Office 365 Weekly Digest | June 3 – 9, 2018

Welcome to the June 3 - 9, 2018 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest.

As expected there were fewer additions to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, with a total of five – three for SharePoint Online, one for Outlook app on Android, and the last for the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center.

There are no new upcoming events, but the monthly Azure Active Directory webinars and online customer immersion experiences have availability throughout the remainder of the month.

Lots of "What's New?" posts in last week's roundup including Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, Microsoft 365 admin center and enhanced protection services in Office 365.

Noteworthy item highlights include the Office 365 Update video for June 2018, integration of Office 365 groups with Microsoft Forms, updates for Microsoft Flow, and the preview of Azure Active Directory conditional access support for blocking legacy authentication.




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


Feature ID

Title Description



Estimated Release

More Info


Outlook for Android: Tag favorite people Tag your favorite people so they are quickly and easily visible in your folder pane in Outlook for Android and soon in other Outlook endpoints (e.g. Outlook on the web)

In development


June CY2018

n / a


Modern list templates for issues, contacts and datasheet The following list templates now have modern UI support: Issue Tracking, Contacts, Custom List in Datasheet View New and existing lists created using one of these templates will now appear in modern UI by default. Additionally, the native UI now supports multi-line text fields with the "Append Changes to Existing Text" setting enabled. Lists that contain this field type will no longer fall back to classic mode to accommodate these fields.

In development


June CY2018

n / a


SharePoint: Update to file handling in libraries with required metadata When a new file is created (using Office Online) in a library by clicking the New button and entering the required metadata, the file will no longer be checked out automatically to the user who created it. This allows other people to see the file even if required metadata has not been specified yet.

In development


June CY2018

Differences in required property behavior between modern and classic


SharePoint: modern team site if not group enabled People can create new team sites when they click "Create site" from the SharePoint home in Office 365. However, if a person is not enabled to create Office 365 Groups, they would be routed to create a subsite within a designated site collection, and it would not have modern team site features. With this update, people who are not deemed able to create Office 365 Groups will now be able to create modern SharePoint team sites that are not connected to an Office 365 group, though do have the modern user experiences for the home page, lists, libraries - and it is its own standalone site collection. This, too, applies to when a person creates a subsite, it, too, would use the modern design - if subsite creation is not disabled.

In development


July CY2018

n / a


Alert Policies in Office 365 Security & Compliance Center available to E1/ E3 customers You can use the new alert policy and alert dashboard tools in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center to create alert policies and then view the alerts that are generated when users perform activities that match the conditions of an alert policy. In this release, 3 system default alert policies will be visible and on by default for E1/E3 customers once the feature is rolled out, including Elevation of Exchange admin privilege, Creation of forwarding/redirect rules and Messages that have been delayed; With E5 subscription, or E1/E3 with Threat intelligence or Advanced Compliance add-ons, the experience of alert policies remains the same.

In development


July CY2018

Alert policies in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center available to E1/E3 customers





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 Houston on June 11th, New York City on June 12th, Chicago and Houston on June 13th, and Atlanta and Reston on June 14th.


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.


Productivity Hacks to Save Time & Simplify Workflows

When: Wednesday, June 13, 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, 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.


Connecting, Organizing & Collaborating with Your Team

When: 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.


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

When: Tuesday, June 26, 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.




What's new in Microsoft Teams - June Roundup

The June Roundup for Microsoft Teams details the latest enhancements across the following areas: (1) Communicate more effectively with new chat and voice functionality, (2) Collaborate more effectively, (3) Customize and extend with third-party apps and processes, and (4) New features available on Teams iOS and Android apps. The post also includes insights into how other customers are using Microsoft Teams.



Securing the modern workplace with enhanced threat protection services in Office 365

The built-in suite of powerful threat protection services for Office 365—including Exchange Online Protection (EOP), Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), and Threat Intelligence—is a paramount requirement for customers choosing Office 365 to help drive their digital transformation. At InfoSecurity Europe, we are providing an update on how these security workloads provide enhanced protection for our customers and meet the strict data residency, compliance, and privacy requirements of Office 365.



Modernize your SharePoint team sites by connecting them to new Office 365 groups

SharePoint powers content collaboration in Office 365. At work, it is important for every team member to streamline efforts and stay on the same page. Group-connected SharePoint team sites provide a central location to manage team files, input and connect to important data, and share timely news. With insight into what drives the most engagement and value, people can course correct and optimize for greatest impact. Users have been adopting modern SharePoint lists and libraries and creating modern pages. And now it's time to bring the full power of SharePoint and Office 365 to all your sites. We're excited to announce that you can now further modernize your existing (classic) sites by connecting them to new Office 365 groups. This connection also allows you to associate your site to a SharePoint hub site now that it has a modern home page, and the site will look and function better via the SharePoint mobile app.



