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Office 365 Admin Updates: July 2018

Office 365 Admin Updates: July 2018

AMT’s Monthly Office 365 Updates keep you up to date with new features and important announcements from Microsoft. Office 365 has a continuous roll-out of changes. We filter out the announcements that we think will be most relevant to our customers and send them out in an easily digestible form. Here are the Office 365 July updates.

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AnchorUpdated feature: Updated site usage page in SharePoint Online 

To make the Site Usage page more discoverable, there is a new menu item for “Site Usage” from the Gear icon in the suite header. Additionally, the page will see some new information. In place of the Trending list of documents, you will now see two new lists showing the top 10 documents, and news and pages based on the number of unique viewers and view counts. This layout provides a more granular look at what content from your site is actually trending. The data in the “Shared with external users” is the same as what appears in “Shared externally” now, showing you the items which have been shared externally. 

Microsoft began rolling this feature out to Targeted Release organisations in mid-June, and the rollout should be completed in the next few weeks. 

New feature: Sharepoint Online organisational news: page approval 

With page approvals, site owners can add a page approval flow to require approval before publishing new and updated pages in the site. Once approved, new and updated pages will be published and visible to all users in the site. Microsoft will gradually roll this out to Targeted Release organisations in late July. The page approvals feature is available only to Communication Sites in SharePoint Online.

AnchorNew feature: Known folder move is now available for OneDrive for Business 

With Known Folder Move for OneDrive for Business, you’ll be able to access all your files in Documents, Desktop, and Pictures from any device. Known Folder Move is a feature that helps you move your Documents, Desktop, and Pictures folders to OneDrive, enabling you to access your files from anywhere while protecting all of your content. All of your files will be in the same familiar Windows “Known Folders” (Documents, Pictures, Desktop, Screenshots, Camera Roll) so you won’t have to change the way you work.  

Microsoft have begun gradually rolling this out to Office 365 organizations, and the roll out will be completed worldwide by the end of July

Shared by me

New feature: See the file card from Shared by Me and show a weekly trend for daily views and viewers on a file, on OneDrive for Business

Microsoft are rolling out two new features for OneDrive for Business soon. You will be able to show the file card from the files on the Shared by Me view so that you can quickly see access statistics from this view. You will also be able to see the weekly trend of daily views and viewers on a file. Microsoft will gradually roll these out to Targeted Release tenant customers in early July, and the rollout will be completed worldwide by the end of August. 

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AnchorNew feature: Online payments now available in Microsoft Bookings 

Online payments are a new Office 365 feature for Microsoft Bookings. It will now allow you to request an online payment in order for your customer to complete booking an appointment. This feature will be off-by-default and payment/banking information can only be set-up or modified by you, the Office 365 admin. Microsoft will be rolling this out, gradually, to Targeted Release organizations in mid-July, and the rollout will be completed worldwide by the end of September 2018. 

New feature in Project Online: Project Home

Microsoft are introducing a new home experience for Project Online. When a user clicks on the Project icon from the application launcher or from Office.com they will be taken to the new Project Home. The Project Home will provide them with the ability to access all their recently accessed projects, favourite projects to get back to them quickly and to create new projects all in a single place. They will also be able to navigate to the default Project Web App by clicking the link at the bottom of the page, which will take them to where the Project icon previously took them.

Microsoft will gradually roll this out to Project Online Essential, Project Online Professional and Project Online Premium customers starting the middle of August 2018, and the rollout will be completed worldwide by the end of October 2018 or earlier.

Microsoft are correcting the Office.com Conditional Access Policy behaviour 

Microsoft are correcting the Office.com Conditional Access Policy to allow your users to login to the Office.com page when Conditional Access Policies are set. They’ll be rolling this out to all customers in late July. Before making this change, users that successfully logged in to Office.com, but didn’t meet the additional conditions, would be routed to an error page instead of the authenticated Office.com page, even if the user was entitled to access these files. To fix this issue, Microsoft are making a change that will allow your users to log into the Office.com page, however, their Conditional Access Policies will still apply.  

