to become part of Microsoft Viva
MC282545 · COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
In the coming months, personal productivity and wellbeing insights that are currently available to users via the daily briefing email, MyAnalytics digest email, and Insights Outlook add-in will be updated to reflect the Microsoft Viva brand. Microsoft Viva is a new employee experience platform that empowers people and teams to be their best from anywhere. Powered by Microsoft 365 and experienced in the flow of work through Microsoft Teams and Outlook, Microsoft Viva brings together communications, knowledge, learning, resources, and insights.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 85559

When this will happen:

Rolling out starting in September for Targeted release and expected to be complete by end of November for Standard release

How this will affect your organization:

As this change begins rolling out, users in your organization will see the following updates:

  • The briefing email, which currently surfaces important reminders from Cortana, will expand to also include personal productivity and wellbeing insights, learning recommendations, and more to help them prepare for the day and week ahead. It will be delivered in users’ inboxes early in the day from Microsoft Viva.
  • The MyAnalytics digest email, which surfaces important insights to help users understand and improve their work habits over time, will be delivered in users’ inboxes near the start of the month from Microsoft Viva and will have a new subject: “Your monthly digest” to reflect its new monthly cadence and complement “Your daily briefing”. The monthly digest will aggregate insights across these four outcomes: focus, wellbeing, network, and collaboration.
  • The Insights Outlook add-in, which offers actionable suggestions to help users stay on top of tasks and emails, strengthen their work relationships, plan time away from work, and achieve a better balance, will be retitled “Viva Insights” to complement the Viva Insights app in Teams.
  • A new Viva Insights homepage will be discoverable at insights.viva.office.com as well as via the Microsoft 365 app launcher on Office.com in place of the MyAnalytics icon. This will surface key data-driven, privacy-protected insights to users with a MyAnalytics service plan.
  • Microsoft 365 administrators will start to see new titles “Microsoft Viva Insights (formerly MyAnalytics)” and “Briefing email from Microsoft Viva” along with banners on the Microsoft 365 admin center for MyAnalytics and Briefing email, respectively, informing them of the upcoming brand change to Microsoft Viva.

Note: These updates will honor existing admin and user preferences and settings by default. No additional action is required from the users or administrators.

What you need to do to prepare:

Review and assess the impact for your organization. Additionally, you might consider updating your training and documentation as appropriate. Learn more about Microsoft Viva Insights, MyAnalytics, Briefing email, and how Microsoft protects your privacy.

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