Office 365 Weekly Digest | 2020-42

Welcome to the October 11 – 17, 2020 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest.

Twenty-seven features were added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, including updates for Teams, Microsoft Lists, Outlook (web), Compliance, and Microsoft Information Protection.

A few new dates for existing meeting series have been posted, as well as one brand new event for this week. The brand new event is also the spotlight event of the week, which is the Power Platform Community Conference on Thursday, October 22nd from 9:00am – 6:00pm Eastern.

Blog posts in last week’s roundup include information and resources regarding the recent end of support for Office 2010 and Office 2016 for Mac, some of the most frequently asked questions about Planner, the preview of Microsoft 365 Apps Admin Center inventory and monthly servicing features, and the announcement of the Zero Trust Deployment Center.

Noteworthy item highlights include a reminder about the retirement of SharePoint 2010 workflows, a reminder about the timeline when the Teams app will no longer support Internet Explorer 11, the first in a series of blogs about keeping your organization resilient against cyberattacks, and the general availability of Conditional Access APIs.


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
Outlook: Outlook on the web Project Moca for WorldWide Multi-Tenant67162October CY2020Added: 12 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Outlook – Web
Project MOCA in Outlook is a new way to organize items such as emails, tasks, links, files in a visual way. Items are synced across Microsoft 365.
Microsoft Teams: Restricting Sign-In to specific tenants for GCC, GCC-High and DoD68693November CY2020Added: 12 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams
You will now have the ability to restrict sign-in to Teams on managed devices, to ensure that employees cannot access another organization’s tenant from the device/app they are authorized to use for work.
Microsoft Teams: Create a task from a message in the Desktop Client for Microsoft Teams68696November CY2020Added: 12 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams
Some messages result in follow-up actions. With the “create a task from a message” feature in Teams, you’ll be able to create a task from a message in group or 1:1 chats or from a channel post or reply. Powered by the new Tasks in Teams experience, this functionality will allow you to choose which individual task list or shared plan you’d like to save the task to. This roadmap item represents the desktop functionality.
Office Apps: Action Center68933January CY2021Added: 12 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Office Apps
Conduct quick actions to Office devices such as changing the Office Apps update channel or version. You can target a single device or a group of devices via Azure AD groups.
Yammer: New inclusive reactions for posts71785December CY2020Added: 13 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Yammer
This feature introduces diverse skin tones on reactions to help every user feel sense of representation while interacting on Yammer.
Microsoft Teams: AI-based noise suppression68694November CY2020Added: 14 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams
AI-based, real-time noise suppression, will be added to Microsoft Teams. This feature will automatically remove unwelcome background noise during your meetings. AI-based noise suppression works by analyzing an individual’s audio feed and using specially trained deep neural networks to filter out the noise and retain only the speech signal. This is an update to the existing noise suppression. Users will now have control over how much noise suppression they want. The “High” setting is new and will suppress more background noise.
Microsoft Information Protection: Configure external sharing for sensitivity labels in Teams and SharePoint sites68700December CY2020Added: 14 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: MIP
With this update, you can set controls on external sharing while configuring a Team or site protection policy. This new external sharing control is granular. For example, you can set a very restrictive one for a Team or site labeled ‘confidential’—restricting sharing with people outside the organization or set a very relaxed one for a Team or site labeled ‘general’—allowing anyone with a link to access without requiring sign-in.
Microsoft Teams: Out of Office68701December CY2020Added: 14 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams
Let others know that you are not available by scheduling your Out of Office in Teams. During this time, your presence status will change to “Out of Office” and your status message will be displayed when someone reaches out to you via chat. Additionally, your Outlook calendar and automatic replies will be updated accordingly.
Office app: Changing update channel names for Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise on iOS, Mac and Android68703November CY2020Added: 14 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Office Apps
