Office 365 Weekly Digest | May 20 – 26, 2018


Welcome to the May 20 - 26, 2018 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest.

Last week there were twenty four new features added to the Office 365 Roadmap, with most related to OneDrive for Business. Also, three features were changed to cancelled, including the in product messaging enhancements for the Service Health Dashboard. Please note that "Cancelled" status can indicate that the feature was truly cancelled or that it has been postponed indefinitely.

The Azure AD webinars for June are now open for registration, and several of the online customer immersion experiences have available seats. A friendly reminder about the Microsoft Stream - Ask Microsoft Anything event on May 30, 2018 at 9am PT.  Also, be sure to check out a brand new "Modern Workplace Fire Away Friday" event that has been added where you'll get the latest Microsoft 365 news as well as an open forum session for you to ask questions.

With the SharePoint Conference North America and GDPR deadline last week, most of the blog posts in last week's roundup reflect those events. In addition, there are posts with details on what's new in EDU and guidance on disabling TLS 1.0/1.1 in Exchange Server.

Wrapping up the noteworthy items are updates to the Office 365 URLs and IP address ranges, the latest Coffee in the Cloud episode, several updates to Microsoft Flow, and a pre-pilot program for Microsoft Training Services.

 

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
30574 Updates to terminology used for Office 365 Groups, Distribution Lists, and Security Groups We're updating terminology used across Office Admin Center, Exchange Admin Center, and Azure Admin Portal to provide a more consistent experience when interacting with groups and distribution lists. In the Office Admin Center and the Exchange Admin Center, the 'Group Type' column will now include values of 'Office 365', 'Mail-enabled security', 'Distribution list', and 'Security'. The concept of 'Distribution Group' will now be referred to as 'Distribution List' throughout experiences such as group creation, edit, and upgrade.

Rolling out

05/21/2018

June CY2018

n / a
27497 Known Folder Move for ODB Capability to move Known Folders to ODB. Includes support for initial account configuration as well as post deployment migration.

In development

05/21/2018

Q4 CY2018

n / a
27499 Block Download in OneDrive Users will be able to share a link to a file that prevents the recipient from downloading it (they can only view on the web).

In development

05/21/2018

Q4 CY2018

n / a
27034 OneDrive: External Sharing Reports Organization admins will be able to see all the files in a site or across the organization that are shared externally.

In development

05/21/2018

Q4 CY2018

n / a
27031 Admin tool:
TeamSite auto-mount
Admins can specify TeamSite Libraries they want their users to sync

In development

05/21/2018

Q4 CY2018

n / a
27013 Camera Upload for ODB Automatically upload the photos you take on your Android or iOS device to OneDrive.

In development

05/21/2018

Q4 CY2018

n / a
23872 Outlook Calendar: Option to block forwarding of meeting invites Meeting organizers will have the option to prevent attendees from forwarding a meeting invitation. This option will be available only for users in Office 365. In the first release, the option to prevent forwarding will only be available when creating or editing meetings in Outlook on the web, but the option will become available in Outlook for Windows shortly after.

In development

05/21/2018

Q2 CY2018

n / a
16635 OneDrive: Transfer ownership for deleted users Currently when a user leaves the ownership of their OneDrive rolls up to the manager. With this roll out, the admin will have the rights to transfer the ownership to the individual seen fit by the manager

In development

05/21/2018

May CY2018

n / a
27021 OneDrive: Tenant branding of sharing emails Tenant admins will be able to add branding to sharing emails so they look more trustworthy to recipients.

In development

05/21/2018

May CY2018

n / a
27028 OneDrive: Full Microsoft AutoPilot/Intune support Deploy and manage OneDrive sync using the Modern Deployment technologies from Microsoft

In development

05/21/2018

May CY2018

n / a
27026 OneDrive: Malware Detect The sync client helps to keep your data safe by taking signals from the service and from Windows Defender and pausing sync automatically to stop the damage and then help with the recovery once it is safe to sync.

In development

05/21/2018

May CY2018

n / a
27012 New Scan Experience(ODB+ODC) We will make the built-in scan functionality in OneDrive Mobile even easier to use by moving the feature from the +menu to its own standalone icon on the bottom of the OneDrive menu

In development

05/21/2018

May CY2018

n / a
27500 OneDrive: Better manage permissions UI Making it easy for the users to understand who has access to the content and manage it appropriately

In development

05/21/2018

June CY2018

n / a
27498 OneDrive: Smart people picker
(Web only)
Users sharing OneDrive and SharePoint files and folders will get intelligent graph-based suggestions when entering recipients in the To line.

In development

05/21/2018

June CY2018

n / a
27018 Password protected links (ODB) Users will be able to set a custom password when sharing a link, to make sure that only people who know the password can open it.

