Office 365 Weekly Digest | 2020-19

Welcome to the May 3 – 9, 2020 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest.

Nineteen features were added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, including items for Teams, SharePoint, Outlook (Web), Azure Active Directory, Azure Information Protection, Excel, Project, and Visio.

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 more EDU-focused Teams training sessions, and an “eDiscovery for Microsoft Teams” webinar on Thursday, May 14th with EMEA and US options. The spotlight event of the week is “Microsoft Teams Security” at 9am Pacific on Wednesday, May 13th.

Blog posts in last week’s roundup include the OneDrive Roadmap Roundup for April 2020, details on a new Reply All Storm Protection feature in Exchange Online, the latest updates for Microsoft To Do, and several Teams articles.

Noteworthy item highlights updates for Workplace Analytics and Azure Active Directory, availability of screen recording in Microsoft Stream, and information on the timing of opt-in Microsoft Search in Bing through Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise (formerly known as Office 365 ProPlus).


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
Excel backstage: Add-in ready templates now enabled54964June CY2020Added: 05 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Excel, Visio
Visio Data Visualizer add-in for Excel templates are now enabled in the Excel backstage. There are category-specific templates for basic flowchart, cross-functional flowchart and org chart. These add-in ready templates make discoverability easy.
Export your Visio diagrams as images with Download as Image in Visio for the web61492June CY2020Added: 05 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Visio
With the Download as Image feature in Visio for the web, you can now save your Visio diagrams locally in PNG or JPEG format with just a few clicks. Various customization options allow you to specify the diagram area (current page vs. multiple pages), resolution, format, and whether to have a transparent background.
Office 365 G5 GCC High and DOD offering name update63967May CY2020Added: 05 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Office 365, GCC High, DOD
Office 365 G5 GCC High, and DOD offerings will be rebranded to specify the inclusion of Audio Conferencing with BYOT (Bring Your Own Trunk) calling capabilities. Previous offering names: Office 365 GCC High G5 and Office 365 DoD G5. New offering names: Office 365 GCC High G5 with Audio Conferencing – BYOTOffice 365 and DoD G5 with Audio Conferencing – BYOT.
Microsoft Teams supports Egnyte as a cloud storage provider63706May CY2020Added: 05 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams
We are adding support for Egnyte as part of our growing list of third-party cloud storage providers.
Visio Data Visualizer Add-in for Excel now available in multiple languages62950Q4 CY2020Added: 05 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Excel, Visio
You can now create diagrams using the Visio Data Visualizer add-in for Excel in different languages. The add-in is supported in all languages currently supported in Visio for the web.
Single sign-on enabled for the Visio Data Visualizer add-in62455Q4 CY2020Added: 05 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Visio
Single sign-on (SSO) is now enabled for the Visio Data Visualizer add-in. If you are already signed into Excel, you will not have to sign in separately to the add-in, you will automatically be signed in with the same account.
Azure AD Connect cloud provisioning63538(not listed)Added: 05 May 2020
Status: Rolling out
App / Service: Azure AD
As a complement to Azure AD Connect sync, seamlessly provision identities from multiple disconnected on-premises AD forest to Azure AD with Azure AD Connect cloud provisioning. Lightweight agents move the heavy lifting for provisioning to the cloud, granting high availability in your hybrid identity environment and ensuring you can manage identities across all of your organizations from a single cloud control plane.
Microsoft Teams: Multi-Window Meetings and Calling experiences57294June CY2020Added: 06 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams
Multi-window experiences are coming to Teams meetings and calling. Users will have the ability to pop out meetings and calling into separate windows to help them optimize their workflow. These experiences can be turned on directly within Teams for PC and Mac clients.
AIP scanner for on-premises available for Government clouds63657June CY2020Added: 06 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: AIP, GCC
Azure Information Protection Scanner helps you manage and protect your on-premises data. The scanner can be configured to periodically scan your on premises repositories such as File Servers and on-premises SharePoint servers to discover, label and protect sensitive data based on company policies. This is particularly important in scenarios where you’re planning data migration from on-premises to cloud storage or working towards meeting regulatory and compliance requirements such as GDPR.
Office 365: Office 365 Advanced Message Encryption for Government clouds63658June CY2020Added: 06 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Office 365
With Advanced Message Encryption in Office 365, you can control sensitive emails shared outside the organization with automatic policies. You configure these policies to identify sensitive information types such as PII, Financial, or Health IDs, or you can use keywords to enhance protection. Once configured, you can pair policies with custom branded email templates and then add an expiration date for extra control of emails that fit the policy. Also, admins can further control encrypted emails accessed externally through a secure web portal by revoking access to the mail at any time.
AIP Unified Labeling client for Windows available for Government clouds63660June CY2020Added: 06 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: AIP, GCC
The Azure Information Protection unified labeling client for Windows is a downloadable client for organizations that use sensitivity labels to classify and protect documents and emails. This client also has a viewer for organizations that don’t have their own information protection infrastructure but want to consume content that has been protected by other organizations that use a Rights Management service from Microsoft.
Outlook on the web: Suggested replies63974May CY2020Added: 06 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Outlook – Web
We are expanding suggested replies in Outlook on the web to customers in Europe with support for French and Italian.
Microsoft Teams: Ability to add distribution lists and modern groups to scheduled meetings63987May CY2020Added: 06 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams
We will soon release the ability to add distribution lists and modern groups to scheduled meetings in Teams. With this change, both distribution lists and modern groups will be discoverable from the people picker when scheduling meetings in Teams.
Outlook on the web: Text predictions63795May CY2020Added: 06 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Outlook – Web
Using smart technology, Outlook will predict text while you type. Just use the Tab key to accept the text prediction.
Exchange Hybrid Configuration Wizard: Support for full hybrid to two or more tenants63991Q4 CY2020Added: 06 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Exchange
We are adding support to allow the Exchange Hybrid Configuration Wizard to establish full hybrid from a single on-premise organization, to two or more tenants.
Microsoft Teams: raise hands in Teams meetings for GCC64044June CY2020Added: 08 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams, GCC
The new raise hands feature in Teams allows meeting attendees to identify that they wish to speak by toggling the hand icon in the meeting control bar, making it easier to actively participate in meetings. When a meeting participant has raised their hand, an icon will appear next to their name in the roster view as well as their profile picture or video on the main meeting stage. Both the attendee who raised their hand and any presenter can lower individual hands in the meeting. Raise hands will be available for both PC, Mac, and web-based clients to start, with mobile applications quickly following. We will be rolling this out starting in mid-June for GCC, followed by GCCH two weeks later, and finally DoD environments two weeks following.
Custom fields at the Task level43296Q4 CY2020Added: 08 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: (not listed)
Task custom fields enables you to add details to your tasks so you can manage your project more effectively. Fields such as numbers and dates can be created for tasks and shown in the Grid view and Task Details pane.
Project and Roadmap app in Microsoft Teams51138Q4 CY2020Added: 08 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams, Project
The Project and Roadmap app in Microsoft Teams makes it easy to track, manage, and collaborate on all aspects of a team project in one place.
Office 365 Advanced Message Encryption: Email revocation by end user63992Q4 CY2020Added: 08 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Office 365
As part of Office 365 Advance Message Encryption, we are extending the email revocation capabilities to the end user. Previously, you had to be an admin to revoke an already sent message; with this update, end users will have this capability as well.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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).

