Microsoft Office 365
Microsoft Updates as of February
Support for Microsoft 365 Apps (Office ProPlus) expires March 9, 2021. [MC237980]- At least 20% of your Microsoft 365 Apps (AKA Office ProPlus) clients are running version 1908 of the Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel. Each version of the Semi-Annual Channel is supported for 14 months (or for 18 months after it has been released in the Semi-Annual Enterprise Preview Channel, for testing/validation purpose). Semi-Annual Enterprise version 1908 was released in January 2020 and will be supported until March 9, 2021. (for more information please read: Overview of update channels for Office 365 ProPlus (https://docs.microsoft.com/deployoffice/overview-update-channels) and Update history for Office 365 ProPlus (listed by date) .To fix this problem you need to update your Office 365 ProPlus clients to a supported version of the Semi-Annual Channel and keep your devices up to date. We recommend updating to the latest to date (version 2008).for more information on the different Channels available: Overview of update channels for Office 365 ProPlus
Microsoft Updates as of July
As we Continually assess to imporve security, we are adding additional attachemnet files types to the list of Blocked Files Types. We will begin rolling out early July and expect to complete by late July. The new blocked file types are rarely used, so most organizations will not be affect by the change. However, if your uses are sending and receiving affected attachements, they will report that they are no longer able to download them.
list of blocked file types
Outlook Win32: ".cab"
Outlook on Web: "application", "bgi", "img", ".iso", "cab"
New Outlook on Mac, Outlook Android, Outlook iOS: ".appref-ms", ".cdxml", ".mhtml", ".pssc", ".udl", ".wsb", ".cab"
Microsoft Updates as of Augest
Upcoming, we will be requiring all educators and IT Admins, using version 3.3 or older of the OneNote Class Notebook Add-in (COM add-in) for OneNote Desktop, to update to the current version. The current version of the OneNote Class Notebook Add-in is 3.5.Note: The OneNote Class Notebook Add-in is not being retired, but rather we are requiring that older versions be updated to the newest and modernized version, which is version 3.5 or higher.
This COM Add-in applies to:
OneNote 2013 Desktop
OneNote 2016 Desktop
OneNote 2019 Desktop
OneNote 2021 Desktop
OneNote Desktop for Office 365
[What you need to do to prepare:
Instead of using old versions of the OneNote Class Notebook Add-in for Desktop (versions 3.3 or older), we recommend deploying and encouraging usage of the latest version 3.5 of the OneNote Class Notebook Add-in for Desktop Learn more:
Visit Class Notebook add-in.
for OneNote instructions to see details on deploying the latest version 3.5 of the OneNote Class Notebook COM add-in If you have educators that have installed their own version, visit Install Class Notebook Add-in for OneNote app for instructions on how to quickly update their old version
Blog: Updating your Class Notebook Addin for OneNote Desktop to the latest version
Microsoft Teams Updates as of March
Organizers will soon be able to assign the co-organizer meeting role to up to 10 specific people they invite to their meeting. Co-organizers will be granted most of the capabilities of the organizer in the meeting, including being able to access & modify the meeting options for the meeting.Usage of the co-organizer role for a meeting will be optional. If users choose not to use the co-organizer feature, there will be no change
Participants who join Microsoft Teams meetings as Anonymous users will now be able to turn on and view Live Captions, CART captions and captions in other spoken language in Teams Meetings on desktop.
Microsoft Teams Updates as of November
This option enables users to stream content from directly from physical artifacts such as whiteboards and documents in a legible way. During a Teams call, users will be able to access the projection options simply by clicking Share Content from camera. Two key projection options: Whiteboard mode: Users can point their laptop webcam to their whiteboard to project it to their audience. If the camera detects a whiteboard in view, it is straightened, zoomed in and the presenter's hand or body does not block the content as she writes on it. Document mode: Users can attach an external USB camera, such as a document camera, mounted over a document, to project to their audience. See example and more details by watching this short video
To provide a better experience we are delivering a new Teams app specifically for polling capabilities. This new app will be discoverable in Teams meetings/chats as “Polls. See example and more details here
Microsoft Teams Updates as of February
Updates to meeting chat membership [MC226407] - A participants access to meeting chat will be dependent on how they were invited to the meeting: Who can see the chat for a single meeting? People who are invited to the meeting or forwarded the meeting invitation after it is scheduled have access to the chat before, during, and after the meeting (up to the 1000-person limit). People who are added to a meeting after it starts using the Invite someone field on the Participants pane (or are provided the meeting join coordinates in another way) will have access to the chat from the time they join to the time the meeting ends. They will not be able to see chat that takes place after the meeting ends. Who can see the meeting chat for a recurring meeting series? People who are invited to the full series have access to the chat before, during, and after the meeting (up to the 1000-person limit). People who are forwarded the invite of a single occurrence of the series or added to a meeting after it starts using the Invite someone field on the Participants pane (or are provided the meeting coordinates in another way) have access to the chat from the time they join to the time that meeting instance ends. They will not be able to see chat that takes place after the meeting ends. Note: These changes do not impact channel meetings.
Presenter View in Teams Presentation Sharing [MC229331] - complete by mid-February… Once the presenter selects a PowerPoint file from the Teams Share Tray, Presenter View is opened automatically. The presenter can see the current slide, the slide notes, and a thumbnail strip of all the slides in the deck for easy ad-hoc slide navigation. This view is private to the presenter in control.
Microsoft Teams Updates as of October
Microsoft Teams users can now play music to callers on hold whne a call transfer is intitiated. This feature ensures that music can be played to caller on hold when call trasfer is initiated, feature applies to 1-1 VoIP calls, this message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 98431
Office 365 Roadmap
The Office 365 Roadmap lists updates that are currently planned for applicable subscribers. Updates are at various stages from being in development to rolling-out to customers to being generally available for applicable customers world-wide, please click here
last updated 11/29/2022
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