Office 365 Planned Service Changes for 2020

The goal of this post is to compile all publicly announced Office 365 service changes for 2020, especially those that may require admin action, into a single source. 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. Notes: All changes may not have been communicated to your tenant / environment. Note: If there are discrepancies between the information posted here and the linked source articles and/or Message Center, these other sources are authoritative. Update Log: Added Kaizala Administration Roles – action required by February 1, 2020 Added Changes to Quarantine Permissions – effective February 10, 2020 Added Configuration Change for Microsoft Teams Cloud Recordings in Microsoft Stream – effective February 15, 2020 Introducing ‘High confidence phishing email’ to the spam filter

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Office 365 Planned Service Changes for 2021

The goal of this post is to compile all publicly announced Office 365 service changes for 2021, especially those that may require admin action, into a single source. 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. Retirement of Skype for Business Online Effective: July 31, 2021 Details: Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31, 2021, and after that date the service will no longer be accessible. Between now and then, current Skype for Business Online customers will experience no change in service, and they will be able to continue to add new users as needed. However, as of September 1, 2019 all new customers

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Office 365 Weekly Digest | December 8 – 14, 2019

Welcome to the December 8 – 14, 2019 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest. Twenty features were added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, including updates for OneDrive, Outlook, SharePoint, Stream, Teams, Excel and Office 365. 2020 sessions for existing event series are now available. The spotlight event of the week is the Customer Immersion Experience session “Protecting Assets and Empowering Your Defenders” on Thursday, December 19th at 9am and 12pm Pacific. Blog posts in last week’s roundup include a summary of resources to help with the upgrade from Skype for Business to Teams, the announcement of the Teams Linux client, the OneDrive Roadmap summary for November 2019, updates to the Microsoft 365 Attack Simulator, and a look at how to support an internal campaign with video content via Yammer. Noteworthy item highlights include the latest Microsoft 365 related updates on Microsoft Learn, how to automate the provisioning of selective Microsoft Teams with guest access, and new campaign

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Office 365 Weekly Digest | December 1 – 7, 2019

Welcome to the December 1 – 7, 2019 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest. Thirty-one features were added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, so in order to keep the length of this post reasonable the details have been included in a separate post, Office 365 Roadmap Update | December 1 – 7, 2019. There are a few new sessions for existing event series, along with a couple of new Microsoft IT Showcase events focused on modern collaboration, with the first on January 15, 2020 and the second on February 26, 2020. This week’s spotlight event is the Office ProPlus Deployment Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA) session on Tuesday, December 10th at 9am Pacific. Highlights from last week’s blog posts include the November 2019 SharePoint roadmap summary, a compilation of Teams and Office 365 ATP highlights from Ignite 2019, information on recent enhancements to Office 365 Message Encryption, and a complete 2019 recap for Microsoft Search. Wrapping up the

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Office 365 Weekly Digest | November 24 – 30, 2019

Welcome to the November 24 – 30, 2019 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest. There were eight features added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, including updates for OneDrive (on macOS), Teams, Forms and Office 365 Message Encryption. There are a few new sessions for existing event series, along with one new event – an Office ProPlus Deployment Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA) session on Tuesday, December 10th at 9am Pacific. The spotlight event of the week is the Customer Immersion Experience session “Seamless Collaboration with Microsoft Teams” on Tuesday, December 3rd at 12pm Pacific. Blog posts in last week’s roundup include a summary of what’s new in Microsoft 365 for November 2019, a new Teams deployment video series with an IT Admin focus, the latest updates for Microsoft Forms and an Ignite 2019 recap for Office 365 Groups. Noteworthy item highlights include the November 2019 “What’s new in Microsoft 365” video update, a Microsoft IT Expert Roundtable on

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Office 365 Weekly Digest | November 17 – 23, 2019

