Office 365 Weekly Digest | January 27 – February 2, 2019


Welcome to the January 27 – February 2, 2019 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest.

Last week there were nine additions to the Office 365 Roadmap, with several for SharePoint Online and a couple for Outlook on the Web. There was also a cancellation for Polls in the Yammer app on Android.

Teams and Customer Immersion Experience events continue to add new sessions, and even brand new topic-focused sessions. 

Lots of content was published last week, with Teams, SharePoint and Security/Compliance being the most prolific topics. You'll see one post from each highlighted in the post, with additional related content included as links below the top post.

Noteworthy item highlights from last week include a Microsoft IT Showcase webinar on how Microsoft automated the upgrade to Office 365 ProPlus, details on how to work with inactive mailboxes in Exchange Online, updates on the availability of FastTrack Desktop App Assure services, and the public preview for four new Azure Active Directory features.

 

OFFICE 365 ROADMAP

 

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

 

Feature ID

App / Service

Title Description

Status

Added

Estimated Release

More Info
46100

SharePoint

Bulk check-in/check-out You'll be able to check in and check out multiple files at the same time from the modern command bar in the document library.

In development

01/29/2019

February CY2019

n / a
46102

SharePoint

Column totals You'll be able to display column totals and subtotals in the footer of a group or a list/library view.

In development

01/29/2019

February CY2019

n / a
46101

SharePoint

Signals We're adding visual cues about the status of a file, such as check-outs, sharing, DLP blocks, or missing metadata to modern views.

In development

01/29/2019

Q2 CY2019

n / a
46223

SharePoint

Custom forms image support Use camera and image controls inside a custom PowerApps embedded form

In development

01/29/2019

Q3 CY2019

n / a
46224

SharePoint

PowerApps and Flow packaging Support for adding PowerApps and Flow provisioning as part of SP site designs

In development

01/29/2019

Q3 CY2019

n / a
43257

Office 365

Teams

Supervision updates Supervision is now expanding to include Teams content. In addition, supervision review will now take place within the Security & Compliance center directly to improve ease of use and ability to take bulk actions. Also included in this update is the ability to use offensive language classifier to detect communications for monitoring.

In development

01/29/2019

Q4 CY2019

n / a
46145

Outlook

Web

Outlook on the web – suggested attachments Outlook will now suggest relevant files you can attach when you respond to an email and click on the -Attach- paper clip drop down icon.

In development

02/01/2019

February CY2019

n / a
46244

Outlook

Web

New Outlook on the web – Schedule a meeting as an option in suggested replies As part of suggested replies, Outlook will show an option to schedule a meeting as one of the reply suggestions when relevant to the conversation. Clicking on that suggestion will bring up the meeting form with pre-populated information.

In development

02/01/2019

February CY2019

n / a
46257

Outlook

Groups

Groups in Outlook – Self-serve events You will be able to create "brownbag" style events. Create events on a group calendar where you can send invites to required attendees without sending an invite to the entire group. Others in the group can see the event and add themselves if they want."

In development

02/01/2019

Q2 CY2019

n / a
23946

Yammer

Android

Polls on Android Users will have the ability to create polls on Yammer through their Android devices.

Cancelled

02/01/2019

February CY2019

n / a

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Make the switch from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams: End User Guidance

When: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 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. The session is also available on demand at https://aka.ms/fromskypetoteamsondemand.

 

Getting Started with Microsoft Teams

When: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 7am 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. The session is also available on demand at https://aka.ms/teamsgettingstartedondemand.

 

Customer Immersion Experience: Identity & Access Management and Information Protection

When: Friday, February 8, 2019 at 7am PT and 11am PT | Join us for this online, facilitator-led learning experience, built in an Azure environment. This event is designed to allow you to experience real-world solutions that will secure your employees' mobile devices and applications with Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS). Identity & Access Management and Information Protection are among the biggest challenges that face companies of all sizes today. By attending this online event, you will learn how using EMS and Azure Information Protection provides secure access to your applications, lowers your IT overhead, and protects your data no matter what device your employees and customers are using. During this interactive session, you will explore how to: (1) Learn how using EMS and Azure Information, (2) Protection provides secure access to your applications, (3) Lower your IT overhead, and (4) Protect your data no matter what device your employees and customers are using. Each session is limited to 15 participants, reserve your seat now.

 

Customer Immersion Experience: Visualizing, Analyzing & Sharing Your Data Without Having to be a BI Expert

When: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 9am PT and 12pm PT | 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.

 

Make the switch from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams: End User Guidance

When: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 8am 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. The session is also available on demand at https://aka.ms/fromskypetoteamsondemand.

 

Customer Immersion Experience: Productivity Hacks to Save Time & Simplify Workflows

When: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 9am PT and 12pm PT | 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) 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.

