Weekly digest: Microsoft service updates

Message center announcements,
September 6-12, 2021
Major updates

office_96x1.png Excel Power View Retirement
MC284624 | September 12 – Silverlight, a component used in Power View, will no longer be supported beginning on October 12th. In response, we will be starting the process to retire Power View from Microsoft 365. As an alternative to Power View, we recommend using Power BI Desktop, which is where we will continue to invest our development resources.
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Teams Follows Office Preview
Act by: July 24
MC264092 | September 10 – Updated September 10, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. We are rolling out a new Teams policy that will allow users to automatically be in the Public Preview channel of Teams if they are in Current Channel Preview for the Office 365 Client. IT admins can modify this policy for end users such that if Office is getting updates from Current Channel (Preview), Teams will receive updates via Public Preview. This feature will be ON by default for all…
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forms_96x1.png Microsoft Forms new App “Polls” in Teams
MC284259 | September 10 – Microsoft Forms has always focused on providing the best polling experience to our customers. However, according to customer feedback and telemetry, we have determined that many people don’t know the “Forms” App provides polling capability in Teams. To provide a better experience we are delivering a new Teams app specifically for polling capabilities. This new app will be discoverable in Teams meetings/chats as “Polls”. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 84567
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exchange_96x1.png Classic Exchange Admin Center (EAC) Retirement Announcement
MC283874 | September 9 – In MC252053 (April 2021), we announced the general availability of the new Exchange admin center (EAC). The new EAC offers a faster, more secure, and more intelligent modern admin experience than the classic EAC and is helping admins work more efficiently. With the new EAC capable of assuming this responsibility and more, today we are at the next stage of our journey, and we are announcing the retirement of the classic EAC that will be fully retired on September 1, 2022. This will be carried…
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yammer_96x1.png Yammer Public Links API Changes
Act by: November 30
MC283912 | September 9 – We’re making some changes to public OGOs (Open Graph Objects).On December 1, 2021, all public Open Graph Objects (OGOs) will be associated with only the message it is attached to. These links, and the messages associated with them, are only visible to users who have access to the conversations the Open Graph Objects were a part of.Previously, there was only one OGO in each Yammer Network per absolute URL. Now there will be multiple OGOs that exist because this new change will create one OGO per…
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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Microsoft Teams: Enable Teams users to purchase app subscriptions through the Teams app store
MC282989 | September 7 – Updated September 07, 2021: We have updated the message to provide additional clarity. Thank you for your feedback.At Build 2021 we announced the ability for Teams users to purchase third-party app subscriptions directly from the Teams app store. From within the store, users can view subscription plans offered and go through the checkout process to pay with a credit card.Note: if a tenant admin has disabled their users ability to discover and install third-party applications (all or partial)…
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office_96x1.png (Updated) We’re updating the Hybrid federated search
Act by: October 1
MC270671 | September 7 – Updated September 07, 2021: We have updated the content below to provided additional clarity. Thank you for your patience. We are making changes to Hybrid federated search, also called Inbound Hybrid Search, where users search from the SharePoint Online in the Microsoft 365 Search Center to display hybrid results from SharePoint Server. In modernizing search in Microsoft 365, we are updating the infrastructure used by SharePoint Server’s Hybrid federated search. As part of the process,…
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Additional updates

teams_96x1.png Microsoft Teams Public Preview indicator “P” on avatar
MC284365 | September 10 – This update, that is currently rolling out to users in the Public Preview channel of Teams, adds a P next to their profile picture/avatar as shown in the image below. This is a marker that denotes the user is in Public Preview.
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teams_96x1.png Chat Delete Capabilities within Supervised Chats
MC284358 | September 10 – Earlier this year, through the Supervised Chat feature, we provided the capability to block restricted users from starting new chats unless an appropriate supervisor is present.We are continuing to iterate on this experience and soon we will provide another tool for supervisors to be able to delete any inappropriate chat within those supervised environments.The ability to delete chats will ONLY be available for users assigned the “Full permissions” role within the Chat permissions role policy…
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sharepoint_96x1.png (Updated) Sharing Links for Microsoft Lists is now available!
MC256837 | September 10 – Updated September 10, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. This release will allow users to now share Microsoft Lists using the same sharing links that they have been using for files and folders. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 81965
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admin_96x1.png (Updated) Microsoft 365 roadmap site updates
MC277639 | September 10 – Updated September 10, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. We will be making updates to the Microsoft 365 roadmap on how you view, filter, search for, and sort the information.
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office_96x1.png Viva Connections (Public preview) is rolling out
MC284081 | September 9 – Viva Connections, part of Microsoft Viva, is your gateway to a modern employee experience. The Viva connections app incorporates a customizable dashboard, the feed, and relevant resources all in one experience in the Microsoft Teams mobile app. This Public preview release includes the ability to: Set a SharePoint home site from the SharePoint admin center Create, author, and manage a dashboard from the home site Use Video news links to communicate announcements Use the new Dashboard and Feed…
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office_96x1.png Office add-in dialog API hardening update
Act by: September 14
MC283865 | September 8 – We recently made some changes to harden the security of the Office Add-in dialog API, which impacts cross-domain communication. Normally we do not do Message center communications on these monthly changes, but in the case we want to make sure the potential for impact is understood.Note:If your organization is not using Office Add-ins you can safely disregard this message.This change only impacts Office Add-ins and does not affect COM/VSTO add-ins.
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teams_96x1.png Direct app purchases and invoice billing support in Teams Admin Center
MC283612 | September 8 – Teams Admins will soon be able to purchase third-party app subscriptions worldwide directly in Teams Admin Center through the “Plans and pricing” feature. Payment methods include invoice billing and credit card purchases. Private plans will be available for purchase with privately-negotiated rates between ISVs and your organization. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 83144
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office_96x1.png Support experience update in Microsoft Endpoint Manager
MC283609 | September 8 – We are introducing an improved support experience in the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center which integrates the simplicity of in-console search and virtual assistant functionality to address more complex issues. This provides a seamless experience to guide you to Microsoft Intune issue-specific troubleshooting insights and web-based solutions, helping you get resolution faster.
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forms_96x1.png Microsoft Forms: New Mobile Friendly Experience for Form Creation/Analysis
MC283607 | September 8 – Form designers who create forms and analyze results from Mobile will now have a much more mobile friendly experience that is optimized for their device, making Forms even easier to use. This will be available to New forms and Existing forms in the browser first and then a few weeks later in the Office Mobile app.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 81843.
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admin_96x1.png Microsoft 365 Information Governance – Announcing general availability of retention policies for Teams private channels
MC283589 | September 8 – We are excited to announce that retention policies for Teams private channels messages are now generally available. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 82100 and 70582.
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sharepoint_96x1.png New Feature: Improvements to the Text web part for SharePoint pages and news
MC283569 | September 7 – We’re adding the ability to paste inline images into the Text web part so that images can be closer to text and so that text can wrap around images. We’re also addressing feedback to reduce line spacing in text. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 85584.
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office_96x1.png Allow users who aren’t admins to install language accessory packs
MC283568 | September 7 – By default, users must have local administrator permissions on their devices to install language accessory packs for Office. A policy setting is now available that you can enable to allow users to install language accessory packs, even if they don’t have local administrator permissions. This policy setting is named “Allow users who aren’t admins to install language accessory packs” and is available in Group Policy and in the Office cloud policy service. This policy setting applies to the…
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