2022 CW 07 Microsoft 365 Message Center changes

from 02/07/2022 to 02/13/2022

47 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

MC Action Required By changes

MC ID MC Title Old Value New Value MC Action required by
MC274188 (Updated) Teams Meeting Recordings Auto-Expiration in OneDrive and SharePoint N/A 2022-03-25T01:00:00Z 03/25/2022
MC307310 (Updated) sip-all FQDNs will not be supported starting June 1st, 2022 2022-03-01T09:00:00Z 2022-06-01T10:00:00Z N/A
MC313294 (Updated) Add taxonomy columns from modern library views 2022-03-31T09:00:00Z N/A N/A

MC End Time changes

MC ID MC Title Old Value New Value MC Action required by
MC267581 (Updated) Microsoft Lists: Custom list templates 2022-03-31T09:00:00Z 2022-05-31T09:00:00Z N/A
MC274188 (Updated) Teams Meeting Recordings Auto-Expiration in OneDrive and SharePoint 2022-02-28T09:00:00Z 2022-06-30T10:00:00Z 03/25/2022
MC286337 (Updated) Send Feedback on Image Tags 2022-03-31T10:00:00Z 2022-04-16T10:00:00Z N/A
MC286339 (Updated) Yammer Topics APIs changes with Viva Topics 2022-02-28T09:00:00Z 2022-04-30T10:00:00Z N/A
MC289968 (Updated) Microsoft Viva: Praise History in Microsoft Viva Insights 2022-02-28T09:00:00Z 2022-03-19T09:00:00Z N/A
MC294739 (Updated) New Experience updates and Microsoft 365 app access 2022-03-05T09:00:00Z 2022-03-31T10:00:00Z N/A
MC295021 (Updated) New Microsoft 365 Lists entry point in the SharePoint app bar 2022-03-19T09:00:00Z 2022-04-30T10:00:00Z N/A
MC296204 (Updated) Expanded reactions in Microsoft Teams 2022-05-31T09:00:00Z 2022-07-30T09:00:00Z N/A
MC298387 (Updated) OneDrive: Sharing experience - "Copy Link" 2022-02-28T09:00:00Z 2022-03-21T09:00:00Z N/A
MC298824 (Updated) Transcription in 1:1 VOIP Calls 2022-03-02T09:00:00Z 2022-03-31T10:00:00Z N/A
MC299919 (Updated) OneDrive: Sync client support for ARM on Windows (Preview) 2022-03-19T09:00:00Z 2022-05-31T10:00:00Z N/A
MC299920 (Updated) OneDrive: Sync client support for Apple Silicon (Preview) 2022-03-19T09:00:00Z 2022-04-30T10:00:00Z N/A
MC302456 (Updated) Improved Teams Guest User Usability (previously posted as MC300029) 2022-02-28T09:00:00Z 2022-03-12T09:00:00Z N/A
MC303975 (Updated) SharePoint Syntex: December Updates 2022-01-31T09:00:00Z 2022-03-31T10:00:00Z N/A
MC305436 (Updated) Sensitivity labels now apply to modified documents 2022-03-14T08:00:00Z 2022-05-21T09:00:00Z N/A
MC308286 (Updated) Microsoft Editor Spellcheck and Grammar in SharePoint Pages 2022-03-04T09:00:00Z 2022-03-31T10:00:00Z N/A
MC309911 (Updated) Automatically Detect Music 2022-05-31T09:00:00Z 2022-08-31T09:00:00Z N/A
MC311846 (Updated) New Content Scenarios for My Feed Web Part on SharePoint 2022-03-02T09:00:00Z 2022-04-16T10:00:00Z N/A
MC312070 (Updated) Connected Templates 2022-03-14T08:00:00Z 2022-04-23T09:00:00Z N/A
MC313651 (Updated) Supporting four additional languages for Headspace in Viva Insights- French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish 2022-03-02T09:00:00Z 2022-03-31T10:00:00Z N/A
MC313659 (Updated) Shared focus plan in Viva Insights 2022-04-27T09:00:00Z 2022-05-31T09:00:00Z N/A
MC314015 (Updated) Revamped user profile page in Yammer 2022-03-16T08:00:00Z 2022-04-16T09:00:00Z N/A
MC314286 (Updated) Updated companion mode for iOS users 2022-03-14T08:00:00Z 2022-04-23T09:00:00Z N/A
MC316145 (Updated) Filters on Microsoft search 2022-03-02T09:00:00Z 2022-03-21T09:00:00Z N/A
MC316723 (Updated) Microsoft Viva Topics - Search to add files/pages in Topic Page 2022-03-03T09:00:00Z 2022-03-19T09:00:00Z N/A
MC317766 (Updated) Live Captions in all available languages and CART Captions on Teams Meetings on Web 2022-03-23T08:00:00Z 2022-05-31T09:00:00Z N/A

MC How Affect changes

MC ID MC Title Old Value New Value MC Action required by
MC316441 (Updated) Automatically configure Teams DLP policies to protect files shared in team messages Teams DLP policies can currently be scoped to protect users, Teams team/channels, and security group/distribution lists. With this new feature, we're adding the capability to deploy these Teams DLP policies to automatically protect the content shared as a part of the Teams ‘Team’ and ‘Chats'. This capability can also be disabled if you wish at any time.

When users in a particular Teams team and channel are covered by Teams DLP policy, all the messages (initiated by the user covered under the policy) wil be protected. With this capability, you can apply the same Teams DLP policy rules and actions on the associated SharePoint site that stores documents shared by users within that Team/Channel. This will enable you to manage protection with the same Teams DLP policy rather than requiring the application of distinct policies to SharePoint and OneDrive for Business individually to cover the documents.
Additionally, when users protected as a part of the Teams DLP policy initiate a One-on-One chat, the chat conversation is protected by the Teams DLP policy. With this new capability, you will be able to apply the same Teams DLP policy rules and actions on the associated OneDrive for Business folder that stores any documents shared by a chat participant
Note: If the recipient of a message is covered by the Teams DLP policy, and the sender is not covered under any Teams DLP policy, then there will be no protection applied.

Teams DLP policies can currently be scoped to protect users, Teams team/channels, and security group/distribution lists. With this new feature, we're adding the capability to deploy these Teams DLP policies to automatically protect the content shared as a part of the Teams ‘Team’ and ‘Chats'. This capability can also be disabled if you wish at any time.

When users in a particular Teams team and channel are covered by Teams DLP policy, all the messages (initiated by the user covered under the policy) wil be protected. With this capability, you can apply the same Teams DLP policy rules and actions on the associated SharePoint site that stores documents shared by users within that Team/Channel. This will enable you to manage protection with the same Teams DLP policy rather than requiring the application of distinct policies to SharePoint and OneDrive for Business individually to cover the documents.
Additionally, when users protected as a part of the Teams DLP policy initiate a One-on-One chat, the chat conversation is protected by the Teams DLP policy. With this new capability, you will be able to apply the same Teams DLP policy rules and actions on the associated OneDrive for Business folder that stores any documents shared by a chat participant
Note: If the recipient of a message is covered by the Teams DLP policy, and the sender is not covered under any Teams DLP policy, then there will be no protection applied.

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MC316448 (Updated) Certificate based Authentication for Security and Compliance Center PowerShell If your organization is currently using "Basic authentication" for application access, you will need to migrate to certificate-based authentication prior to mid-February. No impact. Existing “Basic authentication” for application access to Security and Compliance Center PowerShell will continue to work, even after the roll-out of “Certificate based authentication”. 02/20/2022
MC266173 Windows lifecycle and servicing update N/A When Windows 11 reaches general availability, you will find Windows 11 added to Windows release health under Health in the Microsoft 365 admin center. There you will find information on any known issues, including safeguard holds implemented to ensure an optimal update experience for all devices.

You will be able to roll out Windows 11 using many of your existing management and deployment tools and processes including, but not limited to, Windows Update for Business, Microsoft Endpoint Manager, and Windows Autopilot. For Enterprise and Education customers the Windows Update for Business deployment service provides you with more control over Windows Update than ever before to approve, schedule or expedite updates via Microsoft Endpoint Manager.

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MC267930 Skype for Business Online retires July 31, 2021 N/A :

Between now and July 31st, organizations using Skype for Business Online will experience no change in service, and you will be able to continue to add new users as needed. After that date, the service will no longer be accessible.
Services that integrate with Skype for Business Online will not be supported beyond the July 31, 2021, retirement. This includes support for third-party audio conferencing providers (ACP), Skype for Business Online Cloud Connector Edition (CCE), hybrid voice configurations, and Skype Meeting Broadcast.
The retirement of Skype for Business Online does not affect the Skype consumer service, Skype for Business Server products and Skype for Business Online operated by 21Vianet (China Sovereign Clouds Instance).

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MC268696 Planning for Windows 11: best practices for organizations N/A :

We know that every organization will need time to transition to Windows 11. You choose the pace at which you want to upgrade. Our goal is to support you, so the effort is seamless and strategic. Windows 11 is built on the Windows 10 code base so it’s natively compatible with the software and solutions you use today and the investments you’ve made in Windows 10 will carry forward. In addition, Windows 11 and Windows 10 are designed to coexist, backed by a common set of security and management capabilities delivered by the Microsoft cloud.

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MC271789 Join the Tech Community Live: Windows edition on July 21, 2021 N/A Tech Community Live: Windows edition is your chance to connect with our product teams and engineers, get answers to your questions, and gain valuable insights and best practices. From hourly Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA) sessions to updates on the latest features and capabilities, we'll be here to help you with:

What changes and doesn't change with Windows 11
Upgrade paths and deployment tools
Unpacking Microsoft 365 and Windows licensing
Servicing and lifecycle: Windows 11 and Windows 10
Windows Update for Business
Delivery Optimization
Application compatibility (Test Base, App Assure)
Preparing for Windows 11 with Microsoft Intune & Configuration Manager
Planning for Windows 11 with analytics
Windows Autopilot
Microsoft Edge
Universal Print
What's new and what's changed with MSIX

When will this happen:

July 21, 2021, from 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM (PDT)

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MC271836 Announcing Update Health Tools N/A Microsoft's new Update Health Tools enable the Windows Update for Business deployment service feature for expediting Windows 10 security updates using Microsoft Endpoint Manager. Update Health Tools run a tiny component that receives the expedite command from the deployment service, enabling devices to start updating right away, faster than default or existing configured settings. N/A
MC272077 Evolving the Microsoft Store for Business and Education N/A This message is for customers who are using Microsoft Store for Business or Education.

We are announcing exciting plans that bring together the manageability of Microsoft Endpoint Manager, the openness of the new Microsoft Store, and the flexibility of Windows Package Manager. These plans will enhance the new Microsoft Store experience that is coming soon to both Windows 11 and Windows 10.

Starting in the first half of 2022 you will be able to find applications from the entire breadth of the Microsoft Store catalog and deploy to your managed devices all from within Microsoft Intune, or your unified endpoint management (UEM) solution. This will include support for all the new (and existing) app types coming to the new Microsoft Store including Win32, .NET, Universal Windows Platform (UWP), and Progressive Web Apps (PWAs).

Additionally, we are announcing that the Microsoft Store for Business and Microsoft Store for Education will be retired in the first quarter of 2023. You may continue to use the current capabilities for free apps until that time. There will be no support for Microsoft Store for Business and Education on Windows 11.

Please expect a Message Center update with more information once the preview mentioned above is available for your evaluation.

Key points:
Timing: Key milestones that we are working toward to improve the overall commercial app management experience:
Windows Package Manager v1.0: Generally available
Intune integration with Windows Package Manager app repository & the new Microsoft Store (Preview): Expected in the first half of 2022
Intune integration with Windows Package Manager app repository & the new Microsoft Store (general availability): Expected in the second half of 2022
Retirement of Microsoft Store for Business and Education for Windows 10: Expected Q1 2023
Action: review and assess impact on your organization

How will this affect your organization:
If you are using Microsoft Store for Business or Education to manage and deploy applications to your organization, you will need to move to the new system before Q1 2023.

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MC272725 Changes to Windows 7 driver signing and driver publication N/A :

Even though Microsoft has discontinued the publication of drivers to Windows Update for Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2, signed drivers will continue to be made available to ensure driver reliability for Volume Licensing customers who have elected to participate in an Extended Security Update (ESU) program. Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 driver submissions for the Windows Hardware Compatibility Program (WHCP) will continue to be available through January 2023.

