Weekly digest: Microsoft service updates

Message center announcements,
January 3-9, 2022
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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