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: 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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

While eDiscovery provides a range of search, hold, and export functionality, advanced eDiscovery gives compliance administrators more tools to identify data sources and analyze their contents. Need to conduct an internal investigation of Teams content? We’ve got you covered. Join us to learn how to complete common eDiscovery processes on Teams content.

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.

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 19, 2020 at 8:00am PT | 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.

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.

When: Tuesday, May 26, 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.

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.

When: Thursday, June 2, 2020 at 8:00am PT | 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.

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.

When: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 9:00am PT | We are very excited to announce a Microsoft Teams ‘Ask Microsoft Anything’ (AMA) for Windows Autopilot! An AMA is a live online event similar to a “YamJam” on Yammer or an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit. The Microsoft Endpoint Manager team will answer questions and help you more easily set up and configure Windows 10 devices so end users can work productively (and securely) from anywhere. Questions about things like: (1) Using Windows Autopilot with user-owned devices, (2) Using Windows Autopilot to upgrade your Windows 7 devices to Windows 10, (3) Deploying applications with Windows Autopilot, and (4) your question here! Join in the Microsoft Endpoint Manager AMA space, and be sure to add the event to your calendar. We look forward to seeing you there!

When: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 8:00am PT | 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.

When: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 8:00am PT | Learn how IT can enable Microsoft Teams capabilities for users while maintaining the necessary configurations to align with required organizational business and security requirements. Agenda: (1) Automated team and policy provisioning strategies, (2) School Data Sync, and (3) Programmatically interacting with Teams. Note: You can also find this session, and more, on-demand here.

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.


BLOG ROUNDUP

We hope all of you are taking care of yourselves and staying safe. The OneDrive team is hard at work to maintain service uptake as well as roll out features to provide quality product performance and experience. Here are the latest functionalities that landed in production in the month of April-2020: (1) Sensitivity labels with protection for Office files in OneDrive and SharePoint, (2) Version history in desktop, and (3) Ability to delete a locked file.

When a reply all mail storm happens in your organization, it can disrupt business continuity and in some cases even throttle the rest of your organization’s email for a period of time. At Microsoft Ignite 2019 we announced the Reply All Storm Protection feature to help reduce the impact that reply all storms can have on large organizations. Now we’re pleased to announce that the feature is now rolling out in Office 365 worldwide. Initially the Reply All Storm Protection feature will mostly benefit large organizations who have large distribution lists. When the feature detects a likely reply all storm taking place on a large DL it will block subsequent attempts to reply all to the thread and will return an NDR to the sender. The reply all block will remain in place for several hours. Initially the Reply All Storm Protection feature will use the following condition to detect a reply all storm: 10 reply all-s to over 5000 recipients within 60 minutes. It will then block subsequent replies to the thread for 4 hours.

