Office 365 Weekly Digest | 2020-22

Welcome to the May 24 – 30, 2020 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest.

There were twelve additions to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, including several items for Teams, along with items for Azure Active Directory, SharePoint, Microsoft 365 Admin, Microsoft Information Protection, Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, and Microsoft Word.

Even more sessions for existing event series have been added. There are also several new events, such as the Migrating content into Microsoft 365 AMA on Wednesday, June 10th at 9am Pacific, and three Azure Active Directory webinars happening on Thursdays from June 11 – June 25. There’s also a Teams for Education AMA on Tuesday, June 16th at 9am Pacific. This week’s spotlight event is the first of two days of the Galactic Collaboration Summit on Tuesday, June 2nd.

Highlights from last week’s blog posts include details on recent updates to the Microsoft 365 admin center, information on the May 2020 features for Microsoft Teams, as well as updates for Cortana in Microsoft 365, Migration tools, and Planner.

Wrapping up the post are noteworthy items including the availability to create a SharePoint list from Microsoft Excel, the May 2020 updates for Project on the web, the Zero Trust Deployment Guide for Devices, and the general availability of managing authentication sessions in Azure AD Conditional Access.


OFFICE 365 ROADMAP

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

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

DescriptionFeature IDEstimated ReleaseDetails
Microsoft Teams: Pinned Posts64334June CY2020Added: 26 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams
Keep important information easily accessible and top of mind with Microsoft Teams. Users will be able to pin any message in a channel to the channel information pane for all members of the channel to see.
Reverse Number Lookup Enhancements64405May CY2020Added: 26 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams
In October 2019 we released RNL to make it easier to identify the caller. With these latest enhancements, the Telco display name will now also show up in your Activity Feed, Call History, and Voicemail.
Microsoft Teams: new experience for launching instant channel meetings for GCC customers64483Q4 CY2020Added: 26 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams, GCC
Meet Now buttons in Teams channels will have a new home. You will soon find them in the Channel header where you can easily find and launch the meeting.
Microsoft Teams: improved Teams meeting join launcher experience for GCC customers64484Q4 CY2020Added: 26 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams, GCC
Users who click on a Teams meeting join link will now see an optimize and improved join experience. Users will be prompted with an option to join on the web, download the Teams client, or join with the native teams client. This will result in faster & more confident meeting join.
Microsoft 365 Firstline Worker: Audit logs in Shifts64476June CY2020Added: 27 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams
Shifts Audit Logs are provided in the centralized O365 Security & Compliance Center, in alignment with O365 customer promises and to support our customers’ needs.
New groups management features available in the Microsoft 365 admin center64477May CY2020Added: 27 May 2020
Status: Rolling out
App / Service: Microsoft 365 Admin
Several new groups management features are now available in the Microsoft 365 admin center, including the ability to export groups, Teams creation improvements for groups, the ability to edit a group’s e-mail address, the ability to sort by group name, and the ability to restore deleted groups.
Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection: Detonation details64570July CY2020Added: 29 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Office 365 ATP
We’re working to reveal more of the details that led to a malicious verdict when URLs or files are detonated in Office 365 ATP. In addition to the detonation chain (the series of detonations that were necessary to reach a verdict for this entity), we’ll also share a detonation summary, with details such as detonation time range, verdict of the file or URL, related entities (other entities called or used during the detonation), screenshots, and more.
SharePoint: Set Default Page Templates64529June CY2020Added: 29 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: SharePoint
This feature will allow site owners to set a page template as the default when a user creates a new page or news post on the site. The default template will be selected when the template picker is opened, but users can select a different template to use before they create their page.
Microsoft Information Protection: Exact Data Match supported for SharePoint Online64558June CY2020Added: 29 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Microsoft Information Protection
Organizations will be able to use EDM (Exact Data Match) to better protect content on SharePoint online. With EDM-based classification, you can create a custom sensitive information type that is designed to: be dynamic and refreshable, be more scalable, result in fewer false-positives, work with structured sensitive data, handle sensitive information more securely and be used with several Microsoft cloud services.
Word: Add Files in Word Online64560June CY2020Added: 29 May 2020
Status: Rolling out
App / Service: Word
An updated Add from Files experience in Word Online makes it easier to find and reuse content across your company.
Enabling basic formatting on the sign-in page text component in Company Branding64092June CY2020Added: 29 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Azure AD
Today, the sign-in page text component of Company Branding only supports plaintext. We’re updating the Company Branding functionality feature on the Azure AD/Microsoft 365 login experience to allow adding hyperlinks and simple formatting (bolding, underline and italics).
Channel info pane64173June CY2020Added: 29 May 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams
Selecting the “Channel info” icon in the channel header will display summary information related to that channel including the description, a list of recent contributors and members, as well as system messages.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

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.

