Weekly digest: Microsoft service updates

Microsoft
Message center announcements,
January 10-16, 2022
COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
Major updates

office_96x1.png (Updated) Records Management, Information Governance & eDiscovery– Optimized behavior of file versions preserved
MC288633 | January 13 – Updated January 11, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. To improve performance, any file with multiple versions that is deleted from SharePoint or OneDrive which is preserved to the Preservation Hold Library (due to its applicable retention label, retention policies or eDiscovery holds) will now be retained as a single file containing its full version history, rather than each version being retained as individual files as has been the case until now….
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exchange_96x1.png (Updated) Plus addressing to be enabled for all Exchange Online customers
MC276028 | January 13 – Updated January 13, 2022: Based on initial feedback, there are several scenarios where organizations do not wish to have plus addressing enabled. For those organizations, a new setting will be added to disable it before the change takes place in 2022. The setting is due to be ready in March 2022 and a new Message center post will be published then informing customers of its readiness. No changes to plus addressing will be made until then. Thank you for your feedback. Plus addressing support in…
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Chat with users with Teams personal accounts
MC296208 | January 13 – Updated January 13, 2022: We have updated the content to show as intended. Thank you for your patience.Chat with Teams will extend collaboration support by enabling Teams users to chat with team members outside their work network with a Teams personal account. Customers will be able to invite any Teams user to chat using an email address or phone number.Will roll out on web, desktop and mobile.
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office_96x1.png (Updated) Recommended Files in Office: Excel for Microsoft 365, Word for Microsoft 365, PowerPoint for Microsoft 365
MC255074 | January 13 – Updated January 13, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.Microsoft Office displays a list of recommended files on the File tab, or start page, of Word, Excel, or PowerPoint on Windows. This list allows you to keep track of work around you and quickly access files with activity you value most such as edits, mentions, comments by people you interact with.This feature uses machine learning to predict which files you’re most likely to want to work on next…
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yammer_96x1.png (Updated) Yammer Cross-geo external collaboration support on External Networks for the EU
Act by: February 11
MC312490 | January 12 – Updated January 11, 2022: We have updated this post with a link to additional content. With this release, members from Yammer networks located in the European Union will be able to be invited to Yammer External Networks hosted by a Yammer network located in the United States.Note: For the subset of users of EU networks who had previously been active members of external networks, using an organization’s old network in the US geo, are reinvited to the external networks, their old profile will be…
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office_96x1.png (Updated) Play My Emails: Spotlight
MC282784 | January 11 – Updated January 11, 2022: Based on learnings from our early rings, we have made the decision to make additional changes before we proceed with the rollout. We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.This enhancement to the Play My Emails feature of Outlook Mobile identifies Spotlight Emails (emails deemed important) and prioritizes them to be read first before other email from the inbox.
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office_96x1.png (Updated) Quick Create – Easily Create Power BI Reports from Lists
MC248201 | January 11 – Updated January 11, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below for Government organizations. Thank you for your patience. We are excited to announce the arrival of a new guided authoring experience in Lists that will make it easy to quickly create business intelligence reports in Power BI using your list schema and data.
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Additional updates

