Office 365 Weekly Digest | December 3 – 9, 2017


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

The Office 365 Roadmap has seven new entries, including a few related to the OneDrive app on iOS. Also of note is the change for "Service Health Dashboard: User level details" (Feature ID: 14987) which was changed last week to cancelled but is now back to "in development" status.

There are no new upcoming events for this week's digest. Don't forget about the Microsoft 365 powered devices Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA) on Tuesday, December 12th at 9am Pacific.

Highlights from last week's blogs include the availability of Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection for SharePoint, OneDrive and Teams, new OneDrive sync tutorials for Windows and Mac, the Office 365 Update for December 2017 video, and details on the preview for Microsoft Whiteboard. IIn addition, there are posts for Microsoft Flow, as well as a post on how to disable automatic email forwarding in Exchange Online.

Wrapping up this week's post are noteworthy items regarding additional URL/IP address updates, and reminders about two planned service changes by the end of 2017. Also included are a deep-dive video on Microsoft Outlook, the latest update for the Skype for Business Mac client, and the general availability of Hybrid Modern Authentication for Exchange and Skype for Business.

 

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
24986 Microsoft Whiteboard Preview Microsoft Whiteboard is a freeform digital canvas where people, ideas, and content can come together for creative collaboration. The app is built for anyone who engages in creative, freeform thinking before getting to their final output. It's designed for teams that need to ideate, iterate, and work together both in person and remotely, and across multiple devices.  The Microsoft Whiteboard Preview is currently available in all English versions of Windows 10, and will roll out to additional languages in the coming months. The app is free to use for anyone with a Windows 10 device, but one participant with an Office 365 personal, work, or school account is needed for multi-party collaboration.  The Microsoft Whiteboard Preview will be turned off by default for Office 365 work users, and IT Admins will need to turn it on within the Office 365 Admin Center.

Launched

12/05/2017

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15264 New in Access – Data Connector to Microsoft Dynamics An addition to Access's rich data connectors portfolio - a new connector allowing users to import from and export to Microsoft Dynamics 365. Microsoft Dynamics connector in Access is available to customers with Office 365 ProPlus, E3, or E5 plans.

Rolling out

12/06/2017

Q3 CY2017

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11474 New in Access – Data Connector to Salesforce An addition to Access's rich data connectors portfolio - a new connector allowing users to import from and export to Salesforce data source. Salesforce connector in Access is available to customers with Office 365 ProPlus, E3, or E5 plans.

Rolling out

12/06/2017

Q3 CY2017

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24873 OneDrive iOS App – Drag and Drop Support You can drag files from other apps, such as iMessage, into your OneDrive, drag files out of your OneDrive to other apps, and drag files in between folders in OneDrive.

Rolling out

12/06/2017

December CY2017

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24989 Microsoft Forms rolling out to General Availability for Office 365 commercial subscribers Microsoft Forms will go out of Preview and into GA for Office 365 commercial subscribers in January 2018. At that time, we will introduce new settings for IT administrators to control users' sharing capabilities, bring in improvements to the portal page for group-owned forms, and continue enhancing service reliability.

In development

12/06/2017

Q1 CY2018

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24881 File Previewers for OneDrive app – iOS The OneDrive iOS app creates crisp thumbnails and supports large previews of over 130+ file types, including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, RAW, 3D objects, and high-precision DICOM. OneDrive lets you open, view, and share all of your files without leaving the app

In development

12/06/2017

December CY2017

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24880 Apple Files App and OneDrive Integration OneDrive integration with the Apple Files app allows you to access, upload, edit, and save your content to OneDrive or SharePoint from apps that support File app integration. You can also tag and favorite your OneDrive and SharePoint files from within the Files app.

In development

12/06/2017

December CY2017

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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.

In development

12/07/2017

(modified)

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.

 

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.

 

BLOG ROUNDUP

 

Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection for SharePoint, OneDrive and Microsoft Teams now available

In April 2015 we launched Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection to help customers secure their environment from evolving security threats providing protection against unknown malware and viruses, real time, time-of-click protection against malicious URLs, and rich reporting and URL trace capabilities. In our continued effort to address the modern threat landscape, we're announcing General Availability of Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection for SharePoint, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams. Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection SharePoint, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams uses signals and smart heuristics as quality indicators to identify the files within your tenant that may contain malicious content, which includes correlating the file activity signals from SharePoint, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams within your tenant with the Microsoft Security Intelligence Graph threat feeds. Examples of file activity signals include anonymous, company- wide or explicit sharing, or activity from guest users. Threat feeds that Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection leverages include known malware in email or SharePoint, Windows Defender/Defender ATP detections, suspicious or risky logins or other indicators of irregular file activity within your tenant.

