2020 CW 49 Microsoft 365 Message Center changes

from 11/30/2020 to 12/06/2020

19 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
MC225209 (Updated) Microsoft Productivity Score soon to be generally available 2020-12-03T08;00;00Z N/A
MC216824 (Updated) Upcoming Exchange Device Access and Conditional Access changes with Outlook mobile 2020-08-01T07;00;00Z N/A

MC End Time changes

MC ID MC Title Old Value New Value MC Action required by
MC222821 (Updated) Microsoft Whiteboard introduces per user licensing 2020-11-30T08;00;00Z 2020-12-07T08;00;00Z N/A
MC222766 (Updated) Announcing general availability of Exact Data Match support for configurable match 2020-12-31T08;00;00Z 2021-01-15T08;00;00Z N/A
MC223381 (Updated) Notifications coming to the Yammer Communities app in Microsoft Teams 2020-12-31T08;00;00Z 2021-01-31T08;00;00Z 10/27/2020
MC224081 (Updated) Upcoming updates to Office 365 threat hunting experiences through Threat Explorer/Real-Time Detections 2020-12-31T08;00;00Z 2021-01-15T08;00;00Z N/A
MC224173 (Updated) Required properties improvements for SharePoint pages 2021-01-10T08;00;00Z 2021-02-12T08;00;00Z N/A
MC225209 (Updated) Microsoft Productivity Score soon to be generally available 2021-01-03T08;00;00Z 2021-02-01T08;00;00Z N/A
MC218786 (Updated) Azure CDN caching for SharePoint and OneDrive Video 2021-09-30T07;00;00Z 2021-02-28T07;00;00Z N/A
MC211421 (Updated) The Planner app in Teams will be renamed with an updated experience powered by Planner and To Do 2021-01-30T07;00;00Z 2021-02-28T07;00;00Z N/A
MC216824 (Updated) Upcoming Exchange Device Access and Conditional Access changes with Outlook mobile 2020-10-15T07;00;00Z 2021-02-27T07;00;00Z N/A
MC224732 (Updated) Microsoft Teams: Increasing the org-wide team limit from 5,000 to 10,000 2020-12-16T08;00;00Z 2021-02-28T08;00;00Z N/A
MC225505 (Updated) Upcoming changes to topics and hashtags in Yammer 2020-12-14T08;00;00Z 2021-02-12T08;00;00Z N/A
MC227532 (Updated) Introducing SharePoint Portal Launch Scheduler 2021-02-28T08;00;00Z 2021-03-12T08;00;00Z N/A

MC How Affect changes

MC ID MC Title Old Value New Value MC Action required by
MC222821 (Updated) Microsoft Whiteboard introduces per user licensing We are introducing the ability to control access to Whiteboard at the user level. These licenses currently exist in tenants, but they have not used for enablement.
With this change, Whiteboard will read licenses at both the tenant and user level and will block individual access should you disable a user license.
We will communicate new timing when we are ready to proceed. N/A
MC224173 (Updated) Required properties improvements for SharePoint pages SharePoint currently allows page owners to make properties (i.e., columns) required in the pages library. However, SharePoint does not enforce this requirement and will publish pages even if a page is missing required properties.
With this release, SharePoint will enforce the requirement and will display a pre-publication panel when a page is missing required properties.
Previously published pages and news posts will remain published and appear in a new ?Pages that need attention? library view of all pages that are missing required properties.
Visual cues on pages and news posts;
A red icon will display next to Page details in the command bar, indicating that attention is needed.
In the Page details panel, required properties are indicated with a red asterisk.
If an author selects Publish, Republish, Post news, Update news, Schedule, or Send for approval with missing required properties, the pre-publish panel will prompt them to supply the missing required properties.
Visual cues in the Pages library;
Fields that are missing required properties are highlighted in red and show the text ?Required info.?
Authors can provide the missing required properties in the Page details pane and publish directly from the Pages library.
A view called ?Pages that need attention? in the Pages library will display pages or news posts that are missing required properties.
Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?rtc=2filters=searchterms=63257 Roadmap ID 63257
Timing; Targeted release for entire organization, late November
Standard release, early December; complete early January
Rollout; tenant level
Control type; user control
Action; review and assess
N/A
MC227644 (Updated) Announcing general availability of mandatory labeling policy in Office apps Rollout will begin in late December and is expected to be complete by mid-January. Rollout will begin for Word, Excel and PowerPoint in late December and is expected to be complete by mid-January.
Rollout for the following Outlook clients will begin in early December and complete by the end of December
Outlook for the web
Outlook on iOS and Android
Outlook for Mac

