New feature: Modern List and Document Library Web Parts

Published On : May 6, 2017
The Modern List and Document Library Web Parts are new Office 365 features. You'll begin seeing these new features over the coming weeks.
How does this affect me?
The web parts can be added to any modern SharePoint page, allowing users to view and edit files directly from the web part. Any list or document library can be displayed and customized with the users' own title, view, and size choice. We'll be gradually rolling this out in early May, and the roll out will be completed by the end of June 2017.

New feature: Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery Optical Character Recognition

Published On : May 8, 2017
Advanced eDiscovery Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is a new Office 365 feature. You can begin using this feature today.
How does this affect me?
Advanced eDiscovery Optical Character Recognition (OCR) enables the extraction of text from images. OCR is supported for loose files, email attachments, and embedded images. This feature allows the powerful text analytic capabilities of Advanced eDiscovery; including near-duplicates, email threading, themes, and predictive coding to be applied to image files.

Updated Feature: OneDrive and SharePoint Online sharing experience

Published On : May 8, 2017
We are updating the sharing experience in OneDrive and SharePoint, both in the web and in the sync client.
How does this affect me?
We’ve improved the sharing UI on the OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online websites and sync clients to provide easier collaboration, better usability and improved security. We've also overhauled the sharing dialog in both OneDrive and SharePoint and replaced it with a single control that will be available to users in the web and in the OneDrive sync client. We’ll be gradually rolling this out starting in early May, and the roll out will be completed September 2017.

Access Web Apps are being retired from SharePoint

Published On : May 15, 2017
As we originally communicated in March, Microsoft no longer recommends Access Services for new apps. This feature will be retired from Office 365, in April 2018. We are rolling out a new switch now, which will allow you to block creation of new Access web apps.
How does this affect me?
You are receiving this message because our reporting indicates one or more SharePoint sites in your organization are using these Access services. Beginning April 2017, for new tenants, the Access apps availability switch will be defaulted to "Disable". For existing tenants that do not have Access apps, the Access apps availability switch will be defaulted to Disable as well. We are rolling out a new switch that will allow you to block creation of new Access web apps. The switch will block creation of new apps by default as it rolls out. This rollout will be completed by the end of May. By April 2018 we will turn off Access services. We will communicate again in October 2017, via Message Center, with more details.
What do I need to do to prepare for this change?
We encourage you to create a transition plan for your organization’s Access web apps. There are multiple ways to migrate Access web apps data; export to SharePoint Lists, export to local Access database (.ACCDB) and export to SQL Server – are a few examples. We recommend Microsoft PowerApps as an alternative platform to create no-code business solutions for web and mobile devices.

New feature: Classroom scale co-authoring in PowerPoint Online

Published On : May 16, 2017
Classroom scale co-authoring in PowerPoint Online is a new Office 365 feature. You can start using this feature today. 
How does this affect me?
You can now collaborate with anyone using PowerPoint Online. A whole classroom can work together in real-time on the same deck.

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

Published On : May 16, 2017

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.

Updated feature: Add Mail Contacts as Guests in O365 Groups

Published On : May 16, 2017
We’re supporting the addition of Mail Contacts as Guests in Office 365 Groups. We'll begin rolling this feature out in the next few days.
How does this affect me?
This feature will only affect your tenant if you have Groups & Guest access enabled. With this update, you can now add mail contacts (external contacts in your organization directory) as guests in Office 365 Groups. We'll be gradually rolling this out to First Release customers starting next week, and the roll out to the rest of the world will happen soon after.

Microsoft Stream general availability

Published On : May 18, 2017
A few months ago, in MC74630, we announced the preview of a new enterprise video service: Microsoft Stream. Stream will reach general availability in the next couple months; and is included in Office 365 subscriptions with Office 365 Video today, including Enterprise, Education, and Kiosk subscriptions. Stream is a new service that brings the power of intelligent enterprise video into a video hub, and enables knowledge sharing, communication, and connectivity in the secure enterprise environment. Stream is the successor to Office 365 Video; however the two services will co-exist during the transition period.
How does this affect me?
At general availability, Stream will be visible in the Office 365 app launcher, and be on-by-default at the tenant level. There is no action required for existing Office 365 Video users at this time and there will be no change in Office 365 Video service when Stream reaches general availability. The transition from Office 365 Video to Stream will be a phased approach and we will continue to make improvements, maintain, and support Office 365 Video during this time. During the transition period, Office 365 Video and Stream will co-exist as separate services. The transition from Office 365 Video to Stream will happen throughout 2017, giving customers time to acclimate to the new service. Microsoft will transition all videos, channels, and permissions from Office 365 Video into Stream. After the transition, existing Office 365 Video embed codes and links to videos will still work, redirecting to the same content in Stream.

New feature: Direct to Calendar invites

Published On : May 22, 2017
Direct to calendar is a new Office 365 feature. You can begin using this feature today.
How does this affect me?
With the Direct to Calendar feature in Exchange Online, administrators can configure mail flow rules (also known as transport rules) that allow designated users to add meetings to other users calendars. The benefits of Direct to calendar are: - The event is automatically added to the recipient's calendar without any action from them. If the user received the meeting invitation, it's on their calendar. - The sender doesn't need to deal with Out of Office or other unwanted response messages that result from sending meeting invitations to a large number of recipients. - No meeting-related messages are seen by attendees unless the meeting is cancelled.

Feature Update: Sharing mails sent in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

Published On : May 30, 2017
Based on your feedback, we’re updating how sharing mails are sent in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. We'll begin rolling this feature out in the next few days.
How does this affect me?
For the past few months, we have been sending sharing mails from no-reply@sharepointonline.com. Based on your feedback, we will be changing this behavior to send mails from the sharing user's mailbox, so long as that user has an Exchange Online mailbox. If the user does not have a mailbox, we will continue to send mail from the no-reply@sharepointonline.com. We'll be gradually rolling this out to customers in June, and the roll out will be completed by the end of July.