Office 365 Weekly Digest | 2020-24

Welcome to the June 7 – 13, 2020 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest.

There were twenty-seven additions to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, including items for Teams, SharePoint, Lists, Microsoft 365 Admin, Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), To Do, and Search.

A few sessions have been added for existing event series. A new Azure Active Directory Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA) session will take place on Tuesday, June 23rd at 9am Pacific. This week’s spotlight event is the “Enabling Remote Work at Microsoft: Teamwork and meetings” session on Thursday, June 18th at 10am Pacific.

Highlights from last week’s blog posts include the availability of custom backgrounds in Microsoft Teams, a look back at OneDrive updates in May 2020, information on what’s new in Microsoft 365 Compliance and Risk Management, and 11 security tips to help stay safe in the COVID-19 era.

Wrapping up the post are noteworthy items on recent updates for Workplace Analytics and MyAnalytics, expanded migration services from Microsoft FastTrack, and a compilation of answers to frequently asked questions about device-based 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 Lists: new ‘Integrate’ drop-down menu – powered by SharePoint64869July CY2020Added: 08 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Lists
As part of updating the command bar at the top of Microsoft Lists, we are introducing a new top-level menu item: ‘Integrate.’ This is the home for features that help extend list experiences. To start, existing command buttons for Power Apps and Power Automate will move into Integrate – as they are integrated technologies and experiences.
Microsoft Lists: visual updates for Quick Edit64871June CY2020Added: 08 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Lists
When in Quick Edit, we are introducing a number of new and refined user interface updates. You’ll see new grid lines, an improved on-hover experience when using your mouse around the grid, themed color bars on the side of list items – including error messaging, a “Create New Item” button at the bottom of quick edit for creating new items inline, and updated column header drop-downs.
Acronyms answers with Microsoft Search are coming to SharePoint and Office.com64865June CY2020Added: 08 June 2020
Status: Rolling out
App / Service: Search
We are increasing the number of participants who can be viewed simultaneously on the Teams meeting stage from 4 to 9.
SharePoint lists and libraries: Sticky column in Quick Edit64866June CY2020Added: 08 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: SharePoint
As users scroll horizontally across a list in Quick Edit mode, the far-left column remains in place – improving context while viewing and editing.
SharePoint lists and libraries: Fixed row height in Quick Edit64867June CY2020Added: 08 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: SharePoint
When in Quick Edit, you will see a new layout option “Fixed Height” within the view drop-down menu. This layout will adjust the height of all rows in the list or library to the same height to optimize the vertical spacing.
SharePoint lists and libraries: updated Quick Edit row selection64868June CY2020Added: 08 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: SharePoint
When in Quick Edit, people will see an updated way for selecting single or multiple items in a list or files in a library. This selection update supports existing copy/paste and drag-to-fill, applicable to multiple rows when using shift+selection. This, too, improves navigating and interacting with a list or library via keyboard key strokes.
SharePoint lists and libraries – Improved Image columns64872August CY2020Added: 08 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: SharePoint
Upload a new image – including mobile camera support. You can add a new Image column to lists and libraries. When creating or editing items in that list or library, you can upload an image for that list item of file.
Microsoft Teams: Safe Transfer64779July CY2020Added: 10 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams
Teams users will be able to transfer a call safely, between Teams and Skype For Business. If the target user does not answer the call, it will ring back to the transferrer. The person transferring the call must be a Teams user. The person the call is being transferred to must be either a Teams or Skype for Business user in the same tenant or in a federated tenant.
Microsoft Teams: Tagging by Shifts64972July CY2020Added: 10 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams
Tagging by shift connects you to the right people faster. This new feature automatically assigns users with tags matching their schedule and shift group name from the Shifts app in Teams.
We’re updating SharePoint Online search query volume limits when using app-only authentication64963August CY2020Added: 10 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: SharePoint
When this change is implemented, queries using the Site.Read.All permissions level or greater will be throttled at 25 QPS. The search query will return with a 429 response and you can simply retry the query. When waiting for 429 recovery, you should ensure to pause all search query requests you may be making to the service using similar app-only permission. Making additional calls while receiving throttle responses will extend the time it takes for your app to become unthrottled. As we scale our system, we realize the importance of hardening the system to run it efficiently and also to protect the system and hence this change. This change is expected to rollout beginning August 2020 into the Fall of 2020.
Working on multiple pages now gets more convenient in Visio for the web55725July CY2020Added: 11 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Visio
Multi-page operations is easier in Visio for the web. You can now drag pages and position them anywhere in your file. There is also a page navigation list, which will give you an one-shot view of all the pages in the current file and can be used to navigate non-sequentially through the pages. Also, you can create a copy of any existing page or insert a blank page anywhere in your file.
Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection: Mail Flow Status Summary Report64907July CY2020Added: 11 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Office 365 ATP
We’re working on a way for you to see how much mail was caught by various layers of our filtering stack. This report will allow customers to see how messages pass through the different layers of protection that we offer.
Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection: Mail Latency Summary Report64908July CY2020Added: 11 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Office 365 ATP
We’re adding a report that will show the time it takes for messages to traverse the full filtering stack, including detonations.
Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection: Enhancements to the Threat Protection Status Report64912July CY2020Added: 11 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Office 365 ATP
The additions to the Threat Protection Status Report will help educate customers about the effect their configurations have on their security posture. We’re adding an Override Allows view on the Threat Protection Status report to show customers threats that were allowed in due to configurations they’ve made, allowing customers to evaluate the effectiveness of their configuration and address any unintentional gaps in their protection.
Microsoft 365 Admin center: Exchange Online Basic Authentication Settings65007July CY2020Added: 11 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Microsoft 365 Admin, Exchange Online
We are adding Exchange Online Basic Authentication settings to Microsoft Admin center. This will enable an administrator to easily disable Basic Authentication within their tenant.
Microsoft Information Protection: Using sensitivity labels in Microsoft Teams, Microsoft 365 groups, and SharePoint sites64965June CY2020Added: 11 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Microsoft Information Protection
When you create sensitivity labels in the Microsoft 365 compliance center, you can apply them to the following containers: Microsoft Teams sites, Microsoft 365 groups (formerly Office 365 groups), and SharePoint sites. The following apps and services support the new sensitivity labels for Microsoft 365 groups: SharePoint Teams Admin centers: SharePoint Azure Active Directory(AAD) Security & Compliance Outlook for the web Outlook for the Mac Outlook desktop app for Windows Outlook mobile app for Android and iOS Forms Stream.
Microsoft Teams: Teams meetings background effects and policy administration for GCC, GCC High, and DoD tenants65009June CY2020Added: 11 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams, Gov
We are building upon the heavily popular background effects feature in Teams meetings with custom upload capabilities. This new feature in Teams allow meetings attendees to customize their background by uploading their own images. As part of this we are enabling tenant administrators to assign a user-level policy to control how users engage with background effects in Teams meetings. Options include: offer no filters; background blur only; use background blur and default provided images; and all, which includes the ability for users to upload their own custom images. This applies to GCC, GCC High and DoD tenants.
“Integrated apps” in the Microsoft 365 admin center Settings page is being changed to “User consent to apps”64478June CY2020Added: 11 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Microsoft 365 Admin
We’re changing the name for the “Integrated apps” setting on the Settings > Org settings page in the Services tab to better reflect what policies admins can manage in the setting.
Microsoft To Do: Support for Sharing Personal Lists64658June CY2020Added: 12 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: To Do
Microsoft To Do will now allow you to share lists from personal to work accounts.
Microsoft To Do: List Prediction64659July CY2020Added: 12 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: To Do
As you add tasks, Microsoft To Do will suggest what list, the task should go to.
Microsoft 365 Admin Center: Usage Report in DoD tenants64906July CY2020Added: 12 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Microsoft 365 Admin, DoD
A set of usage reports will be available for DoD tenants. The reports that will be available are: Microsoft 365 Groups, SharePoint user activity, Email activity, Email app usage, Office activation report, Mailbox usage report, OneDrive for Business user activity report, Microsoft Teams user activity report, Microsoft Teams device usage report, Microsoft 365 active users report.
Microsoft Teams for RealWear65038July CY2020Added: 12 June 2020
Status: Rolling out
App / Service: Teams
FirstLine Workers using RealWear HMT-1 and HMT-1Z1 can now collaborate with a remote expert using video calling on Teams. Through a voice-controlled user interface, Teams for RealWear allows field workers to remain 100% hands-free while maintaining situational awareness in loud and hazardous environments. By showing what they see in real-time, field workers can accelerate the time to resolve issues and reduce the risk of an expensive downtime.
Microsoft 365 admin center: Business Continuity Report added to Microsoft Productivity Score65035June CY2020Added: 12 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Microsoft 365 Admin
A new business continuity report will be made available in Microsoft Productivity Score. This report will provide visibility and insights into how collaboration norms have changed due to the recent global shift to working remotely. Organizations that are part of the Productivity Score preview and have at least 100 users will get this report.
Microsoft To Do: Support for Outlook Categories in To Do64657July CY2020Added: 12 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: To Do
If you have categorized your Outlook emails, those categories will also be available in the To Do web app.
Microsoft Teams: Push-to-talk voice communications57157July CY2020Added: 12 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams
Microsoft Teams, will provide instant voice communication using push to talk.
Microsoft Search is coming to Windows 10 with Microsoft 36564994September CY2020Added: 12 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Search
Microsoft Search is an enterprise search experience in Microsoft 365 that increases productivity and saves time by delivering more relevant search results for your organization. Get blazing fast search for people, bookmarks, locations, and Q&A in Windows search. With Microsoft Search in Windows, you can now get answers across both work and web integrated into the search panel.
Advanced eDiscovery: Direct download export65004Q3 CY2020Added: 12 June 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Office 365
We’re eliminating the need to use the Azure Storage Explorer to download exported content from a review set in Advanced eDiscovery. We’re moving to a model where content is downloaded directly through a web browser. After an export is completed, an eDiscovery manager can download a single zip file from the Exports tab in the review set.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