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MC224732 (Updated) Microsoft Teams: Increasing the org-wide team limit from 5,000 to 10,000 For organizations with 10,000 or fewer users, global admins will be able to easily create a public team that includes every user in the organization. Microsoft Teams will use Active Directory to keep membership current.
The limit of five org-wide teams per tenant is unchanged.
We will begin rollout in early December (previously November) and expect to be complete by end of January (previously mid-November). N/A
MC225505 (Updated) Upcoming changes to topics and hashtags in Yammer Mid-NovemberRoll out begins; Topics look visually distinct from hashtags
Roll out begins; Clicking a topic opens the topic page, clicking a hashtag initiates a search for all messages that include it
Late-NovemberRoll out begins; Posting a hashtag will not automatically add a topic
Mid-NovemberRoll out begins; Topics look visually distinct from hashtags
Roll out begins; Clicking a topic opens the topic page, clicking a hashtag initiates a search for all messages that include it
Late-NovemberRoll out begins; Posting a hashtag will not automatically add a topic
Expected completion in January 2021
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MC226631 (Updated) Exclude specific files from OneDrive sync This setting is available in OneDrive version 20.201 in the Insiders ring in early November.
The setting will be generally available in early December.
This setting is available in OneDrive version 20.201 in the Insiders ring in early November.
The setting will be generally available in mid-December (previously early December).
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MC227532 (Updated) Introducing SharePoint Portal Launch Scheduler We will gradually roll this out in early December 2020. We expect it will be completely rolled out by early January 2021. We will gradually roll this out in early January (previously December). We expect it will be completely rolled out by early February (previously January). N/A

MC IsMajorChange changes

MC ID MC Title Old Value New Value MC Action required by
MC228368 Microsoft Teams: Profile menu update, relocating profile menu links to a new menu in the title bar False True N/A
MC228482 Configuration Change in Guest access for Microsoft Teams False True 02/08/2021
MC228685 Introducing translation in Outlook for Windows False True 01/06/2021

MC Link changes

MC ID MC Title Old Value New Value MC Action required by
MC227307 (Updated) SharePoint site header updates https://support.microsoft.com/office/change-the-look-of-your-sharepoint-site-06bbadc3-6b04-4a60-9d14-894f6a170818 N/A

