Office 365 Weekly Digest | October 8 – 14, 2017


Welcome to the October 8 - 14, 2017 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest.

Thirteen items were added to the Office 365 Roadmap, or a little less than half of the previous week. Most are Sway-related, but there are a few for Flow as well.

There are no new events for this week's post, but there are opportunities for Azure Active Directory, as well as immersion experiences for Windows 10, Office 365, and Power BI. Also, a note that the Teams AMA originally scheduled for last Thursday, October 12th has been postponed and a new date will be announced in the near future.

A wide variety of topics recap last week's blogs, from the new look for OneDrive, to new features for calendars in Outlook on Android and iOS, and several focused on new features in SharePoint. Also worth mentioning is the new Tech Academy training platform that brings all of the various learning and readiness content into a centralized repository that also includes the ability to track your progress.

Wrapping up this week's post are noteworthy items including a reminder about the deprecation of RPC over HTTP on October 31, 2017, and Ignite 2017 recaps from the Exchange, Flow and PowerApps teams.

 


OFFICE 365 ROADMAP

 

Items added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week:

 

Customer Key in Office 365

Feature ID: 14949

Status: Launched

Date Added: October 13, 2017

Description: Customer Key in Office 365 enables customers to provide and control their own encryption keys used to encrypt their Office 365 data at-rest.

More Info: GA of Customer Key in Office 365

 

Basic branding in Sway

Feature ID: 20555

Status: Launched

Date Added: October 13, 2017

Description: Authors will be able to apply a specific brand color to their Sway.

More Info: n / a

 

Sway in the Office.com Most Recently Used section

Feature ID: 20557

Status: Launched

Date Added: October 13, 2017

Description: Office 365 users can find their most recently viewed Sways in the Most Recently Used section of Office.com.

More Info: n / a

 

Sway print and export

Feature ID: 20554

Status: Launched

Date Added: October 13, 2017

Description:  You can now print your Sway or export it to a Word or PDF format for offline viewing on the Sway web and Sway iOS app.

More Info: Take your Sway wherever you go with Print and Export

 

Co-Author with nearby users on the Sway iOS app

Feature ID: 20760

Status: Launched

Date Added: October 13, 2017

Description: Sway iOS authors can find coauthors near their current proximity to work on Sways together.  Office 365 commercial users have the ability to lock down presence to only those within their organization.

More Info: n / a

 

Forms Web Part

Feature ID: 24082

Status: Rolling out

Date Added: October 13, 2017

Description: Add Microsoft Forms - submission and results - to any SharePoint page.

More Info: Reinvent business process in SharePoint & OneDrive

 

Column formatter

Feature ID: 20506

Status: Rolling out

Date Added: October 13, 2017

Description: Information workers will be able to add custom format code in JSON format to any column in a list or library, allowing for conditional formatting, enriched visual presentation, or additional interactivity.

More Info: Reinvent business process in SharePoint & OneDrive

 

Flow in OneDrive

Feature ID: 24083

Status: Rolling out

Date Added: October 13, 2017

Description: Build and launch custom Flows directly from the OneDrive command bar on the web.

More Info: Reinvent business process in SharePoint & OneDrive

 

Flow custom action for content approval and publish

Feature ID: 16608

Status: In development

Date Added: October 13, 2017

Description: Establish a custom action to be used in custom Flows to approve and publish documents and file

More Info: Reinvent business process in SharePoint & OneDrive

 

Word SharePoint Properties Pane

Feature ID: 24085

Status: In development

Date Added: October 13, 2017

Description: View and edit document library metadata values directly inside Word 2016 (Windows) in a panel alongside the document.

More Info: Updating content management for the cloud

 

Sway logo support

Feature ID: 20762

Status: In development

Date Added: October 13, 2017

Description: Office 365 users can now add their logo to their Sways

More Info: n / a

 

Sway Sharing to Specific Groups

Feature ID: 23707

Status: In development

Date Added: October 13, 2017

Description: Office 365 commercial users will be able to share their Sways with specific groups within their organization.

More Info: n / a

 

Reassign Sways to another user via PowerShell

Feature ID: 20558

Status: In development

Date Added: October 13, 2017

Description: Office 365 administrators will be able to use a PowerShell script to reassign Sways that belonged to an account that has been deleted from the Azure Active Directory to another user in the organization.

