Office 365 Weekly Digest | August 5 – 11, 2018


Welcome to the August 5 - 11, 2018 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest.

There were seventeen additions to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, including several for Outlook on Android and iOS, Microsoft Bookings, and FindTime. An increase for the admin creation limit of SharePoint hub sites to 100 is also listed, with an estimated release of August 2018.

The next Modern Workplace Fire Away Friday is scheduled for Friday, August 17, 2018.  There are also a couple of the online customer immersion experiences available in late September.

Blog posts in last week's roundup include the announcement of Canada data residency for Microsoft Teams, an updated list of resources to help manage change in Office 365, new features for going back to school with Microsoft Teams, and a new whitepaper on the Office 365 compliance journey for financial services organizations.

Noteworthy item highlights include the Office 365 Update video for August 2018, the AMA summary of the recent Office 365 Message Encryption AMA, the August 2018 Office 365 Developer Newsletter, and the public preview of combined registration for Azure AD Multi-Factor Authentication and Self-Service Password Reset.

 

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
32570 Outlook for iOS: Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail extensions (S/MIME) With SMIME, sign or encrypt messages in Outlook mobile with company issued certificates.

In development

08/07/2018

Q2 CY2019

n / a
32569 Outlook for Android: Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail extensions (S/MIME) With SMIME, sign or encrypt messages in Outlook mobile with company issued certificates.

In development

08/07/2018

Q2 CY2019

n / a
32781 FindTime - ability to delete user's data We are adding a "delete all" button on the FindTime dashboard that deletes a user's account and all of their FindTime data

Rolling out

08/08/2018

August CY2018

n / a
32821 SharePoint hub sites: increase admin creation limit to 100 When SharePoint hub sites initially shipped, the admin creation limit for how many hub sits could be created in a single tenant was 50, and we are now upping the limit to 100.

In development

08/08/2018

August CY2018

What's new for your intranet in Office 365
32820 Advanced anti-spoofing protection for external domains in Office 365 Extending coverage of Advanced Anti-spoofing protection for external domains in Office 365 and additional checks for stricter DMARC enforcement

Rolling out

08/09/2018

September CY2018

n / a
32788 Microsoft Bookings - mobile app read-only mode Users with an Office 365 license who have been added to a booking calendar but are not the Bookings calendar admin can now use the Bookings mobile app in read-only mode to see their bookings.

In development

08/09/2018

September CY2018

n / a
32787 Microsoft Bookings - Email confirmations customization Bookings administrators can now add URLs and rich text in confirmation emails sent to their customers.

In development

08/09/2018

September CY2018

n / a
32786 Microsoft Bookings - social sharing controls Office 365 administrators can block social sharing from inside the Booking page node in Bookings

In development

08/09/2018

September CY2018

n / a
32785 Microsoft Bookings - email notifications to users added to booking calendars Users that are added to booking calendars will now receive an email notification letting them know.

In development

08/09/2018

September CY2018

n / a
32783 FindTime - automatic deletion of 90-day old polls Closed and cancelled polls will be deleted after 90 days of inactivity. Pending polls will be deleted after 90 days after the latest poll time option if there is no activity until that day.

In development

08/09/2018

September CY2018

n / a
32782 FindTime - automatic and manual reminders to complete polls We are adding email reminders that can be manually and automatically sent to attendees who haven't voted on a poll.

In development

08/09/2018

September CY2018

n / a
31123 Outlook for Android: quick calendar view Get visibility into your calendar when responding to a meeting or event invitation from your inbox.

In development

08/09/2018

September CY2018

n / a
27757 Outlook for Windows: Dismiss past event reminders Option to set reminders to automatically dismiss calendar events that occurred in the past.

In development

08/09/2018

September CY2018

n / a
31122 Outlook for iOS: Quick calendar view Get visibility into your calendar when responding to a meeting or event invitation from your inbox.

