Office 365 Weekly Digest | 2020-18

Welcome to the April 26 – May 2, 2020 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest.

There were nine features added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, including items for Teams, SharePoint, Outlook (Windows), and OneDrive.

The events keep coming! Numerous sessions for existing Teams-related event series have been added – even since last week’s post. New events added include Parts 5 & 6 of the “Enabling Remote Work with Microsoft 365” webinar series, a “Breakout Rooms in Microsoft Teams” webcast, and a “Microsoft Teams Security” webcast. This week’s spotlight event is the “Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA): Enable secure remote work with Azure Active Directory” at 9am Pacific on Wednesday, May 6th.

The end of the month means lots of posts about what’s new for April 2020, including Microsoft 365, Teams and SharePoint. In addition, there are details about new tools to help with secure remote work and a new feature in the Office Deployment Toolkit that allows for changes without updating the version.

Noteworthy items from last week include information on updates for MyAnalytics, Project on the web, and Outlook for Mac, as well as a look back at how Microsoft Teams was vital to the success of the recent NFL draft.


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
Fluent design coherence updates for SharePoint63777May CY2020Added: 28 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: SharePoint
Microsoft uses the Fluent design system to ensure a cohesive and accessible design for all Microsoft product users. Fluent will be applied to modern SharePoint which will result in some visual changes. You will notice larger and bolder typefaces, increased opacity for drop shadows, and rounded corners for square graphical elements.
SharePoint: Saved for later web part57810May CY2020Added: 28 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: SharePoint
New web part to display a user’s saved for later items, which can be added to any page or news post in SharePoint.
SharePoint site header updates63776May CY2020Added: 28 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: SharePoint
New options will become available to customize the branding of modern SharePoint sites. Site creators will be able to choose to show or hide the site title and will have additional configuration options for site logo – a square site logo thumbnail or a non-square site logo. Both changes will be reflected in the Site settings Change the look panel.
Tasks in Teams57213June CY2020Added: 29 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams
Tasks for Information Workers in Teams – Tasks in Teams gives you a new unified view of your personal and assigned tasks within Teams. It consolidates your tasks across Microsoft To Do, Teams channels, Planner and Outlook. Users have smart views including tasks assigned to you, priority as well as the start or due date. Users can choose the view that works the best for them – list, boards, charts, schedules – to get things done.
Tasks for HQ and Firstline Workers in Teams – Tasks targeting, publishing and reporting. With the new Tasks experience in Teams, we are delivering several capabilities that will support new levels of team collaboration. Tasks targeting, publishing and reporting in Teams allows corporate and regional leadership to send task lists targeted to the relevant locations, such as specific retail stores, and track their progress through automatic real-time reports. Managers have tools to easily direct activities within their stores, and Firstline Workers have a simple prioritized list available via their personal or company-issued mobile device showing them exactly what to do next.
Outlook for Windows: Store settings in the cloud63037May CY2020Added: 30 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Outlook – Windows
A new option found under General Cloud storage options that allows users to choose if they would like to store their Outlook settings in the cloud. This will enable a number of capabilities such as Privacy Settings and Focus Inbox to be consistent if they use Outlook on multiple computers and eventually Outlook on the web and mobile.
Add to OneDrive56384Q4 CY2020Added: 30 April 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: OneDrive
Add to OneDrive is the capability for customers to add shared folders alongside their own content which means that, instead of finding shared content based on who shared it and how someone shared it with them, users will be able to access the files they care about directly within their OneDrive.
Microsoft Teams: Announce when PSTN participants join/leave the meeting for GCC customers63834May CY2020Added: 01 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams, GCC
Any user who schedules a Teams meeting will now see a new setting in Meeting Options page of a meeting to control the announcement sound when a PSTN/dial-in participant joins or leaves the meeting.
Microsoft Teams: Enable organizers to change lobby settings for PSTN meeting participants for GCC customers63833May CY2020Added: 01 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams, GCC
Any user who schedules a Microsoft Teams meeting will now see a separate setting to control the lobby for PSTN participants in the Meeting Options page of a given meeting.
Office 365 ATP: External Email Forwarding Controls63831Q4 CY2020Added: 01 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Office 365
External forwarding of email is a tactic used by attackers to exfiltrate data out of an organization and controlling that process is difficult. With this new feature we are adding support for more granular controls that allow the Office 365 administrators to easily enable external forwarding for the right people in the organization through the outbound spam policy. We are also moving to disable external forwarding by default so organizations are secure by default.

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.

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.

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: 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.

Hosted by the Microsoft Product Group, these webinars cover topics for instructors, students, staff, and IT Pros including sessions for online classes/lectures, introduction to Teams, advanced features and functionality for IT Pros, and many more.

