Office 365 Weekly Digest | February 4 – 10, 2018


Welcome to the February 4 - 10, 2018 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest.

Twelve new entries were added to the Office 365 Roadmap, with a focus on multiple enhancements for Microsoft Teams, Planner, and Yammer. 

The next episode of Teams on Air is scheduled for Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 9am PT and will highlight how AvePoint is currently using Microsoft Teams to plan campaigns and events within their marketing organization. And, there are still openings for various online customer immersion experiences for Microsoft Teams, Office 365, Windows 10, and more.

Among the blog posts detailing recent updates for Microsoft Planner and Microsoft Teams, there are also important announcements regarding upcoming changes related to TLS 1.2 requirements and the retirement of the Outlook Groups mobile app. 

Wrapping up this week's post are noteworthy items including the latest Teams On Air video, updates to Yammer and the Skype Meetings (web) app, as well as details on how to use a transport rule in Exchange Online to combat display name spoofing. There is also information on an offer for new OneDrive for Business / Office 365 customers, with at least 500 users, that provides free OneDrive for Business for the remaining term of their existing contract with Box, Dropbox, or Google. 

 

OFFICE 365 ROADMAP

 

Below are the items added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week:

 

Feature ID Title Description

Status

Added

Estimated Release

More Info
26528 Microsoft Teams - Hide/Share/Mute chat This is one of the SfB messaging capabilities coming to Teams. This feature supports actions such as Hide chat.

Launched

02/08/2018

Q1 CY2018

Intelligent Communications in Office 365
20505 Yammer: Seen counts Yammer will show view counts of users who read your message.

Launched

02/08/2018

February CY2018

25175 Planner: Due Date Notifications Receive an email notification summarizing tasks due in the coming week—and stay on top of your approaching deliverables.

Launched

02/08/2018

February CY2018

26544 Planner: Schedule view Meet deadlines, plan ahead, and understand project status with the ability to view your task schedule. In addition, weekly and monthly task views allow drag-and-drop scheduling.

Launched

02/08/2018

February CY2018

26549 Redesigned 'Me Control' We're making some changes to the Office 365 'Me Control'. This is the set of profile controls accessible via the user's name and profile picture in the upper right corner of Office.com. This update simplifies the design of the control and makes changing your profile picture easier.

Rolling out

02/08/2018

Q1 CY2018

25174 Outlook Calendar sync with Microsoft Planner Make better scheduling and time-management decisions by publishing tasks to your calendar. By adding your tasks to your Outlook calendar, you'll never lose track of current and upcoming tasks—helping you meet your deliverables.

Rolling out

02/08/2018

Q1 CY2018

26258 Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) General Availability Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for Users, is a new cloud service which empowers your Security Operations team to detect and investigate advanced attacks and insider threats across the entire scope of users and entities in your network. Leveraging cloud infrastructure and Azure scale, Azure ATP is built to support the most demanding workloads of security analytics for the modern enterprise.

In development

02/08/2018

Q1 CY2018

26355 Calendar - Improvements to the MailboxFolderPermission cmdlet We are rolling out an update so that you can now manage calendar delegate permissions from the *-MailboxFolderPermission cmdlet.

In development

02/08/2018

February CY2018

Add-MailboxFolderPermission cmdlet
26543 Changes to the Following feed in Yammer Yammer will allow users to now see people, topics, and files that you follow in the "Following" home feed.

In development

02/08/2018

February CY2018

26529 Microsoft Teams - Consultative Transfer Consultative Transfer allows the person transferring the call to first confirm with the call destination before completing the transfer.

In development

02/08/2018

CY2018

Intelligent Communications in Office 365
24994 Compliance Manager GA Compliance Manager GA will provide Compliance Scores reflecting your compliance and data protection stature. It also supports more Microsoft cloud services, such as Microsoft Azure.

Rolling out

02/09/2018

February CY2018

25707 Outlook for Mac: Create Tables in Message Body Insert a table in your email body, just as effortlessly as you can in Microsoft Word.

Rolling out

02/09/2018

February CY2018

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Azure Active Directory Webinars for February

When: Multiple sessions currently scheduled from February 6 - 15, 2018 | Are you looking to deploy Azure Active Directory quickly and easily? We are offering free webinars on key Azure Active Directory deployment topics to help you get up and running. Sessions include Getting Ready for Azure AD, Securing Your Identities with Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), Streamlining Password Management Using Azure AD, Managing Your Enterprise Applications with Azure AD and more. Each 1-hour 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.

 

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

When: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 and Tuesday, March 06, 2018 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.