For driver publication changes, organizations that use the ESU program will continue to have the ability to deploy drivers to managed devices using Windows Server Update (WSUS) and other supported methods. Microsoft discontinued publishing of SHA-2 signed drivers to Windows Update which target Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 devices on June 17, 2021. While these Windows versions reached the end of support on January 14, 2020, we are making this change to diminish disruptions for users who remain on these versions of Windows. This includes:

Any driver package submitted for multi-targeting for currently supported versions of Windows and Windows Server
Any driver package targeting versions of Windows or Windows Server that have reached the end of support.

Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 driver submissions for the Windows Hardware Compatibility Program (WHCP) will continue to be available through January 2023. These submissions will continue to be made available to ensure optimal driver reliability for Volume Licensing customers who have elected to participate in the Extended Security Update (ESU) program.

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MC Messages changes

MC ID MC Title Old Value New Value MC Action required by
MC267581 (Updated) Microsoft Lists: Custom list templates Updated November 09, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
This new feature will support the addition of custom list templates from your organization alongside the ready-made templates Microsoft provides to make it easy to get started tracking and managing information.
[Key points]
Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 70753
Timing:
Targeted release (entire org): will roll out in mid-July and complete by mid-August 2021
Standard release: will roll out in mid-January (previously mid-October) and be complete by mid-February (previously November)
Roll-out: tenant level
Control type: user control / admin control
Action: review, assess and educate
Updated February 08, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
This new feature will support the addition of custom list templates from your organization alongside the ready-made templates Microsoft provides to make it easy to get started tracking and managing information.
[Key points]
Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 70753
Timing:
Targeted release (entire org): will roll out in mid-July and complete by mid-August 2021
Standard release: will roll out in mid-March (previously mid-January) and be complete by mid-April (previously mid-February)
Roll-out: tenant level
Control type: user control / admin control
Action: review, assess and educate
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MC274188 (Updated) Teams Meeting Recordings Auto-Expiration in OneDrive and SharePoint Updated January 18, 2022: We are updating this post as a reminder to review and take action as appropriate as we will be proceeding, this week, as outlined below.
New action is required if you do not want your meeting recordings to auto-expire in January 2022.
As part of the evolution of the new Stream (built on SharePoint), we are introducing the meeting recording auto-expiration feature, which will automatically delete Teams recording files stored in OneDrive or SharePoint after a preset period of time. Admins can disable this feature if desired.
Do not want recordings in your tenant to auto-expire? No problem, instructions to disable the feature in the Teams admin console or in PowerShell are shown below. We will not turn on the auto-expiration actions until January 2022 at the earliest, to give you time to override the policy if you’d like.
Note: The policy attribute to control the expiration is NewMeetingRecordingExpirationDays. If you want to override the default and have not yet set this new attribute, please do so.
[Key points]
Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 84580.
Timing: early January (previously November) through late mid-February (previously January)
Roll-out: tenant level
Control type: user control and admin control
Documentation:
Meeting policies and meeting expiration in Microsoft Teams
Record a meeting in Teams

Action: review, assess and decide what you want the default expiration period to be for your organization

Updated January 31, 2022: We have updated this message with a change to the default expiration days setting, new rollout dates, and additional details for clarity.
To ensure the best experience we have postponed the start of final stage of this change until late March. The final stage is the part of the feature that actually stamps the expiration date on the file and physically deletes the file based on that stamped expiration date.
For any tenant that does not have a custom policy in place already, we are updating the default expiration days from 60 to 120 days. We are making this update based on new statistics that show on average across all tenants, less than 1% of recordings are watching after 120 vs 5% after 60 days.
As a reminder if you want to override the default setting you can do so in the Teams Admin center or by setting NewMeetingRecordingExpirationDays in PowerShell.
Why are you delaying this rollout?
As part of this change, we are deleting files, and we want to ensure we spend adequate time in our testing and early adopter environments. We have therefore decided to delay the production rollout of the portion of this feature that stamps expiration dates on the file and deletes the file based on that expiration date.
How come I can set and see the expiration policy but do not see the expiration set on the files?
We rolled out the ability for the tenant admin to define the default expiration days to allow them to preemptively define the default behavior before we roll out the actual expiration stamping and execution.
How will I know when this feature is fully rolled out to my tenant?
We will provide another update to the message center post when we are actively deploying to production tenants. Users will be informed about pending expirations via a notification in the Teams chat window when the video pops into the chat at the end of the recording session (see picture below). If you want to preemptively inform your users about this feature, you can tell them they will see this message when the feature is rolled out, or you can wait for the message center update in March 2022.

I want to be part of the early adopter program for this feature, how can I do that?
Please reach out to your CSAM or review Changes to meeting expiration for details to enroll. If accepted to the early adopter program, we will turn the feature on for your tenant within a week.
As part of the evolution of the new Stream (built on SharePoint), we are introducing the meeting recording auto-expiration feature, which will automatically delete Teams recording files stored in OneDrive or SharePoint after a preset period of time. Admins can disable this feature if desired.

[Key points]

Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 84580.
Timing: late March (previously early January) through late April (previously late February)
Roll-out: tenant level
Control type: user control and admin control
Documentation:
Meeting policies and meeting expiration in Microsoft Teams
Record a meeting in Teams

Action: review, assess and decide what you want the default expiration period to be for your organization

03/25/2022
MC286337 (Updated) Send Feedback on Image Tags Updated January 18, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
Users will now be able to provide feedback on tags associated with an image by using the “Give feedback” option within the details pane of the document library.
Using the feedback policy settings, tenant admins will be able to control how much feedback the users can choose to share with Microsoft.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68902.

[When this will happen:]

We expect this update to begin rolling out at in late January (previously early January) and expect the rollout to be completed by late February (previously late January).

Updated February 03, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
Users will now be able to provide feedback on tags associated with an image by using the “Give feedback” option within the details pane of the document library.
Using the feedback policy settings, tenant admins will be able to control how much feedback the users can choose to share with Microsoft.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88708.

[When this will happen:]

We expect this update to begin rolling out at in early February (previously late January) and expect the rollout to be completed by early March (previously late February).

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MC286339 (Updated) Yammer Topics APIs changes with Viva Topics NOTE: If your organization is not using the Yammer API, you may disregard the below message.
Yammer is integrating with and adopting Viva Topics to make community-sourced knowledge easily accessible across an organization and support a consistent experience in Microsoft 365.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 72184
[When this will happen:]
We expect this rollout is to begin in early January 2022 and expect the rollout to be completed by late January 2022.
Updated February 03, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
NOTE: If your organization is not using the Yammer API, you may disregard the below message.
Yammer is integrating with and adopting Viva Topics to make community-sourced knowledge easily accessible across an organization and support a consistent experience in Microsoft 365.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 72184
[When this will happen:]
We expect this rollout is to begin in mid-March (previously early January) and expect the rollout to be completed by late March (previously late January).
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MC289968 (Updated) Microsoft Viva: Praise History in Microsoft Viva Insights Updated December 02, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
The Praise app in Microsoft Teams is designed to help recognize the effort that goes into the wide-ranging, collaborative work that Teams users do. Users can send Praise to their colleagues through the messaging extension pinned to the Teams messaging bar for most users or through the Microsoft Viva Insights app in Teams. With Praise history, users will be able to view their sent and received praise over the past six months. Praise history will be shown in Viva Insights and will include Praise sent from both the messaging extension and the Viva Insights app. Additionally, all Praise sent in Teams will include a link for users to view their personal Praise history in the Viva Insights Teams app.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 85639
[When this will happen:]

Rollout will begin in early January (previously early December) and complete by the end of January (previously end of November).

Updated February 03, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
The Praise app in Microsoft Teams is designed to help recognize the effort that goes into the wide-ranging, collaborative work that Teams users do. Users can send Praise to their colleagues through the messaging extension pinned to the Teams messaging bar for most users or through the Microsoft Viva Insights app in Teams. With Praise history, users will be able to view their sent and received praise over the past six months. Praise history will be shown in Viva Insights and will include Praise sent from both the messaging extension and the Viva Insights app. Additionally, all Praise sent in Teams will include a link for users to view their personal Praise history in the Viva Insights Teams app.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 85639
[When this will happen:]

Rollout will begin in early January (previously early December) and complete by the mid-February (previously end of January).

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MC294739 (Updated) New Experience updates and Microsoft 365 app access Updated January 13, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
We are bringing back the Coming Soon option to preview the new location for the Mail, Calendar, People, Tasks, and other modules in Outlook for Windows.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68205.
[When this will happen:]
Current Channel: will roll out in mid-November and be complete in late January (previously mid-January).
Updated February 01, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
We are bringing back the Coming Soon option to preview the new location for the Mail, Calendar, People, Tasks, and other modules in Outlook for Windows.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68205.
[When this will happen:]
Current Channel: will roll out in mid-November and be complete in late February (previously late January).
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MC295021 (Updated) New Microsoft 365 Lists entry point in the SharePoint app bar Updated January 27, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
Resources in the SharePoint app bar will be expanding to include an entry point to Microsoft 365 Lists.

Microsoft 365 Lists content is personalized to the individual user

Note: The new Microsoft 365 Lists entry point cannot be disabled or customized.
[Key points:]
Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 85641.
Timing:
Targeted release: will begin rolling out in early January (previously late November) and is expected to be complete in mid-January (previously early December).
Standard: will begin rolling out in late January (previously early January) and is expected to be complete in early February (previously mid-January).
Roll-out: tenant level
Action: Action: review and assess

Updated February 08, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
Resources in the SharePoint app bar will be expanding to include an entry point to Microsoft 365 Lists.

Microsoft 365 Lists content is personalized to the individual user

Note: The new Microsoft 365 Lists entry point cannot be disabled or customized.
[Key points:]
Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 85641.
Timing:
Targeted release: will begin rolling out in early January (previously late November) and is expected to be complete in mid-January (previously early December).
Standard: will begin rolling out in mid-March (previously late January) and is expected to be complete in late March (previously early February).
Roll-out: tenant level
Action: Action: review and assess

