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O365 Weekly Digest - 02/18/2019

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.

Lots of new and updated features have been announced this week, the most exciting are the updates to SharePoint lists/libraries getting Sticky Column Headers as well as the new location column. But the most interesting is the announcement of Forms Pro which aims to be an enterprise surveying tool and will be entering public preview on the 21st. Check out the grouping below for a highlight of all of the updates put out this week.

SharePoint/OneDrive

  • Sticky Column Headers for lists and libraries (Roadmap ID: 46103)
  • Location column (Roadmap ID: 33593)
  • Column totals (Roadmap ID: 46102)
  • Bulk check in/out (Roadmap ID: 46100)
  • Signals/visual cues on the status of a file are coming to modern views (Roadmap ID: 46101)
  • New look for the NavBar to align with Office and Outlook (Roadmap ID: 42268)
  • Feedback button will be retired on modern sites starting on 2/18

Outlook

  • Clutter for Outlook is being retired in 2020
  • New Tasks module for Outlook web with Microsoft To-Do (Roadmap ID: 34338)

Other Microsoft 365 Apps

  • Teams will now allow 5,000 members in a team, up from 2,500 and e-mail distribution list imports now support up to 3,500. 
  • Microsoft Forms Pro public preview starts on 2/21 (Roadmap ID: 46517)

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Feb 18

Updated: Power BI Scheduled Maintenance
Planned Maintenance: Power BI will be performing scheduled maintenance in all regions. North Central US: Starting Wednesday, February 20, 2019 01:30:00 AM UTC Ending Wednesday, February 20, 2019 06:30:00 AM UTC North Central US B: Starting: Friday, February 22, 2019 01:00:00 AM UTC Ending: Friday, February 22, 2019 05:00:00 AM UTC Central US: Starting: Friday, February 22, 2019 01:00:00 AM UTC Ending: Friday, February 22, 2019 05:00:00 AM UTC East US: Starting: Friday, February 22, 2019...


Feb 16

Planned Maintenance: Skype for Business
We have maintenance planned for Skype for Business.Starting: February 24, 2019 at 04:00:00 UTCEnding: February 24, 2019 at 09:00:00 UTC


Feb 15

Clutter for Outlook is being retired beginning January 31, 2020
As we previously announced in December 2017, on the Outlook blog, we will be retiring the Clutter feature from Outlook beginning January 31, 2020. To help our users manage their mail and be productive, we are leading with the Focused Inbox experience which provides a similar benefit as Clutter by showing less important and urgent mail in Other.


Feb 15

New feature: SharePoint Online gets Sticky Column Headers for Lists and Libraries
Sticky Column Headers is a new SharePoint Online feature. We'll begin rolling this feature out soon. This enhancement is related to Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 46103. We'll be gradually rolling this out to Targeted release Organizations in mid-February 2019, and the roll out will be completed worldwide by the end of April.


Feb 15

Information Protection updates to the existing Office 365 E3, E5, Advanced Compliance and Information Protection
We’re updating the existing Office 365 E3, E5, Advanced Compliance and Information Protection & Compliance SKUs to include: Information Protection for Office 365 – Standard Or Information Protection for Office 365 – Premium We'll be gradually rolling this out to customers in March, and the roll out will be completed worldwide by the end of March.


Feb 15

Office 365 from the Office Portal will not include OneNote 2016 for Semi-Annual Channel Users on Windows 10 by default
Major Update: General Availability
In September 2018, Microsoft announced that OneNote for Windows 10 would be the default OneNote experience, and additional information was provided in a blog in April 2018. As we complete our rollout, we are now moving into the final Semi-Annual Channel. If you are not using the Semi-Annual Channel, you can ignore this Message Center post. Starting on Tuesday Feb 12, 2019, OneNote 2016 will not be included by default when a user on the Semi-Annual Channel downloads and installs Office 365 on...


Feb 14

Microsoft Teams desktop app coming to new Office 365 ProPlus installs
In an effort to improve and streamline user’s initial experience with Teams, we’re making an enhancement so that the desktop Teams app will now be downloaded automatically when new users with Office 365 ProPlus licenses first download the Office Pro Plus apps. We'll begin rolling this feature out soon. This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID: 46444.


Feb 14

Updated feature: new look for the Office 365 NavBar in OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online
We’re updating the Office 365 NavBar in OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online, and their respective admin centers, to align the looks of the NavBar across Office.com and Outlook.com. We'll begin rolling this feature out soon. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 42268.


Feb 13

Update - Updated feature: New "Sign-in options" link on the Office 365 login page
Major Update: General Availability
Update: The rollout of the new sign-in options link is delayed. We will update this post once we have confirmed a precise date by when the rollout will start. We apologize for the inconvenience. We're updating the Office 365 login page to add a new link for more sign-in options. The functionality this link provides only applies to personal accounts. Microsoft leverages a common sign in start page utilized for both consumer and commercial services. Once the user enters a personal (e.g....


Feb 13

Updated feature: Microsoft To-Do
Major Update: General Availability
Microsoft To-Do is an updated Office 365 feature. We'll begin rolling this change out in mid-March and it will finish by the end of the month. This enhancement is related to Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 34338.


Feb 13

New feature: Microsoft Forms Pro Public Preview
Major Update: General Availability
Microsoft Forms Pro is a new enterprise survey capability available in Public Preview on February 21st, 2019. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 46517.


Feb 13

Feature Update: General availability of 5,000 member teams
Major Update: General Availability
We are pleased to announce general availability of 5,000 member teams. Starting today, all new and existing teams can accommodate up to 5,000 members, double the previous limit of 2,500 members. Larger groups can now collaborate effortlessly in a single team and leaders can connect with a broad audience within their organization. To make it easier to get everyone into one team, we also increased the e-mail distribution list import limit by over 10X from 300 to 3,500. This change does not...


Feb 13

Updated feature: New Tasks module in Outlook on the Web
Major Update: General Availability
We are excited to announce the new Tasks module in Outlook on the web as an updated Office 365 feature. We'll begin rolling this feature out in mid-March. This enhancement is related to Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 34338.


Feb 13

The SharePoint feedback button is being retired​
We're making some changes to SharePoint Online. Starting 2/18/2019 we're retiring the product feedback button from the site footer of all SharePoint home and all modern site pages.


Feb 12

We’re bringing multiple new features to SharePoint Online Document Libraries and Lists
Column Totals, Bulk check in/out, and File Signals are new Microsoft 365 features. We're currently rolling these out. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 46102, 46100, and 46101.


Feb 12

Feature update: Location Columns for SharePoint Lists
New feature: We are introducing a new column to SharePoint lists and Libraries: the Location Column. This enhancement is related to Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 33593. We will be rolling this out mid February and expect to be complete by the end of the month.

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