More Info: n / a

 


UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Azure Active Directory Webinars for October

When: Multiple sessions currently scheduled from October 10 – October 19, 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.

 

Productivity Hacks to Save Time & Simplify Workflows

When: Wednesdays in October (18th, 25th) at 1pm ET | This 90-minute hands-on experience will give you the opportunity to test drive Windows 10, Office 365 and Dynamics 365. A trained facilitator will guide you as you apply these tools to your own business scenarios and see how they work for you. During this interactive session, you will: (1) Discover how you can keep your information more secure without inhibiting your workflow, (2) Learn how to visualize and analyze complex data, quickly zeroing in on the insights you need, (3) See how multiple team members can access, edit and review documents simultaneously, and (4) Gain skills that will save you time and simplify your workflow immediately. Each session is limited to 12 participants, reserve your seat now.

 

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

When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 and Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 12pm 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.

 


BLOG ROUNDUP

 

Beautifully useful: Introducing a new look for OneDrive

Every day, millions of people rely on OneDrive and SharePoint to share documents, pictures, and countless other kinds of digital content. We've listened to your feedback and worked to create a refreshed experience to help you be even more productive. We're proud to announce a new experience across web and mobile that makes finding what’s important to you easier, while keeping you better up to date with what is going on with your files. You will see all these changes hit your device and browser before the end of the year.

 

Outlook for iOS and Android is adding your most requested calendar features

Whether you’re planning your next dinner date or an upcoming meeting with teammates, the Outlook app is there to help you manage and make the most of your day. We are adding several of your most highly requested calendaring features, including the ability to sync your shared calendars to your phone, manage delegate calendars on the go, and manage and RSVP to recurring events.

 

Office 365 Groups at Microsoft Ignite 2017

Last month at Microsoft Ignite in Orlando, we spent five action-packed days with customers, hearing about their Office 365 Groups journey and answering their questions. Office 365 Groups is the membership service providing a single identity for teams across Office applications and services. Discussions ranged from administration and governance, to use cases (and everything in between!). We also demoed exciting new features to help you manage groups at scale. The post contains details and links to pertinent sessions, as well as documentation on some of the features discussed and demoed in the sessions.

 

Policy Tips in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business – at Time of Sharing

We’re excited to announce a new enhancement to Office 365 Data Loss Prevention Block Access feature is now available. When your users are sharing sensitive content in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, they’ll be blocked and see a Policy Tip right within the Share dialog in real time during sharing. You now also have the granularity to prevent users from sharing sensitive documents externally (with guests or external users), while continuing to allow internal users to collaborate and be productive. The option is turned on by default when you create a new SharePoint and/or OneDrive for Business DLP policy and choose the option “Detect when this content is shared: with people outside my organization.” The behavior of your existing DLP policies won’t change but you can “opt in” to use the new behavior in from the DLP management experience. | Related: Site-Scoped Conditional Access Policies in SharePoint Online | Security at the Site-Collection Level in SharePoint Online | Accessibility in SharePoint Online

 

GA of Customer Key in Office 365 at Ignite

Many customers have shared that they need to meet compliance obligations that specify key management arrangements with their cloud service provider. At Ignite, we announced general availability of Customer Key in Office 365, which enables customers to provide and control their own encryption keys used to encrypt their Office 365 data at-rest. With Customer key, customers are in control of their keys and can exercise the ability to revoke the keys to make their data unreadable to the service, and initiate the path towards data deletion. This can help organizations meet a wide array of compliance obligations, even in a few regulatory pockets around the world that specify customers to provide and control their own encryption keys. Due to the risk of data destruction, Customer Key also offers a recovery key, which provides a strong key escrow model in case keys are lost or stolen for increased data integrity and availability. However, if the customer revokes their keys, the recovery key is destroyed along with the customers' data as part of the data deletion process. For audit and assurance, customers can verify Customer Key activity through PowerShell and validate Customer Key controls through upcoming independent third party SOC audits (report available Fall 2017 for Exchange Online and Spring 2018 for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business).

 

Welcome Tech Academy, the newest addition to the Tech Community!