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MC296204 (Updated) Expanded reactions in Microsoft Teams Updated January 18, 2022: We have updated the rollout timelines below. Thank you for your patience.
This update will expand available reactions by allowing users to apply any emoji as a reaction to chat messages. Users will be able to pick from >800 Teams emojis to express themselves the way they want.
This will be available for Teams desktop apps (Windows and Mac), Teams mobile (Android and iOS), and Teams on the web.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88080.
[When this will happen:]
Standard: will begin rolling out in early March (previously mid-January) and expect to complete rollout by late March (previously late January).
GCC: will begin rolling out in early March (previously mid-January) and expect to complete rollout by late March (previously late January).
GCC-H: will begin rolling this out in early April (previously mid-February) and expect to complete rollout by late April (previously late February).
DOD: will begin rolling this out in early April (previously mid-March) and expect to complete rollout by late April (previously late February).
Updated February 08, 2022: We have updated the rollout timelines below. Thank you for your patience.
This update will expand available reactions by allowing users to apply any emoji as a reaction to chat messages. Users will be able to pick from >800 Teams emojis to express themselves the way they want.
This will be available for Teams desktop apps (Windows and Mac), Teams mobile (Android and iOS), and Teams on the web.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88080.
[When this will happen:]
Standard: will begin rolling out in mid-May (previously early March) and expect to complete rollout by early June (previously late March).
GCC: will begin rolling out in mid-May (previously early March) and expect to complete rollout by early June (previously late March).
GCC-H: will begin rolling this out in mid-June (previously early April) and expect to complete rollout by late June (previously late April).
DOD: will begin rolling this out in mid-June (previously early April) and expect to complete rollout by late June (previously late April).
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MC298036 (Updated) Application Screen Sharing for Citrix - Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Updated December 03, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
With Citrix Workspace app for Windows 2109 and VDA 2109, Teams supports screen sharing of specific applications running in the virtual session.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 83116
[When this will happen:]
We will begin rolling out in mid-January (previously mid-November) and expect to complete by the end of March (previously end of November).
Updated February 01, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
With Citrix Workspace app for Windows 2109 and VDA 2109, Teams supports screen sharing of specific applications running in the virtual session.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 83116
[When this will happen:]
We will begin rolling out in mid-February (previously mid-January) and expect to complete by the late February (previously late March).
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MC298387 (Updated) OneDrive: Sharing experience - "Copy Link" Updated January 25, 2022: We have updated rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
Instead of a Copy link button, you’ll see an entire section where you can set permissions for the link and then copy it to share it with recipients. If you need to update the link permissions, you can do it directly from the Link Created dialog box as well.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 83728.
[When this will happen:]
Targeted release (entire org): We expect to begin rolling this out in late November 2021 and expect to complete roll out by late January (previously early December).
Standard release: We expect to begin rolling this out in early December 2021 and expect to complete roll out by early January 2022.
Updated February 01, 2022: We have updated rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
Instead of a Copy link button, you’ll see an entire section where you can set permissions for the link and then copy it to share it with recipients. If you need to update the link permissions, you can do it directly from the Link Created dialog box as well.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 83728.
[When this will happen:]
Targeted release (entire org): We expect to begin rolling this out in late November 2021 and expect to complete roll out by late January (previously early December).
Standard release: We expect to begin rolling this out in early December 2021 and expect to complete roll out by mid-February (previously early January).
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MC298824 (Updated) Transcription in 1:1 VOIP Calls Updated December 16, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
Transcription in 1:1 VOIP Calls will soon be available.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68774.
[When this will happen:]
We expect this release to begin in early January (previously mid-November) and expect the rollout to be completed by late January (previously early December).
Updated February 01, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
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[When this will happen:]
We expect this release to begin in early January (previously mid-November) and expect the rollout to be completed by mid-February (previously late January).
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MC299919 (Updated) OneDrive: Sync client support for ARM on Windows (Preview) Updated January 6, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
A preview of OneDrive sync for ARM on Windows is coming to devices in the Current Channel (Preview).
Following the preview release to Current Channel (Preview), it will release GA.
If you are not interested in the preview of OneDrive sync for ARM on Windows, you can safely disregard this message.
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Current Channel (Preview): We will begin rolling this out in early December and expect to complete rollout mid-December. - Complete
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There will be no preview release
Updated February 01, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
A preview of OneDrive sync for ARM on Windows is coming to devices in the Current Channel (Preview).
Following the preview release to Current Channel (Preview), it will release GA.
If you are not interested in the preview of OneDrive sync for ARM on Windows, you can safely disregard this message.
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[When this will happen:
Current Channel (Preview): We will begin rolling this out in early December and expect to complete rollout mid-December. - Complete
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There will be no preview release
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MC299920 (Updated) OneDrive: Sync client support for Apple Silicon (Preview) Updated January 11, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
A preview of OneDrive sync that runs natively on Apple silicon is coming to devices in the Current Channel (Preview).
Following the preview release to Current Channel (Preview), it will release GA.
If you are not interested in the preview of OneDrive sync that runs natively on Apple silicon, you can safely disregard this message.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 82035.
[When this will happen:]
Current Channel (Preview): We will begin rolling this out in early December and expect to complete rollout mid-December. - Complete
Standard: We will begin rolling this out in late January and expect to complete by mid-February.
There will be no preview release
Updated February 01, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
A preview of OneDrive sync that runs natively on Apple silicon is coming to devices in the Current Channel (Preview).
Following the preview release to Current Channel (Preview), it will release GA.
If you are not interested in the preview of OneDrive sync that runs natively on Apple silicon, you can safely disregard this message.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 82035.
[When this will happen:]
Current Channel (Preview): We will begin rolling this out in early December and expect to complete rollout mid-December. - Complete
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There will be no preview release
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MC301473 (Updated) Microsoft OneDrive & SharePoint Library dropdown menu Updated January 20, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
We're adding a dropdown menu that allows you to easily switch between multiple document libraries associated with a team or site. Now when you select a team or site within OneDrive, you’ll be taken to the default document library instead of a list of document libraries to choose from.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 81990.
[When this will happen:]
Targeted release (select users and entire org): will rollout in late January (previously early January) and be complete by mid-February (previously mid-January).
Standard release: will rollout in mid-February (previously mid-January) and be complete by early March (previously early February).
Updated February 03, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
We're adding a dropdown menu that allows you to easily switch between multiple document libraries associated with a team or site. Now when you select a team or site within OneDrive, you’ll be taken to the default document library instead of a list of document libraries to choose from.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 81990.
[When this will happen:]
Targeted release (select users and entire org): will rollout in early February (previously late January) and be complete by mid-February (previously mid-January).
Standard release: will rollout in mid-February (previously mid-January) and be complete by early March (previously early February).
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MC302456 (Updated) Improved Teams Guest User Usability (previously posted as MC300029) Updated January 6, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
Note: This is a re-post of MC300029 as it expired prematurely on the incorrect date and may not be visible to admins anymore.
We will be updating guest user functionality within the Microsoft Teams app.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88430.
[When this will happen:]
We expect to begin rolling this out in early January (previously early December) and expect the rollout to be completed by late January (previously late December).
Updated February 11, 2022: We have updated the content below with additional resources..
Note: This is a re-post of MC300029 as it expired prematurely on the incorrect date and may not be visible to admins anymore.
We will be updating guest user functionality within the Microsoft Teams app.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88430.
[When this will happen:]
We expect to begin rolling this out in early January (previously early December) and expect the rollout to be completed by late January (previously late December).
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MC303975 (Updated) SharePoint Syntex: December Updates We have several updates to SharePoint Syntex, including content assembly capabilities, two new site templates in the SharePoint look book, several Syntex model updates and an improvement to the metadata search functionality.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88717, 88705, 88713, 88703, 88704, 88707, 88709, 88519, 88714
[When this will happen:]
These expect these updates will start rolling out to all SharePoint Syntex customers in late December 2021 and expect the rollout to be completed by late January 2022.
Updated February 03, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
We have several updates to SharePoint Syntex, including content assembly capabilities, two new site templates in the SharePoint look book, several Syntex model updates and an improvement to the metadata search functionality.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88717, 88705, 88713, 88703, 88704, 88707, 88709, 88519, 88714
[When this will happen:]
These expect these updates will start rolling out to all SharePoint Syntex customers in late December 2021 and expect the rollout to be completed by mid-February (previously late January).
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MC305436 (Updated) Sensitivity labels now apply to modified documents Coming to public preview, default labeling policies can now be applied to any supported document that a user edits, not just a new document.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88515.
[When this will happen:]
We expect for the rollout to begin in mid-January and expect it to be complete by late February.
Updated February 11, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
Coming to public preview, default labeling policies can now be applied to any supported document that a user edits, not just a new document.
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[When this will happen:]
We expect for the rollout to begin in late March (previously mid-January) and expect it to be complete by early April (previously late February).
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MC306685 (Updated) Records Management – Configure a record label to start unlocked for user-driven records declaration We are introducing a new capability to better manage the lifecycle of documents labeled as a record. This new feature enables Records Management administrators to create retention labels that will mark contents in SharePoint and OneDrive as records but will not be “locked” (restricted for edits) until a user manually locks it. This will help customers who use automatic or default labeling of content which includes documents in a draft state which are not yet final and will need to become a locked record until they reach this stage of their lifecycle. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 roadmap ID 88509.
[When this will happen:]
Public preview: will begin rolling out in mid-January and is expected to be complete by late February 2022.
Updated February 08, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
We are introducing a new capability to better manage the lifecycle of documents labeled as a record. This new feature enables Records Management administrators to create retention labels that will mark contents in SharePoint and OneDrive as records but will not be “locked” (restricted for edits) until a user manually locks it. This will help customers who use automatic or default labeling of content which includes documents in a draft state which are not yet final and will need to become a locked record until they reach this stage of their lifecycle. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 roadmap ID 88509.
[When this will happen:]
Public preview: will begin rolling out in mid-March (previously mid-January) and is expected to be complete by late April (previously late February).
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MC307310 (Updated) sip-all FQDNs will not be supported starting June 1st, 2022 Updated January 14, 2022: We have updated the message to show for all organizations as intended. The content below has not changed. Thank you for your patience.
We're making some changes to Teams Direct Routing
On March 1, 2022, we will be removing support for sip-all.pstnhub.microsoft.com and sip-all.pstnhub.gov.teams.microsoft.us FQDNs from Direct Routing configuration.
Note: If you aren't using Session Border Controllers you can safely disregard this message.
Updated February 01, 2022: To provide additional time for customers to assess and make changes as appropriate we are moving the deadline for this change.
We're making some changes to Teams Direct Routing
On June 1, 2022 (previously March 1, 2022), we will be removing support for sip-all.pstnhub.microsoft.com and sip-all.pstnhub.gov.teams.microsoft.us FQDNs from Direct Routing configuration.
Note: If you aren't using Session Border Controllers you can safely disregard this message.
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MC308286 (Updated) Microsoft Editor Spellcheck and Grammar in SharePoint Pages This update will add the Microsoft Editor service to SharePoint Pages and News and enabling their spellcheck and grammar capabilities. This will allow proofreading to take place in SharePoint without relying on the Editor browser extension. This feature changes the suggestion’s colors to monochrome when they're shown on a themed background to increase visibility.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88534.
[When this will happen:]
Targeted Release: (select users and entire org) will begin rolling out in late December and expect to complete rollout mid-January.
Standard: will begin rolling out in mid-January and expect to complete rollout late January.
Updated February 08, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
This update will add the Microsoft Editor service to SharePoint Pages and News and enabling their spellcheck and grammar capabilities. This will allow proofreading to take place in SharePoint without relying on the Editor browser extension. This feature changes the suggestion’s colors to monochrome when they're shown on a themed background to increase visibility.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88534.
[When this will happen:]
Targeted Release: (select users and entire org) will begin rolling out in late December and expect to complete rollout late February (previously mid-January).
Standard: will begin rolling out in mid-January and expect to complete rollout late February (previously late January).
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MC309911 (Updated) Automatically Detect Music The previously released ML-based noise suppression is now enabled by default for most of our customers. ML-based noise suppression considers any non-speech signal picked up by the microphone as noise which should be suppressed.

To avoid suppressing music and to allow users to enable the new high-fidelity music mode, we have built an ML-based music detector which will inform the user whenever music is present through a notification. This will give the end user the choice whether music is indeed an unwanted background noise, such as when calling into a meeting from a coffee shop, or if music is a desired signal, such as when participating in a music lesson.
[Key points]
Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 89016
Timing:
Standard: We will begin rolling this out in late January and expect to complete rollout mid-February.
GCC: We will begin rolling this out in mid-February and expect to complete rollout late February.
GCC-H: We will begin rolling this out in early March and expect to complete rollout early April.
DoD: We will begin rolling this out in late March and expect to complete rollout late April.
Roll-out: Tenant level

Updated February 01, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
The previously released ML-based noise suppression is now enabled by default for most of our customers. ML-based noise suppression considers any non-speech signal picked up by the microphone as noise which should be suppressed.

To avoid suppressing music and to allow users to enable the new high-fidelity music mode, we have built an ML-based music detector which will inform the user whenever music is present through a notification. This will give the end user the choice whether music is indeed an unwanted background noise, such as when calling into a meeting from a coffee shop, or if music is a desired signal, such as when participating in a music lesson.
[Key points]
Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 89016
Timing:
Standard: We will begin rolling this out in late April (previously late January) and expect to complete rollout mid-May (previously mid-February).
GCC: We will begin rolling this out in mid-May (previously mid-February) and expect to complete rollout late May (previously late February).
GCC-H: We will begin rolling this out in early June (previously early March) and expect to complete rollout early July (previously early April).
DoD: We will begin rolling this out in late June (previously late March) and expect to complete rollout late July (previously late April).
Roll-out: Tenant level

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MC311846 (Updated) New Content Scenarios for My Feed Web Part on SharePoint We will be adding new content scenarios to the My Feed Web Part on SharePoint. The update will come with the following features.
Suggested Task
These are tasks or actions you have requested by or of you. They also may be tasks or actions you promise to do. These tasks are pulled from your email conversations.
People Highlights
These comprise of Birthdays, Work Anniversaries and Change of roles for people who you work with. The information is only visible for those who have chosen to share it on LinkedIn.
Meetings out of routine
These are meetings scheduled on Teams or Outlook and are out of your usual working hours. This allows your users to either request for a reschedule or act on the meetings as appropriate.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 82172.
[When this will happen:]
We expect this rollout to begin mid-January and expect the rollout to be completed by late January 2022.
Updated February 08, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
We will be adding new content scenarios to the My Feed Web Part on SharePoint. The update will come with the following features.
Suggested Task
These are tasks or actions you have requested by or of you. They also may be tasks or actions you promise to do. These tasks are pulled from your email conversations.
People Highlights
These comprise of Birthdays, Work Anniversaries and Change of roles for people who you work with. The information is only visible for those who have chosen to share it on LinkedIn.
Meetings out of routine
These are meetings scheduled on Teams or Outlook and are out of your usual working hours. This allows your users to either request for a reschedule or act on the meetings as appropriate.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 82172.
[When this will happen:]
We expect this rollout to begin early February (previously mid-January) and expect the rollout to be completed by early March (previously late January).
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MC312070 (Updated) Connected Templates We are announcing the upcoming release of Connected Templates with Microsoft Teams and SharePoint. The connected templates will offer a new way of combining Microsoft Teams templates with SharePoint templates. Prior to this integration, clients needed to deploy Microsoft Teams or SharePoint-specific templates.

