Whats new in Microsoft 365 Today? 26th February 2021

Additions : 7
Updates : 5

New FeaturesCurrent Status
Microsoft 365 compliance center | Advanced eDiscovery: Discover only the document version that has been sharedIn Development
Microsoft 365 Compliance Center: Ability to delete a record labelIn Development
Microsoft 365 Compliance Center | Records management: Increased file plan import limitsIn Development
Office App: All files list for Office.comRolling Out
Microsoft 365 Compliance Center: Information barriers for GCCH and DoDIn Development
SharePoint: Immersive reader is coming to modern SharePoint pages and new postsIn Development
Yammer: Essential AnnouncementsIn Development
Updated FeaturesCurrent StatusUpdate Type
Microsoft Search: in classic SharePoint sitesLaunchedStatus
SharePoint lists and libraries: configure header, footer and body of a formLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Teams: Touch Bar Meetings Controls for MacLaunchedStatus
Microsoft 365 compliance center: Advanced eDiscovery – Hold optimizationsIn DevelopmentDescription
OneDrive: 64-bit OneDriveIn DevelopmentDescription

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Check what Outlook versions are connecting to you Exchange servers

If you are running Exchange 2010, 2013, 2016 or 2019. You will need to run the following PowerShell script and in this example I am going to be targeting Exchange 2010.

# This is just default path to Exchange 2010 RPC logs. Change it to match your Exchange version.
$logpath = 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\Logging\RPC Client Access'

# We limit the amount of logs by timeframe. This is to get more current view.
$files = Get-ChildItem $logpath |Where-Object {$_.LastWriteTime -ge (Get-Date).AddDays(-15)}

# Now, let's get the logs.
$logs = $files | ForEach {Get-Content $_.FullName}| Where-Object {$_ -notlike '#*'}

# We covert the data to PowerShell objects
$result = $logs |ConvertFrom-Csv -Header date-time,session-id,seq-number,client-name,organization-info,client-software,client-software-version,client-mode,client-ip,server-ip,protocol,application-id,operation,rpc-status,processing-time,operation-specific,failures

# And finally we filter the client information  and group it by version number.
$result | Where-Object {$_.'client-software' -eq 'OUTLOOK.EXE'}|group client-software-version

Once you have obtained the required information, you need identity which Outlook version is contacting to your Exchange server by using the following table.

Version numberName
5.0.3165.0Outlook 2000
6.0.7654.12Outlook 2000
6.0.8153.0Outlook 2000
6.0.8165.0Outlook 2000
6.0.8211.0Outlook 2000
6.0.8244.0Outlook 2000
10.0.0.2627Outlook 2002
10.0.0.4115Outlook 2002 SP2
10.0.0.6515Outlook 2002 SP3
10.0.0.6742Outlook 2002 SP3
11.0.5604.0Outlook 2003
11.0.6352.0Outlook 2003 SP1
11.0.6555.0Outlook 2003 SP2
11.0.8000.0Outlook 2003 SP2
11.0.8161.0Outlook 2003 SP3
11.0.8200.0Outlook 2003 SP3
11.0.8303.0Outlook 2003 SP3
12.0.4518.1014Outlook 2007 RTM
12.0.6024.5000Outlook 2007 RTM
12.0.6211.1000Outlook 2007 SP1
12.0.6300.5000Outlook 2007 SP1
12.0.6315.5000Outlook 2007 SP1
12.0.6423.1000Outlook 2007 SP2
12.0.6504.5001Outlook 2007 SP2
12.0.6509.5000Outlook 2007 SP2
12.0.6529.5000Outlook 2007 SP2
12.0.6539.5000Outlook 2007 SP2
12.0.6550.5000Outlook 2007 SP2
12.0.6554.5000Outlook 2007 SP2
12.0.6557.5000Outlook 2007 SP2
12.0.6562.5003Outlook 2007 SP2
12.0.6606.1000Outlook 2007 SP3
12.0.6661.5000Outlook 2007 SP3
12.0.6665.5000Outlook 2007 SP3
14.0.4734.1000Outlook 2010 RTM
14.0.6025.1000Outlook 2010 SP1
14.0.6109.5000Outlook 2010 SP1
14.0.6117.5001Outlook 2010 SP1
14.0.7151.5000Outlook 2010
14.0.7157.5000Outlook 2010
14.0.7160.5000Outlook 2010
15.0.4128.1019Outlook 2013 Preview
15.0.4727.1000Outlook 2013
15.0.4753.1003Outlook 2013
16.0.4229.1029Outlook 2016

