Office 365 Weekly Digest | 2020-16

Welcome to the April 12 – 18, 2020 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest.

There were fifteen features added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, including items for Teams, SharePoint, Outlook (Android and web), and Yammer. The major feature announcement was an increase in the number of participants who can be viewed simultaneously on the Teams meeting stage from 4 to 9, which is targeted for release in May 2020.

Additional sessions for existing Teams-related event series are now listed. A brand new event, “Keeping Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus up to date at Microsoft” is also included. This week’s spotlight event is the Microsoft 365 AMA (Ask Microsoft Anything) session on Tuesday, April 21st at 9am Pacific.

In addition to the steady stream of content focused on remote work due to COVID-19, there’s also a look at a couple of new Teams features, using the Office Cloud Policy Service to secure remote workers, and some changes to Multi-Geo seat minimums and coverage.

Noteworthy items from last week include a name change for Office 365 Groups, details on the revised end of support date for SharePoint server 2010, and information on the general availability of the combined MFA and password reset registration experience.


OFFICE 365 ROADMAP

Below are the items added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week…

Note: The Estimated Release dates listed below are subject to change. The direct link provided for each item can be used to determine if the estimated release date has been updated since the time of publication.

DescriptionFeature IDEstimated ReleaseDetails
Microsoft Teams: increase in the number of simultaneous videos in Teams meetings63341May CY2020Added: 13 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams
We are increasing the number of participants who can be viewed simultaneously on the Teams meeting stage from 4 to 9. This new experience optimizes for attendees who have enabled video and places the remaining audio-only participants below the meeting stage. To provide a high audio and video quality experience, the layout logic will consider user bandwidth and alter the number of videos shown to provide the best meeting experience. We’ll be gradually rolling this out to customers near the end of April and expect the rollout to be completed in early May.
Add an image of your diagram to other documents53960April CY2020Added: 14 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Visio
Copy your entire diagram—or a subset of it—and paste it as an image in your process documentation, presentation, or other documents you are working on.
Pinch and zoom to focus on elements in your diagram62353April CY2020Added: 14 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Visio
Use the pinch and zoom functionality to focus on certain areas in your diagram. Zoom in and out of the diagram by using your fingers on your touch-enabled device.
Outlook on the web: default-on online meetings63383April CY2020Added: 14 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Outlook – Web
When you create a meeting and you use Teams or Skype for Business as your online meeting provider, Outlook will automatically create it as an online meeting. Users can disable the online meeting toggle per meeting or for all meetings in Calendar Settings under “Events and invitations”.
Outlook on the web: end events early63384April CY2020Added: 14 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Outlook – Web
Similar to Outlook for Windows, we are adding the option to have the meetings you create end 0-15 mins before the regular scheduled times.
Microsoft Teams: update default Teams meeting policy to enforce lobby in meetings for external users63388April CY2020Added: 14 April 2020
Status: Rolling out
App / Service: Teams
We are updating the default meeting policy to automatically enforce lobby for all external users who join a Teams meeting, including attendees joining via Audio Conferencing. This policy change will only impact those tenants who have not modified the default meetings policy.
Microsoft Teams: new policy to prevent upload of profile picture63389April CY2020Added: 14 April 2020
Status: Rolling out
App / Service: Teams
Teams desktop and web experiences will honor the Outlook on the Web mailbox policy setting that can control whether users are able change their profile pictures.
Microsoft Teams: assign a policy package to a batch of Teams users63390April CY2020Added: 14 April 2020
Status: Rolling out
App / Service: Teams
Batch policy package assignment will allow Teams admins to use cmdlets to assign policies to groups of users.
SharePoint: Updated Yammer Conversations web part for SharePoint63385May CY2020Added: 14 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: SharePoint, Yammer
We are updating the Yammer Conversations web part for SharePoint that contains the new Yammer experience. SharePoint Sites that use the Yammer Conversations web part will start displaying the new Yammer Conversations web part experience.
Outlook for Android: Availability in Office 365 operated by 21Vianet63432May CY2020Added: 16 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Outlook – Android
Outlook for Android will be available to customers in China through certain app stores and the services and support of Office 365 operated by 21Vianet.
Schedule SharePoint pages & news posts62892April CY2020Added: 17 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: SharePoint
You will be able to schedule a page or news post to be published at a specific date and time in the future.
SharePoint lists and libraries – Conditional show or hide columns in a form63518May CY2020Added: 17 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: SharePoint
This feature allows users in lists and libraries to show or hide columns in a list form based on another column’s value by specifying a formula; equations that perform conditional checks on values in a SharePoint list or library. Users can click “Edit conditional formula” in the “Edit columns” list form pane to configure.
Improved SharePoint page/news publishing experience63257May CY2020Added: 17 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: SharePoint
A new pre-publish panel that gives authors an overview of key information about their pages or news posts – including the site name, thumbnail, and any missing required properties – before they confirm publish. Additional improvements related required properties for pages and pages library take effect.
Yammer: Updated conversations webpart for SharePoint63530May CY2020Added: 17 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: SharePoint, Yammer
We are updating the Yammer Conversations web part for SharePoint that contains the new Yammer experience. SharePoint Sites that use the Yammer Conversations web part will start displaying the new Yammer Conversations web part experience.
SharePoint lists and libraries – configure header, footer and body of a form63519Q3 CY2020Added: 17 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: SharePoint
This feature allows users in SharePoint lists and libraries to add a custom header and a footer to the associated form. In addition to this, users can also customize the body text area with sections. Users can click “Configure layout” in the property form or the details pane to begin configuring the form.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Whether you are switching from Skype for Business or brand new, join us to learn the basics of how to use Teams to chat with your colleagues and collaborate on projects. Through a series of live demonstrations and best practices, you’ll leave this session with everything you need to start using Teams. After this session, you will be able to: (1) Set up your profile and notifications in Microsoft Teams, (2) Use chat and calling for 1:1 and group conversations, sharing and collaboration in Microsoft Teams, (3) Schedule and conduct meetings in Microsoft Teams, and (4) Align your team and teamwork in Microsoft Teams.

