2020 CW 37 Microsoft 365 Message Center changes

from 09/07/2020 to 09/13/2020

7 Office 365 Message Center Items were changed and 6 Office 365 Message Center Items were added

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MC IDMC TitleOld ValueNew ValueMC Action required by
MC220791(Updated) New Feature: Manage how long guests can access SharePoint Online and OneDrive documents2020-11-30T08;00;00Z2020-12-31T08;00;00ZN/A
MC217716(Updated) Microsoft Teams - Large Gallery view (Preview) - see up to 49 participants2020-09-30T07;00;00Z2020-10-30T07;00;00ZN/A
MC215375(Updated) Removing some Teams channel system messages2020-09-30T07;00;00Z2020-11-30T07;00;00ZN/A
MC215186(Updated) Microsoft Teams has a new Information pane and pinned posts2020-09-30T07;00;00Z2020-12-31T07;00;00ZN/A

MC How Affect changes

MC IDMC TitleOld ValueNew ValueMC Action required by
MC215186(Updated) Microsoft Teams has a new Information pane and pinned posts1. Information pane
Selecting the Channel info icon in the channel header will open a new Information pane that displays a channel summary. The summary includes the channel description as well as a list of recent contributors and members.
This is also the new home for system messages. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/see-who-s-on-a-team-or-in-a-channel-5c6be9be-9c45-4a0f-a1a0-f332b23cb6b7 target=_blank style=background-color; rgb(255, 255, 255); font-family; sans-serif; font-weight; 400;;Information about team members can be found here or in the Member List.
2. Pinned posts
Any member of a channel will be able to pin any channel message to the channel Information pane for all members of the channel to see, unless this feature is disabled in channel moderation settings.
1. Information pane
Selecting the Channel info icon in the channel header will open a new Information pane that displays a channel summary. The summary includes the channel description as well as a list of recent contributors and members.
This is also the new home for system messages. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/see-who-s-on-a-team-or-in-a-channel-5c6be9be-9c45-4a0f-a1a0-f332b23cb6b7 Information about team members can be found here or in the Member List.
2. Pinned posts
Any member of a channel will be able to pin any channel message to the channel Information pane for all members of the channel to see, unless this feature is disabled in channel moderation settings.
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MC IsMajorChange changes

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MC221542Updates to Discover name, feed in Outlook for iOSFalseTrueN/A

MC Messages changes

MC IDMC TitleOld ValueNew ValueMC Action required by
MC221542Updates to Discover name, feed in Outlook for iOSWe are changing the name of the Discover feed section on the Search home page in Outlook for iOS to Recommended. In addition, for your Outlook for iOS users, the Discover feed on the Search home page will now include SharePoint news and access to recently recorded Teams online meetings. When this change in the content feed is available for Android users, we will issue a new Message center post.
Key points
Microsoft 365 Roadmap IDs https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=67557 target=_blank style=outline; 0px;;67557 and https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=67560 67560
Timing, changes in Discover feed; early September to late September
Timing, Discover name change; early October to late October
Roll-out; tenant level roll-out
Control type; admin control with mobile app configuration for Discover feed in Intune or other solution
Action; review and assess
We are changing the name of the Discover feed section on the Search home page in Outlook for iOS to Recommended. In addition, for your Outlook for iOS users, the Discover feed on the Search home page will now include SharePoint news and access to recently recorded Teams online meetings. When this change in the content feed is available for Android users, we will issue a new Message center post.
Key points
Microsoft 365 Roadmap IDs https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=67557 67557 and https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=67560 67560
Timing, changes in Discover feed; early September to late September
Timing, Discover name change; early October to late October
Roll-out; tenant level roll-out
Control type; admin control with mobile app configuration for Discover feed in Intune or other solution
Action; review and assess
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MC221113(Updated) Final Reminder: Office 365 ATP External email forwarding controls and policy changeAs originally announced in MC218984 (July '20) automated external email forwarding is a tactic attackers use to exfiltrate data out of an organization. To counter that, we are updating our outbound anti-spam policies. First, we are providing a control to easily enable automatic external forwarding for select people in your organization. Second, we will change the ?Automatic? setting to block automatic external forwarding. Internal automatic forwarding of messages will not be impacted by this change.
On September 1st, 2020 the Auto-Forwarding Policy will be enforced for tenants who have configured their policy to On or Off. For tenants that have made no changes and have no users externally forwarding prior to September 1st 2020 the setting ?Automatic? will default to ?Off? and automatic forwarding will be disabled. For organizations that have some users externally forwarding prior to September 1st 2020 the setting ?Automatic? will default to ?On? and we will contact you separately when this will change for your tenant.
NOTE; No action is needed if you don't want to allow any users to automatically forward messages externally or if no one in your tenant is currently doing so. Additionally, we understand that some organizations already have users automatically forwarding messages outside the organization and we will provide additional time and communications to enable transition to the new policy controls. For these organizations we will communicate via Message center with more details on when the change will impact your specific tenant.
Key points
Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=63831 target=_blank style=background-color; rgb(255, 255, 255); font-family; sans-serif; font-weight; 400;;Roadmap ID 63831
Timing; September 1, 2020
Roll-out; tenant level
Control type; admin control
Action; review and assess by August 28, 2020
Updated September 8, 2020; As announced in MC221113 (August 28th), on September 1st, 2020 the Auto-Forwarding Policy was planned be enforced for tenants who have configured their policy to On or Off, this includes tenants that had users external forwarding prior to September 1st 2020.