 

Teams On Air: How CMOs leverage Microsoft Teams for campaign and event management

When: Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 9am PT | On this episode of Teams On Air host, Delanda Coleman, is joined by Dux Raymond Sy, Chief Marketing Officer, at AvePoint to demo how they are currently using Microsoft Teams to plan campaigns and events within their marketing organization. As an avid user of Skype for Business before Microsoft Teams was released, Dux will share his experience with the transition and how Teams has helped them be more collaborative.

 

Connecting, Organizing & Collaborating with Your Team

When: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 and Tuesday, February 27, 2018 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, February 21, 2018 and Wednesday, February 28, 2018 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.

 

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

When: Thursday, February 22, 2018 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.

 

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

When: Thursday, March 1, 2018 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.

 

BLOG ROUNDUP

 

An Update on Office 365 Requiring TLS 1.2

In December 2017 it was announced Office 365 planned to discontinue support for TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 connections on March 1st, 2018, and after that time only TLS 1.2 connections would be allowed when interacting with Office 365. Many of you have been asking for additional detail on what this meant for on-premises deployments in hybrid mode or what happens if you do business with customers whom use Office 365 as their collaboration platform. We would like to bring to your attention an update on Office 365's plans to enforce TLS 1.2, which has now been communicated in this KB article (KB4057306). The end of support for TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 has been moved from March 1st, 2018, to October 31st, 2018 to allow for more time to prepare.

 

Conquer time with new features in Microsoft Planner

Teams and individuals depend on Microsoft Planner to get organized quickly, work together effortlessly, and stay on the same page—no matter how large or small the project. Four new features for Planner will give you greater visibility into project schedules, let you group and filter tasks, allow you to receive notifications of upcoming deadlines, and soon you will be able to publish tasks to your Outlook calendar. These features have been among the top requests on the Planner UserVoice forum. Schedule view, Group and Filter, and Due date notifications are now available to all Office 365 subscribers. Outlook calendar integration via the iCalendar format feed is rolling out soon.

Related:

 

New apps in Microsoft Teams - January update

Last week we announced new app features that make Microsoft Teams an even more powerful hub for teamwork and we are excited to continue growing our ecosystem of Microsoft and partner apps and integrations. This post details the latest new apps, including Freehand by Invision, Microsoft Flow, +BI Collaboration, iCliniq MD, PickIt, Teams App Studio, Who, Stocks, Places, News, Weather, and Wikipedia Search. New education apps, such as Skooler and Quizlet, are also now available in Teams.

Related:

 

Workplace Analytics insight: If You Multitask During Meetings, Your Team Will, Too

It's no secret that managers serve as role models for their teams, but the impact of manager behavior extends further than most companies acknowledge; according to a recent Gallup study, managers are responsible for 70% of the variance in employee engagement scores. Microsoft Workplace Analytics gives businesses the ability to pinpoint the managerial behaviors that impact team performance. While Workplace Analytics provides insights into how your company gets work done, MyAnalytics provides insights into how you personally spend time at work, and gives you tips on how to work smarter (by the way, nobody but you can see your personal MyAnalytics insights). Your personal dashboard includes a summary of habits that might make your meetings less effective, like holding them after-hours or multitasking in them; you can even pinpoint the specific meetings in which you tend to multitask. Managers should pay close attention to these habits given that team members are likely to repeat the same counterproductive behaviors.

 

Enhancing Security Admin Capabilities and the End User Email Experience for Office 365

Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) secures more end users in Office 365 than all our competitors combined and can block >99.9% of malware. To pair with these protection capabilities of ATP, customers have also asked for greater visibility into their environment. We're excited to announce enhancements to Office 365 ATP addressing this customer need, including reporting enhancements for Office ATP admins and the ability for EOP/Office ATP users to report suspicious messages via the 'Report Message' add-in for Outlook.

 

Use Groups in the Outlook mobile app; Outlook Groups app is retiring

We've been improving the group experiences in the Outlook mobile app, and we're pleased to share some new ways to get more done with Office 365 Groups right from Outlook. In the next few months, we'll be bringing you the ability to access all files that are stored in groups' document libraries inside the Outlook mobile app. We'll also be bringing roaming favorites so you can pin groups, folders, and more to your navigation pane for easier access across Outlook in all your devices. These enhancements complement the work we've been doing over the past nine months inside the Outlook mobile app, including group creation and editing, which shipped late last year, as well as the ability you see your groups' recent files, which we introduced earlier this year. This work is a part of our continuing efforts to advance Microsoft 365 as the universal toolkit for teamwork and complements similar investments that we're making in Teams and Yammer. By embedding groups functionality into the Outlook mobile app, we're investing in group experiences to make teamwork effortless, while removing the need to install and use a separate app. Office 365 customers who are using the standalone Outlook Groups app should make plans to transition away in the next few months. In mid-March 2018, the app will be removed from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Microsoft Store. Then, the app will stop working on May 1, 2018. Between mid-March and May 1, users that have the app may continue using it, but after May 1, the app will not function.