office_96x1.png Known Issue: Outlook search may not return results after upgrade to Windows 11
MC313286 | January 15 – January 15, 2022: We have updated the content to ensure it shows as intended. Thank you for your patience. After upgrading to Windows 11, Outlook searches may return no result. This issue could happen with any account where the emails and other items are stored locally in PST or OST files such as POP and IMAP accounts. For Exchange and Microsoft 365 hosted accounts, this issue could affect offline search for the data in the locally stored OST files.During the Windows upgrade, the search index…
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office_96x1.png (Updated) OneDrive and SharePoint: Improved Move/Copy user experience
MC288642 | January 15 – Updated January 15, 2022: We have updated the content below to show as intended. Thank you for your feedback.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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teams_96x1.png Walkie Talkie on iOS General Availability
MC314287 | January 14 – Walkie Talkie on iOS is now General Available.With Walkie Talkie in Teams, employees can now securely communicate with a familiar push-to-talk (PTT) experience without needing to carry bulky radios. This native built-in app in Teams turns employee or company-owned iOS smartphones and tablets into a walkie-talkie, reducing the number of devices employees must carry and lowering costs for IT.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 80915.
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teams_96x1.png Updated companion mode for iOS users
MC314286 | January 14 – For a better hybrid meeting experience, Teams users on their iPhone can use a single tap to join a meeting on both their device and Microsoft Teams Room. Audio on their device will be automatically turned off to ensure echo doesn’t happen. Furthermore, the landing experience on the iPhone will be optimized for engagement activities to make it easier to raise hand or react, chat, and see all participants.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 87869.
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office_96x1.png (Updated) New Experience updates and Microsoft 365 app access
MC294739 | January 13 – Updated January 13, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.We are bringing back the Coming Soon option to preview the new location for the Mail, Calendar, People, Tasks, and other modules in Outlook for Windows. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68205.
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teams_96x1.png Mute Notifications During Meetings
MC312489 | January 13 – The ability to mute notifications during meetings will be rolling out to Teams users in the coming weeks. This expands on the ability of Teams users to customize their notifications. It enables the users to turn- off their notifications during meetings, and thereby helping them focus. A user can choose to mute notifications when attending specific meetings or during all their meetings.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 87452.
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onedrive_96x1.png Files On-Demand refresh for macOS
MC314017 | January 13 – OneDrive’s Finder integration is getting an update in macOS 12.1 Monterey based on Apple’s new File Provider platform. With this update, the OneDrive folder will be visible under Locations in the Finder sidebar, providing easy and quick access to all your OneDrive files. Additionally, we will also be updating the Files On-Demand experience and this update will also render a seamless OneDrive experience that feels native on the latest version of macOS.Note: OneDrive Files On-Demand, which is…
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office_96x1.png OneDrive and SharePoint: HEIC File support for Edit HVC
MC314016 | January 13 – This new feature update will enable users to edit (crop/rotate, adjust, filter and markup) their HEIC (High Efficiency Image Format) files through the Edit HVC. After editing the image, if the user wishes to save the changes, the file will be copied as a new jpg file.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 88841.
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yammer_96x1.png Revamped user profile page in Yammer
MC314015 | January 13 – We are launching the revamped user profile page in Yammer to align with the new user experience framework that is followed in Yammer, and also introducing some new functionalities such as a cover photo, list of people who follow the user, list of communities the user is a part of, among other improvements. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68066.
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office_96x1.png Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for Current Channel
MC313991 | January 13 – We’ve released updates to the following update channel for Microsoft 365 Apps: Current Channel
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onedrive_96x1.png Updates to OneDrive Sync admin reports (Public Preview) in the Microsoft 365 Apps Admin center
MC313654 | January 12 – The OneDrive Sync health dashboard will now include an “Issues” tab that shows an aggregated view of the sync errors encountered by end users.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID:85596.
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skype_96x1.png Planned Maintenance: Skype for Business Capacity Upgrade
MC313619 | January 11 – We have maintenance planned for Skype for Business: Starting 01/28/2022 10:00 PM UTC Ending 01/29/2022 8:30 AM UTC
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onedrive_96x1.png (Updated) OneDrive: Sync client support for Apple Silicon (Preview)
MC299920 | January 11 – Updated January 11, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.A preview of OneDrive sync that runs natively on Apple silicon is coming to devices in the Current Channel (Preview).Following the preview release to Current Channel (Preview), it will release GA.If you are not interested in the preview of OneDrive sync that runs natively on Apple silicon, you can safely disregard this message. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 82035.
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Microsoft Teams tab actions are moving
MC295024 | January 11 – Updated January 11, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.Microsoft Teams tab actions are moving out of the tab header bar and into the tab dropdown to help declutter the user experience. This impacts all first-party and third-party application tabs in chats, channels and meetings, such as Assignments, Grades, Planner or the Website tab. These tab actions will be found by clicking on the tab name to show a dropdown menu. These actions include: Reload tab…
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office_96x1.png (Updated) Create Videos on Office Mobile
MC305100 | January 11 – Updated January 11, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.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…
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Microsoft Teams: Hide your own video in Teams meetings
MC310349 | January 11 – Updated January 10, 2022: We have updated the content below to show as intended. Thank you for your patience.Currently, it is not possible to hide your own video on the stage. This can contribute to meeting fatigue as we are constantly processing our own image during calls. This new feature update will expand the ability for users to hide their own video on the stage for themselves while others will still be able to see it and thus not disrupt the video experience during the call. New feature…
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office_96x1.png Add taxonomy columns from modern library views
Act by: March 31
MC313294 | January 11 – 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 (MC238780 – February 2021), this new feature will enable the ability to add taxonomy columns directly to library views in modern SharePoint libraries.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88828.
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yammer_96x1.png Yammer topic creators will now be able to edit the name/description of topics
MC313292 | January 11 – Starting soon, in addition to Yammer network admins, topic creators will now also be able to edit the name/description of topics.
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Major update from Message center

