Office 365 Weekly Digest | July 28 – August 3, 2019

Welcome to the July 28 – August 3, 2019 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest. Fifteen features were added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, with most of them Teams-related. There are also lots of brand new events added, including a “Back to School with Microsoft Teams” series on Thursday, August 22nd. The spotlight event for this week is the “Microsoft Teams: Plan your upgrade” workshops on Tuesday, August 6th and Thursday, August 8th. The major news from last week was the announcement of the retirement of Skype for Business Online on July 31, 2021. The focus of other blog posts from last week was the monthly “What’s New” information for Microsoft 365, Teams, OneDrive and SharePoint. The “What’s New” theme continues in the Noteworthy items from last week, with details on new features/updates for Flow, Forms, Yammer, and Workplace Analytics. In addition, be sure to review the article with information on Windows 7 end of support and

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Office 365 Weekly Digest | July 21 – 27, 2019

Welcome to the July 21 – 27, 2019 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest. There were five additions to the Office 365 Roadmap last week including updates for SharePoint, as well as the much-anticipated secure private channels in Microsoft Teams, currently targeted for Q4 CY2019. No brand new events for this week’s digest, but lots of new sessions were added to existing event series. This week’s spotlight event is a combo with the “Refining Mobility with OneDrive” webinar, followed immediately by an “Ask Microsoft Anything” session, all on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 starting at 9:00am Pacific. Highlights from last week’s blogs include details on upcoming improvements to Office 365 ProPlus client licensing and activation, the draft preview of the security baseline for Office 365 ProPlus v1907, and a change in branding for Office Online. Noteworthy items from last week include the announcement of new South African cloud datacenters, recent updates for Microsoft Flow, and a Microsoft Mechanics video series

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Office 365 Weekly Digest | July 14 – 20, 2019

Welcome to the July 14 – 20, 2019 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest. Eight features were added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, including updates for Yammer, Teams, Outlook (Web), and SharePoint. There are quite a few new events, including new Microsoft Teams focused immersion experiences, and a OneDrive webinar and Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA) session. The spotlight event for this week is the “Provide Integrated Training and Knowledge Check with Microsoft Teams and more” webinar on Monday, July 22, 2019 at 9am Pacific. Blog posts in last week’s roundup include code-free options to enhance the Microsoft Teams experience, a private preview of user activity based expiration policies for Office 365 Groups, managing authentication sessions in Outlook on the web with Azure AD conditional access, and a look at the new updated design of the OneDrive mobile experience. Noteworthy item highlights include a Microsoft IT Showcase article on the start of the Microsoft Teams era within Microsoft,

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Office 365 Weekly Digest | July 7 – 13, 2019

Welcome to the July 7 – 13 2019 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest. There were nineteen features added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, with most related to SharePoint and Stream. Each of the Outlook versions (Android, iOS and Web) and Microsoft Forms have a single feature added this week. New events for this week’s post include security-focused customer immersion experience sessions. This week’s spotlight event is the Microsoft Education AMA (Ask Microsoft Anything) on Tuesday, July 16th at 9am Pacific. Highlights from last week’s blogs include a big numbers announcement for Microsoft Teams, a new feature that empowers security teams to report suspicious emails to Microsoft and receive instant feedback, and a preview for updates to Shared Calendars in Outlook for Windows. Wrapping up the post are noteworthy items like the guest sharing settings reference across Microsoft 365, information on how to eliminate passwords, Office 365 message attribution, and the security framework used by Microsoft. OFFICE

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Office 365 Planned Service Changes for August 2019

The goal of this post is to compile all publicly announced Office 365 service changes per month in 2019, especially those that may require admin action. These changes are listed below in chronological order, based on the “Action Required” or “Effective” date. Additional information and resources related to these changes are provided where applicable. Updates will be made to this post as new service changes are announced, or updates to announced changes are provided. Note: All changes may not have been communicated to your tenant / environment. New Feature: Send feedback to Microsoft Teams Action Required By: August 2019 Details: Users will have an option to send feedback to Microsoft via this new feature in Microsoft Teams. This new feature will be available under “Help > Give feedback”. This feature will gradually roll out starting in early August, and will be completed by the end of August. If you prefer that users not have the ability to provide feedback to

