Office 365 Weekly Digest | November 26 – December 2, 2017


Welcome to the November 26 – December 2, 2017 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest.

There were several updates to the Office 365 roadmap last week, with the highlight being the launch of Estimated Release Dates to the Office 365 Roadmap. This information is included in the update below, and will continue to be in the future. There were two cancellations, both for enhancements to the Service Health Dashboard - user level details and user monitoring.

The only newly added events are the Azure Active Directory webinars for December. There are still available opportunities for customer immersion experiences, and don't forget about the Microsoft 365 powered devices webinar on December 5th.

Included in the roundup from last week's blogs are a summary of some of the new features and apps released in November, as well as a summary of November updates for Microsoft Teams, including new usage reports.  Also included are the fourth, and final, post of the "Four Success Factors for Driving Microsoft 365 Adoption" series, information on the after hours feature in MyAnalytics, and a few Flow-focused posts.

The monthly updates for Office 365 URLs and IP addresses and reminders regarding three planned service changes by the end of 2017 highlight the noteworthy items from last week.  Also included are a Microsoft IT Showcase video focused on OneDrive for Business and a look at what's new in November for Azure Active Directory.

 


OFFICE 365 ROADMAP

 

Below is a list of items recently added to the Office 365 Roadmap:

 

Feature ID Title Description

Status

Added

Estimated Release

More Info
20507 Flow for approvals and feedback We will have out of the box templates for Send for Approval and Request feedback that will get instantiated at first use. These templates are read-only and all people that have write access to the list/library will have the ability to invoke the flow, while admins of the site will get the ability to replace these flows with other ones if necessary. Once a flow is instantiated, it's ready to be invoked. Of course, in addition to the out of box templates, we will also allow people to provision their own flows.

In development

11/27/2017

Q3 CY2017

n / a
24048 OneDrive sync for IRM protected libraries Use the OneDrive next gen sync client (NGSC) to synchronize files in SharePoint libraries encrypted using IRM.

In development

11/27/2017

December CY2017

Updating Content Management for the Cloud
24856 SharePoint web part: updates for rich text editing (RTE) The SharePoint rich text editor (RTE) web part is being updated to give you greater control for how your text appears. From the simple command bar within the web part, select the ellipses to display the broader set of choices in the edit pane, like font colors and highlights, plus table creation and editing.

In development

11/27/2017

December CY2017

Refine your message and increase your reach with SharePoint
24855 Yammer: Group Insights for All Company Yammer will allow users to access group insights for All Company group in Yammer.

In development

11/27/2017

December CY2017

n / a
24854 Yammer: Typing indicators on mobile Yammer will include typing indicators on our mobile apps. Typing indicators will show when someone is writing in your thread or post.

In development

11/27/2017

December CY2017

n / a
24834 Updated SharePoint team site home page Group-connected SharePoint team sites in Office 365 currently have two web parts on the homepage: News and Activity. This update adjusts the home page to start with a default of four: News, Quick Links, Activity, and Documents. This change will not affect team sites that were previously created. Only new sites will receive the new homepage. And as you can today, site owners can add and remove web parts and adjust section layouts once the site is established. We will begin rolling this feature out to First Release organizations in early December 2017, and then out to Standard Release organizations shortly thereafter. As the roll out progresses, you may experience variance in the availability of the new site features when you create new homepages. When the roll out is completed, new homepages will only appear with four web parts.

In development

11/27/2017

December CY2017

n / a
24973 Release Timelines on Roadmap The Office 365 Roadmap (roadmap.office.com) now includes release timelines for each feature. Estimated dates represent when the capability will begin rolling out, and admins can still rely on the Message Center for targeted communications when action is required.

Launched

12/01/2017

Q4 CY2017

n / a
24921 SharePoint Online – promote a page or news After you create a news article or page in SharePoint, you'll want to then share it with others and increase the visibility on your new content. When you promote a news article or page you can send it via email, grab a link to put into a discussion or promote it as a top-level navigation item of your site.

