2021 CW 37 Microsoft 365 Message Center changes

from 09/06/2021 to 09/12/2021

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

Please note: Only common Message Center messages are in this list you should always check your Message Center for additional messages

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MC256837(Updated) Sharing Links for Microsoft Lists is now available!2021-09-30T09:00:00Z2021-11-30T08:00:00ZN/A
MC264092(Updated) Teams Follows Office Preview2021-09-10T09:00:00Z2021-10-31T08:00:00Z07/24/2021
MC277639(Updated) Microsoft 365 roadmap site updates2021-10-11T09:00:00Z2021-10-31T08:00:00ZN/A

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MC270671(Updated) We're updating the Hybrid federated searchThe necessary configuration is provided as a Windows PowerShell script that is used to adjust an existing SharePoint Hybrid configuration to successfully work and authenticate using the new Microsoft 365 search engine.
There are three main procedures executed as part of the script:
Register a new Service Principal for Federated Search Skill in SharePoint Online.
Register a new Application Principal for Federated Search Skill in SharePoint On-Premises.
Grant appropriate permissions to SharePoint On-Premises Federated Search Skill Application Principal.
Note: In the event you have not updated your servers by October 1, 2021 as outlined, users will no longer receive on-premises SharePoint results in SharePoint Online. Applying the configuration change will not affect the user experience.
The necessary configuration updates are provided as a Windows PowerShell script that is used to adjust an existing SharePoint Hybrid configuration to work with and authenticate using the new Microsoft 365 search engine.
There are four main procedures executed as part of the script:
Register a new Service Principal for Federated Search Skill in SharePoint Online.
Register a new Application Principal for Federated Search Skill in SharePoint On-Premises.
Grant appropriate permissions to SharePoint On-Premises Federated Search Skill Application Principal.
Register EVO/eSTS as a Trusted Token Issuer at SharePoint On-Premises.
Note: In the event you have not updated your servers by October 1, 2021 as outlined, users will no longer receive on-premises SharePoint results in SharePoint Online. Applying the configuration change will not affect the user experience.
Below you will find the required dependencies to run the script. If they do not exist, the script will attempt to install them on the server where it is being run.
Please use the following information as a reference for the required dependencies, if for any reason the script cannot install them, please attempt to manually install them using the instructions provided.
PowerShell Snap-Ins:
Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell
How to install it?
This Snap-In comes preinstalled with the SharePoint Server installation.
How to Test Installation?
On a regular PowerShell window on a SharePoint machine, you can run:
Add-PsSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell
If there are no errors after running this command, then the Snap-In is already installed and available on your machine.
PowerShell Modules:
AzureAD / AzureADPreview
How to Install it?
You should be able to use either AzureAD or AzureADPreview module. In case you don’t have any of them installed please install AzureAD since they cannot be installed together.
On a regular PowerShell window, you can use the command below for installation:
Install-Module -Name AzureAD
If you want to install AzureADPreview instead of AzureAD you can use the following command:
Install-Module -Name AzureADPreview
How to Test Installation?
On regular PowerShell window, you can run:
Import-Module AzureAD
Or if you’re using AzureADPreview run:
Import-Module AzureADPreview
If there are no errors after running the relevant command, then the Module is already installed and available on your machine.

MSOnline
How to Install it?
On a regular PowerShell window, you can use the command below for installation:
Install-Module MSOnline
How to Test Installation?
On regular PowerShell window, you can run:
Import-Module MSOnline
If there are no errors after running the relevant command, then the Module is already installed and available on your machine.

10/01/2021
MC272882(Updated) Plan for Change: Notifications will require upcoming Android and iOS Company Portal and Intune app updateIf you are using custom notifications, you will want to ensure your users update the Company Portal and/or Intune app. There is no change in the feature’s functionality.

User impact: If users do not update the Company Portal and/or Intune app prior to this change, they will not receive messages sent by your organization and will instead receive a notification telling them to update their app. Once they update their app, they will see the message sent by your organization in the Notifications section in the app.

