Office 365 Weekly Digest | May 6 – 12, 2018


Welcome to the May 6 - 12, 2018 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest.

Thirteen features were added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, most related to security and compliance including several updates to Microsoft Secure Score.

The only new events are lots of local Microsoft Security and GDPR workshops that are being held at various locations around the world. A friendly reminder to register for the SharePoint Virtual Summit on May 21, 2018 and the "Safeguarding individual privacy rights with the Microsoft Cloud" webcast on May 25, 2018.

Highlights from last week's blogs include several developer-focused announcements from Build 2018, tailored apps and new features for EDU Microsoft Teams users, analytics in Sway and enhanced mail insights reporting coming to the Security and Compliance Center this month.

Noteworthy items from last week include the Office 365 Update video for May 2018, the third installment of the Disabling TLS 1.0/1.1 in Skype for Business Server 2015 series, and the general availability of the SharePoint Migration Tool v2. 

 

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
24913 Security & Compliance Center Message Trace This is a new message trace interface appearing in the Security and Compliance center, in addition to the message trace capability currently available in the Exchange Admin Center. This new interface provides a tool for admins to troubleshoot and track the health of their organization's mail flow.

In development

05/08/2018

Q1 CY2018

n / a
25062 Mail Flow Insights in Security & Compliance Center With this update admins can use the new mail flow dashboard in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center to discover trends, insights and take actions to fix issues related to mail flow in Office 365.

In development

05/08/2018

May CY2018

n / a
27906 Microsoft Secure Score localization Secure Score will be localized in additional languages.

In development

05/09/2018

Q4 CY2018

n / a
27891 Exchange Online PowerShell cmdlet to edit an Office 365 Group's email addresses This feature will let you update the email addresses (SMTP addresses and more) of an Office 365 Group that has already been created. This functionality is only available for admins and will be performed through an Exchange Online PowerShell cmdlet. The changes made to the email addresses will sync into Azure Active Directory as well.

In development

05/09/2018

Q4 CY2018

n / a
27886 Microsoft Secure Score support for new controls Secure Score will add new controls to support Microsoft Teams, Azure Information Protection, SharePoint Tags, and Microsoft Dynamics

In development

05/09/2018

Q4 CY2018

n / a
27885 Microsoft Secure Score support for new controls Secure Score will add new controls to support Microsoft Cloud App Security, Azure Active Directory, Windows, and Office 365 Threat Intelligence.

In development

05/09/2018

Q4 CY2018

n / a
27884 Microsoft Secure Score support for delegated administrators Secure Score will allow users with delegated administrator rights to access score data.

In development

05/09/2018

Q4 CY2018

n / a
27883 Microsoft Secure Score API Update Secure Score will update its API to support new fields and provide more granular information.

In development

05/09/2018

Q4 CY2018

n / a
27532 Microsoft Cloud App Security – Conditional Access App Control A unique integration with Azure AD Conditional Access to enable real-time control of risky user sessions based on preset conditions when they are accessing your organization's SaaS apps.  This functionality utilizes a reverse proxy architecture.

In development

05/09/2018

June CY2018

Protect apps with Microsoft Cloud App Security Conditional Access App Control
29804 Office 365 Data Governance: Deletion Report Now you will have access the data deletion report for manually disposed records from EXO and SPO in the Reports tab of the Security and Compliance Center.

In development

05/11/2018

Q4 CY2018

n / a
29803 Office 365 Data Governance: File Plan Builder Now use the file plan builder to set hierarchy for departments, locations and categories for records retention schedules.

In development

05/11/2018

Q4 CY2018

n / a
29806 Advanced eDiscovery: Search & Tagging Now you can use the new Search and Tagging capability in Advanced eDiscovery to search content within your existing Advanced eDiscovery case, including keywords, metadata and or additional Advanced eDiscovery analytics such as Themes, Relevance score and tag them for organization. At export, you can then decide to export only content that has been tagged in a certain way.

In development

05/11/2018

Q4 CY2018

n / a
29805 Advanced Data Governance: API for Event Based Retention Now automate Event Based Retention using the Advanced Data Governance API to connect to other line of business applications and trigger retention and deletion policies based on certain events.

In development

05/11/2018

Q1 CY2019

n / a

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Azure Active Directory Webinars for May

When: Multiple sessions currently scheduled from May 8 - 17, 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, Azure AD Connect Health, Managing Enterprise Apps with Azure AD, Choosing the Right Authentication Method for Azure AD, Securing Identities with Azure AD MFA, 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.

 

Productivity Hacks to Save Time & Simplify Workflows

When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 and Wednesday, May 23, 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.

 

Microsoft Security & GDPR Workshops

When / Location: Varies | Spend the day at your local Microsoft Technology Center with our Cyber Security & Compliance Workshops. Find your local event for Security in a Day Workshops or General Data Protection Regulation Forums below. Events will be updated as they are added! Upcoming locations include Boston & Seattle on May 18th, Detroit on May 23rd, and Minneapolis on May 24th.

