Office 365 Weekly Digest | September 8 – 14, 2019

Welcome to the September 8 – 14, 2019 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest. Seven features were added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, including updates for Exchange Online, Project, SharePoint Online, and Outlook. Also of note is the introduction of the new built-in Global Reader role for Azure Active Directory, which is rolling out now. There are several new events, as well as added sessions for existing events. The new events include “Syncing Up with OneDrive”, an upcoming OneDrive webinar followed by an Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA) session, and three Teams-related Ask Microsoft Anything sessions. This week’s spotlight event is the “Protecting Your Sensitive Information” Customer Immersion Experience on Thursday, September 19th from 12pm – 2pm Pacific. Highlights from last week’s blogs include a look at the top 5 advantages of syncing your files with OneDrive, the General Availability of Security Policy Advisor for Office 365 ProPlus, a new version of Microsoft To-Do, and updates for Yammer,

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Office 365 Weekly Digest | August 25 – 31, 2019

Welcome to the August 25 – 31, 2019 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest. Eleven features were added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week. Most of the updates are for Outlook (Windows, Android, iOS) and Planner. A few brand new events have been added, including the return of the Azure Active Directory webinars and a couple of Microsoft IT Expert Roundtable sessions focused on the transition from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. The spotlight event of the week is the “Microsoft Teams: Plan your upgrade (Start here)!” session on Wednesday, September 4th at 11am Pacific. What’s new in August 2019 is the theme for last week’s blog roundup, with posts for Microsoft 365 overall, Teams, and SharePoint. There is also a post with details on how Microsoft has scaled live events in Yammer. Wrapping up the post are noteworthy items including information on dark mode rolling out to Outlook mobile, as well as feature updates to Workplace

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Office 365 Weekly Digest | August 18 – 24, 2019

Welcome to the August 18 – 24, 2019 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest. There were five additions to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, including updates for Outlook on Windows, Forms, Stream, Teams and the Microsoft 365 Admin Center. New sessions are listed for most of the regular events series, including the Customer Immersion Experience events. This week’s spotlight event is the Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA) and follow up session for how to “Simplify Collaboration with OneDrive” on Tuesday, August 27th starting at 9:00am Pacific. Blog posts in last week’s roundup include a new feature in the Office Deployment Toolkit that allows changes without changing the version, updates to MyAnalytics, enhancements to Desktop Analytics, and information on the one simple action you can take to prevent 99.9% of account attacks. Noteworthy item highlights include 100 suggestions on how to use Yammer, upcoming changes to the Outlook connector in Microsoft Flow, a new Microsoft Graph Security API add-on for

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Office 365 Weekly Digest | August 11 – 17, 2019

Welcome to the August 11 – 17, 2019 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest. Twenty four features were added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, with half of those for two updates to Excel on each of the various platforms (online, desktop, Android, iOS, Mac, etc.). There are also updates for Teams, Planner, Forms, OneDrive, SharePoint, and MyAnalytics. There are (again) lots of additions to existing event series, along with a couple of new OneDrive-related events on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. It’s tough to choose just one spotlight event this week, so it’s a tie between the “Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA) on Skype for Business Online to Teams Upgrade” and the “Back to School with Microsoft Teams!” sessions, all on Thursday, August 22, 2019 starting at 8am Pacific. Highlights from last week’s blogs include a look at SharePoint updates for August 2019, the top 5 advantages of sharing with OneDrive, info on how to dynamically convert MSI versions

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Office 365 Weekly Digest | August 4 – 10, 2019

Welcome to the August 4 – 10, 2019 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest. There were twelve additions to the Office 365 Public Roadmap last week. Most are for Outlook on Android, with a few others for Teams and Yammer. There is one Teams feature to highlight for review and potential action, Feedback Surveys. There are lots of new sessions for existing events/series, and one new event which is a Skype for Business to Teams upgrade Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA) session on Thursday, August 22nd at 9:00am Pacific. Blog posts in last week’s roundup include a summary of the July 2019 updates to the Microsoft 365 Admin Center, information on how to manage Office 365 ProPlus channels and updates, the July 2019 updates for PowerApps, and a Microsoft IT Showcase on implementing a “Zero Trust” security model at Microsoft. Noteworthy item highlights include new Microsoft Search adoption resources, information on Skype for Business phones (3PIP) support with Microsoft Teams,

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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 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 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 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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