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O365 Weekly Digest - 01/14/2019

Every week I'll be posting a quick summary of O365 updates included in the admin weekly digest email that you can sign up for via the admin Message Center: https://admin.microsoft.com/AdminPortal/Home#/MessageCenter -these emails include items posted to the message center over the last week and come out every Monday.

Quite the exiting week with 3 major updates and the rolling out of the new icons but the change I'm most excited about is the O365 Video to Stream opt-in migration. In my opinion everyone on O365 should be using Stream for all of their videos. The automatic captioning and facial recognition features make it arguable the most powerful video players on the web and are everyone's most talked about when I demo video capabilities on O365. Now with the opt-in migration you can easily get off Video Hub if you are currently using it. (Roadmap ID 44019)

Moving on to the major updates included this week. Microsoft is moving Staff Hub functionality into Teams, making Teams the most powerful apps in O365 for collaboration among smaller teams. Many of the Staff Hub feature are already available in teams such as chat and file management but Schedule Management will be coming to teams via the Shifts app (Roadmap ID 43333) and more features will likely be rolling out up until Staff Hub is officially retired in October. The next Major Update with the new O365 login page will alleviate the annoyance of account switching between work and personal accounts. (Roadmap ID 45516)

Finally, the new icons are rolling out for Office applications, if you haven't seen them yet here is a good article discussing them: https://medium.com/microsoft-design/redesigning-the-office-app-icons-to-embrace-a-new-world-of-work-91d72608ee8f (Roadmap ID 45441)

Email text: 

Jan 12

Updated feature: New "Sign-in options" link on the Office 365 login page
Major Update: General Availability
We’re updating the Office 365 login page with new sign-in options that will enable user access to their personal accounts. We'll begin rolling this feature update out in mid-February, 2019. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 45516.

Jan 11

Self-service Office 365 Video migration to Microsoft Stream
As part of our commitment to transition customers from Office 365 Video to Microsoft Stream, we are excited to announce that the ability to opt-in to migrate to Stream will start to rollout in Q1 2019. This rollout will exclude GCC. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 44019.

Jan 11

Schedule Management for Firstline workers coming to Teams through Shifts app
Major Update: General Availability
New app: Microsoft Teams Shifts app for Schedule Management Shifts, your schedule management tool in Teams, will be publicly available to all Teams users on Web, Desktop, Mac, iOS and Android. Shifts is rolling out now and will be completed shortly. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 43333.

Jan 09

New icons coming to Office 365 app tiles
We’re updating the Office app tile icons on the Office 365 app launcher and Office.com. We'll begin rolling this feature out soon. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 45441.

Jan 08

Reminder: We’re retiring StaffHub and migrating your organization to Microsoft Teams
Major Update: General Availability
Act By: Jun 30
As previously communicated in MC149144 on September 24, 2018, Microsoft Teams is evolving to include a new set of capabilities that will simplify schedule management and help deliver the tools for every worker to get the job done. As a result, we will be retiring Microsoft StaffHub on October 1, 2019 and we will be focusing our investments on Microsoft Teams. After October 1, 2019 users that attempt to log in to StaffHub will be greeted with a message directing them to download Microsoft...

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