Have you spent significant time and resources to prepare for a meeting and still felt it wasn’t productive? Have you attended a meeting only to leave feeling like not much was accomplished? Join this class to learn how to make your meetings engaging, productive and effective. Microsoft Teams can help make your meetings worth showing up for. After this session, you will be able to: (1) Use Teams for your entire meeting experience, (2) Record your meeting, making it easy for those who couldn’t attend to get caught up, (3) Keep important meetings at your fingertips by pinning them for easy access, and (4) Assess which audio and video devices are best for your meeting needs.

When: Monday, April 20, 2020 at 9:00am PT | As healthcare providers look to expand the reach of clinicians at scale while limiting their exposure to possible contagions the ability to deliver such a solution has become more critical than ever. On 3/23/2020 Microsoft’s Max Fritz introduced a solution to this challenge enabled within Microsoft Teams. Since that time Max and colleagues have been working on a V2 iteration of the solution that provides additional capability and improvements. Join us Monday April 20th at 12 noon eastern as Microsoft’s Max Fritz shows the V2 iteration of this solution that takes advantage of the Microsoft Power Platform and better enables clinicians to scale their reach, minimize clinician potential exposure to contagions, and help conserve on personal protective equipment (PPE). Be sure to add the event to your calendar.

Working from home offers the opportunity to maintain your workflow while allowing flexibility in how and where you get your work done. Shifting to a remote worker status can be an adjustment as you look for ways to balance home and work life, maintain focus and be fully productive. Microsoft Teams can help you stay connected to your team while providing access to all of the tools and resources you need to get your work done. Join us to learn tips that can help set you up for success as you transition into a ‘work from home’ scenario. During this session, we’ll share: (1) Guidance for setting up your home environment for work, (2) Best practices for maintaining your workflow while working at home, (3) Tips for staying connected to your team while remote, and (4) Insights for effectively supporting a remote team.

Designed for those who are already familiar with Microsoft Teams, our Tips & Tricks sessions offer insights and best practices. Learn how Teams can help organize your workday and make it easier to stay connected with colleagues. In Part 1 – Effective Workspaces, you will explore ways to determine the best approach for creating workspaces for projects and workgroups. After this session, you will be able to: (1) Decide if your team is best served by a team and channels or a group chat and meetings, (2) Create a workspace for your team to provide the best collaboration experience, (3) Use a personal team to simplify your productivity, and (4) Determine best practices for Teams.