 

Video: Office 365 Update for December 2017

Format: Video (11 minutes) | Jim Naroski covers recent enhancements to Office 365, Microsoft's cloud-based productivity solution for the modern workplace. Topics covered in this update include PowerPoint Morph, Resume Builder, LinkedIn Learning, Office Tutorials, Co-Authoring, Forecasting in Excel, and Power BI. The course transcript, complete with all links mentioned, is available at http://aka.ms/o365update-blog.

 

New OneDrive Sync Tutorials Available for Windows and Mac

We're making it easier for everyone to get going with OneDrive! Now new users of OneDrive that set up the OneDrive Sync Client will receive a one-time tutorial on uploading files to OneDrive, accessing their content via the Mobile Application, and sharing their files with others. With the sync client, you can choose which files and folders to sync to your computer. You can even add multiple work accounts to the OneDrive Sync Client and sync files or folders to your computer for each account, so you always have the files you need on the go! By introducing the tutorial, we're helping people learn how to use OneDrive right from their first experience. | Related: Microsoft OneDrive recognized as a Forrester Wave Leader in Enterprise File Sync and Share

 

Microsoft Whiteboard Preview—the freeform canvas for creative collaboration

We are gradually rolling out the Microsoft Whiteboard Preview app—a freeform digital canvas where people, ideas, and content can come together for creative collaboration—available for download on Windows 10 devices. Microsoft Whiteboard Preview is built for anyone who engages in creative, freeform thinking before getting to their final output. It's designed for teams that need to ideate, iterate, and work together both in person and remotely, and across multiple devices. Unlike traditional whiteboards, the app automatically saves your boards, so you can pick up where you left off or share links to your boards, so others can build on top of your work. No need to take photos of your canvas or email photos to others when you need to get them up to speed. Note: The app is free to use for anyone with a Windows 10 device, but one participant with an Office 365 personal, work, or school account is needed for multi-party collaboration.

 

Disable automatic forwarding in Office 365 and Exchange Server to prevent information leakage

This article is describing a brief guide on how to prevent internal users from auto-forwarding emails to external mailbox users and on how to disable automatic email forwarding in Office 365 and Exchange Server. Allowing users to use mail auto-forwarding brings the risk of information leakage. Additionally, users can select the option to not keep a copy of the message in the mailbox which could also result in data loss.

 

Introducing Flow Launch Panel in SharePoint Lists and Libraries

The Flow Launch Panel is now available on all modern SharePoint lists and libraries. Announced earlier at the Ignite conference, the panel allows you to add values to a flow before it runs. For example, a "Request new equipment" flow might ask you to select a desktop, laptop, or a tablet, and send that selection to the team responsible for handling the request. In this post, we'll walk you through an example of how to create and customize a flow that uses the launch panel's capabilities using the For a selected item trigger. We'll also demonstrate how you can enable other members of your organization to run this flow using run-only permissions. | Related: Flow of the Week: Automate emailing a weekly .xls file from a SharePoint List

 

NOTEWORTHY

 

Updated: Office 365 URLs and IP Address Ranges
December 6, 2017: Updates for Microsoft Teams and 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: 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: Microsoft Outlook - Basics and Beyond

Format: Video (38 minutes) | Make the most of Outlook! We show you best practices for managing your email and calendar efficiently, including switching views in calendar and email, scheduling meetings and conference rooms, and categorizing your appointments with colors. Learn how to assign permissions to a delegate and share your calendar with others. Even Outlook veterans may learn a thing or two in this deep-dive session.

 

Skype for Business on Mac December release (16.13.184) is out!

The Skype for Business Mac team is excited to announce our last major release for 2017 is now available for download. This release includes the following changes, including several key features that customers have been waiting on for a long time! These changes include overall improvements, status updates based on your Outlook calendar, the ability to manage people in meetings, see missed IM conversations, and more.

 

Hybrid Modern Auth for Skype for Business and Exchange goes GA!

We're very happy to announce General Availability (GA) for Hybrid Modern Authentication (HMA) for Skype for Business and Exchange. This is a major milestone in our Modern Authentication journey. This will enable customers to use Modern Auth enabled security features such as Multi Factor Authentication (MFA), Cert Based Authentication (CBA), AAD Conditional Access (CA) and Intune Mobile Application Management (MAM) for all their users, both those homed online as well as those homed on-prem. The prerequisites and instructions to enable HMA can be found here: https://aka.ms/ModernAuthOverview. | Related: Announcing Hybrid Modern Authentication for Exchange | Hybrid Modern Authentication for Skype for Business

 

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