Play of the Week

Microsoft Teams is continuing to upgrade and improve the audio quality for end users during meetings. The new detect music automatically update will recognize and identify when music is picked up on the microphone. End users will have the choice to listen or suppress the music.

In Development

Visio: Email notifications for @mentions

You can tag a co-worker in a comment by using an @mention. That person will be notified by email about your comment.

ID: 66969 Tags: Visio – Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant) Release: January CY2022

Microsoft Forms: Forms Mobile parity with Forms desktop for Creation & Analysis

Form designers who create forms and analyze results from Mobile will now have access to the full Form’s product functionality including all question types, settings, quiz, and collaboration. This will be available to new forms and Existing forms in the browser and a few weeks later in the Office Mobile app.

ID: 81845 Tags: Forms – GCC, GCC High, DoD, Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant) Release: December CY2021

Microsoft Information Protection: Co-authoring on encrypted documents

Multiple authors can edit labeled and protected documents in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint simultaneously, frictionlessly, and with auto-save, as if they were regular documents.

ID: 82113 Tags: Microsoft Information Protection – DoD Release: December CY2021

Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Updates to the Mailflow Status Report

We’re introducing a new look for the mailflow status report, as we update existing reports to the latest and greatest. You can expect all of the same great information in an easier to use layout.

ID: 82173 Tags: Microsoft Defender for Office 365 – Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant) Release: December CY2021

Microsoft Viva: SharePoint Integration

The Knowledge Admin provides a site URL for where the Learning Service can create an empty centralized location – Learning App Content Repository – in the form of a structured SharePoint List. This list can be used by the organization to house links to cross-company SharePoint folders containing learning content. Admins are responsible for collecting and curating a list of URLs for folders. These folders should only include content that can be made available in the Learning app.

ID: 82174 Tags: Microsoft Viva – Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant) Release: November CY2021

SharePoint: Improvements to the authoring experience in SharePoint Pages

We’re making changes to the editing experience for SharePoint pages. This change will make it easier for users to understand where they are in a page by adding labels to each content area. These changes also reduce clutter by consolidating web part editing actions into a single toolbar and placing authors into focus mode by default to remove visual distractions while editing.

ID: 82177 Tags: SharePoint – DoD, GCC High, GCC, Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant) Release: December CY2021

Microsoft Teams: Integrated CART captioning in meetings on Web

Users will now be able to view captions coming from a CART provider (real-time captioning) within the Microsoft Teams meeting on Chrome and Edge. Meeting organizers and participants will be able to ask their captioning providers to stream captions to Microsoft Teams.

ID: 84906 Tags: Microsoft Teams – Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant), GCC Release: January CY2022

Outlook: Groups icon change in Outlook on the web

Groups icon inside mail module will be made consistent with the Groups icon available in other Outlook applications. Groups icon inside Outlook web will be changed from current folder icon to Groups icon.

ID: 85632 Tags: Outlook – Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant) Release: November CY2021

Outlook: Support for “Send As” by default in Groups for Outlook on the web

Now users having “Send As” permission in Groups will see the Group ID getting populated by default in their “From” address while composing or responding to conversations from the corresponding Groups section in mail module.

ID: 85633 Tags: Outlook – Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant) Release: December CY2021

Microsoft Teams: Switch between multiple video cameras in Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows

Ability for participants in a Microsoft Teams Room to switch between multiple video cameras during a Teams meeting.

ID: 85818 Tags: Microsoft Teams – Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant), GCC Release: January CY2022

Microsoft Teams: Redesigned Teams Store

With the redesigned Teams Store, you’ll find a landing page optimized for ease of discoverability with rotating banners at the top that spotlight interesting apps and scenarios. You’ll also get intelligent recommendations – like featured apps and those popular amongst your colleagues. And editorial articles that surface collections of apps that address common scenarios from apps to get you started in Teams to those best for educators.  Updated app categories to make it easier to find the apps you’re searching for – from those built by your org and colleagues to those built for certain functions and industries.

ID: 86186 Tags: Microsoft Teams – GCC High Release: December CY2021

Microsoft Teams: Share specific parts of the App to meeting stage

We have introduced new API’s within the Teams Client SDK that will provide developers the ability to share specific content within their app to the meeting stage from the app side panel experience.

ID: 87799 Tags: Microsoft Teams – Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant), GCC Release: November CY2021

Microsoft Teams: Enriching the App detailed page with more descriptive App information In Teams admin center

The app detail page will provide greater description for each app, including images and product videos.

ID: 88306 Tags: Microsoft Teams – Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant), GCC Release: January CY2022

Microsoft Teams: Configure your activity feed notifications

Users will be able to change the type of notification that appear in their activity feed. Right click on the feed item, and you will be able to turn on/off all reactions and select the apps you would like to get notifications from.