 

SharePoint Virtual Summit

When: Monday, May 21, 2018 from 9am PT | Join us at SharePoint Virtual Summit, for the live-stream coverage of the opening keynote at SharePoint Conference North America on May 21, 2018. At this free online event, you will hear from Microsoft Corporate Vice President Jeff Teper as he shares the latest product innovations and roadmap across SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer, Microsoft Teams, and Office 365. Jeff will be joined by General Manager Seth Patton and industry-leading customers to discuss how they are leveraging these technologies as part of their digital transformation. See live demos illustrating how you can transform your workplace and learn how to tap into rich experiences across your intranet to inform and engage people. We'll show how people can collaborate and work together, connect with expertise and knowledge across their organizations, and realize new ways to digitize business processes to enable an agile workforce.

 

Connecting, Organizing & Collaborating with Your Team

When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 and Tuesday, June 12, 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.

 

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

When: Thursday, May 24, 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.

 

Safeguarding individual privacy rights with the Microsoft Cloud

When: Friday, May 25, 2018 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm ET | Join Alym Rayani, Director of Microsoft 365, for our May 25 webcast where he will: (1) Show how you can use GDPR fundamentals to assess and manage your compliance risk, (2) Discuss how you can help protect your customers' data with built-in, intelligent security capabilities, and (3) Cover how you can meet your own compliance obligations by streamlining your processes.

 

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

When: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 and Tuesday, June 5, 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.

 

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

When: Thursday, June 7, 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

 

Microsoft 365 empowers developers to build intelligent apps for where and how the world works

At our Build 2018 conference, Satya Nadella and Scott Guthrie talked about the vision and strategy of rationalizing Microsoft's platform into an intelligent cloud and intelligent edge, enlightened by AI and mixed reality and architected for the modern computing landscape. We also shared with you, our developer community, the unique opportunities with Microsoft 365 in today's multi-sense, multi-device world. For years, we have been at Build talking about the huge opportunity with Windows and Office as developer platforms. In fact, we currently have 135 million commercial monthly active users of Office 365 and nearly 700 million Windows 10–connected devices. But Microsoft's mission is fundamentally dependent on how well we TOGETHER can harness the power of both Windows and Office in the Microsoft 365 platform. This post summarizes several announcements at Build 2018 across the following areas: (1) New Microsoft 365 experiences that empower customers to achieve more, and (2) New opportunities for developers with Microsoft 365.

 

GDPR Compliancy with OneDrive and SharePoint

Microsoft is committed to helping our business customers comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Given the buzz around this significant new regulation, we wanted to share how OneDrive for Business and SharePoint have approached meeting these GDPR requirements and how we help businesses around the world, not just in Europe, take control, manage compliance and avoid risk. | Resources: GDPR Compliance Center

 

Build and manage tailored apps for the enterprise using the Teams developer platform

At Build 2018, Microsoft Teams announced a range of new capabilities and integrations to build and manage tailored apps for your enterprise using the Teams developer platform. Extending the power of Office 365 and Microsoft Graph APIs, IT professionals can create, curate, and distribute an enterprise catalog of apps for Teams while automating team and channel management to fit your organization. Tailoring your teamwork is now even easier through new integrations and shared developer capabilities experiences with other Office 365 applications, including SharePoint and Outlook. We are excited to announce the preview of the Teams app for the Microsoft Store. This release marks an important step in our ongoing efforts to support Progressive Web App (PWA) capabilities in Windows, using Edge based rendering and combining web technologies with native OS capabilities to deliver an innovative new experience. As a Store app, it is installed and managed through the Microsoft Store, supports the Narrator screen reader, and integrates with the Windows 10 Action Center. For Public Preview, the Teams Store app is only available for Windows 10 S / S-mode devices. We also outlined opportunities in four areas to "do more" with tailored Teams apps.

 

Mail flow insights are available in Security & Compliance center

We're excited to announce that Mail flow Insights will soon be available in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center. We'll continue to create and refine mail flow insights to help improve productivity for admins, and we'll announce them as they become available. The first wave of capabilities is being released in May 2018 and we're currently in the deployment stage; features shall start to show up for you on the week of May 14. Admins can use mail flow dashboard in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center to discover trends, insights and take actions to fix issues related to mail flow in their Office 365 organization. The first wave of capabilities that are being released in May 2018 include: (1) Queue alerts, (2) Forwarding, (3) TLS, (4) Connector, (5) Mail loop insight, and (6) Slow mail flow rules insight.

