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Pinned Article New and Upcoming Changes to Microsoft Office365

This page serves as a hub for new and upcoming changes to Microsoft Office365 that may have an impact on how applications look or function. Older articles will be archived and linked from this page.

(Updated) Adding Quick Permissions to the OneDrive/SharePoint Share Control

This new feature will enable OneDrive/SharePoint share control users to more easily change permissions when sharing links

(Updated) Announcing general availability of mandatory labeling policy in Office apps

Microsoft Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) will soon support the enforcement of the Microsoft Information Protection policy setting, Require users to apply a label, before they can save documents or send emails.

(Updated) Exclude specific files from OneDrive sync

We are introducing a setting that allows you to exclude newly added OneDrive files from syncing to the cloud by file name or extension on Windows devices.

(Updated) Focus mode for modern SharePoint pages

We're excited to share that this coming release will enable SharePoint page authors and viewers to focus on a greater amount of page content by hiding the site header, site navigation, and global navigation bar with one click.

(Updated) Improved search experience in the participant roster

We are expanding the search experience for Teams meeting attendees who wish to examine the participant roster when using Teams desktop or Teams on the web.

(Updated) Improvements in managing attendee audio in Microsoft Teams Meetings

Teams meeting organizers and presenters who use the attendee audio management feature will have greater flexibility to determine when attendees can use their microphone. These updates apply to Teams desktop apps, Teams mobile apps, and Teams on the web

(Updated) Improvements in managing attendee audio in Microsoft Teams Meetings

Teams meeting organizers and presenters who use the attendee audio management feature will have greater flexibility to determine when attendees can use their microphone.

(Updated) Increasing interactive meeting participants and chat from 300 to 1000

Updated March 04, 2021: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Currently, we allow only 300 users to be added to interactive meetings. We are going to increase the meeting participant and chat size from 300 to 1000

(Updated) Introducing a SharePoint app bar that features global navigation

We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. Your SharePoint modern communication and team sites will soon feature theSharePoint app bar which provides quick access to customizable global navigation as well as other intranet resources.

(Updated) Introducing macOS native notifications in Teams

your users will be able to choose their preferred means of Teams notifications delivery, either via the Teams built-in notification system or via their native OS notification system.

(Updated) Meeting Reactions in Teams Meetings

: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. The Meeting Reactions feature allows users to react to participants during a meeting. Reactions will be available on Teams Desktop and Teams Mobile apps

(Updated) Microsoft Forms: Correct Answer choice in Teams Meeting Forms Polls

This new feature introduces Correct Answer choices to Polls within Teams meetings and will roll out across Microsoft Teams Desktop, Mobile and Web. The new update will make poll creation fluid, as frictionless as possible and gives presenters control of their meeting experience

(Updated) Microsoft Forms: update in sharing with collaborators and recipients

We are making it easier to share a form with a collaborator or with respondents by separating the sharing process. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 79450

(Updated) Microsoft Lists: new Integrate drop-down menu, powered by SharePoint

As part of updating the command bar at the top of Microsoft Lists, we are introducing a new top-level menu item: Integrate. This is the home for features that help extend list experiences

(Updated) Microsoft Teams: Dynamic View

Microsoft Teams is excited to introduce Dynamic view, a redesigned and optimized meeting stage that will optimize your experience of consuming shared content and engaging with video and audio participants.

(Updated) Microsoft Teams: Windows 10 native notifications in Teams

With this update, your users will be able to choose their preferred means of Teams notifications delivery, either via the Teams built-in notification system or via their native OS notification system

(Updated) Multiple Spotlights coming to Teams meetings

This release of Multiple spotlights in Teams meetings will allow organizers and presenters to spotlight up to 7 participants simultaneously for everyone to see during meetings and will roll out across Microsoft Teams Desktop, and on the Web

(Updated) New design for Yammer Discovery and Digest emails

This feature update will bring a new design and content enhancements to the Discovery and Digest emails in Yammer.

(Updated) New experience of the Participant roster

We are changing how the Participant list is displayed for the Lobby, In meeting, Presenters, and Attendees participant sections in a Microsoft Teams meeting (desktop clients and Teams on the web).

(Updated) New meeting options for managing large Teams meetings in Outlook for Windows

When organizing Teams meetings in Outlook for Windows for 40 or more participants or 10 or more distribution lists, Teams users will soon see a prompt to set meeting options.

