Office 365 Weekly Digest | 2020-17

Welcome to the April 19 – 25, 2020 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest.

Twenty features were added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, including items for Teams, SharePoint, Outlook (Android, iOS and web), Microsoft 365 admin, and Yammer. Custom images for background effects in Teams meetings was the major feature announcement, with an estimated release in May 2020.

Lots and lots of sessions for existing Teams-related event series have been added. There are also several brand new events, including two AMA sessions – the first is “Upcoming Changes to Office Support” at 9am Pacific on May 5th, and the second “Meetings and Live Events in Microsoft Teams” on May 7th at 9am Pacific. A brand new event, “Keeping Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus up to date at Microsoft” is also included. The spotlight event of the week is Part 3 of the “Enabling Remote Work with Microsoft 365” webinar series, which happens on Wednesday, April 29th at 9am Pacific.

Remote work content remains a major theme for last week’s blog posts. Also included are tips for efficiently deploying and configuring OneDrive, details on the Yammer app for Microsoft Teams, and new and updated usage reports in the Microsoft 365 Admin Center.

Noteworthy item highlights include two Microsoft IT Showcase articles, information on new identity features for Firstline Workers, and recent enhancements for the Planner mobile app.


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
Intune management coming to the Microsoft 365 admin center63551April CY2020Added: 20 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Intune, M365 Admin
We are adding Intune role management experiences to the Microsoft 365 admin center, where you can assign roles, compare roles, and search for roles.
Updates to Office 365 Quarantine Notifications and Alerts – Shared Mailboxes63553May CY2020Added: 20 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Office 365
With this change, end-user-spam notification will be integrated with shared mailboxes. End-Users with access to shared mailbox will be able to take actions such as release messages.
[Web] Live Presentations in PowerPoint 51121May CY2020Added: 20 April 2020
Status: Rolling out
App / Service: PowerPoint
Live Presentations enables every audience member to view your presentation on their own device, like their laptop, tablet, or phone. Each audience member can turn on live captioning and choose subtitles from more than 60 languages. They can even navigate between slides, so they don’t miss a single, important detail from your presentation. The audience is engaged throughout your presentation by sending reactions in real-time. And after your presentation, the audience can provide specific feedback on the content and delivery of the presentation, which you can use to improve your presentation skills over time.
Outlook for iOS: Block unmanaged data in emails and calendar events61130Q3 CY2020Added: 20 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Outlook – iOS
Support for the Microsoft Intune app protection policy that blocks file attachments and switching from personal to work accounts in new emails or calendar events with attachments from unmanaged apps.
Outlook for Android: Block unmanaged data in emails and calendar events61131Q3 CY2020Added: 20 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Outlook – Android
Support for the Microsoft Intune app protection policy that blocks file attachments and switching from personal to work accounts in new emails or calendar events with attachments from unmanaged apps.
Microsoft Teams: Group chat with up to 250 people63577May CY2020Added: 21 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams
Sometimes you need to kick off a big project chat with a large group, or organize an ad-hoc discussion with staff at an event, but it is unnecessary to start a new team; perhaps you don’t all work together on a regular basis, or maybe you need a communication channel with a large group of people at an event. Group chats will be able to accommodate up to 250 users.
SharePoint lists and libraries – configure header, footer and body of a form63519Q3 CY2020Added: 21 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.
Microsoft Teams: in-line message translation in Office 365 Government GCC and GCC High61637April CY2020Added: 23 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams, GCC
In-line message translation will ensure that every worker in the team has a voice and facilitate global collaboration. With a simple click, people who speak different languages can fluidly communicate with one another by translating posts in channels and chat.
Microsoft Forms Pro (Standalone) for GCC63574April CY2020Added: 23 April 2020
Status: Rolling out
App / Service: Forms, GCC
