Microsoft Office 365 News 07-30-2020: Teams Users Will Soon Get a Call Merging Feature

microsoft office 365 logo.In Microsoft Office 365 news this week, Microsoft announced that Teams users will soon have access to a call merging feature. Additionally, the supplier has delayed the Power Platform admin center transition until the end of July and introduced Outlook support for German and Spanish suggested replies, among other updates.

New Features

    • Teams call merging option
      • What’s happening: Teams end users will soon have the ability to merge an active 1:1 call with either another 1:1 call or a group call. This will apply to PSTN and VoIP calls.
      • Rollout start: Mid-August 2020
      • Rollout finish: End of August 2020
    • OneDrive storage limit management via Microsoft 365 admin center
      • What’s happening: Admins will soon have the option to mange individual users’ OneDrive storage limits using the Microsoft 365 admin center.
      • Rollout start: Already in progress
      • Rollout finish: End of July 2020
    • Outlook support for German and Spanish suggested replies
      • What’s happening: End users with mailboxes in Europe will soon have support in Outlook on the web for suggested replies for conversations in Spanish and German.
      • Rollout start: Late July 2020 for Targeted Release customers; Early August 2020 for Standard Release customers
      • Rollout finish: End of September 2020 for all customers
    • Exchange Online workspace configuration and booking
      • What’s happening: Exchange Online users will soon be able to configure “workspaces” for their organizations. Users will then have the ability to book these workspaces via their Outlook calendar. Users can currently start creating workspaces via PowerShell.

Updated Features

    • Outlook support for Android 10 password complexity
      • What’s happening: Outlook will support Android 10 device password complexity functionality.
      • Rollout date: End of August 2020 (the planned release date of Android 10)
    • New Teams Planner experience
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has begun rolling out a new Planner experience for Microsoft Teams users. Once implementation is complete, the Planner app will be renamed as Tasks. The initial rollout will only affect Teams desktop and Teams web.
      • Rollout start: Already in progress for all non-Government tenants worldwide
      • Rollout finish: Early September 2020
    • Exact Data Match data file support update
      • What’s happening: Exact Data Match now supports data files with up to 100 million rows.
      • Rollout date: July 22, 2020
    • Teams admin center configuration update
      • What’s happening: Microsoft plans to allow conditional access policies to be honored within the Teams admin center. Currently, the admin center won’t run consistently with conditional access policies configured due to a special exception for the center that interferes with the function of those policies.
      • Rollout date: Sept. 1, 2020
    • Modified Shared Libraries navigation for OneDrive Website
      • What’s happening: Microsoft plans to change the accessibility of the Shared Libraries list on the OneDrive Website. There will be a new “Shared Library” node in the left navigation pane.
      • Rollout date: A gradual rollout will begin in late July 2020 for Targeted Release customers
    • Outlook for iOS modification of web view user agent string
      • What’s happening: Microsoft plans to update the web view user agent string that’s part of the user authentication process.
      • Rollout date: Aug. 24, 2020
    • Updates to Office 365 ATP external email forwarding controls and policies
      • What’s happening: Because malicious actors often leverage automated external email forwarding to exfiltrate data, Microsoft is updating its security controls and anti-spam policies to combat this tactic. First, the supplier is implementing a control for easy enablement of automatic external forwarding for select users. Next, Microsoft will alter the Automatic setting so that automatic external forwarding is blocked.
    • Records behavior update
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is modifying how items marked as records behave across OneDrive, Exchange and SharePoint to create a more consistent end user experience across Microsoft 365.
      • Rollout start: Mid-August 2020
      • Rollout finish: Early September 2020

Announcements

    • Storage enforcement compliance to start second week of August 2020
      • What’s happening: Starting on Aug. 10, 2020, Microsoft will begin enforcing storage compliance. Customers who have gone over the available storage capacity for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform products will no longer be able to copy and restore environments after that date.
    • Power Platform admin center transition delayed until end of July 2020
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously planned to deprecate the Power Automate and Power Apps admin center and switch to the Power Platform admin center. Based on client feedback, the supplier has delayed that redirection until July 31, 2020.
    • Retirement of support for some Outlook events from email
      • What’s happening: Microsoft plans to end support for some events from the “events from email” feature in Outlook.
      • Rollout date: Late July 2020 for Targeted Release customers; Mid-August 2020 for all customers
    • Retirement of Office 365 web app notifications
      • What’s happening: Microsoft will soon retire the Notifications functionality from all Office 365 web applications except for Outlook. Some app-specific notifications will remain in apps such as Yammer and Outlook.
      • Rollout date: Aug. 24, 2020
    • In development for Microsoft Intune page updated
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has updated its “In development for Microsoft Intune” page. This page is meant to help clients plan by listing features that will be included in future Intune releases.
    • Recommended use of Microsoft Graph
      • What’s happening: Microsoft recommends that clients upgrade their apps to use Microsoft Graph. The supplier has stopped adding new features to Azure AD Graph and will also cease offering any technical support or security updates starting on June 30, 2022.
    • Reminder: Upcoming end of support for Office 2916 for Mac and Office 2010
      • What’s happening: Microsoft would like to remind all customers that the supplier plans to end support for Office 2016 for Mac and Office 2010 this fall. While you’ll still have the ability to use these versions of Office, you might run into security and compliance issues since the supplier will stop offering technical support, security updates and bug fixes.
      • End of support date: Oct. 13, 2020
    • Delayed rollout of suggested replies in Teams mobile
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to implement three suggested responses for selected messages in Teams for iOS and Android. To ensure the best possible customer experience, the supplier has delayed the rollout of this feature.
    • Delayed rollout of language-aware spellcheck for Teams desktop
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to introduce spellchecking relevant to the language Teams desktop apps users are actively typing in to make it easier to communicate in various languages. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has delayed the implementation of this feature.

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