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.

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

When: Tuesday, 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.

When: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 & Tuesday, June 9, 2020 | The Galactic Collaboration Summit is about to hit warp speed 10, to help you explore a Milky Way Galaxy full of sessions. Set your phasers on fun, to learn, and engage! Jeff “Captain” Teper (CVP, Microsoft) will be giving a keynote that’ll be out of this world, plus Microsoft speakers delivering breakout sessions among thought leaders and members of the community from around the world. The Galactic Collaboration Summit has something for everyone in all reaches of the Microsoft 365 galaxy: far, far away. You’ll find no star or cluster uncharted: modern workplace, remote working and distance learning topics on Microsoft’s technologies, such as Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams and SharePoint, Microsoft Azure topics relevant to the modern workplace, as well as different Business App topics (Power Apps, Logic Apps, Power Automate, Planner, Yammer), and 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).

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

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

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.

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!

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.

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, 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: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 9:00am PT | This will be a 1-hour Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA) within the Microsoft Tech Community. An AMA is like an “Ask Me Anything (AMA)” on Reddit, providing the opportunity for the community to ask questions and have a discussion with a panel of Microsoft experts taking questions about the SharePoint admin center Migration Manager, SharePoint Migration Tool (SPMT; content from on-premises, Mover (cloud-to-cloud), FastTrack, and our 3rd-party migration ecosystem. This AMA is to answer your questions about the products, tools, and services. We, too, will share details around the above announcements. And as always, we appreciate your input on what you want to see next – aka, what is missing to make your migrations smooth and successful. Join in the Migrating Content into Microsoft 365 AMA space. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please join us for the Azure AD Webinar Series. Our engineering team is hosting these (free) sessions on deploying and configuring Azure Active Directory.  In this webinar, we will introduce tools to govern the lifecycle of user and guest identities in your Azure AD and Office 365 deployment.

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, 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.

When: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 9:00am PT | We are very excited to announce a Microsoft Teams ‘Ask Microsoft Anything’ (AMA) specific to Teams for Education! 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 team who will be on hand to answer your questions and listen to feedback. Join in the Microsoft Teams AMA space, and add the event to your calendar. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please join us for the Azure AD Webinar Series. Our engineering team is hosting these (free) sessions on deploying and configuring Azure Active Directory.  In this webinar, you will learn how to interpret Azure AD logs, integrate with your SIEM tools, and gather insights about your Azure AD service.

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.

Please join us for the Azure AD Webinar Series. Our engineering team is hosting these (free) sessions on deploying and configuring Azure Active Directory.  In this webinar, you will learn how to assess and implement a modern approach to a secure your organization identities with Azure AD.

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

The Microsoft 365 admin center is the hub of the Microsoft 365 ecosystem. As part of our ongoing efforts to improve your Microsoft 365 admin experience, we have enhanced the Org Settings area, enabled dark mode across most pages, added several enhancements related to Microsoft 365 Groups, and added provisioning status for Microsoft Teams. Org settings are used to configure your organization’s profile, services, and security and privacy for Microsoft 365. The Groups management updates include: (1) Export groups, (2) Team creation improvements for groups, (3) Edit group e-mail address, (4) Sort by group name, and (5) Restore deleted group.

This month, we have new meetings, calling, devices, chat, collaboration, platform, and industry features we will not want you to miss. New features for meetings, calling, and devices  include: (1) An improved meeting join launcher experience, (2) Download a participant report in a Teams meeting, (3) Set tenant-wide default selection for “Who Can Present” in meetings, (4) Set background effects policy at a user-level, (5) Better policy controls over screen sharing from chats. Enhancements for chat and collaboration include: (1) Templates in Teams, (2) Microsoft Lists in Teams, and (3) Pop out chats into separate windows. New in developer, platform and app management are: (1) Teams extension for Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code, (2) Enhanced integration with Power Apps, including Power Virtual Agents and Power Automate. And, there’s also a new Skype for Business to Teams Upgrade Advisor available in the Microsoft Teams Admin Center.