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Office 365 Weekly Digest | June 30 – July 6, 2019

Welcome to the June 30 – July 6, 2019 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest. Six features were added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week with a split between Outlook (mobile) and Teams. One update of note is the upcoming shift to the new Outlook on the web experience as the default. There are two new events, both Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA) sessions – one for Yammer on July 10th and one for Education on July 16th. The spotlight event for this week is the “Driving Adoption with Microsoft 365 Integrated Services” webinars on July 8th and 9th. The June 2019 look back are the focus of last week’s blog posts, including Teams, OneDrive and SharePoint. There are also more details on the new Outlook on the web, and significant improvements to the Office app experience in virtual environments. Noteworthy item highlights include a Microsoft IT Showcase IT Expert Roundtable on Modern Meetings, the new Question and Answer

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Office 365 Planned Service Changes for September 2019

The goal of this post is to compile all publicly announced Office 365 service changes per month in 2019, especially those that may require admin action. These changes are listed below in chronological order, based on the “Action Required” or “Effective” date. Additional information and resources related to these changes are provided where applicable. Updates will be made to this post as new service changes are announced, or updates to announced changes are provided. Note: All changes may not have been communicated to your tenant / environment. We’re removing Visio Web Access from SharePoint Online Action Required By: September 29, 2019 Details: Last September, we announced that we would be removing Visio Web access from SharePoint Online. Since then we have listened to your feedback and are extending the timeline to September 2019 to allow more time for the migration of your existing Visio content to the newer platforms. Beginning September 30, 2019, Visio Web Access (Visio Service) and its

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Office 365 Planned Service Changes for October 2019

The goal of this post is to compile all publicly announced Office 365 service changes per month in 2019, especially those that may require admin action. These changes are listed below in chronological order, based on the “Action Required” or “Effective” date. Additional information and resources related to these changes are provided where applicable. Updates will be made to this post as new service changes are announced, or updates to announced changes are provided. Note: All changes may not have been communicated to your tenant / environment. Microsoft StaffHub Retirement Action Required By: October 1, 2019 Details: Effective October 1, 2019, Microsoft StaffHub will be retired. We’re building StaffHub capabilities, including schedule and task management, into Microsoft Teams. The Teams mobile app now includes shift management and a home screen experience. Additional capabilities for firstline workers will roll out to Teams over time. These changes are part of our continued efforts to empower every employee with Microsoft 365. With capabilities

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Office 365 Planned Service Changes for December 2019

The goal of this post is to compile all publicly announced Office 365 service changes per month in 2019, especially those that may require admin action. These changes are listed below in chronological order, based on the “Action Required” or “Effective” date. Additional information and resources related to these changes are provided where applicable. Updates will be made to this post as new service changes are announced, or updates to announced changes are provided. Note: All changes may not have been communicated to your tenant / environment. Discontinuation of support for Session Border Controllers in Exchange Online Unified Messaging Action Required By: December 1, 2019 Details: In July 2017, we announced that support for Session Border Controllers (SBC) that connect third party PBX systems to Exchange Online Unified Messaging (UM) would be discontinued as of July 2018. After feedback from customers and partners concerned about this change, we are announcing additional time for customers to prepare. The new date for

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Office 365 Planned Service Changes for July 2019

The goal of this post is to compile all publicly announced Office 365 service changes per month in 2019, especially those that may require admin action. These changes are listed below in chronological order, based on the “Action Required” or “Effective” date. Additional information and resources related to these changes are provided where applicable. Updates will be made to this post as new service changes are announced, or updates to announced changes are provided. Note: All changes may not have been communicated to your tenant / environment. Update Log: 2019-07-03: Added Outlook on the web – New experience roll out – effective July 22, 2019 Retirement of 3DES in Office 365 Action Required By: July 9, 2019 Details: Starting July 10, 2019, Office 365 will begin retiring the 3DES cipher. This means that all connections to Office 365 using the cipher 3DES will not work. TLS 1.0/1.1 connections without the 3DES cipher will not be affected. Client software and devices

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