Office 365 Admin Update: December 2017

Microsoft Social Engagement Feature Social Engagement includes a feature that allows users to send posts to Azure Event Hubs by using Automation Rules in Social Engagement. The post content is sent in the form of a JSON object that contains the content of a post and its metadata. As part of evolving functionality, Social Engagement is updating the JSON payload by replacing the field with a new post.profile.uri field. The reason for the change is that the current implementation of the field is not source-specific. Consequently, the profiles of two authors with the same profile name on different platforms might end up having the same Moving forward, post.profile.uri will also include a source-based identifier as part of the field value (for example: mse-tw://#12345678).

____________________________________________________________Pages in SharePoint Online

Duplicate and promote pages in SharePoint Online This month, a new feature for SharePoint Online will enable users to duplicate, edit and promote SharePoint Online pages across various sharing platforms. This roll-out will be completed by the end of December for all users.


Toolboxes for multi-column sections in SharePoint Online Multi-column sections in SharePoint Online now have their own toolboxes. This has been added to improve clarity and reduce the space between sections by separating page structure from page content. This feature was rolled out at the beginning of December.

SharePoint Toolbox

Create news from the SharePoint Online home page When you click the SharePoint icon in the app launcher, you will now see the ‘create news’ option next to the ‘create site’ button. Once you click on create news, you will then be able to select where you wish this news to be published. This feature will be rolled out by the end of January.


SharePoint Site Scripts and Custom Site Designs Last week, Microsoft began rolling out support for SharePoint administrators to create and upload custom site scripts and site designs–alongside the previously released ability to manage custom site themes. The site designs are stored in a central, tenant-level gallery and can be applied to both team sites and communication sites. A user would see the custom site design as a choice during site creation after they click “Create site” from their SharePoint home in Office 365 after they select their site type. This custom site design is used to apply one or more site scripts for additional site configurations after the site is created. This feature should be rolled out by early 2018.


SharePoint conversations link moved from site header to navigation sharepoint-image-search In order to more clearly bring Office 365 group content and resources to your SharePoint team site we have recently updated the site navigation of your team site with a conversations link to either a group mailbox or Yammer group (depending on where the site was provisioned). This will be gradually rolled out to customers in January 2018.


Improved search in OneDrive for Business and SharePoint online 

Photo Intelligence within these apps is being updated – including Auto-tagging and OCR (Optical Character Recognition)

This update will enable search by location data (if found) and also any text extracted from the image. The roll out will be completed by the end of the year with more updates like this to follow in 2018.


Microsoft Teams – November Update

With these new features, you and your organisation’s teams will be able to: – Use a new PowerShell module that enables you to leverage PowerShell to configure and manage Microsoft Teams. – Utilize two new usage reports in the Office 365 Admin center that enable you to understand how your users are leveraging Teams to communicate and collaborate. – Store your Teams data locally in the UK to comply with legal, regulatory, and compliance needs. – Manage macOS devices with Intune and create policies to secure the data in Teams and prevent leakage on untrusted devices. – Clean up old or inactive chats from the chat list by hiding them. – Leave a group chat where you are no longer needed, or were added by mistake to begin with. – Control who can post in the General channel by choosing between three settings – allow everybody to post; limit posting to team owners only; or allow all team members to post but remind them that their message will be seen by many people. – Change your app theme, language, and notifications settings all in one place. – Discover new tabs more easily – Whenever someone adds a new tab at the top of a channel you belong to, you’ll see a “New” badge right next to the tab name.

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Yammer Web part for SharePoint Online 

The new web part is natively mobile and will surface new or top conversations directly on SharePoint Online pages in a card-style format that fits well with the look and feel of SharePoint Online communication sites.

The web part also allows users to start new Yammer conversations directly from SharePoint Online. Current implementations of the existing web part showing Yammer feeds in your pages will not be changed or disrupted. You may choose to update by removing the old web part, then adding the new web part to the page and linking it to your existing Yammer group.

There will be no disruption in your Yammer group’s content from changing the web part. Microsoft will start gradually rolling this out to Targeted Release customers in late December, and the roll out will be completed in the next few months.


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