In development

08/09/2018

Q4 CY2018

n / a
31120 Outlook for iOS: Open a shared calendar Search for a calendar previously shared with you and add it to your Calendars on Outlook for iOS

In development

08/09/2018

Q4 CY2018

n / a
27276 Outlook for Windows: Conference Room Finder improvements See the availability of recently reserved conference rooms and choose a room from multiple room lists.

In development

08/09/2018

August CY2018

n / a
31119 Outlook for Android: Open a shared calendar Search for a calendar previously shared with you and add it to your Calendars on Outlook for Android.

In development

08/10/2018

September CY2018

n / a

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Microsoft 365 Engineering Webcast: Improvements in Office 365 endpoint publishing and network connectivity guidance

When: On-demand, registration required | Microsoft is updating the publishing of Office 365 network endpoints and has new guidance about optimizing network connectivity for end users to achieve optimal performance. In this talk we will describe the new network principles and guidance and share how the updated endpoint publishing makes end user performance easier to achieve. We will outline the timeline and transition from the current manually published data to the new system and how customers can take advantage of this. | Resource: Office 365 endpoint categories and Office 365 IP Address and URL web service

 

Modern Workplace Fire Away Friday

When: Friday, August 17, 2018 at 12pm ET | Join Microsoft's Dave Upton and Michael Gannotti at 12pm ET on Friday, August 17, 2018 for "Fire Away Friday". Modern Workplace Fire Away Friday is an open forum session online focusing on the Modern Workplace. Each month we cover the latest in Microsoft 365 as well as demonstrate tips to increase productivity and collaboration. This is then followed by an open forum session where you can ask me all your questions around Office 365 and more! Note: This session will stream live using Microsoft Live Events via Microsoft Teams. | Related: 3 Step Pragmatic Approach to Getting Started with Microsoft Teams – Michael on the Go

 

Productivity Hacks to Save Time & Simplify Workflows

When: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 12pm ET and 3pm 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.

 

BLOG ROUNDUP

 

Microsoft Teams Launches Canada Data Residency, Australia and Japan coming soon...

In February, we announced Microsoft Teams data residency for India. Starting August 10, 2018 Microsoft Teams will also provide data residency for Canada. This means that all new Microsoft Teams customers in Canada will have data for conversations and chat stored at rest in Canada. New customers are the tenants that provision after August 10, 2018 or customers who have not yet used the Teams service prior to this date. Teams data residency in Canada, as well as our other Office 365 data residency commitments in the datacenter geo in Canada, help regulated organizations, like in education, banking, public sector, government, and healthcare, onboard to Teams and Office 365 while complying with their data residency requirements. Our goal is to provide data residency for Teams in all the Office 365 country-based data-centers including Australia(end of August 2018), Japan(end of August 2018), South Korea, France and more in 2019 and beyond.

 

Managing changes in Office 365: An overview of resources

Office 365 gives you the latest updates and features as early as possible, so you can continue doing your job productively. For Office 365 services, updates are run in the background as soon as they become available, instead of bundled updates scheduled months apart. Shifting from a static Office suite to an evergreen one that enhances user productivity, creativity, and collaboration requires us to provide visibility into the updates that are coming for your users – you need the resources to navigate and guide these changes throughout your tenant. From the Office 365 Roadmap to the Message Center, Microsoft provides the information you need to stay on top of change.

 

Assorted Office 365 Services – Data Storage and Compliance

This post provides details on where various data for Office 365 Services is stored and how those services may stack up to compliance requirements in the Healthcare and Life Sciences arena. Whether you are a Healthcare and Life Sciences customer, or a customer in another industry, understanding where service data resides, and the applications compliance standing may be valuable information. Some of the services covered include: Flow, Forms, Power BI, PowerApps, Stream, StaffHub and To-Do.