In development

12/01/2017

December CY2017

Refine your message and increase your reach with SharePoint
24920 SharePoint – Start new page from existing page Make it easy to create a new page in SharePoint modeled after an existing page that resembles the structure of the new page you want to create. It saves times and enables easy replication based on existing content.

In development

12/01/2017

December CY2017

Refine your message and increase your reach with SharePoint
14987 Service Health Dashboard: User level details We're adding enhancements to the Service Health Dashboard in the Office 365 admin center: Access user level details — You will also be able to access a full list of impacted users to enable you to drive more targeted communication and support.

Cancelled

12/01/2017

(was Q1 CY2018)

Office 365 Administration Announcements
14988 Service Health Dashboard: User Monitoring We're adding enhancements to the Service Health Dashboard in the Office 365 admin center: Check the health of your users — On-demand user health checks will allow you to check end user health by running a test against our service. Monitor critical users — VIP user Monitoring will enable you to proactively monitor specific users and to find out about possible health issues affecting those users right away — often before they might even notice them.

Cancelled

12/01/2017

(was Q1 CY2018)

Office 365 Administration Announcements

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Azure Active Directory Webinars for December

When: Multiple sessions currently scheduled from December 5 - 14, 2017 | Sessions include 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.

 

Webinar: Embrace modern IT with Microsoft 365-powered devices

When: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 1pm ET | Microsoft 365-powered devices—devices running Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus, managed by Enterprise Mobility + Security—are the best way to experience the benefits of Microsoft 365. By combining the latest protection from advanced threats and proactive insights with a servicing model that's predictable and updates that are easy to deploy, you can ensure that your devices are always up to date and your users are always benefiting from the latest productivity enhancements and new features. In addition, embracing Microsoft 365 enables you to make the transition to cloud-based management at your own pace. Join this webinar to: (1) See how you can embrace both user-owned and business-owned devices without sacrificing security or control, (2) Discover how you can simplify the setup process for new devices and manage devices in the cloud instead of on-premises, and (3) Learn how to roll out updates for Windows and Office in a streamlined, predictable, reliable way—without disrupting user productivity. You'll also hear how you can accelerate your journey to Microsoft 365 with the FastTrack program. Engineers and product experts will be standing by to answer your questions, so don't miss this opportunity to get the answers you need to make the move to modern IT. | Related: Windows 10 for IT Pros Webinar Series (most available on-demand) | Microsoft Mechanics: Microsoft 365 Powered Devices

 

Transforming your business to meet the changing market and needs of your customers

When: Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 12pm and 3pm ET | This 2-hour 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) Use digital intelligence to build personalized experiences across all customer touchpoints, (2) Improve customer service through a single, unified experience that delivers end-to-end service across every channel, (3) Increase customer satisfaction with intelligent scheduling, native mobile support, and remote asset monitoring to help you get the job done right the first time, and (4) Run your project-based business more productively by bringing people, processes, and automation technology together through a unified experience. Each session is limited to 12 participants, reserve your seat now.

 

Microsoft 365 Powered Devices: Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA)

When: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 12pm ET | We are very excited to announce a Microsoft 365 Powered Device 'Ask Microsoft Anything'! What is a Microsoft 365 powered device? It's a device running Windows 10 with Office 365 ProPlus and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EM+S). The AMA will take place on Tuesday, December 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PT in the Microsoft 365 AMA space. An AMA is a live online event similar to a "YamJam" on Yammer or an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit. This AMA gives you the opportunity to connect with members of the Windows, Office and EM+S product and engineering teams who will be on hand to answer questions and listen to feedback.

 

Hands-on with security in a cloud-first, mobile-first world

When: Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 12pm and 3pm ET | This 2-hour hands-on session will give you the opportunity to try Microsoft technology that secures your digital transformation with a comprehensive platform, unique intelligence, and partnerships. 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) Detect and protect against external threats by monitoring, reporting and analyzing activity to react promptly to provide organization security, (2) Protect your information and reduce the risk of data loss, (3) Provide peace of mind with controls and visibility for industry-verified conformity with global standards in compliance, (4) Protect your users and their accounts, and (5) Support your organization with enhanced privacy and compliance to meet the General Data Protection Regulation. Each session is limited to 12 participants, reserve your seat now.

