Office 365 Weekly Digest | 2020-45

Welcome to the November 1- 7, 2020 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest.

There were eleven additions to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, including updates for Teams, OneDrive, Microsoft Information Protection, Forms, and Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection.

Additional dates for existing meeting series have been posted. This week’s spotlight event is “Go Deeper with Microsoft Teams: Leverage pro tips and tricks” on Thursday, November 12th at 10am Pacific.

Highlights from last week’s blog posts include the Project and Roadmap apps for Microsoft Teams, the October 2020 updates for Project on the web, improvements to search usage reports in SharePoint Online with Microsoft Search, and the availability of Yammer Q&A insights in the Microsoft Productivity Score.

Wrapping up the post are noteworthy items such as a reminder about the timeline when the Teams app will no longer support Internet Explorer 11, the “What’s New with Microsoft 365” video for October 2020, and several Microsoft compliance webinar recordings and resources.


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
OneDrive: iOS – Bookmarks for PDF viewing68842November CY2020Added: 03 November 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: OneDrive – iOS
Users of OneDrive for iOS will be able to Bookmark, or “Tag”, PDF pages that they want to come back to later.
Microsoft Teams: Additional settings for multiple Accounts and Organizations68845December CY2020Added: 03 November 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams
Microsoft Teams: Additional settings for multiple Accounts and Organizations. We’re adding support within Teams desktop to be able to add one personal account, along with one work/school account, change their profile picture, and switch between accounts and orgs through Settings.
Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection: EDR in block mode68850December CY2020Added: 03 November 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: MDATP
EDR in block mode is a capability in Microsoft Defender for Endpoint that turns EDR detections into blocking and containment of malicious behaviors. This capability uses Defender for Endpoint’s industry-leading visibility and detection capability to provide an additional layer of post-breach blocking of malicious behavior, malware, and other artifacts that your primary antivirus solution might miss.
Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection: Web Content Filtering68851November CY2020Added: 03 November 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: MDATP
Web content filtering is a feature in Microsoft Defender for Endpoint that enables security administrators to track and regulate access to websites based on specified content categories. You can configure policies within Microsoft Defender Security Center to block or gather access data on certain categories across your machine groups.
Microsoft Information Protection: Microsoft 365 Endpoint data loss prevention (DLP)68852November CY2020Added: 04 November 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: MIP
Endpoint data loss prevention (Endpoint DLP) extends the activity monitoring and protection capabilities of DLP to sensitive items that are on Windows 10 devices. Once devices are onboarded into device management, the information about what users are doing with sensitive items is made visible in activity explorer and you can enforce protective actions on those items via DLP policies.
Microsoft Teams: Update to meeting participant’s access to meeting chat68853December CY2020Added: 04 November 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Teams
People added to a meeting via a meeting link and were not added to the original meeting invite will no longer have access to chats, files, notes, and other meeting content after the meeting ends. They will continue to have access to meeting assets during the meeting but lose access once the meeting ends.
Microsoft Compliance Center: Microsoft 365 compliance center – Audit retention dashboard (preview)68854December CY2020Added: 04 November 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: M365 Compliance Center
Create and manage audit log retention policies within the new Audit retention dashboard in the Microsoft 365 compliance center.
OneDrive: iOS – Page rotation for PDF viewing68855January CY2021Added: 05 November 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: OneDrive – iOS
You can now rotate page orientation while viewing PDF documents in OneDrive. Any changes made are saved to OneDrive.
Microsoft Forms: Confirm Phishing Option Available for IT Admins68856November CY2020Added: 05 November 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: Forms
When managing Microsoft Forms, IT admins now have two options in response to possible phishing: you can either click “unblock” or “confirm phishing”, a new option that is now available.
Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection: MTD for iOS (Preview)68857November CY2020Added: 06 November 2020
Status: Rolling out
App / Service: MDATP
Microsoft for Endpoint on iOS will offer phishing protection, blocking of unsafe connections, and the ability to create custom indicators. Security teams will be able to access alerts and threat insights through the Microsoft Defender Security Center.
Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection: Linux EDR68858November CY2020Added: 06 November 2020
Status: In development
App / Service: MDATP
With the new Linux EDR capabilities, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint customers will have the ability to detect advanced attacks that involve Linux servers, utilize rich investigation experiences, perform advanced hunting, and quickly remediate threats on Linux servers.

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.

When: Monday, November 9, 2020 at 11:00am PT | Welcome to HLS Security Monthly! In this episode, Scott and Paul will talk about how to secure Azure Active Directory with best practices for Conditional Access with a focus on Identity Protection. Scott Murray and Paul Jones are Security and Compliance Technical Specialists at Microsoft, and HLS Security Monthly is hosted by Michael Gannotti, a Microsoft Teams Principal Technical Specialist at Microsoft. Join via direct link or add this event to your calendar!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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’.

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 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.

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.

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’.