Microsoft Team Templates allow administrators to easily deploy consistent teams across their organization using predefined or customized team templates across their organization.
SharePoint templates offer a straightforward way for admins to build sites with pre-populated pages, page templates, news post templates, and web parts that can be customized to fit the needs of their organization.
Through this integration, Teams administrators can create templates that include SharePoint components, bringing together the capabilities of the Teams and SharePoint templates.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 84724
[When this will happen:]
We will begin rolling this out in mid-January and expect to complete rollout early February.

Updated February 08, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
We are announcing the upcoming release of Connected Templates with Microsoft Teams and SharePoint. The connected templates will offer a new way of combining Microsoft Teams templates with SharePoint templates. Prior to this integration, clients needed to deploy Microsoft Teams or SharePoint-specific templates.

Microsoft Team Templates allow administrators to easily deploy consistent teams across their organization using predefined or customized team templates across their organization.
SharePoint templates offer a straightforward way for admins to build sites with pre-populated pages, page templates, news post templates, and web parts that can be customized to fit the needs of their organization.
Through this integration, Teams administrators can create templates that include SharePoint components, bringing together the capabilities of the Teams and SharePoint templates.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 84724
[When this will happen:]
We will begin rolling this out in mid-January and expect to complete rollout mid-March (previously early February).

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MC312492 (Updated) Microsoft Stream: Add or Edit captions and transcript for a video in SharePoint or OneDrive Updated January 11, 2022: We have updated this post with a link to additional information.
This new feature will enable users, with edit permission to a video stored in OneDrive for Business or a SharePoint document library, to upload, download, and delete captions in the WebVTT file format. This feature will also let users download a Teams Live Transcript as a WebVTT file. They will then be able to edit that file in a text or VTT editor and re-upload it to provide more accurate captions and transcript for their recording.
Any viewer of the video with a transcript will be able to display it as closed captions inside the video player and as a transcript in the transcript pane next to the video .
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 85610.
[When this will happen:]
Targeted release (entire org): will start rolling out early March and be complete by end of March.
Standard: will start rolling out in early April and be complete by end of April.
Updated February 04, 2022: We will not be moving forward with rolling this out to organizations in GCC, GCC-High or DoD at this time. We are planning on these in the future and will communicate via Message center when we are ready to proceed. We apologize for any inconvenience.
This new feature will enable users, with edit permission to a video stored in OneDrive for Business or a SharePoint document library, to upload, download, and delete captions in the WebVTT file format. This feature will also let users download a Teams Live Transcript as a WebVTT file. They will then be able to edit that file in a text or VTT editor and re-upload it to provide more accurate captions and transcript for their recording.
Any viewer of the video with a transcript will be able to display it as closed captions inside the video player and as a transcript in the transcript pane next to the video .
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 85610.
[When this will happen:]
Targeted release (entire org): will start rolling out early March and be complete by end of March.
Standard: will start rolling out in early April and be complete by end of April.
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MC313294 (Updated) Add taxonomy columns from modern library views Updated Timeline: We apologize for not sending an earlier update regarding our delayed rollout. We delayed the feature release to ensure the best possible experience for our users, and it is now ready. As previously mentioned (MC238780 - February 2021), this new feature will enable the ability to add taxonomy columns directly to library views in modern SharePoint libraries.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88828.
[When this will happen:]
Targeted Release (select users and entire org): We will begin rolling this out in mid-January and expect to complete rollout late January.
Standard Release: We will begin rolling this out in early February and expect to complete rollout late February.
Updated February 01, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
We apologize for not sending an earlier update regarding our delayed rollout. We delayed the feature release to ensure the best possible experience for our users, and it is now ready. As previously mentioned (MC238780 - February 2021), this new feature will enable the ability to add taxonomy columns directly to library views in modern SharePoint libraries.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88828.
[When this will happen:]
Targeted Release (select users and entire org): We will begin rolling this out in mid-February (previously mid-January) and expect to complete rollout by early March (previously late January).
Standard Release: We will begin rolling this out in mid-March (previously early February) and expect to complete rollout late March (previously late February).
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MC313651 (Updated) Supporting four additional languages for Headspace in Viva Insights- French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish In 2021, Viva Insights had rolled out curated set of guided meditations and focus music from Headspace in the Microsoft Viva Insights app in Teams for users who have set English as their language in Teams. With this planned app update, this experience will now be expanded to users in 4 additional languages (French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish).
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88518.
[When this will happen:]
We will begin rolling this out in mid-January and expect to complete rollout in late January.
Updated February 03, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
In 2021, Viva Insights had rolled out curated set of guided meditations and focus music from Headspace in the Microsoft Viva Insights app in Teams for users who have set English as their language in Teams. With this planned app update, this experience will now be expanded to users in 4 additional languages (French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish).
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88518.
[When this will happen:]
We will begin rolling this out in mid-January and expect to complete rollout in late February (previously late January).
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MC313659 (Updated) Shared focus plan in Viva Insights Viva insights is releasing new capabilities to help teams protect time for focused work. The shared focus plan will enable managers and team leads with a Microsoft Viva Insights license to foster mutual productivity norms and drive a positive team culture by inviting teams to coordinate focus time for uninterrupted work.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88839.
[When this will happen:]
Targeted release starting in late January 2022.
Standard Release will begin rolling out in early February 2022 and we expect the rollout to be complete by mid-March 2022.
Updated February 03, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
Viva insights is releasing new capabilities to help teams protect time for focused work. The shared focus plan will enable managers and team leads with a Microsoft Viva Insights license to foster mutual productivity norms and drive a positive team culture by inviting teams to coordinate focus time for uninterrupted work.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88839.
[When this will happen:]
Targeted release starting in early March (previously late January).
Standard Release will begin rolling out in late March (previously early February) and we expect the rollout to be complete by late April (previously mid-March).
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MC314015 (Updated) Revamped user profile page in Yammer We are launching the revamped user profile page in Yammer to align with the new user experience framework that is followed in Yammer, and also introducing some new functionalities such as a cover photo, list of people who follow the user, list of communities the user is a part of, among other improvements.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68066.
[When this will happen:]
We expect this rollout to begin in mid-January and expect it to be completed by early February.
Updated February 03, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
We are launching the revamped user profile page in Yammer to align with the new user experience framework that is followed in Yammer, and also introducing some new functionalities such as a cover photo, list of people who follow the user, list of communities the user is a part of, among other improvements.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68066.
[When this will happen:]
We expect this rollout to begin in mid-February (previously mid-January) and expect it to be completed by early March (previously early February).
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MC314286 (Updated) Updated companion mode for iOS users For a better hybrid meeting experience, Teams users on their iPhone can use a single tap to join a meeting on both their device and Microsoft Teams Room. Audio on their device will be automatically turned off to ensure echo doesn't happen. Furthermore, the landing experience on the iPhone will be optimized for engagement activities to make it easier to raise hand or react, chat, and see all participants.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 87869.
[When this will happen:]
We will begin rolling this out in late January and expect to complete rollout early February.
Updated February 08, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
For a better hybrid meeting experience, Teams users on their iPhone can use a single tap to join a meeting on both their device and Microsoft Teams Room. Audio on their device will be automatically turned off to ensure echo doesn't happen. Furthermore, the landing experience on the iPhone will be optimized for engagement activities to make it easier to raise hand or react, chat, and see all participants.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 87869.
[When this will happen:]
We will begin rolling this out in late January and expect to complete rollout mid-March (previously early February).
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MC316145 (Updated) Filters on Microsoft search Out of Box filters "File Type" and "Last Modified" will be getting an UI upgrade. From the right side panel these filters move in line with Search Results on top of the results list. This helps users discover and use these out of box filters easily.
Filters can also be defined on Custom verticals. Custom filters can be defined on datetime and string, refinable properties.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 57054.
[When this will happen:]
This rollout is expected to begin in mid-January and be completed by late January.
Updated February 01, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
Out of Box filters "File Type" and "Last Modified" will be getting an UI upgrade. From the right side panel these filters move in line with Search Results on top of the results list. This helps users discover and use these out of box filters easily.
Filters can also be defined on Custom verticals. Custom filters can be defined on datetime and string, refinable properties.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 57054.
[When this will happen:]
This rollout is expected to begin in mid-January and be completed by mid-February (previously late January).
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MC316441 (Updated) Automatically configure Teams DLP policies to protect files shared in team messages This new update will enable Teams DLP policies to protect chats in Teams. With this capability, all your existing and new policies will automatically protect files shared in Teams private chats and channel messages.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 85667.
[When this will happen:]
Rollout will begin in early February and is expected to be complete by late February.
Updated February 11, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
This new update will enable Teams DLP policies to protect chats in Teams. With this capability, all your existing and new policies will automatically protect files shared in Teams private chats and channel messages.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 85667.
[When this will happen:]
Rollout will begin in mid-February (previously early February) and is expected to be complete by late February.
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MC316448 (Updated) Certificate based Authentication for Security and Compliance Center PowerShell With this update, which will improve the security of your tenant, Security & Compliance PowerShell will enable configuration of certificate-based authentication to allow unattended App-only access.
[When this will happen:]
Rollout will begin in mid-February and is expected to be complete by early March.
Updated February 11, 2022: We have updated the content below for clarity. Thank you for your patience.
With this update, which will improve the security of your tenant, Security & Compliance PowerShell will enable configuration of certificate-based authentication to allow unattended App-only access.
[When this will happen:]
Rollout will begin in mid-February and is expected to be complete by early March.
02/20/2022
MC316723 (Updated) Microsoft Viva Topics - Search to add files/pages in Topic Page With this update, topic editors can now pin files/pages to a topic page by searching for it in the resource picker.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88852.
[When this will happen:]

We expect this rollout to begin in late January and expect the rollout to be completed by early February.

Updated February 03, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
With this update, topic editors can now pin files/pages to a topic page by searching for it in the resource picker.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88852.

[When this will happen:]

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

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MC317766 (Updated) Live Captions in all available languages and CART Captions on Teams Meetings on Web Live Captions in all available languages will now be available on Teams Meetings on web browsers. CART Captioning support will also be available on web browsers. Chrome/Edge/Safari on Win/Mac/Linux platforms will be supported.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 84906, 84001.
[When this will happen:]
We expect the rollout to begin in early February and expect the rollout to be completed by mid-February.
Updated February 03, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.
Live Captions in all available languages will now be available on Teams Meetings on web browsers. CART Captioning support will also be available on web browsers. Chrome/Edge/Safari on Win/Mac/Linux platforms will be supported.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 84906, 84001.
[When this will happen:]
Live captions for web: We expect the rollout to begin in early February and expect the rollout to be completed by mid-February.
CART captions for web: We expect the rollout to begin in early April and expect the rollout to be completed by mid-April.

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MC320163 (Updated) Updating default tenant-level tag management settings We’re updating the default tag management settings based on customer feedback. The new defaults eliminate the need for team members to ask owners to create or edit tags on their behalf.
The Teams Admin Center default for who can manage tags will be updated from "Team owners" to "Team owners and members." Tenant Admins still can override the default and limit Tag Create/Edit to Team Owners only. This simplifies the Tags permissions model and makes it consistent with other Teams concepts like Channels. If you have already made any changes to any option in the Tagging settings, your settings will not be updated and this change will not affect your tenant.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88318
[Key points]
Timing: This change will start to rollout in late February and we expect to complete the rollout by late April 2022.

Roll-out: tenant level
Control type: Team owner and team member control
Action: review and assess by February 28, 2022

Updated February 01, 2022: We have updated the content below to show as intended. Thank you for your patience.
We’re updating the default tag management settings based on customer feedback. The new defaults eliminate the need for team members to ask owners to create or edit tags on their behalf.
The Teams admin center default for who can manage tags will be updated from "Team owners" to "Team owners and members." Tenant admins still can override the default and limit Tag Create/Edit to Team Owners only. This simplifies the Tags permissions model and makes it consistent with other Teams concepts like Channels. If you have already made any changes to any option in the Tagging settings, your settings will not be updated, and this change will not affect your tenant.
This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88318
[Key points:]
Timing: This change will start to rollout in late February, and we expect to complete the rollout by late April 2022.