Many organizations are empowering their entire workforce with best-in-class tools that enable them to deliver superior customer experience and optimize operational productivity. In this session, we’ll explore how Teams can help you unlock the full potential of your Firstline Workforce and connect your entire organization. Featuring examples from manufacturing, retail, hospitality, and transportation industries, we’ll discuss how Microsoft Teams provides a single experience for productive conversations, smooth flow of information, simplified schedule management in a compliant and secure environment. Join us to learn how to expand your enterprise in ways you never thought possible by integrating technology into every aspect of your business.

You are invited to a free webinar tailored for education. Learn how universities and schools are using Microsoft Teams for course delivery with students and staff collaboration. Hosted by the Microsoft Product Group, this webinar covers an introduction and best practices for academics using Microsoft Teams. Agenda: (1) Overview of Microsoft Teams for Education, (2) Best Practices for communication and collaboration, and (3) Using Class Teams with your students for assignments, online learning and digital skills. Note: You can also find this session, and more, on-demand here.

This session introduces you to the key activities needed to get started with adding applications, bots and connectors in Microsoft Teams today. Through a series of live demonstrations and best practices, you’ll leave this session with everything you need to start using apps in Teams. After this session, you will be able to: (1) See how applications, bots and connectors can help you be more efficient while working in Teams, (2) Select an application, bot or connector for your workspace, (3) Install an application, bot or connector, and (4) Use an application, bot or connector in your workspace.

When: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 9:00am PT | We are very excited to announce a Microsoft 365 ‘Ask Microsoft Anything’ (AMA). An AMA is a live online event similar to a “YamJam” on Yammer or an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit. This AMA gives you the opportunity to connect with members of the product engineering teams who will be on hand to answer your questions and listen to feedback. Join in the Microsoft 365 AMA space, and be sure to add the event to your calendar. We look forward to seeing you there!

Determine the most suitable approach based on your current Skype for Business implementation and upgrade goals. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Understand common scenarios and upgrade approaches, (2) Visualize the user experience for each approach, and (3) Determine the optimal upgrade approach for your organization.  IT Admins are the primary audience for this session.

Designed for those who are already familiar with Microsoft Teams, our Tips & Tricks sessions offer insights and best practices. Learn how Teams can help organize your workday and make it easier to stay connected with colleagues. In Part 2 – Get More from Teams, you will learn tips and tricks for managing and organizing work and communications in Teams. After this session, you will be able to: (1) Implement strategies to manage and organize your work, (2) Leverage formatting best practices to help get your messages noticed (and responded to), (3) Easily find files, chats and projects, and (4) Simplify your workday.

Discover everything you need to facilitate a successful upgrade to Teams. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Understand why a formal plan is crucial for upgrade success, (2) Identify the steps to the upgrade success framework, (3) Recognize common attributes of successful customers, and (4) Create and implement their own upgrade plan. The audience for this session is All (Business Sponsors, IT Admins, User Readiness/Change Manager, Project Lead).

To support your efforts to deliver and deploy updates to the Windows 10 devices being used by remote workers across your organization, we are kicking off a series of weekly “office hours” for IT professionals here on Tech Community. During office hours, we will have a broad group of product experts, servicing experts, and engineers monitoring the Windows 10 servicing space and standing by to provide guidance, discuss strategies and tactics, and, of course, answer any specific questions you may have. Office hours are text-based; there is no audio or virtual meeting component. To post a question, you just need to be a member of the Tech Community. Can’t attend at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time? Again, no problem. Post a question in the Windows 10 servicing space up to 24 hours in advance and we’ll make sure we review it during office hours.

When: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 9:00am PT | Organizations everywhere are pivoting to a remote work environment, putting the needs of their employees, customers, and communities first. In an effort to continue supporting individuals and organizations each day, we’ve created a new three-part webcast series focusing on enabling remote work. As technology plays a vital role, now more than ever, we’ve paired the webcast series with helpful videos and guidance, to enable you to provide your employees with access to the right tools, resources, and expertise they need to become experts at working remotely. In the second webcast we will focus on extending productivity across mobile devices as well as how to deliver virtualized applications and desktop environments to every platform with Windows Virtual Desktop. Be sure to add the event to your calendar.

