Microsoft Office 365 News 01-21-2020: Updated Features for Teams, Outlook on the Web and More

microsoft office 365 logo for news on teams, outlook for web and other appsIn Microsoft Office 365 news for this week, Teams is getting a new scheduling experience, Outlook on the web users will soon be able to connect TeamSnap accounts and personal calendars, and more updates to 365 apps.

New Features

    • Option to add TeamSnap accounts, personal calendars to Outlook on the web
      • What’s happening: End users will soon have the ability to connect TeamSnap accounts and add personal calendars to Outlook on the web.
      • Rollout start: Mid-January 2020 for Targeted Release customers, April 2020 for all customers
      • Rollout finish: July 2020


    • New Teams scheduling experience
      • What’s happening: Microsoft Teams will soon offer users a new and enhanced scheduling experience.
      • Rollout: Mid-February 2020


    • One toggle for Bing Image search, YouTube search in Forms
      • What’s happening: Soon you will be able to use one combined toggle to let end users add images from Bing search and videos from YouTube search to Forms.
      • Rollout start: Mid-February 2020
      • Rollout finish: Mid-March 2020


    • Customized What’s New content
      • What’s happening: Admins will soon have the option to customize the What’s New info end users can see in Office desktop apps. This Office What’s New management capability is currently in the public preview stage for monthly channel and semi-annual channel customers.
      • Rollout: Mid-February 2020


    • SharePoint per-site sharing links to default to users with existing access
      • What’s happening: SharePoint admins will soon have the ability to set the default for per-site sharing links to those with existing access.
      • Rollout start: Late January 2020 for Targeted Release customers
      • Rollout finish: End of March 2020


Updated Features

    • Microsoft Search in Bing UX refresh
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced it will update the Microsoft Search in Bing user experience.
      • Rollout start: Mid-January 2020
      • Rollout finish: End of April 2020


    • Updated cloud recording setting for Teams meetings
      • What’s happening: The “Allow cloud recording” feature is currently disabled for Microsoft Teams customers with in-country Teams data storage if Microsoft Stream cloud storage isn’t available in that country. Microsoft has announced it will enable this recording feature even if customers don’t have in-country Microsoft Stream storage.


    • Broad availability of Service health dashboard “Report an issue” feature
      • What’s happening: In July 2019, Microsoft introduced a new feature called “Report an incident” to the Service health dashboard. This feature is now transitioning to broad availability as “Report an issue.”
      • Rollout start: Already in progress
      • Rollout finish: End of March 2020



    • Rollout delayed for Teams dial-in user announcements
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is updating the rollout date for changing the control that announces when a dial-in user enters or leaves a Teams meeting.
      • Rollout start: Late March 2020 (previously mid-January 2020)
      • Rollout finish: Mid-April 2020 (previously late January 2020)


    • Extended rollout timeline for visualization of SharePoint page version history
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced the introduction of a way for SharePoint editors to easily view a page’s version history. The rollout timeline has been extended to ensure the best possible user experience.
      • Rollout start: January 2020 for Targeted Release customers (previously late December 2019)
      • Rollout finish: End of February 2020 (previously January 2020)


    • Rollout delayed for blocking sensitive info in Outlook for iOS notifications
      • What’s happening: In November 2019, Microsoft announced plans to let admins block out organizational data from Outlook for Android and iOS email and calendar notifications on end user lock screens using a Microsoft Intune App Protection Policy (APP). For Outlook for iOS, this new ability depends on all Office 365 customers having access to Apple’s notification encryption service. Microsoft is delaying/pausing the rollout to ensure the best possible customer experience.


    • OneDrive management of Windows permission inheritance for folders synced as read-only
      • What’s happening: Admins now have the ability to allow OneDrive to disable permission inheritance for folders synced as read-only.


    • Quarantine Permission updates
      • What’s happening: Microsoft will update the roles needed to access/manage Quarantine on Feb. 10, 2020.


    • New rollout timeline for Teams lobby control for dial-in attendees
      • What’s happening: Teams will soon have a setting to allow for control of the lobby for people dialing in to meetings.
      • Rollout start: Late March 2020 (previously early February)
      • Rollout finish: Mid-April 2020 (previously mid-February)

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