Office 365 Weekly Digest | Week of May 15 – 21, 2016


Note: The information below may not be posted to your Office 365 tenant as not all notifications apply to all tenants.


Updated Feature: Resource engagement will be enabled by default

Posted: May 16, 2016 | Action: Awareness | Starting on October 3, 2016, we will begin enabling the new Project Web App (PWA) resource engagement feature for all remaining sites that have not yet been turned it on. If you haven't already enabled the feature for your sites before October 3, the feature will automatically be enabled. We recommend that you begin enabling resource engagement for all of your main sites. You do not have to do anything, as we will automatically enable this for you in October. Please visit to learn more.


Office 365 Auto-expanding Archiving rollout update

Posted: May 16, 2016 | Action: Awareness | Office 365 Auto-expanding Archiving has begun rolling out to customers worldwide. In order to ensure the most stable environment for our customers, we are phasing in the deployments which will impact the availability of this feature for some tenants. There may be a delay in implementing this feature for your organization. For additional information, please visit


We’re making some changes to the OData fields in Project Online

Posted: May 17, 2016 | Action: Awareness | Starting today, we will be removing the HTML tags from Project Online custom fields for reporting to make it more readable in reports. You are receiving this message because our reporting shows your organization is using Project Online. Project Online customers who use OData reporting and also rely on the presence of the HTML tags in the OData information, will notice in their reports that these tags are absent. Most organizations will not be required to do anything to prepare for this change. If your organization relies on the presence of HTML tags in the OData fields, you will need change your reports. More details can be found at


Updated Feature: Simple sharing links now visible in Office 2013 and 2016

Posted: May 20, 2016 | Action: Awareness | We’re updating SharePoint and OneDrive, so simple sharing links will be visible within Office 2013 and Office 2016. This feature will begin rolling out May 23rd. Currently, Office 2013 and Office 2016 do not display a simple sharing link (a link that anyone inside your organization can access) when organizations have anonymous links disabled in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. With this change, Office clients will display simple sharing links if they have this setting enabled. This will be true, even if they have anonymous (guest) links disabled. For the most part, you will not need to take any action for this change. If you have disabled anonymous (guest) links, you may want to review the impact of this change, with your company security policies. Update your external sharing settings for your SharePoint Online environment, as appropriate. Learn more at



Azure Active Directory Webinars for June

Are you looking to deploy Azure Active Directory quickly and easily? We are offering free webinar briefings on key Azure Active Directory deployment topics! Sessions include: Pre-requisites, SSPR, MFA, SaaS Application Integration and Reporting. Each 1-hour briefing is designed to support IT Pros in quickly rolling out Azure Active Directory features to their organization. All webinars are free of cost and will be followed by Q&A with our Engineering Team. Capacity is limited. Sign up for one or all of the sessions today!


Introduction to Microsoft Flow

When: May 24, 2016 @ 10:00am PT | Microsoft Flow is a service for business users and specialists to work smarter by automating processes across applications and services that are used every day. This webinar will introduce the vision behind Microsoft Flow and demo key scenarios that can be achieved using Flows. Product team members will be available throughout the presentation to take questions from the audience. You can also view on-demand webinars and register for other upcoming webinars at the Power BI webinars page.


Introduction to Microsoft PowerApps

When: May 26, 2016 @ 8:00am PT | PowerApps is a service for building and using custom business apps that connect to your data and work across the web and mobile - without the time and expense of custom software development. This webinar will introduce the vision behind PowerApps and demo key scenarios. Product team members will be available throughout the presentation to take questions from the audience. You can also view on-demand webinars and register for other upcoming webinars at the Power BI webinars page.


FastTrack Webinars: Learn how to do more, together

The best productivity experience? It’s already in your Office.  Ask questions, learn shortcuts and find out how Office 365 can make you and your team more productive. Each webinar is a live, instructor-led session offered at multiple dates and times. Facilitated discussion follows each session, with opportunities to ask questions and discuss specific scenarios to you. Direct registration links for each webinar are provided below.



New enhancements to Office 365 eDiscovery further simplify the eDiscovery process

To save you time and make it easier to perform investigations and eDiscovery from one central location, we have released several eDiscovery enhancements to the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center, including case management, search, hold and export. These new eDiscovery enhancements further strengthen the rich set of eDiscovery capabilities already present in Office 365 to help you quickly investigate and meet legal and regulatory obligations from the Security & Compliance Center. This post includes more details about these features.


Try the OneDrive app for Windows 10 on your PC to access all your files

We’re continually working on making the OneDrive experience on Windows 10 even better. The new OneDrive sync client already comes pre-installed on Windows 10 PCs, allowing users to easily access their synced files through File Explorer. But this new app is a great touch-friendly complement to sync that lets you open, edit and share any of your personal or work files without having to sync them to your device. Additional features previously only available in the browser experience are also available, such as restoring files from the Recycle Bin, easily dragging and dropping files to the app to upload them, quickly accessing recent documents - which will open directly in the Office applications on your computer - finding files shared with you by others and more. This update delivers OneDrive experiences to even more devices, and we will bring other capabilities to this platform over time.


Introducing Spoof Mail Reports

Spoofing continues to be a top concern for any security conscious email administrator today. In an effort to provide transparency into spoof detection, and to more easily address both the false-negative and false-positive impact circumstance, a ‘Spoofed Mail Report’ will now be part of Exchange Online’s report catalogue. The “Spoofed Mail Report” will not only provide administrators a clear view of specific spoofing instances and anomalies, it will allow the administrator to drill down into the detail of individual instances. Furthermore, administrators will be offered the ability to immediately block or allow these true senders based on their IP.  |  TechNet: Use mail protection reports in Office 365 to view data about malware, spam and rule detections


Accessibility enhancements in Office 365 for people with vision impairments

To mark the fifth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), we encourage Office 365 users to do a few simple things to make the digital world more accessible - including making a habit of running the Accessibility Checker on your documents (currently available in Office for PCs and coming by the end of the year to Office for Mac and Office Online). In addition, to help advance accessibility awareness, we’re pleased to share more about some of the enhancements we’re bringing to Office 365 that ensure people with vision impairments can work seamlessly with built-in accessibility settings on every device.



Updated: Office 365 URLs and IP Address Ranges

May 18, 2016: Updates for Office Online, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business Online and OneNote Online.  Details on the updates are available on the RSS feed and the complete list is located here.


Security and Compliance YamJam Summary is posted!

On May 9, 2016 the Office 365 Network hosted a Security and Compliance YamJam. The live hour of Q&A gave members the opportunity to ask questions, voice feedback, and discuss their security and compliance concerns with the product team. We hope you join us live next time!


Delve Analytics YamJam Summary is posted!

On May 11, 2016, Microsoft hosted the Delve Analytics YamJam to discuss feedback and answer questions about Delve Analytics. Microsoft team members, MVPs, admins and experts, joined in during the live hour. Read the notes at the link above for a summary of what was discussed.


New feature: bulk addition of members of a Distribution List or Office 365 Groups

Office 365 Groups owners can now easily add all members of an existing Distribution List (DL) or from an existing Office 365 Group to an existing or new group from Outlook on the Web. See this document for more details. Note: we've also published these scripts and guidance to help you migrate DL to Groups.


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