Office 365 Weekly Digest | September 3 – 9, 2017


Welcome to the September 3 - 9, 2017 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest.

New to the Office 365 Roadmap this week are a new Meetup calendar app available on Android (and already launched), and an update to the Service Health Dashboard which will allow customers using the Multi-Geo capabilities in Office 365 to see which regions are impacted by a specific service incident.

There are no new events in this week's post, but there are still plenty of opportunities including an on-demand webcast for IT transformation using Yammer, the monthly Azure AD webinars and an immersion session for Power BI.

Highlighted in the Blog Roundup are posts about add-ins for Outlook on Android and several Teams-related posts including using the audit log to track changes in Microsoft Teams and managing Teams with Mobile Application Management in Microsoft Intune, as well as a new app usage report in PowerApps and an upcoming update to Outlook Web App in Office 365 that displays a question mark in the sender photo if a sender cannot be verified.

A post on how Microsoft secures data in Azure Active Directory, and recommendations on sessions for Office 365 admins and those interested in catching all the action on Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business at Microsoft Ignite are included in this week's noteworthy items.

 


OFFICE 365 ROADMAP

 

Items added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week:

 

Outlook for Android - new Meetup calendar app

Feature ID: 20526

Status: Launched

Date Added: September 7, 2017

Description: With Calendar Apps, you can connect your apps –Wunderlist, Facebook, Evernote, and now Meetup – to see all your tasks, events, and notes from your digital life in your Outlook calendar.

More Info: Limitations of connected Calendar Apps on Android

 

Service Health Dashboard Update: Support for multi-geo tenants

Feature ID: 20942

Status: In development

Date Added: September 7, 2017

Description: We're adding enhancements to the Service Health Dashboard in the Office 365 admin center: Customers who are using the Multi-Geo Capabilities in Office 365 will be able to see which regions are impacted by a service incident.

More Info: n / a

 


UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Free Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Teacher Academy

When: September 12, 2017 through September 29, 2017 at various US locations | Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Trainers are leading fun, professional development sessions this summer and they’re coming to a city near you. Join us for these BYOD workshops showcasing Microsoft’s hottest tools and resources for K-12 teachers, built to empower students to achieve more. Attendees will get to explore tools such as Microsoft Teams, Office Online, OneNote Class Notebooks, Microsoft Forms and Sway, and learn how technology can provide their students with learning experiences beyond the four walls of their classroom, thanks to Skype in the Classroom and the Microsoft Educator Community. Register today and join us at an upcoming Teacher Academy near you!

 

Free Webcast: Transforming the IT Organization with Yammer

When: On-Demand | Social integration and team communication are at the forefront of employee focus. As internal communication evolves, organizations need to embrace social media and cutting-edge tools to help employees work smarter and collaborate stronger. Watch this on-demand webcast to find out how Yammer completes the Office 365 experience with a powerhouse of communication tools to inspire digital transformation, collaborate across teams, and execute faster while working smarter.

 

Visualizing, Analyzing & Sharing Your Data Without Having to be a BI Expert

When: Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 1pm ET | This 2-hour hands-on experience will give you the opportunity to test drive the latest business analytics tools. A trained facilitator will guide you as you apply these tools to your own business scenarios and see how they can work throughout your organization. During this interactive session, you will explore how to: (1) Locate and organize large amounts of data from multiple sources, (2) Visualize complex data and identify trends quickly without having to be a BI expert, (3) Find and collaborate with company experts on the fly, even if they work in another part of the country, and (4) Gather colleague’s opinions easily and eliminate communication and process bottlenecks. Each session is limited to 12 participants, reserve your seat now.

 

Azure Active Directory Webinars for September

When: Multiple sessions currently scheduled from September 12 - September 20, 2017 | Sessions include Azure AD Connect Health, Getting Ready for Azure AD, Securing Your Identities with Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), Azure AD Identity Protection and Privileged Access Management, Accessing Your Organization’s Internal Applications via Azure AD App Proxy and more. Each 1-hour or 75-minute webinar 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 include an anonymous Q&A session with our Engineering Team. So, come with your questions!  Capacity is limited. Sign up for one or all of the sessions today!  Note: There are also some sessions available on-demand.

 


BLOG ROUNDUP

 

Your favorite apps—now in Outlook on Android

Earlier this year, we launched add-ins for Outlook on iOS—bringing your favorite apps right in Outlook—so you can get more done on the go. We are now rolling out add-ins to Outlook on Android customers with Outlook.com and Office 365 commercial email accounts. Additionally, we’ll be bringing add-ins to Gmail customers on iOS and Android soon. This launch will bring some of the most loved Outlook add-ins from iOS to Android, including Evernote, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Translator, Nimble, OnePlaceMail, Outlook Customer Manager, Smartsheet, and Trello. We will also be launching several new add-ins for Outlook—including Wrike, JIRA, MeisterTask, Gfycat, and MojiLala. These add-ins will be available for Outlook customers across the web, Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.