Welcome to the November 17 – 23, 2019 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest. Six features were added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, including updates for Outlook on the web, FindTime, Whiteboard, and Teams, specifically the Teams client for Linux. There are no new events, but a few new sessions for existing event series. This week’s spotlight event is “Run Effective Meetings with Microsoft Teams” webinar on Tuesday, November 26th at 11am Pacific. Highlights from last week’s blog posts include the release of the “Art of Teamwork” for Microsoft Teams, the “Office What’s New” Management Preview, and Ignite 2019 recaps for Stream and FastTrack. Wrapping up the post are noteworthy items on the latest releases for Office 365 ProPlus, details on how to migrate from Slack to Microsoft Teams, and recent updates for Microsoft Flow and Workplace Analytics. OFFICE 365 ROADMAP Below are the items added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week… Description Feature ID Estimated

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Office 365 Weekly Digest | November 10 – 16, 2019

Welcome to the November 10 – 16, 2019 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest. There were eight features added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, including updates for To Do, SharePoint and Teams. One update of note is the Microsoft 365 Usage Analytics Power BI Application – the long-anticipated replacement for the Power BI Adoption content pack for Office 365. There are no new events, but a few new sessions for existing event series. The spotlight event of the week is “Microsoft Teams: Plan your upgrade (Start here!)” webinar on Tuesday, November 19th at 8am Pacific. Blog posts in last week’s roundup include Ignite 2019 recaps for Teams, Adoption, Office 365 ProPlus, Information Protection, Stream and Search. Noteworthy item highlights include an update on running PowerShell cmdlets for large numbers of users in Office 365, information on what makes up a good Zero Trust strategy, a new report-only mode for Conditional Access, and a list of all the

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Office 365 Weekly Digest | November 3 – 9, 2019

Welcome to the November 3 – 9, 2019 (aka Ignite Week) edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest. Last week, all eyes (and ears) were focused on Microsoft Ignite 2019 in Orlando, Florida. There’s a ton of content in this week’s digest, so the intro will be short. You can find recordings, and related content at Microsoft Ignite On-Demand. One note: There were forty-seven features added to the Microsoft 365 Roadmap last week, so for this week I have moved the roadmap updates into a separate post, Office 365 Roadmap Update | November 3 – 9, 2019. UPCOMING EVENTS Learn Tips for Taking Teams to the Next Level: Part 1 – Effective Workspaces 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

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Office 365 Weekly Digest | October 27 – November 2, 2019

Welcome to the October 27 – November 2, 2019 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest. In the week prior to Ignite 2019, there were only two features added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, including Sensitivity Labels for Microsoft Teams. Based on previous years, this is likely the “calm before the storm” with numerous updates expected in the coming weeks. There are no new events, but a few new sessions for existing event series. This week’s spotlight event is the Microsoft Ignite Live Show, kicking off on Monday, November 4th at 9:00am ET. Blog posts in last week’s roundup include information on the new file and sharing experiences in Microsoft Teams, the October 2019 roadmap recaps for OneDrive and SharePoint, the general availability of user activity based expiration policies for Office 365 Groups, and some additional product-specific Ignite sessions. Noteworthy item highlights include the recording for a recent Microsoft IT webinar on upgrading from Skype for Business to

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Office 365 Weekly Digest | October 20 – 26, 2019

Welcome to the October 20 – 26, 2019 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest. Six features were added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, including updates for Outlook (Web, Windows & Mac), and Microsoft Teams. There are two new events, which are linked and also share the spotlight event of the week – the webinar and Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA) for “Streamlining deployment and configuration of OneDrive” on Tuesday, October 29th starting at 9:00am Pacific. Note: The AMA session immediately follows the webinar. Highlights from last week’s blogs include information on new Microsoft 365 Learning Paths on Microsoft Learn, the ability to set the priority of a task in Planner, details on using Microsoft Flow to schedule Yammer posts, and several guides to Microsoft Ignite 2019, such as Microsoft 365 Admin, Teams, Compliance, etc. Wrapping up the post are noteworthy items on empowering remote users with Microsoft 365, a new video series on security and risk fundamentals of

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