(Updated) New PowerPoint Live Presentation option with desktop and window sharing

When making a Live Presentation, presenters will soon be able to add a video feed to the presentation. This feature is available for presenters using the Microsoft Teams desktop app for both Windows and Mac

(Updated) New Teams meeting lobby setting - only invited users join directly

Teams meeting organizers can have greater control over their meetings by enabling a new lobby setting where only Calendar meeting invited users will be able to join directly.

(Updated) New Teams meeting lobby setting - only invited users join directly

Teams meeting organizers can have greater control over their meetings by enabling a new lobby setting where only Calendar meeting invited users will be able to join directly

(Updated) OneDrive Android - Bookmarks feature for PDF viewing

We have updated this post with a link to a blog post with additional detail. Thank you for your patience. We are adding a bookmark that makes it easier for users of OneDrive mobile app for Android to return to a specific page in a PDF document and pick up where they left off.

(Updated) OneDrive Android - Bookmarks feature for PDF viewing

We are adding a bookmark that makes it easier for users of OneDrive mobile app for Android to return to a specific page in a PDF document and pick up where they left off

(Updated) OneDrive/SharePoint Send link to Outlook sharing option

Based on learning's from our early rings and your feedback we have made the decision to not proceed as outlined below. The Send link to Outlook sharing option will remain until further notice. Thank you for your feedback. Note: These changes do not apply to the OneDrive mobile app on iOS or Android.

(Updated) OneDrive/SharePoint Send link to Outlook sharing option

Updated March 16, 2021: Based on learning's from our early rings and your feedback we have made the decision to not proceed as outlined below. The Send link to Outlook sharing option will not be retired at this time. Thank you for your feedback.

Note: These changes do not apply to the OneDrive mobile app on iOS or Android.

(Updated) Outlook for Windows introduces cloud settings

Updated August 7, 2020: Based on learnings from our early rings, we have made the decision to make additional changes to the code before we proceed with the rollout. Outlook for Windows is introducing an option to allow users to save some settings in the Microsoft 365 cloud.

(Updated) Outlook on the web: update in how users access Mail, Calendar, People, and To Do

We are adding an app bar to Outlook on the web which changes how users access Mail, Calendar, People, and To Do functions

(Updated) PowerPoint Live in Teams: Slide Translation

This new slide translation feature in Microsoft Teams (desktop) will enable all meeting attendees to translate presentation content, presented via PowerPoint Live in a Teams meeting, into a language of their choice while in private view.

(Updated) Presenter View in Teams Presentation Sharing

We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience. The presenter, in control, can now see a presenter view during Teams Presentation Sharing in a meeting

(Updated) SharePoint Auto News Digest updates

We are adding new features to enhance the experience:The ability to brand your digest with your organization’s theme colors and logo Intelligent ranking so that users see the news most relevant to them Enhanced design for easier consumption of news Upcoming Feature: This update to the news digest will also reflect organization boosted news

(Updated) Shifts app groups will automatically have a tag in Teams

The Shifts app in Microsoft Teams keeps workers connected and in sync. With this update, every group in the Shifts app will automatically have a tag in Teams.

(Updated) Teams desktop app for Mac: Include computer sound in a meeting

The Microsoft Teams desktop app for MacOSwill soon allow users include their computer’s sound when sharing either their desktop or a window in a meeting

(Updated) Text Predictions in Word for Windows

Outlook for Windows was adding text predictions during composition by incorporating intelligent technology to help users write more efficiently by predicting text quickly and accurately.We're now excited to announce that text predictions will soon be available in Word for Windows when writing documents in English.

(Updated) Upcoming changes to topics and hashtags in Yammer

We’re creating sharper distinction between topics and hashtags in Yammer. We’re further differentiating these features so that topics power curation, management, and categorizing of knowledge while hashtags will continue to be used to support campaigns and user expression.

(Updated) Updates to meeting chat membership

Updated March 02, 2021: We are ready to move forward with the rollout, please see the timeline below. Thank you for your patience.

We are updating a meeting participant's access to meeting chat. These changes will manage a users access to a meeting chat based on how they were invited to the meeting.