 

Microsoft Supports the Compliance Journey For Your Financial Services Organization

For financial services customers, Microsoft offers a range of audit capabilities that can help you demonstrate regulatory compliance, including in-person audits, group audits, self-service audits, and real-time audits. In addition, our Service Trust Portal (STP) is our public site for publishing audit reports and other compliance-related information related to Microsoft cloud services. STP users can download audit reports produced by external auditors and gain insight from Microsoft-authored whitepapers that provide details on how Microsoft builds and operates our cloud services. The STP also hosts the Compliance Manager application, which enables you to see what's behind third-party audit reports and verify the controls managed by Microsoft are compliant with various global regulatory frameworks and standards. Finally, Microsoft 365 provides advanced data governance, discovery, encryption, and data protection capabilities that enable you to achieve compliance in areas concerning document retention, immutability, and preservation to help address requirements of ISO/IEC 27001, ISO/IEC 27018, GDPR, MiFID II, FISC, SEC 17a-4, and other regulations and certifications. Download this free whitepaper Microsoft 365 supports the compliance journey for financial services organizations, and learn more about how Microsoft can support your compliance journey.

 

10 new features for going Back to School with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Education gets to do something pretty incredible every day: work with educators across the world to create engaging classroom experiences. At the heart of our products is the brilliance that teachers and students always bring to the table. So, for Back to School 2018, we're returning some of that infectious learning energy with some very exciting updates in Microsoft Teams for Education. Thanks in huge part to the tireless work and feedback of teachers and students across the world, Microsoft EDU is thrilled to announce 10 fresh new features in Teams for the upcoming school year (and beyond 😉). Some of the features include: (1) availability of rubric grading, (2) reusing assignments, (3) archiving teams, (4) cloud recording, (5) dark mode, and more!

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NOTEWORTHY

 

Video: Office 365 Update for August 2018

Format: Video (12 minutes) | Jim Naroski covers recent enhancements to Office 365, including Microsoft Whiteboard, OneDrive for Business, Nudges in MyAnalytics, Power BI, Live Events, Workplace Analytics, and more. The video transcript, complete with links to additional information on everything covered, is available at http://aka.ms/o365update-blog.

 

Office 365 Message Encryption: AMA Summary

The summary from the Office 365 Message Encryption Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA) session on August 1, 2018 is now posted! The live hour of Q&A provided members the opportunity to ask questions and voice feedback with the product team. We hope you will join us live next time! | Related: Send encrypted emails to anyone using Office 365!

 

Sensitive Information Types–now with more sensitivity!

This post describes a solution to address feedback about the matching requirements in Office 365 Data Loss Prevention (DLP), mostly around how they require too much corroborating evidence (in the form of patterns or keywords) to meet their organization's very restrictive policies.

 

Office 365 Developer Newsletter August 2018

Looking for a summary of the latest Office 365 Developer community events, news and technical information? Look no further than the Office 365 Developer Newsletter for August 2018! Highlighted in this month's edition are a new personalized experience for the Office 365 developer program, Global Office 365 Developer Bootcamps, links to numerous, recent community calls across Teams, Microsoft Graph and SharePoint. | Related: Microsoft Graph community call-August 7, 2018

 

Combined registration for Azure AD MFA and Self-Service Password Reset plus two other cool updates now in public preview!

In the current Azure AD experience, users who are enabled for both MFA and SSPR must register their security info in separate experiences. We've heard from you that this causes confusion and frustration for users, especially if they have to register the same info, such as phone number, twice. With the new combined experience users can register their security info for both MFA and SSPR in a single, combined flow. This means users get to register once and benefit from both features! Not only does this new experience give users the ability to register for two features at once, but we also made each step in the registration process more intuitive. In particular, we improved the registration experience for the Microsoft Authenticator app (or any other authenticator app). Clear instructions and illustrations walk users through each step of registering their authenticator app. In addition, users who register from their mobile device can setup their account in the Microsoft Authenticator app with a single tap. Also, users who register the Microsoft Authenticator app (or another authenticator app) through the new security info registration experience or the current MFA registration experience can use an authenticator app to prove who they are to reset their password.

 

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