We have determined that we need additional time to complete validations before we can deploy this change and enforce the policy action. Once we have completed the additional validations, we will send an updated message center post confirming when the policy will be enforced.

Once we have worked through all validations we will send another message center post informing customers when the policy will be enforced.

Note; If you have configured your Auto Forward policy to ?Off? at this time externally forwarded mail will not be blocked.
Original message below for reference.

As originally announced in MC218984 (July '20) automated external email forwarding is a tactic attackers use to exfiltrate data out of an organization. To counter that, we are updating our outbound anti-spam policies. First, we are providing a control to easily enable automatic external forwarding for select people in your organization. Second, we will change the ?Automatic? setting to block automatic external forwarding. Internal automatic forwarding of messages will not be impacted by this change.
On September 1st, 2020 the Auto-Forwarding Policy will be enforced for tenants who have configured their policy to On or Off. For tenants that have made no changes and have no users externally forwarding prior to September 1st 2020 the setting ?Automatic? will default to ?Off? and automatic forwarding will be disabled. For organizations that have some users externally forwarding prior to September 1st 2020 the setting ?Automatic? will default to ?On? and we will contact you separately when this will change for your tenant.
NOTE; No action is needed if you don't want to allow any users to automatically forward messages externally or if no one in your tenant is currently doing so. Additionally, we understand that some organizations already have users automatically forwarding messages outside the organization and we will provide additional time and communications to enable transition to the new policy controls. For these organizations we will communicate via Message center with more details on when the change will impact your specific tenant.
Key points
Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=63831 Roadmap ID 63831
Timing; TBD
Roll-out; tenant level
Control type; admin control
Action; review and assess by August 28, 2020