We are changing the update channel names for Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise on iOS, Mac and Android to bring consistency to update channel names across all the platforms Office is available on, and to enable organizations to make better decisions around their servicing strategy. The new update channel names will include Current Channel and Beta Channel. While Insider program remains, we will use Beta Channel and Current Channel (Preview) as the new names for the update channels designed for our early adopter/Insider audience. Only the names of the existing update channels are changing. These update channels still work the same way as they did before.
Microsoft Compliance center: Advanced eDiscovery – Collect and review encrypted content attached to local copy in Exchange68704December CY2020Added: 14 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Compliance
Now eDiscovery managers will be able to collect and review content encrypted with Microsoft encryption technologies and attached as a local copy to an email in Exchange from the Advanced eDiscovery solution.
Microsoft Compliance center: Advanced eDiscovery – Collect and review encrypted content stored in SharePoint and or OneDrive for Business68705January CY2021Added: 14 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Compliance
Now eDiscovery managers will be able to collect and review content that has been encrypted with Microsoft encryption technologies and stored in SharePoint or OneDrive from the Advanced eDiscovery solution.
Microsoft Compliance center: Expanded support to search and export items in SharePoint and OneDrive for Business Recycle Bin in Core eDiscovery and Advanced eDiscovery68707January CY2021Added: 14 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Compliance
Traditionally, when a site is on hold, the files in the Recycle Bin would be stored in the Preservation Hold library. In cases when a site is not on hold, there is no way to search or export items in the Recycle Bin. The eDiscovery and SharePoint Online teams are making architectural changes that will make the Recycle Bin (both first-stage and second-stage Recycle Bins) in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business searchable and exportable by eDiscovery Managers. That means organizations can search and export items in the Recycle Bin regardless of whether a site is on hold or not.
Outlook: Outlook on the web – Favorite people and calendar event browser notifications68698October CY2020Added: 15 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Outlook – Web
You will be able to receive browser notifications for your favorite people and calendar events from Outlook. You can control in Settings if you want to receive browser notifications for your favorite people, for events, or for both.
Outlook: FindTime – Require Attendee Verification and Locking Poll for Attendees68699October CY2020Added: 15 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Outlook – FindTime
By enabling these new options, attendees of a poll can be required to authenticate themselves before voting. Attendees can also be prevented from adding, removing, and editing other attendees; and can additionally be prevented from suggesting new time options.
Microsoft Compliance center: Advanced Audit – Longer term retention on audit logs68706March CY2021Added: 15 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Compliance
Log retention for up to one year to meet investigation requirements and customize retention policies per an organization’s requirements.
Microsoft Compliance center: Advanced Audit – Processed audit insights68708September CY2021Added: 15 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Compliance
Insights and correlations that signal key patterns to help identify quick answers to typical queries during investigations.
Microsoft Information Protection: Data classification analytics68709December CY2020Added: 15 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: MIP
Data classification capabilities in Microsoft 365 compliance center help you get a holistic understanding of the sensitive data in your digital estate and related user activities. Overview shows you the locations of your digital content and most common sensitive information types and labels present. Content Explorer provides visibility into amount and types of sensitive data, and allows you to filter by label or sensitivity type to get a detailed view of locations where the sensitive data is stored. Activity Explorer shows activities related to your sensitive data and labels, such as label downgrades or external sharing that could expose your content to risk.
Microsoft Compliance center: Records Management – Regulatory Records68710March CY2021Added: 15 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Compliance