Microsoft Teams allows up-to 250 students and educators to meet online for free. There are many reasons why schools may need to leverage remote communication tools to function. Whatever they may be, Microsoft Teams for Education makes connecting virtually seamless for members of any school, college or university. This webinar is designed to help first time users of Microsoft Teams get started hosting online meetings with their students. This webinar is for educators who need to create an persistent online space for their class: (a) Classrooms, (b) Lectures & courses, and (c) Module course groups. Note: You can also find this session, and more, on-demand here.

Execute your defined upgrade approach as part of your formal upgrade plan. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Recognize the upgrade settings in your O365 tenant admin portal, (2) Understand technical tips and considerations for a successful upgrade, and (3) Apply the appropriate settings in the Portal to execute your upgrade. The primary audience for this session is IT Admins.

Design a user readiness strategy to help your users love and adopt Teams. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Recognize factors that influence user acceptance and adoption, (2) Define core value messaging for Teams in your organization, and (3) Outline your awareness, training and support activities. The audience for this session is: User Readiness/Change Manager.

When: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00am PT | At Microsoft, modern meetings give employees the right tools to share ideas and make decisions across locations, environments, and devices. In this webinar you will learn about our modern meeting strategy and how Microsoft Core Services Engineering and Operations (CSEO) deploys, manages, monitors, and supports services for the collaboration application Microsoft Teams and the smart meeting-room solution Microsoft Teams Rooms.

How do you bring various stakeholders together across multiple teams to achieve your goal? Do you wish you could reduce the number of meetings or e-mails while still being able to solicit feedback, keep everyone informed, and get consensus? Join us to explore how to bring everything together in a shared workspace with Microsoft Teams. Learn how to chat, meet, share files, and work with other business applications to effectively engage others. This interactive 2-hour session will give you the opportunity to try it for yourself and test drive Microsoft Teams in a live cloud environment. A trained facilitator will guide you as you apply these tools to your own business scenarios and experience how they can work for you. Each session is limited to 12 participants, reserve your seat now.

When: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 9:00am PT | Organizations everywhere are pivoting to a remote work environment, putting the needs of their employees, customers, and communities first. In an effort to continue supporting individuals and organizations each day, we’ve created a new three-part webcast series focusing on enabling remote work. As technology plays a vital role, now more than ever, we’ve paired the webcast series with helpful videos and guidance, to enable you to provide your employees with access to the right tools, resources, and expertise they need to become experts at working remotely. Join us for deep dive discussion on securing your end users. Our experts will discuss a wide range of topics from managing end user desktops and browsers to securing applications and devices. Be sure to add the event to your calendar.

Today’s workforce can work from anywhere, on any device, and on any app. Security teams need to understand threat signals from disconnected products and optimize security with minimal complexity. During this 2-hour interactive session, you will explore how to: (1) Safeguard users from malware attacks such as phishing and spoofing with Office 365, (2) Use the Windows Defender ecosystem to proactively monitor and protect your users, (3) Utilize Office 365 ATP to help protect users from bad links and attachments, and (4) Let machine learning and automation protect users from threats. Each session is limited to 12 participants, reserve your seat now.

Your business needs to control how sensitive data is managed. Join us and explore how to assess your compliance risk, protect sensitive and business critical data, and respond efficiently to data discovery requests. During this 2-hour interactive session, you will explore how to: (1) Simplify assessment of compliance risk, (2) Integrate protection and governance of data, and (3) Intelligently respond to data discovery requests. Each session is limited to 12 participants, reserve your seat now.

When: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 8:00am PT | Bring conversations, content, assignments, and apps together in one place with Microsoft Teams. Build collaborative classrooms, connect in professional learning communities, and connect with colleagues — all from a single Office 365 Education experience. Learn how IT can enable these capabilities for users while maintaining the necessary configurations to align with required organizational business and security requirements. Join us for this webinar to learn: (1) Administration capabilities to enable and govern Microsoft Teams, (2) Allow for frictionless user Teams creation while enforcing business rules and addressing IT concerns, (3) Understand the Teams lifecycle and recommended practices for long term management of the environment, and (4) Security and compliance capabilities for Teams integrated in the Office 365 tools you are already using today. Note: You can also find this session, and more, on-demand here.

