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O365 Weekly Digest - 02/04/2019

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: -these emails include items posted to the message center over the last week and come out every Monday.

This week has some exciting end user experience updates. For starters, PowerPoint and Word files saved to SharePoint and OneDrive will now load faster when opening on user's desktops. Up next, will become the default homepage for all users when logging into, previously users could opt to change their default homepage but Microsoft will now be directing everyone to the same landing experience which will showcase important documents and apps to the user utilizing the Graph (Roadmap ID: 45971). Finally, users of Outlook mobile will now be alerted when an email contains an external recipient, this feature will be turned on starting March 4th. From SharePoint site owners, you will now see group inbox activity when viewing a site's activity if the site is tied to a group (Roadmap ID: 30689).

A few things for admins were announced this week as well. For Skype/Teams be on the lookout for some new Security and Compliance features to monitor teams usage (Roadmap ID: 43257), also as mentioned last week Auto-attendant is moving to the Skype/Teams admin center (Roadmap ID: 46094). The Compliance Center will also be getting a new experience revolving around the Secure Score (Roadmap ID: 31757). Finally, if you weren't aware already, Office 365 will be retiring 3DES (Triple Data Encryption Algorithm/Standard), 

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Feb 01

New feature: Changes to PowerPoint and Word to open files faster
We’re excited to release a new change to make documents saved to OneDrive and SharePoint open faster. We’ll be rolling this change out soon. Rather than always checking for updates for cloud files prior to opening, Word and PowerPoint will open any existing version on the user’s device and then sync updates immediately afterwards. This is already the behavior today for files saved to local OneDrive and SharePoint sync folders. This change introduces this behavior for files that are stored on... More ...

Feb 01

Reminder: Office 365 will retire 3DES starting February 28, 2019. TLS 1.0/1.1 and 3DES Usage reports are available
Major Update: General Availability
Act By: Feb 28
As previously communicated (MC124102 in Oct 2017, MC126199 in Dec 2017 and MC128929 in Feb 2018), we are moving all our online services to Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2+ to provide best-in-class encryption, and to ensure our service is more secure by default. Keeping on track with this promise – Office 365 will be retiring 3DES on February 28, 2019. This was first communicated in MC171089. In order to help you prepare for this change, we have provided reports for you to track your TLS...

Jan 31
Outlook mobile introduces a new MailTip for external recipients
Major Update: General Availability
Microsoft will soon be rolling out a new Outlook for iOS and Android capability that helps protect sensitive company information by reducing the risk of inadvertently sending email to recipients outside your organization. Outlook mobile will clearly alert you when an external recipient is in the email address list when composing or replying to email messages. This capability will be rolled out with the default setting OFF. On March 4th, Microsoft will change the default settings to ON so that...

Jan 31
New feature: Site activity shows group inbox activity in SharePoint Online
We’re bringing activity notifications to the group inbox in SharePoint Online. We'll begin rolling this feature out soon. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 30689.

Jan 30 is becoming the default start page for all Office 365 commercial users
Major Update: General Availability
Currently in Office 365, there is a setting that allows users to personalize what page they land on when they log into Office 365. has evolved to pull a user's most relevant apps, documents and places where they are working —all in one place--and consequently will be the default page a user lands on when signing into Office 365 at This enhancement is related to Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 45971.

Jan 30
Feature Update: Auto-Attendant
Major Update: General Availability
We are updating our services with new features and fixes, the first of which is a migration to the Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business Admin Center (Teams Admin Center). The rollout of the Teams Admin Center migration will begin soon for both Teams and Skype for Business Online tenants. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 46094.

Jan 30
New Supervision solution to monitor Microsoft Teams, manage risk, meet regulatory requirements
We’re bringing multiple new features to the Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance admin center. We’ll begin gradually rolling this features out today.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 43257.

Jan 29
Compliance Manager new experience
We’re updating Compliance Manager to help you assess your compliance risks more effectively with the integration with Secure Score and the ability to customize your assessments for Microsoft and non-Microsoft applications.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 31757.


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