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MC220791(Updated) New Feature: Manage how long guests can access SharePoint Online and OneDrive documentsYou will soon be able to create a policy that automatically revokes access for external guests to https://docs.microsoft.com/sharepoint/sites/sites-and-site-collections-overview#overview-of-sharepoint-sites target=_blank style=;SharePoint Online (SPO) sites and individual OneDrives after a defined period of time.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=43797 Roadmap ID 43797.
When will this happenWe'll gradually roll this out in late August and expect rollout to be complete at the end of October.
Updated September 11, 2020; To ensure the best possible experience for our users, we are delaying some of our deployments to reduce the amount of change flowing into the services. Please see the updated roll-out timeline below
You will soon be able to create a policy that automatically revokes access for external guests to https://docs.microsoft.com/sharepoint/sites/sites-and-site-collections-overview#overview-of-sharepoint-sites target=_blank style=;SharePoint Online (SPO) sites and individual OneDrives after a defined period of time.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=43797 Roadmap ID 43797.
When will this happen
We will begin rolling out to targeted release tenants by the end of September and standard release by mid-October.
We expect to complete the rollout the end of November.
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MC219363(Updated) New Power Platform features coming to TeamsUpdated September 03, 2020; To ensure the best possible experience for our users, we are delaying some of our deployments to reduce the amount of change flowing into the services. Please see the updated roll-out timeline below
We are adding new https://powerplatform.microsoft.com/ Power Platform features to make it easier for customers to create, deploy and manage key business apps and chatbots directly within Microsoft Teams.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=66407 Roadmap ID 66407.
When this will happen
The rollout will begin in mid-September (previously mid-August) and be complete by the end of September (previously August).
Updated September 11, 2020; We have updated the content below to provide additional information.
We are adding new https://powerplatform.microsoft.com/ Power Platform features to make it easier for customers to create, deploy and manage key business apps and chatbots directly within Microsoft Teams.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=66407 Roadmap ID 66407.
When this will happen
The rollout will begin in mid-September (previously mid-August) and be complete by the end of September (previously August).
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MC217716(Updated) Microsoft Teams - Large Gallery view (Preview) - see up to 49 participantsLarge Gallery view (preview) for Microsoft Teams meetings provides a new way to view video from up to 49 participants at once on a single screen. Similar to the normal Gallery view, Large Gallery automatically adapts the layout of participant videos in a Teams meeting into defined grids (e.g. 7x7) for optimal viewing. Large Gallery is an optional participant view that is turned off by default for each meeting, and each meeting user may switch in or out of Large Gallery view at any time.
Large Gallery is being made available as a public preview feature and uses a new flexible design to deliver a network-optimized client video experience that works on multiple device categories. During the preview, the Large Gallery experience will be available for desktop Teams client (Windows, Mac) and mobile Teams client (iOS, Android) users. In order to take advantage of this new view, users will need to turn on the new multi-window meeting experience and must have ten (10) or more participants in an active meeting with video turned on.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=featureid=65333 65333
When this will happen
We will begin rolling out the feature to production with the new multi-window experience for desktop clients in early July and target full availability including mobile clients for iOS and Android by the end of August.
Updated September 11, 2020; We are pleased to share that this feature is available for the desktop client and iOS. We are still in the progress of making it available on Android and have updated the below. We appreciate your patience.
Large Gallery view (preview) for Microsoft Teams meetings provides a new way to view video from up to 49 participants at once on a single screen. Similar to the normal Gallery view, Large Gallery automatically adapts the layout of participant videos in a Teams meeting into defined grids (e.g. 7x7) for optimal viewing. Large Gallery is an optional participant view that is turned off by default for each meeting, and each meeting user may switch in or out of Large Gallery view at any time.
Large Gallery is being made available as a public preview feature and uses a new flexible design to deliver a network-optimized client video experience that works on multiple device categories. During the preview, the Large Gallery experience will be available for desktop Teams client (Windows, Mac) and mobile Teams client (iOS, Android) users. In order to take advantage of this new view, users will need to turn on the new multi-window meeting experience and must have ten (10) or more participants in an active meeting with video turned on.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=featureid=65333 65333
When this will happen
Available now for desktop clients and iOS.
Android will be available by the end of September
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MC215375(Updated) Removing some Teams channel system messagesWe are making it easier for your users to focus on relevant information in Teams by removing some system messages.
When this will happen
Rollout for standard release tenants will begin in mid-June and be complete in mid-July.
Rollout for government tenants should begin in mid-August and be complete by the end of August.
Updated September 11, 2020; To ensure the best possible experience for our users, we are delaying some of our deployments to reduce the amount of change flowing into the services. Please see the updated roll-out timeline below We appreciate your patience.
We are making it easier for your users to focus on relevant information in Teams by removing some system messages.
When this will happen
Rollout for standard release tenants will begin in mid-June and be complete by the end of September.
Rollout for government tenants should begin at the end of September and be complete by the end of October.
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MC215186(Updated) Microsoft Teams has a new Information pane and pinned postsWe are pleased to introduce two features that should make it easier for your users to find new and relevant information in a channel.
This feature is related to Microsoft Roadmap IDs https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=64173 64173 and https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=64334 64334.
When this will happen
Rollout for standard release tenants will begin the beginning of July and be complete in mid-July.
Rollout for government tenants should begin in mid-August and be complete by the end of August.
Updated September 11, 2020; We are pleased to announce that Information pane (https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=64173 64173) has rolled out. We are extending the roll-out timeline for Pinned posts (https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=64334 64334) as noted below. We appreciate your patience.
We are pleased to introduce two features that should make it easier for your users to find new and relevant information in a channel.
This feature is related to Microsoft Roadmap IDs https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=64173 64173 and https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=64334 64334.
When this will happen
Information pane has completed rolling out.
Pinned posts
Rollout for standard release tenants will begin at the end of September and complete by the end of October.
Rollout for government tenants should begin at the end of October and be complete by the end of November.
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MC MessageTagNames changes