MC Messages changes

MC ID MC Title Old Value New Value MC Action required by
MC222821 (Updated) Microsoft Whiteboard introduces per user licensing Updated October 22, 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
Microsoft Whiteboard, which is automatically enabled for most Microsoft 365 tenants, will soon read licenses at a user level. There?s no change to how Microsoft Whiteboard is managed at the tenant level. If you do not use Whiteboard in your tenant, you can disregard this message.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=66761 Roadmap ID 66761.
When this will happenThis feature will be enabled at the end of October (previously mid-October).
Updated November 30, 2020; Based on learnings from our early rings, we have made the decision to make additional changes to the code before we proceed with the rollout. We will deliver a new Message center post once we are ready to re-start the rollout. Thank you for your patience.
Microsoft Whiteboard, which is automatically enabled for most Microsoft 365 tenants, will soon read licenses at a user level. There?s no change to how Microsoft Whiteboard is managed at the tenant level. If you do not use Whiteboard in your tenant, you can disregard this message.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=66761 Roadmap ID 66761.
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MC222766 (Updated) Announcing general availability of Exact Data Match support for configurable match Updated November 06, 2020; We have updated the rollout timing below. Thank you for your patience.
Exact Data Match (EDM) will now support more granular data configuration and will utilize a new upload agent.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=65880 Roadmap ID 65880.
When this will happenThe new upload agent will be available in late November (previously October).
Updated December 1, 2020; We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
Exact Data Match (EDM) will now support more granular data configuration and will utilize a new upload agent.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=65880 Roadmap ID 65880.
When this will happenThe new upload agent will be available in early December (previously late November).
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MC222880 Changes in classic form customizations in modern lists and libraries We are changing how customized forms work inside SharePoint lists and libraries that will affect tenants using the SharePoint classic experience.
Key points
Timing; late October to late November
Roll-out; tenant level
Control type; user control
Action; review and assess by October 25, 2020
Updated December 1, 2020; This feature has completed rolling out. Thank you for your patience.
We are changing how customized forms work inside SharePoint lists and libraries that will affect tenants using the SharePoint classic experience.
Key points
Timing; late October to late November
Roll-out; tenant level
Control type; user control
Action; review and assess by October 25, 2020
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MC223381 (Updated) Notifications coming to the Yammer Communities app in Microsoft Teams With this change, Yammer users can be notified in Teams when announcements are made in communities that they are a member of and when the user is @ mentioned in a conversation. This change affects the Yammer Communities app in the Microsoft Teams app (web, desktop, and mobile).
Key points
Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?rtc=1filters=searchterms=64015 Roadmap ID 64015
Timing; beginning of November
Roll-out; user level
Control type; user control
Action; review and assess
Updated December 1, 2020; We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
With this change, Yammer users can be notified in Teams when announcements are made in communities that they are a member of and when the user is @ mentioned in a conversation. This change affects the Yammer Communities app in the Microsoft Teams app (web, desktop, and mobile).
Key points
Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?rtc=1filters=searchterms=64015 Roadmap ID 64015
Timing; beginning in November and complete by early January.
Roll-out; user level
Control type; user control
Action; review and assess
10/27/2020
MC224081 (Updated) Upcoming updates to Office 365 threat hunting experiences through Threat Explorer/Real-Time Detections As part of Hunting Improvements, we are making updates to Threat Explorer and Real-Time Detections. These are updates around data enrichment, data consistency, and better experiences to make analyst hunting more efficient and effective. These set of changes include;
Additional Threat information within our Hunting Experiences, which includes introduction of spam verdict, additional detection technologies and an updated email timeline to show more details around post-delivery events on an email.
System overrides, which will help the analyst to locate malicious emails delivered due to potential config gaps, as well as identifying any tenant or user level configurations which have impacted the delivery of an email.
Additional Actions, which consist of actions that were applied post the delivery of the Email, and includes actions like ZAP, Manual Remediation (which are action taken by an Admin e.g. Soft Delete) and Dynamic Delivery.
Threat information about URLs, which will help admins to identify which specific URL in an email was malicious.
Latest delivery location, which is intended to inform admins of the message's last known location post-delivery or any system/admin actions.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=featureid=66467 66467
When this will happen
The roll-out will begin in mid-October and we expect to complete by the end of November.
Updated December 1, 2020; We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
As part of Hunting Improvements, we are making updates to Threat Explorer and Real-Time Detections. These are updates around data enrichment, data consistency, and better experiences to make analyst hunting more efficient and effective. These set of changes include;
Additional Threat information within our Hunting Experiences, which includes introduction of spam verdict, additional detection technologies and an updated email timeline to show more details around post-delivery events on an email.
System overrides, which will help the analyst to locate malicious emails delivered due to potential config gaps, as well as identifying any tenant or user level configurations which have impacted the delivery of an email.
Additional Actions, which consist of actions that were applied post the delivery of the Email, and includes actions like ZAP, Manual Remediation (which are action taken by an Admin e.g. Soft Delete) and Dynamic Delivery.