Roll-out: tenant level
Control type: Team owner and team member control
Action: review and assess by February 28, 2022

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MC320168 (Updated) Planned Maintenance: Exchange Online Planned Maintenance: Exchange Online
We have maintenance planned for Exchange Online:
[When will this happen:]
This maintenance will occur during a single 2-hour window (potentially less) between February 7, and February 8, 2022.
Updated February 02, 2022: We have updated this post to show as intended. Thank you for the feedback.
Planned Maintenance: Exchange Online
We have maintenance planned for Exchange Online:
[When will this happen:]
This maintenance will occur during a single 2-hour window (potentially less) between February 7, and February 8, 2022.
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MC320940 (Updated) Permanent Redirection of Office 365 Security & Compliance Center (SCC) We are announcing that we will be completing the final step in the transition from the legacy Security & Compliance Center (SCC) portal to three new portals. Due to the broad reception and adoption from you, our customers, to the new portals, we feel confident to complete the journey and make Microsoft 365 Defender portal, Microsoft Compliance center and the Modern Exchange Admin portal - the homes for Office 365 Security and Compliance management.
Office 365 Security
In June 2021, we announced the general availability of Microsoft Defender for Office 365 capabilities in the Microsoft 365 Defender portal (security.microsoft.com). Security teams can now manage all endpoint, email and collaboration, cross-product investigation, configuration, and remediation activities within a single unified XDR dashboard. Our efforts to bring these solutions together are part of our commitment to deliver world class SecOps capabilities that empower security teams to respond to threats more rapidly and effectively.
As previously messaged (MC276896 - August 2021), we announced and initiated the official transition of Microsoft Defender for Office 365’s home to be the Microsoft 365 Defender portal, with automatic redirection of all security features from Office 365 Security & compliance center (protection.office.com) to Microsoft 365 Defender (security.microsoft.com).
Office 365 Compliance
As previously messaged (MC244886 - March 2021), we announced and initiated the official transition of Office 365 Compliance capabilities to the Microsoft 365 Compliance center (compliance.microsoft.com), with automatic redirection of all compliance and information protection capabilities from Office 365 Security & compliance center (protection.office.com) to Microsoft 365 Compliance center (compliance.microsoft.com). In October 2021, we completed the transition with permanent redirection to the Microsoft 365 Compliance center.
Office 365 Mail flow
Mail flow features are moving to the Modern Exchange Admin Portal (Modern EAC, admin.exchange.microsoft.com) to align with the overall vision of the Microsoft 365 Experience. This will allow Exchange Administrators to have a consolidated and consistent experience giving the necessary insights and tools to help stay on top of your mail flow environment in one portal. We will continue to invest our resources into making this the best possible experience for our mail flow administrators.
[When this will happen:]

We will begin rolling out this change beginning in early March and completing by late March 2022.

Updated February 04, 2022: We have updated the post title to show as intended, the content below has not changed. Thank you for your patience.
We are announcing that we will be completing the final step in the transition from the legacy Security & Compliance Center (SCC) portal to three new portals. Due to the broad reception and adoption from you, our customers, to the new portals, we feel confident to complete the journey and make Microsoft 365 Defender portal, Microsoft Compliance center and the Modern Exchange Admin portal - the homes for Office 365 Security and Compliance management.
Office 365 Security
In June 2021, we announced the general availability of Microsoft Defender for Office 365 capabilities in the Microsoft 365 Defender portal (security.microsoft.com). Security teams can now manage all endpoint, email and collaboration, cross-product investigation, configuration, and remediation activities within a single unified XDR dashboard. Our efforts to bring these solutions together are part of our commitment to deliver world class SecOps capabilities that empower security teams to respond to threats more rapidly and effectively.
As previously messaged (MC276896 - August 2021), we announced and initiated the official transition of Microsoft Defender for Office 365’s home to be the Microsoft 365 Defender portal, with automatic redirection of all security features from Office 365 Security & compliance center (protection.office.com) to Microsoft 365 Defender (security.microsoft.com).
Office 365 Compliance
As previously messaged (MC244886 - March 2021), we announced and initiated the official transition of Office 365 Compliance capabilities to the Microsoft 365 Compliance center (compliance.microsoft.com), with automatic redirection of all compliance and information protection capabilities from Office 365 Security & compliance center (protection.office.com) to Microsoft 365 Compliance center (compliance.microsoft.com). In October 2021, we completed the transition with permanent redirection to the Microsoft 365 Compliance center.
Office 365 Mail flow
Mail flow features are moving to the Modern Exchange Admin Portal (Modern EAC, admin.exchange.microsoft.com) to align with the overall vision of the Microsoft 365 Experience. This will allow Exchange Administrators to have a consolidated and consistent experience giving the necessary insights and tools to help stay on top of your mail flow environment in one portal. We will continue to invest our resources into making this the best possible experience for our mail flow administrators.
[When this will happen:]

We will begin rolling out this change beginning in early March and completing by late March 2022.

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MC322553 Microsoft Office default change – Blocking VBA macros in files from the internet VBA macros are a common way for malicious actors to gain access to deploy malware and ransomware. To help improve security, we are changing the behavior of Office applications to now block macros in files from the internet. Learn more in this blog post.

This change only affects Office on devices running Windows and only affects the following applications: Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, and Word.

[Key points:]
Timing: The change will begin rolling out in Version 2203, starting with Current Channel (Preview) in early April 2022. Later, the change will be available in the other update channels, such as Current Channel, Monthly Enterprise Channel, and Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel.
At a future date to be determined, we also plan to make this change to Office LTSC, Office 2021, Office 2019, Office 2016, and Office 2013.
Action: Review and assess impact

VBA macros are a common way for malicious actors to gain access to deploy malware and ransomware. To help improve security, we are changing the behavior of Office applications to now block macros in files from the internet. Learn more in this blog post.

This change only affects Office on devices running Windows and only affects the following applications: Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, and Word.

[Key points:]
Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88883
Timing: The change will begin rolling out in Version 2203, starting with Current Channel (Preview) in early April 2022. Later, the change will be available in the other update channels, such as Current Channel, Monthly Enterprise Channel, and Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel.
At a future date to be determined, we also plan to make this change to Office LTSC, Office 2021, Office 2019, Office 2016, and Office 2013.
Action: Review and assess impact

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MC324150 (Updated) Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for all channels We've released updates to the following update channels for Microsoft 365 Apps:
Current Channel
Monthly Enterprise Channel
Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel (Preview)
Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel
[When this will happen:]
We'll be gradually rolling out these updates of Microsoft 365 Apps to users on those update channels starting February 8th, 2022 (PST).
Updated February 09, 2022: We have updated the content below to show as intended.
We've released updates to the following update channels for Microsoft 365 Apps:
Current Channel
Monthly Enterprise Channel
Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel (Preview)
Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel
[When this will happen:]
We'll be gradually rolling out these updates of Microsoft 365 Apps to users on those update channels starting February 8th, 2022 (PST).
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MC266173 Windows lifecycle and servicing update Along with the user experience and security improvements Windows 11 will offer, we are introducing enhancements to our servicing approach based on your feedback.

Windows 11 will have an annual feature update cadence, a change from the semi-annual cadence of Windows 10. Windows 11 feature updates will release in the second half of the calendar year and will come with 24 months of support for Home, Pro, Pro for Workstations, and Pro Education editions. Windows 11 will come with 36 months of support for Enterprise and Education editions, continuing to provide additional time and flexibility for the validation and at-scale deployments common on those editions.

When this will happen

Windows 11 will be available via all the existing Windows 10 servicing channels our commercial organizations are familiar with later this calendar year.

While Windows 11 marks an exciting milestone for the future of Windows, we want to remind you that we will continue to support Windows 10 through October 14, 2025. We will be introducing Window 10, version 21H2 in the second half of this year along with a Windows 10 Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) edition.

How this will affect your organization

When Windows 11 reaches general availability, you will find Windows 11 added to Windows release health under Health in the Microsoft 365 admin center. There you will find information on any known issues, including safeguard holds implemented to ensure an optimal update experience for all devices.

You will be able to roll out Windows 11 using many of your existing management and deployment tools and processes including, but not limited to, Windows Update for Business, Microsoft Endpoint Manager, and Windows Autopilot. For Enterprise and Education customers the Windows Update for Business deployment service provides you with more control over Windows Update than ever before to approve, schedule or expedite updates via Microsoft Endpoint Manager.

What you need to do to prepare

Stay tuned for more information on Windows 11 availability and remember that being on the latest version of Windows provides you with both the latest features and security protections to help keep your devices safer.

More information

To learn more, see Windows lifecycle and servicing update.

Along with the user experience and security improvements Windows 11 will offer, we are introducing enhancements to our servicing approach based on your feedback.

Windows 11 will have an annual feature update cadence, a change from the semi-annual cadence of Windows 10. Windows 11 feature updates will release in the second half of the calendar year and will come with 24 months of support for Home, Pro, Pro for Workstations, and Pro Education editions. Windows 11 will come with 36 months of support for Enterprise and Education editions, continuing to provide additional time and flexibility for the validation and at-scale deployments common on those editions.

When this will happen

Windows 11 will be available via all the existing Windows 10 servicing channels our commercial organizations are familiar with later this calendar year.

While Windows 11 marks an exciting milestone for the future of Windows, we want to remind you that we will continue to support Windows 10 through October 14, 2025. We will be introducing Window 10, version 21H2 in the second half of this year along with a Windows 10 Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) edition.

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MC267930 Skype for Business Online retires July 31, 2021 As announced in July of 2019, Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31, 2021. Skype for Business Online will be fully functional through July 31, 2021, to allow users time to transition to Teams or to an instance of Skype for Business Server.

When will this happen:

Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31, 2021.

How this will affect your organization:

Between now and July 31st, organizations using Skype for Business Online will experience no change in service, and you will be able to continue to add new users as needed. After that date, the service will no longer be accessible.
Services that integrate with Skype for Business Online will not be supported beyond the July 31, 2021, retirement. This includes support for third-party audio conferencing providers (ACP), Skype for Business Online Cloud Connector Edition (CCE), hybrid voice configurations, and Skype Meeting Broadcast.
The retirement of Skype for Business Online does not affect the Skype consumer service, Skype for Business Server products and Skype for Business Online operated by 21Vianet (China Sovereign Clouds Instance).

What you need to do to prepare:

We recommend that organizations currently using Skype for Business Online upgrade to Teams. As noted on April 29, 2021, Microsoft has been scheduling Microsoft-assisted upgrades to Teams for Skype for Business Online customers with cloud-only or hybrid deployments. Assisted upgrades help with last-mile technical steps of the transition to Teams. Organizations will be notified through the Teams admin center and the Microsoft 365 message center, 90 days prior to the scheduled date of their assisted upgrade.
Coexistence modes can enable your organization to operate Skype for Business Server/Teams side-by-side experiences until you are ready to move users to Teams Only. Users can be moved directly from Skype for Business Server to Teams Only mode after configuring Skype for Business hybrid with Microsoft 365 or Office 365. (Please note; however, that you will not be able to move online users out of Teams Only mode after retirement.)
While the duration of each upgrade to Teams will vary, users within a tenant will generally be upgraded within 24 hours from the start of the upgrade. During this window, users will still be able to access Skype for Business Online. Once the upgrade has completed and users log out of Skype for Business Online, they will only be able to use Teams to initiate and receive messages and calls as well as to schedule and host meetings. These users will be able to join a Skype for Business meeting scheduled by a user on Skype for Business Server or in a federated organization.

Learn more:

Whether you’re at the start of your upgrade journey or are wrapping up, these resources can help guide your organization through its transition to Teams:
Microsoft Teams admin documentation provides guidance for rolling out, managing, and preparing users for Teams.
Online upgrade guidance helps you prepare your technical environment and end-users for the upgrade to Teams.
Teams upgrade planning workshops take you through a proven framework for planning and implementing your upgrade from Skype for Business to Teams.
Microsoft Chalk Talks workshops teach best practices and practical guidance around some of the most popular and compelling scenarios in Teams.
FastTrack deployment assistance is available for eligible subscriptions.
Microsoft Partners can help you plan and execute your upgrade.

As announced in July of 2019, Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31, 2021. Skype for Business Online will be fully functional through July 31, 2021, to allow users time to transition to Teams or to an instance of Skype for Business Server.

When will this happen:

Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31, 2021.

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MC268696 Planning for Windows 11: best practices for organizations Windows 11 was recently announced to the world, and we want to share practical tips that will set you up for success as you plan for updates in your organization.

How this will affect your organization:

We know that every organization will need time to transition to Windows 11. You choose the pace at which you want to upgrade. Our goal is to support you, so the effort is seamless and strategic. Windows 11 is built on the Windows 10 code base so it’s natively compatible with the software and solutions you use today and the investments you’ve made in Windows 10 will carry forward. In addition, Windows 11 and Windows 10 are designed to coexist, backed by a common set of security and management capabilities delivered by the Microsoft cloud.