We’ve been a little quiet on the blog recently, because we’ve been hard at work delivering updates for you. We thought we’d take some time to let you know all that we’ve been up to. One of your top-requested features is here – we now have both All and Completed smart lists. Head to your settings to turn them on. One of our most exciting new updates is rolling out now, starting with Android this week and coming soon to other platforms. We’ll now give you a Today, Tomorrow, and Week view in your Planned list. Other new features include: (1) See your notifications on the iOS app badge, (2) Print your lists (available on all platforms), (3) Change how you add your tasks (new at top or bottom), and (4) we’ve also made it easier to see your completed tasks within your lists.

At Microsoft, our goal is to provide a built-in, intelligent, unified, and extensible solution to protect sensitive data across your digital estate – in Microsoft 365 cloud services, on-premises, third-party SaaS applications, and more. With Microsoft Information Protection (MIP), we are building a unified set of capabilities for classification, labeling, and protection not only in Office apps, but also in Microsoft 365 productivity services like OneDrive, SharePoint, Teams, and Exchange Online. Sensitivity labels are central to how your business-critical data is protected using Microsoft Information Protection (MIP). We are excited to announce general availability of sensitivity labels with protection for Office files in SharePoint and OneDrive. This is one more step to providing you comprehensive protection across documents and emails in Microsoft 365 services. Now your users can apply sensitivity labels, with protection policies, not just in Office apps on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android but also in Office on the web. Users will see sensitivity as an option on the ribbon of the Office on the web, and as the applied label name on the status bar.

As businesses around the world have transitioned to working from home, people are conducting online meetings more than ever to connect with others and get work done. Many Teams meeting invites include both a “Join Teams Meeting” link and dial-in phone numbers. Dialing into a meeting is enabled by the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), the same network that handles “landline” phone calls. Joining an online meeting via the meeting link is enabled by Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), which enables meetings through an internet connection. If you have a reliable internet connection, joining via the meeting join link will provide you a richer experience in your meeting. Here are nine ways VoIP provides a great experience that helps you get the most out of your online meetings.

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NOTEWORTHY

We published an update for https://connectivity.office.com today which adds a new test for OneDrive download speed and for buffer bloat. These support common networking tests for Office 365 users working from home. 1) OneDrive download speed – this shows the megabytes per second available to the user from the OneDrive and SharePoint service front door. 2) Buffer bloat – this shows a measurement of the increased latency due to congestion in your home router when the ISP bandwidth is full. VPN split tunnel testing was previously added as described here.

The Workplace Analytics team is excited to announce our feature updates for May 2020. This month’s update covers our latest features: (1) Power BI – Workplace Analytics connector now supports people and meeting queries, (2) Workplace Analytics insights for people managers, (3) Differential privacy, (4) Standardize working hours for query output, and (5) Analyst experience when auto-refresh queries can’t run.

The new screen recording tool in Microsoft Stream gives everyone a way to create videos for sharing knowledge, remote learning, leadership updates and other communications across your organization. Easily create new videos with the web-based tool—no need to download anything to get started. Just open the latest version of Edge or Chrome and your Stream portal then, from the Create dropdown list, select Record screen. Video creators can use options to record any window or screen, add mic or system audio, and include webcam for a personal touch. Screen recording is beginning to roll out to customers and will continue to roll out over the new few weeks. More functionality, including editing capabilities, will be coming soon!

We’re updating Microsoft 365 IT Admins on availability of the Microsoft Search in Bing browser extension for Chrome. Based on customer feedback, this capability will be opt-in and for AD-joined devices only. As we’ve stated previously, unless an admin chooses to install the extension it will not be deployed. Once deployed by opting in through Microsoft 365 Admin Center, the user remains in control and can revert to their original search engine settings at any time. With Version 2005 of Office, we are starting to roll out the admin capability to easily deploy this extension to Insider builds through Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise on Windows devices. Note: Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise is the new name for Office 365 ProPlus. | Resource: Microsoft Search in Bing and Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise

As organizations adjust to employees working from home, they’ve told us their priority is enabling employees to work remotely while maintaining security, productivity, and collaboration. Azure AD Conditional Access can ensure that the right people have the access to resources they need from wherever they are. Earlier this month, we answered some frequently asked questions about using Azure AD Conditional Access to secure remote access, and we’re now announcing three updates to help you understand the impact of Azure AD Conditional Access policies from testing through deployment. These updates are: (1) Report-only mode is now generally available, (2) Insights and reporting workbook is now generally available, and (3) New policy details blade is now in public preview.

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