New features as of March 2020:
- 'External" being added to subject and body of external email sent to UB addresses.
- End User Spam Notification messaging updates - Beginning April 17, 2020, we're changing the quarantine notification text to provide more clarity on actions. Office notification changing to Review These Massages
- Updated Feature: Managing unhealthy sharing links in SharePoint and OneDrive - it is possible for end users to unknowingly break sharing links so that the links no longer grant access to the files that were originally shared (causing broken, "unhealthy" links). We are now including these "unhealthy" links in Manage Access. In addition, we are informing the user that the link is broken and must to be deleted and recreated. https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/onedrive-for-business/new-onedrive-amp-sharepoint-feature-fixing-unhealthy-sharing/m-p/1183274#M6765
- New Feature: Teams-Outlook Email Integration - by mid-April… Teams-Outlook Email Integrations is a set of three new features designed to help you share information between Microsoft Teams and Outlook:
Share email to Teams
Share conversation via email
Reply to Teams missed activity emails
- Updated Feature: New Location of New Chat button in Teams - completed by mid-April … We’re changing the location of the New Chat button in Teams, and moving the Contacts and Recent view options to a drop down in the Chat list header, as opposed to standalone tabs.
- Awareness of Microsoft 365 temporary feature adjustments - To best support our Microsoft 365 customers worldwide and accommodate new growth and demand during these unprecedented times, we're making temporary adjustments to select non-essential capabilities. Examples of changes we may make include: how often we check for presence, the interval in which we show when the other party is typing and video resolution.
OneNote in Teams will be read-only for commercial and education tenants. To edit, please use OneNote for the web or the OneNote desktop app.
- New Feature: Poll added to Outlook - The rollout for Outlook on the web (desktop) will begin in late April and be completed by the end of May. The rollout for Outlook for Windows and Outlook for Mac has been delayed. We will communicate with you again when we have an estimated timeline. Users will soon be able to create a poll within Outlook without needing to find-and-install an add-in. https://support.office.com/article/create-a-poll-in-outlook-46893563-ab12-4bd0-aff7-26f5a488fea0
- Updated Feature: Syncing files that are used by your local computer- completed by the end of April... updating the behavior of how we sync machine specific files which are created by the operating system and that are used by File Explorer on Windows and Finder on MacOS. The OneDrive Sync client ignores these machine-specific files but sometimes these files end up in OneDrive, such as during a migration. This can cause a visible error.
If any of these machine-specific files have been uploaded to OneDrive, the sync app will delete the erroneous cloud copy; it won't touch the local copy. https://support.office.com/article/invalid-file-names-and-file-types-in-onedrive-onedrive-for-business-and-sharepoint-64883a5d-228e-48f5-b3d2-eb39e07630fa
- Windows 7 End of Support and Office 365 ProPlus - As announced previously, Windows 7 will be out of support after January 14, 2020. Using Office 365 ProPlus on older, unsupported operating systems may cause performance and reliability issues over time. https://docs.microsoft.com/deployoffice/windows-7-support
- Office 2016 for Mac end of mainstream support - September 2019, mainstream support for Office 2016 for Mac will come to an end. Although you will still be able to use Office 2016 for Mac, you will no longer receive security updates and bug fixes after October 13, 2020. Upgrade to a newer version of Office so you can stay up to date with all the latest features, patches, and security updates. https://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/search?alpha
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.
Office 365 Benefits
Office 365 is delivered to students, staff, and faculty through the cloud and includes access to Microsoft Office as well as Web-based versions of the Microsoft Office suite. In addition, Office 365 users have access to Skype for Business, OneDrive, and OneNote. Through the cloud service, Office applications can be accessed over the Internet from anywhere at anytime.
Office 365 offers many benefits:
- Provides students the cloud-based services they have been requesting.
- Everyone has 50 GB of storage for email.
- Everyone receives cloud-based personal file storage on OneDrive.
For more information about Office 365, please click here.
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