 

NOTEWORTHY

 

Teams On Air: Ep. 61 Start a modern meeting with Microsoft Teams

Format: Video (15 minutes) | Join host, Delanda Coleman and Sr. Program Manager Ruchir Astavans as they walk through the latest updates onto Microsoft Teams Meetings and Call Analytics. Ruchir will discuss and demo new features available in Microsoft Teams including: plug-in less join over Edge and Chrome, Audio Conferencing, application sharing, and many more. He'll also demo the admin experience for monitoring and reporting on call quality for administrators and preview what's coming next.

 

Seen counts in Yammer

We know that it's important to understand your reach when you've made an announcement, asked a question or started a new conversation in Yammer. We've heard your feedback, and we are happy to announce that you can now see how many people have viewed your conversations in Yammer. Once you have posted your message, you will be able to see how many people have seen your conversation. This is currently visible only to the original creator of the post. Over the coming week, we will experiment with letting you see the counts for any conversation that you have access to. | Resource: Support Article: Seen Counts in Yammer

 

Experience improvements in the Skype Meetings App (web)

We've been doing some work on Skype Meetings App recently to update the user experience and fix some bugs. Skype Meetings App is the downloadable web app for joining Skype for Business meetings hosted in SfB Online. Skype for Business 2015 Server customers can also use Skype Meetings App for their meetings if they follow the steps outlined in this blog post. This update brings simplified dialog boxes that are shown when the meeting window is closed, along with fixes for several issues. The good news is that you don't have to go to any effort to get these updates. The improvements are made to the scripts that are automatically and silently downloaded when you run the web app, so all you have to do is join a meeting!

 

Demystifying Hybrid Free/Busy: what are the moving parts?

Hybrid Free/Busy is one of those things that many people do not fully understand. If everything works well, the complexity is hidden from view and people working in various parts of organization can seamlessly work together. But if things go wrong… you will appreciate deeper understanding of what makes it work. This is why we wanted to create the blog post series on the subject. In this article, we will discuss how Free/Busy works in an Exchange Hybrid configuration. In the next blog post, you will learn what we (Microsoft Support) see as the most common problems along with how we go about diagnosing those (often) complex issues.

 

EOP Field Notes: Combating Display Name Spoofing

Recently, there has been a big rise in display name spoofing. With technologies in place like DMARC, DKIM, and SPF, attackers are finding it harder and harder to spoof sending domains. Instead, they have reverted to something quite simple, changing their sending display name to be that of an executive in the targeted organization. For example, an attacker will register a free email account and use any email address. Sometimes the addresses contain the name of the executive that they are trying to spoof. The attacker would then set their display name to match your CEO or some other executive, and then send phishing messages into your organization. The hope is that the recipient won't look at the sending address, and instead just look at the sending display name. Some recipients may even assume that the sending email is the personal email of the executive and believe it to be real. The other problem with an attacker using a consumer email account, or even their own domain, is that all checks like DMARC, DKIM, and SPF will all pass (as long as the records are set up correctly) as there is no domain name spoofing happening. To combat this, we have had customers implement a transport rule that identifies messages that contain the names of key executives in the From field, and which originate from outside of the tenant.

 

Make the switch to OneDrive for improved productivity and cost savings

OneDrive makes sharing and file management easier in the cloud, enabling people to securely store, access, and share their files and photos from anywhere, across their devices. Choosing to store your files in OneDrive instead of other cloud storage providers allows you to work faster and smarter with Office 365. It's the only service that provides real-time co-authoring within Office Online and the Office 2016 apps for mobile, PC, and Mac—as well as personalized search and discovery powered by the Microsoft Graph. Customers like Accenture, DBS Bank, Textron, and Lowe's have adopted OneDrive to reduce costs and improve teamwork and mobile productivity, while making it easier to protect and manage company data. Now your organization can switch to OneDrive for free—read on for all the details. We are making it easier for new customers to make the switch by offering free OneDrive for Business for the remaining term of their existing contract with Box, Dropbox, or Google. This offer is valid starting February 6, 2018 through June 30, 2018 for organizations that are not currently OneDrive for Business or Office 365 customers and who make a minimum 500 user commitment. Customers participating in this offer can leverage Microsoft FastTrack—our customer success service—to make a smooth transition to OneDrive and Office 365.

 

 

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