What you need to do to:

Here are four key things you can do today to pave the way for a smooth integration of Windows 11 into your device estate:
Get started today. Join the Windows Insider Program for Business and start reviewing your devices, applications, and deployment processes.
Assess readiness. Validate your hardware and software. Engage App Assure to help solve and application compatibility issues.
Create a Windows 11 deployment plan. Prepare for Windows 11 and engage with Microsoft and our partners for guidance and support as needed.
Take advantage of cloud-based endpoint management capabilities offered in Microsoft Endpoint Manager such as Windows Autopilot which enables you to deploy new Windows 11 devices in a “business ready” state.

For full details about what each best practice entails, visit this page: Planning for Windows 11: best practices for organizations

For additional guidance, see the following resources:

Windows 11 overview - What's new in Windows
Windows Insider
FastTrack Center Benefit for Microsoft 365​ - FastTrack
Windows 11 requirements - What's new in Windows
Prepare for Windows 11 - What's new in Windows
Windows lifecycle and servicing update
Introducing Windows 11
Windows 11: The operating system for hybrid work and learning

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MC272725 Changes to Windows 7 driver signing and driver publication Reminder - effective June 17, 2021:
Microsoft has discontinued the publication of drivers to Windows Update for Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2.
Microsoft partners should sign drivers to Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 through the Partner Center for Windows Hardware

When this will happen:

Both changes are effective beginning June 17, 2021.

How this will affect your organization:

Even though Microsoft has discontinued the publication of drivers to Windows Update for Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2, signed drivers will continue to be made available to ensure driver reliability for Volume Licensing customers who have elected to participate in an Extended Security Update (ESU) program. Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 driver submissions for the Windows Hardware Compatibility Program (WHCP) will continue to be available through January 2023.

For driver publication changes, organizations that use the ESU program will continue to have the ability to deploy drivers to managed devices using Windows Server Update (WSUS) and other supported methods. Microsoft discontinued publishing of SHA-2 signed drivers to Windows Update which target Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 devices on June 17, 2021. While these Windows versions reached the end of support on January 14, 2020, we are making this change to diminish disruptions for users who remain on these versions of Windows. This includes:

Any driver package submitted for multi-targeting for currently supported versions of Windows and Windows Server
Any driver package targeting versions of Windows or Windows Server that have reached the end of support.

Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 driver submissions for the Windows Hardware Compatibility Program (WHCP) will continue to be available through January 2023. These submissions will continue to be made available to ensure optimal driver reliability for Volume Licensing customers who have elected to participate in the Extended Security Update (ESU) program.

What you need to do to:

For driver signing changes, Microsoft partners should utilize the process below to sign drivers for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 through the Partner Center for Windows Hardware:
Remove existing signatures from driver binaries.
Generate new catalog files using INF2CAT.
Sign the security catalog files using the IHV/OEM certificate registered with the Partner Center for Windows Hardware.
Add the driver to your HCK file.
Sign the HCK file using the IHV/OEM certificate registered with the Partner Center for Windows Hardware.
Submit the driver package to the Partner Center for Windows Hardware for signing.
Download the signed driver bundle from the Partner Center for Windows Hardware.

For more details, read the official announcements:

Changes to driver signing for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008
Changes to driver publication for Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008

For additional guidance, see the following resources:

Microsoft to use SHA-2 exclusively starting May 9, 2021
Windows Hardware Certification Kit (Windows HCK)
Windows 7 end of support FAQ
Window Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end of support FAQ

Reminder - effective June 17, 2021:
Microsoft has discontinued the publication of drivers to Windows Update for Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2.
Microsoft partners should sign drivers to Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 through the Partner Center for Windows Hardware

When this will happen:

Both changes are effective beginning June 17, 2021.

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MC278599 Introducing layered Group Policy To give you greater control and visibility with corporate-owned devices in their organization, we have now enabled the apply layered Group Policy feature. This new feature gives you the ability to decide which devices can be installed on machines across your organization and which are prohibited.

When will this happen:
The ability to apply layered Group Policy is available for all versions of Windows 10 as part of the July 2021 optional “C” client release and was made more broadly available beginning with the August 2021 Update Tuesday release. This feature will also be supported in Windows 11.

How this will affect your organization:
Adding the new apply layered Group Policy to the existing device installation policies improves intuitive usage and flexibility as follows:
Intuitive usage: With this new policy, you don’t need to know different device classes to prevent USB classes only from being installed. The new policy allows you to focus scripts on USB classes and be confident that no other class is going to be blocked unless specified by the IT admin.
Flexibility: In the past, every prevent policy took precedence over any allow policy, which created a set of definitions and a rigid set of allow/prevent devices, causing update strains every time a new set of devices entered the market. With the new policy, we introduce hierarchical layering in the following order:
Instance ID: the highest ranking
Hardware IDs and compatible IDs (Device IDs)
Class
Removable device property: the lowest ranking

For more details, read the official announcement: Introducing the ability to apply layered Group Policy.

For detailed guidance, see the following resource: Manage Device Installation with Group Policy (Windows 10).

To give you greater control and visibility with corporate-owned devices in their organization, we have now enabled the apply layered Group Policy feature. This new feature gives you the ability to decide which devices can be installed on machines across your organization and which are prohibited.

When will this happen:
The ability to apply layered Group Policy is available for all versions of Windows 10 as part of the July 2021 optional “C” client release and was made more broadly available beginning with the August 2021 Update Tuesday release. This feature will also be supported in Windows 11.

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MC286339 (Updated) Yammer Topics APIs changes with Viva Topics New feature, User impact Updated message, New feature, User impact N/A
MC303975 (Updated) SharePoint Syntex: December Updates New feature, User impact, Admin impact Updated message, New feature, User impact, Admin impact N/A
MC305436 (Updated) Sensitivity labels now apply to modified documents Feature update, User impact Updated message, Feature update, User impact N/A
MC306685 (Updated) Records Management – Configure a record label to start unlocked for user-driven records declaration New feature, Admin impact Updated message, New feature, Admin impact N/A
MC308286 (Updated) Microsoft Editor Spellcheck and Grammar in SharePoint Pages New feature, User impact Updated message, New feature, User impact N/A
MC309911 (Updated) Automatically Detect Music New feature, User impact Updated message, New feature, User impact N/A
MC311846 (Updated) New Content Scenarios for My Feed Web Part on SharePoint New feature, User impact Updated message, New feature, User impact N/A
MC312492 (Updated) Microsoft Stream: Add or Edit captions and transcript for a video in SharePoint or OneDrive New feature, User impact Updated message, New feature, User impact N/A
MC313294 (Updated) Add taxonomy columns from modern library views New feature, User impact Updated message, New feature, User impact N/A
MC313651 (Updated) Supporting four additional languages for Headspace in Viva Insights- French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish Feature update, User impact, Admin impact Updated message, Feature update, User impact, Admin impact N/A
MC313659 (Updated) Shared focus plan in Viva Insights New feature, User impact, Admin impact Updated message, New feature, User impact, Admin impact N/A
MC314015 (Updated) Revamped user profile page in Yammer Feature update, User impact Updated message, Feature update, User impact N/A
MC314286 (Updated) Updated companion mode for iOS users Feature update, User impact Updated message, Feature update, User impact N/A
MC316145 (Updated) Filters on Microsoft search Feature update, User impact, Admin impact Updated message, Feature update, User impact, Admin impact N/A
MC316441 (Updated) Automatically configure Teams DLP policies to protect files shared in team messages New feature, Admin impact Updated message, New feature, Admin impact N/A
MC316448 (Updated) Certificate based Authentication for Security and Compliance Center PowerShell New feature, Admin impact Updated message, New feature, Admin impact 02/20/2022
MC316723 (Updated) Microsoft Viva Topics - Search to add files/pages in Topic Page New feature, User impact, Admin impact Updated message, New feature, User impact, Admin impact N/A
MC317766 (Updated) Live Captions in all available languages and CART Captions on Teams Meetings on Web New feature, User impact, Admin impact Updated message, New feature, User impact, Admin impact N/A
MC320163 (Updated) Updating default tenant-level tag management settings Feature update, User impact, Admin impact Updated message, Feature update, User impact, Admin impact N/A
MC320168 (Updated) Planned Maintenance: Exchange Online User impact, Admin impact Updated message, Admin impact N/A
MC320940 (Updated) Permanent Redirection of Office 365 Security & Compliance Center (SCC) Feature update, Admin impact Updated message, Feature update, Admin impact N/A
MC324150 (Updated) Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for all channels Feature update Updated message, Feature update N/A

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MC274188 (Updated) Teams Meeting Recordings Auto-Expiration in OneDrive and SharePoint To change the default auto-expiration setting for your tenant, go to admin.teams.microsoft.com, navigate to Meetings > Meeting Policies > Add in the left navigation panel. Then modify the setting under the Recording & transcription section. You can turn "Meetings automatically expire" to off if you do not want meeting recordings to expire at all, or you can set a specific number of default days between 1 and 99999.

Or modify the setting in PowerShell by setting the attribute NewMeetingRecordingExpirationDays. If you use PowerShell, set the attribute to “-1” to never auto-expire TMRs, or set it to a specific number of days (min: 1 day, max: 99,999 days). PowerShell documentation here: Set-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy (SkypeForBusiness) | Microsoft Docs
Example PowerShell Cmd:
Set-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy -Identity Global -NewMeetingRecordingExpirationDays 30
If you are going to specify a tenant level expiration standard, inform your user base about the change before we deploy it so that they are aware they will need to take action to retain their new recording files past the specified time period once the feature is enabled. They will also be notified in various ways as described in the FAQs link below.
Learn more about the feature: Meeting policies and meeting expiration in Microsoft Teams.
https://admin.microsoft.com/Adminportal/Home?ref=MessageCenter/:/messages/MC222640
https://docs.microsoft.com/powershell/module/skype/set-csteamsmeetingpolicy?view=skype-ps
https://support.microsoft.com/office/record-a-meeting-in-teams-34dfbe7f-b07d-4a27-b4c6-de62f1348c24
https://www.docs.microsoft.com/MicrosoftTeams/meeting-expiration
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=84580%2C

To change the default auto-expiration setting for your tenant, go to admin.teams.microsoft.com, navigate to Meetings > Meeting Policies > Add in the left navigation panel. Then modify the setting under the Recording & transcription section. You can turn "Meetings automatically expire" to off if you do not want meeting recordings to expire at all, or you can set a specific number of default days between 1 and 99999.

Or modify the setting in PowerShell by setting the attribute NewMeetingRecordingExpirationDays. If you use PowerShell, set the attribute to “-1” to never auto-expire TMRs, or set it to a specific number of days (min: 1 day, max: 99,999 days). PowerShell documentation here: Set-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy (SkypeForBusiness) | Microsoft Docs
Example PowerShell Cmd:
Set-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy -Identity Global -NewMeetingRecordingExpirationDays 30
If you are going to specify a tenant level expiration standard, inform your user base about the change before we deploy it so that they are aware they will need to take action to retain their new recording files past the specified time period once the feature is enabled. They will also be notified in various ways as described in the FAQs link below.
Learn more about the feature: Meeting policies and meeting expiration in Microsoft Teams.
https://admin.microsoft.com/Adminportal/Home?ref=MessageCenter/:/messages/MC222640
https://docs.microsoft.com/MicrosoftTeams/meeting-expiration#changes-to-meeting-expiration
https://docs.microsoft.com/powershell/module/skype/set-csteamsmeetingpolicy?view=skype-ps
https://support.microsoft.com/office/record-a-meeting-in-teams-34dfbe7f-b07d-4a27-b4c6-de62f1348c24
https://www.docs.microsoft.com/MicrosoftTeams/meeting-expiration
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=84580%2C

03/25/2022
MC286337 (Updated) Send Feedback on Image Tags We recommend that you review and set up the feedback policies for your organization here.
By default, sharing feedback with Microsoft is enabled, and sharing image/content and email address is disabled.
You can change this at any point by changing the following policies:

Allow users to submit feedback to Microsoft
Allow users to include log files and content samples when feedback is submitted to Microsoft
Allow Microsoft to follow up on feedback submitted by users
Learn more about image tags: Work with Image Tags in a SharePoint library
https://config.office.com/
https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/admin/manage/manage-feedback-ms-org?view=o365-worldwide
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=68902

We recommend that you review and set up the feedback policies for your organization here.
By default, sharing feedback with Microsoft is enabled, and sharing image/content and email address is disabled.
You can change this at any point by changing the following policies:

