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O365 Weekly Digest - 10/21/2019

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:

  • Additional Time saving updates are coming to the Outlook mobile apps
  • SharePoint Site URL rename is rolling out throughout October. This will allow Admins to update the URL of a Site Collection (Roadmap ID: 54125)

Admin Updates:

  • Anti Spam and zero-hour Auto Purge (ZAP) update are rolling out through October (Roadmap ID: 54125)
  • M365 Audit Public Preview is rolling out for E5 licenses
  • Yammer is removing system messages from the All Company community, to monitor Yammer groups it is recommended to utilize the O365 Admin Center
  • Teams per license category is being retired starting November 22nd
  • Audio Conferencing is getting a PSTN minute Pools Report
  • Additional ATP Safe LInks are coming to Outlook
  • Teams will begin automatically signing in new users on Windows (Roadmap ID: 56788)
  • SharePoint Site URL rename is rolling out throughout October (Roadmap ID: 54125)
  • Message Center timestamps are changing to local time
  • OneDrive PC folder backups will now support cross volume moves  for the scenario where known folders and OneDrive folders are on different volumes (Roadmap ID: 56383)
  • Malware ZAP toggle is being added to the security and compliance center (Roadmap ID: 56742)
  • SHA-2 is rolling out ot OneDrive sync and Office
  • New Lifecycle Policy for the Teams Desktop client. Teams is moving to a 2 week auto update cycle
  • High Confidence phishing email spam filter policy

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Oct 19

Updated Feature: Updated Anti-Spam settings and changes in Zero-hour Auto Purge
We're updating Outbound spam settings in the Security and Compliance Center (SCC). We are also updating the Zero-hour Auto Purge (ZAP). We'll be gradually rolling this out to customers in mid-October 2019.The roll out will be completed worldwide by the end of October. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 54125


Oct 18

New feature: Microsoft 365 Audit public preview
Major Update: Announcement started
We're rolling out several new features for the Microsoft 365 audit solution. Users will be able to access them in the Security and Compliance Center and through the Management Activity API.We’ll be gradually rolling out these features in public preview in mid-November.The roll out will be completed worldwide by the end of December.If your organization has the Microsoft 365 E5 license, you will have access to all these upcoming new audit features in Microsoft 365.This message is associated with...


Oct 18

Yammer removing system messages from All Company community
As a part of the tighter integration with Office 365 and in an effort to reduce noise in the All Company Yammer community, we will no longer be posting the All Company system messages for new group creation and new user joins beginning December 20, 2019.Instead we recommend the utilization of the Office 365 Admin center to monitor group and user creation.



Oct 18

Retiring ability to disable Microsoft Teams per license category in Microsoft Teams Services
To align Microsoft Teams with other workloads, we will be retiring the ability to disable Microsoft Teams for all users of a particular license category.Note: Edu Faculty and Edu Student license categories are excluded from this change.We'll be gradually rolling this out to customers starting November 22, 2019, and the roll out will be completed by the mid-December.



Oct 17

New Feature: PSTN Minute Pools report
PSTN Minute Pools report gives you an overview of audio conferencing and calling activity in your organization by showing you the number of minutes consumed during the current month. You can see a breakdown of activity including the license used for calls, total minutes available, used minutes, and license usage by location.We are gradually this out for all users in mid-October 2019.The rollout will be completed worldwide by the end of October.



Oct 17

Updated Feature: ATP Safe Links Update - Additional Safe Links protection within Outlook
We’re updating Office 365 ATP Safe Links to include additional protection within Outlook. This feature requires Windows Outlook version 1908, minimum build 16.0.11929.10000.We'll be gradually rolling this out to customers using Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for Outlook that have signed up for Windows Monthly Channel releases beginning October 17, 2019.The rollout will be completed worldwide for those customers by the end of November 2019.For customers who are on the Semi-Annual channel, this...



Oct 17

New Feature: Teams will silently sign in new users
Teams will soon begin automatically signing in new usersWe'll be gradually rolling this out to Teams customers on select Windows systems in late-October.The rollout will be completed worldwide by mid-December.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 56788.



Oct 16

New Feature: Time-saving updates for Outlook mobile help you be better prepared
We recently launched calendar updates to Outlook for iOS and Android to help manage meetings and get you to your events on time. We are now rolling out additional capabilities to help you be better prepared for meetings while on the go.We'll begin rolling out Meeting Insights in mid-October and time zone support in early November.These updates are associated with the following Microsoft 365 Roadmap IDs: 54450, 54545, 54733, 56327.



Oct 16

New Feature: SharePoint Site URL Rename
We’re making it possible for SharePoint administrators to change site URLs.We'll be gradually rolling this out to customers in mid-October.The roll out will be completed worldwide by the end of October.This roll out does not apply to Office 365 subscriptions for EDU tenants.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 56205.



Oct 16

Updated - New Feature: Changing timestamps in message posts from UTC to Local Time
Updated October 16, 2019 - We appreciate your feedback and are making changes to this feature. Timestamps will be shown in both local and UTC times. Updated October 11, 2019 - To ensure we provide the best experience we are updating the roll out timeline for this feature. We apologize for the inconveince. We will soon be changing timestamps in message posts in the new Office 365 admin portal.We'll be rolling this out to all customers on October 17, 2019 (previously October 8, 2019).



Oct 16

Updated Feature: OneDrive PC Folder Backup support for cross-volume moves
We're updating OneDrive PC Folder Backup to support cross-volume moves where the known folders and OneDrive folder are on different volumes.We’ll be gradually rolling this out to customers in late October.The roll out will be completed worldwide by mid-November.This message is associated with Roadmap ID 56383.



Oct 16

Updated Feature: Adding malware ZAP toggle to the Security and Compliance Center
We’re adding a malware ZAP toggle to the anti-malware policy in the Security and Compliance Center. We'll be gradually rolling this out to all customers in late October.The roll out will be completed worldwide in early November.This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID 56742.



Oct 16

OneDrive Sync updates to use SHA-2 for enhanced security
To protect OneDrive and SharePoint customers' security, OneDrive Sync updates are going to be signed using the SHA-2 algorithm exclusively.We will be implementing this change through November and will complete November 29.



Oct 15


Modern Lifecycle Policy for Microsoft Teams Desktop Client
As a modern online service, the Microsoft Teams client auto-updates every two weeks. Because Teams is governed by the Modern Lifecycle Policy, it is expected that users remain on the most up to date version of the desktop client. This ensures that users have the latest capabilities, performance enhancements, security, and service reliability.In order to assist in identifying when desktop clients fall out of date, an in-app notification will be displayed if the users current version is between...



Oct 14

Updated Feature: Introducing 'High confidence phishing email' to the spam filter policy
We’re introducing High confidence phishing email to the spam filter policy.We are gradually this out to customers in mid-November 2019.The rollout will be completed worldwide by the end of November 2019.



Oct 14

Office updates to use SHA-2 for enhanced security
To protect Office customers' security, Microsoft Office updates are going to be signed using the SHA-2 algorithm, exclusively.We will be implementing this change effective October 31, 2019. Note: SHA-1 will continue to work and not impact any Office experiences.

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