Category Archives: Microsoft 365

Whats new in the Microsoft365 Roadmap today (19/08/20)

Additions : 3
Updates : 11

More Details At:

New FeaturesCurrent Status
Exchange: Block sending to a Distribution Group when it’s on the Bcc line?In Development
Microsoft 365 admin center: Improving the Message Center user experience?In Development
Microsoft Information Protection: Double Key Encryption (government clouds)?In Development
Updated FeaturesCurrent StatusUpdate Type
Outlook for Mac: New user experience across email, search and calendarLaunchedStatus
SharePoint – lists and libraries web parts consume dynamic dataLaunchedStatus
Office 365 ATP Request Release workflowRolling OutStatus
Quarantine – Custom Policy and FolderRolling OutStatus
Yammer: The New Yammer (Public Preview)LaunchedStatus
Microsoft Lists – sharing – built on SharePointLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Teams – increase in the number of simultaneous videos in Teams meetings for GCC High and DoD customersLaunchedStatus
Microsoft 365 admin center: User storage limit management for OneDriveLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Graph connectors for Microsoft SearchRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Teams: New channel files tab for GCC, GCC-High and DoDRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Information Protection: Microsoft 365 Endpoint data loss prevention (DLP)LaunchedStatus

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Whats new in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap today (18/08/20)

Additions : 3
Updates : 14

More Details At:

New FeaturesCurrent Status
Word: New Feature – Designer in Word for Word for the webIn Development
Microsoft Information Protection: Feedback Loop for Trainable ClassifiersIn Development
Microsoft Search: PowerBI results with Microsoft Search in SharePoint and Office.comIn Development
Updated FeaturesCurrent StatusUpdate Type
OneDrive: Full-fidelity shared libraries in OneDriveIn DevelopmentTitle
Microsoft Teams – Messaging extensionsLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Search: Semantic searchIn DevelopmentTitle
Account manager ‘View account’ link changeLaunchedStatus
Send from proxy addresses (aliases) from OWAIn DevelopmentDescription
Message Recall in Exchange OnlineIn DevelopmentDescription
Updates to Office 365 Quarantine Notifications and Alerts – Shared MailboxesLaunchedDescription
[Teams Mobile Clients] Organization allowed accounts configuration for TeamsRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Translation is coming to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in GCC-HighRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Information Protection: Double Key EncryptionIn DevelopmentStatus, Description
SharePoint: Caching SharePoint Online Videos on Azure Content Delivery Network to improve video playback and reliabilityRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Teams: New turn-in celebrationsLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Teams: School data sync (SDS) automatic team creationLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Compliance Center: Expanded support to search and export items in SharePoint and OneDrive for Business Recycle Bin in Core eDiscovery and Advanced eDiscoveryIn DevelopmentTitle

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Whats new in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap today (14/07/20)

Additions : 5 Updates : 8 More Details At:

New FeaturesCurrent Status
Excel: Office Scripts for task and workflow automation in ExcelRolling Out
Microsoft Information Protection: Teams DLP for Adaptive CardsIn Development
Microsoft Information Protection: Data loss prevention for Microsoft Teams in GCC-High and DoDIn Development
Forms: Print a blank FormIn Development
Microsoft Information Protection: UI for configuring Exact Data MatchIn Development
Updated FeaturesCurrent StatusUpdate Type
Microsoft Teams: New file sharing experienceRolling OutStatus
Automated Incident Response for compromised user accountsLaunchedDescription
Advanced eDiscovery Graph APIsIn DevelopmentDescription
Microsoft Graph: [TO DO TASKS] Tasks API (Preview)In DevelopmentDescription
Microsoft Teams – raise hands in Teams meetings for GCCLaunchedStatus
Communication Compliance: Detect adult contentLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Information Protection: Double Key EncryptionLaunchedStatus
Exchange online: Client Access rules support for OAuth POP and IMAPRolling OutStatus

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Whats new in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap today (13/07/20)

Additions : 0 Updates : 3 More Details At:

Updated FeaturesCurrent StatusUpdate Type
Improved user experience for the Admin Center Message CenterLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Lists and SharePoint document libraries – Gallery viewIn DevelopmentTitle, Description
Outlook on the web – New tasks experience for GCCIn DevelopmentTitle

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Compliance Score now in Public Preview

Have you ever wondered how compliant your Microsoft 365 environment is? Well with Microsoft Compliance Score you can now check your environment just like Microsoft Secure Score. This a standalone feature with a simpler, more user-friendly design to help organizations more easily manage compliance.

First Launch

The following screenshots show the experience you will receive when you launch The first time setup can take anything between 5-10 minutes to complete depending on your environment.

Once the first time setup has been completed you will welcomed with the following 4 windows.

Microsoft Compliance Score Dashboard

As you can see from the image below it shows your current score, helps you see what needs attention, and guides you to actions to improve your score. Your Compliance Score dashboard will look like this:

Improvement Actions

Improvement actions centralize your compliance activities. Each improvement action gives detailed implementation guidance to help you align with data protection regulations and standards. Actions can be assigned to users in your organization to perform implementation and testing work. You can also store documentation, notes, and record status updates within the improvement action.