Provides customers the ability to declare items in SharePoint Online as regulatory items. These labels are more stringent label vs record labels. Targeted to Financial services or other industries who have WORM compliance requirements. Will update the Cohasset assessment to include SharePoint Online.
Microsoft Compliance center: Double-byte character support68711December CY2020Added: 15 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Compliance
Compliance solutions such as Data Loss Prevention, Exact Data Match, and Communication Compliance will benefit from the ability to detect double-byte language characters found in East Asian languages, such as Japanese and Chinese, improving the ability to understand, label, and protect customer data.
Microsoft Compliance center: Records Management – Regulatory Records68712December CY2020Added: 15 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Compliance
Provides customers the ability to declare items in SharePoint Online as regulatory items. These labels are more stringent label vs record labels. Targeted to Financial services or other industries who have WORM compliance requirements. Will update the Cohasset assessment to include SharePoint Online.
Microsoft Compliance center: CJK or Double-byte character support for Advanced eDiscovery68713November CY2020Added: 15 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Compliance
This update adds support for adding CJK or Double-byte characters to Advanced eDiscovery review sets.
Microsoft Compliance Center: Advanced Audit – Mail forward and mail send events62588October CY2020Added: 16 October 2020
Status: Rolling out
App / Service: Compliance
The Send event is a mailbox auditing action and is triggered when a user sends, replies to, or forwards an email message. Investigators can use the Send event to identify email sent from a compromised account.
Microsoft Compliance Center: Advanced Audit – Search term events in Exchange Online and SharePoint Online62587October CY2020Added: 16 October 2020
Status: Rolling out
App / Service: Compliance
Advanced Audit helps organizations to conduct forensic and compliance investigations by providing access to crucial events such as when mail items were accessed, or when mail items were replied to and forwarded, and when and what a user searched for in Exchange Online and SharePoint Online.
SharePoint: Microsoft Lists – column settings in Grid view68714October CY2020Added: 16 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Lists
The capabilities when in Lists “Grid” view (previously Quick Edit) will now allow people to pin a column to the filter’s pane, format the column, show/hide columns, and hide their column(s). You used to have to exit out of Grid edit to accomplish these common tasks.
SharePoint: Microsoft Lists – Support for thousands separator in Number column68716October CY2020Added: 16 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Lists
When Lists owners and members leverage the Number column, they can now choose if the comma should appear or not.
Microsoft Compliance center: Advanced Audit – Search term events in Exchange Online and SharePoint Online for Government clouds68718March CY2021Added: 16 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Compliance
Advanced Audit helps organizations to conduct forensic and compliance investigations by providing access to crucial events such as when mail items were accessed, or when mail items were replied to and forwarded, and when and what a user searched for in Exchange Online and SharePoint Online.
Microsoft Compliance center: Advanced Audit – Mail forward and mail send events for Government Clouds68719December CY2020Added: 16 October 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Compliance
The Send event is a mailbox auditing action and is triggered when a user sends, replies to, or forwards an email message. Investigators can use the Send event to identify email sent from a compromised account.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Microsoft Teams can help your employees stay connected and collaborate with each other, especially in the current unprecedented time where remote work is a reality of employees around the world. Being able to chat, do video meetings and collaborate on Office documents within Teams can help companies stay productive. Whether you are a small business, a non-profit or a large organization, you can get started with Teams within Microsoft 365 or Office 365 suite – even before deploying any other Office app or service. Join Microsoft Teams experts as we review Teams implementation for collaboration, chat and meetings. We’ll share key configurations, considerations, best practices, and resources to get your users up and running quickly. After this session, you will be able to: (1) Recognize key success factors for technical and user readiness, (2) Identify pre-requisites and tenant setup for your environment, (3) Install the Teams clients appropriate for your organization, (4) Configure policies that enable your preferred user experiences, and (5) Leverage collaboration features to enhance remote work scenarios.