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Whats new in the microsoft 365 Roadmap today? 24th February 2021

Additions : 7
Updates : 38

New FeaturesCurrent Status
Forms: Split sending and sharing entry pointIn Development
Microsoft Forms: Correct Answer choice feature added to Microsoft Forms Poll in Teams MeetingsIn Development
Microsoft Teams: AI based historical poll suggestion for Teams meetingIn Development
Microsoft Teams: AI based option suggestion for Teams meeting pollsIn Development
Microsoft Teams: AI based poll question suggestion for Teams meetingIn Development
Microsoft Teams: Data reports after Teams meeting classIn Development
Microsoft Teams: Data reports for polls after Teams meetingIn Development
Updated FeaturesCurrent StatusUpdate Type
Excel: Ink editor support in Excel OnlineRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Compliance center: Double-byte character supportRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Information Protection: Automatic and recommended sensitivity labeling available in Office apps for GCC and GCC-HighRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Information Protection: Manual sensitivity labeling available in Office apps for GCC and GCC-HighRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Information Protection: Microsoft Teams location picker supports security groups and distribution lists (GCC)Rolling OutStatus
Microsoft Information Protection: Teams location picker supports security groups and distribution lists.Rolling OutStatus
Microsoft Information Protection: Using sensitivity labels in Microsoft Teams, Microsoft 365 groups, and SharePoint sites for government cloudsRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Search: in classic SharePoint sitesRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Search: Microsoft Graph connectors for Microsoft SearchRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Teams: Live reactionsRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Teams: Share to Outlook for GCCRolling OutStatus
OneDrive: Sync Client support for DWG file Version HistoryRolling OutStatus
Outlook for Android: Actionable calendar event search answersRolling OutStatus
Outlook for iOS: Play My Emails remindersRolling OutStatus
Outlook for iOS: Text predictionsRolling OutStatus
SharePoint: Audience Targeting capability for Quick Links Web PartRolling OutStatus
SharePoint: Page Authoring First Run ExperienceRolling OutStatus
Yammer: Improvements to hashtags and topicsRolling OutStatus
Forms: Specific User Sharing for Response CollectionLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Information Protection: Office 365 Advanced Message Encryption – Email revocation by end userLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Teams for Firstline Workers: Off Shift Access Control V1LaunchedStatus
Microsoft Teams for Firstline Workers: On/Off Shift PresenceLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Teams: Multiteam Support in ShiftsLaunchedStatus
OneDrive: Exclude specific files from syncLaunchedStatus, Description
Outlook for Android: Adds SharePoint news and Teams Meeting recordings to DiscoverLaunchedStatus
Outlook for iOS: Drag and Drop files into OutlookLaunchedStatus
Outlook for iOS: Play My Emails from your Favorite PeopleLaunchedStatus
Outlook for iOS: Recommended Office informationLaunchedStatus
Outlook for iOS: SharePoint News and recorded Teams MeetingsLaunchedStatus
Outlook for iOS: Support Scribble with iPadOS 14LaunchedStatus
SharePoint: Caching SharePoint Online Videos on Azure Content Delivery Network to improve video playback and reliabilityLaunchedStatus
SharePoint: Share a page to YammerLaunchedStatus
Yammer Cross-geo external collaboration support on External Networks for the EULaunchedStatus
Yammer: Converting Pending Users to Active UsersLaunchedStatus
Yammer: New inclusive reactions for postsLaunchedStatus
Yammer: New reactions for postLaunchedStatus
Yammer: Notifications added to the Yammer Communities App in TeamsLaunchedStatus
Yammer: New Conversation InsightsIn DevelopmentStatus