Are you still sending an e-mail with an attachment to your teammates when you want to collaborate on a file? How fast do they respond? How do you know if they are working on the file? How do you manage version control? With Microsoft 365 tools for teamwork, you can seamlessly collaborate on files with your team members. Using Microsoft Teams, you can invite your teammates into an environment where they can effectively collaborate and engage in a persistent conversation. Join us for this session and explore how to avoid productivity sinkholes and increase productivity. This interactive 2-hour session will give you the opportunity to test drive Microsoft Teams in a live cloud environment. A trained facilitator will guide you as you apply these tools to your own business scenarios and experience how they can work for you. Each session is limited to 12 participants, reserve your seat now.

Identity is at the center of security: don’t compromise when it comes to your company’s valuable information. Join us to explore how to use secure authentication, govern access, get comprehensive protection and set the right identity foundation. During this 2-hour interactive session, you will explore how to: (1) Enable password protection, (2) Bring multi-factor authentication to your Windows 10 users, (3) Protect your users and data through Office 365 multi-factor authentication, and (4) Use conditional access to protect across devices, locations and apps. Each session is limited to 12 participants, reserve your seat now.

When: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 10:00am PT | During this webinar, you’ll learn how Microsoft automated the upgrade to Office 365 ProPlus using System Center Configuration Manager. You’ll also hear our experts talk about how we used update channels in Office 365 to specify our cadence for delivering Office updates to users.


BLOG ROUNDUP

Organizations across the globe are adjusting to the new reality of remote work to ensure the safety and well-being of their employees. IT departments are playing a crucial role in enabling remote collaboration with Microsoft Teams, and to help them with details on essential steps, we are sharing the following list of considerations and resources: (1) Onboard your organization, (2) Manage the experience with robust settings and policies, (3) Secure company data while safeguarding privacy, and (4) Drive adoption of remote work.

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To get work done from anywhere, across your devices, you need ubiquitous access to all your files – online and offline and the ability to securely collaborate with folks within and outside your organization. Digital natives and mobile professionals expect this and OneDrive does not disappoint. With so many information workers, teachers and students working from home, here are 5 ways OneDrive can be useful during remote working scenarios – (1) Access and store ALL your files, (2) Share securely and effortlessly, (3) Essential collaboration made easy, (4) Simplified organization and discovery, and (5) Protect and manage with ease.

Knowing the right person or group of people to contact can be a continuous challenge. It’s difficult to remember every member of a project team, the owner of a process, or the appropriate expert. Searching through old emails, looking through paper lists of names, or asking other people to find the right contact can be time-consuming and frustrating. With targeted communication using tags in Microsoft Teams, you can now organize users within your Team based on attributes such as role, skill, or expertise. Once tags are applied, you can quickly and easily reach the right people. Once a tag is created, you can use the tag to reach people either with a chat or in a Channel post. In a Channel, you can @mention the tag so that the tag members will be notified. Right now, tags are maintained by Teams users. We’re currently working on new tag capabilities that will automatically apply tags to users based on when they are working. This functionality is backed by Shifts in Teams. | Related: Create and award digital publicly verifiable badges in Teams

With more and more users working from home, organizations are facing new security and privacy challenges. One of them might be, that users are working on unmanaged, maybe personal devices accessing corporate data. Classic technologies like Active Directory Group Policy Management do not help in such scenarios, as these do not apply to unmanaged devices. This blog post will provide guidance on how to leverage the Office cloud policy service (OCPS) to address those scenarios. OCPS allows an admin to target a user with policies which follow them across all devices, regardless of the way the devices are managed (if at all). We will also share some recommended security settings which might be worth considering. A FAQ is also included in the post.

Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo provides a solution for multi-national businesses seeking a balance between working as a single organization in the Microsoft 365 cloud and addressing global data residency needs. With the reduced seat minimum requirement and coverage across Exchange Online, OneDrive, and SharePoint Online this feature helps bring the full power of Microsoft 365 – the world’s productivity cloud – to organizations at any stage in their digital transformation journey. We are excited to announce the availability of Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo in Switzerland, and the reduction of the seat minimum requirement to 250 for Enterprise Agreement customers. These updates will allow more organizations to utilize Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo to address their legal, compliance, industry, or other related data residency requirements. Please note that this product was previously referred to as ‘Multi-Geo Capabilities for Office 365,’ and will now be named ‘Multi-Geo Capabilities for Microsoft 365,’ consistent with the overall Microsoft 365 announcement on March 30. We previously announced the general availability of Multi-Geo Capabilities, in addition to the workload expansion from Exchange Online and OneDrive to include SharePoint Online.


