Microsoft 365 News 10-14-2021: Supplier Plans to Introduce New Microsoft Feedback Portal

Microsoft sign at the entrance of a building at Redmond corporate headquarters.In Microsoft 365 news this week, the supplier announced plans to launch a new feedback portal for Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Edge by the end of the year. Keep reading for more information about the portal and other announcements related to the Microsoft 365 suite.

New Features

    • Microsoft Viva Insights adds Praise history
      • What’s happening: Praise history will allow end users to view any praise they’ve sent or received during the past 6 months with the Praise app in Microsoft Teams.
    • Soon to be generally available: Communication Compliance cross-tenant classifier feedback and discrimination trainable classifier
      • What’s happening: The Discrimination trainable classifier and Cross-tenant classifier feedback feature will soon move from public preview to general availability.
    • Feedback portal for Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Edge
      • What’s happening: Microsoft plans to make the new feedback portal available in preview by the end of 2021. The portal will invite Microsoft clients to share feedback and upvote and comment on other customers’ statements. The supplier intends to solicit feedback on additional products such as Windows to the portal in 2022.
    • Yammer official community designation
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has introduced the official community designation in Yammer. These official communities will serve as spaces where end users can get answers and learn from each other. Network admins have the power to make communities official for your organization.
    • Ability to open Azure Cloud Shell inline in Teams admin center
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is introducing a new feature that allows end users to open Azure Cloud Shell inline within the Teams admin center and run PowerShell scripts.


Updated Features

    • SharePoint Online: Behavior of files with retention labels set to “retain items for a specific period”
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is better aligning the user experience between SharePoint and OneDrive by making it so retention labels set to “retain items for a specific period” within SharePoint will let end users “delete” the file. The document will subsequently stay in the Preservation Hold Library for the specified time.
    • Maximum of 500 results detected per Sensitive Information Type (SIT)
      • What’s happening: For each document scanned, Microsoft is instituting a maximum of 500 unique results detected per SIT.
    • Excel Trust Center Macro settings
      • What’s happening: To enhance security, Microsoft is changing the Excel Trust Center Macro settings so that Excel 4.0 macros are disabled by default. This update won’t affect those who have a group policy configuration in place or who have already configured the setting.
    • Microsoft 365 people card integration with LinkedIn
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is altering the integration between LinkedIn and the Microsoft 365 people card. End users won’t have to connect their LinkedIn and Microsoft 365 accounts to have LinkedIn details visible on the Outlook on the Web profile card. Contact email addresses will be automatically matched to LinkedIn profiles, and basic public details will show up on the Microsoft 365 profile card.
    • Enhanced Microsoft Teams for Desktop search results page experience
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is launching a new search results experience for Teams for Desktop. The revamped page will provide faster results, better filtering powered by AI, and improved context.
        • Rollout start: Early November 2021
        • Rollout finish: Mid-November 2021
    • Updates issued to Current Channel for Microsoft 365 Apps
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has released updates to Microsoft 365 Apps for the Current Channel.
    • Updated site-level terms management experience
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously implemented an enhanced experience for establishing and managing Syntex and SharePoint taxonomy terms. Following that update, the supplier is now rolling out a modern experience for managing site-level terms.
        • Rollout start: Early October 2021
        • Rollout finish: Early November 2021
    • Storage site of some Planner tasks
      • What’s happening: Microsoft initially announced this update in May 2021 and is resuming the rollout after a delay. Copies of some Planner tasks will be stored in end users’ Exchange mailboxes, while all Planner tasks will still be stored within the Planner Service. This change will roll out starting in mid-October 2021.
    • Updated Microsoft Authenticator passwordless phone sign-in experience
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is altering the experience end users have when signing in via phone without a password with the Microsoft Authenticator app.


    • Intune mobile device management (MDM) migrating to Android 8.0 and higher
      • What’s happening: On or soon after January 7, 2021, Microsoft Intune will switch to support Android 8.0 (Oreo) and up for MDM-enrolled devices.
    • Removal of stale reporting records from Intune policy reports
      • What’s happening: Microsoft plans to remove stale records from Intune policy reports starting on November 8, 2021. Devices offline for over 60 days and in a “pending” state will be removed.
    • Potential issues accessing OneDrive for Business via
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has identified and fixed a problem that interfered with end users’ ability to utilize the nav menu to access OneDrive for Business. While the supplier has corrected the root of the issue, additional action might be needed to lessen the impact on end users.
    • Intune APP/MAM move to Android 9 and up could impact Microsoft To Do
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced that the Intune App Protection Policy (APP), or MAM, was shifting to only support devices running Android version 9 or higher effective October 1, 2021. For end users with devices running Android version 8 or lower, this change could impact the functionality of the Microsoft To Do Android app.
    • School calendars to retire from Outlook on the web
      • What’s happening: Microsoft plans to retire the feature that allows end users to add school calendars directly in Outlook for the web. The supplier advises utilizing instead.

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