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Whats new in the microsoft 365 Roadmap today? 23rd February 2021

Additions : 0
Updates : 2

Updated FeaturesCurrent StatusUpdate Type
Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Blocking URLs and Files with Tenant Allow/Block ListRolling OutStatus
Exchange: Online – Tag for external email messages receivedIn DevelopmentTitle, Description

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Deploying Webex Call App in Microsoft Teams

In this post I am going to show you how to install the Webex Call app for your end users at a administrative level from the Microsoft Teams console.

So in April 2020, Cisco announced a new Call App for Microsoft Teams. The app launches calls through Webex technology, even when you click the call button in Microsoft Teams. 

To access this functionality, follow these steps:

  • Verify users have accounts activated in the Webex Control Hub
  • Ensure users are registered to the Cisco Webex Calling or Unified Communications Manager
  • Make sure users have the Webex app
  • Ensure you have Administrator privileges for Microsoft Teams
  • Update phone numbers for users in the Azure Active Directory


So lets get to it;

Launch https://admin.teams.microsoft.com

Go to Teams App –> Setup Policies

Best Practice / Recommendations

It is always best practice not to modify the Global (Org-wide default) policies. It recommended to create a new policy which will limit impact to the production environment.

Once you have either create a new policy or decided to modify the global policy. Click Add Apps

Search for Insights and click Add

While in the policy you may decide to add Insights as a Pinned App, you will need to add Insights app as shown below

Click Save

The Webex call application will now be installed and added to pinned apps with the Teams Client. As a global admin launch the application for the first time to approve the application in your Microsoft tenant.

As you can see below you now have the ability to make Webex call through Microsoft Teams.

Now for the Pros / Cons.

Pros:

  1. Simple way to connect Webex calling functionality with Microsoft Teams
  2. Embedded buttons in Teams make the function easy to use

Cons:

  1. Only works to connect two VoIP calling strategies. You can’t connect your chat messages or file sharing this way. 
  2. Calling opens a new window, which means there are more tabs for users to keep track of.
  3. Only works to add Webex Calling to Microsoft Teams. You can’t add Microsoft calling to Webex instead.

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Install the microsoft Viva Insights app within your organization

In this post I am going to show you how to install the Microsoft Viva Insights app for your end users at a administrative level from the Microsoft Teams console. So lets get to it;

Launch https://admin.teams.microsoft.com

Go to Teams App –> Setup Policies

Best Practice / Recommendations

It is always best practice not to modify the Global (Org-wide default) policies. It recommended to create a new policy which will limit impact to the production environment.

Once you have either create a new policy or decided to modify the global policy. Click Add Apps

Search for Insights and click Add

While in the policy you may decide to add Insights as a Pinned App, you will need to add Insights app as shown below

Click Save

The Insights applications will now be installed and added to pinned apps with the Teams Client

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Whats new in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap today? 20th February 2021

Additions : 1
Updates : 6

New FeaturesCurrent Status
SharePoint: Page AnalyticsIn Development
Updated FeaturesCurrent StatusUpdate Type
Information Governance: New retention engine for SPOLaunchedStatus
Planner: More labelsIn DevelopmentDescription
Outlook for Android: Text predictionsRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Teams: Block Downloads for Teams meeting recordings on OneDrive and SharePointIn DevelopmentStatus
SharePoint: Image LightboxRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Planner: More labelsIn DevelopmentTitle, Description
Microsoft Teams: Block Downloads for non-channel Teams meeting recordings on OneDriveIn Development
Title, Description
Forms: Specific User Sharing for Response CollectionRolling OutStatus

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Deploying WebEX Add-in for Microsoft 365 using centralized Deployment

Before deploying anything from the Centralized Deployment it is recommended that you check if your organisation supports this process.