MC IDMC TitleOld ValueNew ValueMC Action required by
MC221113(Updated) Final Reminder: Office 365 ATP External email forwarding controls and policy changeAdmin impact,Feature update,New feature,User impactAdmin impact,Feature update,New feature,Updated message,User impactN/A
MC220791(Updated) New Feature: Manage how long guests can access SharePoint Online and OneDrive documentsAdmin impact,New feature,User impactAdmin impact,New feature,Updated message,User impactN/A
MC217716(Updated) Microsoft Teams - Large Gallery view (Preview) - see up to 49 participantsNew feature,Updated message,User impactN/A
MC215375(Updated) Removing some Teams channel system messagesUpdated message,User impactN/A
MC215186(Updated) Microsoft Teams has a new Information pane and pinned postsNew feature,Updated message,User impactN/A

MC prepare changes

MC IDMC TitleOld ValueNew ValueMC Action required by
MC221113(Updated) Final Reminder: Office 365 ATP External email forwarding controls and policy changeTo prepare for the changes we recommend that all administrators do the following by August 28, 2020.
Use the https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/security/office-365-security/mfi-auto-forwarded-messages-report target=_blank style=background-color; rgb(255, 255, 255); font-family; sans-serif; font-weight; 400;;Auto-forwarded messages report to identify which users in your tenant are automatically forwarding messages outside the organization. Focus on users with either SMTP forwarding or Inbox rules. Exchange transport rules (ETRs) are unaffected by this change.
https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/security/office-365-security/configure-the-outbound-spam-policy Configure the outbound spam policies to allow automatic external forwarding for either your entire organization or specific users.
For more information, please see https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/security/office-365-security/external-email-forwarding target=_blank style=background-color; rgb(255, 255, 255); font-family; sans-serif; font-weight; 400;;Configuring and controlling external email forwarding in Office 365.
To prepare for the changes we recommend that all administrators do the following by August 28, 2020.
Use the https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/security/office-365-security/mfi-auto-forwarded-messages-report Auto-forwarded messages report to identify which users in your tenant are automatically forwarding messages outside the organization. Focus on users with either SMTP forwarding or Inbox rules. Exchange transport rules (ETRs) are unaffected by this change.
https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/security/office-365-security/configure-the-outbound-spam-policy Configure the outbound spam policies to allow automatic external forwarding for either your entire organization or specific users.
For more information, please see https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/security/office-365-security/external-email-forwarding Configuring and controlling external email forwarding in Office 365.
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MC219363(Updated) New Power Platform features coming to TeamsOnce this update is complete, you will see new service plans ? Microsoft Dataflex and Power Virtual Agents for Teams ? in the list of plans included with your subscription. These changes will not impact other features in your subscription, besides what is mentioned above. However, you may consider updating your internal documentation to reflect these additional capabilities, as needed.
The following admin controls are available in Teams Admin center to enable/disable the new functionality in public preview ?
App permissions policies; Admins can turn the Power Platform maker/builder experience off or on in Teams by selecting Power Apps and/or Power Virtual Agents applications available under ?Microsoft Apps?. This setting is available for a specific set of users or for the tenant all up. More information on App permissions policies can be found here - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/teams-app-permission-policies Manage app permission policies in Microsoft Teams
Note; Admin controls to enable/disable new Power Platform deployment capabilities in Teams will not be available by public preview. This control will be introduced by GA in the Teams admin center.
Existing Power Platform functionality within Office 365 remains unchanged.
Learn more at the https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/microsoft-teams-is-shaping-the-future-of-work-with-low-code-apps/ba-p/1507180 Microsoft Teams blog.
Once this update is complete, you will see new service plans ? Microsoft Dataflex and Power Virtual Agents for Teams ? in the list of plans included with your subscription. These changes will not impact other features in your subscription, besides what is mentioned above. However, you may consider updating your internal documentation to reflect these additional capabilities, as needed.
The following admin controls are available in Teams Admin center to enable/disable the new functionality in public preview ?
App permissions policies; Admins can turn the Power Platform maker/builder experience off or on in Teams by selecting Power Apps and/or Power Virtual Agents applications available under ?Microsoft Apps?. This setting is available for a specific set of users or for the tenant all up.
Note; Admins can turn the Power Platform one-click deployment experience off or on in Teams by selecting Shared Power Apps and/or Shared Power Virtual Agents applications available under ?Microsoft Apps?. This setting is available for a specific set of users or for the tenant all up.
More information on App permissions policies can be found here; https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/teams-app-permission-policies Manage app permission policies in Microsoft Teams
Existing Power Platform functionality within Office 365 remains unchanged.
Learn more at the https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/microsoft-teams-is-shaping-the-future-of-work-with-low-code-apps/ba-p/1507180 Microsoft Teams blog.
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MC Title changes