Microsoft Forms Pro in GCC (Standalone ) will be available in April 2020. Microsoft Forms Pro is an enterprise survey capability that helps businesses obtain the feedback they need to make smarter decisions. Powered by both Office 365 and Dynamics 365, Forms Pro supports businesses seeking to transform customer, product, and employee experiences. Forms Pro is built on Microsoft Forms, and it offers new capabilities that make capturing and analyzing customer and employee feedback simpler than ever. Your customers can respond to the surveys by using any web browser or mobile device. As the responses are submitted, analyze them with Power BI reports and make effective decisions accordingly.
Information Protection: Manual classification with sensitivity labels for Office on the web63575May CY2020Added: 23 April 2020
Status: Rolling out
App / Service: Office 365
Before this release, you couldn’t apply your sensitivity labels in Office on the web. You didn’t see the Sensitivity option on the ribbon, or the applied label name on the status bar. In addition, if you used desktop apps to label your files and then save them on SharePoint or OneDrive, the service couldn’t process the content of these files if the label applied encryption. Coauthoring, eDiscovery, Data Loss Prevention, Search, Delve, and other collaborative features didn’t work under these circumstances. This release enables all these capabilities. In addition to displaying sensitivity labels to users, for new and changed files that have a sensitivity label applied that includes encryption with a cloud-based key.
Yammer: Events updates63633May CY2020Added: 23 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Yammer
Events tab in mobile apps- Portrait mode on mobile and web- Calendar invite for presenter/producer roles.
Yammer: Restrict posts in connected All Company feed63634May CY2020Added: 23 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Yammer
Admins of All Company will be able to restrict/prevent new posts to the All Company feed. Users will still be able to comment on existing conversations. The All Company will need to be a Microsoft 365 connected community in order to have this setting.
Microsoft Teams: upload custom images for background effects in Teams meetings63666May CY2020Added: 23 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams
We are building upon the heavily popular background effects feature in Teams meetings with custom upload capabilities. This new feature in Teams allow meetings attendees to customize their background by uploading their own images.
Microsoft Teams: background effects policy for tenant administrators63670May CY2020Added: 23 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams
We are enabling tenant administrators to assign a user-level policy to control how users engage with background effects in Teams meetings. Options include: offer no filters; background blur only; use background blur and default provided images; and all, which includes the ability for users to upload their own custom images.
SharePoint: Extended layout for site footer61063May CY2020Added: 23 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: SharePoint
The site footer in modern communication sites will now include a new layout option, extended, to show more content in the footer section. The footer control will also have a background color functionality.
Outlook for iOS: default online meetings63625Q3 CY2020Added: 23 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Outlook – iOS
When you create a New Event in Outlook and your organization uses Teams or Skype for Business as your online meeting provider, Outlook will automatically create the event it as an online meeting. You can disable the online meeting with the toggle in each event or customize it in Settings.
Outlook for Android: default online meetings63628Q3 CY2020Added: 23 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Outlook – Android
When you create a New Event in Outlook and your organization uses Teams or Skype for Business as your online meeting provider, Outlook will automatically create the event it as an online meeting. You can disable the online meeting with the toggle in each event or customize it in Settings.
New reviewer experience for Access Review (Public Preview)63573Q4 CY2020Added: 24 April 2020
Status: Rolling out
App / Service: Azure AD
The Access Panel (myapps.microsoft.com) is migrating to a new series of portals. We are introducing the public preview of this updated experience for reviewers who currently use Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Access Review.
Outlook on the web – Send later63665(not listed)Added: 24 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Outlook – Web
Outlook is adding the option to schedule when you want to send an email message.
Yammer: The New Yammer (Public Preview)63584May CY2020Added: 25 April 2020
Status: Rolling out
App / Service: Yammer
Yammer is being rebuilt from the ground up and will become Microsoft’s first application to fully leverage the Fluent Design system – resulting in a fast, modern, interface for web and mobile. But it’s not just a new look – we’re adding dozens of new features to Yammer that deliver top customer requests to help leaders and communities share, communicate, and discover like never before. The new mobile experience is fully rolled out and now the web experience is available for public preview.

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.

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.