When: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 8:00am PT | Productivity Score has reached general availability and we are hosting an “Ask Microsoft Anything” (AMA) to make sure you have an opportunity to get answers to any technical questions you may have about. An AMA is a live, online, text-based question-and-answer event similar to a “YamJam” on Yammer or an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit. Join us Tuesday, November 17th from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time to connect with the product managers and engineers behind Productivity Score. Anyone can ask a question. Simply make sure you’re a Tech Community member, then: (1) Visit the Microsoft 365 AMA space at 9:00 a.m. PT (We’ll actually open up the space 24 hours in advance for everyone not in the Pacific Time zone.), and (2) Submit a question by selecting Start a new conversation—and do this for each new question. At the end of the AMA, the Microsoft 365 AMA space will close and become a read-only resource. We will post a final recap within 72 hours. Be sure to add this event to your calendar!

Leverage the intelligent and integrated Microsoft solutions to help your organization achieve its compliance goals by joining the Microsoft 365 Virtual Training Day: Meeting Organizational Compliance Requirements free one day online training session. Level 200-300 (Intermediate to Advanced) content. Technology covered: Data classification, labeling, governance, policy violation remediation, eDiscovery, audit, risk assessment. In this session you will: (1) Learn to use intelligence to identify, protect and govern your important data, (2) Learn to intelligently identify and remediate critical insider threats and risks, (3) Learn how to use the latest eDiscovery and audit capabilities to find relevant data and respond efficiently, and (4) Learn how to simplify and automate IT risk assessment.

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.

In this training, you will learn how to protect your organization’s identities, data, applications, and devices across on-premises, cloud, and mobile – end to-end using the latest tools and guidance. This event covers intermediate to advanced content (level 200-300) and includes the following technologies: Threat Protection, Information Protection, Identify and Access Management, Security Management. In this workshop you will: (1) Increase level of understanding on how Microsoft delivers security across Microsoft 365, (2) Increase knowledge of security features and solutions, and (3) Connect with local technical experts and FastTrack resources.


BLOG ROUNDUP

We are pleased to announce the release of the Project and Roadmap apps in Microsoft Teams. Connecting directly to Project from within Teams has been one of the major requests from Project users, and these apps will make it easy to manage, track, and collaborate on all aspects of a team’s project in one place. This brings content and conversation side-by-side in one integrated experience. Team members can create new projects or roadmaps, or open existing ones, in Microsoft Teams and keep communications within the context of work and collaboration within Office 365. The Project and Roadmap apps can be added as tabs in any channel by selecting the “+” icon at the top of a channel. Anyone who has access to that channel can also access that tab.

Many features that are requested through Microsoft UserVoice appear on the Microsoft 365 Public Roadmap when they are in development and within months of being rolled out. New features include Project & Roadmap in Microsoft Teams, the ability to share projects with groups you don’t own, and scroll to date in Timeline. Coming soon you will be able to export your project grid into an Excel spreadsheet, so you can share this information with colleagues and analyze Project data using the power of Excel!

At Microsoft Ignite 2020, we shared our vision and roadmap across Microsoft Search, among that, improvements to search usage reporting with new capabilities coming to Microsoft Search analytics. Tenant analytics in Microsoft Search give you the tools and insights to make search great for your company, delivering a new Microsoft Search Insights dashboard will help you keep employees productive with insights into what they’re searching for. As we rollout the new insights experience to Microsoft Search, we’ll be retiring classic tenant-wide usage reports available in SharePoint Online beginning December 9, 2020. After this change, you will be able to discover site collection usage data through the Classic Site Collection Usage reports available through Site Settings | Site collection administration | search reports where you can access and download usage data for the last 31 days and past 12 months.

Yammer questions and answers insights are now included in the Microsoft Productivity Score, which helps organizations transform how work gets done with insights about how people use Microsoft 365 and the technology experiences that support them. The Productivity Score is now generally available to Global Admins and people with a report reader role. Yammer question and answer data is included in the Communication category, which shows how frequently people use email, chat, and community posts to help you understand how people in your organization find and share information. The Questions in Yammer score highlights the volume of high-quality knowledge creation using Yammer Q&A – see how many questions were asked, answered and have best answers. | Related: The Yammer Flipbook – an interactive guide to Yammer


NOTEWORTHY

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.

Format: Video (9 mins) | This month, we cover the ability to book workspaces in Outlook, the availability of Microsoft Forms in the Office mobile app, more visibility and control into how Microsoft Defender Antivirus can defend your business against cyber threats, PDFs in Microsoft Edge, Visio Data Visualizer in Excel, Productivity Score, and more!

As Android Device Admin is getting depreciated by Q4 2020, organizations are shifting towards Android Enterprise. With this, the buzz around Android Work Profile (AWP) is increasing. This article covers frequently asked questions about managing To Do app on AWP. Your apps and data will be separated into personal and work profiles, which you can switch between with just a tap. On some devices, your personal and work profiles will be shown together, but your work apps will have a briefcase icon in the bottom-right corner. Since the work profile keeps your personal and work information separately, you’ll no longer see a blended view of work and personal To Do notifications in your notification panel.

Use Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) to help you discover, classify, and protect sensitive information wherever it lives or travels. MIP capabilities are included with Microsoft 365 Compliance and give you the tools to know your data, protect your data, and prevent data loss. The links to the webinar recording and resources, such as the webinar FAQ, are included in this blog post.

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