 

Microsoft Teams: Audit Log of Activity

The purpose of this blog post is to describe how to use the audit log in Office 365 to understand what changes occurred in Microsoft Teams, when and by whom. For example, the date and time when a team was deleted and who deleted it. This can be extremely powerful evidence when conducting investigations.  What is the audit log? The audit log is a reporting tool that allows you to view both user and IT admin activity in Office 365. For example, when a user's password wash changed and by whom in IT, or when a user accessed their mailbox and the activity they performed while connected. This log is a unified log and all activities are recorded in a centralized location allowing you to search them through a single console. | Related: Microsoft Teams – Manage it using Mobile Application Management (MAM)  |  Microsoft Teams – Moving a Planner plan between channels

 

App usage report - Monitor how many users are using your app within your organization

We’re very happy to announce that the preview of the first PowerApps analytics report is now available for app authors in web.powerapps.com; the App usage report. This report gives you the ability to track how many users are using your app over the past 30 days broken down by day, device platform and location. This report is available to any user with ‘Can edit’ permission to the app, but the user must have a PowerApps Plan 2 or PowerApps Plan 2 trial license in order to access the report. You can also download a .csv file with the data for any chart in the App usage report.

 

Showing a question mark ‘?’ in the sender photo when a message is not authenticated

In order to help stop phishing messages, Office 365 and Outlook.com already filter messages using authentication methods including SPF, DKIM, DMARC, and anti-spoofing. These techniques verify that the sender is who they say they are, and they are used to mark the message either as Junk Email, or deliver it to your Inbox. They sometimes also add Safety Tips. In the next few weeks, Outlook Web Access (OWA) and Outlook.com will be rolling out indicators to show indicators when the sender of the message either cannot be identified (authenticated). When Outlook.com or Office 365 cannot verify the identity of the sender using SPF, DKIM, or any other technique, it will display a '?' in the sender photo. Not every message that fails to authenticate is malicious. However, you should be careful before interacting with messages that do not authenticate if you do not recognize the sender. Or, if you recognize the sender and they normally don't have a '?' in the sender photo and you suddenly start seeing it, that could be a sign the sender is being spoofed.

 

Microsoft IT Showcase: Getting started with Microsoft Teams – for developers

Published: September 5, 2017 | Microsoft Teams, a chat-based workspace in Office 365, integrates with apps and services that groups use to work together—including development teams. Hold daily stand-up meetings in Teams with the Wiki tab, discuss code in the Conversations tab with markdown syntax, and integrate tools such as Visual Studio Team Services. Build and connect a bot to your workspace, or use Office 365 Connectors to connect your group to relevant services and tools.

 


NOTEWORTHY

 

Updated: Office 365 URLs and IP Address Ranges

September 5, 2017: The Office 365 example PAC files are updated as of 9/05/2017 to include the August updates effective 10/01/2017. Details on the updates are available on the RSS feed and the complete list is located here. | Additional Resources: Managing Office 365 Endpoints, Content Delivery Networks and Client Connectivity.

 

How we secure your data in Azure AD

With all the breaches of cloud identity services over the last few years, we get a lot of questions about how we secure customer data. This blog post is a dive into the details of how we protect customer data in Azure AD, including Threat detection and Datacenter and Service Security.

 

Skype for Business on Mac September update (16.10)

We are happy to announce that we shipped another version of Skype for Business on Mac, including the several fixed issues and the following features: (1) End meeting command - Users who are Presenters in a meeting can now end the meeting from Skype for Business on Mac, and (2) Help for adding delegates - a new help link in the Calls page of Preferences dialog box will make it easier for users to access information on how to add delegates in Skype for Business.

 

Battle of the sessions – a guide to must see Office 365 admin sessions at Ignite

Ignite is right around the corner. Anne Michels, Sr. Product Marketing Manager for Office 365, provides her suggestions on which upcoming sessions are can't miss for Office 365 admins. Sessions include what's new in Office 365 administration, what's new in Office 365 usage reporting, Office 365 release policies and communication processes, and more.

 

An exciting week for Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business at Ignite

Ignite is fast approaching, and everyone at Microsoft Teams is really excited to make the debut appearance at the event. We have a lot of exciting content for you across Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business - ranging from overview sessions, deep dives, ask-the-expert panels, interactions with the product team on the expo floor, live studio, community-led sessions and much more. Key activities are summarized in this post, which should help as you build out your schedule.

 

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