If you are using custom notifications, you will want to ensure your users update the Company Portal and/or Intune app. There is no change in the feature’s functionality.
User impact: If users do not update the Company Portal and/or Intune app prior to this change, they will not receive messages sent by your organization and will instead receive a notification telling them to update their app. Once they update their app, they will see the message sent by your organization in the Notifications section in the app.
For iOS Company Portal, additional notification cases will prompt users to update the Company Portal in order to see the message, including:
Push notifications for noncompliance.
Device ownership change push notifications.
Delivery of S/MIME certificates for iOS to access Outlook.
Derived credential enrollment.
Note: These additional cases will apply to the Android Company Portal and Intune app with future service side updates, we will keep you informed of these upcoming changes.
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MC270671(Updated) We're updating the Hybrid federated searchUpdated August 31, 2021: We have updated the content below to provided additional clarity. Thank you for your patience.
We're making some changes to the Hybrid federated search, also called inbound hybrid search, where user searches from the SharePoint in Microsoft 365 Search Center display hybrid results.
As part of search modernization in Microsoft 365 we’re updating the infrastructure used by SharePoint Server’s Hybrid federated search. As part of the process, customers who are using the Hybrid federated search with hybrid SharePoint deployments will need to update their configuration to continue using hybrid search with SharePoint Server and SharePoint Online.
If you are not actively using or have implemented the Hybrid federated search with on-premises SharePoint, you can safely ignore this communication.
[Key points]
Timing: By October 1, 2021 customers using the Hybrid federated search with SharePoint Server will need to update their configuration to continue using hybrid search features with SharePoint Online.
Roll-out: tenant level
Control type: admin control
Action: review, assess, and apply configuration change by October 1, 2021
Updated September 07, 2021: We have updated the content below to provided additional clarity. Thank you for your patience.
We are making changes to Hybrid federated search, also called Inbound Hybrid Search, where users search from the SharePoint Online in the Microsoft 365 Search Center to display hybrid results from SharePoint Server.
In modernizing search in Microsoft 365, we are updating the infrastructure used by SharePoint Server’s Hybrid federated search. As part of the process, customers who are using the Hybrid federated search with SharePoint deployments will need to update their configuration to continue using hybrid search with SharePoint Server and SharePoint Online.
If you are not actively using or have not implemented Hybrid federated inbound search with on-premises SharePoint, you can safely ignore this communication.
[Key points]
Timing: By October 1, 2021 customers using the Hybrid federated search with SharePoint Server will need to update their configuration to continue using hybrid search features with SharePoint Online.
Roll-out: tenant level
Control type: admin control
Action: review, assess, and apply configuration change by October 1, 2021
10/01/2021
MC282989(Updated) Microsoft Teams: Enable Teams users to purchase app subscriptions through the Teams app storeAt Build 2021 we announced the ability for Teams users to purchase third-party app subscriptions directly from the Teams app store. From within the store, users can view subscription plans offered and go through the checkout process to pay with a credit card.
[Key Points:]
Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 83502
Timing: We expect this feature to begin rolling out in early October and for rollout to be complete by late October.
Roll-out: tenant level
Action: review and assess
Updated September 07, 2021: We have updated the message to provide additional clarity. Thank you for your feedback.
At Build 2021 we announced the ability for Teams users to purchase third-party app subscriptions directly from the Teams app store. From within the store, users can view subscription plans offered and go through the checkout process to pay with a credit card.
Note: if a tenant admin has disabled their users ability to discover and install third-party applications (all or partial) then those same limitations apply to their users ability to discover and buy the third-party subscriptions.
[Key Points:]
Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 83502
Timing: We expect this feature to begin rolling out in early October and for rollout to be complete by late October.
Roll-out: tenant level
Action: review and assess
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MC256837(Updated) Sharing Links for Microsoft Lists is now available!Updated July 02, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
This release will allow users to now share Microsoft Lists using the same sharing links that they have been using for files and folders.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 81965
[When this will happen]
We will begin rolling this out at mid-May and expect to complete at the end of July (previously late June).
Updated September 10, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
This release will allow users to now share Microsoft Lists using the same sharing links that they have been using for files and folders.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 81965
[When this will happen]
We will begin rolling this out in early September (previously May) and expect to complete at the end of October (previously end of July).
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MC264092(Updated) Teams Follows Office PreviewUpdated July 21, 2021: We have updated the content below to provide additional clarity. Thank you for your patience.
We are rolling out a new Teams policy that will allow users to automatically be in the Public Preview channel of Teams if they are in Current Channel Preview for the Office 365 Client.
IT admins can modify this policy for end users such that if Office is getting updates from Current Channel (Preview), Teams will receive updates via Public Preview.
This feature will be ON by default for all tenants with users in the Teams Current Channel.
[Key points]
Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 81704.
Timing: rollout will begin in mid-July and be complete by early August.
The end users in your organization who are previewing on Office through Current Channel Preview, will start getting Teams Public Preview features if they are existing Teams users.
Roll-out: tenant level
Control type: admin control
Action: review, assess and disable if desired by July 24th.
Updated September 10, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
We are rolling out a new Teams policy that will allow users to automatically be in the Public Preview channel of Teams if they are in Current Channel Preview for the Office 365 Client.
IT admins can modify this policy for end users such that if Office is getting updates from Current Channel (Preview), Teams will receive updates via Public Preview.
This feature will be ON by default for all tenants with users in the Teams Current Channel.
[Key points]
Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 81704.
Timing: rollout will begin in mid-July and be complete by late September (previously early August).
The end users in your organization who are previewing on Office through Current Channel Preview, will start getting Teams Public Preview features if they are existing Teams users.
Roll-out: tenant level
Control type: admin control
Action: review, assess and disable if desired by July 24th.
07/24/2021
MC272882(Updated) Plan for Change: Notifications will require upcoming Android and iOS Company Portal and Intune app updateWe will be making service side updates to custom notifications in a Q4 CY2021 Intune service release which will require users to have updated to the latest version of the iOS Company Portal, Android Company Portal, or Android Intune app. We will keep you updated on the timeline as we get closer to the release.Updated September 10, 2021: Updated: We have updated this message to include additional notifications that will be impacted if the iOS Company Portal is not updated.
We will be making service side updates to custom notifications in a Q4 CY2021 Intune service release which will require users to have updated to the latest version of the iOS Company Portal, Android Company Portal, or Android Intune app. We will keep you updated on the timeline as we get closer to the release.
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MC275998(Updated) Take Action: Update to the latest version of the Android Company Portal appDue to a change in our integration with Samsung devices, we will no longer be able to support new Android device administrator enrollments using Company Portal version of 5.04993.0 or below.Updated September 10, 2021: We have updated this post to include the rollout timeline for this change.
Due to a change in our integration with Samsung devices, with Intune's October (2110) service release we will no longer be able to support new Android device administrator enrollments using Company Portal version of 5.04993.0 or below.
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MC277639(Updated) Microsoft 365 roadmap site updatesWe will be making updates to the Microsoft 365 roadmap on how you view, filter, search for, and sort the information.
[When this will happen:]
We will roll this out in early September.
Updated September 10, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
We will be making updates to the Microsoft 365 roadmap on how you view, filter, search for, and sort the information.
[When this will happen:]
We will roll this out in late September (previously early September).
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MC282989(Updated) Microsoft Teams: Enable Teams users to purchase app subscriptions through the Teams app storeNew feature, User impactUpdated message, New feature, User impactN/A
MC264092(Updated) Teams Follows Office PreviewUpdated message, Feature update, Admin impactFeature update, Admin impact07/24/2021
MC272882(Updated) Plan for Change: Notifications will require upcoming Android and iOS Company Portal and Intune app updateUser impact, Admin impactUpdated message, User impact, Admin impactN/A
MC275998(Updated) Take Action: Update to the latest version of the Android Company Portal appUser impact, Admin impactUpdated message, User impact, Admin impactN/A
MC277639(Updated) Microsoft 365 roadmap site updatesAdmin impactUpdated message, Admin impactN/A