Threat information about URLs, which will help admins to identify which specific URL in an email was malicious.
Latest delivery location, which is intended to inform admins of the message's last known location post-delivery or any system/admin actions.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=featureid=66467 66467
When this will happen
The roll-out will began at the end of November (previously mid-October) and we expect to complete by mid-December (previously end of November).
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MC224173 (Updated) Required properties improvements for SharePoint pages Updated October 22 to clarify this change applies to Targeted Release for entire organization, and does not apply to Targeted Release for selected users.
SharePoint page authors will soon need to supply required information before a page or news post can be published if one or more required properties have been set up in the pages library.
Key points
Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?rtc=2filters=searchterms=63257 Roadmap ID 63257
Timing; Targeted release for entire organization, late October
Standard release, late November; complete early December
Rollout; tenant level
Control type; user control
Action; review and assess
Updated December 1, 2020; We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
SharePoint page authors will soon need to supply required information before a page or news post can be published if one or more required properties have been set up in the pages library.
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MC225209 (Updated) Microsoft Productivity Score soon to be generally available Updated October 30, 2020; The deployment of the new control that allows you to disable the people experiences in Productivity Score was delayed and is rolling out now. Thank you for your patience.
https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/admin/productivity/productivity-score Microsoft Productivity Score, a new analytics solution that helps you understand how work gets done in your organization, is transitioning from preview to general availability.
Key points
Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?rtc=1%26filters=searchterms=66866 Roadmap ID 66866
Timing; admin control available starting October 30, 2020
Roll-out; tenant level
Control type; admin control
Action; review and assess by December 3, 2020
Updated December 1, 2020; The transition to default on will not take place on December 3, 2020. The user level details from the communications, meetings, content collaboration, teamwork, and mobility categories will be removed by December 5, 2020. Review the blog post at 'https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2020/12/01/our-commitment-to-privacy-in-microsoft-productivity-score/' target=blank;Our commitment to privacy in Microsoft Productivity Score to learn more.
https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/admin/productivity/productivity-score Microsoft Productivity Score, a new analytics solution that helps you understand how work gets done in your organization, is transitioning from preview to general availability.
Key points
Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?rtc=1%26filters=searchterms=66866 Roadmap ID 66866
Timing; admin control available starting October 30, 2020
Roll-out; tenant level
Control type; admin control
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MC227644 (Updated) Announcing general availability of mandatory labeling policy in Office apps Microsoft Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) will soon support the enforcement of the Microsoft Information Protection policy setting, Require users to apply a label, before they can save documents or send emails. This feature is supported on all platforms (Windows/Mac/iOS/Android/Web) for Outlook and all platforms except the web for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Support for mandatory labeling on the web for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint will be available early 2021.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=68873 Roadmap ID 68873.
Updated December 1, 2020; We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
Microsoft Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) will soon support the enforcement of the Microsoft Information Protection policy setting, Require users to apply a label, before they can save documents or send emails. This feature is supported on all platforms (Windows/Mac/iOS/Android/Web) for Outlook and all platforms except the web for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Support for mandatory labeling on the web for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint will be available early 2021.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=68873 Roadmap ID 68873.
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MC218786 (Updated) Azure CDN caching for SharePoint and OneDrive Video We are pleased to introduce Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) support for videos to improve streaming performance and the overall user experience in SharePoint and OneDrive.
Key points
Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=66065 Roadmap ID 66065
Timing; Targeted release mid-August; complete worldwide by the end of August
Roll-out; tenant level
Action; review and assess
Updated December 2, 2020; Based on learnings from our early rings, we have made the decision to make additional changes to the code before we proceed with the rollout. We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
We are pleased to introduce Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) support for videos to improve streaming performance and the overall user experience in SharePoint and OneDrive.
Key points
Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=66065 Roadmap ID 66065
Timing; Targeted release mid-August; complete worldwide by the end of January 2021
Roll-out; tenant level
Action; review and assess
N/A
MC211421 (Updated) The Planner app in Teams will be renamed with an updated experience powered by Planner and To Do Updated October 30, 2020; Changing the app name in Teams from ?Planner? to ?Tasks by Planner and To Do? has been delayed until later this calendar year. We will make an additional update to this Message Center post when we kick off the name change. Once we've made the name change, users will see a banner announcing the change. In the future, we will shorten the app name to ?Tasks?.
These name changes will not impact the naming for Planner or To Do experiences outside of Teams.