 

Getting Started with Microsoft Teams

When: Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 8am 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. The session is also available on demand at https://aka.ms/teamsgettingstartedondemand.

 

Customer Immersion Experience: Hands-on with security in a cloud-first, mobile-first world

When: Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 9am PT and 12pm PT | 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.

 

Customer Immersion Experience: Identity Driven Security - Keep Pace with Security Challenges

When: Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7am PT and 11am PT | Join us for this live, hands-on learning experience, built in an Azure environment. This event is designed to allow you to experience real-world solutions and learn how to keep your organization protected with holistic enterprise security management tools. Interactions between users, devices, apps, and data have increasingly become more complex with the transition to mobility and cloud, generating new blind spots for IT. During this online experience exploring Microsoft Identity Driven Security solutions, you will experience how to address these issues by protecting the "front door", giving you visibility into user and data activity, and identifying attackers within your organization with behavioral analytics and anomaly detection. During this interactive session, you will explore how to: (1) Learn how to protect the "front door", (2) Identify attackers within your organization with behavioral analytics and anomaly detection, and (3) Gain visibility into user and data activity. Each session is limited to 15 participants, reserve your seat now.

 

Customer Immersion Experience: Simplifying Your Data Privacy & Compliance Journey

When: Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 9am PT and 12pm PT | Join us for a hands-on introduction to Microsoft 365 Compliance features and an opportunity to experience powerful solutions across the data lifecycle of assess, protect and respond. During this 2-hour interactive session, you will explore how to: (1) Understand your compliance from a single pane of glass, (2) Make identity the new perimeter, (3) Discover and govern sensitive data across clouds, devices and apps, (4) Recognize attacks, detect breaches, and recover quickly using automation, and (5) Streamline your operational processes and understand your security posture. Each session is limited to 12 participants, reserve your seat now.

 

Customer Immersion Experience: Securely managing apps and data on iOS, Android and Windows

When: Friday, February 22, 2019 at 7am PT and 11am PT | Join us for this online, facilitator-led learning experience, built in an Azure environment. This event is designed to allow you to experience real-world solutions that will secure your employees' mobile devices and applications with Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS). During this online experience exploring Microsoft Managed Mobile Productivity solutions, you will learn how implementing Microsoft Intune can provide your employees with access to corporate applications, data, and resources from virtually anywhere on almost any device, while keeping essential corporate data secure. During this interactive session, you will explore how to: (1) Keep corporate data secure, and (2) Utilize Microsoft Intune to provide your employees with access to corporate applications, data, and resources from virtually anywhere on almost any device. Each session is limited to 12 participants, reserve your seat now.

 

BLOG ROUNDUP

 

New to Microsoft 365 in January—compliance, productivity, and Microsoft Teams updates to help you enable a modern workplace

More organizations are embracing a modern workplace, and several new features / updates for Microsoft 365 were released in January. These updates: (1) provide new capabilities to help organizations address compliance-related challenges, (2) empower firstline workers to achieve more, and (3) help easily access Office 365 and your files on Mac and deliver better content. Also, the Office Cloud Policy Service is now in public preview to help administrators manage policies for all Office 365 ProPlus users in their organization. help you meet compliance obligations, empower Firstline Workers, and enrich your Office app experience. | Related: Microsoft Forms is now available for U.S. Government Community Cloud: GCC and GCC High

 

Microsoft Teams meetings and calling news roundup: The latest features and new upgrade tools

Over the past year, Microsoft Teams has expanded with new messaging, meeting and calling capabilities that make it the primary client for Intelligent Communications in Office 365. Today we are pleased to share several updates, including: (1) New meetings and calling features in Teams, (2) Updates to the Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams roadmap, and (3) New tools in the Admin Center for IT administrators to upgrade to Teams-Only mode.

Related:

 

Organize your SharePoint sites with megamenu navigation and new "change the look" options

It is time to further organize your modern intranet – building with SharePoint and Microsoft 365 – to enhance employee engagement and change the look of your sites so they work for you. Sites (portals) help bring together people and information that reflect your organization. It's about getting things done – finding where you need to go—with effective navigation and common page elements. We will first begin rolling out these new "change the look" features in February 2019 to Office 365 customers that have opted into the Targeted Release program. And then in March 2019, we will begin roll out to Office 365 customers on Standard Release, followed by rolling out to our sovereign data centers (like Office 365 for government (known as GCC)). Let's dive into the details and screenshots of each new and updated "change the look" options – all important additions for site owners to configure a more-engaging SharePoint site – a more modern intranet.