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MC270671(Updated) We're updating the Hybrid federated searchTo apply the configuration change:
Please download the configuration script.
From the directory where the script was downloaded, execute the script using SharePoint On-Premises Farm Administrator account, using the following command:
Update-FederatedHybridSearchForM365.ps1 -HybridWebApp [YourHybridWebApplication] [-Force]
For more information on the parameter values please run the following command:
Get-Help .\Update-FederatedHybridSearchForM365.ps1
When prompted, login using Microsoft 365 Global Administrator account.
Wait for script execution to finish, in case there are any issues, please contact Microsoft Support.
After script execution, users will see no changes when this change is implemented.
Please click Additional Information to learn more.
Review: Plan hybrid federated search for SharePoint Server
https://docs.microsoft.com/sharepoint/hybrid/plan-hybrid-federated-search
https://www.microsoft.com/download/103240
The script must be run on a server where SharePoint On-Premises is installed (2013, 2016 or 2019). Please use the same server which you installed AzureAD and MSOnline PowerShell modules.
Please download the configuration script.
From the directory where the script was downloaded, execute the script using SharePoint On-Premises Farm Administrator account, using the following command:
Update-FederatedHybridSearchForM365.ps1 -HybridWebApp [YourHybridWebApplication] [-Force]
For more information on the parameter values please run the following command:
Get-Help .\Update-FederatedHybridSearchForM365.ps1
When prompted, login using Microsoft 365 Global Administrator account.
Wait for script execution to finish, in case there are any issues, please contact Microsoft Support.
After script execution, users will see no changes when this change is implemented.
Please click Additional Information to learn more.
Review: Plan hybrid federated search for SharePoint Server
https://docs.microsoft.com/sharepoint/hybrid/plan-hybrid-federated-search
https://www.microsoft.com/download/103240
10/01/2021
MC282989(Updated) Microsoft Teams: Enable Teams users to purchase app subscriptions through the Teams app storeConsider updating your end-user documentation and alert your help desk of this upcoming feature.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/microsoft-teams-announces-new-developer-features-build-2021/ba-p/2352558
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=83502
Consider updating your end-user documentation and alert your help desk of this upcoming feature.
https://docs.microsoft.com/MicrosoftTeams/manage-apps
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/microsoft-teams-announces-new-developer-features-build-2021/ba-p/2352558
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=83502
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MC272882(Updated) Plan for Change: Notifications will require upcoming Android and iOS Company Portal and Intune app update The Company Portal and Intune app updates will be released prior to the service change, so most users will likely have updated by then and not be impacted. However, you may want to notify users of this change to ensure all users continue to receive custom notifications sent by your organization.

