Weekly digest: Microsoft service updates

Message center announcements,
April 4-10, 2022
Major updates

office_96x1.png (Updated) Teams Meeting Recordings Auto-Expiration in OneDrive and SharePoint
Act by: March 25
MC274188 | April 6 – Updated April 06, 2022: We have begun rolling this out and will be monitoring customer reported issues to ensure a smooth deployment. To ensure the best experience we have postponed the start of final stage of this change until late March. The final stage is the part of the feature that actually stamps the expiration date on the file and physically deletes the file based on that stamped expiration date.For any tenant that does not have a custom policy in place already, we are updating the…
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admin_96x1.png (Updated) OAuth interface for Office 365 Reporting web service
MC318316 | April 5 – Updated April 05, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below and provided additional details for clarity. Thank you for your patience.Currently, users accessing Reporting Web service use “Basic Authentication” and must provide their credentials. With this feature update, Microsoft will improve the security of your tenant by replacing “Basic Authentication” access in favor of the recommended OAuth user interface which is where we will continue to invest our development resources.
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Additional updates

sharepoint_96x1.png SharePoint: Updates to channel site layouts and parent site settings
MC355214 | April 9 – Two updates are coming for the SharePoint sites that get created for every team and private channel in Microsoft Teams. The first update is to simplify the layout for all private channel sites to make them more useful and easier to navigate between the parent site and the associated team. The second update is to adjust the way site theme and navigation is inherited when the Teams-connected sites are added to a hub site.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88963
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admin_96x1.png Service health dashboard refresh and ability to show multiple services being impacted by a single issue
MC355213 | April 9 – When there is a broadly impacting issue that affects multiple services across the M365 services, Microsoft will create a single incident that will properly reflect the overall status of the different services if affects. In the message details of this incident, we will call out specific services impacted. With this change we will also be giving a refreshed user experience to the service health dashboard.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88666.
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admin_96x1.png Microsoft 365 admin center: Prepare your users for Internet Explorer retirement with “Reload in IE mode” instructions
Act by: June 15
MC337246 | April 7 – Updated April 07, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.With the upcoming Internet Explorer 11 desktop application retirement (June 15th), for certain versions of Windows 10, we recommend that you move users to Microsoft Edge and explain how to access legacy websites by reloading those sites in Internet Explorer (IE) mode.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88905.
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teams_96x1.png Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows store application 4.12 update
MC354488 | April 7 – The below message is for organizations using Microsoft Teams Rooms for Windows. If you are not using Teams Rooms for Windows, you can disregard this message.Teams Rooms on Windows is releasing Teams room Windows store application version 4.12 that includes improvements to existing functionality and additional controls for the device administrators to control application and device behavior: IT admins can enroll a Teams rooms device to receive public preview features through XML setting. Once…
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teams_96x1.png Teams admin center: Update to call management settings
MC354160 | April 6 – A new update to Teams admin center will extend the ability of an Admin to configure the call management capabilities for end-users. The existing call management capabilities of call delegation and group call pickup are being extended to also include the ability to manage an end-user’s call forwarding and simultaneous ringing settings as well.
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sharepoint_96x1.png Microsoft Lists Calendar: Unscheduled Pane
MC354159 | April 6 – The new feature, Microsoft Lists Calendar: Unscheduled Pane, will allow users to review all the items not yet appearing in the Calendar view due to missing dates. These items will appear on the Unscheduled tab within the events pane to the right of the Calendar view.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 93223.
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office_96x1.png Microsoft Stream: View and edit video/audio file information
MC353485 | April 5 – We will be updating the web player for audio & video files that are stored in OneDrive and SharePoint (including when those files are embedded in Teams, Yammer, and SharePoint web parts) with two new features called About and Custom Thumbnail.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 93224 and 93225
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office_96x1.png Announcing Microsoft Endpoint Manager remote help
MC353143 | April 5 – Remote help is now generally available, and you can get started from the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center. This secure, cloud-based remote assistance tool provides trusted helpdesk-to-user connection. The solution includes enterprise grade capabilities to enable IT administrators, helpdesk associates, and Windows users to resolve technical issues in real-time on enrolled and unenrolled devices. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88504.
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office_96x1.png OneDrive and SharePoint: Access your Teams standard and private channel files
MC336858 | April 5 – Updated April 05, 2022: We have updated the content below with additional details.With this new feature, users that navigate to a site in SharePoint or OneDrive will be able to access the files stored in the Teams standard and private channels associated with that site. Users will see an “In channels” section when you navigate to the default document library of a Teams-connected site. This functionality will be available in OneDrive & SharePoint web, including experiences like the Move/Copy…
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office_96x1.png Microsoft and Office 365 users to edit assigned tasks in Project for the web project plans
MC352634 | April 4 – When Microsoft 365 and Office 365 E3 and E5 users are assigned tasks from a project plan built in Project for the web, they can update the progress and mark their tasks’ percent complete without a Project license. This editing capability will be rolling out in May 2022 to tenants with Project Plan 1, Project Plan 3, and Project Plan 5 subscriptions
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teams_96x1.png Soft focus and Adjust brightness in Teams video meetings
MC352623 | April 4 – Soft focus and Adjust brightness are video filters in Teams video meetings. Users will soon be able to access and apply both settings, before and during meetings. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 65944 Note: Soft focus is not available for EDU tenants.
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teams_96x1.png Improved Meeting Support in Firefox Browser
MC352622 | April 4 – Microsoft Teams Meetings in the Firefox browser will now support full audio and screen sharing. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 83838
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