In development

05/21/2018

June CY2018

n / a
27045 Enhanced EOP/ATP Email Quarantine Capabilities 1. New UI enabling quick search for emails by sender/recipient/network message id, etc. 2. Email in Quarantine -- ability for admin to download the email and/or release the email to other recipients (e.g. admin release). These are available via PowerShell today and we will expose these in the UX

Launched

05/21/2018

Q2 CY2018

n / a
30645 Office 365 security and compliance center available in DoD cloud The Office 365 Security and Compliance Center is going to be available for the Office 365 DoD environment. The Office 365 Security & Compliance Center is your one-stop portal for helping you to protect and manage compliance for your data in Office 365. Use the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center to manage compliance for all your organization's data across Office 365. The following experiences will be available: • Unified Data Loss Prevention • Reporting • Data Governance (Excluding Supervision) • Threat Intelligence • Threat Management (including ATP) • Permissions.

Launched

05/22/2018

May CY2018

Overview of security and compliance in Office 365
27894 Outlook for Android: Add Office Lens images With Office Lens technology embedded in Outlook, easily add an image of a whiteboard, document or photo when composing an email.

In development

05/22/2018

May CY2018

n / a
27807 Outlook for Windows: Lift 500-folder limit for shared mailboxes Outlook has improved synchronization of folders by removing the 500-folder limit for shared mailboxes.

In development

05/24/2018

May CY2018

n / a
30650 Microsoft Bookings - online payments for E3, E5, A3, and A5 subscriptions Bookings will now allow users to request an online payment in order for a customer to complete booking an appointment. Feature will be off-by-default and payment/banking information can only be set-up or modified by an Office 365 admin.

In development

05/24/2018

June CY2018

n / a
30574 Updates to terminology used for Office 365 Groups, Distribution Lists, and Security Groups We're updating terminology used across Office Admin Center, Exchange Admin Center, and Azure Admin Portal to provide a more consistent experience when interacting with groups and distribution lists. In the Office Admin Center and the Exchange Admin Center, the 'Group Type' column will now include values of 'Office 365', 'Mail-enabled security', 'Distribution list', and 'Security'. The concept of 'Distribution Group' will now be referred to as 'Distribution List' throughout experiences such as group creation, edit, and upgrade.

Rolling out

05/24/2018

June CY2018

n / a
15064 Service Health Dashboard: In Product Messaging We're adding enhancements to the Service Health Dashboard in the Office 365 admin center: In product messaging —The new Service health dashboard will enable you to make your end users aware of service incidents and inform them about possible workaround solutions through optional in product notifications.

Cancelled

05/24/2018

Q4 CY2018

n / a
20507 Flow for approvals and feedback This feature was blended into the request sign-off feature.

Cancelled

05/24/2018

Q1 CY2018

n / a
16359 Office 365 Germany: Information Rights Management and Message Encryption Information Rights Management (IRM) helps protect data across different workloads such as SharePoint, Exchange, and Office documents by easily applying Information Rights Management capabilities such as Do Not Forward and Company Confidential, as well as Office 365 Message Encryption.

Cancelled

05/24/2018

Q1 CY2018

n / a

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

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 and Philadelphia on June 5th, and San Francisco and Seattle on June 6th.

 

Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA): Microsoft Stream

When: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 9am PT | Join the Stream team on the Microsoft Tech Community on Wednesday, May 30th at 9am PT. 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 product engineering team who will be on hand to answer your questions and listen to feedback. Join at https://aka.ms/StreamAMA, or add it to your calendar.  We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Productivity Hacks to Save Time & Simplify Workflows

When: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 and Wednesday, June 6, 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.

 

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

When: 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.

 

Azure Active Directory Webinars for June

When: Multiple sessions currently scheduled from June 5 - 14, 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, Choosing the Right Authentication Method for Azure AD, Securing Identities with Azure AD MFA, Azure AD Identity Protection and Privileged Identity Management, 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.

 

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.

 

Modern Workplace Fire Away Friday

When: Friday, June 8, 2018 at 12pm ET | You are invited to join Michael Gannotti, Microsoft Principal Technology Solutions Professional, for "Modern Workplace Fire Away Friday" on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 12 noon eastern. "Fire Away Friday" is an open forum session online focusing on the Modern Workplace. In each session Michael covers the latest in Microsoft 365 followed by an open forum session where you can ask all your questions around Office 365 and more! Since the June 8th session is following after the SharePoint Conference Michael will be breaking down some of the biggest announcements to come out of the conference and discussing them live with attendees. You can join the event via this link or grab the Outlook meeting invite to add it to your calendar.

 

Connecting, Organizing & Collaborating with Your Team

When: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 and Tuesday, June 19, 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, June 14, 2018 at 12pm ET 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.

 

BLOG ROUNDUP

 

SharePoint innovations transform content collaboration with mixed reality and AI

At the SharePoint Virtual Summit, streamed live from SharePoint Conference North America, we shared our vision and roadmap for 2018—showcasing innovations that bring Microsoft's investments in AI and mixed reality to life and new experiences and features to transform content collaboration for the modern workplace. With over 400,000 customer organizations, SharePoint leads the industry in content services and collaboration. SharePoint pioneered combining document management and web publishing, bringing enterprise content management to the cloud and infusing AI into content collaboration with the Microsoft Graph. This post summarizes all of the announcements including SharePoint spaces, bringing AI to content collaboration, improved integration with Microsoft Teams, multi-geo data residency, and more.

