Message Center Major Change Update Notification

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Microsoft Outlook Extension for Edge recommendation
MC264090 · COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
This new release will enable some Windows 10 users, who are using Outlook on the web or Outlook for Windows, to see a clickable recommendation to visit the browser extension page for Outlook in Edge where they can choose to install the extension. This notification will be displayed in any Windows browser (i.e., Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.) and in Outlook for Windows.

Note: If you do not want your users to see the recommendations for the new Microsoft Outlook Extension for Edge, you can opt-out of these for your organization.

Key points

  • Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 82036.
  • Timing:
    • Targeted release (entire org.) will begin and complete rollout in late July.
    • Standard release will begin and complete rollout in early August.
  • Roll-out: tenant level
  • Control type: no controls available
  • Action: review, assess and take action to manage the recommendation as appropriate for your organization between now and July 30, 2021 if you don’t want the banner to be be visible in your organization.

How this will affect your organization:

Clicking on the mentioned recommendation will take the user to the Microsoft Outlook extension page in the Edge extension store.

  • The recommendation will show up as a dismissible header banner, for Outlook on the web and Outlook for Windows, and will show at most three per user in each app.
  • Future promotions for the extension could be displayed in other locations.

Here are examples of what the banner will look like for Windows 10 users in Outlook on the web and in Outlook for Windows.

Outlook on the web:

Outlook extension banner in Outlook on the web
Outlook for Windows:

Outlook extension banner in Windows
Your users will see recommendations to install the publicly available Microsoft Outlook Extension for Edge. Your users can dismiss the recommendation. They will see the recommendations at most two more times within a 60-day period before it is suppressed permanently.

Users can decide whether to install the Outlook extension.

The extension shows a user’s email, calendar, contacts, and tasks from an icon in Microsoft Edge without requiring that they open another browser tab. The extension is a “mini” version of Outlook on the web which operates as a one-click flyout from the browser header:

“Mini” version of Outlook on the web Extension (one-click flyout)
What you need to do to prepare:

To opt-out of this recommendation and prevent the banner from appearing in your organization, please perform the below steps by July 30, 2021:

You can configure the “Recommend the Microsoft Outlook Extension” policy using the Office Cloud Policy Service (OCPS).

Click here for instructions on how to configure policies with OCPS.

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Teams Guest Access Setting Behavior Update
MC264095 · COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
We’re making some changes to Guest Access in Microsoft Teams settings. Currently, Microsoft Teams prevents guest collaboration in the guest tenant once the Allow Guest Access in Teams setting is set to OFF in the M365 Admin Center.

Beginning in late July, Microsoft Teams will no longer prevent existing guest collaboration in the guest tenant when the Allow Guest Access in Teams setting is set to OFF.

When this will happen

We will begin and complete rolling this out in late July.

How this will affect your organization

Current behavior for guests:

When you turn Teams guest access OFF for your organization, guests can’t access Teams. Guests are removed from all teams they previously had access to. However, guests are not removed from the Microsoft 365 groups that are associated with the teams and guests still have access to other Microsoft 365 group resources such as SharePoint. If you turn Teams guest access ON again, guests in Microsoft 365 groups will be re-added to the associated teams and regain access.

Updated Guest User Behavior:

When your turn OFF Teams Guest Access in your tenant, Microsoft Teams will continue to block guests from accessing Teams. However, these guests will not be removed from the teams. Since guests are not removed, they are still visible to users in teams and channels and can be @mentioned. If you turn Teams guest access ON again, guests in teams will regain access. You may choose to remove guests when you turn guest access off, but if you turn it back on again you’ll need to reinvite them.

When guest access is turned OFF, no new guests can be added to Teams (no change to the behavior). This change does not affect guest permissions outside of Teams (such as access to files in SharePoint).

Note:

  • The updated behavior does not remove any previous guest resources access.
  • Guests will not be removed from modern groups and will continue to be able to participate in teams, chats and meetings as well as collaborate on resources in the guest tenant.
  • Like with any Microsoft 365 workloads, the guest tenant admin would have to remove the guest from the group.

What you need to do to prepare

Please familiarize yourself with the Guest Access feature and how it differs from other external collaboration mechanisms already available within Microsoft Teams. Additionally, you’ll want to understand how changing the Guest Access settings affect the behavior of current and future guests

We will provide further documentation reflecting the details of the above in a Message Center post update.

Learn more:

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Weekly digest: Microsoft service updates

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June 14-20, 2021
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Message Center Major Change Update Notification

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Office Telemetry Dashboard to be removed from Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise, starting with Version 2208
MC262540 · COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
Office Telemetry Dashboard is being removed from Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise. The first version of Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise without Office Telemetry Dashboard will be Version 2208, which is expected to be available first in Current Channel in the second half of August 2022.

