Microsoft Office 365 News 12-02-2020: Office Apps to Support Mandatory Labeling Policy

microsoft office 365 logo.In Microsoft Office 365 news this week, Office apps (PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Outlook) will soon support enforcement of a mandatory labeling policy. Read on to learn more about this new feature along with other updates and announcements from Microsoft.

New Features

    • Mandatory labeling policy now generally available for Office apps
      • What’s happening: Microsoft Office app support for enforcement of the Microsoft Information Protection Policy is now generally available. The policy requires end users to add a label before sending emails or saving documents. The new feature is supported on all platforms for Outlook and all platforms except for the web for PowerPoint, Word and Excel. Mandatory labeling support for the web for PowerPoint, Word and Excel will become available in early 2021.
    • Yammer live event attendee discussion management
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is giving Yammer live event organizers and producers the ability to manage Q&A and comments.
    • SharePoint Portal Launch Scheduler
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has created a SharePoint Portal Launch Scheduler. This tool helps with the scheduling and coordination of launch details for SharePoint sites that will likely see a lot of traffic. It’s available through SharePoint PowerShell.
    • Microsoft Secure Score recommendations for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has announced seven recommendations for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint.
    • PDF page rotation in Microsoft OneDrive iOS app
      • What’s happening: End users will soon have the ability to rotate the page orientation for PDF documents in the Microsoft OneDrive iOS app.
      • Rollout date: Microsoft will begin rolling this out in the App Store in early December 2020. It will be available to all customers by early January 2021.

Updated Features

    • Updated enablement process for Teams 1:1 call recording
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is changing the enablement process for 1:1 call recording so that it’s controlled by the -CsTeamsCallingPolicy / allowCloudRecordingForCalls attribute instead of the -CsTeamsMeetingPolicy / AllowCloudRecording attribute. The default for call recording will be off unless you change the new policy attribute to true.
      • Rollout date: Dec. 18, 2020
    • Improved Microsoft Search result previews
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is enhancing search result previews in and SharePoint Online.
    • Updates to library form and list configuration in SharePoint and Microsoft Lists
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is issuing an update that allows anyone who has the ability to create and manage lists to also configure the library form or list with body sections and a header and footer for SharePoint and Microsoft Lists.
    • Current Channel: Microsoft 365 Apps updates available
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has issued updates for Microsoft 365 Apps to the Current Channel.
    • SharePoint if/then rules for lists
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has issued an update that allows SharePoint users with edit permissions for a list to implement if/then rules to send notifications and send reminders in accordance with alterations to list information.
    • “In Development” page updated for Intune
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has updated the “In development for Microsoft Intune” page in their documentation. This page includes a list of upcoming release features to help with planning and customer readiness.


    • Rollout paused for new Teams file sharing experience
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to introduce a new file sharing experience for Teams. Based on early learnings from early rings, the supplier has decided to update the code before moving forward with the implementation of the new experience.
    • Minimum versions needed to support Teams breakout rooms
      • What’s happening: Microsoft has specified the minimum versions needed to run the new Teams virtual breakout rooms feature. They are for the desktop app, for iOS, and for Android.
    • Updated rollout timeline for specific user sharing in Microsoft Forms
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to give Microsoft Forms owners the ability to easily collect responses from specific security groups or end users. To ensure the best possible customer experience, the supplier has updated the deployment timeline.
      • Rollout start: Early December 2020 (previously end of October 2020)
      • Rollout finish: End of December 2020 (previously end of November 2020)

For more information about Microsoft Office 365, please take a look at our blog series detailing the business value of the suite. Our expert techs also have extensive experience working with Office 365, as well as other types of IT solutions. To learn more, give us a call at 877-599-3999 or email

Contact Us

We will handle your contact details in line with our Privacy Policy. If you prefer not to receive marketing emails from Stratosphere Networks, you can optout of all marketing communications or customize your preferences here.