Microsoft Office 365 News 10-28-2020: Teams to Increase Team Membership Limit to 25K

microsoft office 365 logo.In Microsoft Office 365 news this week, Microsoft will soon increase the team membership limit in Teams from 10,000 to 25,000. Read on to learn more about updates to Teams and other Office 365 apps.

New Features

    • Team membership limit going up to 25,000 in Teams
      • What’s happening: The maximum number of members you can add to a team in Microsoft Teams is increasing from 10,000 to 25,000.
      • Rollout start: Early December 2020
      • Rollout finish: Late January 2021
    • Teams org-wide team limit going up to 10,000
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is increasing the org-wide team size limit in Teams from 5,000 to 10,000 members.
      • Rollout start: Early November 2020
      • Rollout finish: Mid-November 2020
    • Reduced background noise in Teams Windows desktop app
      • What’s happening: The Teams desktop app for Windows will soon offer three levels of noise suppression during meetings.
      • Rollout start: Mid-November 2020
      • Rollout finish: Mid-December 2020
    • Off-shift Teams access control
      • What’s happening: IT administrators now have the ability to limit Firstline Workers’ Teams access when they aren’t on the clock. A blocking dialog appears if a worker accesses the Teams app outside their payable hours reminding them that they’re off shift and won’t be compensated for time spent on the app.
    • Microsoft Lists commenting ability
      • What’s happening: Microsoft Lists end users will soon be able to make and delete comments on list items.
      • Rollout start: Mid-October 2020 for Targeted Release customers; Mid-November 2020 for Standard Release customers
      • Rollout finish: Mid-November 2020 for Targeted Release customers; Early December 2020 for Standard Release customers
    • New content explorer service plan
      • What’s happening: Microsoft now provides content explorer as a standalone service plan instead of including it in the Exchange Online service plan.
      • Rollout date: The separate content explorer service plan took effect Sept. 29, 2020.
    • Microsoft 365 admin center
      • What’s happening: Soon Global Admins will be able to manage and deploy Microsoft 365 Apps from one central location.
    • New abilities for Advanced Audit forensic investigations
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is adding two new capabilities to improve forensic investigations with Advanced Audit.
      • Rollout start: End of September 2020
      • Rollout finish: End of October 2020
    • New Microsoft 365 Advanced eDiscovery double-byte character set language support
      • What’s happening: Advanced eDiscovery will soon support double-byte character set languages (a.k.a., CJK languages) when you query the data and tag documents in a review set, as well as when you analyze case data. CJK languages in include Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
    • Teams outgoing screen-sharing support in Safari
      • What’s happening: Mac OS end users will soon have the ability to share their screen via Teams on the web while using Safari 13.1 and up.
      • Rollout date: Late October 2020

Updated Features

    • Outlook for Android Play My Emails feature goes international
      • What’s happening: The Play My Emails feature in Outlook for Android will soon become available in Canada, Australia, India and the U.K. The feature already rolled out in the U.S. in June 2020.
      • Rollout start: Mid-November 2020
      • Rollout finish: Mid-December 2020
    • Outlook for iOS Play My Emails feature launches internationally
      • What’s happening: The Play My Emails feature in Outlook for iOS will soon become available in Canada, Australia, India and the U.K. The feature already rolled out in the U.S. in November 2019.
      • Rollout start: Early November 2020
      • Rollout finish: December 2020
    • MFA update for admin roles in Security Defaults
      • What’s happening: For clients that have Security Defaults enabled, multi-factor authentication will soon be mandatory for the following administrator roles whenever they sign in: Cloud Application Administrators, Password Administrators, Application Administrators, and Privileged Authentication Administrators.
      • Rollout date: Late November 2020 through early December 2020
    • Configuration changes to fix Internet Explorer 11 compatibility issues
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is making some updates to fix issues when end users visit incompatible sites with Internet Explorer 11.
      • Rollout date: No sooner than Nov. 19, 2020 (the release date for Microsoft Edge 87 stable)
    • NewTek NDI (Network Device Interface) for Teams update
      • What’s happening: In September 2020, Microsoft Teams started supporting integration with NewTek NDI. The supplier is now updating NDI for Teams to allow authorized users to utilize NDI technology on a per meeting basis.
      • Rollout start: End of October 2020
      • Rollout finish: Mid-November 2020
    • Teams iOS app updates
      • What’s happening: Microsoft plans to enhance the Teams iOS app with the ability to see more participants and a new presentation mode. Additionally, the supplier will allow end users to view a spotlighted participant and shared content at the same time.
      • Rollout date: The updated app will be available for purchase at the end of October 2020.
    • Updates released for Microsoft 365 Apps
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has released updates for Microsoft 365 Apps for the Current Channel.
      • Rollout date: A gradual rollout will began for Current Channel end users on Oct. 21, 2020.
    • Intune Plan for Change: End users can remove iOS 14 required apps
      • What’s happening: When Microsoft introduced iOS 14, the supplier originally made it so end users couldn’t remove required apps. Based on client feedback, in November’s release, required apps will be removable.

Announcements

    • SharePoint spaces general availability announced
      • What’s happening: In April 2020, Microsoft announced SharePoint spaces, an immersive web-based platform that gives end users the ability to create and share mixed reality experiences. This new platform will soon transition from public preview to general availability.
      • Rollout date: Early November 2020 through mid-November 2020 for Targeted Release customers; mid-November 2020 through late November 2020 for Standard Release customers
    • Updated rollout timeline for new Teams file sharing experience
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to introduce a new file sharing and access control experience in Teams, in line with what other Microsoft 365 apps offer end users. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has updated the timeline for this deployment.
      • Rollout start: Mid-October 2020
      • Rollout finish: End of November 2020
    • Updated rollout timeline for Whiteboard per user licensing
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced that Microsoft Whiteboard would soon read licenses at an end user level. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has adjusted the timeline for this implementation.
      • Rollout date: End of October 2020 (previously mid-October 2020)
    • Updated rollout timeline for Microsoft Lists and SharePoint lists calendar view
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced that end users would gain the ability to see list content via a modern calendar view. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has updated the implementation timeline for this feature.
      • Rollout date: End of September 2020 to mid-November 2020 (previously mid-October 2020)
    • Updated rollout timeline for Teams custom meeting images
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced that Teams administrators would soon have the option to upload a customized logo image for all meetings in their tenant. Note: This image will only display if the meeting organizer has an Advanced Communication license. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has updated the rollout timeline.
      • Rollout date: The image upload capability will show up in the Teams admin center in late October 2020 (previously September 2020). Logos will show up in meetings by late November 2020 (previously September 2020).
    • Updated rollout timeline for Teams inline message translation for Android
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced the implementation of Teams inline message translation for mobile app end users. The iOS rollout of this feature is ongoing. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has updated the implementation timeline for Android users.
      • Rollout start: The updated Android app will become available in mid-November 2020 (previously mid-September 2020).
      • Rollout finish: Mid-December 2020 (previously mid-October 2020)

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