The Tech Academy is now available from the Microsoft Tech Community navigation bar. The Tech Academy unifies Microsoft's learning and readiness platforms for IT Professionals and Developers into a single place. It gives you access to a centralized repository of readiness content and lets you track your progress as you complete it. Our content library allows you to search across nearly 20 channels, including Microsoft Virtual Academy, Channel 9 and docs.microsoft.com, with more to follow, saving you space in your browser favorites. To help you on your learning journey we have also created structured Learning Pathways. So, whether you are looking to kick-start your cloud knowledge, find out more about Microsoft 365 or learn about the latest updates to our existing products and feature sets, we have a pathway to fit your learning needs. And the best news is, that whenever new content becomes available, we will add it to the relevant learning pathways. As a subscriber to a learning pathway, you will then be notified to come back for the new materials if you want to stay up to date. This way, you will never stop learning and have a single place to find out more about our latest product advancements. We also want to give you the power to keep track of your own learning progress. That is why we have created the Workspace and Dashboard area. Using these areas, you can set deadlines, see what you have already achieved and how you compare to the rest of our community of learners.

 


NOTEWORTHY

 

Video: Microsoft Workplace Analytics: Product Vision

Format: Video (3 minutes) | See how Microsoft Workplace Analytics leverages Office 365 collaboration data to deliver powerful new insights for enterprise productivity and employee engagement. The solution helps business leaders understand collaboration patterns across organizations that influence critical business outcomes.

 

REMINDER: RPC over HTTP Deprecation - October 31, 2017

As of Oct 31, 2017, RPC over HTTP will no longer be a supported protocol for accessing mail data from Exchange Online. Microsoft will no longer provide support or updates for Outlook clients that connect through RPC over HTTP, and the quality of the mail experience will decrease over time. RPC over HTTP is being replaced by MAPI over HTTP, a modern protocol that was launched in May 2014. This change affects you if you're running Outlook 2007 because Outlook 2007 won't work with MAPI over HTTP. To avoid being in an unsupported state, Outlook 2007 customers have to update to a newer version of Outlook or use Outlook on the web. This change may also affect you if you're running Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, or Outlook 2010 because you must regularly check that the latest cumulative update for the version of Office that you have is installed. | Resources: Ignite 2017 - Roadmap for Office 365 client requirements and service connectivity – Video / Slides (#15 - #19 specifically)

 

Exchange Team: Looking back at Microsoft Ignite 2017

Ignite 2017 was busy and fun! We loved talking to many of you, answering many of your questions and listening to your feedback. Many teams are still collecting their thoughts into action items and following up with many of you. We also walked. A lot. You know what we mean if you were there! Most of the sessions are now online. As we usually do, we picked some of the sessions that are closely related to subjects we often talk about and provided the list (in this post). The sessions cover a wide range including keynotes, core Exchange / Exchange Online, Hybrid, Groups, Protection and Outlook.

 

Better Together: Microsoft Teams & PowerApps - End to End Productivity in the Cloud

There is power in integrating the capabilities of Office 365 together, rather than using them individually. This is the strong suit of the entire Office 365 suite and often we don't talk enough about it. With the advent of Microsoft Teams, we have an opportunity to pull these capabilities together into one seamless experience that will make people more productive. Audrie Gordon from the PowerApps team joined Karuana Gatimu from Microsoft Teams to show an integration of many of the major components of Office 365. Audrie's team is using this solution to produce video content for her PowerApps community. She uses Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, PowerApps and Power BI. Note: this is using out of the box components that most Office 365 users have access to - no special code or admin rights are required to replicate this tool.

 

Microsoft Ignite 2017 on-demand sessions for Microsoft Flow now available

We had a dozen sessions at Microsoft Ignite, and the videos are now available for you to watch on-demand. These sessions are both a great background on Microsoft Flow - and offer a deep dive into some of the most advanced Microsoft Flow functionality for power users. The sessions are broken out into categories including Flow intermediate and advanced sessions, SharePoint Integration, PowerApps and Flow, Common Data Service, etc. | Related: Microsoft Ignite 2017 on-demand sessions for PowerApps now available

 

Modern methodologies for classroom IT management: Collaboration and communication technologies for school use

This post provides an overview of the collaboration and communication technologies for school use across four different topics: (1) Increase overall productivity with better online connections, (2) Boost collaboration with the cloud, (3) Synchronize school data, file storage and communication tools, and (4) Offer apps/services that enable teachers to connect with students in new ways. | Related: Updates for OneNote Class Notebook Add-in and Desktop Learning Tools

 

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