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Yammer Cross-geo external collaboration support on External Networks for the EU
MC312490 · COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
With this release, members from Yammer networks located in the European Union will be able to be invited to Yammer External Networks hosted by a Yammer network located in the United States.

Note: For the subset of users of EU networks who had previously been active members of external networks, using an organization’s old network in the US geo, are reinvited to the external networks, their old profile will be marked as “deleted” without deleting any of the user’s content in those external networks.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 88837

When will this happen?

We will begin rolling this out in mid-February and expect to complete rollout late March.

How will this affect your organization?

This new capability will enable users from networks in the EU geo to participate in external networks hosted in the US geo.

  • Previously, users in the EU geo did not have the option to join networks hosted in the US geo. With this change, they will be able to do so
  • A subset of EU users that may have previously participated in the External Network, that used basic networks before an EU-based Microsoft 365 tenant was setup, will need to be reinvited from their EU geo and accept the invite to re-join the External Network. These users’ old profile will be marked as “deleted” without deleting any of their content in those external networks.

What do you need to do to prepare?

If your organization uses a Yammer network hosted in the EU geo, ensure that you plan for this change and communicate to users about how they should use external networks. You can use the “Require admin approval for members to join other companies’ external groups or external networks” setting and set it to ON to be able to first review and allow/not allow the participation of members in your EU Yammer network in external networks hosted in the US.

If your organization hosts external networks, you can invite members from the EU. For the scenario described for the subset of users mentioned above, if you prefer to opt out of marking old profiles as “deleted”, please reach out to [email protected] by February 11, 2022. Opting out will oblige External Network admins to manually mark these users as deleted before reinviting them.

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Weekly digest: Microsoft service updates

Microsoft
Message center announcements,
January 3-9, 2022
COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
Major updates

yammer_96x1.png Yammer Cross-geo external collaboration support on External Networks for the EU
Act by: February 11
MC312490 | January 8 – With this release, members from Yammer networks located in the European Union will be able to be invited to Yammer External Networks hosted by a Yammer network located in the United States.Note: For the subset of users of EU networks who had previously been active members of external networks, using an organization’s old network in the US geo, are reinvited to the external networks, their old profile will be marked as “deleted” without deleting any of the user’s content in those external…
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admin_96x1.png (Updated) Self-service trials for Microsoft Project and Microsoft Visio
MC306669 | January 7 – Updated January 7, 2022: We have updated the timeline below. Thank you for your patience.Beginning in mid-February (previously late January), 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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exchange_96x1.png Basic Authentication – Monthly Usage Report – December 2021
MC312373 | January 7 – We’re making some changes to improve the security of your tenant. We announced in 2019 that we would be retiring Basic Authentication for legacy protocols, and in September 2021, we confirmed that we would begin to disable Basic Authentication for in-use protocols beginning October 2022.We previously communicated this change via Message Center: MC191153 (Sept. ‘19), MC204828 (Feb. ‘20), MC208814 (April ‘20), MC237741 (Feb. ‘21) and MC286990 (Sep. ’21). You can always read the latest information…
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office_96x1.png Retirement: OneNote Learning Tools COM Add-in
MC311617 | January 5 – We will be retiring the old OneNote Learning Tools COM Add-in feature beginning on March 31st, 2022. Users who currently have the Learning Tools Add-in installed on OneNote 2013 or OneNote 2016 will still be able to use it, but users or IT Admins will no longer be able to download new copies. In addition to this, any bugs will not be fixed, and we will no longer offer support for the old COM Add-in after March 31st, 2022.Note: Instead we recommend the utilization of the new built-in Immersive…
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Chat with users with Teams personal accounts
MC296208 | January 4 – Updated January 04, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.Chat with Teams will extend collaboration support by enabling Teams users to chat with team members outside their work network with a Teams personal account. Customers will be able to invite any Teams user to chat using an email address or phone number and remain within the security and compliance policies of their organization.Will roll out on web, desktop and mobile.
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Additional updates

