Updated feature: Company Shareable Links will now open in SharePoint and OneDrive for Business

Published On: April 10, 2017
Microsoft announcement: We’re updating Company Shareable Links (the type of sharing links that are only accessible to users in your company) so that non-Office files such as pictures, videos and PDFs are going to be displayed in the SharePoint/OneDrive for Business user experience instead of automatically downloading the file or opening it in the browser. This will take advantage of all of our new web previewers, and is going to be a better collaboration experience for all your users. We are rolling this out today, and the roll out will be completed by the end of May.
How does this affect me? Today a Company Shareable Link to a picture, video or other supported files took the user outside the SharePoint user experience, instead opening the file in the browser if supported, or automatically download it - requiring an installed app to open it locally. We will now open files in our web previewers, simplifying collaboration. If we come across a file that we do not support (see linked article for all formats we support), users can quickly download the file like before.

New Feature: Edit Post in Yammer

Published On: April 13, 2017
Expires On: May 13, 2017
Microsoft announcement: AToday, we are releasing the Edit Post feature to all Yammer users. This feature is available for Yammer users on the web first, followed by iOS and Android once it becomes available in the app stores.
How does this affect me? You'll be able to make changes to the text in a post or announcement after it has been published. - You'll be able to see the version history of edited posts. - All post versions will appear in data exports. - The Yammer API will support edited posts. Note: The edit feature for attachments and external groups is not available in the current release.

Custom Sensitive Information Type support for DLP, Retention and eDiscovery

Published On: April 13, 2017
Microsoft announcement: To help you protect your sensitive data, we are expanding support for custom sensitive information types beyond Exchange to also include SharePoint, OneDrive, Outlook, Office Clients, and supported mobile apps. You’ll begin seeing this feature in the coming days. This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID 51300.
How does this affect me? You'll now be able to customize any of the 82 sensitive types we include out of box or create your own custom sensitive types for any data specific to your organization (e.g., Medical Record Numbers, Corporate IDs, etc.). These definitions are written in XML and uploaded via PowerShell to the Security & Compliance Center where they can be used in any DLP or Retention policies or eDiscovery queries. We'll be gradually rolling this out beginning today, and the roll out will be completed on April 17, 2017. Any custom sensitive information types you’ve created in Exchange will automatically migrate to the Security & Compliance Center. While your sensitive types are being migrated, you will temporarily not be able to modify your sensitive types in Exchange. Any existing policies or Exchange Transport Rules that use those custom sensitive types will continue to function normally during and after the migration. Following this migration, you will manage all custom sensitive types in the Security & Compliance Center

Office 365 Groups support in Outlook for Mac, iOS and Android

Published On: April 18, 2017
Microsoft announcement: We’re pleased to announce groups are now rolling out for Outlook for Mac, iOS, and Android. This adds to our previous releases for Outlook for Windows and the web, letting you get work done in groups no matter what platform you use. You’ll begin seeing this new feature in the following days.
How does this affect me? With these updates you can: - View a list of your groups - Read and reply to group conversations - Add group events to your personal calendar - View unread messages sent to the group - View group details within the group card (Outlook for iOS and Android only) We'll be gradually rolling this out starting today, and the roll out will be completed in the coming weeks.
What do I need to do to prepare for this change?
To start using Groups, ensure your users are using the latest versions of Outlook for Mac, iOS & Android.

New Feature: Office 365 System Requirements for Client Connectivity & ProPlus Updates

Published On: April 20, 2017
Microsoft announcement: Today, we’re making three important announcements related to Office 365 ProPlus: changes to the Office 365 system requirements; improvements to the ProPlus update model; and new tools and programs to manage ProPlus application compatibility.
How does this affect me?
All tenant and SharePoint admins will have permission to access the admin center at https://admin.onedrive.com and a dedicated link on the Office 365 admin center. The OneDrive admin center provides easy access to settings for sharing, sync, storage, device access and compliance.
What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

These updates may impact any organization connecting to Office 365 with an MSI desktop client, as well as those considering moving to Office 365 ProPlus.

Read the Office 365 ProPlus Updates Blog by Ron Markezich to learn more.

Updated Features: Monthly feature updates for Office 2016 for Office 365

Published On: April 24, 2017
Microsoft announcement: The latest feature updates for Office 2016 for Office 365 are now available. One of the benefits of Office 365 ProPlus is that Microsoft can provide new features for Office apps on a regular basis, through monthly updates.
How does this affect me? This month’s update includes new feature updates, as well as other security and bug fixes. Here is a list of some of the new features available in the April update: - Get and Transform improvements in Excel - Guest access to Office 365 Groups in Outlook - QuickStarter in PowerPoint - Share file activity in Excel, Word and PowerPoint - Make diagrams from Excel data in Visio A more complete list of features and descriptions is available by clicking Additional Information.
What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

If you have users configured for Current Channel release updates, you may want to get up to speed on the new features this month. Other than that, you do not need to do anything to prepare for this change. Please click Additional Information to see a complete list of all the updates to Office, in April.

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New Feature: Distribution list owners can upgrade the DLs they own to Office 365 Groups

Published On: April 24, 2017
Microsoft announcement: The ability of distribution list owners to upgrade the DLs they own to Office 365 Groups is a new Office 365 feature. You’ll begin seeing this new feature today.
How does this affect me?In Outlook on the web, distribution list owners will see a list of their eligible distribution lists under the Groups section of the navigation pane on the left. The option to upgrade distribution lists is only available in Outlook on the web and under the following conditions: - The distribution list must be eligible for update (see which distribution lists can be upgraded). - The user must be the owner of the distribution list. - The user must have permissions to create Office 365 Groups. We'll be gradually rolling this out beginning today, and the rollout will be completed over the coming weeks.
What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. Please click Additional Information to learn more.

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Updated feature: Enhanced Reporting Dashboard in Security & Compliance Center

Published On: April 25, 2017
Microsoft announcement: The Office 365 Security and Compliance Center will now show a reporting dashboard which offers an updated view of reports for DLP policies and Advanced Threat Protection.
How does this affect me?
A new reporting dashboard for Data Loss Protection & Advanced Threat Protection is now available in the Security & Compliance Center within Office 365. This new dashboard and the enhanced reporting UI enables greater visibility and control over your security and policies. This rollout is excluded from Office 365 subscriptions on Government Community Cloud.
What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. Please click Additional Information to learn more.

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