Microsoft 365 News 10-07-2021: Prepare Now for Upcoming Internet Explorer 11 Desktop App Retirement

Microsoft sign at the entrance of a building at Redmond corporate headquarters.In Microsoft 365 news this week, the supplier reminded clients about the planned retirement of the Internet Explorer 11 desktop app. Keep reading for more information about that development and updates and planned changes to other Microsoft solutions.

New Features

    • Viva Learning
      • What’s happening: Microsoft Viva Learning – which incorporates education into the solutions end users already rely on to complete their work – will become generally available in early November 2021.
    • Automatic migration of mailbox items in Purges, Versions and Discovery Holds folders
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is improving Exchange Online by automatically migrating mailbox items preserved in the Versions, Purges and Discovery Holds folders in the primary mailbox to the archive on a daily basis.
        • Rollout start: Mid-October 2021
        • Rollout finish: End of October 2021
    • Teams Live Events support for Peer5
      • What’s happening: You now have the option to leverage Peer5 as an Enterprise Content Delivery Network (eCDN) provider.
    • Microsoft Teams CART caption support
      • What’s happening: Teams end users now have the option to enable real-time captions from a Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) provider for meetings.
    • New Keyword Query Language (KQL) editor experience in Microsoft 365 Compliance Center
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is launching a new KQL editor experience that streamlines the process of constructing complex queries across Advanced eDiscovery holds and collections as well as Core eDiscovery holds and search.

Updated Features

    • Optimized behavior of files with multiple versions deleted from SharePoint and OneDrive
      • What’s happening: To achieve better performance, Microsoft has announced that files with multiple versions deleted from OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online and preserved in the Preservation Hold Library will function as a single file. Previously, each version was kept as an individual file.
    • In development for Microsoft Intune
      • What’s happening: The supplier has updated the “In development for Microsoft Intune” page in their documentation. This page details capabilities and features that Microsoft plans to include in future releases of Intune.
    • Improved Move/Copy user experience in SharePoint and OneDrive
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is making it easier for end users to move and copy folders and files.
    • Pop-ups required to utilize task view in Power Apps
      • What’s happening: Soon, end users will need to enable pop-ups to open the task view from a Power App.
        • Rollout start: October 15, 2021
        • Rollout finish: End of October 2021
    • Microsoft 365 Apps: Updates released to Current Channel
      • What’s happening: The supplier has issued updates to Microsoft 365 Apps for the Current Channel.


    • Automatic installation of Power BI app for Microsoft Teams
      • What’s happening: Automatic installation of the Power BI app for Teams will soon occur when end users with a Teams license access the Power BI service via a web browser. Additionally, the Power BI app for Teams will soon be available to government clients.
        • Rollout start: Early November 2021
        • Rollout finish: Late December 2021
    • Reminder: Update to supported versions of Outlook for Windows
      • What’s happening: Effective November 1, 2021, Microsoft is updating the versions of Outlook for Windows that can connect to Office 365 and Microsoft 365 services. With this update, these are the minimum versions of Outlook for Windows you must utilize to connect to Microsoft 365 services (e.g., Exchange Online):
        • Office 2013 version 15.0.4971.1000
        • Office 2016 version 16.0.4600.1000
        • Microsoft 365 Apps Version 1706
    • Reminder: Upcoming retirement of Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop application
      • What’s happening: Microsoft plans to retire the IE11 desktop app effective June 15, 2022. The supplier recommends beginning preparations for the retirement now if you haven’t already. Learn more about the retirement and what it might mean for your business from the Microsoft Tech Community.

For more information about Microsoft 365, please take a look at our blog series detailing the business value of the suite. Our expert techs also have extensive experience working with Microsoft 365 and other types of IT solutions. To learn more, give us a call at 877-599-3999 or email

Contact Us

We will handle your contact details in line with our Privacy Policy. If you prefer not to receive marketing emails from Stratosphere Networks, you can optout of all marketing communications or customize your preferences here.