admin_96x1.png Update to the Conversations vertical in Microsoft Search in Bing
MC312491 | January 8 – As users of Microsoft Search in Bing, you are already familiar with finding Teams and Yammer conversations via the Conversations vertical. We are pleased to inform that the Conversations vertical experience in Microsoft Search in Bing will be enhanced with Email messages. Going forward the Conversations vertical will contain Teams conversations and Email Messages. We expect that this feature will bring additional value to Microsoft Search in Bing experience for the users in your organization…
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teams_96x1.png Mute Notifications During Meetings
MC312489 | January 8 – The current experience of receiving notifications during meetings is highly distracting and there is no easy way to turn off these notifications making it highly painful for users. This feature will introduce a setting to help the user turn OFF notifications during meetings. Global Setting to turn OFF notifications during meetings – A user can find this settings by clicking on the ellipsis next to the profile picture -> Going to global settings -> Notifications -> Meetings. This will…
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sharepoint_96x1.png Microsoft Lists: Board View
MC312481 | January 8 – 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 roll out on desktop and web.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 85634.
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office_96x1.png Connected Templates
MC312070 | January 6 – We are announcing the upcoming release of Connected Templates with Microsoft Teams and SharePoint. The connected templates will offer a new way of combining Microsoft Teams templates with SharePoint templates. Prior to this integration, clients needed to deploy Microsoft Teams or SharePoint-specific templates.Microsoft Team Templates allow administrators to easily deploy consistent teams across their organization using predefined or customized team templates across their organization.SharePoint…
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onedrive_96x1.png (Updated) OneDrive: Sync client support for ARM on Windows (Preview)
MC299919 | January 6 – Updated January 6, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. A preview of OneDrive sync for ARM on Windows is coming to devices in the Current Channel (Preview).Following the preview release to Current Channel (Preview), it will release GA.If you are not interested in the preview of OneDrive sync for ARM on Windows, you can safely disregard this message.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 82182.
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exchange_96x1.png (Updated) Groups icon change in Outlook on web
MC303512 | January 6 – Updated January 06, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.The Microsoft 365 Groups icon seen under the Groups section in left navigation pane will be changed. This change is applicable only to Outlook on Web application. Currently it is represented by a folder icon. It will be replaced by the Groups icon. This icon change will bring visual coherence between Outlook on Web and Outlook Desktop application. This message is associated with Microsoft 365…
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Improved Teams Guest User Usability (previously posted as MC300029)
MC302456 | January 6 – Updated January 6, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.Note: This is a re-post of MC300029 as it expired prematurely on the incorrect date and may not be visible to admins anymore.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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office_96x1.png In Development for Microsoft Intune is now available
MC311848 | January 6 – The “In development for Microsoft Intune”page in our documentation has been updated.How does this affect me?The In development page provides a list of features in upcoming releases of Microsoft Intune to assist in your readiness and planning. The list has now been updated. You’ll start seeing these changes in the next month or in a subsequent release. Note that not all of the features announced with Microsoft Ignite are on In Development yet; see the Additional Information links below.What do I…
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sharepoint_96x1.png New Content Scenarios for My Feed Web Part on SharePoint
MC311846 | January 6 – We will be adding new content scenarios to the My Feed Web Part on SharePoint. The update will come with the following features. Suggested Task These are tasks or actions you have requested by or of you. They also may be tasks or actions you promise to do. These tasks are pulled from your email conversations. People Highlights These comprise of Birthdays, Work Anniversaries and Change of roles for people who you work with. The information is only visible for those who have chosen to share it on…
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teams_96x1.png Announcing graph support for Get Team Template List and Get Team Template Details
MC311845 | January 6 – This new release will bring Graph support toGet Template List and Get Template Details. Team templates enable users to quickly create the right collaboration structure for their business needs. With Graph API support for Team Templates, we will be empowering our developer community to build their custom create team solutions on top of our existing APIs. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70793.
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teams_96x1.png Microsoft Teams: Hide your own video in Teams meetings
MC310349 | January 5 – Currently, it is not possible to hide your own video on the stage. This can contribute to meeting fatigue as we are constantly processing our own image during calls. This new feature update will expand the ability for users to hide their own video on the stage for themselves while others will still be able to see it and thus not disrupt the video experience during the call. New feature will help to tackle various situations: No more overlaying of the me video box and other participant’s video…
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office_96x1.png Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for Current Channel
MC311641 | January 5 – We’ve released updates to the following update channel for Microsoft 365 Apps: Current Channel
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Expanded reactions in Microsoft Teams
MC296204 | January 4 – Updated January 04, 2020: We have updated the rollout timeline 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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office_96x1.png (Updated) Markup Ink for Edit HVC (high-value Controls)
MC301676 | January 4 – Updated January 04, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.With markup (ink), users can draw on their photos to convey their messages and reveal the pattern and information perhaps unclear in an initial, surface look when self-teaching and even more important when sharing photos. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88481.
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office_96x1.png (Updated) Update: Suggested Replies – Outlook for Office
MC301300 | January 4 – Updated January 04, 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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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Hardware Support for AJA and Blackmagic Devices
MC287353 | January 4 – Updated January 04, 2022: 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 attached…
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Major update from Message center