The Teams mobile Tasks app is expected to begin roll out in November.
Note; We will communicate via Message center separately once we are ready to proceed with Government tenant (GCC, GCC-High or DoD) roll-out.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=featureid=57213 57213 and https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=featureid=65385 65385

Updated December 3rd, 2020; Changing the app name in Teams from ?Planner? to ?Tasks by Planner and To Do? is scheduled to go live within the next few days to all non-Government tenants. The change is intended to better reflect the app combing the To Do and Planner experiences.
Once we've made the name change, users will see a banner announcing the change. In the future, we will shorten the app name to ?Tasks?.
These name changes will not impact the naming for Planner or To Do experiences outside of Teams.

The Teams mobile Tasks app is expected to begin roll out in December.
Note; We will communicate via Message center separately once we are ready to proceed with Government tenant (GCC, GCC-High or DoD) roll-out.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=featureid=57213 57213 and https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=featureid=65385 65385

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MC216824 (Updated) Upcoming Exchange Device Access and Conditional Access changes with Outlook mobile Recently, we discovered that certain Azure Active Directory Conditional Access policies prevented Exchange Online device access rules from being applied to Outlook for iOS and Android. For example, customers with a conditional access policy that required Multi-factor authentication (MFA) resulted in Exchange Online not processing device access rules for Outlook for iOS and Android.
Beginning in August 2020, we will roll out changes in Exchange Online to ensure that only certain Conditional Access policies bypass Exchange?s device access rules. Specifically, only Conditional Access policies configured with the following grant access controls will prevent Exchange device access rules being applied to Outlook for iOS and Android;
Require device to be marked as compliant
Require approved client app
Require app protection policy
Key Points;
Timing; Beginning of August
Action; Review and assess organizational impact
Updated December 3, 2020; We have updated the post to extend visibility. There are no changes to the body of the message. Thank you for your patience.
Recently, we discovered that certain Azure Active Directory Conditional Access policies prevented Exchange Online device access rules from being applied to Outlook for iOS and Android. For example, customers with a conditional access policy that required Multi-factor authentication (MFA) resulted in Exchange Online not processing device access rules for Outlook for iOS and Android.
Beginning in August 2020, we will roll out changes in Exchange Online to ensure that only certain Conditional Access policies bypass Exchange?s device access rules. Specifically, only Conditional Access policies configured with the following grant access controls will prevent Exchange device access rules being applied to Outlook for iOS and Android;
Require device to be marked as compliant
Require approved client app
Require app protection policy
Key Points;
Timing; Beginning of August
Action; Review and assess organizational impact
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MC224732 (Updated) Microsoft Teams: Increasing the org-wide team limit from 5,000 to 10,000 We are pleased to increase the limit for org-wide teams in Microsoft Teams from 5,000 to 10,000 members.
Note; org-wide teams aren't yet available for Teams for Education.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?rtc=1filters=searchterms=68692 Roadmap ID https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?rtc=1filters=searchterms=68692 68692.
When this will happenWe will begin rollout in early November and expect to be complete by mid-November.
Updated December 3, 2020; We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
We are pleased to increase the limit for org-wide teams in Microsoft Teams from 5,000 to 10,000 members.
Note; org-wide teams aren't yet available for Teams for Education.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?rtc=1filters=searchterms=68692 Roadmap ID https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?rtc=1filters=searchterms=68692 68692.
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MC225505 (Updated) Upcoming changes to topics and hashtags in Yammer We?re creating sharper distinction between topics and hashtags in Yammer. We?re further differentiating these features so that topics power curation, management, and categorizing of knowledge while hashtags will continue to be used to support campaigns and user expression.
This means the following changes in the coming weeks;
Topics will look visually distinct from hashtags?making them easier to scan for in a feed, and consistent with how topics look in Microsoft 365. Hashtags will continue to look the same.
Posting a hashtag will no longer automatically add a topic to the thread. One can continue to manually add a topic to a thread.
Clicking a topic will open the topic page. Clicking a hashtag will initiate a search for all messages that include that hashtag.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=featureid=73251 73251
Updated December 3, 2020; We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
We?re creating sharper distinction between topics and hashtags in Yammer. We?re further differentiating these features so that topics power curation, management, and categorizing of knowledge while hashtags will continue to be used to support campaigns and user expression.
This means the following changes in the coming weeks;
Topics will look visually distinct from hashtags?making them easier to scan for in a feed, and consistent with how topics look in Microsoft 365. Hashtags will continue to look the same.
Posting a hashtag will no longer automatically add a topic to the thread. One can continue to manually add a topic to a thread.
Clicking a topic will open the topic page. Clicking a hashtag will initiate a search for all messages that include that hashtag.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=featureid=73251 73251
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MC226631 (Updated) Exclude specific files from OneDrive sync We are introducing a setting that allows you to exclude newly added OneDrive files from syncing to the cloud by file name or extension on Windows devices.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?rtc=1filters=searchterms=66188 Roadmap ID 66188.
Updated December 3, 2020; We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
We are introducing a setting that allows you to exclude newly added OneDrive files from syncing to the cloud by file name or extension on Windows devices.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?rtc=1filters=searchterms=66188 Roadmap ID 66188.
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MC227307 (Updated) SharePoint site header updates We are expanding the SharePoint branding options that make it easier to customize your site, including new header configurations for modern sites.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=63776 Roadmap ID 63776.
Updated December 3, 2020; We have updated the post with a link to Additional Information. Thank you for your patience.
We are expanding the SharePoint branding options that make it easier to customize your site, including new header configurations for modern sites.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=searchterms=63776 Roadmap ID 63776.
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MC227532 (Updated) Introducing SharePoint Portal Launch Scheduler We are introducing a SharePoint Portal Launch Scheduler, designed to help coordinate and schedule launch details for SharePoint sites that are expected to receive high volumes of traffic, also known as portals. The Portal Launch Scheduler is available via SharePoint PowerShell.
Note; You need tenant administrative permissions to run the PowerShell cmdlets.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?rtc=1%26filters=searchterms=66162 Roadmap ID 66162.
Updated December 3, 2020; We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
We are introducing a SharePoint Portal Launch Scheduler, designed to help coordinate and schedule launch details for SharePoint sites that are expected to receive high volumes of traffic, also known as portals. The Portal Launch Scheduler is available via SharePoint PowerShell.
Note; You need tenant administrative permissions to run the PowerShell cmdlets.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?rtc=1%26filters=searchterms=66162 Roadmap ID 66162.
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MC MessageTagNames changes