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: Monday, June 15, 2020 at 10:00am PT | Join our experts from Core Services Engineering and Operations (CSEO) organization for this informative session where they will answer frequently asked questions around how VPN, modern device management, and Zero Trust come together to deliver a world class remote work platform. During this webinar, our experts will discuss our infrastructure design and the device management we have deployed to support remote and hybrid work. They will also go into detail around our Zero Trust security framework.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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, 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!

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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: Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 10:00am PT | After moving to Microsoft Teams last year, Microsoft employees rely on Teams as a central hub for chat, calls, meetings, and collaboration. When it became essential for employees to work from home, this foundation made the transition easier. Join Microsoft experts from Core Services Engineering and Operations (CSEO) as they answer questions about how Teams fosters collaboration, how CSEO upgraded Microsoft employees to Teams, and how Microsoft uses Teams to power inclusive, modern meetings.

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 23, 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 23, 2020 at 9:00am PT | We are very excited to announce a Microsoft Teams ‘Ask Microsoft Anything’ (AMA) for Azure Active Directory! 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 Azure AD AMA space, and add the event to your calendar. We look forward to seeing you there!

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: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 10:00am PT | Having 100% of Microsoft’s intranet portals moved to SharePoint in Microsoft 365 has contributed to our seamless transition to a work-from-home environment. Join Microsoft experts from Core Services Engineering and Operations (CSEO), Corporate Communications, and the SharePoint product group as they answer questions about how we managed the massive migration to SharePoint in Microsoft 365. They will discuss what it took to create an intelligent intranet for 220,000 users, how SharePoint keeps employees connected, and how simple it is for them to create, and update intranet portals, so information is accessible and easy to find.

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.

When: Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 10:00am PT | Now, more than ever, it is important for users to be able to access files from any location and on any device. Join Microsoft experts from Core Services Engineering and Operations (CSEO) and the SharePoint product group as they answer questions about our cloud-first file management strategy, using Known Folder Move to redirect employees files to OneDrive for Business, multi-geo capabilities in OneDrive for Business that help keep data compliant with regional data residency requirements, and nurturing collaboration with Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, and Yammer.

When: Tuesday, June 30, 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.


BLOG ROUNDUP

Video capabilities, once a nice to have, have become a critical component of collaborative work. In fact, when the world moved to remote work earlier this year, Microsoft Teams customers turned on video in Teams meetings two times more than they did before many of us began working from home full-time. We also saw total video calls in Teams grow by over 1,000 percent in the month of March. These trends, along with daily conversations with customers navigating remote collaboration, inspired us to accelerate new features to customize your video experiences and make meetings more productive, comfortable, and fun. We are announcing the rollout of new custom background effects in Teams, along with new features in the free version of Teams. It’s all about enabling you and your team to work productively, collaboratively, and with everyone’s well-being in mind. Let’s get into the details.