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Retirement: OneNote Learning Tools COM Add-in
MC311617 · COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
We will be retiring the old OneNote Learning Tools COM Add-in feature beginning on March 31st, 2022. Users who currently have the Learning Tools Add-in installed on OneNote 2013 or OneNote 2016 will still be able to use it, but users or IT Admins will no longer be able to download new copies. In addition to this, any bugs will not be fixed, and we will no longer offer support for the old COM Add-in after March 31st, 2022.

Note: Instead we recommend the utilization of the new built-in Immersive Reader in OneNote Desktop that is part of Office 365, which is where we will continue to invest our development resources. We will also be adding built-in Dictation to OneNote Desktop in Office 365 later in 2022.

How this will affect your organization:

Neither Users or Administrators will be able to download the old OneNote Learning Tools COM Add-in, when this change is implemented.

What you need to do to prepare:

Instead of using the OneNote Learning Tools COM Add-in, we recommend using any of the following:

  • OneNote Desktop in Office 365, which now has the Immersive Reader built-in natively. Dictation is being added to OneNote Desktop later in 2022
  • OneNote for Windows 10, which has both the Immersive Reader and Dictation built-in
  • OneNote for the web – both Immersive Reader and Dictation
  • Dictation built-in to Windows 10 or Windows 11

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Weekly digest: Microsoft service updates

Microsoft
Message center announcements,
December 27, 2021-January 2, 2022
COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
Major updates

teams_96x1.png Automatically Detect Music
MC309911 | December 30 – The previously released ML-based noise suppression is now enabled by default for most of our customers. ML-based noise suppression considers any non-speech signal picked up by the microphone as noise which should be suppressed.To avoid suppressing music and to allow users to enable the new high-fidelity music mode, we have built an ML-based music detector which will inform the user whenever music is present through a notification. This will give the end user the choice whether music is indeed…
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yammer_96x1.png (Updated) Feature “Related content” is retiring from Classic Yammer
Act by: January 7
MC298024 | December 28 – Updated December 28, 2021: We have extended the timeline for this change to occur. Please see the revised date below.At this time, we recommend using the new Yammer experience and capabilities that are available for our current Yammer App users as we will be retiring the feature Related contentfrom Classic Yammer after January 7, 2022 (previously December 20, 2021).
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sharepoint_96x1.png (Updated) New Microsoft 365 Lists entry point in the SharePoint app bar
MC295021 | December 28 – Updated December 28, 2021: Based on learnings from our early rings, we have made the decision to make additional changes before we proceed with the rollout. We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Resources in the SharePoint app bar will be expanding to include an entry point toMicrosoft 365 Lists.Microsoft 365 Lists content is personalized to the individual userNote: The new Microsoft 365 Lists entry point cannot be disabled or customized.
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Additional updates

