Microsoft 365 News 09-10-2021: Supplier Introduces Sensitivity Labels for Teams Created From Templates

Microsoft sign at the entrance of a building at Redmond corporate headquarters.In Microsoft 365 news this week, the supplier is giving Teams admins the ability to add sensitivity labels to teams created from templates. Keep reading for more information about new features and updated capabilities for Teams, Forms and other Microsoft 365 apps.

New Features

    • Third-party app subscription purchase option via the Teams app store
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has given Teams users the option to purchase app subscriptions through the Teams app store. The supplier announced the new capability at Build 2021.
    • Manage and group forms and quizzes in Microsoft Forms
      • What’s happening: With the introduction of this new feature for Forms, end users will gain the ability to more effectively categorize and archive their forms and quizzes.
    • Preview: Real-time meeting data in Teams Admin Center
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced a preview of real-time telemetry metrics that will help admins investigate problems during Teams meetings. While all customers will be able to access this feature during the preview period, you’ll need an Advanced Communications add-on license to utilize it starting in January 2022.
    • Word cloud polls in Teams meetings
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is adding word clouds as a new type of question to Microsoft Forms polls in Teams meetings.
    • 2×2 gallery view for Teams meetings in Safari
      • What’s happening: Teams meeting attendees utilizing Safari will soon be able to view up to 4 participant videos in a 2×2 gallery view.

Updated Features

    • Play My Emails Spotlight Email identification for Outlook Mobile
      • What’s happening: The Play My Emails feature in Outlook Mobile is gaining the ability to prioritize important emails (i.e., Spotlight Emails) and read them first.
    • Microsoft Viva branding for Microsoft 365 Insights
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced plans to update the insights available in the MyAnalytics digest email and the Insights Outlook add-in to reflect the Microsoft Viva brand.
    • Teams created from templates get sensitivity labels
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced the introduction of the ability to apply sensitivity labels to teams generated from templates in Teams.


    • Upcoming purge of older Lifecycle Services assets from library
      • What’s happening: Starting on September 17, 2021, Microsoft plans to purge Software Deployable Package and Database Backup assets that were last modified more than 365 days ago from your project asset library.
    • Apology for short notice for Office 365 Management Pack replacement
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has issued an apology for not notifying customers 30 days in advance before replacing the Office 365 Management Pack with the new Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) Management Pack for Microsoft 365.
    • Timing update for Whiteboard migration to OneDrive for Business storage
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to move Whiteboard to OneDrive for Business storage. Initially, the opt-in period was scheduled to complete in September 2021 and setting OneDrive for Business as the default setting was scheduled to be complete in October 2021. Now, the opt-in period will begin in late October 2021 and end in mid-November 2021, while setting to default-on will start in mid-January 2022 and be complete in late February 2022.
    • Intune app protection policies (APP) moving to Android 9 and higher
      • What’s happening: Effective October 1, 2021, Intune APP, also known as MAM, for Android will support Android 9 (Pie) and higher. This is related to the release of Android 12.
    • Microsoft Endpoint Manager Android 12 support
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has noted that most mobile device management scenarios and app protection policies won’t have compatibility issues with Android 12. Still, some of the alterations in Android 12 will impact Intune management capabilities.
    • Temporary enablement of permissions editing via SharePoint team sites for sites connected to Teams channels
      • What’s happening: Microsoft recently offered guidance on how to edit permissions for SharePoint team sites connected to Teams channels. The supplier stated adding, removing, or editing permissions for these sites would need to be done in Teams through the settings for the team. To give team owners some leeway to get used to this update, Microsoft is temporarily allowing end users to still edit permissions via the SharePoint team site. This ability is available until mid-to-late September 2021.
    • New limit on custom context variables sent per chat and session via setContextProvider API
      • What’s happening: With the setContextProvider API, you can send custom context to Omnichannel for Customer Service. Effective October 1, 2021, Microsoft will limit the number of custom context variables passed via the setContextProvider API to 100 for each session and chat.

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