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With recent events leading to the world’s largest work-from-home shift, we could all use some assistance to stay caught up with work while juggling personal responsibilities. We’re featuring updates available starting today with Cortana, your personal productivity assistant in Microsoft 365, to make it easier to get time back on your busy schedule and focus on what matters. Stay on track with Cortana in Windows 10—To help you save time finding what you need and stay focused, we’re releasing a new chat-based Cortana experience in Windows 10 focused on enhancing your productivity. This productivity focused experience is now generally available in English for customers in the United States with the Windows 10 May 2020 update. Stay organized and connected with Play My Emails—To help you manage your time and tasks while listening to new emails and changes to your day, we’re rolling out updates to the Play My Emails experience in Outlook for iOS. These new task and time management updates are now generally available for customers in the United States with Play My Emails in Outlook for iOS. And, we are excited to confirm that Play My Emails will start to roll out in Outlook for Android in the coming weeks. Start your day on track with the Briefing email—To help you be well prepared for upcoming meetings and stay on top of commitments, we’re introducing the new Briefing email from Cortana. Briefing is currently rolling out in First Release for Microsoft 365 Enterprise users with Exchange Online mailboxes in English. | Related: Stay organized with Play My Emails in Outlook

Microsoft focuses on providing a seamless move to Microsoft 365 with as much expertise and tooling we and our ecosystem can offer – across the globe. Our goal is to help move to the cloud with confidence. We are pleased to share Migration Manager – part of the SharePoint admin center – has completed rollout to Microsoft 365, including commercial and government cloud customers. Migration Manager is now generally available. It is a key part of the SharePoint admin center, to help orchestrate and simplify management of large-scale migrations. Admins can add and manage multiple migration agents to centrally orchestrate all migration activities. We, too, have updated the SharePoint Migration Tool (SPMT) – adding support for migrating content to Microsoft Teams. The SharePoint Migration Tool (SPMT) is a simple and fast solution to help you migrate content from on-premises SharePoint Server sites and file shares to SharePoint, OneDrive, and now Microsoft Teams in Microsoft 365. It is designed to help you bring your information to the cloud and take advantage of the latest collaboration, intelligence, and security solutions within Microsoft 365.

If you use Planner in Teams, you’ve likely run into issues uploading files to your tasks. Previously, Teams didn’t support direct file uploads; instead, you needed to upload your content through the Planner web experience to then access it in Teams. You told us about this troublesome workaround on UserVoice and we’ve since fixed the problem. Planner in Teams now supports direct file uploads, eliminating the need to switch apps. Nothing says “celebration” like confetti—and completing a task in Planner is definitely worth celebrating. To add some pizzazz to your Planner tasks, we’ve added confetti animation that’s triggered whenever you check the “Completed” circle in a task. The animation is a stylistic update only; confetti animation doesn’t affect the way you manage your Planner plans in any way. Planner is the underlying technology that fuels task lists, or Action Items, which looks like a table and includes columns for task title, assignee, and due date. Fluid Components can be added to a Fluid workspace through Office.com or embedded in Outlook for the web emails. They are both lightweight and dynamic so that changes occur instantaneously and are up to date across apps. This makes the Action Items component perfect for, say, emailing next steps after a status call. Team members who receive your email can update the Action Items table directly in the email they receive—and you’ll see their updates in real time on your end. You can even paste the component into Microsoft Teams and any changes made there will replicate instantly in your email thread. With Fluid Components, your team has a single source of truth across apps.

At Microsoft, our goal is to provide a built-in, intelligent, unified, and extensible solution to protect sensitive data across your enterprise – in Microsoft 365 cloud services, on-premises, third-party SaaS applications, and more. With Microsoft Information Protection, we are building a unified set of capabilities for classification, labeling, and protection across Microsoft 365 apps (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook) and productivity services like OneDrive, SharePoint, Teams, and Exchange. Sensitivity labels are central to how your business-critical data can be protected using Microsoft Information Protection. You can create a sensitivity label and associate it with protection like encryption and visual marking. Label-applied protection will persist with the file wherever it goes. You can start by empowering your users to manually label documents and emails in Office apps across a wide range of platforms (e.g. Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and online). However, users may forget to label manually or label sensitive data inaccurately. Relying on users alone to manually classify corporate data using labels is not sufficient. The scalable approach is to automatically discover, label, and protect sensitive data. To help you achieve that, we are excited to announce the general availability of automatic classification with sensitivity labels in SharePoint, OneDrive, and Exchange. You can create an auto-labeling policy with rules tailored for your organization’s sensitive data, targeting specific locations in your enterprise. A policy can either be in simulation or active mode. You can run the policy first in simulation mode and if the results satisfy your organization’s needs then you can proceed and publish the policy.