When: Monday, April 27, 2020 at 9:00am PT | In this difficult time, remote work is becoming the new normal for many companies around the world. Part of this new normal is increased focus on implementing stricter security controls and data loss prevention policies within the solutions that already exist within your environment. We understand that you may be looking at our portfolio of solutions and trying to better understand how we can help provide the appropriate balance of security and productivity. To help address these questions, we are hosting a webinar that will provide information about how you can use your existing Microsoft security and compliance tools to better secure your remote work environment and not negatively impact productivity. Join directly, or add the event to your calendar.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Many organizations leverage a variety of apps and tools to get their work done. Often installed and managed separately, this requires a user to continually switch context/applications as they navigate their daily activities. Join Microsoft Teams experts as we review how you can deploy commonly-used applications directly within Teams, enabling your users to work more efficiently and effectively by accessing everything they need from a single interface. With over 300 out-of-the-box applications available (and growing), you’re sure to find an app, or two, you can begin using today in Teams.

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.

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.

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.

When: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 9:00am PT | On October 13, 2020, Office 2016 for Mac and Office 2010 reach their end of support. After that date, Microsoft will no longer provide technical support, bug fixes, or security updates for either version. Also, as previously announced, after October 13, 2020, customers will need to be using Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise, Office 2019, or Office 2016 in order to connect to Office 365 services. Microsoft will not take any active measures to block older versions of the Office client from connecting to Office 365 services, but these legacy clients may encounter performance and/or reliability issues over time. This AMA provides an opportunity to ask questions about these upcoming changes. Please join in the Office End of Support AMA space. While we’ll only be answering questions in real-time from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, you can post your questions for the AMA to the Office End of Support AMA space in the Office End of Support Tech Community up to 24 hours in advance.

When: Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 9:00am PT | We are very excited to announce a Microsoft Teams ‘Ask Microsoft Anything’ (AMA) for meetings and live events in Microsoft Teams! 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 Teams AMA space, and be sure to add the event to your calendar. We look forward to seeing you there!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Data needs to be protected wherever it’s stored and whenever it travels, and you need the tools to monitor policy violations and risky behavior. Join us to explore how to implement a comprehensive and integrated approach across devices, apps, cloud services, and on-premises. During this 2-hour interactive session, you will explore how to: (1) Identify, monitor and automatically protect sensitive information across Office 365, (2) Help classify and protect documents and email, and (3) Use policies to enable BYOD scenarios by protecting data at the app level. 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.

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.


BLOG ROUNDUP

Humans are social beings, and the workplace is no different than other parts of our lives: to succeed, we need to connect and collaborate with others. From this lens, we were curious to see how our own Modern Workplace Transformation team would adapt to working 100 percent from home. Would people seek new ways of collaborating to fill the void left by our now dormant open-plan offices? Or would connectedness decline as people were forced to balance work with new demands at home? How would our social behaviors change? And what might we learn to help us, our customers, and our partners as ways of working continue to shift in the future? To find answers, we looked at data that measures our everyday work in the tools we use to connect and collaborate, and we checked in with colleagues about what they’re experiencing via a sentiment survey. At least for our 300-person organization one overarching conclusion is clear: The new conditions of working remotely generated new solutions and approaches. Data showed that our teams found new ways to socialize, dramatically changing the way and cadence in which we communicate with each other. And anecdotes supported the sense that, in some ways, we feel even closer to each other than before. As the saying goes, constraints breed creativity.

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In the past few months we have shared multiple advantages of OneDrive enabling people to have ubiquitous access to all their files-online and offline, enhance mobile productivity and effectively share within and outside their organizations. This month, we focus on the deployment and configuration of the OneDrive Sync app at scale so you can successfully implement and leverage the benefits of the intelligent files app for Microsoft 365 – OneDrive. We often get asked “How has Microsoft configured OneDrive?” or “What would the OneDrive product team propose as best practice for deployment?” So here it is! A set of deployment best practices that result in a great user experience and engagement – what we call the Sync “ideal state”. These are based on us working with many organizations externally as well as our own IT department here at Microsoft. The goal being a move closer to enabling a more “modern desktop” experience. This blog will help you with the top 5 tips for a successful deployment and configuration to achieve the Sync “ideal state”.

