Microsoft Office 365 News 02-13-2020: New Office 365 Compliance Solutions, ATP reports and More

microsoft office 365 logo.This week’s Microsoft Office 365 news includes the introduction of new Office 365 compliance solutions, new Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) reports, and more updates and announcements.

New Features

    • New Office 365 compliance services
      • What’s happening: Microsoft will soon make the follow compliance solutions available to Office 365 Advanced Compliance and Office 365 E5 SKUs:
        • Microsoft Communications data loss prevention (DLP)
        • Microsoft Information Governance
        • Microsoft Records Management
        • Microsoft Communications Compliance
        • Microsoft Data Investigations
        • Microsoft Customer Key
      • Rollout start: Early March 2020 for Office 365 Advanced Compliance and Office 365 E5 customers
      • Rollout finish: End of March 2020


    • New Office 365 ATP reports
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced the introduction of two new reports for organizations with Office 365 ATP.
      • Rollout start: Mid-February 2020
      • Rollout finish: Mid-March 2020


    • More Teams sign in control
      • What’s happening: Admins are gaining increased control over the Teams sign in experience.


    • New Yammer Live Events capabilities
      • What’s happening: End users will soon gain the ability to produce Live Events from their device in Yammer.
      • Rollout start: Early March 2020
      • Rollout finish: End of April 2020


    • Discover capability in Outlook for Android
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is adding the Discover capability (powered by Microsoft Graph) to enhance the Search experience in Outlook for Android. Production customers already have access to Discover in Outlook for iOS.
      • Rollout date: End of February 2020 for Office 365 Monthly Channel customers


    • New Microsoft 365 admin center experience
      • What’s happening: On Feb. 27, 2020, the Microsoft 365 admin center will default to a new experience.


Updated Features

    • Updated pen toolbox
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is updating the pen toolbox to make it easier to draw in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
      • Rollout start: Mid-February 2020 for Office 365 Insiders customers
      • Rollout finish: Mid-March 2020


    • Updated Threat Protection Status Report
      • What’s happening: Customers with Office 365 ATP or Exchange Online Protection will soon have access to an updated Threat Protection Status Report.
      • Rollout start: Mid-February 2020
      • Rollout finish: Mid-March 2020


    • ‘False Positive’ Service health status in Microsoft 365 admin center
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is expanding the 365 admin center abilities so tenant administrators can follow the outcome of false positive communications.
      • Rollout date: Feb. 13, 2020


    • Additional admin roles for Microsoft 365 usage reports
      • What’s happening: Microsoft 365 usage reports will soon include two new roles: Teams Service Administrator and Teams Communications Administrator.
      • Rollout start: Early March 2020
      • Rollout finish: Mid-March 2020



    • Skype for Business/Teams issues
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has evaluated end user issues in the China region dialing into Skype for Business/Teams conference IDs and concluded the problem isn’t under Microsoft’s control. Local mobile and telephony carriers are likely the source of the technical difficulties.


    • Retirement of Exchange Online legacy protocols
      • What’s happening: On Oct. 13, 2020, Microsoft plans to retire Basic Authentication for EWS, EAS, POP, IMAP and RPS to access Exchange Online. SMTP AUTH will not be affected.


    • New rollout timeline for Office 365 Message Encryption (OME) updates
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to update OME to enhance the authenticity of emails. The rollout time frame has been updated to ensure the best possible experience.
      • Rollout start: Early January 2020
      • Rollout finish: April 1, 2020 (previously February 1, 2020)


    • New rollout timeline for Office 365 app launcher and features
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced changes to how users will access apps. The rollout timeframe for these modifications has been updated.
      • Rollout start: Mid-January 2020 for targeted release customers
      • Rollout finish: End of February 2020 (previously early February 2020)


    • Dynamics 365, Power Platform 2020 release wave 1 plans now available
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has published the 2020 release wave 1 plans for Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365. The plans include new capabilities that will be introduced between April and September 2020.

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