Solutions list all the Microsoft products which are scored using the Compliance Score dashboard. You are able drill into each solution to understand if any additional configuration is required, as shown beleow.


An assessment is grouping of controls from a specific regulation, standard, or policy. Completing the actions within an assessment help you meet the requirements of a standard, regulation, or law. For example, you may have an assessment that, when you complete all actions within it, brings your Microsoft 365 settings in line with ISO 27001 requirements.

Assessments have several components:

  • In-scope services: the specific set of Microsoft services applicable to the assessment
  • Microsoft managed controls: controls that Microsoft implements and tests
  • Your controls: controls that you manage
  • Assessment score: the percentage of the points achieved by completing improvement actions within that assessment

When creating assessments, you’ll assign them to a group. You can configure groups in whatever way is most logical for your organization. For example, you may group assessments by year, compliance standard, service, teams within your organization, or some other way. Once you create groups, you can filter you Compliance Score dashboard to view your score by one or more groups.

As you can see from the screenshot below during the initial first launch, the default Data Protection Baseline assessment will be ran.

This will give you a base understanding of their compliance footprint once it has completed.

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Whats new in Microsoft Intune (Service Release 2007)

As of 13th July Microsoft have introduced Service Release 2007 here whats available now

App management

Win32 app installation notifications and the Company Portal

End users can now decide whether the applications shown in the Microsoft Intune Web Company Portal should be opened by the Company Portal app or the Company Portal website. This option is only available if the end user has the Company Portal app installed and launches a Web Company Portal application outside of a browser.

Exchange On-Premises Connector support

Intune is removing support for the Exchange On-Premises Connector feature from the Intune service beginning in the 2007 (July) release. Existing customers with an active connector will be able to continue with the current functionality at this time. New customers and existing customers that do not have an active connector will no longer be able to create new connectors or manage Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) devices from Intune. For those customers, Microsoft recommends the use of Exchange hybrid modern authentication (HMA) to protect access to Exchange on-premises. HMA enables both Intune App Protection Policies (also known as MAM) and Conditional Access through Outlook Mobile for Exchange on-premises.

S/MIME for Outlook on iOS and Android Enterprise devices managed without enrollment

You can now enable S/MIME for Outlook on iOS and Android Enterprise devices using app configuration polices for devices managed without enrollment. In Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center, select Apps > App configuration policies > Add > Managed apps. Additionally, you can choose whether or not to allow users to change this setting in Outlook. For general information about S/MIME, see S/MIME overview to sign and encrypt email in Intune. For more information about Outlook configuration settings, see Microsoft Outlook configuration settings and Add app configuration policies for managed apps without device enrollment. For Microsoft Exchange specific S/MIME information, see S/MIME scenarios and Configuration keys – S/MIME settings.

Device configuration

New VPN settings for Windows 10 and newer devices

When you create a VPN profile using the IKEv2 connection type, there are new settings you can configure (Devices > Configuration profiles > Create profile > Windows 10 and later for platform > VPN for profile > Base VPN):

  • Device Tunnel: Allows devices to automatically connect to VPN without requiring any user interaction, including user log on. This feature requires you to enable Always On, and use Machine certificates as the authentication method.
  • Cryptography suite settings: Configure the algorithms used to secure IKE and child security associations, which allow you to match client and server settings.

To see the settings you can configure, go to Windows device settings to add VPN connections using Intune.

Applies to:

  • Windows 10 and newer

Configure more Microsoft Launcher settings in a device restrictions profile on Android Enterprise devices (COBO)

On Android Enterprise Fully Managed devices, you can configure more Microsoft Launcher settings using a device restrictions profile (Devices > Configuration profiles > Create profile > Android Enterprise for platform > Device Owner only > Device restrictions > Device experience > Fully managed).

To see these settings, go to Android Enterprise device settings to allow or restrict features.

You can also configure the Microsoft Launcher settings using an app configuration profile.

Applies to:

  • Android Enterprise device owner fully managed devices (COBO)

New features for Managed Home Screen on Android Enterprise device owner dedicated devices (COSU)

On Android Enterprise devices, administrators can use device configuration profiles to customize the Managed Home Screen on dedicated devices using multi-app kiosk mode (Devices > Configuration profiles > Create profile > Android Enterprise for platform > Device Owner Only > Device Restrictions for profile > Device experience > Dedicated device > Multi-app).

Specifically, you can:

  • Customize icons, change the screen orientation , and show app notifications on badge icons
  • Hide the Managed Settings shortcut
  • Easier access to the debug menu
  • Create an allowed list of Wi-Fi networks
  • Easier access to the device information

For more information, see Android Enterprise device settings to allow or restrict features and this blog.

Applies to:

  • Android Enterprise device owner, dedicated devices (COSU)

Administrative templates updated for Microsoft Edge 84

The ADMX settings available for Microsoft Edge have been updated. End users can now configure and deploy new ADMX settings added in Edge 84. For more information, see the Edge 84 release notes.

