Welcome to the October 21 - 27, 2018 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest.
For the first week in quite some time, there were no new features added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week.
There are lots of Teams-focused events on the calendar over the next few weeks. New this week are a couple of modern collaboration events, the first on Thursday, November 1st and the second on Thursday, November 8th. More details are included in the "Upcoming Events" section below.
Blog posts in last week's roundup include an update on the availability of new SharePoint view formatting samples, a new security assessment tool for businesses of all sizes, the Exchange Team's recap of Microsoft Ignite 2018, and a new meeting app in Microsoft Teams.
Noteworthy item highlights include details on the October 2018 releases of Office for Android, iPad/iPhone, and Mac OS, and the latest Microsoft Mechanics video for the steps of Modern Desktop Deployment.
OFFICE 365 ROADMAP
There were no new items added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week…
When: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 10am – 11am PT | Whether you're managing a new project or starting your own business, it helps to have a team behind you to brainstorm ideas, tackle the work together, and have some fun along the way. Now you can use Microsoft Teams to do just that. Join our team LIVE every Tuesday from 10-11am PDT to learn how you can get started with the free version of Teams. In this hour, we'll walk you through the product and key features, share best practices for getting started, and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to meeting you!
When: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 10am PT | Designed specifically for Skype for Business end users, this course offers everything you need to help make the transition to Microsoft Teams. We'll focus on the core communication capabilities you use today, chat and meetings, as well as provide an orientation to additional collaboration functionality Teams has to offer. Check here for sessions in different time zones and other dates.
When: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 10am PT | As an IT professional, you have a lot on your plate. You're managing corporate- and user-owned devices, deploying feature and quality updates, identifying and resolving compatibility issues, and more. Windows 10, version 1809 includes features that can help you simplify upgrade planning, identify and resolve compatibility blockers, monitor update compliance, and remediate end user impacting issues so you can get your job done with less frustration. Join this webinar to: (1) Discover how you can move away from traditional, image-based deployment with Windows Autopilot, (2) Learn about the steps you can take right away to better protect user identities, devices, and information, and (3) Find out how you can create more secure, scalable, and reliable desktop virtualization solutions that integrate with your modern desktop. | Resource: What's new in Windows 10, version 1809 for IT pros
When: Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 9am PT | If you're in IT, make sure you join us Thursday, November 1st to get up to speed and get your questions answered about Windows 10, version 1809. An AMA is a live online event similar to a "YamJam" on Yammer or an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit. We've assembled a group of engineers and product managers from the Windows, Window Defender ATP, System Center Configuration Manager, Microsoft Intune, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft 365 teams—and we'll be answering your questions live during what promises to be an exciting and informative "Ask Microsoft Anything" (AMA) event. Join in the Windows 10 AMA space, or add it to your calendar. We look forward to seeing you there!
When: Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 10am PT | Looking to better understand the upgrade journey from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams? Join us for this 60-minute session to get familiar with our upgrade paths (Upgrade Basic and Upgrade Pro), our resources, and a walkthrough of our upgrade success framework to help you navigate through your journey. Check here for sessions in different time zones and other dates.
When: Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 10am PT | At Microsoft, employee collaboration with colleagues inside and outside of the company is the name of the game. Learn about our collaboration strategy and how experts at Microsoft Core Services Engineering and Operations (CSEO, formerly Microsoft IT) manage and support services such as Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, and Yammer to provide people across our organization one place for conversations, meetings, files, and data. This empowers our people to meet business goals efficiently and effectively. | Resource: A foundation for modern collaboration: Microsoft 365 bolsters teamwork
When: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 9am PT | We are very excited to announce a Microsoft Information Protection Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA) to answer questions about the new capabilities announced at Microsoft Ignite. The AMA will take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 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 in the Information Protection AMA space, or add it to your calendar. We look forward to seeing you there!
When: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 10am PT | This 60-minute session introduces you to the key activities needed to get started with Microsoft Teams today. From setting your profile, to running a meeting, users will leave this session with the foundation needed to use Teams with confidence. Check here for sessions in different time zones and other dates.
When: Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 10am PT | Finding a balance between readily sharing files and protecting corporate assets is crucial. At Microsoft, we get it. With over 400,000 SharePoint team sites, intranet portals, and OneDrive for Business sites, we have a lot to manage. Learn how we use custom solutions, organizational policy, Office 365, and Azure Active Directory to help manage, govern, and protect our data in a highly collaborative environment. | Resource: A foundation for modern collaboration: Microsoft 365 bolsters teamwork
At SharePoint Conference in May 2018, we previewed new user experiences built with view formatting (previously called "row formatting"). It's based on the column formatting feature introduced last year, which allows you to format the appearance of individual columns using JSON. As we revealed at Ignite 2018, we are publishing three new view formatting samples that you can use to jump start your own projects. The new samples demonstrate view formatting in document libraries and lists. They also demonstrate how to apply responsive designs to ensure the display looks great in desktop, tablet, and mobile devices as well as adjusting the layout appropriately when placed inside a web part on a page. Each sample includes SharePoint site scripts, so you can quickly create the SharePoint lists and views that support the samples and try them out. And formatted views also work great inside SharePoint web parts or tabs on Microsoft Teams.
