Microsoft 365 News 09-02-2021: Microsoft Editor in Outlook on the Web Gains Tone Detection

Microsoft sign at the entrance of a building at Redmond corporate headquarters.In Microsoft 365 news this week, the supplier announced that Microsoft Editor in Outlook on the web is adding a tone detection feature. Keep reading for news about the deployment of other new features and updates for Outlook, PowerPoint, Teams, and other Microsoft 365 apps.

New Features

    • Now generally available: PowerPoint modern comments for enterprise
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced that this release will include the PowerPoint modern comments experience, which enhances collaboration with capabilities such as improved @ mentions and comments anchored to text and objects.
    • Email summary panel for Microsoft Defender for Office 365 and Microsoft Defender 365
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is making it easier for security teams to gain a comprehensive view of emails with the email summary panel. This feature release saves end users time and makes their work easier with simpler navigation and greater consistency.
    • Teams diagnostic data viewing support
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced plans to enable support in Teams for Diagnostic Data Viewer (DDV) in an upcoming release. This feature allows you to review the raw diagnostic data transmitted from your Teams device to Microsoft.
    • Teams Resource Specific Consent (RSC)
      • What’s happening: Participants in Teams group chats and authorized users in meetings can use RSC to authorize a Teams app to follow messages, pin tabs, manage members and more without tenant admin consent.
    • Microsoft Editor tone detection feature in Outlook on the web
      • What’s happening: Microsoft Editor in Outlook on the web is gaining a tone detecting feature that will help end users communicate more clearly.
    • Public preview: Adaptive policy scopes for retention and label policies
      • What’s happening: With this new adaptive policy scopes feature, data admins can scope retention policies and retention label policies to a dynamic set of Microsoft 365 Groups, SharePoint sites or end users.
    • Dynamic 911 for remote Teams users in the U.S.
      • What’s happening: Teams will soon add dynamic e911 for work-from-home users in the U.S. This feature – which dynamically detects a Teams user’s location for emergency calling purposes –is currently only available for users in admin-configured locations on enterprise networks.
    • Preview: Visio in Microsoft 365 commercial plans
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced that this feature update (preview) will include the core functionalities of Visio in Microsoft 365 commercial plans for tenant users at no extra charge.

Updated Features

    • Teams channel rename experience linked to corresponding SharePoint folders
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced an updated Teams channel rename experience so that the corresponding folder in SharePoint sites gets renamed at the same time. The supplier is making this change to eliminate tracking issues across Microsoft 365 endpoints.
    • Microsoft To Do apps
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced a planned backend migration to a more efficient service for Microsoft To Do. As a result, if you utilize To Do, you should ensure your mobile and desktop versions of the app are updated to 2.49 or higher before Oct. 31, 2021, to avoid cross-device syncing problems.
    • Teams mobile app feedback sharing experience
      • What’s happening: Teams mobile app users are gaining the ability to send feedback directly from the Help & Feedback option in Settings.
    • Updates issued for Microsoft 365 Apps
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has released updates for Microsoft 365 Apps to the Current Channel.
    • Improved quarantine message preview
      • What’s happening: To enhance security against embedded threats, Microsoft is altering previews of quarantined messages so that some elements aren’t displayed by default.
    • Left navigation enhancement in Teams admin center
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is reorganizing the left navigation in the Teams admin center so it’s easier to use.  


    • Reminder: Support ends for Azure Active Directory (AD) Graph in 2022
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has issued a reminder that the end of support for Azure AD Graph will occur on June 30, 2022. In conjunction with the retirement of the Azure AD Graph APIs, the license assignment operation in the MSOnline and Azure AD PowerShell modules will also retire.
    • End of Teams mobile support for devices running iOS version 13 or lower
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced plans to retire Teams mobile support for devices running iOS version 13 and lower. The supplier recommends upgrading to newer iOS versions.

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