Introducing List Sharing and Steps in Microsoft To-Do

Our goal for Microsoft To-Do is to provide a personal and intuitive way to help people stay organized and get the most out of every day. We've listened to your feedback and have added two of the most requested features: the ability to collaborate and share lists; and break down tasks into smaller steps or subtasks. We're excited to introduce list sharing in Microsoft To-Do, which enables you to collaborate on common lists and tasks and achieve your goals more quickly. Whether you want to share a list of work items with your colleagues or a grocery shopping list with a loved one, To-Do makes it easy to collaborate and get things done together. For larger and more complex to-dos such as planning a trip, learning a new skill or preparing an executive presentation, sometimes it's easier to take one step at a time to achieve your goal more efficiently. Our new "Steps" feature allows you to easily break down any to-do into smaller subtasks.


Admins- welcome to the Microsoft 365 admin center

We built Microsoft 365- a complete IT solution including Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security- to enable organizations to create and work together securely. In that same spirit, our goal is to offer a unified toolset to manage and protect those organizations. In March, we announced the Microsoft 365 admin center as your central location for managing and monitoring applications, services, data, devices, and users across your Microsoft 365 deployment. We are now expanding this integrated and intuitive admin experience to users of Office 365. Users of both Office 365 and Microsoft 365 will now have access to the new Microsoft 365 admin center. For Office 365 admins, this means a simpler experience that easily integrates with you other Microsoft services - all without giving up capabilities or control. If you've used the Office 365 admin center before, the experience will feel very similar. The navigation is the same, and you'll have the same granularity of control over your environment. There will be no change to your Office 365 subscription or billing. As you add new apps and services like device management, those will light up in your left navigation pane. Most importantly, you'll receive all the latest admin center updates and features as they become available. To access your new admin center experience, point your web browser to This is your new front door for managing and monitoring all your Office 365 and Microsoft 365 services. Your new admin center still includes links to all your specialty admin tools for services like OneDrive and SharePoint conveniently linked in the left navigation pane. If you've previously created bookmarks for the Office 365 admin center or any of the specialty admin centers, those will continue to work.




Video: Office 365 Update for June 2018

Format: Video (11 minutes) | Jim Naroski covers recent enhancements to Office 365, including OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online, Training Services, Outlook, Security, and more. The video transcript, complete with links to additional information on everything covered, is available at


Office 365 group in Microsoft Forms

We received a lot of feedback from people who want to work with their colleagues on forms that can be accessed and managed by all team members. Now, you can easily create Office 365 group forms directly in the Forms portal (! An Office 365 group form is a form that belongs to a specific Office 365 group in which all team members of that group can view and edit it. You can create Office 365 group forms in the Forms portal (, SharePoint modern team sites, and Microsoft Teams. Currently, 200 forms (cumulative) can be created for each Office 365 group. | Related: Allow authenticated but anonymous responses with one response per person


Flow of the Week: Automating Change Management Processes

Change Management processes are important to organizations to ensure work is scheduled, prioritized, repeatable and that oversight has been applied. However, a problem may arise if organizations layer too many levels of bureaucracy on top of these processes. But, the good news is that Microsoft Flow can automate many Change Management processes that allow organizations to achieve their Change Management goals, without accruing inefficiencies. | Related: Microsoft Flow PowerShell Cmdlets, new Flow bot capabilities, a Marketo connector and more!


If your MX record doesn't point to Office 365, how do you disable spam filtering in Office 365?

One of the questions that has come up recently, especially as a lot of customers migrate over from an existing spam filtering solution to Office 365, is how to force Office 365 to rely upon the spam/non-spam verdict of the service that's sitting in front of Exchange Online and not double-filter. Office 365 already has a way to do this via connectors if the email server in front is an on-premise Exchange server. It does this by using TLS certs to "promote" the pre-existing properties of a message stamped by the Exchange server so they are re-used by Office 365. But what if your server in front is not Exchange? Then what? There are a few ways to do this, but the key thing is that there is no simple way to disable spam filtering in Office 365. The option for "Do not filter spam" does not exist at an organizational level. Instead, you have to do a few tricks depending on the configuration.


Azure AD Conditional Access support for blocking legacy auth is in Public Preview!

We're excited to announce the Public Preview of Azure AD Conditional Access support for blocking legacy authentication. In the past you needed to use ADFS to do this but using conditional access to do this is SO much simpler/better. Now you can manage legacy authentication blocking as one part of your overall conditional access strategy, all from right in the Azure AD admin console. And for many of you, this will also give you the option to move away from ADFS to a cloud-centered authentication model enabled by pass-through authentication. Legacy authentication is a term that refers to authentication protocols used by apps like: (1) Older Office clients that do not use modern authentication (e.g., Office 2010 client), and (2) Clients that use mail protocols such as IMAP/SMTP/POP. Attackers strongly prefer these protocols – in fact, nearly 100% of password spray attacks use legacy authentication protocols! This is because legacy authentication protocols don't support interactive sign-in, which is required for additional security challenges like multi-factor authentication and device authentication.

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