Note: If you do not use Office Telemetry Dashboard, you can disregard this message.

Components of the Office Telemetry Dashboard will no longer be available in Version 2208 or later including the Office Telemetry Agent, Office Telemetry Processor, and the dashboard itself.

Note: Office Telemetry Log is not being removed and will still be available on client devices running Windows.

When will this happen:

The first version of Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise without Office Telemetry Dashboard will be Version 2208. That version is expected to be available first in Current Channel in the second half of August 2022.

Version 2208 is expected to be available in Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel in January 2023.

Note: Office Telemetry Dashboard is not being removed from existing perpetual versions of Office, such as Office Professional Plus 2019. If you are using a perpetual version of Office, Office Telemetry Dashboard will be supported as long as your version of Office is supported. Here are the end of support dates for perpetual versions of Office that include the Office Telemetry Dashboard:

  • Microsoft Office 2013 – April 11, 2023
  • Microsoft Office 2016 – October 14, 2025
  • Microsoft Office 2019 – October 14, 2025

How this will affect your organization:

Once a device in your organization updates to Version 2208 or later of Microsoft 365 Apps, Office Telemetry Dashboard components will be either removed or become unsupported.

To access information about the COM and VSTO add-ins in your environment, you can use the inventory feature available in the Microsoft 365 Apps admin center

What you need to do to prepare:

As the devices update to Version 2208 or later, the Office Telemetry Dashboard and Office Telemetry Agent will be automatically uninstalled from the devices.

However, the Office Telemetry Processor will need to be manually removed from devices using your standard management tools as there will be no new data for it to process. Similarly, the rest of the infrastructure including the shared folder and the SQL Server for permanent storage of telemetry data will become obsolete and therefore can be removed.

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Weekly digest: Microsoft service updates

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June 7-13, 2021
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Message Center Major Change Update Notification

Microsoft
Microsoft Lists: Sync your lists for improved performance and offline access
MC261538 · COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
Your lists now automatically sync to your Windows device, improving performance when you work with your lists and allowing you to continue your work even when you’re offline or lose your internet connection.

  • Lists sync is powered by a new general-purpose sync engine that gets packaged, installed, and updated through the OneDrive sync app’s existing update mechanism.
  • The data is stored in a local database and requests are handled through a secure localhost HTTP server. Lists sync runs as a separate background process (Microsoft Nucleus.exe).

Lists sync is currently only supported on Windows devices (Windows 10 or later) running the OneDrive sync app.

Key points:

  • Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68809
  • Timing: we will roll this out beginning in early July and will be complete by early August. Additionally, we will update this post with specific how-to documentation once available.
  • Rollout: tenant level
  • Control type: user and admin control
  • Action: review and assess

How this will affect your organization:

After the Microsoft Nucleus.exe is installed and running, the sync process begins when a user first navigates to any list or to the Lists web app. All eligible lists that are visible from the Lists app will be synced.

Common operations on lists, such as changing list views, sorting, filtering, and grouping happen locally and finish quickly even on very large lists. All of these operations continue to work offline. Edits sync between your device and the cloud and you can resolve merge conflicts if there are any.

This feature is on by-default for all eligible lists.

To configure Lists sync on users’ devices, use below Group Policy objects (GPOs):

  • DisableNucleusSync: Prevent Lists sync from running on the device (default: not enabled).
  • BlockExternalListSync: Prevent users from syncing lists shared from other organization (default: not enabled).
  • DisableNucleusSilentConfig: Prevent users from getting silently signed in to Lists sync with their Windows credentials (default: not enabled).
  • Control Access from unmanaged devices: Blocks or limits access to SharePoint and OneDrive content from unmanaged devices (default: not configured).
  • Control access to SharePoint and OneDrive data based on network location: Controls access to SharePoint and OneDrive resources in Microsoft 365 based on defined network locations that you trust (default: not configured).

What you need to do to prepare:

You might want to notify your users about this new capability and update your training and documentation as appropriate.

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Chat Bubbles
MC261530 · COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
Previously, Teams users needed to manually open a chat window to view the chat screen. Now thanks to this new feature, chats sent during a Teams meeting will surface on the screens of all meeting participants, making the chat more central to the conversation.

Key points:

  • Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 65948
  • Timing: we will roll this out beginning in mid-July and will be complete by late July.
  • Rollout: tenant level
  • Control type: user control
  • Action: review and assess

How this will affect your organization:

Chat has become a lively space for conversation and idea-sharing and offers an option for people to participate in the discussion without having to jump in verbally. But it can be challenging to pay attention to video feeds, presentations, and chats all at the same time.

With chat bubbles, meeting participants can follow chat on the main screen of a meeting.

Chat bubbles
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Chat bubbles
What you need to do to prepare:

You might want to notify your users about this new capability and update your training and documentation as appropriate.

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