Allow users to submit feedback to Microsoft
Allow users to include log files and content samples when feedback is submitted to Microsoft
Allow Microsoft to follow up on feedback submitted by users
Learn more about image tags: Work with Image Tags in a SharePoint library
https://config.office.com/
https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/admin/manage/manage-feedback-ms-org?view=o365-worldwide
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88708

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MC302456 (Updated) Improved Teams Guest User Usability (previously posted as MC300029) No additional actions are required in preparation of this update.
Note: There is no effect on guest user permission and/or access to resource.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88430
No additional actions are required in preparation of this update.
Note: There is no effect on guest user permission and/or access to resource.
Learn more:
How SMTP DNS-based Authentication of Named Entities (DANE) works to secure email communications - Microsoft 365 Compliance | Microsoft Docs
Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer
https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/compliance/how-smtp-dane-works?view=o365-worldwide
https://testconnectivity.microsoft.com/tests/o365
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88430
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MC303975 (Updated) SharePoint Syntex: December Updates Try out the new site templates & notify your Syntex users about these updates
[Learn more]
Learn about the future of SharePoint Syntex at Microsoft Ignite - Microsoft Tech Community
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/sharepoint-syntex/learn-about-the-future-of-sharepoint-syntex-at-microsoft-ignite/ba-p/2912168
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88519
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88703
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88704
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88705
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88707
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88709
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88713
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88714
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88717
Try out the new site templates & notify your Syntex users about these updates
[Learn more]
Learn about the future of SharePoint Syntex at Microsoft Ignite - Microsoft Tech Community
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/sharepoint-syntex/learn-about-the-future-of-sharepoint-syntex-at-microsoft-ignite/ba-p/2912168
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88519
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88703
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88704
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88705
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88707
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88709
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88713
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88714
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88717
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MC305436 (Updated) Sensitivity labels now apply to modified documents No action required but you may want to adjust your documentation as needed.
Learn more about specifying a default sensitivity label.
Learn more about requiring users to apply a label.
https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/compliance/sensitivity-labels?view=o365-worldwide#what-label-policies-can-do
https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/compliance/sensitivity-labels-office-apps?view=o365-worldwide#require-users-to-apply-a-label-to-their-email-and-documents
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88515
No action required but you may want to adjust your documentation as needed.
Learn more about specifying a default sensitivity label.
Learn more about requiring users to apply a label.
https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/compliance/sensitivity-labels?view=o365-worldwide#what-label-policies-can-do
https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/compliance/sensitivity-labels-office-apps?view=o365-worldwide#require-users-to-apply-a-label-to-their-email-and-documents
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88515
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MC311846 (Updated) New Content Scenarios for My Feed Web Part on SharePoint No action is required as the content of the Feed web part will be automatically surfaced. Consider informing internal IT and users about this change.
https://support.microsoft.com/office/use-the-my-feed-web-part-d5c79a85-0596-4602-975a-9c06824b09c7
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=82172
No action is required as the content of the Feed web part will be automatically surfaced. Consider informing internal IT and users about this change.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/use-the-my-feed-web-part-d5c79a85-0596-4602-975a-9c06824b09c7
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=82172
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MC313651 (Updated) Supporting four additional languages for Headspace in Viva Insights- French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish Review and assess the impact for your organization and you might want to notify your users about this new capability and update your training and documentation as appropriate.
Note: To disable (admin control) the Headspace feature for select users, use the PowerShell cmdlets VivaInsightsSettings with feature name as Headspace.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/insights/teams-app
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88518
Review and assess the impact for your organization and you might want to notify your users about this new capability and update your training and documentation as appropriate.
Note: To disable (admin control) the Headspace feature for select users, use the PowerShell cmdlets VivaInsightsSettings with feature name as Headspace.
https://docs.microsoft.com/insights/teams-app
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=88518
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MC316145 (Updated) Filters on Microsoft search Admins can now utilize the “Filters” wizard step in “Verticals” configuration to add/manage the custom filters. You may want to update your documentation as necessary.
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=57054
Admins can now utilize the “Filters” wizard step in “Verticals” configuration to add/manage the custom filters. You may want to update your documentation as necessary.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=57054
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MC316441 (Updated) Automatically configure Teams DLP policies to protect files shared in team messages For access, go to Microsoft 365 compliance center > Data Loss Prevention > Policy page. There will be a banner to show the new feature. You can enable the feature by clicking on the Update policies button in the banner.

Learn more:
Data loss prevention and Microsoft Teams
https://compliance.microsoft.com/
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=85667

For access, go to Microsoft 365 compliance center > Data Loss Prevention > Policy page. There will be a banner to show the new feature. You can enable the feature by clicking on the Update policies button in the banner.

Learn more:
Data loss prevention and Microsoft Teams
https://compliance.microsoft.com/
https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/compliance/dlp-microsoft-teams?view=o365-worldwide
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=85667

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MC317766 (Updated) Live Captions in all available languages and CART Captions on Teams Meetings on Web IT Admins should update documentation for their organization as necessary.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ww/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=84906
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=84001
IT Admins should update documentation for their organization as necessary.
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=84001
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=84906
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MC320940 (Updated) Permanent Redirection of Office 365 Security & Compliance Center (SCC) Microsoft 365 Defender - if you have already transitioned your workflows to work within the M365 Defender portal – nothing further is required.
If you are still working fully or partially out of the Office 365 Security & Compliance center, we recommend that you plan and complete your transition within the next 30 days, to avoid broken access experiences. This should also include updating any saved bookmarks. For additional information, see Microsoft Defender for Office 365 in Microsoft 365 Defender.
To learn more about the integrated experience and features, please refer to our blogs: Microsoft 365 Defender now delivers unified experiences across endpoint, email and collaboration and instructional video.
Microsoft 365 Compliance – if you have already transitioned your compliance workflows to the Microsoft Compliance Center – you are good to go!
If you are still working fully or partially out of the Office 365 Security & Compliance center, we recommend that you plan and complete your transition within the next 30 days, to avoid broken access experiences. This should also include updating any saved bookmarks.
For additional information, see Microsoft 365 compliance center
Microsoft Exchange Admin Center – if you have already transitioned your mail flow to work within the EAC – you are good to do!
If you are still working fully or partially out of the Office 365 Security & Compliance center, we recommend that you plan and complete your transition within the next 30 days, to avoid broken access experiences. This should also include updating any saved bookmarks.
Note: The transition to new portals does not impact the functionality of your existing security policies (like anti-spam policies), compliance policies, or your mail flow settings.
Learn more:
Get to the new EAC and Features in Exchange Online.
about:admin.exchange.microsoft.com
about:compliance.microsoft.com
about:protection.office.com
about:security.microsoft.com
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/features-in-new-eac
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/compliance/microsoft-365-compliance-center?view=o365-worldwide
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/security/defender/microsoft-365-security-center-mdo?view=o365-worldwide
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-365-defender-blog/microsoft-365-defender-now-delivers-unified-experiences-across/ba-p/2177512
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-365-defender-blog/unified-experiences-across-endpoint-and-email-are-now-generally/ba-p/2278132
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/security-compliance-and-identity/announcing-redirect-of-compliance-solutions-from-scc-to/ba-p/2278138
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/videoplayer/embed/RWBKau
Microsoft 365 Defender - if you have already transitioned your workflows to work within the M365 Defender portal – nothing further is required.
If you are still working fully or partially out of the Office 365 Security & Compliance center, we recommend that you plan and complete your transition within the next 30 days, to avoid broken access experiences. This should also include updating any saved bookmarks. For additional information, see Microsoft Defender for Office 365 in Microsoft 365 Defender.
To learn more about the integrated experience and features, please refer to our blogs: Microsoft 365 Defender now delivers unified experiences across endpoint, email and collaboration and instructional video.
Microsoft 365 Compliance – if you have already transitioned your compliance workflows to the Microsoft Compliance Center – you are good to go!
If you are still working fully or partially out of the Office 365 Security & Compliance center, we recommend that you plan and complete your transition within the next 30 days, to avoid broken access experiences. This should also include updating any saved bookmarks.
For additional information, see Microsoft 365 compliance center
Microsoft Exchange Admin Center – if you have already transitioned your mail flow to work within the EAC – you are good to do!
If you are still working fully or partially out of the Office 365 Security & Compliance center, we recommend that you plan and complete your transition within the next 30 days, to avoid broken access experiences. This should also include updating any saved bookmarks.
Note: The transition to new portals does not impact the functionality of your existing security policies (like anti-spam policies), compliance policies, or your mail flow settings.
Learn more:
Get to the new EAC and Features in Exchange Online.
about:admin.exchange.microsoft.com
about:compliance.microsoft.com
about:protection.office.com
about:security.microsoft.com
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/security/defender/microsoft-365-security-center-mdo?view=o365-worldwide
https://docs.microsoft.com/exchange/features-in-new-eac
https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/compliance/microsoft-365-compliance-center?view=o365-worldwide
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-365-defender-blog/microsoft-365-defender-now-delivers-unified-experiences-across/ba-p/2177512
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-365-defender-blog/unified-experiences-across-endpoint-and-email-are-now-generally/ba-p/2278132
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/security-compliance-and-identity/announcing-redirect-of-compliance-solutions-from-scc-to/ba-p/2278138
https://www.microsoft.com/videoplayer/embed/RWBKau
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MC322553 Microsoft Office default change – Blocking VBA macros in files from the internet Enterprises should evaluate their use of macros in files obtained from the internet to determine how this new default behavior will affect their users.
To learn more about how to get ready for this change and recommendations for managing VBA macros in Office files, read this article for Office admins.
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2185272
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=2185771
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=2186005
Enterprises should evaluate their use of macros in files obtained from the internet to determine how this new default behavior will affect their users.
To learn more about how to get ready for this change and recommendations for managing VBA macros in Office files, read this article for Office admins.
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2185272
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=2185771
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=2186005
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?rtc=1%26filters=&searchterms=88883’
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MC324150 (Updated) Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for all channels To get more details about these updates view the following release notes:
Current Channel
Current Channel
Monthly Enterprise Channel
Monthly Enterprise Channel
Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel (Preview)
Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel (Preview)
Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel
https://docs.microsoft.com/officeupdates/current-channel#version-2112-january-11
https://docs.microsoft.com/officeupdates/current-channel#version-2201-february-08
https://docs.microsoft.com/officeupdates/monthly-enterprise-channel#version-2111-january-11
https://docs.microsoft.com/officeupdates/monthly-enterprise-channel#version-2112-february-08
https://docs.microsoft.com/officeupdates/semi-annual-enterprise-channel#version-2108-february-08
https://docs.microsoft.com/officeupdates/semi-annual-enterprise-channel-preview#version-2108-february-08
https://docs.microsoft.com/officeupdates/semi-annual-enterprise-channel-preview#version-2108-january-11
To get more details about these updates view the following release notes:
Current Channel
Monthly Enterprise Channel
Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel (Preview)
Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel
https://docs.microsoft.com/officeupdates/current-channel#version-2201-february-08
https://docs.microsoft.com/officeupdates/monthly-enterprise-channel#version-2112-february-08
https://docs.microsoft.com/officeupdates/semi-annual-enterprise-channel#version-2108-february-08
https://docs.microsoft.com/officeupdates/semi-annual-enterprise-channel-preview#version-2108-february-08
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MC266173 Windows lifecycle and servicing update https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-it-pro-blog/announcing-the-windows-update-for-business-deployment-service/ba-p/2178419
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-it-pro-blog/windows-lifecycle-and-servicing-update/ba-p/2493043
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/blog/2021/06/24/windows-11-the-operating-system-for-hybrid-work-and-learning/
Stay tuned for more information on Windows 11 availability and remember that being on the latest version of Windows provides you with both the latest features and security protections to help keep your devices safer.