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 May-2020. Updates to sharing links that block download – We are expanding the list of supported file types that users can create block download links for. This update includes support for PDF files, Images, Audio, and other non-text and non-video file types. Open in “Review mode” in Word Online – Users can now choose to share Word documents with the new “Open in Review mode” option. When enabled, recipients can only open the Word file in the Word web app with the “Reviewing” mode enabled. While in Reviewing mode, users can suggest changes (using the track changes feature) and make comments but they may not make edits that can’t be tracked. Owners of the document have the option to accept or reject the suggestions made by the recipient. | Related: Top 4 tips to protect your remote workforce with data compliance in OneDrive

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our daily routines, the ways we work, and our reliance on technology. Many of us are now working remotely, students are attending classes virtually, and we’re relying more on social media and social networks to stay connected as we define what our new normal looks like. As we spend more time online, it’s important to remember that the basics of online safety have not changed. These guidelines provide a strong foundation for digital security, but as we think about the “new normal” and how the internet is woven into the fabric of our lives, extra steps may be necessary to further reduce risk. So, in addition to the security policies implemented by your work or school, here are a few more practices we recommend you—and your family and friends—adopt to further increase personal cybersecurity resilience. These practices are divided into four categories: (1)  Keep devices secure and up to date, (2) Secure your identity, guard your privacy, (3) Protect business data while at home, and (4) Be aware of phishing and identity scams.

The world has dramatically changed over the past three months. As Satya shared in our recent quarterly earnings, we have seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months. With that significant amount of rapid change, it’s more important than ever to make sure your business-critical data is kept private and secure while ensuring you remain compliant with privacy laws and regulations. As the world continues to adjust, many of the customers I’ve been talking with lately have started to focus on cost optimization—how to do more with what they already have or even consolidate the number of systems they have to maintain. Within Microsoft 365 Compliance, we have been working alongside many of you to help you through the crisis, as well as continue to evaluate the implications of tech decisions on security, privacy, and compliance. With that in mind, here’s a summary of some of the investments we’ve made in the last two months in Microsoft 365 Compliance to help you to get the most out of Microsoft 365 and take a more integrated approach to secure, protect, and manage your data, while mitigating risk. These investments are across four categories: (1) Data protection, (2) Data governance, (3) Compliance and security in Microsoft Teams, and (4) Managing insider risk and maintaining your culture.


NOTEWORTHY

The Workplace Analytics team is excited to announce our feature updates for June 2020. A Power BI dashboard is a set of visualizations in Power BI that provide information about a particular workplace theme. This month, we have released four Power BI dashboards:  (1) Influence insights – gain insights into influencers – people who are well connected in your company, (2) Teams insights – highlights where a shift to remote work could have the largest impact and help leaders understand where they might use tools and processes to support and sustain new ways of working, (3) Collaboration assessment – highlight collaboration patterns for different groups and organizational levels and to identify opportunities for improvement, and (4) Collaboration tracker – helps analysts track changes in collaboration over time.

It has never been more important than now to focus on your own and your co-workers’ wellbeing. As mentioned in this blog post, increased demands placed on our work and personal lives due to remote work are leading to increased after-hours collaboration and longer workdays. To support our users’ sense of wellbeing, we are pleased to share the rollout of the following features: (1) Delay Delivery Inline suggestion in Outlook, (2) Set Lunch Hours with MyAnalytics Insights Outlook add-in, and (3) Plan your time away with MyAnalytics Insights Outlook add-in. The Delay Delivery inline suggestion is now available for MyAnalytics users with an M365 E5 license and will soon be available to all MyAnalytics users. The Set Lunch Hours feature is now available for all MyAnalytics users. Plan your time away insight is currently rolling out to all MyAnalytics users.

FastTrack has helped thousands of organizations—from 500 users to over 900,000 users—successfully migrate to Microsoft 365, and we’ve moved over 26 petabytes of data for some of the world’s largest organizations across a variety of industries. By having FastTrack perform your Microsoft 365 migration, you can lower the impact on your IT department by giving your team more time to handle other critical tasks. FastTrack has best practices and organizational excellence that can help accelerate your migration to Microsoft 365. FastTrack has expanded our service and we now offer support for the following migrations: (1) Google Drive to SharePoint team sites, (2) Google Shared Drives to SharePoint team sites and/or OneDrive for Business, (3) Dropbox to OneDrive for Business and/or SharePoint Online. Microsoft FastTrack assists with planning and migrating data to Microsoft 365, for tenants with 500 or more seats, at no additional cost. For more information, refer to the FastTrack data migration service description.

We’re back with another mailbag, this time focusing on your common questions regarding device-based Conditional Access scenarios. Lately, we’re seeing more customers implementing device-based Conditional Access (a way of configuring Conditional Access policy) and Hybrid Azure AD Join to enable secure remote work. Our Azure AD Devices team would like to share best practices and tips that we’ve assembled while working closely with customers. | Related: “Why are my users not prompted for MFA as expected?”

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