2022 CW 06 Microsoft 365 Message Center changes

from 01/31/2022 to 02/06/2022

3 Office 365 Message Center Items were changed and 12 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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Changes

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MC248201 (Updated) Quick Create – Easily Create Power BI Reports from Lists 2022-02-28T08:00:00Z 2022-03-31T09:00:00Z N/A
MC272451 (Updated) Image Tags in SharePoint 2022-04-08T10:00:00Z 2022-04-16T10:00:00Z N/A

MC How Affect changes

MC ID MC Title Old Value New Value MC Action required by
MC279627 (Updated) Refreshed Microsoft Whiteboard client experience coming soon The below features are available on web and Teams:
Sticky note colors: 10 colorful sticky note shades to choose from.
Note grids – insert a grid of sticky notes in one of 12 available colors to help in workshops and ideation sessions.
View objects created in native apps – Objects such as lists & templates inserted on native apps can be viewed on web and Teams as well.
Ink pen colors: 15 new ink pen color options with a range of thicknesses to help visualize your content and bring your text to life.
Highlighter colors: - 15 new highlighter color options enable users to emphasize content on the board.
Ink shape recognition: - draw shapes with ink and then watch them straighten automatically.
Improved mouse inking: - create smoother ink lines, making your strokes easier and cleaner when drawing with a mouse or trackpad.
Read only mode for education accounts: – as a meeting facilitator or an educator, determine when and how students participate and collaborate by enabling or disabling their editing capabilities.
The features below are in progress and will be rolling out soon.
Modern look and feel:
Streamlined user experience: an unobtrusive app UI maximizes your canvas space.
Creation gallery: a highly discoverable, simple way of finding and using objects and features in the application.
Collaboration features:

Collaboration roster: see who is on the board and collaborating with you.
Collaborative cursors: see where other people are on the canvas and what they are editing.
Laser pointer: get other people’s attention as you share your best ideas.
Improved performance: quickly open boards, pan and zoom, create content, and collaborate in real time with numerous editors at once during large working sessions.
Interactive content features:
More than 30 customizable templates: get started quickly and collaborate, brainstorm, and ideate with brand new templates.
Reactions: provide lightweight, contextual feedback with a set of fun reactions.
Images: add images from your local drive to the canvas and annotate them to build visual interest on your boards.
Facilitation features:
Copy/paste: copy and paste content and text within the same whiteboard.
Object alignment: use alignment lines and object snapping to precisely organize content spatially.
Format background: personalize your whiteboard by changing the background color and pattern .
Inking features:
Ink arrows: smoothly draw single and double-sided arrows using ink to better facilitate diagramming.
Ink effect pens: express yourself in a creative way using rainbow and galaxy ink.
The below features will change as part of the native app update:
Ruler: for straight lines, users can now insert lines from the shapes menu or hold down shift when inking.
Erase entire ink strokes: for faster erasing, users can now erase the entire ink stroke instead of a portion of it.
Lock image: the ability to lock images and other canvas content will be available shortly after the update.
Insert document: the ability to insert documents from local storage along with OneDrive and SharePoint will be available shortly after update.
Like/unlike sticky notes: users can use reactions instead as a workaround for lightweight voting and liking. We will be releasing more enhanced voting capabilities in a future update.
Sorting: the ability to organize and sort lists and note grids are being rebuilt and will be included in a future update.
Export template to CSV and email summary: these features are being rebuilt and will be included in a future update, including different ways to export content from the board.
Ink grab, Ink to table and Ink to text: these features are being rebuilt and will be included in a future update.
Accessibility checker and alt text: these features are being rebuilt and will be included in a future update.
Bing image search: users can download and insert images onto the canvas with the insert image feature.
Easy share on Surface Hub: this feature is being rebuilt and will be included in a future update.

