2020 CW 38 Microsoft 365 Message Center changes

from 09/14/2020 to 09/20/2020

8 Office 365 Message Center Items were changed and 16 Office 365 Message Center Items were added

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Changes

MC Action Required By changes

MC ID MC Title Old Value New Value MC Action required by
MC222345 New Yammer setting change 2020-10-18T07;00;00Z 2020-10-13T07;00;00Z 10/13/2020

MC End Time changes

MC ID MC Title Old Value New Value MC Action required by
MC221113 (Updated) Final Reminder: Office 365 ATP External email forwarding controls and policy change 2020-10-01T07;00;00Z 2020-10-15T07;00;00Z N/A
MC220987 (Updated) Introducing live transcription in Microsoft Teams meetings 2020-11-15T08;00;00Z 2020-11-30T08;00;00Z N/A
MC220224 (Updated) Microsoft Authenticator App Lock will be enabled by default 2020-10-15T07;00;00Z 2020-11-19T07;00;00Z N/A
MC219651 (Updated) Speaker attribution in Live Captions 2020-09-30T07;00;00Z 2020-10-30T07;00;00Z N/A

MC How Affect changes

MC ID MC Title Old Value New Value MC Action required by
MC221738 Updates to the Ideas Feature in Excel While this feature provides powerful capabilities we have found that it is not easily discoverable and we believe this may relate to the name of the capability. As such, starting in 30 days we will begin rollout of a new name for the Ideas feature to validate improved discoverability of this feature. To ensure the best result we will be updatingthe name to one that better reflects the feature?s focus on Data AnalysisIdeas. We will monitor for improved discoverability and make a decision ofwhich name resonates best with your users before continuing rollout to theremainder of your user population.
After the Group Policy setting is retired, whether users can use the feature will depend on your https://docs.microsoft.com/deployoffice/privacy/manage-privacy-controls target=_blank style=background-color; rgb(255, 255, 255); font-family; sans-serif; font-weight; 400;;policy settings to manage privacy controls for Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise. Moving forward the the Ideas feature will only be managed as a https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/deployoffice/privacy/connected-experiences target=_blank style=background-color; rgb(255, 255, 255); font-family; sans-serif; font-weight; 400;;Connected Experiences in Office, please review your https://docs.microsoft.com/deployoffice/privacy/manage-privacy-controls target=_blank style=background-color; rgb(255, 255, 255); font-family; sans-serif; font-weight; 400;;policy settings to manage privacy controls for Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise and the https://docs.microsoft.com/deployoffice/overview-office-cloud-policy-service target=_blank style=background-color; rgb(255, 255, 255); font-family; sans-serif; font-weight; 400;;overview of the Office cloud policy service for Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise.
While this feature provides powerful capabilities we have found that it is not easily discoverable and we believe this may relate to the name of the capability. As such, starting in 30 days we will begin rollout of a new name for the Ideas feature to validate improved discoverability of this feature. To ensure the best result we will be updating the name to one that better reflects the feature?s focus on Data Analysis Ideas. We will monitor for improved discoverability and make a decision of which name resonates best with your users before continuing rollout to the remainder of your user population.
After the Group Policy setting is retired, whether users can use the feature will depend on your https://docs.microsoft.com/deployoffice/privacy/manage-privacy-controls policy settings to manage privacy controls for Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise. Moving forward the the Ideas feature will only be managed as a https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/deployoffice/privacy/connected-experiences Connected Experiences in Office, please review your https://docs.microsoft.com/deployoffice/privacy/manage-privacy-controls policy settings to manage privacy controls for Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise and the https://docs.microsoft.com/deployoffice/overview-office-cloud-policy-service overview of the Office cloud policy service for Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise.
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MC219363 (Updated) New Power Platform features coming to Teams Select Microsoft 365 and Office 365 subscriptions that include Power Apps and Power Automate are expanding with the introduction of Microsoft Dataflex ? a built-in, flexible datastore supporting relational, image and file data with a one-click experience for deploying solutions natively in Teams.
Your users will be able to access these public preview features in Teams beginning in mid-September.
With Dataflex, Power Apps will provide an integrated app studio that lets users build and deploy custom apps within Teams.
Your end users will also be able to build and deploy custom chatbots in Teams with the introduction of Power Virtual Agents.
We are also adding Power Automate capabilities, including the ability to trigger flows directly from Teams messages.
This new Power Platform functionality for Teams is included at no additional cost with your Microsoft 365 and Office 365 licenses. Existing Power Platform functionality available for use in Office 365 more broadly outside of Teams remains unchanged.
Select Microsoft 365 and Office 365 subscriptions that include Power Apps and Power Automate are expanding with the introduction of Microsoft Project Oakdale ? a built-in, flexible datastore supporting relational, image and file data with a one-click experience for deploying solutions natively in Teams.
Your users will be able to access these public preview features in Teams beginning in mid-September.
With Project Oakdale, Power Apps will provide an integrated app studio that lets users build and deploy custom apps within Teams.
Your end users will also be able to build and deploy custom chatbots in Teams with the introduction of Power Virtual Agents.
We are also adding Power Automate capabilities, including the ability to trigger flows directly from Teams messages.
This new Power Platform functionality for Teams is included at no additional cost with your Microsoft 365 and Office 365 licenses. Existing Power Platform functionality available for use in Office 365 more broadly outside of Teams remains unchanged.
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MC222233 (Updated) Updated sender display name for Message center email communication Message center email with the following subject lines will be affected;
Message Center Data Privacy Message Notification
Message Center Major Change Update Notification
Weekly digest; Microsoft service updates
Message center email with the following subject lines will be affected;
Message Center Data Privacy Message Notification
Message Center Major Change Update Notification
Weekly digest; Microsoft service updates
Note; the email address (o365mc@microsoft.com) will not change.
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MC Messages changes

