Microsoft 365 News 01-13-2022: Teams to Add Mute Notifications Setting for Meetings

Microsoft sign at the entrance of a building at Redmond corporate headquarters.In Microsoft 365 news this week, the supplier announced plans to allow Teams users to mute notifications during meetings. Keep reading for details about that capability as well as other new features, updates and announcements related to the Microsoft 365 suite.

New Features

    • Cross-geo collaboration for Yammer networks in the EU
      • What’s happening: Yammer networks based in the European Union will soon be able to receive invites to Yammer External Networks hosted by U.S.-based Yammer networks.
        • Rollout start: Mid-February 2022
        • Rollout finish: Late March 2022
    • Mute notifications during Teams meetings
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is giving Teams users the option to turn off notifications during meetings to minimize distractions. You’ll be able to find this feature by clicking on the ellipsis next to your profile picture and navigating to global settings > Notifications > Meetings.
    • Board View feature for Microsoft Lists
      • What’s happening: The Board View feature will allow Lists users to view and manage list data in a board format. This mode is optimal for monitoring processes and workflows, and users will be able to drag and drop items.
        • Rollout start: Mid-January 2022
        • Rollout finish: Early February 2022
    • Connected Templates for Teams and SharePoint
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced the planned introduction of Connected Templates, which offer a new way to combine Teams and SharePoint templates. The integration will allow Teams admins to create templates with SharePoint elements.
        • Rollout start: Mid-January 2022
        • Rollout finish: Early February 2022

Updated Features

    • Microsoft Search in Bing Conversations vertical
      • What’s happening: Microsoft plans to add email messages to the Conversations vertical in Microsoft Search in Bing.
    • My Feed Web Part on SharePoint to add new content scenarios
      • What’s happening: Microsoft plans to add the following new content scenarios to the My Feed Web Part on SharePoint: Suggested Task, People Highlights, and Meetings out of routine.
        • Rollout start: Mid-January 2022
        • Rollout finish: Late January 2022
    • Get Team Template List and Get Team Template Details to add graph support
      • What’s happening: Microsoft plans to add Graph API support to Get Template List and Get Template Details for Teams for the benefit of developers.
        • Rollout start: Mid-February 2022 for public preview; late February 2022 for standard release
        • Rollout finish: Late February 2022 for public preview; early March 2022 for standard release
    • Updates issued for Microsoft 365 Apps
      • What’s happening: The supplier has issued updates for Microsoft 365 Apps for the Current Channel.

Announcements

    • Delayed availability of Microsoft Project and Visio self-service trials
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced that people without global or billing admin rights would soon gain the ability to register for Microsoft Project or Visio 30-day trials. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has opted to make these self-service trials available starting in mid-February 2022 instead of late January 2022.
    • Retirement of OneNote Learning Tools COM Add-in feature
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced plans to retire the old OneNote Learning Tools COM Add-in effective March 31, 2022. If you have the add-in installed on OneNote 2013 or 2016, the feature will remain functional. However, end users and IT admins won’t have the option to download new copies, and Microsoft won’t fix bugs or provide support for the add-in.
    • Delayed rollout of ability to chat outside of work network with Teams personal accounts
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to give Teams users the ability to utilize personal accounts to chat with team members outside of their work networks. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has extended the deployment timeline for this feature.
        • Rollout finish: Mid-January 2022 (previously mid-December 2021)
    • Delayed rollout of updated Groups icon in Outlook on the web
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to change the Groups icon in Outlook on the web. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has delayed the rollout of this update.
        • Rollout start: Mid-January 2022 (previously early January 2022)
        • Rollout finish: Mid-February 2022 (previously early February 2022)
    • Delayed rollout of expanded Teams reactions
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to update reactions in Teams so users can react to chat messages with any emoji. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has extended the implementation timeline for this update.
        • Rollout finish: Late March 2022 (previously late January 2022) for standard release and GCC; late April 2022 (previously late February 2022) for GCC-H and DoD.
    • Delayed rollout of suggested replies in Outlook for Office
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced that Outlook on the web would soon implement suggested replies for clients in Outlook for Office. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has extended the implementation timeline for this feature.
        • Rollout finish: Early February 2022 (previously early January 2022)
    • Delayed rollout of Teams streaming support for attached AJA and Blackmagic devices
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to enhance Teams clients’ ability to stream content to the local network with Network Device Interface (NDI). Teams users who can enable NDI will soon have the ability to push content to attached AJA or Blackmagic Designs hardware devices. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier is altering the deployment timeline for this capability.
        • Rollout start: Late January 2022 (previously early January 2022) for standard release and GCC; late March 2022 for GCC-High and DoD
        • Rollout finish: Mid-February 2022 (previously mid-January 2022) for standard release and GCC; mid-April 2022 for GCC-High and DoD

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