With a global health crisis compelling so many of us to work remotely, it’s more important than ever for leaders and communications to connect people across teams and organizations. Last November at Ignite, we unveiled the new Yammer, with a beautiful new design that powers community, knowledge-sharing, and employee engagement. The new Yammer includes a fully interactive Yammer app called “Communities” that brings your communities and conversations directly into Microsoft Teams. Put simply, it’s Yammer—in Teams. This app is now available in the Microsoft app store. This post will review how your team can use it for company-wide communication, knowledge-sharing, and employee engagement, as well as how to install it and where to find it. By offering the full Yammer experience right inside Teams, we want to help you keep everyone at your organization engaged, informed, and moving forward. | Related: The Yammer app for Microsoft Teams is now available! | New Yammer resources and an updated Yammer Adoption Center

Many people are being asked to work in new and different ways as they are now working remotely. This has been driving a renewed interest in understanding how people are using Microsoft 365. We hear that you want to learn if people are saving content to SharePoint and OneDrive, if more are using Microsoft Teams for chat and online meetings, and how email usage is trending. You also tell us that you want to get the most out of your Microsoft 365 by seeing if people taking full advantage of the services for which they are enabled. The usage reports in the Microsoft 365 Admin Center can help answer these questions and many others. These reports cover Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, SharePoint, Exchange, Yammer, and many more solutions for 7, 30, 90, and 180 day periods. While these reports can help, we know that that you need additional usage information in this time of change. To help, we are adding new data points to some of the reports and releasing a new report to better help you see Microsoft 365 app (formerly Office 365 ProPlus) usage. We are also adding a new card to the homepage to assist you in understanding the use of solutions that contribute to remote work.


NOTEWORTHY

When it came to the March employee Q&A, stay-at-home-measures meant that company leaders would not be able to gather in one space for the event. And while the live-events platform would allow the CEO to virtually broadcast to employees, additional steps would be needed to support the Senior Leadership Team’s goal of joining virtually for the broadcast. That created a challenge that the team needed to overcome. Once it became clear how important it was to have the full leadership team come together virtually, the Microsoft Employee Communications and Microsoft Production Studios teams partnered with the Microsoft 365 product group to find a solution.

Achieving more together is the goal and essence of seamless teamwork, and our collective success depends on our ability to maximize the productivity of our interactions with each other. Our vision is for Microsoft employees to collaborate as productively as possible and feel successful in all the activities in which they engage throughout their workday. Seamless teamwork aims to improve team productivity and satisfaction through a set of experiences that foster collaboration and increase engagement in a connected and natural way. Our employees must feel productive in all work activities, such as individual focus time, team interactions and meetings, sharing and working with corporate knowledge, and engaging with colleagues inside and outside the company. While our past tools were optimized around the individual, the Seamless Teamwork investment focuses on transforming our technology and culture to embrace a team-centric mindset. We want to shift our experiences from “me” to “we” in all aspects: in conversations, meetings, content collaboration, and workflows.

COVID-19 is creating unprecedented challenges in our communities and making the importance of essential workers more visible than ever. Firstline Workers are maintaining critical supply chains, keeping essentials stocked at retail stores, delivering vital supplies, serving as first responders, and caring for the most vulnerable. During this challenging time, organizations worldwide need to empower these workers with secure access to tools and technology to do their jobs. We’re announcing new Azure AD Public Preview features that enable critical Firstline Worker productivity: (1) SMS sign-in for Firstline Workers, (2) Delegated user management with My Staff, and (3) Shared device sign-out. | Related: Flash whitepaper – IT top of mind for Firstline Workers

The Microsoft Planner team posted a blog about working remotely the other week. We covered a lot of well-known features and shared some not-so-traditional use cases—ever thought of Planner as your at-home whiteboard?—but didn’t talk much about Planner mobile for Android and iOS. Our goal, especially these days, is to give you a robust task management experience no matter where you need it. Here are five recent improvements—two for Android, two for iOS, and one for both—that will help you meet impending deadlines while working remotely. (1) Widget and landscape mode – Android, (2) Attach files to tasks – Android, (3) Offline read-only mode – iOS, (4) Shared to Planner – iOS, and (5) Priority field – Android and iOS.

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