MC ID MC Title Old Value New Value MC Action required by
MC221113 (Updated) Final Reminder: Office 365 ATP External email forwarding controls and policy change 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

Updated September 15, 2020; As announced in latest update to MC221113, additional time was needed to complete validations before deploying change and enforcing the Auto Forward Policy. We have completed all validations and will resume deployment of this policy on September 16, 2020.
As a reminder 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 15, 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 15, 2020 the setting ?Automatic? will default to ?On? and we will contact you separately when this will change for your tenant.

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

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.
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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MC220987 (Updated) Introducing live transcription in Microsoft Teams meetings Live transcripts in Microsoft Teams meetings will provide another way to both follow and review meeting conversations. Note; Live transcription currently supports only spoken English (English-US).
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=65967 Roadmap ID 65967.
When this will happen We will begin rolling this out in late September and expect the rollout to be complete in early October.
Updated September 15, 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
Live transcripts in Microsoft Teams meetings will provide another way to both follow and review meeting conversations. Note; Live transcription currently supports only spoken English (English-US).
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=65967 Roadmap ID 65967.
When this will happen We will begin rolling this out in mid-October (previously late September) and expect the rollout to be complete at the end of October (previously early October).
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MC220224 (Updated) Microsoft Authenticator App Lock will be enabled by default If you do not have users who are using the https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/active-directory/user-help/user-help-auth-app-overview Microsoft Authenticator app on their mobile devices for two-factor authentication, you may safely ignore this message.
Microsoft Authenticator https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/active-directory/user-help/user-help-auth-app-faq App Lock will soon be https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-active-directory-identity/microsoft-authenticator-app-lock-now-enabled-by-default/ba-p/1257368 enabled by default if the user has set up a PIN or biometric on the device.
When this will happen
For iOS, we are rolling this out gradually in mid-August and should be complete by the end of August.
For Android, we are rolling this out gradually in late August and should be complete by mid-September.
Updated September 15, 2020; We have completed the rollout for iOS. The rollout for Android is taking longer than expected. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please see the updated roll-out timeline below
If you do not have users who are using the https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/active-directory/user-help/user-help-auth-app-overview Microsoft Authenticator app on their mobile devices for two-factor authentication, you may safely ignore this message.
Microsoft Authenticator https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/active-directory/user-help/user-help-auth-app-faq App Lock will soon be https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-active-directory-identity/microsoft-authenticator-app-lock-now-enabled-by-default/ba-p/1257368 enabled by default if the user has set up a PIN or biometric on the device.
When this will happen
For iOS, we are rolling this out gradually in mid-August and should be complete by the end of August. Complete
For Android, we are rolling this out gradually in late September (previously August) and should be complete by mid-October (previously mid-September).
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MC219651 (Updated) Speaker attribution in Live Captions Teams already provides live captions as a way to follow along with what is being said in a meeting. We will soon add speaker attribution to captions so that everyone knows who is speaking.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=65949 Roadmap ID 65949.
When this will happen We will begin a gradual rollout in mid-August and expect the rollout to be complete by the end of August.
Updated September 15, 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
Teams already provides live captions as a way to follow along with what is being said in a meeting. We will soon add speaker attribution to captions so that everyone knows who is speaking.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=65949 Roadmap ID 65949.
When this will happen We will begin a gradual rollout in mid-September (previously mid-August) and expect the rollout to be complete by the end of September (previously August).
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MC222233 (Updated) Updated sender display name for Message center email communication The Admin center Message center team is updating the sender name for Message center emails. This change is related to MC219415 (July 2020).
Key points
New sender name; Microsoft 365 Message Center
Old sender name; 365 Service Alert
Timing; mid-October
Rollout; tenant level
Action; review and assess
Updated September 16, 2020; We have updated the content below to provide more clarity. Thank you for your feedback.
The Admin center Message center team is updating the display name of the sender for Message center emails. This change is related to MC219415 (July 2020).
Key points
New sender display name; Microsoft 365 Message Center
Old sender display name; 365 Service Alert
Timing; mid-October
Rollout; tenant level
Action; review and assess
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MC MessageTagNames changes