 

Connecting, Organizing & Collaborating with Your Team

When: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 12pm ET and Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 12pm ET | During this session, you will have the opportunity to experience Windows 10, Office 365 and Microsoft's newest collaboration tool: Microsoft Teams. 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 explore how to use Microsoft Teams and Office 365 to: (1) Create a hub for team work that works together with your other Office 365 apps, (2) Build customized options for each team, (3) Keep everyone on your team engaged, (4) Coauthor and share content quickly, and (5) Gain skills that will save you time and simplify your workflow immediately. Each session is limited to 12 participants, reserve your seat now.

 

Productivity Hacks to Save Time & Simplify Workflows

When: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 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.

 

BLOG ROUNDUP

 

New in November—save time, stay secure, and do more

Earlier this month, we announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft 365 Business, a purpose-built productivity and management solution for small and medium-sized businesses. We also introduced Microsoft Connections, Microsoft Listings, Microsoft Invoicing, and the Office 365 Business Center in the U.S., U.K., and Canada to help small businesses empower their employees and unlock growth and innovation. Additional new Office 365 features this month focus on enhancing organizational productivity and simplifying business processes while maintaining a secure and compliant environment for teamwork. This month's Office 365 updates also help customers manage resources in more effective ways and make it easier for Firstline Workers to optimize their time throughout the workday.

 

What's new in Microsoft Teams – November update

Since we started to work on Microsoft Teams, our mission hasn't changed – to create a hub for teamwork that provides people with a single place to communicate and collaborate with others so that teams can achieve more. We'd like to thank each one of you who has provided feedback on Microsoft Teams through channels like UserVoice. Based on your feedback, we continue to add new capabilities on a regular basis to further improve the service. This post is a summary of the main updates that we introduced in October and November, including the ability to manage Microsoft Teams via PowerShell, two new usage reports, conditional access on macOS, ability to leave a group chat, control who can post in the General channel, and many, many more.

Resources:

 

Promote Microsoft 365 awareness and enable end users with training

This is the fourth and final post from our blog series on the four success factors for driving Microsoft 365 adoption. In this blog post, we will focus on the last two success factors – Awareness and Training, outlining best practices and available resources. Utilizing a combination of internal communication campaigns and training to promote awareness and ensure end user readiness is crucial in overcoming the typical apathy that awaits new technology rollouts. Awareness and training really do have a big impact. According to research, high usage Office 365 customers were more likely to have implemented awareness and training activities as part of their adoption plan when compared to customers with lower usage.

 

New in MyAnalytics: See your after-hours impact on co-workers

MyAnalytics helps you understand how you spend your time at work and coaches you towards building better work habits. Now, the MyAnalytics add-in for Outlook shows you the after-hours impact you impose on your colleagues. "Impact" is defined as the number of days on which a co-worker responded after-hours to an email sent to them outside of business hours. The range of hours considered to be "after-hours" is determined by your Outlook calendar settings, which you can view and edit in the Outlook desktop client by clicking File -> Options -> Calendar -> Work time.

 

Learn more about modern content services in Office 365 with our interactive Sway

It's been a busy time for us in Office 365 as we continue to develop and launch new capabilities and materials explaining our unique approach to intelligent content management and collaboration in SharePoint and OneDrive. Earlier this year, we launched the new Content Services Resource Center, providing unified access to case studies, white papers, analyst reports, presentations, blog posts and more. We're announcing our latest addition – an interactive Sway presentation on Modernizing Content Management with Microsoft Content Services. It parallels our white papers on the topic, but integrates additional resources, demos and videos for a more immersive reading experience.

