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O365 Weekly Digest - 12/16/2019

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:

  • My Account/Office.com/Office Web Apps are getting a new account management experience (Roadmap IDs: 57078 & 57055)
  • Teams and Outlook are various points of integration (Roadmap ID: 57389)
    • Share an email and attachments from Outlook to Teams
    • Share a copy of channel or chat conversation through email from Teams
    • Reply to Teams activity emails via Outlook
  • Outlook is no longer adding new features and functionality to Clutter and moving towards the Focused inbox
  • Teams will soon be able to add participants to meeting chats (Roadmap ID: 59386)
  • Forms now supports file uploads (Roadmap ID: 59344)

Admin Updates:

Email Text

Dec 15

Updated Feature: New account management experience
Major Update: Announcement started
We’re updating the user account management experience, My Account, in Office.com and Office web applications.We'll be gradually rolling this out to customers in late-January 2020.The roll out is expected to be completed by the end of March 2020.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 57078.



Dec 14

New Feature: Retention labels, proof of disposal for records
We're introducing a new way to see disposed records in Records management.We'll be gradually rolling this out in early January 2020.The roll out will be completed by the end of February 2020.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 59217.


Dec 13

New Feature: Teams-Outlook Email Integrations
Major Update: Announcement started
Teams-Outlook Email Integrations is a set of three new features designed to help you share information between Microsoft Teams and Outlook:Share email to TeamsShare a copy of an email and any attachments from Outlook to a channel or chat in Teams.Share conversation via emailShare a copy of a Teams channel or chat conversation via email directly from the Teams client.Reply to Teams missed activity emailsAbility to respond to Teams missed activity emails directly within Outlook clients, as well...



Dec 13

Updated Feature: Fluid Framework Preview
The Microsoft Fluid Framework preview experience has started rolling out to targeted release customers as announced in MC194816 (November 2019).This preview experience is accessible in English (US) environments only.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 56781.



Dec 13

Update: Microsoft Teams coming to existing installs for Semi-Annual Channel customers
Major Update: Announcement started
The Microsoft Teams desktop app will be added to existing installations of Office 365 ProPlus on the Semi-Annual Channel on Jan 14, 2020, as announced in May (MC180551).Beginning January 14, 2020, the Teams client will be added to existing installations for customers on the Semi-Annual Channel.Teams will then auto-update on a regular cadence.This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap IDs 51452 and 56828.



Dec 12

Updated Feature: End user profile experience
We’re updating the Azure AD end user profile experience to an account management experience called My Account. We'll be gradually rolling this out in early December.The roll out is expected to be completed by the end of the year. This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID 57055.



Dec 12

Updated Feature: Microsoft Search Change to suggested Q&As
Major Update: Announcement started
Act By: Jan 10
For the last year, we've been providing a set of suggested Q&As to help you set up Microsoft Search. We learned from customer feedback that customers prefer to create their own Q&As, so we are removing the suggested set on January 10, 2020 to clean up the list. The ability to create, edit, and publish your own Q&As will remain unchanged.


Dec 12

Reminder: Introducing 'High confidence phishing email' to the spam filter policy
Act By: Jan 06
As communicated in MC193076 we added High confidence phishing email to the spam filter policy. Starting January 6, 2020 we will enable the policy.



Dec 12

Clutter for Outlook retirement update
Major Update: Announcement started
In February 2019 we communicated MC173616 Clutter for Outlook is being retired beginning January 31, 2020. We received feedback from our customers and in response, we are going to postpone the retirement of Clutter at this time. Focused Inbox is where we will be focusing our development efforts moving forward and we would encourage you to transition for the best experience. Customers can continue to use Clutter, but we will not be investing in it further. We appreciate your feedback and ask...



Dec 12

Updated: Clutter for Outlook is being retired
Updated December 12, 2019: This message has been replaced by MC198011: Clutter for Outlook retirement update. 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.



Dec 11

Microsoft Flow is becoming Microsoft Power Automate
As announced at Microsoft Ignite 2019, Microsoft Flow is being renamed to Microsoft Power Automate to better align with the Microsoft Power Platform.



Dec 10

New Feature: Add participants to Teams Meeting chat
Soon users who are already part of a private meeting chat will be able to add users to the chat.We'll be rolling this out in mid-December.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 59386.



Dec 10

New Feature: Advanced Threat Protection campaign views public preview
Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) campaign views is a new Office 365 feature. We'll begin rolling this feature out as a public preview starting today.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 53661



Dec 10

New Feature: Outlook on the web as a progressive web app
With this update, your users will be able to install Outlook on the web as a progressive web app in Chromium-based browsers.We'll be gradually rolling this out in mid-December.The rollout will be complete by the end of January 2020.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 59250.



Dec 09

Fluid Framework Preview
Major Update: Announcement started
We’re releasing both a public and private Fluid Framework Preview, a new technology for building shared, interactive experiences on the web for Microsoft 365.We will be gradually rolling this out in early December.This preview experience is accessible in English (US) environments only.This enhancement is related to Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 56781



Dec 09

Microsoft Flow is becoming Power Automate!
Our goal with Dynamics 365 and the Microsoft Power Platform is to help your organization drive more impactful business outcomes and take proactive actions that will uniquely position and differentiate your business in the fast-evolving market. As announced at Microsoft Ignite 2019, Microsoft Flow is being renamed to Microsoft Power Automate to better align with the Microsoft Power Platform. We've also released additional updates to the Microsoft Power Platform that unlock new possibilities.



Dec 09

New Feature: Introducing File Upload for Forms
We are introducing File Upload for Microsoft Forms.We'll be gradually rolling this out in early December 2019.The rollout will be completed by the end of December 2019.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 59344.



Dec 09

Updated Feature: Microsoft Teams Commercial Cloud Trial updates
Major Update: Announcement started
The self-serve Microsoft Teams Commercial Cloud Trial offer will soon be replaced with the Microsoft Teams Exploratory experience. This improved trial experience allows existing Azure Active Directory (AAD) users in your organization who are not licensed for Microsoft Teams to initiate a trial of the product.We'll be gradually rolling this out to our customers starting January 2020.



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