MC ID MC Title Old Value New Value MC Action required by
MC222880 Changes in classic form customizations in modern lists and libraries Feature update,User impact Feature update,Updated message,User impact N/A
MC223381 (Updated) Notifications coming to the Yammer Communities app in Microsoft Teams New feature,User impact New feature,Updated message,User impact 10/27/2020
MC224081 (Updated) Upcoming updates to Office 365 threat hunting experiences through Threat Explorer/Real-Time Detections Admin impact,Feature update Admin impact,Feature update,Updated message N/A
MC224173 (Updated) Required properties improvements for SharePoint pages New feature,User impact New feature,Updated message,User impact N/A
MC227644 (Updated) Announcing general availability of mandatory labeling policy in Office apps Admin impact,New feature,User impact Admin impact,New feature,Updated message,User impact N/A
MC218786 (Updated) Azure CDN caching for SharePoint and OneDrive Video New feature,User impact New feature,Updated message,User impact N/A
MC216824 (Updated) Upcoming Exchange Device Access and Conditional Access changes with Outlook mobile Updated message N/A
MC224732 (Updated) Microsoft Teams: Increasing the org-wide team limit from 5,000 to 10,000 Admin impact,Feature update,User impact Admin impact,Feature update,Updated message,User impact N/A
MC225505 (Updated) Upcoming changes to topics and hashtags in Yammer Feature update,User impact Feature update,Updated message,User impact N/A
MC226631 (Updated) Exclude specific files from OneDrive sync New feature,User impact New feature,Updated message,User impact N/A
MC227307 (Updated) SharePoint site header updates New feature,User impact New feature,Updated message,User impact N/A
MC227532 (Updated) Introducing SharePoint Portal Launch Scheduler Admin impact,New feature Admin impact,New feature,Updated message N/A