The below features are available on web and Teams:
Sticky note colors: 10 colorful sticky note shades to choose from.
Note grids – insert a grid of sticky notes in one of 12 available colors to help in workshops and ideation sessions.
View objects created in native apps – Objects such as lists & templates inserted on native apps can be viewed on web and Teams as well.
Ink pen colors: 15 new ink pen color options with a range of thicknesses to help visualize your content and bring your text to life.
Highlighter colors: - 15 new highlighter color options enable users to emphasize content on the board.
Ink shape recognition: - draw shapes with ink and then watch them straighten automatically.
Improved mouse inking: - create smoother ink lines, making your strokes easier and cleaner when drawing with a mouse or trackpad.
Read only mode for education accounts: – as a meeting facilitator or an educator, determine when and how students participate and collaborate by enabling or disabling their editing capabilities.
The features below are in progress and will be rolling out soon.
Modern look and feel:
Streamlined user experience: an unobtrusive app UI maximizes your canvas space.
Creation gallery: a highly discoverable, simple way of finding and using objects and features in the application.
Collaboration features:

Collaboration roster: see who is on the board and collaborating with you.
Collaborative cursors: see where other people are on the canvas and what they are editing.
Laser pointer: get other people’s attention as you share your best ideas.
Improved performance: quickly open boards, pan and zoom, create content, and collaborate in real time with numerous editors at once during large working sessions.
Interactive content features:
More than 30 customizable templates: get started quickly and collaborate, brainstorm, and ideate with brand new templates.
Reactions: provide lightweight, contextual feedback with a set of fun reactions.
Images: add images from your local drive to the canvas and annotate them to build visual interest on your boards.
Facilitation features:
Copy/paste: copy and paste content and text within the same whiteboard.
Object alignment: use alignment lines and object snapping to precisely organize content spatially.
Format background: personalize your whiteboard by changing the background color and pattern .
Inking features:
Ink arrows: smoothly draw single and double-sided arrows using ink to better facilitate diagramming.
Ink effect pens: express yourself in a creative way using rainbow and galaxy ink.

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MC Messages changes

MC ID MC Title Old Value New Value MC Action required by
MC279627 (Updated) Refreshed Microsoft Whiteboard client experience coming soon Updated January 25, 2022: We have updated the content to provide additional details on this rollout.
Whiteboard is creating a unified experience across devices. Soon, you’ll have the same experience no matter which device you are using Whiteboard on, and all whiteboards will be created in OneDrive for Business.
When are these changes happening?: The automatic store rollout will begin in mid-February, completing by mid-March. The switch to ODB as the default for new content will begin in mid-March, completing by late-April.
How can I update the Whiteboard application on Windows ahead of time?: To get early access to the new Whiteboard app for Windows prior to the automatic update, we have two options available.
Option 1: Install Whiteboard using Intune: Download the new Whiteboard app here. You can deploy this package to users’ devices using Intune. Follow the steps in this article Enable Microsoft Whiteboard for your organization, in the section “How to Deploy the Windows Application”. Note that you will need to continue to deploy updated versions of the application using this process.
Option 2: Provide a separate version for users to try. Download the beta version from here: Your users can download a new trial version of the Whiteboard app from here. This will install a standalone trial version that they can use, without impacting the current application. Once the automatic update begins, users should uninstall the trial version.
How can I update the Whiteboard application on Surface Hub ahead of time?: To get early access to the new Whiteboard app for Surface Hub prior to the automatic update, you can download the application here and install it using this article Set the Microsoft Whiteboard app on Surface Hub - Microsoft Tech Community.
How can I start using OneDrive for Business storage ahead of time?: To get early access to Whiteboard on OneDrive for Business, you can enable it in the Office 365 admin portal following the steps in this article Microsoft Whiteboard on OneDrive for Business Opt-In. This article outlines which clients are currently supported. Default on will begin in late March and complete by mid-April.
What are the primary differences between the new and old experiences?: Please reference this article for a list of current differences, anticipated features to be added by the time the applications unify, as well as additional planned features coming in 2022: New Whiteboard experience and features coming to you
Microsoft Whiteboard is being updated to provide a new, unified experience across all devices, whether you’re on a large screen or a mobile phone. We’ve already shipped new, highly requested features to our web app, Android app and Teams clients, and there’s more on the way. As part of this new experience, we will also be updating our native applications on Windows 10, Surface Hub and iOS to provide a uniform experience across all devices.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 72196, 82093, and 82094.
[When this will happen:]
Please see updated timings above.