This can be easily done by installing the following MSI and running the following PowerShell Cmdlets;

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=55270

Import-Module O365CompatibilityChecker
Invoke-CompatibilityCheck

During my testing, I had to manually connect to Exchange Online using the following cmdlet;

Connect-ExchangeOnline

Once I had manually connected to Exchange Online the Invoke command completed successful and drop the output file here;

c:\windows\system32 called output.csv

In the containing csv file you will see something like below.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/admin/manage/centralized-deployment-of-add-ins?view=o365-worldwide

If your organization meets all requirements, complete the following steps to publish an Office Add-in via Centralized Deployment:

  1. Sign in to Microsoft 365 Admin Portal and select Integrated apps
  2. Click Get apps

Search for Cisco Webex;
As you can see from below you are returned with 3 options

– Cisco Web Scheduler
– Cisco Webex Teams
– Cisco Webex Meetings – This completed by Azure AD Apps


I am now going to install Scheduler and Teams in this article. Click Get it now

Click Continue
Specify who the app for as per the screenshot below
Press Next

Press Next

Press Finish Deployment

It may take about 24 hours before the Add-In is available on the client device.

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Whats new in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap today? 19th February 2021

Additions : 5
Updates : 8

New FeaturesCurrent Status
Excel: Natural Language Queries in IdeasIn Development
Microsoft Information Protection: OneDrive for Business location picker supports security groups and distribution lists.In Development
Visio for the Web: Organization ChartsIn Development
Microsoft 365 admin center: Improvements to Service Health Dashboard and Incident CommunicationsIn Development
Word for Windows: Text PredictionsIn Development
Updated FeaturesCurrent StatusUpdate Type
Outlook for iOS: Block unmanaged data in emails and calendar eventsLaunchedStatus
Outlook for Android: Block unmanaged data in emails and calendar eventsLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Project: Deploy Project for the web in multiple environmentsLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Teams: Meeting recording improvementsIn DevelopmentDescription
Microsoft Teams: Block Downloads for Teams meeting recordings on OneDrive and SharePointRolling OutStatus
Microsoft 365 admin center: M365 informed network routing – SD-WAN integrationIn DevelopmentStatus
Word: Better collaboration with modern comments for WindowsIn DevelopmentTitle
Yammer Cross-geo external collaboration support on External Networks for the EURolling OutStatus

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Whats new in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap today? 18th February 2021

Additions : 1
Updates : 16

New FeaturesCurrent Status
Microsoft 365 compliance center: Insider Risk Management analyticsIn Development
Updated FeaturesCurrent StatusUpdate Type
Microsoft Teams: New file sharing experienceIn DevelopmentStatus
Windows Virtual Desktop: choose the EU geography to store the Windows Virtual Desktop service metadataLaunchedStatus
Outlook for Windows: Text PredictionsRolling OutStatus
Outlook for iOS: Book a physical workspaceLaunchedStatus
Microsoft 365 Admin Center: Retention policies for YammerCancelledStatus, Description
Microsoft Lists: comments – built on SharePointLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Information Protection: Exact Data Match will support data configurationLaunchedStatus
Outlook for Android: Book a physical workspaceLaunchedStatus
Microsoft To Do: WebApp available to GCCIn DevelopmentStatus
Microsoft Information Protection: Data classification analytics for GCCLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Teams: History MenuRolling OutStatus
SharePoint Syntex: Add taxonomy columns from modern library viewsRolling OutStatus
Word: Better collaboration with modern comments for MacIn DevelopmentStatus
Word: Better collaboration with modern commentsIn DevelopmentStatus
Outlook for Windows: Every meeting online for GCCIn DevelopmentTitle
Outlook for Windows: Every meeting online for GCC-High and DoDIn DevelopmentTitle

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