MC prepare changes

MC ID MC Title Old Value New Value MC Action required by
MC222821 (Updated) Microsoft Whiteboard introduces per user licensing There is no change to your current Microsoft Whiteboard tenant setting. User licenses are enabled by default.
If you wish to use per user licensing, https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/active-directory/fundamentals/license-users-groups you can assign or remove licenses in the Azure Active Directory portal.
Learn more; https://support.microsoft.com/office/enable-microsoft-whiteboard-for-your-organization-1caaa2e2-5c18-4bdf-b878-2d98f1da4b24 enable Microsoft Whiteboard for your organization.
We are introducing the ability to control access to Whiteboard at the user level. These licenses currently exist in tenants, but they have not used for enablement.
With this change, Whiteboard will read licenses at both the tenant and user level and will block individual access should you disable a user license.
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MC224173 (Updated) Required properties improvements for SharePoint pages You should notify individuals in your organization who author pages and news posts, as well as those who provide SharePoint assistance, that this change is coming. Also consider updating your user training.
Learn more; https://support.microsoft.com/office/view-edit-and-add-page-details-778018d3-8269-4fd2-a55d-8c0e5b72b938 View, edit, and add page details
SharePoint currently allows page owners to make properties (i.e., columns) required in the pages library. However, SharePoint does not enforce this requirement and will publish pages even if a page is missing required properties.
With this release, SharePoint will enforce the requirement and will display a pre-publication panel when a page is missing required properties.
Previously published pages and news posts will remain published and appear in a new ?Pages that need attention? library view of all pages that are missing required properties.
Visual cues on pages and news posts;
A red icon will display next to Page details in the command bar, indicating that attention is needed.
In the Page details panel, required properties are indicated with a red asterisk.
If an author selects Publish, Republish, Post news, Update news, Schedule, or Send for approval with missing required properties, the pre-publish panel will prompt them to supply the missing required properties.
Visual cues in the Pages library;
Fields that are missing required properties are highlighted in red and show the text ?Required info.?
Authors can provide the missing required properties in the Page details pane and publish directly from the Pages library.
A view called ?Pages that need attention? in the Pages library will display pages or news posts that are missing required properties.
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MC225209 (Updated) Microsoft Productivity Score soon to be generally available From now until October 29, you can https://adoption.microsoft.com/productivity-score/ access Productivity Score in preview after you accept the terms.
By enabling the preview, you can review a subset of the features to better understand capabilities.
If you enable the preview before October 29, you will see an additional set of features on October 29.
If you choose to not enable the preview, on October 29 Productivity Score will be generally available but will be not enabled by default.
Starting on October 30, Microsoft 365 admin center will have a new control that allows you to disable the people experiences in Productivity Score. Find it by going to Settings ; Org Settings; under the Services tab, choose Reports.
On December 3, Productivity Score will transition to default On for any tenant that has not actively set the admin toggle to Off.
Learn more;
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-365-blog/how-microsoft-productivity-score-can-help-you-build-a-more/ba-p/1696726 How Microsoft Productivity Score can help you build a more resilient business
https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/admin/productivity/privacy Privacy controls for Productivity Score
Productivity Score landing page in Microsoft 365 admin center
From now until October 29, you can https://adoption.microsoft.com/productivity-score/ access Productivity Score in preview after you accept the terms.
By enabling the preview, you can review a subset of the features to better understand capabilities.
If you enable the preview before October 29, you will see an additional set of features on October 29.
If you choose to not enable the preview, on October 29 Productivity Score will be generally available but will be not enabled by default.
Starting on October 30, Microsoft 365 admin center will have a new control that allows you to disable the people experiences in Productivity Score. Find it by going to Settings ; Org Settings; under the Services tab, choose Reports.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-365-blog/how-microsoft-productivity-score-can-help-you-build-a-more/ba-p/1696726 How Microsoft Productivity Score can help you build a more resilient business
https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/admin/productivity/privacy Privacy controls for Productivity Score
Productivity Score landing page in Microsoft 365 admin center
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MC224732 (Updated) Microsoft Teams: Increasing the org-wide team limit from 5,000 to 10,000 After this rolls out to your tenant, if you don't see the org-wide option when creating a team and you're a global admin, you might have reached the five org-wide team limit or your organization might have more than the new size limit of 10,000 members.
Learn more https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoftteams/create-an-org-wide-team about creating an org-wide team in Microsoft Teams.
For organizations with 10,000 or fewer users, global admins will be able to easily create a public team that includes every user in the organization. Microsoft Teams will use Active Directory to keep membership current.
The limit of five org-wide teams per tenant is unchanged.
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MC Title changes

