Microsoft Office 365 News 09-30-2020: Microsoft To Do Mobile End Users to Receive Push Notifications

microsoft office 365 logo.In Microsoft Office 365 news this week, Microsoft To Do mobile will soon introduce push notifications for shared list activities. Additionally, Microsoft Whiteboard will soon read licenses at a user level, and Microsoft Compliance Manager is transitioning to general availability, among other updates and announcements.

New Features

    • Microsoft 365 admin center message center tags
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is adding message tags in the Microsoft 365 admin center message center to help clients filter messages. You’ll see these tags in the Tag column in the list view, as well as in the metadata line below the title in the message detail panel.
      • Rollout date: Late September 2020 for Targeted Release customers; End of October 2020 for all customers
    • Public preview: Retention policies for Yammer messages
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced the public preview of retention policies in Yammer for user and community messages.
      • Rollout start: Beginning of October 2020
      • Rollout finish: Early November 2020
    • Preview of Microsoft 365 admin center network connectivity category
      • What’s happening: In the Microsoft 365 admin center, you can now preview the Network connectivity category, which lets you see a network assessment concerning how your network design affects the Microsoft 365 user experience on a scale of 0 to 100. This feature also offers insights into design improvements that could enhance performance and better align your network with published network connectivity principles. The supplier anticipates making this feature generally available by April 2021.
    • Modern calendar view for SharePoint lists and Microsoft Lists
      • What’s happening: End users will soon have the option to view list content in a modern calendar view.
      • Rollout date: A gradual rollout is planned from the end of September 2020 to mid-October 2020.
    • Per-user licensing for Microsoft Whiteboard
      • What’s happening: Microsoft Whiteboard will read licenses at a user level in the near future. This will not alter the management of Microsoft Whiteboard at the tenant level.
      • Rollout date: Mid-October 2020
    • Microsoft To Do mobile push notifications
      • What’s happening: End users of the Windows, Android and iOS versions of Microsoft To Do will soon receive push notifications for shared list activities (e.g., task completed, task added and task updated) related to work accounts.
      • Rollout date: Admin control available Sept. 22, 2020
    • Public preview of regulatory record labels
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has released a public preview of new regulatory record labels that stop records movements, records versioning and metadata changes. End users and admins also cannot remove these labels after they’re applied.
    • Microsoft Compliance Manager is now generally available
      • What’s happening: Microsoft Compliance Manager – formerly called Compliance Score – is moving from public preview to general availability. Tasks previously accessible via Compliance Manager in the Service Trust Portal are now located in the Microsoft 365 compliance center under Compliance Manager.  
      • Rollout start: Mid-September 2020
      • Rollout finish: End of September 2020
    • Microsoft Graph connectors for Microsoft Search transitioning to general availability
      • What’s happening: In July 2020, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Graph connectors to Microsoft Search were available for Targeted Release tenants. This feature is now transitioning to general availability.
      • Rollout start: Mid-October 2020
      • Rollout finish: February 2021
    • New Microsoft Defender Antivirus reports for Intune
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced plans to implement new Microsoft Defender Antivirus reports accessible via the Endpoint Manager admin center. Customers will receive two new organizational reports containing general antivirus info and two new operational reports on which devices need attention.
    • New field editors and renderers for Microsoft and SharePoint Lists
      • What’s happening: End users will soon get new Choice, Person and Yes/No column experiences.
      • Rollout start: Late September 2020 for Targeted Release customers; Late October 2020 for Standard Release customers
      • Rollout finish: Late October 2020 for Targeted Release customers; Late December 2020 for Standard Release customers
    • New Teams Power Automate app
      • What’s happening: In the Microsoft Teams app store, a new Power Automate app will soon become available as an eventual replacement for the Flow app.
      • Rollout date: The new app will become available at the end of September 2020.

Updated Features

    • Visual refresh and templates for list creation in SharePoint sites
      • What’s happening: Microsoft plans to apply a visual refresh to list creation in SharePoint sites, in addition to adding the option to utilize eight built-in templates to make lists. These feature updates are already available in the Microsoft Lists app and Lists in Teams.
      • Rollout start: End of September 2020 for Targeted Release customers; Mid-October 2020 for Standard Release customers
      • Rollout finish: Mid-October 2020 for Targeted Release customers; End of October 2020 for Standard Release customers
    • Easier app permissions management in Teams admin center
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is making the process of viewing, managing and granting consent to app permissions easier for IT admins.
      • Rollout date: End of September 2020
    • Updates to classic form customizations in modern SharePoint lists and libraries
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced plans to change the way customized forms work in SharePoint lists and libraries. This will impact tenants leveraging the SharePoint classic experience.
      • Rollout date: Late October 2020 to late November 2020
    • Update for Microsoft Secure Score improvement actions
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is removing one recommendation for Microsoft Defender ATP to ensure an accurate representation of security posture.
    • Exact Data Match support for configurable match now generally available
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced general availability for support for more granular data configuration in Exact Data Match (EDM). Additionally, EDM will leverage a new upload agent, which will become available in late October 2020.
    • Quick edit renamed as Edit in grid view
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is changing the name of the control for editing bulk lists in Microsoft Lists and SharePoint libraries.
      • Rollout start: Currently in progress
      • Rollout finish: Mid-October 2020
    • Teams meeting records to save to SharePoint and OneDrive
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is altering the storage of Teams meeting recordings so that they will save to OneDrive and SharePoint (ODSP) rather than Microsoft Stream (Classic). Clients can choose to opt in or opt out of this change.
    • Advanced eDiscovery support for linked content from OneDrive and SharePoint Online
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is introducing support in Advanced eDiscovery for linked content (modern attachments) from SharePoint Online and OneDrive. End users can share linked content via Outlook emails as well as Teams and Yammer messages.
      • Rollout start: Late September 2020
      • Rollout finish: End of October 2020
    • Outlook on the web support for suggested replies in Chinese
      • What’s happening: Outlook on the web will soon support suggested replies for conversations in Chinese. This applies to end users with mailboxes in the Asia-Pacific region.
      • Rollout start: Late September 2020 for Targeted Release customers; End of September 2020 for Standard Release customers
      • Rollout finish: Early October 2020 for all customers

Announcements

    • Reminder: Upcoming retirement of SharePoint 2010 workflows
      • What’s happening: Microsoft would like to remind all clients that the supplier is in the process of retiring SharePoint 2010 workflows as part of the investment in Power Automate as a universal workflow solution. Starting on Aug. 1, 2020, Microsoft already turned off SharePoint 2010 workflows for newly created tenants. Existing tenants will no longer have the option to leverage SharePoint 2010 workflows starting Nov. 1, 2020.
    • Shared mailboxes might be unavailable because of expired license error
      • What’s happening: Microsoft recently made an alteration to Exchange Online to fix access to unlicensed mailboxes. This update could potentially render Shared mailboxes inaccessible as a result of a license expired error. If you experience this issue, please contact whoever manages your email account.
    • Delayed rollout for new Teams meeting pre-join experience
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to implement a new pre-join experience for Teams meeting attendees that would make it easier to choose audio and video sources. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has delayed the deployment of this feature.
    • Delayed rollout for Teams end-of-meeting notifications
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to implement alerts telling Teams meeting attendees when five minutes remain in a scheduled meeting. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has delayed the rollout of this feature.

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