Related:

 

Introducing the new Microsoft 365 security center and Microsoft 365 compliance center

In the past few years, we have been heavily investing in the security and compliance areas to help organizations safeguard their digital estate and achieve compliance. According to recent customer research, we heard that while security and compliance are both top of mind areas in data protection, most organizations have different teams working in these two spaces. To empower your security and compliance professionals to work more efficiently in dedicated platforms, we are excited to announce the availability of Microsoft 365 security center (security.microsoft.com) and Microsoft 365 compliance center (compliance.microsoft.com). The new specialized workspaces enable your security and compliance teams to have centralized management across your Microsoft 365 services, bringing together Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), with several Azure capabilities. In both specialized centers, you can easily find actionable insights, alerts, and scores to help you understand your security and compliance risks and leverage artificial intelligence to strengthen your security and compliance posture. We will be gradually rolling out the new experience from the end of January, and the rollout will be completed worldwide by the end of March.

Related:

 

Microsoft Intune introduces MDM Security Baselines to secure the modern workplace

Microsoft has years of experience publishing security baselines as Group Policy Objects in the Security and Compliance Toolkit (SCT). Customers have trusted this toolkit for years to provide templates to configure security baselines through Group Policy. Microsoft Intune now brings the same collective knowledge and expertise to secure the modern desktop with MDM security baselines. Microsoft recommended security baselines in the Intune service leverage the greatly expanded manageability of Windows 10 using Mobile Device Management (MDM). These security baselines will be managed and updated directly from the cloud – providing customers the most recent and most advanced security settings and capabilities available from Microsoft 365. The same Windows security team that creates Group Policy security baselines has collaborated with Intune engineers to offer their extensive experience for these recommendations. If you're brand new to Intune, and not sure where to start, then MDM security baselines give you an advantage. You can quickly create and deploy a secure profile to help protect your organization's resources and data. If you're currently using Group Policy, migrating to Intune for management is much easier with these baselines natively built into Intune's modern management platform. | Related: New Outlook for iOS and Android App Config Policy Experience in Intune – Account Setup Config

 

NOTEWORTHY

 

Microsoft IT Showcase: Deploying and updating Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus at Microsoft

Format: Video (42 minutes) | Published: January 28, 2019 | During this webinar, you'll learn how Microsoft automated the upgrade to Office 365 ProPlus using System Center Configuration Manager. You'll also hear our experts talk about how we used update channels in Office 365 to specify our cadence for delivering Office updates to users.

 

How to work with Inactive Mailboxes

It usually starts with the following question: Is there a way to release the license of an Exchange Online user that left the company, but at the same time, keep the mailbox content? To get this done, we have a feature called Inactive mailboxes, but as we have seen some of our customers being a bit confused about the sequence of steps that needs to be taken to do this correctly, this blog post covers this scenario.

 

Top 10 actions to secure your environment: Step 4 - Set Conditional Access Policies

The "Top 10 actions to secure your environment" series outlines fundamental steps you can take with your investment in Microsoft 365 security solutions. In this post, you'll learn how to control access to your apps and corporate resources using conditional access policies, and how these policies can block legacy authentication methods and control access to SaaS apps. Azure AD conditional access lets you apply security policies that are triggered automatically when certain conditions are met. You can block access if the data suggests the user has been compromised or if it's highly unlikely that the user would sign in under those conditions. You can enforce additional authentication requirements when the system detects a medium risk based on the sign-in conditions.

 

Announcing global availability of Desktop App Assure

On September 26th we shared details announcing Desktop App Assure, a new service from Microsoft FastTrack that makes our application compatibility promise real. For customers moving to a modern desktop our promise is simple: 99% of applications will work on Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus. If you run into any issues, we will help you fix them at no additional cost. We are pleased to announce the global availability of our service. Desktop App Assure is available now for eligible customers in all time zones supporting 10 languages: English, Japanese, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), German, Spanish, Korean, French, Portuguese (BR) and Italian. To learn more, you can check out our service description. For eligible customers (>150 seats) we provide assistance at no additional cost. If you have any questions or want to get started, you can request assistance directly through the FastTrack portal by signing in with your org ID to submit a request.

 

Four major Azure AD Identity Protection enhancements are now in public preview

We've just put four major Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Identity Protection enhancements into public preview! The four enhancements include: (1) An intuitive and integrated UX including security insights, recommendations, sign-ins report integration, and the ability to filter, sort, and perform bulk operations, (2) Powerful APIs that allow you to integrate all levels of our risk data with your ticketing, analysis, or SIEM systems, (3) Improved risk assessment - we continuously tune our heuristic and machine learning systems and are bringing you even more accurate risk analysis to drive your prevention and remediation strategy, and (4) Service-wide alignment across risky users and risky sign-ins. Announced at Ignite 2018, these capabilities are now available to all Azure AD Premium P2 customers. Let's take a look! | Related: Azure AD makes sharing and collaboration seamless for any user with any account

 

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