MC ID MC Title Old Value New Value MC Action required by
MC223381 (Updated) Notifications coming to the Yammer Communities app in Microsoft Teams Notifications coming to the Yammer Communities app in Microsoft Teams (Updated) Notifications coming to the Yammer Communities app in Microsoft Teams 10/27/2020
MC224081 (Updated) Upcoming updates to Office 365 threat hunting experiences through Threat Explorer/Real-Time Detections Upcoming updates to Office 365 threat hunting experiences through Threat Explorer/Real-Time Detections (Updated) Upcoming updates to Office 365 threat hunting experiences through Threat Explorer/Real-Time Detections N/A
MC227644 (Updated) Announcing general availability of mandatory labeling policy in Office apps Announcing general availability of mandatory labeling policy in Office apps (Updated) Announcing general availability of mandatory labeling policy in Office apps N/A
MC218786 (Updated) Azure CDN caching for SharePoint and OneDrive Video Azure CDN caching for SharePoint and OneDrive Video (Updated) Azure CDN caching for SharePoint and OneDrive Video N/A
MC216824 (Updated) Upcoming Exchange Device Access and Conditional Access changes with Outlook mobile Upcoming Exchange Device Access and Conditional Access changes with Outlook mobile (Updated) Upcoming Exchange Device Access and Conditional Access changes with Outlook mobile N/A
MC224732 (Updated) Microsoft Teams: Increasing the org-wide team limit from 5,000 to 10,000 Microsoft Teams; Increasing the org-wide team limit from 5,000 to 10,000 (Updated) Microsoft Teams; Increasing the org-wide team limit from 5,000 to 10,000 N/A
MC225505 (Updated) Upcoming changes to topics and hashtags in Yammer Upcoming changes to topics and hashtags in Yammer (Updated) Upcoming changes to topics and hashtags in Yammer N/A
MC226631 (Updated) Exclude specific files from OneDrive sync Exclude specific files from OneDrive sync (Updated) Exclude specific files from OneDrive sync N/A
MC227307 (Updated) SharePoint site header updates SharePoint site header updates (Updated) SharePoint site header updates N/A
MC227532 (Updated) Introducing SharePoint Portal Launch Scheduler Introducing SharePoint Portal Launch Scheduler (Updated) Introducing SharePoint Portal Launch Scheduler N/A

CW49 New Office 365 Message Center items

MC ID MC Title MC Category MC Workload MC Major Change MC Action required by
MC227859 Rollout continues for structural navigation caching for optimized page performance Stay Informed SharePoint Online False N/A
MC228046 Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for Current Channel Stay Informed Microsoft 365 Apps False N/A
MC228224 Reminder of Upcoming IE11 Retirement in Microsoft 365 Apps Plan For Change Office for the web True N/A
MC228362 Microsoft Teams: use an iPad to present in a live event Stay Informed Microsoft Teams False N/A
MC228368 Microsoft Teams: Profile menu update, relocating profile menu links to a new menu in the title bar Plan For Change Microsoft Teams True N/A
MC228385 Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for Current Channel Stay Informed Microsoft 365 Apps False N/A
MC228391 Send SharePoint pages to Yammer Stay Informed SharePoint Online, Yammer Enterprise False N/A
MC228393 Shifts app groups will automatically have a tag in Teams Stay Informed Microsoft Teams False N/A
MC228400 Announcing evaluation mode and trial for Defender for Office 365 Stay Informed Exchange Online, Exchange Online Protection False N/A
MC228482 Configuration Change in Guest access for Microsoft Teams Plan For Change Microsoft Teams True 02/08/2021
MC228486 Upcoming retirement of Internet Explorer 11 Plan For Change Dynamics 365, Microsoft Power Automate, Power Apps False N/A
MC228517 Admin delete option for confirmed phishing in Microsoft Forms Stay Informed Microsoft Forms False N/A
MC228641 Retiring Visio Web Access from SharePoint Online Plan For Change Microsoft 365 suite True N/A
MC228648 Upcoming licensing and technical enforcement deadlines Stay Informed Dynamics 365, Microsoft Power Automate, Power Apps False N/A
MC228668 Azure Active Directory Application Proxy header-based authentication (in preview) Stay Informed Identity Service False N/A
MC228685 Introducing translation in Outlook for Windows Plan For Change Microsoft 365 Apps True 01/06/2021

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