exchange_96x1.png (Updated) Groups icon change in Outlook on web
MC303512 | December 31 – Updated December 31, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.The Microsoft 365 Groups icon seen under the Groups section in left navigation pane will be changed. This change is applicable only to Outlook on Web application. Currently it is represented by a folder icon. It will be replaced by the Groups icon. This icon change will bring visual coherence between Outlook on Web and Outlook Desktop application. This message is associated with Microsoft 365…
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admin_96x1.png (Updated) Announcing continuous compliance assessments in the Microsoft 365 compliance center
MC296437 | December 31 – Updated December 31, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.We’re enhancing Compliance Manager’s automated testing and evidence generation functionality, and enabling additional improvement actions and solutions for automated testing. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 72222.
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teams_96x1.png Microsoft Teams: Hide your own video in Teams meetings
MC310349 | December 31 – Currently, it is not possible to hide your own video on the stage. This can contribute to meeting fatigue as we are constantly processing our own image during calls. This new feature update will expand the ability for users to hide their own video on the stage for themselves while others will still be able to see it and thus not disrupt the video experience during the call. New feature will help to tackle various situations: No more overlaying of the me video box and other participant’s video…
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sharepoint_96x1.png (Updated) SharePoint: Updates to the site creation experience
MC292736 | December 28 – Updated December 28, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.We will be updating the site creation experience to make it easier for site creators to select the right type of SharePoint site, understand roles, and site permissions. Updates to this experience will include refreshed graphics, expanded site descriptions, and additional context for different permission levels in the Site permissions panel. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID…
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) End-to-end encryption for Teams calling
MC259495 | December 28 – Updated December 28, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. End-to-end encryption is the encryption of information at its origin and decryption at its intended destination without the ability for intermediate nodes to decrypt. Teams will support an option to use end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for ad hoc 1:1 Teams VoIP calls. To support customer security and compliance requirements, IT will have full control of who can use E2EE in the organization. This…
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Multi-language Teams meeting invite control
MC296205 | December 28 – Updated December 28, 2021: Based on learnings from our early rings, we have made the decision to make additional changes before we proceed with the rollout. We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Multi-language Teams meeting invite control enables administrators to configure the join information languages in meeting invitations. Controlled by a new policy parameter, this feature allows the administrator to set up to two languages to replace the user preferred…
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Automatically Detect Music
MC309911 · COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
The previously released ML-based noise suppression is now enabled by default for most of our customers. ML-based noise suppression considers any non-speech signal picked up by the microphone as noise which should be suppressed.

To avoid suppressing music and to allow users to enable the new high-fidelity music mode, we have built an ML-based music detector which will inform the user whenever music is present through a notification. This will give the end user the choice whether music is indeed an unwanted background noise, such as when calling into a meeting from a coffee shop, or if music is a desired signal, such as when participating in a music lesson.

Key points

  • Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 89016
  • Timing:
    • Standard: We will begin rolling this out in late January and expect to complete rollout mid-February.
    • GCC: We will begin rolling this out in mid-February and expect to complete rollout late February.
    • GCC-H: We will begin rolling this out in early March and expect to complete rollout early April.
    • DoD: We will begin rolling this out in late March and expect to complete rollout late April.
  • Roll-out: Tenant level

How this will affect your organization:

You will automatically get a notification if you are playing music. The notification will look as follows. Clicking on the High fidelity mode button will enable high fidelity music mode.