Businesses can no longer afford to take cybersecurity for granted. You can't read the news without seeing a splashy headline about a successful hack or data breach at a well-known company. However, this isn't just a problem for large enterprises—increasingly small and medium-sized businesses are becoming targets of cybercriminals and need to take steps to improve their security. Yet it can be hard for customers to right size a security strategy for their unique business. The Microsoft Security Assessment can help you discover where you are vulnerable and provide personalized recommendations to improve your security posture. Keep reading for a peek at some of our key learnings from the assessment.
Microsoft Ignite 2018 ended a few weeks ago, and what a great event it was. It was great to see so many of our customers, partners and friends there – thank you for coming to our sessions, thank you for coming to the booth, thank you for hanging out with us whenever the opportunity arose and thank you for giving us great feedback on what we're doing. We're still recovering but we heard you and are focused on doing a better job because of it. All of the sessions were recorded this year, and so here's a handy reference to all the sessions in the Exchange and Outlook track, and some others we think you'll find interesting, so you can refer back here whenever you want to find one. Note: You will need an account in Tech Community to access them, but that's something you should have anyway.
Microsoft uses three categories for Office 365 network endpoints with different requirements: Optimize, Allow, and Default. For the Default category, in order to minimize network optimization change management work required, we are replacing IP addresses with URLs. This includes removing the IP addresses previously listed for Yammer. Yammer is changing the IP addresses it uses as of October 22, 2018. If you used IP Addresses for Yammer endpoints, in order to prevent Yammer from being blocked in your organization, you need to remove the Yammer IP addresses and add *.yammer.com.
Meekan is probably one of the world's smartest AI scheduling assistants, matching everyone's calendars in seconds to help - even for the busiest teams - find the best time to meet. So spare yourself the endless emails. Spend your time on work that matters without ever leaving Microsoft Teams. Meekan is free to use and is now fully developed with Team's new Adaptive Cards, to support your cross-device scheduling work in Microsoft Teams. Meekan understands plain English making it a breeze to ask for a new meeting, invite guests and get the perfect time, just like a real scheduling assistant. The best way to see the benefit from using Meekan is by getting your team to connect with it as well. That way, the bot can match and sync with everyone's calendars to find the best time for you to meet, find meeting rooms for you, and much more. Also, one of the coolest things Meekan can do is learn from your scheduling habits and preferences to suggest the best times while considering those preferences.
On October 19, 2018, Microsoft released an updated version of Office for Android (Excel, PowerPoint & Word) build 16.0.11001.20074 in 68 languages. Our Office International team translated this latest update. Some of the new features available for the first time to Office 365 subscribers using Office for Android on their tablet or phone include: (1) Insert data from a picture in Excel for Android, (2) Search for a shared calendar in Outlook and open it right on your device, and (3) Insert attachments in your notes in OneNote. More information and help content on this release can be found in the Android section of the What's New in Office 365 page.
On October 15, 2018, Microsoft released an updated version of Office for iPad/iPhone to Office 365 subscribers - Version 2.18 (18100900) in 35 languages. Our Office International team translated this release. Here are some of the new features included this month: (1) Insert and edit icons in Excel, PowerPoint and Word, (2) More printing options in PowerPoint such as the ability to print slides with notes, multiple slides on a page, or full-page slides, and (3) Open a shared calendar in Outlook and open it right on your device. More information and help content on this release can be found in the iOS section of the What's New in Office 365 page.
On October 16, 2018, Microsoft released Office 2016 for Mac Version 16.18.18101400 in 27 languages. Our Office International team was responsible for translating this release. You will see the following features once you update: (1) PowerPoint Animation triggers, (2) Collaborate with comments in Excel, and (3) Improved Search in Outlook. More information and help content on this release can be found in the MAC section of the What's New in Office 365 page.
Format: Video (8 minutes) | This is step 5 in the desktop deployment process - your considerations for security and compliance configurations and tools as part of your desktop deployment. In this step you'll assess your existing security solutions across disk encryption, antivirus, policy and more, then make sure you have improved security once you are running Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus. This step covers the apps and services that run on the local computer - like AV and encryption - as well as cloud delivered services - like Advanced Threat Protection, Data Loss Protection, and more. | Resource: Modern Desktop Deployment Center
In late September, we announced the public preview release of Power platform Admin Analytics. In that post we discussed a couple of upcoming reports including sharing and connectors. We have honored that commitment and I am happy to share that both the sharing and connectors reports are available in Microsoft Flow Admin Analytics. Both reports provide insight into how users are using flow within your tenant. From a sharing perspective, you are able to understand who your champions are and then figure out how you can empower them to provide even more automated solutions for your organization! The connectors report will identify Microsoft, third party and custom connectors that are in use within your organization. When you navigate to the Power platform admin center, you will find an Analytics menu where you can choose to browse analytics for the Common Data Service, Microsoft Flow and PowerApps. For the Sharing and Connectors report, we will click on Microsoft Flow.