*Retirement Milestone* Microsoft Edge Legacy support ending today

Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application support ends today, March 9, 2021. Microsoft Edge Legacy will no longer be supported and will not receive new security updates.Additionally, we announced in MC237900 (February '21) that we will remove the now out of support Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application and replace it with the new Microsoft Edge when you apply April’s Windows 10 cumulative monthly security update

Announcements for Microsoft Edge Legacy and for using Microsoft 365 apps and services on Internet Explorer 11

Microsoft 365 services and applications will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11); Microsoft 365 apps and services will be unable to connect, or have a degraded feature experience, when accessed on IE 11.

Customize apps in Microsoft Teams

A new Microsoft Teams app customization feature gives you the ability to re-brand some Teams apps

Enabling page rotation for Android to view OneDrive PDF files

You will soon be able to rotate page orientation while viewing PDF documents in the Microsoft OneDrive Android app. Any changes made are saved to OneDrive.

Expanded emoji picker in Microsoft Teams

The expanded emoji update brings users the fun and expressiveness they love into their Teams messages, along with a wider range of diverse emojis, a necessity for our diverse and widespread user base. This expansion is available for Teams desktop apps (Windows and Mac), Teams mobile (Android and iOS), and Teams on the web

Expanding access to My Day from Outlook on the web to Office.com

We are expanding access to My Day from Outlook on the web to Office.com. T

Immersive Reader is coming to SharePoint pages and news posts

The Microsoft Immersive Reader, which is currently built into Word, OneNote, Outlook, Teams and other Microsoft apps, will soon be available for SharePoint pages and news posts

Improved Person columns in Microsoft Lists

We are improving the behavior of Person columns in lists by making the suggestions that appear when you type more relevant

Introducing live transcription in Microsoft Teams meetings

The meeting transcript is automatically saved whether or not the meeting has been recorded if a user initiated the transcription.

Introducing resource-specific consent for Microsoft Teams

Resource-specific consent (RSC) for Microsoft Teams makes it possible for team owners to consent to apps accessing their team data without explicit admin approval. Admins may choose which team owners can consent.

Introducing the Lists app in Teams

Introducing the Lists app in Teams

Introducing translation in Outlook for Windows

Translation in Outlook for Windows is a new set of translation features that enable users to translate full messages or specific words and phrases.

Microsoft 365 compliance center updates to Content Search, Core eDiscovery, and Advanced eDiscovery user experience

We are updating the user experience for Content search, Core eDiscovery, and Advanced eDiscovery in Microsoft 365 compliance center to better align with web content accessibility guidelines

Microsoft Teams - Virtual Breakout Rooms

Breakout rooms allow meeting organizers to split main meetings into smaller sessions for focused discussions.

Microsoft Teams retirement of DMG for macOS

We will be retiring distribution of the macOS MS Teams client via DMG file starting on August 7th 2020 with DMG distribution being fully retired by October 6th 2020.

Microsoft Teams Rooms on Android

Teams Rooms on Android is getting another exciting update. This update will introduce a new landing page experience and support for touch console devices and will be made available through the Teams Admin Center for all Teams Rooms on Android devices

Microsoft Teams to allow only organization participants to bypass the meeting lobby

We are updating the Microsoft Teams Meeting lobby settings to enable organization participants to skip the lobby while holding guests in the lobby until they are admitted. This feature is applicable to Teams desktop apps, Teams mobile apps, and Teams on the web

Microsoft Teams: AI-assisted poll creation for Teams meeting presenters

We're using Forms intelligence to provide new features for meeting presenters who create polls as part of Microsoft Teams meetings, as announced in MC225995 (November 2020).

Microsoft Teams: Profile menu update, relocating profile menu links to a new menu in the title bar

Access to Settings, Zoom Controls, Keyboard Shortcuts, About, and Check for Updates is moving from the Me Menu to a new menu in the title bar.

Microsoft Teams: Related Content for Teams Meetings (iOS and Android)

We are extending access to Related content for teams meetings to Microsoft Teams mobile (iOS and Android).

Microsoft Teams: use an iPad to present in a live event

Live event presenters will soon be able to use an iPad to make a presentation.

