Skip to main content

O365 Weekly Digest - 12/9/2019

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.


  • Teams live captioning is rolling out through mid-December. Currently supporting English (Roadmap ID: 52817)
  • SharePoint is getting a 'Next Steps' panel to improve the in-product help (Roadmap ID: 46832)
  • Forms now supports file uploads (Roadmap ID: 59344)
  • Teams Meeting chat now supports adding additional users (Roadmap ID: 59386)
  • SharePoint Classic and Delve blogs are being retired
  • SharePoint start page is getting a new experience rolling out now through February (Roadmap ID: 54821)
  • Teams is getting Meetings chat notifications (Roadmap ID: 54637)

Admin Updates:

  • Teams Commercial Cloud Trials are being replaced with Microsoft Teams Exploratory experience
  • Forms is getting enhanced phishing protection (Roadmap ID: 59216)

Email Text

Dec 06

New Feature: Live captions in English-US available in Teams meetings
Major Update: Announcement started
Updated December 6, 2019: We've updated the roll-out timeline and provided some additional details. We are launching live captions for Teams meetings.We'll be gradually rolling this out to customers in early December (previously November).The roll out will be completed worldwide by the mid-December (previously November).This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID 52817.

Dec 06

Updated Feature: Microsoft Teams Commercial Cloud Trial updates
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.

Dec 06

Updated feature: SharePoint team sites ‘Next steps’ panel
Updated December 6, 2019: We have updated the roll-out timeline. We're expanding the in-product help that appears at the top-right of your SharePoint team sites.We'll begin gradually rolling this out to targeted release customers mid-January (previously December).The rollout will be completed by the end of February 2020 (previously January).This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 46832.

Dec 05

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 05

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 to (targeted release customers?) in mid-DecemberThe rollout will be completed in mid-December.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 59386.

Dec 05

Retirement of SharePoint classic and Delve blogs
Major Update: Announcement started
SharePoint classic blogs and Delve blogs are being retired. Existing SharePoint classic blogs will continue to work as expected, including the ability to create new posts, but you will not be able to create new blog sites after a period of time.Delve blogs will no longer be available for creation, and existing blogs will eventually be removed, after an extended period of read only access.

Dec 03

Updated Feature: Updated SharePoint start page experience
Updated December 3, 2019: We have completed the roll out to our Targeted Release customers and to ensure an optimal experience we are extending the completion to remaining customers until February 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience. We’re updating the SharePoint start page experienceWe'll be gradually rolling this out to selected Targeted Release customers in early October 2019.We'll be gradually rolling this out to all customers on November 1, 2019.The roll out will be completed by the...

Dec 03

New Feature: Meeting chat notifications
We are enabling meeting chat notifications for Teams. We'll be gradually rolling this out in early December 2019. The rollout will be completed by mid-December. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 54637.

Dec 02

Updated Feature: Handling repeated phishers in forms
We are enhancing phishing protection in Microsoft Forms by restricting repeated offenders who are trying to phish. This is an update to MC185734 (July 2019).We will roll out this feature in early December 2019.The rollout will be complete by the end of December.This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 59216.


Popular posts from this blog

PowerApps Delegation Warning

Update Aug 15 2019 - Microsoft has updated PowerApps to allow for some complex SharePoint data delegation, this will hopefully resolve most issues you were seeing when working with SharePoint data: If you've tried to use the Filter, LookUp or Search actions in PowerApps you have seen the yellow warning error that shows a 'delegation warning' and you might have even ignored it because your PowerApp was working fine in testing. However once you get into larger data sets your PowerApp will have some issues so in this blog I will attempt to explain what the delegation warning is and how you can fix your PowerApp. Delegation So what even is Delegation in PowerApps? When doing any sort of data manipulation for an app, PowerApps will try to push the processing of that data to the source system instead of doing all of the manipulation in the app. This is done to increase the efficiency of you

The Behind the Scenes Scope of SharePoint News

I recently had someone ask if there was any way to disable the ability to send a SharePoint news article to an external party and after some clarification it became apparently that even with external sharing completely disabled in the tenant you can, in fact, send a preview of the article to any email address. After some research it became apparent that there is no ability to turn off this functionality which caused some concern of potential data leakage. For reference we are talking about the SharePoint news article 'Send to' functionality shown below.  While a credential is needed to access the full article, any email sent will include an article preview. The article preview doesn't show anything too worrisome as it is just the title, the first few lines of text, and an image but one area that caught my eye was the ability to add in the optional message. After some testing it does not appear that there is any length limit to the text that can be put in the summary, it got

How to use Microsoft's Training Email Templates

As you may be aware you have the ability to toggle on or off the ability for Microsoft to send communications to your users about content they are licensed for; but did you know you can actually use those same email templates to send communications to select user sin your organization? Navigating to the Templates Hidden away as a link in the Microsoft communication to users setting there is a link to user training content where you will be direct to:  To get there, from the Admin center navigate to Settings and in services select 'Microsoft communication to users' and from the panel select 'user training content' under 'Want more control over the content and distribution' header. Email Templates After navigating to the page you'll have the option to select 1 of 6 training topics: Microsoft Office 365 New Office 365 Training OneDrive for Business Microsoft Office Apps Outlook any