 

5 New Assignments and Grading features in Teams for Education

We have some amazing updates to Microsoft Teams for Education to share with you for Teacher Appreciation Week! The #MicrosoftEDU team has been traveling the world visiting classrooms and learning all the incredible ways educators and students are using Teams for Education. We've been amazed to see so many classes using Teams to make learning more collaborative and engaging for their students. Building on the feedback and success our teachers and students have had, we're excited to share 5 big improvements to assignments and grading inside Teams for Education, including: (1) Share assignments to individual students, (2) Schedule to post assignments, (3) Provide continuous and personalized feedback, (4) Rich text editing for assignment instructions, and (5) Turn-in celebrations! | Related: 4 Things we learned about Microsoft 365 Education from the Forrester Consulting Total Economic Impact study

 

Sway smarter—get to know your readers with Analytics

How many times have you created and shared a Sway with coworkers or classmates, then wondered whether how many readers read through to the end? No more—now you can Sway smarter with Analytics, available to Office 365 subscribers on Sway.com and Sway for Windows 10. Using Analytics, Office 365 subscribers can see a breakdown of the number of readers who glanced at a Sway, who gave it a quick read, and who sat down and gave it a deep read. Office 365 subscribers can also see the average time spent on each Sway and average completion, which is smartly calculated based on how much readers interacted with that Sway's content. Where the Analytics view shines is with the newsletter. Imagine that you use Sway each month to send out a newsletter to your company. You start the newsletter from a Sway template that you previously created— you branded it with your company's colors and logo—which makes it a breeze to recycle structure and formatting. After getting your monthly newsletter into tiptop shape, you share it with your entire company. After sharing your Sway, you can watch the total views roll in and see metrics like: (1) How many readers opened the Sway and quickly scrolled through the text, (2) How many readers interacted with the content to understand the material, and (3) How far most readers got through the material. All data is anonymized and compliant with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Analytics shows all Sways with reader activity starting from April 3, 2018.

 

NOTEWORTHY

 

Video: Office 365 Update for May 2018

Format: Video (12 minutes) | Jim Naroski covers recent enhancements to Office 365, including Excel, Outlook, Planner, Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance Center, Microsoft Score, and more. The video transcript, complete with links to additional information on everything covered, is available at http://aka.ms/o365update-blog.

 

Securing the modern workplace with Microsoft 365 threat protection – part 3

Over the last two weeks, we have shared with you the roots of Microsoft 365 threat protection and how Microsoft 365 threat protect helps protect the modern workplace from ransomware. This week, we discuss how Microsoft 365 threat protection helps detect ransomware in the modern workplace. Detection is critical for any best in class security solution especially when the person does not use Microsoft Edge with the benefits of its web protection. In our web-based scenario, the user can access the website through another browser, download the "software update" and infect their machine with ransomware. Microsoft 365 offers detection capabilities across all threat vectors.

 

Microsoft Planner and Guest Access: What you need to know

The new guest access feature for Microsoft Planner is now enabled for all tenants - hopefully, you saw the Message Center post! This Planner task version of the message center post is courtesy of my Office 365 Change Management example using Azure Functions. There was also a Tech Community blog post by Jo Parkhurst – https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Planner-Blog/Bring-your-plans-to-life-with-guests-in-Planner/ba-p/190704. In this blog post through we'll walk through some of the aspects of using Guests in Planner.

 

Disabling TLS 1.0/1.1 in Skype for Business Server 2015 On-Premises Part 3: Advanced Deployment Scenarios

In Part 1 of our blog series we covered supportability scope, and prerequisites. In Part 2, we covered how to update existing Skype for Business 2015 deployments. Here in Part 3, we will discuss some advanced implementation scenarios. Because some dependency prerequisites are required to support TLS 1.2 in Skype for Business Server 2015, installing from RTM media will fail on any system where TLS 1.0 and 1.1 have been disabled.

 

MyAdvisor moves off Microsoft Account (MSA) Authorization to provide you with a better experience!

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. As part of our efforts in improving your experience with MyAdvisor, we have decided to deprecate our support for Microsoft Account authentication and encourage users to re-register with their O365 accounts. To ensure you retain your information, we encourage you to take note of your Academy progress, export your data (if necessary) and re-register in MyAdvisor with your O365 account. For details on how to export your Academy or Network Planner data and re-import using your O365 account, please review the FAQ.

 

The SharePoint Migration Tool v2 is now Generally Available

Last month we announced open beta for the next generation of the SharePoint Migration Tool with new capabilities to include support for SharePoint Lists, programmatic destination site creation and more. We're pleased to announce this version (v2) of the SharePoint Migration Tool is now generally available. The SharePoint Migration Tool is designed to simplify your journey to the cloud through a free, simple, and fast solution to migrate content from on-premises SharePoint sites and file shares to SharePoint or OneDrive in Office 365. The SharePoint Migration Tool allows you to accelerate your journey to Office 365 overcoming obstacles typically associated with migration projects. With the SharePoint Migration Tool you can evaluate and address the information that matters the most to your organization, the Libraries, and now Lists that form the foundation of the SharePoint experience. Using the SharePoint Migration Tool you can start your migration today and take advantage of the full suite of features and security capabilities that Office 365 offers. Keep reading to learn more about what's new in v2 or download now at https://aka.ms/SPMT.

 

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