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).

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.

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 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.

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.

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, May 6, 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 with Power Apps product experts and learn how you can quickly build apps and adapt processes for remote work. Be sure to add the event to your calendar. Note: The recordings for previous parts of this series are available on the same page linked above.

When: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 9:00am PT | While remote work is a common feature of modern workplaces, it has become an imperative in light of the current worldwide Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Where it’s feasible, enabling work to happen from homes is a key way to help keep our employees, customers, partners and communities healthy and safe. Join us Wednesday, May 6 for an opportunity to “Ask Microsoft Anything” (AMA) about enabling secure remote access for your workforce with Azure AD. An AMA is a live, online, text-based question-and-answer event similar to a “YamJam” on Yammer or an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit or Twitter. To join, simply visit the Azure AD AMA space at 9:00 a.m. PDT and submit a question by selecting Start a new conversation—then do this for each new question. 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 Azure AD AMA space in the Azure AD Tech Community up to 24 hours in advance.

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.

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.

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!

When: Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 9:00am PT | Since many of our customers’ employees have been working from home, trainings that were once in-person have now moved to a virtual setting. Have you ever wondered how to use Microsoft Teams for breakout rooms? There are three options that you can use today in Teams to fit your virtual training needs. In this webcast, we will discuss the common use cases for breakout rooms, and walk through the steps for the three options available for you to use today. Bring your questions, as there will be live Q&A throughout the webcast!

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.

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.

When: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 9:00am PT | Join the Yammer product team – discover how Yammer has been rebuilt to power community through leadership engagement, corporate communications, knowledge sharing, and a modern employee experience. This webinar will show you UI and capabilities, All Company updates, the new Yammer app for Microsoft Teams, and more! Be sure to add the event to your calendar.

When: Wednesday, May 13, 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 practical advice on managing Windows 10 devices, monthly updates, and user-owned devices for your remote workforce. Be sure to add the event to your calendar. Note: The recordings for previous parts of this series are available on the same page linked above.

When: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 9:00am PT | Wherever you are in your Microsoft Teams journey, we want to be sure that your users have a secure environment to communicate and collaborate. On Wednesday, May 13th, at 12 noon eastern, Microsoft’s Craig Eidelman and Pete Anello will walk us through securing Microsoft Teams. This webcast will include: (a) Ensuring that user identities are secure to access Teams, (b) Protecting the Teams Application, (c) Securing the data coming in and out of Teams, and (d) Security around Teams Meetings. Also, be sure to add the event to your calendar.

When: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 from 10:00am – 2:00pm PT | See how Microsoft Teams meets the requirements of a connected workforce with a cloud-based communication solution that combines chat, video meetings, file storage, and app integration. Learn to deploy, configure, and administer Microsoft Teams to optimize your company’s collaboration strategy. Sessions include: (1) What’s new in Microsoft Teams, (2) Intelligent communication in Microsoft Teams, (3) Path from Skype for Business to Teams, (4) Managing Microsoft Teams effectively, and (5) Streamline business processes with the Teams development platform.

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: Wednesday, May 20, 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 to hear how modern devices from Surface and Partners plus Teams peripherals will enable your employees to collaborate, stay productive and work remotely securely. Be sure to add the event to your calendar. Note: The recordings for previous parts of this series are available on the same page linked above.

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.

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, 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

In this world of remote everything, our customers are discovering so many new ways to work and learn online. And we’re committed to shipping updates and improvements to our tools that help them stay connected, productive, and secure through the current crisis and beyond. This month, we’re announcing a new Yammer app in Microsoft Teams as well as a new way to intuitively search data in Excel. Meanwhile, capabilities in Microsoft Edge make it easier to copy and paste between tabs and apps, manage open tabs, organize information more intuitively, and better protect your data as you browse and work online. Let’s dig into all of April’s news. | Related: Video – What’s New with Microsoft 365 | April 2020

This post includes all the SharePoint and related tech updates that rolled out in April 2020. This is the all-inclusive roadmap release recap for all things SharePoint and related technology. Highlighted features include stock images in SharePoint, Modernized Metadata Service (MMS), shy header, preview of SharePoint Spaces, file card “conversations”, audience targeting in navigation, and more. All the features listed began rolling out to Targeted Release customers in Office 365 as of April 2020 (possibly early May 2020).

As businesses and schools around the world prioritize remote work for the safety and well-being of their employees and students, Microsoft Teams is playing a critical role in helping them stay connected through video meetings, calls, and chats. We are excited to introduce new meetings capabilities, IT administration controls and so much more to further the experience for our customers. Some of the enhancements include an increase in the number of simultaneous videos in Teams meetings, Raise Hands, Background effects, Live Event limit increases, insights into Teams app usage in your environment, updates in Education and Government Community Cloud, and many more!