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.

Designed for those who are already familiar with Microsoft Teams, our ‘Go Deeper’ sessions offer insights and best practices. Learn how Teams can help organize your workday and make it easier to stay connected with colleagues. Explore ways to determine the best approach for creating workspaces for projects and workgroups. After this session, you will be able to: (1) Determine the best approach for your collaboration needs (chat versus teams & channels), (2) Create workspaces for your team to provide the best teamwork experience​, and (3) Determine best practices in Microsoft Teams​ to enhance productivity. Note: This session was previously called ‘Learn tips for taking Microsoft Teams to the next level – Part 1’.

Designed for those who are already familiar with Microsoft Teams, our ‘Go Deeper’ sessions offer insights and best practices. Learn how Teams can help organize your workday and make it easier to stay connected with colleagues. Learn tips and tricks for managing and organizing work and communications in Teams. After this session, you will be able to: (1) Leverage formatting best practices to help get your messages noticed (and responded to), (2) Easily find files, chats and projects, (3) Implement strategies to manage and organize your work, and (4) Simplify your workday. Note: This session was previously called ‘Learn tips for taking Microsoft Teams to the next level – Part 2’.

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).

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 in a single interface. This foundational workshop covers basic capabilities across app management and security. With over 400 out-of-the-box applications available (and growing), you’re sure to find an app, or two, that your team can begin using today in Teams. After this session, you will be able to: (1) Identify suitable apps to meet the needs for your organization, (2) Recognize common attributes of successful app deployment, (3) Navigate security and compliance considerations for Teams’ apps, and (4) Determine the next steps to deploy an app to your environment.

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.

Do you want to get more done in Teams? Receive targeted and timely updates? Access services directly through Teams? Apps let you complete tasks, receive updates and communicate. 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.

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.

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.

Are you looking to ensure users have optimal experiences with meetings and voice capabilities in Teams? During this session, we’ll discuss tools, reporting and best practices to help you manage service quality — from establishing a proactive  strategy to resolving common quality issues as they arise. We’ll build upon best practices from Teams experts and make it real with examples of common scenarios that may arise as your organization embraces meetings and voice capabilities in Teams. Join us for an expert-led workshop for guidance on key resources and actionable insights to manage audio and video quality with Microsoft Teams. Your users will thank you for it! After this session, you will be able to: (1) Define key service metrics and user experience factors for quality, (2) Recognize concepts and metrics in core tools and resources that help you assess usage and quality, (3) Identify key indicators of poor experience in common scenarios and relevant actions to address, and (4) Establish a proactive quality management strategy to ensure optimal user experience.

Are you ready to add PSTN calling capabilities to Microsoft Teams? Join Microsoft Teams Engineering subject-matter-experts as they demystify the options for adding PSTN calling to Teams, provide you with best practices for configuring calling options and show you how to monitor call quality. After this session, you will be able to: (1) Understand the history of voice services in Microsoft products, (2) Identify what calling options in Microsoft Teams are right for you, (3) Configure your calling options in the Teams admin portal, and (4) Monitor and use call quality tools in Teams.

When: Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 9:00am PT | The recent shift to remote, hybrid and on-premise work has IT professionals across every industry looking for more solutions and support for deploying Microsoft Teams. That’s why we’re excited to launch this new live webcast series. In Episode 8, learn about new Teams deep dive help videos for administrators as well as other resources to get your support teams and help desk up to speed. Be sure to add this event to your calendar!

When: Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 6:00am – 3:00pm PT | During the Ignite 2020 conference, we announced a series of new services to help organizations manage their Office apps from the Microsoft 365 Apps Admin center. Since then, we have started to roll out the App Health service, were you can see the overall health of your Office apps. We are excited to be releasing the next set of tools and services that will provide you with insights, automation, and control to efficiently manage your monthly Office app updates. These features include: (1) Office Apps & Add-in Inventory, (2) Security Currency report, (3) Servicing Profile. To access these services, you will need to ensure that each of your Office Apps are on a Version 2007 or later. You will also be required to run through a simple onboarding process which is outlined in this post. Once the onboarding has been completed, the next time a user launches one of the Office Apps, the newly enhanced click-to-run service will register that device with our inventory service. From there you will start seeing all of the new features light up. We will have 12 sessions with how-to and upskill style content, 2 Sessions will be TED Style talks about life and business change and 2 Sessions will be Real-world examples, focused on the WHY! To top that all off we will have an opening session from James Philips, the president of Business Applications, a Keynote from Charles Lamanna, CVP and closing thoughts from Technical Fellow, Amir Netz – Each talking about the importance of community and how it effects all of us.

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.

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. Join us for this session and leave this with everything you need to start using Teams. During this 2-hour interactive session, you will explore how 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.

When: Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 9:00am PT | The recent shift to remote, hybrid and on-premise work has IT professionals across every industry looking for more solutions and support for deploying Microsoft Teams. That’s why we’re excited to launch this new live webcast series. In Episode 9, which is one of the most requested episodes, we’ll feature tips, tricks and gotchas on managing guest access in Microsoft Teams. Be sure to add this event to your calendar!

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.

With the dramatic shift to remote work, we all continue to seek creative ways to stay connected and productive in our jobs. How do we recreate those meetings, calls, and large events that previously brought us together and helped us achieve our business goals? Do we have the right tools and devices to do so? And how do we do all of this while keeping security top of mind? These aren’t easy questions to answer. This one-hour session will give you the opportunity to test drive Microsoft Teams, Yammer, and Power BI in a live cloud environment. A facilitator will guide you as you create a virtual company-wide meeting and explore how to: (1) Build a communication and collaboration hub, (2) Engage employees through chat and polls, (3) Set up automated meeting captioning, translation, and transcripts, and (4) Use analytical tools to make sense of data, categorize it, and make it easier to visualize.