MC ID MC Title Old Value New Value MC Action required by
MC220987 (Updated) Introducing live transcription in Microsoft Teams meetings Admin impact,Feature update,User impact Admin impact,Feature update,Updated message,User impact N/A
MC220224 (Updated) Microsoft Authenticator App Lock will be enabled by default New feature,User impact New feature,Updated message,User impact N/A
MC219651 (Updated) Speaker attribution in Live Captions Feature update,User impact Feature update,Updated message,User impact N/A
MC222233 (Updated) Updated sender display name for Message center email communication Admin impact,Feature update Admin impact,Feature update,Updated message N/A

MC prepare changes

MC ID MC Title Old Value New Value MC Action required by
MC221738 Updates to the Ideas Feature in Excel You may consider sharing the naming change with your help desk for awareness. Additionally, you should consider reviewing your Group Policy settings and ensure your https://docs.microsoft.com/deployoffice/privacy/manage-privacy-controls target=_blank style=background-color; rgb(255, 255, 255); font-family; sans-serif; font-weight; 400;;policy settings to manage privacy controls for Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise are configured for the experience you wish to enable.
Your feedback is important to us and ask that you let us know how you feel about the Ideas name changes. You can provide feedback by using the thumbs up or thumbs down at the top of this Message center post.
You may consider sharing the naming change with your help desk for awareness. Additionally, you should consider reviewing your Group Policy settings and ensure your https://docs.microsoft.com/deployoffice/privacy/manage-privacy-controls policy settings to manage privacy controls for Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise are configured for the experience you wish to enable.
Your feedback is important to us and ask that you let us know how you feel about the Ideas name changes. You can provide feedback by using the thumbs up or thumbs down at the top of this Message center post.
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MC219363 (Updated) New Power Platform features coming to Teams 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.
Once this update is complete, you will see new service plans ? Microsoft Project Oakdale 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 ID MC Title Old Value New Value MC Action required by
MC220987 (Updated) Introducing live transcription in Microsoft Teams meetings Introducing live transcription in Microsoft Teams meetings (Updated) Introducing live transcription in Microsoft Teams meetings N/A
MC220224 (Updated) Microsoft Authenticator App Lock will be enabled by default Microsoft Authenticator App Lock will be enabled by default (Updated) Microsoft Authenticator App Lock will be enabled by default N/A
MC219651 (Updated) Speaker attribution in Live Captions Speaker attribution in Live Captions (Updated) Speaker attribution in Live Captions N/A
MC222233 (Updated) Updated sender display name for Message center email communication Updated sender name for Message center email communication (Updated) Updated sender display name for Message center email communication N/A

CW38 New Office 365 Message Center items

MC ID MC Title MC Category MC Workload MC Major Change MC Action required by
MC222150 Updated Feature: Ability to opt-out of Outlook incident notifications Stay Informed Exchange Online False N/A
MC222132 Retirement of IDCRL based sign-in in Office Win32 clients Plan For Change Office Client Applications True N/A
MC222178 Flow Admin Center unavailable Stay Informed Microsoft Power Automate False N/A
MC222171 Turn off message preview for chat notifications in Teams Stay Informed Microsoft Teams False N/A
MC222160 Intune Plan for Change: Managing Android devices running 10 and above where Google Mobile Services are unavailable Stay Informed Microsoft Intune False N/A
MC222157 Microsoft Teams: Windows 10 native notifications in Teams Stay Informed Microsoft Teams False N/A
MC222156 Introducing macOS native notifications in Teams Stay Informed Microsoft Teams False N/A
MC222246 Search Yammer using the Teams Communities app Stay Informed Yammer Enterprise False N/A
MC222233 (Updated) Updated sender display name for Message center email communication Stay Informed Microsoft 365 suite True N/A
MC222217 Configuration Change: We're making some changes to the way we treat Feedback in OneDrive For Business Plan For Change OneDrive for Business True N/A
MC222216 Deployment schedule available for Microsoft Power Platform 2020 Release Wave 2 Stay Informed Microsoft Power Automate in Microsoft 365, Power Apps in Microsoft 365 False N/A
MC222261 Organizational branding of Teams custom apps store Stay Informed Microsoft Teams False N/A
MC222346 Teams meetings, end of meeting notification Stay Informed Microsoft Teams False N/A
MC222345 New Yammer setting change Stay Informed Yammer Enterprise True 10/13/2020
MC222388 Ability to show/hide services on the Service Health page Stay Informed Microsoft 365 suite False N/A
MC222406 Introducing Microsoft Teams templates Stay Informed Microsoft Teams False N/A

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