Updated January 30, 2022: We have updated the content to provide additional details on this rollout.
Whiteboard is creating a unified experience across devices. Soon, you’ll have the same experience no matter which device you are using Whiteboard on, and all whiteboards will be created in OneDrive for Business.
When are these changes happening?: The automatic store rollout will begin in mid-February, completing by mid-March. The switch to ODB as the default for new content will begin in mid-March, completing by late-April.
How can I update the Whiteboard application on Windows ahead of time?: To get early access to the new Whiteboard app for Windows prior to the automatic update, we have two options available.
Option 1: Install Whiteboard using Intune: Download the new Whiteboard app here. You can deploy this package to users’ devices using Intune. Follow the steps in this article Enable Microsoft Whiteboard for your organization, in the section “How to Deploy the Windows Application”. Note that you will need to continue to deploy updated versions of the application using this process.
Option 2: Provide a separate version for users to try. Download the beta version from here: Your users can download a new trial version of the Whiteboard app from here. This will install a standalone trial version that they can use, without impacting the current application. Once the automatic update begins, users should uninstall the trial version.
How can I update the Whiteboard application on Surface Hub ahead of time?: There is no mechanism to preview the new whiteboard app before the release on surface hub. We will be sending a detailed communication on the changes on whiteboard experience on hub shortly. We apologize for any confusion.
How can I start using OneDrive for Business storage ahead of time?: To get early access to Whiteboard on OneDrive for Business, you can enable it in the Office 365 admin portal following the steps in this article Microsoft Whiteboard on OneDrive for Business Opt-In This article outlines which clients are currently supported. Default on will begin in late March and complete by mid-April.
What are the primary differences between the new and old experiences?: Please reference this article for a list of current differences, anticipated features to be added by the time the applications unify, as well as additional planned features coming in 2022: New Whiteboard experience and features coming to you
Microsoft Whiteboard is being updated to provide a new, unified experience across all devices, whether you’re on a large screen or a mobile phone. We’ve already shipped new, highly requested features to our web app, Android app and Teams clients, and there’s more on the way. As part of this new experience, we will also be updating our native applications on Windows 10, Surface Hub and iOS to provide a uniform experience across all devices.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 72196, 82093, and 82094.
[When this will happen:]
Please see updated timings above.

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MC248201 (Updated) Quick Create – Easily Create Power BI Reports from Lists Updated January 11, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below for Government organizations. Thank you for your patience.
We are excited to announce the arrival of a new guided authoring experience in Lists that will make it easy to quickly create business intelligence reports in Power BI using your list schema and data.
[Key points]
Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 72175.
Timing:
Targeted Release: rolling out in early early May. - Completed
Standard Release: rolling out from early June (previously late May) to mid-July (previously early June). - Completed
Government: we will begin rolling out in early December (previously mid-September) and expect to complete by late January (previously mid-December).
Roll-out: tenant level
Control type: admin control
Action: review and assess
Updated February 03, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below for Government organizations. Thank you for your patience.
We are excited to announce the arrival of a new guided authoring experience in Lists that will make it easy to quickly create business intelligence reports in Power BI using your list schema and data.
[Key points]
Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 72175.
Timing:
Targeted Release: rolling out in early early May. - Completed
Standard Release: rolling out from early June (previously late May) to mid-July (previously early June). - Completed
Government: we will begin rolling out in early December (previously mid-September) and expect to complete by mid-February (previously late January).
Roll-out: tenant level
Control type: admin control
Action: review and assess
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MC272451 (Updated) Image Tags in SharePoint Updated November 23, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
Currently, when images are uploaded to SharePoint, a column named Tags is automatically created and includes descriptive labels to help with search. With the new update, we will migrate tags from the previous text-based and read only Tags column and implement a new editable Image Tags column. End-users will be able to manually add or remove tags from this column. The tags will also appear in the details pane.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68902
[When this will happen:]

We expect this rollout to begin in late January (previously end of October) and expect the rollout to be completed by early March (previously mid-November).

Updated February 03, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
Currently, when images are uploaded to SharePoint, a column named Tags is automatically created and includes descriptive labels to help with search. With the new update, we will migrate tags from the previous text-based and read only Tags column and implement a new editable Image Tags column. End-users will be able to manually add or remove tags from this column. The tags will also appear in the details pane.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88708
[When this will happen:]

We expect this rollout to begin in early February (previously late January) and expect the rollout to be completed by early March (previously mid-November).