Microsoft To Do app updates will be available on iOS13 and above or MacOS10.14 and above

Microsoft To Do app updates will only be supported on the latest versions of MacOS and iOS.Microsoft To Do iOS app updates would be available for devices running iOS 13 and above Microsoft To Do Mac app updates would be available for devices running MacOS 10.14 and above

Move files and easily keep sharing

When your end users move a file from OneDrive to a SharePoint site collection, or from a SharePoint site collection to a OneDrive, or from a SharePoint site collection to another SharePoint site collection, they will have the option to easily continue sharing the file with their collaborators at the new destination.

New breakout room functionality coming to Microsoft Teams

We are adding persistent breakout rooms; theability to reassign participants when rooms are open; and the ability for organizers to set timers for breakout sessions.

New Feature: Manage how long guests can access SharePoint Online and OneDrive documents

To ensure the best possible experience for our users, we are delaying some of our deployments to reduce the amount of change flowing into the services. Please see the updated roll-out timeline below.

New Feature: Take control of self-service purchases

In January we launched the self-service purchase feature that allowed users in a tenant to purchase Power platform products directly from Microsoft. This feature came with the ability for admins to turn off self-service purchase of individual products via Power Shell. Starting in July, we’re introducing new capabilities for IT Admins to manage information worker subscriptions in their tenant. In particular, IT Admins will be able to move information workers to another subscription or remove a su

New file sharing experience in Teams

File sharing and access control experience in Teams that is similar to their experience with other Microsoft 365 apps.

New Microsoft Teams meeting pre-join experience

Our new pre-join experience makes it easier for users to select audio and video sources before joining a Teams meeting.

New personal wellbeing insights coming to Insights app in Teams

New personal insights to help you balance productivity and wellbeing are coming to the Insights app in Teams. Users will be able to tap into breathing breaks, send praise to collaborators, pause and reflect anytime during the workday, as well as mindfully close out the workday with a virtual commute

New Yammer setting change

n the next phase of the new Yammer experience rollout, all users of classic Yammer will see the opt-in toggle for new Yammer. Global admins and Yammer verified network admins of existing networks can control how your organization rolls out the new Yammer experience by adjusting options under the ‘New Yammer’ tab in the Yammer admin center.

Notifications coming to the Yammer Communities app in Microsoft Teams

With this change, Yammer users can be notified in Teams when announcements are made in communities that they are a member of and when the user is @ mentioned in a conversation.

Outlook for Android will support Android 10 device password complexity levels

Today, Microsoft announces Outlook’s support for device password complexity functionality within Android 10, which is planned for release at the end of August.

Outlook on the Web: New calendar board view

This coming calendar board release will bring a new view to the calendar in Outlook on the web. In addition to the current views, users will soon be able to select a board view which will provide an expanded view where they can manage workloads like calendar, tasks, goals, flagged emails, and files

PowerPoint Live: Present to Teams from PowerPoint Web App

This new PowerPoint for the web feature release will provide access to PowerPoint Live in Teams and with just one click, will make it easier for presenters to present their presentations from PowerPoint directly to their remote meeting audience.

Quick Create – Easily Create Power BI Reports from Lists

We are excited to announce the arrival of a new guided authoring experience in Lists that will make it easy to quickly create business intelligence reports in Power BI using your list schema and data

Reminder of changes coming to Office support on October 13, 2020

Office 2016 for Mac and Office 2010 will reach their end of support on October 13, 2020

Reminder of Upcoming IE11 Retirement in Microsoft 365 Apps

On August 17, 2020, Microsoft officially announced, via MC220490, the timeline for retiring support for Internet Explorer 11 in Microsoft 365 apps. We’d also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the upcoming Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application retirement, which was announced in parallel with the IE 11 change.

Reminder: Skype for Business Online retires July 31, 2021

Originally announced in MC219641 (July '20), as Microsoft Teams has become the core communications client for Microsoft 365, this is a reminder the Skype for Business Online service will retire July 31, 2021.

Retiring Delve mobile for iOS and Android

We will retire Delve mobile for iOS and Android on June 1, 2021. We recommend Outlook Mobile instead, which has similar features available.

Retiring Visio Web Access from SharePoint Online

Beginning September 30, 2021, Visio Web Access (Visio Service) and its Web Part for SharePoint Online will no longer be available

Send SharePoint pages to Yammer

We are adding the ability to share SharePoint pages to Yammer communities and to make it easier to create Yammer posts, questions, polls, and praises directly from a SharePoint page.