More information

To learn more, see Windows lifecycle and servicing update.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-it-pro-blog/announcing-the-windows-update-for-business-deployment-service/ba-p/2178419
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-it-pro-blog/windows-lifecycle-and-servicing-update/ba-p/2493043
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/blog/2021/06/24/windows-11-the-operating-system-for-hybrid-work-and-learning/

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MC267930 Skype for Business Online retires July 31, 2021 https://aka.ms/successwithteams
https://aka.ms/TeamsChalkTalks
https://aka.ms/upgradeworkshops
https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoftteams/faq-journey%23is-skype-meeting-broadcast-going-to-retire-at-the-same-time-as-skype-for-business-online
https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoftteams/migration-interop-guidance-for-teams-with-skype
https://docs.microsoft.com/MicrosoftTeams/upgrade-automated
https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoftteams/upgrade-start-here
https://docs.microsoft.com/skypeforbusiness/hybrid/move-users-from-on-premises-to-teams
https://docs.microsoft.com/SkypeForBusiness/hybrid/plan-hybrid-connectivity
https://docs.microsoft.com/skypeforbusiness/legal-and-regulatory/end-of-integration-with-3rd-party-providers
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/changes-ahead-for-cloud-connector-edition-and-hybrid-voice/ba-p/1650055
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/skype-for-business-online-retires-july-31-2021-here-s-what-to/ba-p/2303300
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/skype-for-business-online-to-be-retired-in-2021/ba-p/777833
https://www.microsoft.com/fasttrack/microsoft-365/collaboration
https://www.microsoft.com/solution-providers/home
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We recommend that organizations currently using Skype for Business Online upgrade to Teams. As noted on April 29, 2021, Microsoft has been scheduling Microsoft-assisted upgrades to Teams for Skype for Business Online customers with cloud-only or hybrid deployments. Assisted upgrades help with last-mile technical steps of the transition to Teams. Organizations will be notified through the Teams admin center and the Microsoft 365 message center, 90 days prior to the scheduled date of their assisted upgrade.
Coexistence modes can enable your organization to operate Skype for Business Server/Teams side-by-side experiences until you are ready to move users to Teams Only. Users can be moved directly from Skype for Business Server to Teams Only mode after configuring Skype for Business hybrid with Microsoft 365 or Office 365. (Please note; however, that you will not be able to move online users out of Teams Only mode after retirement.)
While the duration of each upgrade to Teams will vary, users within a tenant will generally be upgraded within 24 hours from the start of the upgrade. During this window, users will still be able to access Skype for Business Online. Once the upgrade has completed and users log out of Skype for Business Online, they will only be able to use Teams to initiate and receive messages and calls as well as to schedule and host meetings. These users will be able to join a Skype for Business meeting scheduled by a user on Skype for Business Server or in a federated organization.

Learn more:

Whether you’re at the start of your upgrade journey or are wrapping up, these resources can help guide your organization through its transition to Teams:
Microsoft Teams admin documentation provides guidance for rolling out, managing, and preparing users for Teams.
Online upgrade guidance helps you prepare your technical environment and end-users for the upgrade to Teams.
Teams upgrade planning workshops take you through a proven framework for planning and implementing your upgrade from Skype for Business to Teams.
Microsoft Chalk Talks workshops teach best practices and practical guidance around some of the most popular and compelling scenarios in Teams.
FastTrack deployment assistance is available for eligible subscriptions.
Microsoft Partners can help you plan and execute your upgrade.
https://aka.ms/successwithteams
https://aka.ms/TeamsChalkTalks
https://aka.ms/upgradeworkshops
https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoftteams/faq-journey%23is-skype-meeting-broadcast-going-to-retire-at-the-same-time-as-skype-for-business-online
https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoftteams/migration-interop-guidance-for-teams-with-skype
https://docs.microsoft.com/MicrosoftTeams/upgrade-automated
https://docs.microsoft.com/microsoftteams/upgrade-start-here
https://docs.microsoft.com/skypeforbusiness/hybrid/move-users-from-on-premises-to-teams
https://docs.microsoft.com/SkypeForBusiness/hybrid/plan-hybrid-connectivity
https://docs.microsoft.com/skypeforbusiness/legal-and-regulatory/end-of-integration-with-3rd-party-providers
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/changes-ahead-for-cloud-connector-edition-and-hybrid-voice/ba-p/1650055
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/skype-for-business-online-retires-july-31-2021-here-s-what-to/ba-p/2303300
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/skype-for-business-online-to-be-retired-in-2021/ba-p/777833
https://www.microsoft.com/fasttrack/microsoft-365/collaboration
https://www.microsoft.com/solution-providers/home

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MC268696 Planning for Windows 11: best practices for organizations https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2021/06/24/introducing-windows-11/
https://docs.microsoft.com/fasttrack/introduction
https://docs.microsoft.com/fasttrack/products-and-capabilities#app-assure
https://docs.microsoft.com/mem/autopilot/windows-autopilot
https://docs.microsoft.com/windows/whats-new/windows-11
https://docs.microsoft.com/windows/whats-new/windows-11-prepare
https://docs.microsoft.com/windows/whats-new/windows-11-requirements
https://insider.windows.com/for-business
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-it-pro-blog/planning-for-windows-11-best-practices-for-organizations/ba-p/2493081
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-it-pro-blog/windows-lifecycle-and-servicing-update/ba-p/2493043
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/blog/2021/06/24/windows-11-the-operating-system-for-hybrid-work-and-learning/
:

Here are four key things you can do today to pave the way for a smooth integration of Windows 11 into your device estate:
Get started today. Join the Windows Insider Program for Business and start reviewing your devices, applications, and deployment processes.
Assess readiness. Validate your hardware and software. Engage App Assure to help solve and application compatibility issues.
Create a Windows 11 deployment plan. Prepare for Windows 11 and engage with Microsoft and our partners for guidance and support as needed.
Take advantage of cloud-based endpoint management capabilities offered in Microsoft Endpoint Manager such as Windows Autopilot which enables you to deploy new Windows 11 devices in a “business ready” state.

For full details about what each best practice entails, visit this page: Planning for Windows 11: best practices for organizations

For additional guidance, see the following resources:

Windows 11 overview - What's new in Windows
Windows Insider
FastTrack Center Benefit for Microsoft 365​ - FastTrack
Windows 11 requirements - What's new in Windows
Prepare for Windows 11 - What's new in Windows
Windows lifecycle and servicing update
Introducing Windows 11
Windows 11: The operating system for hybrid work and learning
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2021/06/24/introducing-windows-11/
https://docs.microsoft.com/fasttrack/introduction
https://docs.microsoft.com/fasttrack/products-and-capabilities#app-assure
https://docs.microsoft.com/mem/autopilot/windows-autopilot
https://docs.microsoft.com/windows/whats-new/windows-11
https://docs.microsoft.com/windows/whats-new/windows-11-prepare
https://docs.microsoft.com/windows/whats-new/windows-11-requirements
https://insider.windows.com/for-business
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-it-pro-blog/planning-for-windows-11-best-practices-for-organizations/ba-p/2493081
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-it-pro-blog/windows-lifecycle-and-servicing-update/ba-p/2493043
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365/blog/2021/06/24/windows-11-the-operating-system-for-hybrid-work-and-learning/

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MC271789 Join the Tech Community Live: Windows edition on July 21, 2021 https://8gportalvhdsf9v440s15hrt.blob.core.windows.net/assets/Windows/ics/Tech%20Community%20Live%20Windows%20edition.ics
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/tech-community-live/tech-community-live-windows-edition/ev-p/2481262
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Add this event to your calendar and see the event page for more details Tech Community Live: Windows edition.
https://8gportalvhdsf9v440s15hrt.blob.core.windows.net/assets/Windows/ics/Tech%20Community%20Live%20Windows%20edition.ics
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/tech-community-live/tech-community-live-windows-edition/ev-p/2481262

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MC271836 Announcing Update Health Tools https://aka.ms/ExpediteUpdates
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-insider/feedback-hub/feedback-hub-app#:~:text=Explore%20the%20Feedback%20Hub%201%20Home%20section.%20First%2C,...%207%20Your%20account.%20...%208%20Settings.%20
https://docs.microsoft.com/mem/intune/apps/apps-windows-10-app-deploy
https://docs.microsoft.com/mem/intune/protect/windows-10-expedite-updates
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-it-pro-blog/announcing-update-health-tools/ba-p/2566232
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=103324
:

Before manually deploying Update Health Tools,

If Update Health Tools have not been automatically deployed to your devices via Windows Update, please file a feedback item so we can understand why it was blocked and ensure that all eligible devices receive these important tools. To log a feedback item, launch the Windows Feedback Hub from the Start menu or by pressing Windows + F. When asked to choose a category, select Install and Update then Downloading, installing, and configuring Windows Update.
When prompted to Add more details, ensure the checkbox to Include data about Downloading, installing, and configuring Windows Update (Default) is selected.

Deployment of Update Health Tools:

Download:
The package can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download Center. The Update Health Tools package contains one Microsoft Installer each for Windows 10, versions 1809, 1909, 2004, and 20H2.

System requirements.
In order to use Update Health Tools, you will need Windows 10, version 1809, 1909, 2004, 20H2, or 21H1.

Installation instructions.
Select the files you would like to download, then select Next to start the download.
Save the files to a folder of your choice.
Use the instructions inside the Windows 10 app deployment by using Microsoft Intune document to deploy Windows 10 apps in Intune.

For more details, read the official post: Announcing Update Health Tools.

For additional guidance about using Microsoft Endpoint Manager to expedite updates, see Expedite Windows 10 quality updates in Microsoft Intune.
https://aka.ms/ExpediteUpdates
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-insider/feedback-hub/feedback-hub-app#:~:text=Explore%20the%20Feedback%20Hub%201%20Home%20section.%20First%2C,...%207%20Your%20account.%20...%208%20Settings.%20
https://docs.microsoft.com/mem/intune/apps/apps-windows-10-app-deploy
https://docs.microsoft.com/mem/intune/protect/windows-10-expedite-updates
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-it-pro-blog/announcing-update-health-tools/ba-p/2566232
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=103324

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MC272077 Evolving the Microsoft Store for Business and Education https://aka.ms/windows/msfb_evolution
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2021/06/24/building-a-new-open-microsoft-store-on-windows-11/
https://docs.microsoft.com/windows/package-manager
https://docs.microsoft.com/windows/package-manager/winget/
:
For unmanaged devices, you can use the new WinGet command-line tool within Windows Package Manager to find and install your apps.

The above changes will leverage Windows Package Manager, an open set of APIs that can integrate with any unified endpoint management solution. You organization can choose to integrate directly with these APIs to build your own solution to meet your specific needs, as well as for unmanaged devices. If you have internal line-of-business apps, you will be able to manage your own private app repository using Windows Package Manager as well.

Learn more:
For more information, see Evolving the Microsoft Store for Business and Education.
https://aka.ms/windows/msfb_evolution
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2021/06/24/building-a-new-open-microsoft-store-on-windows-11/
https://docs.microsoft.com/windows/package-manager
https://docs.microsoft.com/windows/package-manager/winget/

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MC272725 Changes to Windows 7 driver signing and driver publication https://docs.microsoft.com/lifecycle/faq/extended-security-updates
https://docs.microsoft.com/previous-versions/windows/hardware/hck/jj124227(v=vs.85)
https://docs.microsoft.com/windows-hardware/drivers/dashboard/
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=2086115
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-hardware-certification/changes-to-driver-publication-for-windows-7-sp1-windows-server/ba-p/2459992
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-hardware-certification/changes-to-driver-signing-for-windows-7-windows-server-2008-r2/ba-p/2460039
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-it-pro-blog/microsoft-to-use-sha-2-exclusively-starting-may-9-2021/ba-p/2261924
https://www.microsoft.com/windows-server/extended-security-updates
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For driver signing changes, Microsoft partners should utilize the process below to sign drivers for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 through the Partner Center for Windows Hardware:
Remove existing signatures from driver binaries.
Generate new catalog files using INF2CAT.
Sign the security catalog files using the IHV/OEM certificate registered with the Partner Center for Windows Hardware.
Add the driver to your HCK file.
Sign the HCK file using the IHV/OEM certificate registered with the Partner Center for Windows Hardware.
Submit the driver package to the Partner Center for Windows Hardware for signing.
Download the signed driver bundle from the Partner Center for Windows Hardware.

For more details, read the official announcements:

Changes to driver signing for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008
Changes to driver publication for Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008

For additional guidance, see the following resources:

Microsoft to use SHA-2 exclusively starting May 9, 2021
Windows Hardware Certification Kit (Windows HCK)
Windows 7 end of support FAQ
Window Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end of support FAQ
https://docs.microsoft.com/lifecycle/faq/extended-security-updates
https://docs.microsoft.com/previous-versions/windows/hardware/hck/jj124227(v=vs.85)
https://docs.microsoft.com/windows-hardware/drivers/dashboard/
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=2086115
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-hardware-certification/changes-to-driver-publication-for-windows-7-sp1-windows-server/ba-p/2459992
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-hardware-certification/changes-to-driver-signing-for-windows-7-windows-server-2008-r2/ba-p/2460039
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-it-pro-blog/microsoft-to-use-sha-2-exclusively-starting-may-9-2021/ba-p/2261924
https://www.microsoft.com/windows-server/extended-security-updates

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