Microsoft Office 365 News 11-19-2020: Microsoft Forms Introduces ‘Confirm Phishing’ Option

microsoft office 365 logo.In Microsoft Office 365 news this week, Microsoft Forms is adding a “confirm phishing” option to help IT admins manage forms that have been flagged and blocked for potential phishing. Additionally, SharePoint spaces will soon support viewing spaces with touch devices, among other news and updates.

New Features

    • New service plan release: Data Classification in Microsoft 365
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced the release of a new service plan: Data Classification in Microsoft 365. This plan is meant to support better performance of sensitive info in Microsoft 365 services.
    • Ability to exclude particular files from OneDrive sync
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is adding a setting that will let you exclude recently added OneDrive files from syncing to the cloud by extension or file name. This applies to Windows devices.
      • Rollout date: Mid-December 2020
    • Confirm phishing option for Microsoft Forms
      • What’s happening: IT admins now have a “confirm phishing” option that they can use in cases when a form has been flagged and blocked for potential phishing.
    • Touch device support in SharePoint spaces
      • What’s happening: SharePoint spaces will soon support viewing spaces via touch devices. Context menus will get some visual updates to ensure the best possible experience for users of touch devices.
      • Rollout date: November 2020

Updated Features

    • Updated configuration for ‘Records management’ role group
      • What’s happening: Microsoft plans to update the configuration of the ‘Records management’ role group in the Security & Compliance center. These changes are meant to simplify permissions management and will involve the addition of more roles to the role group for comprehensive management for the Records Management solution.
    • Known Folder Move update: New default language for provisioning new folders
      • What’s happening: Currently Known Folder Move has to provision new folders on the service if the corresponding folders (Documents, Pictures, Desktop) don’t exist. With this update, the default language for naming these new folders will be the Windows Display Language instead of the OneDrive Site language.
    • Teams profile menu reorganization
      • What’s happening: Microsoft will soon reorganize the account and settings you see in the Teams profile menu in the app’s title bar. This will make switching accounts and tenants easier for users who have been invited as a Guest to another organization or who have both work/school and personal accounts.
    • Tenant and user overrides no longer permitted for high confidence phish messages
      • What’s happening: Microsoft classifies messages as high confidence phish when they’re detonated and confirmed as malicious. To ensure end user security, the supplier will no longer honor tenant and user overrides for Allowed senders or domains for messages marked as high confidence phish.
    • Full screen support for new Teams meeting experience
      • What’s happening: As announced in July 2020, Microsoft has rolled out full screen support in the new Teams meeting experience for desktop apps.
    • New name for “Office Client Applications” in Service health and Message center
      • What’s happening: To make things clearer in Message center and Service health, Microsoft is renaming “Office Client Applications” to “Microsoft 365 Apps.”
    • Removal of Chromium-based MDM app config settings from Edge for Android
      • What’s happening: Microsoft plans to get rid of the Chromium-based MDM app configuration settings for Edge for Android. The removal is meant to avoid unintended side effects, as Edge for Android has never supported these settings.

Announcements

    • Updated rollout timeline for new Yammer experience
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to move to the next phase of implementation for the new Yammer experience, in which all classic Yammer users will see an opt-in toggle for the new Yammer experience. To ensure the best possible customer experience, the supplier has delayed this deployment.
      • Rollout start: Mid-November 2020
      • Rollout finish: Mid-January 2021
    • Updated rollout timeline for Teams breakout rooms
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced the upcoming implementation of virtual breakout rooms for Teams meetings. To ensure the best possible customer experience, the supplier has delayed the rollout of this feature.
      • Rollout start: Early December 2020 (previously mid-November 2020)
      • Rollout finish: Mid-December 2020 (previously end of November 2020)
    • Updated rollout timeline for custom Teams meeting images
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to give Teams administrators the option to upload a custom image for all tenant meetings where the organizer has an Advanced Communication license. To ensure the best possible customer experience, the supplier has updated the deployment timeline.
      • Rollout date: Mid-December 2020
    • Updated rollout timeline for Teams meeting participant report improvements
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to update participant reports for Teams meeting organizers to deliver more data and improve functionality. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has changed the rollout timeline for these enhancements.
      • Rollout date: February 2021
    • Updated rollout timeline for live transcription in Teams meetings
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to introduce live transcription for Teams meetings. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has updated the timeline for the deployment of this feature.
      • Rollout date: February 2021
    • Updated rollout timeline for management of external guest SharePoint Online and OneDrive document access
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to introduce a policy that lets you automatically rescind SharePoint Online and OneDrive document access for external guests. To ensure the best possible customer experience, the supplier has delayed the implementation timeline for this policy.
      • Rollout start: Beginning of January 2021 for Targeted Release tenants; Mid-January 2021 for Standard Release tenants
      • Rollout finish: End of February 2021 for all tenants
    • Tenant-wide search usage reports retiring from SharePoint admin center
      • What’s happening: Microsoft plans to retire tenant-wide search usage reports from the SharePoint admin center. The supplier recommends relying on Microsoft Search Insights instead.
      • Retirement date: Dec. 9, 2020
    • Microsoft Graph connectors now generally available
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced the general availability of Microsoft Graph connectors for Microsoft Search, which allow Microsoft 365 customers to connect Microsoft Search to external data sources. This release includes connectors accessible via the Microsoft 365 Admin Center, including MediaWiki, Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2, and Azure SQL, among others. A comprehensive list of connectors is available here: https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2147512
    • Updates available for all channels for Microsoft 365 Apps
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has released updates for Microsoft 365 Apps to these channels: Current Channel, Monthly Enterprise Channel, Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel (Preview), and Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel.
    • Public preview: Microsoft 365 Audit retention dashboard
      • What’s happening: The Microsoft 365 compliance center will soon have a new dashboard for Audit retention activity. This dashboard will be released to public preview in December 2020.

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