Additional information
Update the Company Portal app

The Company Portal and Intune app updates will be released prior to the service change, so most users will likely have updated by then and not be impacted. However, you may want to notify users of this change to ensure all users continue to receive custom notifications sent by your organization.
Additional information
Update the Company Portal app
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MC275998(Updated) Take Action: Update to the latest version of the Android Company Portal app Update any older version of Company Portal staged in your environment to support Android device administrator enrollments. Inform your users that they will need to update to the latest version of the Android Company Portal to enroll their Samsung device. If applicable, inform your help desk in case users do not update the app prior to enrolling. We also recommend that you keep the Company Portal app updated to ensure that the latest fixes are available on your devices.
More information:
How to update the Company Portal app | Microsoft Docs
Download Microsoft Intune Company Portal for Android from Official Microsoft Download Center
https://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=49140
Update any older version of Company Portal staged in your environment to support Android device administrator enrollments before Intune's October (2110) service release. Inform your users that they will need to update to the latest version of the Android Company Portal to enroll their Samsung device. If applicable, inform your help desk in case users do not update the app prior to enrolling. We also recommend that you keep the Company Portal app updated to ensure that the latest fixes are available on your devices.
More information:
How to update the Company Portal app | Microsoft Docs
Download Microsoft Intune Company Portal for Android from Official Microsoft Download Center
https://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=49140
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MC282989(Updated) Microsoft Teams: Enable Teams users to purchase app subscriptions through the Teams app storeMicrosoft Teams: Enable Teams users to purchase app subscriptions through the Teams app store(Updated) Microsoft Teams: Enable Teams users to purchase app subscriptions through the Teams app storeN/A
MC272882(Updated) Plan for Change: Notifications will require upcoming Android and iOS Company Portal and Intune app updatePlan for Change: Custom notifications will require upcoming Android and iOS Company Portal and Intune app update(Updated) Plan for Change: Notifications will require upcoming Android and iOS Company Portal and Intune app updateN/A
MC275998(Updated) Take Action: Update to the latest version of the Android Company Portal appTake Action: Update to the latest version of the Android Company Portal app(Updated) Take Action: Update to the latest version of the Android Company Portal appN/A
MC277639(Updated) Microsoft 365 roadmap site updatesMicrosoft 365 roadmap site updates(Updated) Microsoft 365 roadmap site updatesN/A

CW37 New Office 365 Message Center items

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MC283568Allow users who aren’t admins to install language accessory packsStay InformedMicrosoft 365 AppsFalseN/A
MC283569New Feature: Improvements to the Text web part for SharePoint pages and newsPlan For ChangeSharePoint OnlineFalseN/A
MC283589Microsoft 365 Information Governance – Announcing general availability of retention policies for Teams private channelsStay InformedMicrosoft 365 suiteFalseN/A
MC283607Microsoft Forms: New Mobile Friendly Experience for Form Creation/AnalysisStay InformedMicrosoft FormsFalseN/A
MC283609Support experience update in Microsoft Endpoint ManagerPlan For ChangeMicrosoft IntuneFalseN/A
MC283612Direct app purchases and invoice billing support in Teams Admin CenterStay InformedMicrosoft TeamsFalseN/A
MC283865Office add-in dialog API hardening updatePrevent Or Fix IssueMicrosoft 365 AppsFalse09/14/2021
MC283874Classic Exchange Admin Center (EAC) Retirement AnnouncementPlan For ChangeExchange OnlineTrueN/A
MC283912Yammer Public Links API ChangesPlan For ChangeYammer EnterpriseTrue11/30/2021
MC283975Dynamics 365 – Service Update 21091 for EURStay InformedDynamics 365 AppsFalseN/A
MC284081Viva Connections (Public preview) is rolling outStay InformedSharePoint Online, Microsoft TeamsFalseN/A
MC284259Microsoft Forms new App "Polls" in TeamsPlan For ChangeMicrosoft FormsTrueN/A
MC284357New tool for self-service troubleshooting of device issues in Microsoft Defender for EndpointStay InformedMicrosoft 365 DefenderFalseN/A
MC284358Chat Delete Capabilities within Supervised ChatsStay InformedMicrosoft TeamsFalseN/A
MC284359In Preview: New named entities SITs for M365 compliance center and enhanced unified policy authoring templatesStay InformedMicrosoft 365 suiteFalseN/A
MC284365Microsoft Teams Public Preview indicator “P” on avatarStay InformedMicrosoft TeamsFalseN/A

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