Related:

The challenges of the work-from-home necessitated by COVID-19 will never be forgotten by anyone. Here at Microsoft, we’ve probably seen every possible challenge from every industry and point on the map, and we are committed to partnering with you as we all navigate this “new normal” and keep working to ensure the continuity of your business at a time when there’s no precedent to guide us. Whether it’s enabling remote meetings and collaboration, provisioning and managing remote devices, ensuring the data that’s no longer confined to your network remains secure and compliant, using low-code tools and platforms to rapidly build new business applications, or addressing the latest COVID-19-related threats—we have built solutions and developed the guidance your organization needs to help you make the most of this new environment. Enabling your users to work from anywhere, regardless of the industry you’re in, requires a level of confidence and control over how users access information across different device endpoints and networks. This post includes several improvements to our products, to make enabling remote work easier.

Related:

With the most recent release of the Office Deployment Tool (ODT) we have implemented a new feature based on customer’s feedback. Starting with version 16.0.11615.33602 it is possible to make changes to an existing installation of Office 365 ProPlus while keeping the installed version as is, even when a newer one is available on the Office CDN or in your network share/local folder. In the past the ODT automatically updated the installation to the latest build while installing the specified product, Language Pack or Proofing Tool. The updated “version” handling allows you to add e.g. Language Packs, Proofing Tools, additional products (like Visio or Project) or apps without updating the installed build, even when a newer build is available in the source location (Office CDN or the specified source path).


NOTEWORTHY

Last month we highlighted some great additions to the new Outlook for Mac in Insider Fast, like Automatic Replies and Message List Density Settings. This month, we are delivering even more new features that you can try out. We’ve made changes to the inbox and the calendar, and have added many features you have been requesting, like Unified Inbox, MailTips, and Search All Mailboxes. Here’s what’s new in Insider Fast (build 16.38.20042808).

This post is a summary of the latest features for Project on the web. For April 2020, updates include: (1) Support for all geographies, (2) Project on the web availability for education customers, (3) task filtering, (4) project percent complete, (5) the ability to copy a project and use it to create a new project, and (6) the option to set Effort and Duration independently of each other for unassigned tasks.

Last fall we announced that MyAnalytics will help people managers stay up to speed with their team members. We’re excited to announce that the ‘catch up with your team’ experience in the Outlook Insights add-in is rolling out now to all people managers with a MyAnalytics license. The Insights Outlook add-in can be used to stay connected with team members, with reminders to reschedule 1:1s if conflicts arise, follow up on an important requests, and more. The recent shift toward remote work has only increased the importance of regular, structured check-ins between managers and team members. In many cases it may not be as easy to ‘drive by’ a team member’s desk to check in. Whether managers are leading remotely or in person, these experiences will provide critical insights to connect and nurture teams even when work flexes and shifts.

Ever since we announced our intention to disable Basic Authentication in Exchange Online we said we that we would add Modern Auth (OAuth 2.0) support for the IMAP, POP and SMTP AUTH protocols. We’re excited to announce the availability of OAuth 2.0 authentication for IMAP and SMTP AUTH protocols to Exchange Online mailboxes. Application developers who have built apps that send, read or otherwise process email using these protocols will be able to implement secure, modern authentication experiences for their users. This functionality is built on top of Microsoft Identity platform (v2.0) and supports access to email of Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) users. Note: We are in the process of rolling out OAuth 2.0 support for POP protocol and will update this blog once the rollout is complete.

As the novel coronavirus swept the nation in mid-March and phrases like “stay at home” and “flatten the curve” became the new normal, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was forced to cancel plans for an elaborate draft on the Las Vegas Strip. Rather than a massive stage at the new Caesars Forum, he would need to announce picks from his basement in Bronxville, N.Y.; rather than a red carpet in front of the Bellagio fountains, players would be sitting on their sofas. Each of the 32 teams would have massive stakes and the pressure of a ticking clock riding on every pick — but instead of being within arm’s reach of League personnel, they would be selecting the future cornerstones of their franchise in disparate homes, offices and bonus rooms across the country, including at least one owner who planned to draft from his luxury yacht. A game plan was drawn up to create 32 separate private Teams channels within the NFL’s organization, for each NFL club to join as guests. Each club would be able to communicate and collaborate within their own ranks and with the NFL in this private channel, without being afforded visibility into the other clubs’ activities.

2 thoughts on “Office 365 Weekly Digest | 2020-18

Leave a Reply to Szymon Bochniak Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.