Microsoft 365 News 07-29-2021: Supplier Introduces Ability to Pin Messages in Teams

Microsoft sign at the entrance of a building at Redmond corporate headquarters.In Microsoft 365 news this week, the supplier announced that you can now pin messages in Teams to ensure chat participants see important information. Keep reading for details about other new features, updated features and announcements related to the Microsoft 365 suite.

New Features

    • Receiving limits for sender-recipient pairs
      • What’s happening: Microsoft already has mailbox receiving limits in place for Microsoft Office 365 mailboxes (3,600 messages in a given 60-minute window). Effective September 2021, there will also be a limit on sender-recipient pairs, meaning that if a single sender exceeds 33 percent of the threshold of 3,600 per rolling hour to one recipient, the mailbox will no longer accept messages from that particular sender.
    • Public preview: Download quarantined files available for Microsoft Defender Antivirus users
      • What’s happening: If you utilize Microsoft Defender Antivirus in active mode, this new feature will allow you to download quarantined files.
    • Self-service purchasing for Windows 365
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced that self-service purchasing abilities will soon be available for Windows 365. Individuals in all locations worldwide except for India will be allowed to obtain subscriptions to the following products as early as August 15, 2021: Windows 365 Business and Windows 365 Enterprise. Administrators can limit self-service purchase capabilities on a per-product basis.
    • Attachments to messages tagged as Data Privacy
      • What’s happening: Admins might notice links for downloading attachments within messages with the Data Privacy tag. Not all messages tagged Data Privacy will necessarily have attachments. When presents, the attachments will provide additional information about the message.
    • New editable Image Tags column in SharePoint
      • What’s happening: SharePoint currently automatically creates a column called Tags when images are uploaded. This column includes descriptive labels for search purposes. Microsoft has announced plans to migrate tags from this read-only text-based column to a new editable Image Tags column.
    • Teams Side-by-side and Reporter Presenter modes
      • What’s happening: When sharing a screen via Presenter mode in Teams, end users will soon be able to utilize two new layouts. Microsoft is implementing these layouts in the Microsoft Teams desktop app for Mac and Windows.
    • Pin important chat messages
      • What’s happening: Teams end users can now pin messages to give chat participants quick access to important information.
    • New Teams users will have notification style set to native
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is changing the default notification style for new Teams end users from Teams Built In to Native Notifications.
    • Ability to change playback speed for Teams recordings
      • What’s happening: You now have the ability to alter the playback speed (0.5x – 2x) for Teams meeting recordings stored via SharePoint and OneDrive.
    • View-only attendee registration
      • What’s happening: Registration is now available for View-only attendees for Teams meetings.
  • New capabilities for customization of Power Platform data loss prevention (DLP) policies
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is adding the following DLP capabilities by the end of July 2021.
        • DLP resource exemption (PowerShell only)
        • DLP error message content (PowerShell only)
        • DLP policy for Teams environments (PowerShell preview)


Updated Features

    • Updates available for Current Channel for Microsoft 365 Apps
      • What’s happening: The supplier has issued updates to Microsoft 365 Apps to the Current Channel.
    • Project Moca migration to Outlook board view
      • What’s happening: For clients that utilized the public preview of Project Moca, the supplier will move content to the new Outlook Calendar board view in July 2021.


    • Reminder: Microsoft 365 support for Internet Explorer (IE) 11 ends soon
      • What’s happening: As the supplier has previously announced, Microsoft 365 services and apps will end support for IE11 starting August 17, 2021.
    • Promotion of Microsoft Outlook Extension for Edge will not be released to commercial customers
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced that some Windows 10 users leveraging Outlook on the web or Outlook for Windows would see a clickable recommendation to visit a page where they could install the Outlook in Edge browser extension. Based on client feedback, the supplier decided not to issue this promotion to commercial customers.
    • Threat agent status report to be removed from Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center
      • What’s happening: With the Microsoft Intune August (2108) service release, the supplier will remove this report from the admin center.
    • Temporary disablement of in-app feedback for Company Portal, Intune apps
      • What’s happening: Microsoft plans to temporarily turn off in-app feedback from the Company Portal app and Intune app with Intune’s August (2108) service release.
    • New process for PSTN service desk interaction
      • What’s happening: As of July 22, 2021, you can open and view tickets and track communication with the PSTN service desk via the new Phone Number Service Center portal integrated with the Teams Admin Center.

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