Related:

 

New Capabilities for OneDrive Announced Today at SharePoint Conference North America

At the SharePoint Conference North America, streamed as the SharePoint Virtual Summit, we announced new innovations for OneDrive (much of it based on your UserVoice feedback) that will make sharing and working together with inside and outside of your organization even easier. These features will be rolling out over the next few months, so we encourage you to track the release dates via our Office 365 Roadmap page. Mobile enhancements include a new scan experience, as well as camera upload support in OneDrive for Business, in the OneDrive mobile app for Android and iOS. New secure sharing and collaboration features like password protected links and blocking downloads of files shared via view-only links. Improvements to deployment and onboarding include known folder move and Team site automount. High-Value controls, such as external sharing reports, customization of sharing emails and transfer ownership for deleted users are also on the way.

 

Use Compliance Manager and Service Trust Portal to enhance your GDPR readiness

May 25, 2018 was the enforcement date of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which establishes an important milestone for individual privacy rights. Microsoft has been a strong supporter of the GDPR since it was first proposed in 2012. The GDPR sets a strong standard for privacy because it puts people in control of their own data. In this post, we summarize the resources on the Service Trust Portal and capabilities in Compliance Manager that can help you with GDPR readiness when using Microsoft Cloud services. | Related: Safeguard individual privacy rights under GDPR with the Microsoft intelligent cloud

 

What's New in EDU: New Learning Tools, Office and OneNote updates to inspire your inclusive classroom

In the wake of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, we're dedicating our latest episode of What's New in EDU to the educators working so hard to give students confidence, comfort and control of their own learning. And while making your classroom inclusive is a good for all, you don't have to do it all by yourself. This month, our round-up of the latest efforts and products from Microsoft Education will help you catch up on a big range of useful, time-saving tools that have been built and evolved with inclusivity in mind. Whether it's checking documents for accessibility or having them read out loud, the updates below can help you ensure that your learning materials are accessible to everyone. In addition, we're sharing a lesson for Minecraft: Education Edition inspired by a classic author, new ways to post assignments through Teams, and the latest in 3D learning with Windows 10.

 

Exchange Server TLS guidance Part 3: Turning Off TLS 1.0/1.1

In part 3 of our Exchange Server TLS Guidance series, we introduce how to turn off TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in your Exchange Server deployment. Turning off TLS 1.0 and 1.1 can be a highly disruptive event if not planned and executed properly. The Exchange team believes that it is time for the ecosystem to fully embrace TLS 1.2, but urges you to proceed with caution when disabling TLS 1.0 and 1.1. This includes understanding how and being prepared to reverse the configuration steps if necessary. Before disabling TLS 1.0 and 1.1, it is important that you have completed the steps outlined in Part 1: Getting Ready for TLS 1.2 and Part 2: Enabling TLS 1.2 and Identifying Clients Not Using It. Do not proceed until you have completed these steps on all Exchange servers, have read all of Part 3 (this post) and understand the implications of disabling TLS 1.0 and 1.1.

 

NOTEWORTHY

 

Updated: Office 365 URLs and IP Address Ranges

May 22, 2018: Updates for Office Online effective June 22, 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, Client Connectivity, and Office 365 endpoint categories and Office 365 IP Address and URL Web Service.

 

Coffee in the Cloud: Resource Cheat Sheet - Staying Informed about Microsoft Teams

Format: Video (8 minutes) | Microsoft Teams is a robust, fast moving product. View this quick video to learn how to stay informed about the product.

 

Microsoft Mechanics: Managing GDPR with Microsoft Services, including Data Log Exports and the Right to be Forgotten

Format: Video (6 minutes) | Recent updates for planning and implementation of GDPR requirements. This video highlights many tools in Office 365 that help IT compliance teams. Including: (1) How to search on specific GDPR articles via the Compliance Manager, (2) How to respond to data subject request by searching for an identifying data in Office 365, (3) Functionality to export personal data from telemetry logs with the new data export feature, (4) Simplified ability to permanently delete users data, (5) How to assign global privacy contact to deal with privacy issues, such as a data breach, and (6) How you can get the information you need to complete your data protection impact assessment for Microsoft services.

 

Share your Flows with Office 365 Groups and SharePoint Lists, Connector Updates, and Analytics with Error Details

We're pleased to announce a host of new updates in Microsoft Flow including the ability to share your flows with Office 365 Groups and SharePoint lists, major connector updates, and error analytics.

 

Introducing Microsoft Training Services

We are announcing the pre-pilot phase of Microsoft Training Services, a digital, customized learning service for Office 365 and Windows 10 that helps customers transform their organizations without investing heavily in training and change management resources. No additional training resources or package purchases are required to use either the training content or full site experience solutions. Microsoft Training Services delivers training content from an Azure-hosted content store to a Web part hosted on the customer's SharePoint communication site. A similar package can be installed that will provide the full Toolkit for Teamwork SharePoint Online full site experience. Microsoft Training Services will be available as a pilot in late July 2018. To be added to the pilot waitlist or to learn more register at https://aka.ms/mtspilot.


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