Microsoft Office 365 News 09-15-2020: Microsoft Forms Adds Responder Progress Bar

microsoft office 365 logo.In Microsoft Office 365 news this week, Microsoft Forms is adding a responder progress bar. Additionally, the supplier is now rolling out inline Teams message translation for Android users, among other new features and updates.

New Features

    • Responder progress bar for Microsoft Forms
      • What’s happening: Microsoft Forms will soon show a progress bar for responders on multi-page/multi-section quizzes and forms, if the quiz or form owner chooses to enable the feature.
      • Rollout start: Mid-September 2020
      • Rollout finish: End of September 2020
    • Android inline Teams message translation
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is now rolling out an inline message translation feature for Android end users on the Teams mobile app. The rollout of this feature for iOS users is already ongoing.
    • Teams Large Gallery view (preview) now available for iOS and desktop client
      • What’s happening: Large Gallery view (preview) is now available for the Teams desktop client and iOS. This feature allows meeting attendees to view up to 49 video feeds on a single screen. Microsoft is in the process of making this feature available for Android users.
    • Teams information pane and pinned posts
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced the rollout of a new information pane and pinned posts for Teams end users. At this time, the information pane has finished rolling out, while the implementation timeline for pinned posts has been extended.
    • Gallery view for Microsoft Lists and SharePoint
      • What’s happening: Microsoft will soon add a gallery view feature to SharePoint and Microsoft Lists. That means four main views will be available to end users configuring lists: gallery, grid, lists and calendar.
      • Rollout start: Mid-September 2020 for Targeted Release customers; End of September 2020 for Standard Release customers
      • Rollout finish: End of September 2020 for Targeted Release customers; Mid-October 2020 for Standard Release customers

Updated Features

    • Excel Ideas Feature updates
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced plans to implement a naming update to enhance the discoverability and usability of the Ideas feature in Excel. This update will not affect the functionality of the feature.
      • Rollout date: Early October 2020

Announcements

    • 2020 Release Wave 2 deployment schedule
      • What’s happening: Beginning on Oct. 1, 2020, Microsoft plans to enable the 2020 Release Wave 2 for their global customer base. Production environments will undergo the update during a region-specific scheduled maintenance window.
    • Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has released updates to Microsoft 365 Apps to the Current Channel, Monthly Enterprise Channel, Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel (Preview), and Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel.
      • Rollout date: Gradual rollout began Sept. 8, 2020
    • Delayed rollout for policy limiting access to OneDrive and SharePoint Online documents
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to introduce a policy that automatically rescinds access to SharePoint Online sites and individual OneDrives for external guests after a set amount of time. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has delayed this deployment.
    • Delayed removal of some Teams system messages
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to remove some system messages in Teams to make it easier for end users to focus on the most important information. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has delayed this deployment.

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