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Multi-factor Authentication

Updated feature: Multi-factor authentication and self-service password reset preview for Office 365

Microsoft are previewing a new registration experience for Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and self-service password reset (SSPR). This feature is currently only enabled in private preview, but will be moving soon to public preview. Once public preview is available, if you wish to enable the feature for your organisation you will need to take the actions identified below.  

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New feature: Org allowed Accounts Intune Policy now in OneDrive on Android 

Using Intune, the OneDrive for Android app will respect a new setting that will allow users to only connect Org defined OneDrive accounts on enrolled devices. You can enable this setting through Intune in the Azure console and Microsoft will begin respecting this setting on Android to start with and iOS to come later. 

Microsoft will gradually roll this out to OneDrive Android Beta customers in mid-July, and the rollout will be completed worldwide by the end of August. 

Adding Linkedin data to the people card in Outlook for iOS and Windows 

Microsoft is rolling out an improved experience in Outlook by adding LinkedIn data to the people card in Outlook for iOS and Windows.  
As they previously announced in March, they are introducing a new feature that allows LinkedIn account connections with Microsoft apps. The rollout of this update to Targeted Release organisations began earlier this year, and as the rollout continues over the next few months, Microsoft will start to enable changes to allow LinkedIn data to appear in Outlook.  

Idle Session Signout

New feature: Idle session Signout is now available for SharePoint and OneDrive for Business 

When Idle Session Signout is configured for your organisation, users will be prompted to sign out of unattended sessions in SharePoint Online and in OneDrive for Business on unmanaged or non-compliance devices.  
In order to give you control over how you decide to deploy Idle Session Signout, Microsoft have included an organisational-level on/off switch. Idle Session Signout will be released off-by-default to give you a chance to explore the new capabilities. 

Roll out will begin in early July, and will be completed worldwide by the end of July.  

Updated feature: Monthly feature updates for Office 2016 for Office 365 

The latest feature updates for Office 2016 for Office 365 are now available. One of the benefits of Office 365 ProPlus is that Microsoft can provide new features for Office apps on a regular basis, through monthly updates. 

This month’s update includes new feature updates, as well as other security and bug fixes. Here is a list of some of the new features available in the June update:  

  • In Excel, PowerPoint, and Word you can insert SVGs that have filters already applied. 

  • In Excel, there is improved cell and formula bar editing. 

  • The Appointment Recurrence default settings have been updated. 

  • Title your slides with a pen in PowerPoint. 

  • Stay organized with Recent save locations in Project. 

  • New stencils and icons have been added to Visio. 

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Reminder: We are moving to TLS 1.2 for encryption 

As previously communicated in October 2017, December 2017, and February 2018, to provide best-in-class encryption, and to ensure their service is more secure by default, Microsoft are moving all of their online services to Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2+. Initially, they had planned to end support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 on March 1, 2018. After receiving valuable feedback from administrators, they decided to extend the deadline for upgrading to TLS 1.2 or later to October 31, 2018.  

Reminder: Please remember that you need to take action by October 31, 2018, in order to ensure connection without issues to Office 365 services. 

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whats new to intune June

What’s new to Microsoft Intune Service Update for June 

Note that this service release reflects engineering work completed in the June service update, even though the UI changes finished in July. 
Microsoft have introduced some changes that we’re excited for you to try out, for example:  
• Support for Android enterprise purpose-built devices  
• Setting automatic device cleanup rules  
• Line-of-business (LOB) app support for macOS 
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AnchorNew feature: Message translation in Teams 

Inline message translation is a new Microsoft Teams feature. This feature allows your users to click the Translate button (in the overflow menu for any message) and see that message translated to their client’s UI language. This new feature will be rolled out slowly, to customers, in mid-July, and the rollout will be completed worldwide by the end of July.  

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AnchorUpdated feature: Audit features in Exchange

In the coming months, we will enable all mailboxes with original default audit configuration settings to automatically record audit events. Mailboxes generating audit records can be found in the unified audit log or in the mailbox audit log through the Search-MailboxAuditLog cmdlet. Mailboxes that are currently configured to audit will continue to do so.
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