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MC prepare changes

MC ID MC Title Old Value New Value MC Action required by
MC279627 (Updated) Refreshed Microsoft Whiteboard client experience coming soon Microsoft Whiteboard web and Teams clients:
The new features in web and Teams will be automatically rolled out to all customers.
Microsoft Whiteboard native apps on Windows 10, Surface Hub and iOS:
The new features in our native clients will be automatically rolled out to customers. However, if you deployed the native Windows 10 client through SCCM or Intune, you should download and deploy the new version.
Note: A separate message will be sent with details on the transition to OneDrive for Business storage.
Learn more:
Enterprise and Commercial users:
Meet the new Microsoft Whiteboard designed for Hybrid Work.
Education users:
New ways to use Microsoft Whiteboard for Education
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2185568
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2185598
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2185609
https://support.microsoft.com/office/1caaa2e2-5c18-4bdf-b878-2d98f1da4b24
https://support.microsoft.com/office/4cc65aa7-812a-4c7c-a50f-991274106286
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-365-blog/meet-the-new-microsoft-whiteboard-designed-for-hybrid-work/ba-p/2445539
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-365-blog/new-ways-to-use-microsoft-whiteboard-for-education/ba-p/2295661#:~:text=%20New%20ways%20to%20use%20Microsoft%20Whiteboard%20for,it%20comes%20to%20group%20projects%20and...%20More%20
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/surface-it-pro-blog/set-the-microsoft-whiteboard-app-on-surface-hub/ba-p/329080
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=72196
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=82093
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=82094
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2185568
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2185598
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2185609
https://support.microsoft.com/office/1caaa2e2-5c18-4bdf-b878-2d98f1da4b24
https://support.microsoft.com/office/4cc65aa7-812a-4c7c-a50f-991274106286
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=72196
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=82093
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=82094
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MC272451 (Updated) Image Tags in SharePoint We recommend that you notify your users about the upcoming change and new functionality and include steps to recreate library views and flows.

Learn more about image tag functionality: Work with Image Tags in a SharePoint Library
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-automate/sharepoint-overview
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/work-with-image-tags-in-a-sharepoint-library-0fd368ae-56c6-478b-99a0-c06be92c1863?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US
https://support.microsoft.com/office/create-change-or-delete-a-view-of-a-list-or-library-27ae65b8-bc5b-4949-b29b-4ee87144a9c9
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=68902

We recommend that you notify your users about the upcoming change and new functionality and include steps to recreate library views and flows.

Learn more about image tag functionality: Work with Image Tags in a SharePoint Library
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-automate/sharepoint-overview
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/work-with-image-tags-in-a-sharepoint-library-0fd368ae-56c6-478b-99a0-c06be92c1863?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US
https://support.microsoft.com/office/create-change-or-delete-a-view-of-a-list-or-library-27ae65b8-bc5b-4949-b29b-4ee87144a9c9
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88708

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CW06 New Office 365 Message Center items

MC ID MC Title MC Category MC Workload MC Major Change MC Action required by
MC320162 People centric search rollout update (SharePoint, Office.com) Stay Informed SharePoint Online False N/A
MC320163 Updating default tenant-level tag management settings Plan For Change Microsoft Teams True N/A
MC320165 Microsoft Teams: Chat density Stay Informed Microsoft Teams False N/A
MC320462 People-centric search in Microsoft Search Stay Informed Microsoft 365 Apps False N/A
MC320571 Updates to Geospatial features for Power Apps Plan For Change Power Apps False N/A
MC320691 Forms distribution and email notification feature Stay Informed Microsoft Forms False N/A
MC320692 Teams app setup policy group assignment Plan For Change Microsoft Teams False N/A
MC320694 Communication Compliance: New machine learning classifier for customer complaints (preview) Stay Informed Microsoft 365 suite False N/A
MC321238 Final Reminder: Important updates are available for Microsoft To Do apps Plan For Change Microsoft 365 Apps False 02/15/2022
MC321241 Configuration Change - Defender for Cloud Apps: Threat protection built in discovery anomaly detection Plan For Change Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps True N/A
MC321243 Briefing Email Language Expansion (JP, ZN) Stay Informed Microsoft 365 suite, Microsoft Viva False N/A
MC321247 Advanced eDiscovery: Enhanced import custodians wizard experience Stay Informed Microsoft 365 suite False N/A

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