Weekly digest: Microsoft service updates

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

office_96x1.png EOP: Anti-Malware policy – Quarantine notifications for recipient
Act by: February 28
MC303513 | December 10 – We will be retiring the recipient and sender notification configuration in the UI from anti-malware policies starting in March 2022.Instead, we recommend using quarantine policies, which allow administrators to configure and deliver notifications to recipients.
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office_96x1.png Security hardening change: Enforce policies for Trusted Documents
MC302216 | December 7 – This feature update will change the behavior of Office applications to enforce policies that block active content (ex. macros, ActiveX, DDE) on Trusted Documents. Previously, active content was allowed to run in Trusted Documents even when an IT administrator had set a policy to block it. As part of ongoing Office security hardening, the IT administrator’s choice to block active content will now always take precedence over end-user set trusted documents.This message is associated with Microsoft…
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exchange_96x1.png Basic Authentication – Monthly Usage Report – November 2021
MC302129 | December 6 – 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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Additional updates

exchange_96x1.png Groups icon change in Outlook on web
MC303512 | December 10 – 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 Roadmap ID 85632.
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teams_96x1.png Microsoft Teams: Press to unmute
MC303510 | December 10 – 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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office_96x1.png (Updated) Plan for Change: Intune MDM moving to support Android 8.0 and higher in January
MC302493 | December 9 – Updated December 09, 2021: We have updated the content below to show as intended. Thank you for your patience.As mentioned in MC290233, Microsoft Intune will be moving to support Android 8.0 (Oreo) and higher for mobile device management (MDM) enrolled devices on or shortly after January 7, 2022.
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planner_96x1.png (Updated) Planner tasks storage location update
MC289682 | December 9 – Updated December 09, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.We are pleased to roll this out after the delay (MC229058 – May ’21). Starting in mid-October 2021, a copy of some Planner tasks will be stored in a user’s Exchange mailbox. All Planner tasks will continue to be stored in the Planner Service.
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sharepoint_96x1.png (Updated) SharePoint Navigation Switcher
MC285021 | December 9 – Updated December 09, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.This feature update will bring users a new navigation option feature for SharePoint team sites. Team site owners will be able to switch the team site navigation orientation from vertical to horizontal. Additionally, site navigation visibility can be turned off completely. This new navigation option allows site owners to customize their team site by changing navigation’s orientation and visibility…
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sharepoint_96x1.png (Updated) Conversation search in Office.com and SharePoint
MC299210 | December 8 – Updated December 08, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.Microsoft Search is adding the capability to find relevant Microsoft Teams, and Outlook conversations when searching in SharePoint and Office.com. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68779.
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office_96x1.png Sharing Links that Block Download are now available for most video
MC302489 | December 8 – Sharing Links that Block Download are now available for most video & audio files stored in OneDrive and SharePoint. When users share individual video and audio files, they will now have the ability to create sharing links that prevent recipients from downloading the file. Recipients can continue to view the files via the in-product playback experiences. See additional information for more information about supported video and audio files in Microsoft 365. This message is associated with…
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exchange_96x1.png Send As Group by Default
MC302487 | December 8 – Microsoft 365 Groups in Outlook currently supports “Send As” functionality which enables group members to Send As a group (“From” address has group id) rather than as an individual. Group members should have this permission configured for the specific Groups by admins to make use of Send As capability. For the groups where user has Send As permissions enabled, user has the option to pick the groups account in the “From” address. Today, by default, the email loads up with individual email id in…
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sharepoint_96x1.png Pages Text Toolbar Updates
MC302485 | December 8 – This feature update will enable the ability to access all simple text editing tools from the floating horizontal web part toolbar, rather than having to open the right property pane for editing options. This floating toolbar will now dynamically resize to match the width of your Text web part, maximizing the number of tools you immediately see. All other tools, and the property pane, can be accessed from the ellipse drop down menu.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 82180.
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sharepoint_96x1.png Use of Azure Active Directory Dynamic Groups now supported for SharePoint Online audience targeting
MC302460 | December 8 – We now officially support the use of Azure Active Directory Dynamic Groups to be used as audiences within SharePoint Online’s audience targeting system. Previously, we supported Active Directory (AD) security groups and Microsoft 365 groups. Support of dynamic groups will expand capabilities of SharePoint’s audience targeting to deliver additional richness in the types of groups that can be used.
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teams_96x1.png Improved Teams Guest User Usability (previously posted as MC300029)
MC302456 | December 8 – *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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teams_96x1.png (Updated) Paging in Large Gallery
MC263055 | December 7 – Updated December 07, 2021: To ensure an optimal experience we will not be rolling out Video Gallery (3×3) at this time. We will communicate via Message center when we are ready to proceed. This feature introduces paging to help you view up to 98 videos by choosing Large Gallery (Teams meetings currently supports up to 49 videos). This is rolling out on Windows, desktop and Mac.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 84464and 86480
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sharepoint_96x1.png (Updated) Private drafts for SharePoint pages and news
MC291100 | December 7 – Updated December 07, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.This new feature will provide users the ability to create private drafts for pages and news posts. A private draft will be visible to only the page author, the people the author chooses to share it with, and site admins. Users will be able to create and edit content that’s not ready for others to see except the people with whom users want to collaborate. This message is associated with Microsoft…
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office_96x1.png (Updated) New Experience updates and Microsoft 365 app access
MC294739 | December 7 – Updated December 07, 2021: 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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office_96x1.png (Updated) Updated timing changes: Whiteboard on OneDrive for Business
MC282992 | December 7 – Updated December 07, 2021: The early opt-in for ODB is now fully available. As a reminder, during early opt-in, only the following clients are supported:Whiteboard for the webWhiteboard for Teams meetings and channels Whiteboard on AndroidWhiteboard on iOS The following clients are not yet supported:Whiteboard users joining from Teams mobile Whiteboard on MTR Whiteboard on WindowsWhiteboard on Surface Hub The update for MTR and Teams mobile clients will begin rolling out in mid-January and…
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sharepoint_96x1.png Manage Teams and channel connected team sites in SharePoint admin center
MC302224 | December 7 – We are enhancing the Active site experience in SharePoint admin center to include channel sites that are provisioned when a special channel is added to a Team. Enhancements included in this release: New Teams view that filters the sites list to only sites that are Teams connected. New column identifying the site is connected to teams. New column identifying the team connected site has associated Private or Shared channel sites. Additional entry points from Teams connected site info panel All…
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teams_96x1.png Microsoft Teams: Configure your activity feed notifications
MC302218 | December 7 – 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 one of the top culprits and the ability to turn them off is a top 3 ask from our users. These…
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teams_96x1.png Bookings App Added to Teams App Setup Policy Packages
MC302215 | December 7 – The Bookings Application has now been added to five more app setup policy packages in Teams: Frontline WorkerFrontline ManagerHealthcare Information WorkerSmall Medium Business – No Business VoicePublic Safety Officer If a user is assigned one of the policies listed above, they no longer need to search for the Bookings app within the Teams app store. Bookings will instead be included as one of the default applications that appears on the left-hand rail in Teams.This message is associated with…
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