We designed Microsoft Teams to be a virtual office you can take anywhere you go. Work seamlessly and transparently with your remote team and discover greater collaboration and productivity. Join us for this session and explore how to avoid communication sinkholes and do more together, no matter where you are. Each session is limited to 12 participants, reserve your seat now.

Identity is at the center of security: don’t compromise when it comes to your company’s valuable information. Join us to explore how to use secure authentication, govern access, get comprehensive protection and set the right identity foundation. During this 2-hour interactive session, you will explore how to: (1) Enable password protection, (2) Bring multi-factor authentication to your Windows 10 users, (3) Protect your users and data through Office 365 multi-factor authentication, and (4) Use conditional access to protect across devices, locations and apps. Each session is limited to 12 participants, reserve your seat now.

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. Join us for this session and leave this with everything you need to start using Teams. During this 2-hour interactive session, you will explore how 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.

To support your efforts to deliver and deploy updates to the Windows 10 devices being used by remote, onsite, and hybrid workers across your organization, and manage those devices effectively, we are continuing our series of weekly “office hours” for IT professionals here on Tech Community. During office hours, we will have a broad group of product experts, servicing experts, and engineers representing Windows, Microsoft Endpoint Manager (Microsoft Intune, Configuration Manager), security, FastTrack, and more. They will be monitoring the Windows 10 servicing space and standing by to provide guidance, discuss strategies and tactics, and, of course, answer any specific questions you may have. Office hours are text-based; there is no audio or virtual meeting component. To post a question, you just need to be a member of the Tech Community. Simply visit the Windows 10 servicing space and click Start a new conversation. At the start of office hours, we’ll pin a post outlining the individuals on hand, and their areas of expertise. Can’t attend at the designated time? Again, no problem. Post a question in the Windows 10 servicing space up to 24 hours in advance and we’ll make sure we review it during office hours.

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

October 13, 2020 marked the end of support for Office 2010 and Office 2016 for Mac. This means that Microsoft will no longer provide technical support, bug fixes, or security updates for these products, and organizations that continue to use them may face increased security risks and compliance issues over time. The requirements for connecting to Office 365 services have also changed—and customers will now need Microsoft 365 Apps, Office 2019, or Office 2016 to connect to Office 365 services like Exchange Online and SharePoint Online. While we will not take any active measures to block legacy versions of the Office client from connecting, these older clients will fall out of step with the service enhancements and may present performance and/or reliability issues over time. We understand that everyone is at a different stage of their journey to the cloud, and we’re committed to supporting our customers throughout their transition to Microsoft 365 Apps. For those customers who aren’t ready for the cloud and have a specific need for on-premises or hybrid deployment, such as fully disconnected or restricted environments, we offer Office 2019, the perpetual version of Office that does not receive feature updates. But for everyone else, we’ve created a set of resources to help you transition to the Microsoft 365 Apps and innovations designed to help keep your environment up to date once you’ve made the transition.

Despite being an all-digital conference, this year’s Microsoft Ignite was just as collaborative as our in-person conferences from years past. There were plenty of opportunities for participants to connect with our team, from live Q&A chats in our digital breakouts to dedicated Ask The Expert sessions—and we loved hearing all your ideas, concerns, and questions. We’ve taken a lot of your comments straight to our engineering colleagues for development consideration. As for your questions, this post answers some of the most popular asks.

During the Ignite 2020 conference, we announced a series of new services to help organizations manage their Office apps from the Microsoft 365 Apps Admin center. Since then, we have started to roll out the App Health service, were you can see the overall health of your Office apps. We are excited to be releasing the next set of tools and services that will provide you with insights, automation, and control to efficiently manage your monthly Office app updates. These features include: (1) Office Apps & Add-in Inventory, (2) Security Currency report, (3) Servicing Profile. To access these services, you will need to ensure that each of your Office Apps are on a Version 2007 or later. You will also be required to run through a simple onboarding process which is outlined in this post. Once the onboarding has been completed, the next time a user launches one of the Office Apps, the newly enhanced click-to-run service will register that device with our inventory service. From there you will start seeing all of the new features light up.

