Weekly digest: Microsoft service updates

Message center announcements,
July 26-August 1, 2021
Major updates

teams_96x1.png (Updated) Two new Direct Routing endpoints in Japan
Act by: June 25
MC258632 | July 30 – Updated July 30, 2021: We have updated this post to ensure visibility. Direct routing service is adding capacity across regions and that capacity falls into already published Teams IP ranges and domains. Please make sure that all published Teams specific endpoints are permitted for your Direct Routing scenarios.
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office_96x1.png Teams Meeting Recordings Auto-Expiration in OneDrive and SharePoint
MC274188 | July 30 – As part of the evolution of the new Stream (built on SharePoint), we are introducing the meeting recording auto-expiration feature, which will automatically delete Teams recording files stored in OneDrive or SharePoint after a preset period of time.
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teams_96x1.png New Device Parsing Logic in Microsoft Teams Call Quality Dashboard
MC273629 | July 28 – The Microsoft Teams Call Quality Dashboard (CQD) product group is introducing new logic to our device parsing in Call Quality Dashboard (CDQ). This change will improve the accuracy with which we identify capture and render devices that Microsoft Teams users rely on every day, enabling administrators to get a better view of their device quality landscape through Call Quality Dashboard.
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admin_96x1.png (Updated) Announcing self-service purchase capabilities for Windows 365
MC271483 | July 26 – Updated July 26, 2021: we have updated the link below related to using the AllowSelfServicePurchase for the MSCommerce PowerShell module. Windows 365 was announced on July 14, 2021. Today we are also announcing that self-service purchasing capabilities are coming soon for Windows 365. Individuals worldwide (excluding India) will be able to acquire a subscription for the following products as early as August 15, 2021:Windows 365 EnterpriseWindows 365 BusinessAs an administrator, if you prefer to…
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Additional updates

office_96x1.png Data Subject Request tool renaming and relocation to eDiscovery
MC274526 | July 31 – Beginning on September 2, 2021, we are changing the name of the Data subject request tool to User data search and moving the tool under the eDiscovery drop down in the Microsoft 365 Compliance Center.
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office_96x1.png Ability to assign roles to Azure AD groups is now generally available!
MC274516 | July 31 – Note: If you do not have the Azure Active Directory (AAD) Premium P1 or the Azure Active Directory (AAD) Premium P2 license, you can safely ignore this message.Ability to assign roles to Azure Active Directory groups is now generally available. Assigning roles to groups can simplify the management of role assignments in Azure Active Directory in two ways:Instead of multiple roles assignments to individual users, Privileged Role Administrator or Global Administrator can assign the role to a…
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office_96x1.png Plan for Change: Endpoint Security configuration report moving to Device configuration report
MC274514 | July 31 – With Intune’s August (2108) service release, we are making reporting improvements which includes moving the Endpoint Security configuration report to be combined with the Device configuration report. This will allow you to view all policies applied to devices in one report and see the distinction of profile types in the new “Policy type” column.
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office_96x1.png Reminder: Update to Microsoft 365 and Outlook for Windows connectivity
Act by: November 1
MC274503 | July 31 – 3-month Reminder (First published December MC229143): To ensure that we meet performance expectations, we are updating the supported versions of Outlook for Windows that can connect to Microsoft 365 services. Effective November 1, 2021, the following versions of Outlook for Windows, as part of Office and Microsoft 365 Apps, will not be able to connect with Office 365 and Microsoft 365 services. Office and Microsoft 365 Apps Outlook for Windows Version Office 2013 15.0.4970.9999 and older Office…
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sharepoint_96x1.png (Updated) SharePoint Events web part will display event images
MC243945 | July 30 – Updated July 30, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. The Events web part on SharePoint pages and news posts will have an option to show images. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70791.
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) PowerPoint Live in Teams: Slide Translation
MC245302 | July 30 – Updated July 30, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.Note: We will not be moving forward with this feature in the DoD environment at this time. We will communicate via Message center when we are ready to proceed. This new slide translation feature in Microsoft Teams (desktop) will enable all meeting attendees to translate presentation content, presented via PowerPoint Live in a Teams meeting, into a language of their choice while in private view. This…
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Admins can install Apps in Meetings
MC252940 | July 30 – Updated July 30 2021: We are pleased to announce that this feature is now available. Thank you for your patience. We are enabling IT admins to select Teams apps that can be installed in meetings for their organization. It will leverage the App setup policies, Installed apps section in which admins can specify the apps to install on behalf of their users. This is rolling out to Microsoft Teams desktop, web and mobile.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 81086.
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Microsoft Teams: New assignment experience in modal window for Breakout Rooms
MC264091 | July 30 – Updated July 30, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. We are releasing an enhanced user experience for manual participant assignment. Participant assignment is now moved from the Breakout Rooms’ right panel to a separate window that pops up when selecting Assign Participants. The enhanced interface allows you to sort by participants or rooms. You can also select multiple participants and assign them to rooms by using the check boxes next to the…
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Music Mode for Teams
MC267133 | July 30 – Updated July 30, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. This new feature release can be used to transmit high fidelity music. Users will be able to conduct online music lessons, transmit music performances, or other non-speech content.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 83520
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Microsoft Teams: introducing organization-wide backgrounds (preview)
MC249777 | July 30 – Updated July 30, 2021: We have updated the content below for clarity. Thank you for your patience. Currently, your end users can replace the background in a video meeting or call with an image, if you have enabled this feature for Teams desktop apps and Teams on the web. We are introducing, via a preview feature, the ability for you to provide backgrounds that end users have access to across the organization. Note: This feature will be available as a preview until 12/31/2021. After that, an…
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Together Mode Extensibility
MC258034 | July 30 – Updated July 30, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Creators can now build custom Together Mode scenes using our newly built Scene Studio – a web application in the new Microsoft Teams Developer Center – to bring new and exciting Together mode scenes to users. Creators can use these custom scenes for their own meetings, use a link to share with other users, or publish them more broadly to the organization or public Microsoft Teams store. Sharing a…
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Roaming bandwidth control
MC258623 | July 30 – Updated July 01, 2021: Based on early testing we will be making additional changes prior to rolling out this change. We will communicate via Message center when we are ready to proceed. Thank you for your patience. Roaming bandwidth control is a new capability that allows admins to set dynamic bandwidth policies which are based upon the geographic location of users’ Teams clients. This allows admins to set more limited bandwidth controls for when users travel to remote or bandwidth constrained…
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) End-to-end encryption for Teams calling
MC259495 | July 30 – Updated July 30, 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 message…
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office_96x1.png What’s New in the Microsoft Intune Service Update for July 2021
MC274195 | July 30 – 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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skype_96x1.png Final reminder: Skype for Business Online retires July 31, 2021
MC273933 | July 29 – Note: If your organization has already transitioned from Skype for Business Online to Microsoft Teams, please disregard this message. Originally announced in MC219641 (July ’20), as Microsoft Teams has become the core communications client for Microsoft 365, this is a reminder the Skype for Business Online service will retire July 31, 2021.
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office_96x1.png Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for Current Channel
MC273270 | July 26 – We’ve released updates to the following update channel for Microsoft 365 Apps: Current Channel
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