MC IDMC TitleOld ValueNew ValueMC Action required by
MC221113(Updated) Final Reminder: Office 365 ATP External email forwarding controls and policy changeFinal Reminder; Office 365 ATP External email forwarding controls and policy change(Updated) Final Reminder; Office 365 ATP External email forwarding controls and policy changeN/A
MC220791(Updated) New Feature: Manage how long guests can access SharePoint Online and OneDrive documentsNew Feature; Manage how long guests can access SharePoint Online and OneDrive documents(Updated) New Feature; Manage how long guests can access SharePoint Online and OneDrive documentsN/A
MC217716(Updated) Microsoft Teams - Large Gallery view (Preview) - see up to 49 participantsMicrosoft Teams - Large Gallery view (Preview) - see up to 49 participants(Updated) Microsoft Teams - Large Gallery view (Preview) - see up to 49 participantsN/A
MC215375(Updated) Removing some Teams channel system messagesRemoving some Teams channel system messages(Updated) Removing some Teams channel system messagesN/A
MC215186(Updated) Microsoft Teams has a new Information pane and pinned postsMicrosoft Teams has a new Information pane and pinned posts(Updated) Microsoft Teams has a new Information pane and pinned postsN/A

CW37 New Office 365 Message Center items

MC IDMC TitleMC CategoryMC WorkloadMC Major ChangeMC Action required by
MC221738Updates to the Ideas Feature in ExcelPlan For ChangeMicrosoft 365 suiteTrueN/A
MC221732New Feature: Inline message translation for AndroidStay InformedMicrosoft TeamsFalseN/A
MC221880Microsoft Forms introduces a responder progress barStay InformedMicrosoft FormsFalseN/A
MC221913Deployment schedule available for 2020 Release Wave 2Plan For ChangeMicrosoft Power Automate, Power AppsFalseN/A
MC221899Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for all channelsStay InformedOffice Client ApplicationsFalseN/A
MC221952Feature update: Gallery view in Microsoft ListsStay InformedSharePoint OnlineFalseN/A

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