NOTEWORTHY

Office 365 Groups power collaboration experiences in more than 22 apps across Microsoft 365, and partners build custom solutions for their customers leveraging Microsoft Graph APIs and the PowerApps framework. Whether it’s a Team in Microsoft Teams, a Community in Yammer, or an Outlook Group, the Office 365 Groups platform enables users to create, share and discover knowledge and information. Microsoft 365 is the world’s productivity cloud and it represents our vision for the future of Microsoft productivity tools—an integrated set of apps and services that puts artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge innovations to work for you. To reflect the fact that Office 365 Groups power collaboration across Microsoft 365, Office 365 Groups will become Microsoft 365 Groups. These changes will happen over time and will be reflected in all the connected endpoints over the upcoming quarters.

Microsoft’s top priority is the health and safety of our employees, customers, partners, and communities. In response to the COVID-19 crisis and an increase in customer requests, we have decided to revise support for SharePoint Server 2010 products and technologies. We recognize that discontinuing support for a product can be a big adjustment. We also know that some of you are in the process of upgrading to a newer version of SharePoint Server on-premises, or to the cloud with SharePoint in Microsoft 365. We will now be providing Extended Support for the following products until April 13, 2021, extending the original end of support date of October 13, 2020 by six months: (a) SharePoint Foundation 2010, (b) SharePoint Server 2010, (c) Project Server 2010. After the extended support period (April 13, 2021), Microsoft will no longer provide technical support for problems that may occur including bug fixes for issues that are discovered and that may impact the stability and usability of the server, security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered and that may make the server vulnerable to security breaches, and time zone updates. Your installation of SharePoint Server 2010 will of course continue to run after April 13; however, due to potential end of support risks, we strongly recommend that you migrate from SharePoint Server 2010 as soon as possible. Monthly SharePoint Server updates, including SharePoint Server 2010 monthly updates, will continue during the new extension timeline.

When you know what you want to say but can’t seem to find the “right” way to say it, Rewrite Suggestions in Word can offer ideas to help you rephrase sentences for more impact or clarity while staying true to your original meaning. At the 2019 Microsoft Build conference we announced the feature Rewrite suggestions, which focuses on phrasal suggestions. We are now introducing an update to this feature, which provides sentence-level writing suggestions. This feature is powered by cutting-edge, neural-network, machine learning models, which are trained on millions of sentences. The feature is available for users of Word on the web, and it requires a Microsoft 365 (or Office 365) subscription. Note: This feature only supports English for now.

As organizations are asking employees to work from home to slow the spread of COVID-19, it’s even more important that users are registered for MFA and SSPR. We want to make it easier for remote workers to keep their accounts secure. One of the most common pieces of feedback we received was that the registration experience needs to be super easy on mobile devices. We’re announcing that the combined security information registration is now generally available. This new experience makes it easy for users to register for Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and Self-Service Password Reset (SSPR) in a simple step-by-step process. Your feedback from the private and public previews has been awesome, and we’ve used it to make this experience even better for end users. As part of this update, we’re making Conditional Access for the combined MFA and password reset registration experience generally available too! This helps ensure it’s the right user—not an attacker—registering this sensitive info. Even though MFA/SSPR Combined Registration is now generally available, we aren’t automatically switching everyone over to the new user experience. We want to give you the control over when you update your end user experiences. This gives you more time to test it out, update training materials, and notify your end users.

As COVID-19 public health guidance keeps suppliers, distributors, vendors and contractors at home, organizations around the world must figure out how to enable productivity for their blended workforce of employees and external partners. This post outlines ways you can enable remote collaboration with your external users using B2B collaboration capabilities in Azure AD, including: (1) Empower employees to collaborate with external users, (2) Enable external partners to ‘bring their own identity’, (3) Apply Azure AD Conditional Access policies to external users, (4) Require partners to agree to a Terms of Use before accessing apps or resources, (5) Enable partners to use their own credentials to access your resources, (6) Support structured partnerships with entitlement management, (7) Remove unnecessary guest access with access reviews, and (8) Collaborate within national clouds.

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