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O365 Weekly Digest - 08/05/2019

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.

Updates:

  • Outlook on the web is gaining the ability to filter while looking for rooms (Roadmap ID: 53084)
  • Outlook on the web is getting recurring event room availability (Roadmap ID: 54013)
  • SharePoint news and page authors will not be notified of comments, likes, and replies (Roadmap ID: 49603)
  • SharePoint news and page recommendations is rolling out soon (Roadmap ID: 52604)
  • SharePoint Communication site now has site footer capabilities (Roadmap ID: 33138)
  • SharePoint is getting new and updated webparts for page authoring: 
    • Button & Call to Action : The Button web part and Call to action web parts make it easier to engage with your audience (Roadmap ID: 53221)
    • World clock & Weather updates: It is now easier to add locations to the clock and weather webparts (Roadmap ID: 53222)
    • News gets hero tiles as a layout: Tiles layout is coming to the News webpart.(Roadmap ID: 53228)
    • Hero gets second call to action link for large tiles: Larger tiles in the Hero zone will now have the option for 2 links instead of just one
    • Highlighted content with custom query filtering: You can now filter the highlighted content webpart with KQL or CAML (Roadmap ID: 53229)
    • Divider updates to allow controlling of the length and weight of the divider: Additional controls to the size of the divider 
    • These are in addition to the updates from last month:
      • Drag and drop files to the canvas: Files and images can now be uploaded directly to a page. Files will be placed in a file viewer and images will be added to the page (Roadmap ID: 53194)
      • Link preview: Links added to a text editor will now show a preview of the destination page if available. Includes support for Stream and YouTube videos
      • On page anchors: Page authors can add anchors to a page for easy navigation (Roadmap ID: 53198)
      • Undo/Redo: Can undo and redo changes without saving or publishing (Roadmap ID: 53192)
      • Vertical sections. Much like horizontal sections can have different colors and styling, page authors will have have the same functionality for vertical pages (Roadmap ID: 53195)
  • Save for later on files is coming to SharePoint and OneDrive (Roadmap ID: 49095)
  • OneDrive is getting full-fidelity shared libraries (Roadmap ID: 49093)
  • Microsoft Stream will now keep deleted videos for 30 days in a recycling bin (Roadmap ID: 53140)

    Admin Updates:

    • Bug Fix for groups in Intune for Role Based Access Control
    • Intune In Development for August: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/intune/in-development 
    • New create room cmdlet for Outlook on the web (Roadmap ID: 52546)
    • Report an Incident is coming to the service health dashboard (Roadmap ID: 24153)
    • Power BI desktop is retiring the .msi for an .exe installer
    • Updates to the accuracy for the M365 Usage Analytics
    • New 3rd party storage provider handling for Outlook on the web (Roadmap ID: 52597)
    • Skype for Business online is retiring on July 31st, 2021 in favor of Teams 
    You can check out the full list of update below

    Email Text


    Aug 01

    New Feature: Outlook on the web - Filters in room booking
    Ability to filter rooms by features is a new capability in Outlook on the web. We'll begin rolling this feature out soon.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 53084.This change does not apply to Office 365 subscriptions in GCC.



    Aug 01

    Updated - New feature: SharePoint Online news and page authors will now receive emails with comments, replies and likes
    Updated August 1, 2019: We have adjusted the role out schedule for this feature to ensure an optimal experience. We apologize for any inconvenience. We're adding new SharePoint Online emails to keep you informed about likes and comments on pages/news posts. We'll begin rolling this feature out soon. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 49603.



    Aug 01

    Plan for Change: Bug fix for scope groups coming soon to Intune
    In the 1909 service release (which will start rolling out in September) we’ll be adjusting the scope groups experience so it aligns to what we have documented today and administrator intent. We’re notifying all customers of this change because we see high usage of Role Based Access Control (RBAC).



    Jul 31

    Microsoft Intune In Development for August is now available
    The “In development for Microsoft Intune” page in our documentation has been updated for August 2019.