NOTEWORTHY

Every month, tens of millions of people turn to SharePoint lists to track and manage critical business and team data. Lists enable organizations and teams to store and visualize rows of data to share and collaborate on scenarios like inventory management, status reporting, deal milestones and more. They are easy to use, secure, with high capacity up to 30 million items in a single list. We’re pleased to announce lists from Excel is now rolled out worldwide to customers in Microsoft 365. This is a new way to create a list, saving you time while putting the data in a location that opens new scenarios. Note: We recently announced Microsoft Lists and how it is an evolution of SharePoint lists. For the list from Excel announcement above, we want to emphasize that you will be able to create a list from Microsoft Excel today and in the future when Microsoft Lists begins to roll out and broaden the lists story.

We recognize that work has changed drastically in the last few months and want to continue in giving you modern tools that support you and your teams. The new features outlined in this post may look familiar if you follow Project on the Microsoft 365 Public Roadmap, which gives our users notice of pending releases. Additionally, new features are announced on our monthly “What’s new in Project” article, which lists large and small features that already have been rolled out each month. Some of the latest features include: (1) Copy Project, (2) Task scheduling changes, and (3) Office 365 E5 user read-only.

The modern enterprise has an incredible diversity of endpoints accessing their data. This creates a massive attack surface, and as a result, endpoints can easily become the weakest link in your Zero Trust security strategy. Whether a device is a personally owned BYOD device or a corporate-owned and fully managed device, we want to have visibility into the endpoints accessing our network, and ensure we’re only allowing healthy and compliant devices to access corporate resources. Likewise, we are concerned about the health and trustworthiness of mobile and desktop apps that run on those endpoints. We want to ensure those apps are also healthy and compliant and that they prevent corporate data from leaking to consumer apps or services through malicious intent or accidental means. | Related: Zero Trust and its role in securing the new normal

When we need to deploy a hybrid scenario, the first thing that comes to mind is running the Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW). Indeed, HCW is enough to make the magic happen between Exchange Online (EXO) and Exchange on-premises. But, if you want to pull back the curtain on the mail flow and connectors, this post is for you! It is not unusual to see connector settings be changed manually, which might result in unexpected behavior. Additionally, some customers want to push the limits of their configuration by introducing additional hops into the mail flow path. This post attempts to provide technical details helpful for troubleshooting and deploying hybrid mail flow securely.

We’ve updated and improved the guides on the Setup guidance page to a more modern approach. To access the page from the admin center, select the Home icon on the left. In the Training & guides card, you will select Customized setup guidance. Here you can learn about and set up services, solutions, and add-ins included with your Microsoft 365 subscription. The guides are organized by topic, to help you quickly identify the product you’re ready to deploy and wizard you’ll prioritize, based on your organization’s immediate needs. Initial setup guides are your starting point for setting up new subscription-based services. They cover the most common tasks for new tenants, including adding or syncing users, setting up or migrating email, and deploying Windows 10. Security guides assist you with the configuration and deployment of identity and infrastructure services needed to protect your organization’s data and users’ information. Guides in the collaboration section provide best practices for deploying communication, sharing, and collaboration products like Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, SharePoint, and Microsoft 365 Apps in a way that works for your scenario. Advanced wizards help enterprise admins save time by generating customized scripts to automatically configure Microsoft 365 Apps and Windows 10 deployments in Configuration Manager. These scripts check for prerequisites and provides prompts to remediate potential sources for errors. There’s also a wizard that helps you create configuration files for deploying Office with the Office Deployment Tool.

Many of you have already been using Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Conditional Access’s authentication sessions management capabilities in public preview. We’d like to thank all the customers who have tried the preview and provided us valuable feedback. We’re excited to announce this feature is now generally available! Authentication session management capabilities allow you to configure how often your users need to provide sign-in credentials and whether they need to provide credentials after closing and reopening browsers—giving you fined-grained controls that can offer more security and flexibility in your environment. Authentication session management used to only apply to the First Factor Authentication on Azure AD joined, Hybrid Azure AD joined, and Azure AD registered devices. There is no easy way for our customers to re-enforce Multiple Factor Authentication (MFA) on those devices at all. We have heard the feedback loud and clear. Since then, we have addressed the issue and now authentication session management will apply for MFA as well. | Related: Manage your authentication phone numbers and more in new Microsoft Graph beta APIs

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