Automatically Detect Music
What you need to do to prepare:

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

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Weekly digest: Microsoft service updates

Microsoft
Message center announcements,
December 20-26, 2021
COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
Major updates

admin_96x1.png Records Management & Information Governance update on file deletion behavior when using a retention label in SPO
MC289965 | December 21 – Updated December 21, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.To improve consistency of user experience between OneDrive and SharePoint, the behavior of any retention label set to “retain items for a specific period” in SharePoint will change to allow users to “delete” the document which will then be preserved in the Preservation Hold Library until the specified period expires.In response to your great feedback and provide more flexibility for different…
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Additional updates

teams_96x1.png Cortana Push-to-talk icon update on MTR console
MC308288 | December 24 – This update will bring a change to the Cortana Push-to-talk button. It will switch from a mic icon to the Cortana avatar. This icon will be reflected in both the out-of-meeting and in-meeting UI.Note: This design change will align with Cortana’s product branding.
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sharepoint_96x1.png Microsoft Editor Spellcheck and Grammar in SharePoint Pages
MC308286 | December 24 – 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 is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88534.
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office_96x1.png Upcoming Release Outbound SMTP DANE and DNSSEC in Microsoft 365 Exchange Online
MC308285 | December 24 – As previously announced in the blog post Support of DANE and DNSSEC in Office 365 Exchange Online, we will be adding support for SMTP DANE and DNSSEC to Exchange Online (EXO). DANE combined with DNSSEC is the state-of-the-art for securing email, and to optimize its effectiveness both standards will be enabled by default at the system level for all EXO customers. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 63212
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office_96x1.png Graph API support for new content type sync enhancements
MC307658 | December 21 – Earlier this year (MC271079 – July), we announced the rollout of a new sync mechanism for Syntex & SharePoint content types and the subsequent phasing out of the old mechanism. Aligning with the new sync mechanism changes, we will be releasing the Graph API support for fetching and syncing published content types from content type gallery or content type hub site to target sites. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88532.
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teams_96x1.png Microsoft Teams: Front row layout for Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows
MC307657 | December 21 – We are updating a new Microsoft Teams Rooms meeting layout, designed to enhance hybrid meetings and provide in-room participants with greater context of what is happening across various aspects of the meeting. With front row, remote attendees are seen in the room at eye level and additional meeting experiences including chat, and a rostered view of participants with raised hands, are brought to the front of room screen. Users can select the front row layout from the layout chooser experience on…
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Co-organizer Meeting Role
MC292796 | December 21 – Updated December 21, 2021: 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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bookings_96x1.png (Updated) Queue View in Microsoft Teams Bookings app
MC305098 | December 21 – Updated December 21, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below with additional details.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…
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Sensitivity Labels for Teams Created from Templates
MC281936 | December 21 – Updated December 21, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. 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 Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 84232.
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office_96x1.png (Updated) Exchange Data Loss Prevention – Update to sender address location
MC306117 | December 21 – Updated December 21, 2021: We have updated the content below to show as intended. Thank you for your feedback.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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office_96x1.png (Updated)Plan for Change: Temporary removal of the configuration and compliance policy profile assignment from reporting
MC301469 | December 21 – Updated December 21, 2021: We have updated the content below for clarity. Thank you for your feedback.Planned for the upcoming 2112 service release, we are making what we anticipate will be a temporary user interface (UI) change to improve reporting performance by removing the Assignment on the configuration and compliance profile reports in Microsoft Endpoint Manager. This information currently displays whether the configuration profile or compliance profile is assigned (yes or no). The same…
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Introducing background effects on web
MC277112 | December 21 – Updated December 21, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.Introducing background effects on web. If you want to change what appears behind you in your video meeting or call, you can either blur your background or replace it entirely with any image you want.Note: Blurring or replacing your background might not prevent sensitive information from being visible to other people in the call or meeting.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID…
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Weekly digest: Microsoft service updates