    Jul 31

    New Feature: Outlook on the web - new cmdlet to create room features
    Outlook on the web has a new cmdlet named Set-Place which will allow you to assign different properties to rooms. We'll begin rolling this feature out soon.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 52546This roll out is excluded from Office 365 subscriptions in GCC.

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    Jul 31

    New Feature: Outlook on the web - recurring series room availability
    Outlook on the web - recurring series room availability is a new Office 365 feature. We'll begin rolling this feature out soon.This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID 54013.This update does not apply to Office 365 subscriptions in GCC.


    Jul 31

    New Feature: Service health dashboard - Report an Incident
    Major Update: General Availability rollout started
    Report an Incident is a new Office 365 feature. We'll begin rolling this feature out soon.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 24153This feature is not available to Office 365 subscriptions in GCC.


    Jul 31

    Retiring the Power BI Desktop .msi installer for an .exe
    Major Update: General Availability rollout started
    We will be retiring the .msi installer for Power BI Desktop beginning September, 2019. We're moving to a .exe installer which includes all languages in a single download, allowing users to change the language of their UI and data model as needed.



    Jul 30

    Updated - New Feature: SharePoint News and Page Recommendations
    Updated July 30, 2019 - We have adjusted the roll out schedule of this feature to ensure an optimal experience. We apologize for any inconvenience. SharePoint News and Page Recommendations is a new Office 365 feature. We'll begin rolling this feature out soon.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 52604This change does not apply to Office 365 subscriptions in GCC.


    Jul 30

    New Feature: SharePoint Site footer for Communication sites
    Site footer is a new SharePoint feature. We'll begin rolling this feature out soon.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 33138



    Jul 30

    New Feature: New and updated web parts available for modern page authoring
    New and updated web parts available for modern page authoring are a set of Office 365 features. We'll begin rolling this feature out soon.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 53229, 53228, 53221, 53222


    Jul 30

    Updated Feature: Accuracy improvements for Microsoft 365 Usage Analytics
    We are making changes to improve the accuracy of reporting within Microsoft 365 Usage Analytics. We'll begin rolling this feature out soon.


    Jul 30

    Skype for Business Online is retiring
    Major Update: General Availability rollout started
    As Teams has become the core communications client for Office 365, we are announcing that Skype for Business Online will retire on July 31, 2021.Note: Neither Skype consumer nor Skype for Business Server will be affected by the retirement of the Skype for Business Online service.Current Skype for Business Online customers will experience no change in the service up to the retirement date.To align with this schedule, support for the integration of third-party party Audio Conferencing Providers...


    Jul 30

    Updated Feature: Outlook on the web - New 3rd party storage providers
     Major Update: General Availability rollout started
    Act By: Aug 30
    We’re updating how 3rd party storage providers work in Outlook on the web. To offer an enhanced experience and easier management we are retiring the ThirdPartyFileProvidedrsEnabled and OneDriveAttachmentsEnabled parameters and replacing them with the new AdditionalStorageProvidersAvailable parameter.This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID 52597.This feature is not available for Office 365 subscriptions in GCC.


    Jul 29

    New Feature: Save for later on Files
    Save for later on Files is a new Office 365 feature. We'll begin rolling this feature out soon.This enhancement is related to Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 49095.


    Jul 29

    Updated - New Feature: Full-fidelity shared libraries in OneDrive
    Updated July 29, 2019: We have had to delay our roll out of this feature to ensure an optimal experience. We will now be rolling this out at the end of August. We apologize for any inconvenience. Full-fidelity shared libraries in OneDrive for Business is a new Office 365 feature. We'll begin rolling this feature out soon.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 49093.


    Jul 29

    New Feature: Microsoft Stream – 30 day recycle bin for deleted videos
    The 30 day recycle bin for deleted videos is a new Microsoft Stream feature. We'll begin rolling this out soon.This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID 53140.

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