ID: 88400 Tags: Microsoft Teams – Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant) Release: December CY2021

Yammer: Mobile App Minimum Support Changes

For the Yammer app on iOS devices, iOS 14 or later will now be required for the Yammer mobile app. Phones running iOS 12 and 13 will still be able to use Yammer after the cutoff but won’t receive any new app updates. For the Yammer app on Android, anyone using an app version older than (released May 6, 2020) will need to update to the latest version. The latest version requires devices running Android 6.0 or newer.

ID: 88520 Tags: Yammer – Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant) Release: November CY2021

Microsoft Teams: Mirror my video

Mirror my video feature provides the user the option to un-mirror their video and thereby have the same view as the other users(s) in the meeting. By un-mirroring their video, the user will see the text correctly. No more flipped text in backgrounds or while holding a small whiteboard while teaching primary school kids. This feature is helpful in gallery, large gallery, ppt-content only sharing, and ppt-live scenarios.

ID: 89015 Tags: Microsoft Teams – Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant) Release: November CY2021

Microsoft Teams: Detect Music Automatically

The previously released ML-based noise suppression is now enabled by default for most of our customers. ML-based noise suppression considers any non-speech signal picked up by the microphone as noise which should be suppressed. To avoid suppressing music and to allow users to enable the new high-fidelity music mode, we have built an ML-based music detector which will inform the user whenever music is present through a notification. This will give the end user the choice whether music is indeed an unwanted background noise, such as when calling into a meeting from a coffee shop, or if music is a desired signal, such as when participating in a music lesson.

ID: 89016 Tags: Microsoft Teams – Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant) Release: January CY2022

Microsoft Teams: Roaming bandwidth control

Admins will now be able to set a bandwidth control policy to disable video calls when users are working in bandwidth constrained areas – this protects the reliability of the connection, automatically just based on where the users are located.  Once users return to a location with better bandwidth, their video calling is restored. Initially two settings from the Teams Meeting Policy will be included – AllowIPVideo, and MediaBitRateKb.

ID: 89064 Tags: Microsoft Teams – Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant), GCC High, DoD Release: January CY2022

Rolling Out

Microsoft Teams: Search results page in Teams

A new search results page experience in Teams will make finding messages, people, answers, and files faster and more intuitive. A new All page to show top results from each domain, Bookmark and Acronym Answers, decluttered search result snippets, preview message results for more context, more discoverable filters, previews for files – with better relevance based on the people and content you engage with most in Teams and other Microsoft 365 services.

ID: 66583 Tags: Microsoft Teams – GCC, Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant), DoD, GCC High Release: November CY2021

Microsoft 365 compliance center: Advanced eDiscovery – Historical versions

Now eDiscovery admins can designate specific SharePoint Online or OneDrive for Business sites to enable for historical versions functionality. This capability will enable organizations to quickly search across not only the current version of documents, but all the versions of the document.

ID: 81898 Tags: Microsoft Compliance center – Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant) Release:

SharePoint: New SharePoint site Usage reports for Government clouds

We are making additional SharePoint Site Usage reports available in Government clouds. The reports include “time spent report”, “popular platforms”, “news page analytics” and “ability to download site usage data to excel”.

ID: 82096 Tags: SharePoint – GCC, GCC High, DoD Release: November CY2021

Microsoft Project: Add Checklist to tasks

Add checklist items to your tasks & mark them complete as you finish your work.

ID: 82104 Tags: Microsoft Project – Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant) Release: November CY2021

Azure Active Directory: Continuous Access Evaluation (CAE)

CAE (Continuous Access Evaluation) provides enhanced security and resilience by issuing long-lived tokens and being able to revoke user access in real-time when risk is introduced, such as when the user is terminated, or the user moves to an untrusted location.

ID: 82171 Tags: Azure Active Directory – Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant) Release: December CY2021

Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Teams Connect support for third-party and custom tab app configuration

With Microsoft Teams Connect we are making it easier to collaborate with anyone outside your organization. Developers will be able to configure their third-party or custom tab apps in context of shared channels through the Teams SDK.

ID: 83131 Tags: Microsoft Teams – GCC, Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant) Release: November CY2021


Microsoft Stream: Viewing the transcript for a Microsoft Teams meeting recording

For Teams meeting recordings saved to OneDrive & SharePoint that were recorded with Teams Live Transcript, you’ll now be able to view the transcript from that meeting directly in the transcript pane next to the video player.

ID: 82057 Tags: Microsoft Stream – Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant) Release: September CY2021