SharePoint Events web part will display event images

The Events web part on SharePoint pages and news posts will have an option to show images. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70791.

SharePoint Page Analytics

This new SharePoint Page Analytics feature will introduce analytics for SharePoint pages and news posts. You'll be able to see the number of viewers on all SharePoint pages in addition to seeing information about how users interact with your page or news post

Skype for Business Online is retiring in 12 months

Skype for Business Online is retiring in 12 months

Speaker attribution in Live Captions

(Updated) Speaker attribution in Live Captions

Teams desktop: Date/time format matches Mac and Windows OS language settings

With this update, date/time formats in Teams will match the Mac and Windows OS regional settings on desktop. Previously, Teams would only show date/time in the format corresponding to the application language.

Teams for your personal life banners

To inform users about the new productivity features and the ability to sign in with different accounts, we will show a banner in the activity feed for Teams mobile app users

Teams meeting participant report updates

We provided Teams meeting organizers with a participant report that includes join and leave times. We are making key changes to improve functionality and provide additional participant data in the report

Teams meeting participant report updates

In June (MC209710) we provided Teams meeting organizers with a participant report that includes join and leave times. To ensure the best possible experience for our users, we are delaying some of our deployments to reduce the amount of change flowing into the services.

Teams meetings, end of meeting notification

We will soon be alerting Teams meeting participants when there are five minutes remaining in a scheduled meeting. Teams will inform participants when there are five minutes remaining during any scheduled private or channel meeting.

Teams: Join a meeting with digital meeting ID

This release of Microsoft Teams Meeting ID will be rolling out across Microsoft Teams Desktop, Mobile and Web and will provide an additional way for users to join a Microsoft Teams meeting by entering a digital ID.

Teams: Transfer calls between devices

Users will be able to transfer a call from one device to another or even add a second device to the same call

The minimum iOS system requirements for Outlook for iOS and watchOS

Outlook for iOS is supported on the two most recent versions of iOS. With iOS 14 currently in beta, Outlook for iOS is preparing to remove support for iOS 12. In addition, once iOS 14 is released to GA, the system requirements for Outlook for iOS will be updated to reflect support for iOS 14.

The Planner app in Teams will be renamed with an updated experience powered by Planner and To Do

Changing the app name in Teams from “Planner” to “Tasks by Planner and To Do” is scheduled to go live within the next few days to all non-Government tenants. The change is intended to better reflect the app combing the To Do and Planner experiences.

Up Planner's New Roster Containers

This release of a new type of container in Planner will allow plans to be created independent of an M365 group. This will be enabled by Roster containers, which is a simple list of members stored in Planner that can contain any user with a valid AAD ID in that tenant. We are calling plans contained by Rosters "Roster plans".

Upcoming retirement of Internet Explorer 11

On August 17, 2020, we announced that Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) after August 17, 2021 and recommended that customers transition to Microsoft Edge. The removal of IE 11 support will impact customers that use Dynamics 365 and Power Platform products with IE 11.

Updated July 31st: Awareness of Microsoft 365 temporary feature adjustments

As a part of our commitment to customers and Microsoft cloud services continuity during these unprecedented times, we're making temporary adjustments to select capabilities within Microsoft 365.

Updated: Outlook for iOS and Android - Sync additional contact folders as category labels

users who have set up additional contact folders in Outlook on the web, or in Outlook for Windows or Mac, see those folders as a new category in Outlook mobile (iOS and Android). The category label corresponds to the folder name in Outlook on the web or Outlook for Windows or Mac.

Updating Teams live event 'Never record' recording policy

We are changing the behavior of the 'Never record' recording policy for Microsoft Teams live events.

Upgrade your applications to use Microsoft Graph

Upgrade your applications to use Microsoft Graph. We’re no longer adding new features to Azure AD Graph and starting June 30th, 2022 we will no longer provide any technical support or security updates

Zip file partial downloads no longer available

Starting May 2021, it will no longer be possible to download individual files or subsets of files within .zip file previews in OneDrive and SharePoint on the web . Instead we recommend downloading the entire .zip file, extracting its contents and using the files needed. In the past, we have received customer feedback that at times when a user selects a subset of files to download from within a .zip file, the files are not downloaded successfully.