Office 365 Weekly Digest | February 11 – 17, 2018


Welcome to the February 11 - 17, 2018 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest.

There are four new additions to the Office 365 Roadmap - two for Planner, one for Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection and one for Office 365 Threat Intelligence. 

There are no new upcoming events included in this week's digest. There is still some availability for the various online customer immersion experiences, so be sure to reserve your seat today.

Included in the roundup from last week's blogs are simplified access to MyAdvisor resources, new certification details for Microsoft Stream, and recent updates for Office 2016 for Mac.

Highlighted in noteworthy items are a couple of URL/IP address updates, updated Group Policy Administrative Templates for Office 365 ProPlus, and the latest Microsoft Mechanics video which takes a look at AI integration in Office applications.

 

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

25012

Office ATP Enhanced Reporting Office 365 ATP will now enhance its reporting capabilities to offer near real-time reporting. Additionally, new reporting capabilities will include: Malware Family Report, Submissions Report, Phish Report, Malicious Content Report

Launched

02/13/2018

Q1 CY2018

n / a

26550

Enhanced Remediation with Office 365 Threat Intelligence Recent updates to Office 365 Threat Intelligence allow Security Admins and Analysts to soft delete or hard delete malicious mails discovered in their Office 365 environment.

In development

02/14/2018

Q1 CY2018

n / a

26545

Planner Filtering and new Group By options The Group and Filter options in Planner give you deeper insights into your tasks to help you meet key deadlines. For example, filter your tasks by due date to better understand approaching deadlines. Or use the Group feature to view tasks that have not been started, so you can prioritize your work.

Launched

02/16/2018

Q1 CY2018

n / a

26790

Planner: Access Microsoft Teams plans in Planner Hub Access plans you create in Microsoft Teams in the Planner web app. Favorite a plan or view the team and channels associated with it. You can also open the plan in Teams or keep working in Planner. This feature is coming to the Planner mobile app soon as well.

In development

02/16/2018

February CY2018

n / a

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

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.

 

Connecting, Organizing & Collaborating with Your Team

When: 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 28, 2018 and Wednesday, March 7, 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.

 

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.

 

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

When: Tuesday, March 6, 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.

 

BLOG ROUNDUP

 

MyAdvisor announces a simpler way to access resources

MyAdvisor offers practical guidance tailored to your Cloud Voice deployment needs, including recommended resources and network planning, MyAdvisor is your Cloud Voice champion, guiding you towards long term operational success for Cloud Voice and Meetings. Based on your feedback we have simplified access to much of the great content on MyAdvisor by removing the need to sign up and sign-in for access to and download assets. MyAdvisor provides guidance materials and tools such as deployment and feature guidance, as well as training resources, for Skype for Business and Teams. We will still require you to sign up and sign in for certain activities such as completing your Network planning activities where you will want to come back over time to review and update this information.

 

Microsoft Stream is Tier-C certified as per Office 365 Compliance Framework

We are excited to announce that Microsoft Stream is Tier-C compliant in the Office 365 Compliance Framework which covers SOC 1, SOC 2, ISO 27001, HIPAA, and EU Model Clauses. SOC 2 is an auditing procedure that ensures Microsoft Stream securely manages your data to protect the interests of your organization and the privacy of its clients. ISO 27001 is a security standard that is intended to bring information security under explicit management control. It is one of the most widely recognized certifications for a cloud service. And today, we are proud to join the family of Microsoft cloud services in scope for SOC 2/ISO/IEC 27001. From this milestone, we will continue to meet and attain key international and industry specific compliance standards.

 

Office 2016 for Mac - January 2018 Release details

On January 18th, 2018, Microsoft released Office 2016 for Mac Version 16.9.18011602 in 27 languages. Our Office International team was responsible for translating this release. Some of the new features you will see when you update are archive or delete messages in Outlook with just one swipe, edit with others in real time in PowerPoint and Word, Autosave in Excel, PowerPoint and Word, and many more. For more information on this release please have a look at the What's New in Office 365 for Mac section here.

Related:

 

Microsoft Teams App Studio's Control Library

If you've tried out our new Microsoft Teams App Studio you've probably noticed the "Control library" tab. We developed this library based on feedback from our developer community to simplify the design and development process. Each time we created a new tab we found ourselves copying the same CSS code repeatedly — as you can imagine there were several issues. To resolve these issues, we built a library for common UI elements used in Teams. Using this library will enable your tab to stay consistent with the Teams look and feel. While the full Teams control library uses the React UI framework, it's built so that it's not tied to a specific UI framework.

 

NOTEWORTHY

 

Updated: Office 365 URLs and IP Address Ranges

February 12, 2018: Updates for OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online effective March 1, 2018. 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.

 

Office 2016 Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool

Published: February 12, 2018 | This download includes Group Policy Administrative Template files and Office Customization Tool files for use with Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016 and Office 365 ProPlus 2016 applications. It also includes an \Admin folder with an Office Customization Tool, and ADMX and ADML versions of Office 2016 system Administrative Template files.

 

Microsoft Mechanics: AI in Microsoft Office apps

Format: Video (17 minutes) | Microsoft Office is infused with artificial intelligence (AI) throughout app experiences to save you time and help you do your best work; from authoring in Word to designing slides in PowerPoint, automatically analyzing data in Excel (with the Excel Insights preview) and more. In this episode of Microsoft Mechanics, Jeremy Chapman is joined by Jack Elmore to take a hands-on demo tour of updated AI-driven capabilities across core Office apps, Office 365 services and other infused AI capabilities in the context of Office.

 

Comments (2)

  1. Harish says:

    Can you please let me know do we need take any actions on my Office 365 existing environment for the above Road map features.

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