Organizations have been digitally transforming at warp speed in response to the way businesses operate and how people work. As a result, digital security teams have been under immense pressure to ensure their environments are resilient and secure. Many have turned to a Zero Trust security model to simplify the security challenges from this transformation and the shift to remote work. Over the past year, we have been hard at work helping customers navigate these challenges by listening to their difficulties, sharing our own learnings, and building controls, tools, and practices that enable the implementation of Zero Trust. However, one of the things we hear most consistently is the need for additional deployment support. We are excited to announce the launch of the Zero Trust Deployment Center—a repository of information to improve their Zero Trust readiness as well as specific guidance on implementing Zero Trust principles across their identities, endpoints, data, applications, networks, and infrastructure. The Zero Trust Deployment Center breaks down deployment guidance into plain-language objectives across each of the technology pillars, providing an actionable list of steps needed to implement Zero Trust principles in your environment. This repository is the perfect place to start planning and deploying your Zero Trust strategy.


NOTEWORTHY

As part of the evolution of the Microsoft 365 service, we periodically evaluate the capabilities of the service to make sure that we’re delivering the utmost value to customers. After careful consideration, we concluded that for SharePoint 2010 workflows, Microsoft 365 customers would be better served by modern workflow solutions. SharePoint 2010 workflows have been retired since August 1, 2020 for new tenants and will be removed from existing tenants on November 1, 2020. This applies to all environments where Power Automate is available as a replacement solution (excluding the Department of Defense until Power Automate availability). If you’re using SharePoint 2010 workflows, we recommend migrating to Power Automate or other supported solutions. A retirement announcement banner has been introduced on multiple workflow pages: “Starting 11/1/2020 6:00:00 AM, SharePoint 2010 workflows will be retired and users will no longer have the ability to run or create 2010 Workflows.”

Beginning November 30, 2020, the Microsoft Teams web app will no longer support IE 11. This means that after this date, customers will have a degraded experience or will be unable to connect to Microsoft 365 apps and services on IE 11. For degraded experiences, new Microsoft 365 features will not be available or certain features may cease to work when accessing the app or service via IE 11. While we know this change will be difficult for some customers, we believe that customers will get the most out of Microsoft 365 when using the new Microsoft Edge. We are committed to helping make this transition as smooth as possible. Customers have been using IE 11 since 2013 when the online environment was much less sophisticated than the landscape today. Since then, open web standards and newer browsers—like the new Microsoft Edge—have enabled better, more innovative online experiences. We believe that Microsoft 365 subscribers, in both consumer and commercial contexts, will be well served with this change through faster and more responsive web access to greater sets of features in everyday toolsets like Outlook, Teams, SharePoint, and more.

All risks have to be viewed through the lens of the business or organization. While information on cybersecurity risks is plentiful, you can’t prioritize or manage any risk until the impact (and likelihood) to your organization is understood and quantified. This rule of thumb on who should be accountable for risk helps illustrate this relationship: The person who owns (and accepts) the risk is the one who will stand in front of the news cameras and explain to the world why the worst case scenario happened. This is the first in a series of blogs exploring how to manage challenges associated with keeping an organization resilient against cyberattacks and data breaches. This series will examine both the business and security perspectives and then look at the powerful trends shaping the future. This blog series is unabashedly trying to help you build a stronger bridge between cybersecurity and your organizational leadership.

Azure AD Conditional Access can ensure that the right people have the access to resources they need from wherever they are. We’ve had a ton of requests for Conditional Access APIs to manage policy at scale. That’s why it is so cool that at Microsoft Ignite, we announced that Conditional Access APIs and named location APIs has reached general availability in Microsoft Graph! As you progress on your journey with Conditional Access policy governance, you’ll want to shift from manually managing each policy definition in the Azure portal to something more manageable and repeatable at enterprise scale. This blog post includes information about the new APIs and how to get started. | Resource: Conditional Access: Programmatic Access (API documentation)

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