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

admin_96x1.png 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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office_96x1.png 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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teams_96x1.png (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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office_96x1.png (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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teams_96x1.png (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

office_96x1.png What’s New in the Microsoft Intune Service Update for December 2021
MC306673 | December 18 – Your Microsoft Intune account has been updated to the latest service build. How does this affect me? You will see the service release number updated in the Tenant Status blade of the Intune console soon. We’ve introduced some changes that we’re excited for you to try out. What do I need to do to prepare for this change? Click additional information below to learn more about what’s new in this service release. We’ll continue to update the What’s New page with any features that are released…
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teams_96x1.png 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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admin_96x1.png 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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teams_96x1.png (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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teams_96x1.png (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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teams_96x1.png (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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teams_96x1.png (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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exchange_96x1.png (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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office_96x1.png 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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office_96x1.png Plan for Change: Push notification will be sent when device ownership changes from Personal to Corporate
MC306116 | December 17 – Today users with an iOS/iPadOS or Android enrolled device see a notification inside the Company Portal when a device ownership is changed from Personal to Corporate. Admins also have the option in the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center in the Customization blade to configure a push notification to be sent as well.In an upcoming release we be making a change to always send a push notification to users’ devices when an admin changes the device ownership from Personal to Corporate and we will…
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teams_96x1.png 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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office_96x1.png 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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office_96x1.png 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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teams_96x1.png (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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office_96x1.png (Updated) Plan for Change: Profile images in Intune and Company Portal apps will begin using images set in Microsoft 365
MC299895 | December 16 – Update December 16, 2021: We have updated the content below for additional clarity. Thank you for your understanding.Starting in mid-December, the Company Portal apps on Android, iOS, and macOS, and Intune app on Android will be making backend improvements to the user profile image that is set in Microsoft 365 or Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Currently, profile images are populated from Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).
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teams_96x1.png (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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teams_96x1.png (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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office_96x1.png (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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forms_96x1.png (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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office_96x1.png 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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admin_96x1.png 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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teams_96x1.png 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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teams_96x1.png 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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office_96x1.png 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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teams_96x1.png (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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office_96x1.png (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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office_96x1.png (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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teams_96x1.png (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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teams_96x1.png (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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office_96x1.png 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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bookings_96x1.png 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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teams_96x1.png (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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Self-service trials for Microsoft Project and Microsoft Visio
MC306669 · COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
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.

Key points:

How this will affect your organization:

Once available, users’ existing business logins can be used to sign up or request licenses for the following trials on their established tenants managed by their organization.

Eligible subscriptions* include:

  • Project Plan 1
  • Project Plan 3
  • Visio Plan 1
  • Visio Plan 2

Global or billing admins: Admins can use the same self-service purchase controls to disable self-service trials while making use of subscription management capabilities to oversee and manage trial licenses on the License page in the Billing section of Microsoft 365 admin center. If admins disabled the self-service purchase functionality for Project and Visio in the past, self-service trials sign up for individuals or departments automatically will allow users to request licenses directly from you.

What you need to do to prepare:

Review your current self-service purchase configuration and ensure it is set appropriately for the experience appropriate for your organization.

Discover more on how to manage self-service licenses acquired by individuals or departments in your organization by reviewing Manage self-service purchases (Admins) | Microsoft Docs.

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MC306666 · COMPUTERS N’ STUFF
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 all Microsoft 365 endpoints, that occurs when a channel in Teams is renamed and the corresponding folder’s naming convention is not updated accordingly in SharePoint. This will rollout on Teams desktop and web.

Key points

  • Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID:72211.
  • Timing: late February through late April
  • Roll-out: tenant level
  • Control type: admin control
  • Action: review and assess

How this will affect your organization

This new feature’s pairing of the naming convention between Teams channels and the corresponding SharePoint folders will help to eliminate confusion across all Microsoft 365 endpoints, providing greater clarity for users.

This new feature will be available for all Standard and Private channels that are renamed after the rollout.

  • For Standard channels – The corresponding folder in SharePoint will be renamed.
  • For Private channels – For Private channels, the corresponding folder in SharePoint will be renamed.
  • For legacy Teams channels that were renamed prior to this rollout – There will be no change in experience. When a legacy channel is renamed after this release, it will simultaneously rename the corresponding SharePoint folder.
  • Upon renaming a channel, the new folder name will only reflect the same name in the corresponding OneDrive sync client when the whole document library has been synched. When only the channel folder is synched, the new name will not be reflected in the OneDrive sync client.
  • SharePoint name auto updated when Teams channel renamed

SharePoint name auto updated when Teams channel renamed

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.

Review any automated script dependency on channel folders in SharePoint.

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