Microsoft Office 365 News 09-02-2020: Microsoft Teams Meetings Will Soon Have Live Transcription

microsoft office 365 logo.In Microsoft Office 365 news this week, Microsoft announced plans to implement live transcripts for Microsoft Teams meetings. Additionally, Office Scripts will soon become available by default, and Outlook Android end users will gain the option to sync with a local device calendar database, among other news and updates.

New Features

    • Office Scripts to become enabled by default
      • What’s happening: Earlier this year, Microsoft introduced a public preview of Office Scripts, a new feature that lets you automate tasks in Excel Online. The supplier is now switching this feature from public preview to default availability.
      • Rollout start: End of August 2020
      • Rollout finish: End of October 2020
    • Machine learning feedback loop in public preview
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has released for public preview a machine learning feedback loop that’s meant to help admins enhance the performance of custom and built-in trainable classifiers.
      • Rollout start: Mid-September 2020
      • Rollout finish: End of September 2020
    • New Content Explorer Service plan
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced that the data classification content explorer will soon be part of a new service plan called Content Explorer. Previously, the content explorer was included in the Exchange Online service plan.
      • Rollout date: Sept. 29, 2020
    • Outlook for Android local device calendar sync
      • What’s happening: End users will soon gain the ability to sync a local device calendar database and the Outlook for Android calendar.
      • Rollout date: End of October 2020
    • Microsoft Forms addition to Office Mobile
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced plans to integrate the Office Mobile app (which combines Excel, PowerPoint and Word with exclusive features) and Microsoft Forms. This will allow end users to create new Forms and open recent Forms via the Office Mobile App.
    • Teams meetings live transcription
      • What’s happening: End users will soon gain the ability to follow and review the dialogue in meetings with live transcripts. Please note that live transcription currently supports English (US) exclusively.
      • Rollout start: Late September 2020
      • Rollout finish: Early October 2020
    • Microsoft Information Protection support for double-byte character set languages
      • What’s happening: Microsoft Information Protection products like Communication Compliance, Data Loss Prevention and Exact Data Match will soon gain the ability to detect double-byte language characters from East Asian languages, initially including Korean, Chinese (Traditional) and Chinese (Simplified).

Updated Features

    • Updated “In Development for Microsoft Intune” page available
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has updated its “In Development for Microsoft Intune” page, which offers a list of features the supplier will include in upcoming Intune releases.
    • Updated Microsoft Search admin center navigation name
      • What’s happening: Microsoft plans to change the navigation name in the admin center for Microsoft Search.
      • Rollout date: Early October 2020
    • Improved OneDrive for Business search function
      • What’s happening: OneDrive for Business end users will soon have the ability to search in folders and shared libraries, as well as pick where they’d like to search via a dropdown menu.
      • Rollout start: Early September 2020
      • Rollout finish: End of October 2020
    • Microsoft 365 Apps Updates for Current Channel
      • What’s happening: The supplier has released updates for Microsoft 365 Apps for the Current Channel.
      • Rollout date: Aug. 25, 2020


    • Yammer Groups API endpoints to end support for Yammer OAuth tokens
      • What’s happening: Effective Dec. 1, 2020, Yammer Groups API endpoints will no longer support Yammer OAuth tokens. Instead, endpoints will support Azure Active Directory (AAD) tokens. As a result, Microsoft recommends switching to utilizing Microsoft Authentication Library (MAL) and AAD tokens with the Yammer API before the end-of-support date.
    • Delayed rollout of proof of disposal for Exchange email records
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced the implementation of proof of disposal for records and rolled the feature out for SharePoint and OneDrive. However, to ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has delayed the deployment of this feature for email records in Exchange.
    • Delayed rollout of Teams meeting PSTN phone number masking feature
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to implement a setting for Teams meetings to automatically mask PSTN participants’ phone numbers to end users outside your organization. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has delayed the deployment of this feature.
    • Rollout resumed for seamless personal list sharing in To Do
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to support list sharing in To Do between personal accounts and work or school accounts. The supplier then paused the rollout to make changes based on client feedback. At this point, Microsoft is ready to resume the deployment.
      • Rollout date: Late September 2020

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