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O365 Weekly Digest - 11/25/2019

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.


  • Excel is getting a new Power BI notification to get users to use Power BI to analyze excel data
  • SharePoint home sites are rolling out now through January to Target Release tenants (Roadmap ID: 26842)
  • Outlook for iOS is getting suggested replies (Roadmap ID: 54806)
  • Microsoft Teams now has a Linux client (Roadmap ID: 56219)
  • Outlook for Windows is getting a new Search (Roadmap ID: 53775)
  • Microsoft Teams is getting a new location for New Chat, Recent, and Contacts tabs. (Roadmap ID: 58033)

Admin Updates:

  • Service Health dashboard's email notifications are rolling out now through March (Roadmap ID: 24231)
  • iPadOS conditional access policy update. 
  • M365 Admin center is getting an Intune/Device Management link 
  • SharePoint Admin Center Updates 
    • Root Site Swap (Roadmap ID: 57309)
    • Updates to SharePoint Admin Center (Roadmap ID: 57314)
      • Permission Panel
      • People card
      • Site-Level Sharing Settings
      • Customizable Navigation Pane
      • Classic features is now More Features
  • Office ATP Thread Explorer's URL Clicks view update is rolling out through November
  • Microsoft's new Security and Compliance centers will be rolling out through December (Roadmap ID: 55706)
  • Power Platform self-service toggle is rolling out on November 19th

Email Text

Nov 23

Use Power BI along with Excel to increase productivity
Your Power BI users, when using Excel, may see a notification via the yellow message bar to utilize Power BI to enhance their productivity. Users easily gather, shape, analyze, and explore key business data in new ways when using both apps together.We will be gradually rolling this out in early December.The rollout will be completed by early January.

Nov 23

New Feature: Service health dashboard email notifications GA
As previously announced in MC192283, the Service health dashboard in Microsoft 365 admin center will soon support email notifications for incidents. This feature is already available to targeted release customers.We will be gradually rolling this out in early December.The rollout will be completed by the end of March 2020.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 24231.

Nov 22

Follow up to MC191344: Evaluate and update Conditional Access policies after new iPadOS release
This is a follow up to MC191344 (September 2019). For context, Apple released a new iPadOS with a MacOS browser, which then resulted in a breaking change for some iPad Conditional Access policies. We have been working to mitigate this issue for our customers, and have been rolling out changes to our platform. You might notice that your Conditional Access policies for iOS are now being honored for iPadOS, similar to the behavior before the iPadOS upgrade. The change is rolling out worldwide, so...

Nov 21

Updated Feature: New Device Management link in the Microsoft 365 admin center (Intune)
We’re updating the link to Device Management in the Microsoft 365 admin center. The roll out will take place in early December 2019.

Nov 21

New Feature: Multiple updates to the SharePoint admin center
New Feature: Multiple updates to the SharePoint admin center We’ll soon roll out a set of new capabilities and design updates.In early December,2019, we’ll begin to roll them out to Targeted Releasecustomers.By the end of February,2020,we’ll complete the rollout to all customers.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 SharePoint Roadmap IDs 57314,57309 New capabilities Replace root site– You can replace your root site with another site from the SharePoint admin center. The original root site is moved to a...

Nov 20

New Feature: SharePoint home sites
SharePoint home sites is a new Office 365 feature.We'll be gradually rolling this out to Targeted Release customers the end of November 2019.The roll out will be completed by the end of January 2020.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 26842.

Nov 20

New Feature: Enhancements for URL Clicks view for Threat Explorer in Office ATP
We are adding additional information within the Clicks view for the URL flyout to enhance Threat Explorer and real time detection views within Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection.We'll be gradually rolling this out to customers starting in mid-November.The roll out is expected to be completed by the end of November.

Nov 20

Microsoft 365 security center and Microsoft 365 compliance center will soon be available
Microsoft 365 security center and Microsoft 365 compliance center will soon be available to all customers. These centers are currently only available to Microsoft 365 E3 and E5 tenants.We’ll begin gradually rolling out this feature at the end of November 2019.The roll out will be complete worldwide by the end of December.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 55706.

Nov 19

New Feature: Suggested replies in Outlook for iOS
Soon we will be releasing additional intelligent technology in Outlook for iOS with suggested replies so you can quickly respond to email with short, relevant responses. This capability is similar to suggested replies in Outlook for Android and Outlook on the web.We expect to roll out suggested replies in Outlook for iOS to commercial customers in mid-December.This capability is in reference to the Microsoft 365 roadmap Outlook mobile features. ID 54806

Nov 19

Preparing for self-service purchase capabilities for Microsoft Power Platform products in your organization
Major Update: Announcement started
As described in MC193609, self-service purchase capabilities will become available for Microsoft Power Platform products on January 14th, starting with Power BI.Beginning today your organization can turn-off self-service purchase on a per product basis using PowerShell. Learn more

Nov 19

New Feature: Microsoft Teams for Linux
We'll soon be launching Microsoft Teams for Linux (preview).The client download will be available in mid-December 2019.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 56219.

Nov 19

Updated Feature: Updates to Search coming in Outlook for Windows
Use the Coming Soon preview option to experience Search at the top of your screen, combined with Tell Me what you want to do, in Outlook for Windows.We began rolling out this preview to Monthly Channel Targeted (Insiders Slow) customers in October 2019.We expect the feature to be enabled by default for Monthly Channel customers using the Version 2001 release.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 53775.

Nov 18

Updated Feature: New Location of New Chat button
We’re changing the location of the New Chat button, and moving the Contacts and Recent view options to a drop down in the Chat list header, as opposed to standalone tabs.• Rolling into general availability all customers late November, and the roll out will be completed mid-December.This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID 58033.


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