 

Accessing Office 365 Security & Compliance Center Logs from Microsoft Flow

In a previous blog post, we discussed Microsoft Flow audit events surfacing in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center. We have had inquiries from customers and partners about programmatically accessing this data. Something that is of particular interest, is understanding what connectors are being used in new, or updated, flows. For some organizations, this information will help them with their Data Loss Prevention (DLP) strategies. For others, they will use this as a change management opportunity where they can ensure users that are creating flows have been able to achieve their desired business outcomes. The purpose of this post is to discuss one of the ways that Microsoft Flow audit events can be retrieved using Microsoft Flow. In addition, to make this process even simpler we have recently published 2 templates to quickly get you started. | Related: Working with Dates and Times inside of your flows | Read and write Managed Metadata in SharePoint lists, append to arrays, and a new connector

 

NOTEWORTHY

 

Updated: Office 365 URLs and IP Address Ranges

November 30, 2017: Updates for Azure Rights Management, Cloud App Security, Exchange Online, Microsoft Teams, Office 365 Authentication and Identity, Office 365 Endpoint XML, Office 365 Shared Services, Skype for Business Online, and Yammer. 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.

 

REMINDER: Yammer notes to Word Online conversion - December 8, 2017

Starting December 8th, 2017, we will convert Yammer notes into Word Online documents. This function is currently on the top navigation bar in groups and allows users to create notes in Yammer. This will also allow us to provide a better service as we focus more on integrating with the Office 365 suite. Existing notes will be converted into files for now, as we plan to have more integration with SharePoint Online in the future. Only the last published version will be kept; all previous versions will be lost. The migration will occur between December 9th - 11th. During this time users will have read-only access to their notes. After December 12th, Yammer notes will no longer be available and all your notes will be accessible as Word Online documents in your Yammer files.

 

REMINDER: Retirement of Docs.com - December 15, 2017

Docs.com and all content posted on the site will be deleted on December 15, 2017. We recommend that you enable the automatic migration of your users' content from Docs.com to their OneDrive accounts. To use our automated process for this migration, please see the link above.

 

REMINDER: DirSync and Azure AD Sync Communication to Azure Active Directory - December 31, 2017

On December 31, 2017, Azure AD will no longer accept communications from Windows Azure Active Directory Sync ("DirSync") and Microsoft Azure Active Directory Sync ("Azure AD Sync"). The last release of DirSync was released in July 2014 and the last release of Azure AD Sync was released in May 2015. Details on upgrade paths to Azure Active Directory Connect are included at the link above.

 

Microsoft IT Showcase: OneDrive for Business - Basics and Beyond

Format: Video (22 minutes) | Move to the cloud with OneDrive for Business! We show you how to get started with OneDrive for Business, including how to store, share, and access documents securely. A cloud-based document library, OneDrive for Business integrates with Office so you can organize all your work in one place. Learn how to sync your devices to your library and access your documents from anywhere, on any device.

 

PAW your way into Office 365 migrations

We have had lots of questions regarding what PAW is when it comes to MRS Migrations, so let's take a few minutes to explain PAW benefits to you. First off, what is this PAW we keep speaking of? PAW, or Protocol Agnostic Workflow, is new functionality within the Migration Service that really enhances the experience of migrating your data to Office 365. From an Exchange Administrator's perspective, you should see differences while managing your migrations. We have introduced things like the ability to start, stop, and remove whole batches or certain users within a batch at any time while the batch is being processed. Our retry behavior will now process just the failed users instead of the whole batch, and we can now schedule completions of a batch in advance. We even gain improvements in throttling and reporting just to name a few.

 

What's new in Azure Active Directory - November 2017

We are improving Azure Active Directory on an ongoing basis. To enable you to stay up to date with the most recent developments, this topic provides you with information about: the latest releases, known issues, bug fixes, deprecated functionality and plans for changes. Some highlights for November 2017 are the ability to restrict browser access to the Intune managed browser, real-time password writeback client status, restore or permanently remove deleted users, several Azure AD app-based conditional access features, and more.


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