Device enrollment

Corporate-owned, personally enabled devices (preview)

Intune now supports Android Enterprise corporate-owned devices with a work profile for OS versions Android 8 and above. Corporate-owned devices with a work profile is one of the corporate management scenarios in the Android Enterprise solution set. This scenario is for single user devices intended for corporate and personal use. This corporate-owned, personally-enabled (COPE) scenario offers:

  • work and personal profile containerization
  • device-level control for admins
  • a guarantee for end users that their personal data and applications will remain private

The first public preview release will include a subset of the features that will be included in the generally available release. Additional features will be added on a rolling basis. The features that will be available in the first preview include:

  • Enrollment: Admins can create multiple enrollment profiles with unique tokens that do not expire. Device enrollment can be done through NFC, token entry, QR code, Zero Touch, or Knox Mobile Enrollment.
  • Device configuration: A subset of the existing fully managed and dedicated device settings.
  • Device compliance: The compliance policies that are currently available for fully managed devices.
  • Device Actions: Delete device (factory reset), reboot device, and lock device.
  • App management: App assignments, app configuration, and the associated reporting capabilities
  • Conditional Access

For more information about corporate-owned with work profile preview, see the support blog.

Device management

Updates to the remote lock action for macOS devices

Changes to the remote lock action for macOS devices include:

  • The recovery pin is displayed for 30 days before deletion (instead of 7 days).
  • If an admin has a second browser open and tries to trigger the command again from a different tab or browser, Intune lets the command to go through. But the reporting status is set to failed rather than generating a new pin.
  • The admin isn’t allowed to issue another remote lock command if the previous command is still pending or if the device hasn’t checked back in. These changes are designed to prevent the correct pin from being overwritten after multiple remote lock commands.

Device actions report differentiates between wipe and protected wipe

The Device actions report now differentiates between the wipe and protected wipe actions. To see the report, go to Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center > Devices > Monitor > Device Actions (under Other).

Device security

Microsoft Defender Firewall rule migration tool preview

As a public preview, we’re working on a PowerShell based tool that will migrate Microsoft Defender Firewall rules. When you install and run the tool, it automatically creates endpoint security firewall rule policies for Intune that are based on the current configuration of a Windows 10 client. For more information, see Endpoint security firewall rule migration tool overview.

Endpoint detection and response policy for onboarding Tenant Attached devices to MDATP is Generally Available

As part of endpoint security in Intune, the Endpoint detection and response (EDR) policies for use with devices managed by Configuration Manager are no longer in preview and are now Generally Available.

To use EDR policy with devices from a supported version of Configuration Manager, configure Tenant attach for Configuration Manager. After you complete the tenant attach configuration, you can deploy EDR policies to onboard devices managed by Configuration Manager to Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Microsoft Defender ATP).

Bluetooth settings are available in Device Control profiles for Endpoint security Attack surface reduction policy

We’ve added settings to manage Bluetooth on Windows 10 devices to the Device control profile for Endpoint security Attack surface Reduction policy. These are the same settings as those that have been available in Device restriction profiles for Device configuration.

Manage source locations for definition updates with endpoint security antivirus policy for Windows 10 devices

We’ve added two new settings to the Updates category of endpoint security antivirus policy for Windows 10 devices that can help you manage how devices get update definitions:

  • Define file shares for downloading definition updates
  • Define the order of sources for downloading definition updates

With the new settings you can add UNC file shares as download source locations for definition updates, and define the order in which different source locations are contacted.

Improved security baselines node

We’ve made some changes to improve the usability of the security baseline node in the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center. Now when you drill in to Endpoint security > Security baselines and then select a security baseline type like the MDM Security Baseline, your presented with the Profiles pane. On the Profiles pane you view the profiles you’ve created for that Baseline type. Previously the console presented an Overview pane which included an aggregate data roll up that didn’t always match the details found in the reports for individual profiles.

Unchanged, from the Profiles pane you can select a profile to drill-in to view that profiles properties as well as various reports that are available under Monitor. Similarly, at the same level as Profiles you can still select Versions to view a the various versions of that profile type that you’ve deployed. When you drill-in to a version, you also gain access to reports, similar to the profile reports.

Derived credentials support for Windows

You can now use derived credentials with your Windows devices. This will expand on the existing support for iOS/iPadOS and Android, and will be available for the same derived credential providers:

  • Entrust Datacard
  • Intercede
  • DISA Purebred

Support for Widows includes use of a derived credential to authenticate to Wi-Fi or VPN profiles. For Windows devices, the derived credential is issued from the client app that’s provided by the derived credential provider that you use.

Manage FileVault encryption for devices that were encrypted by the device user and not by Intune

Intune can now assume management of FileVault disk encryption on a macOS device that was encrypted by the device user, and not by Intune policy. This scenario requires:

  • The device to receive disk encryption policy from Intune that enables FileVault.
  • The device user to use the Company Portal website to upload their personal recovery key for the encrypted device to Intune. To upload the key, they select the Store recovery key option for their encrypted macOS device.

After the user uploads their recovery key, Intune rotates the key to confirm it is valid. Intune can now manage the key and encryption as if it used policy to encrypt the device directly. Should a user need to recover their device, they can access the recovery key using any device from the following locations:

  • Company Portal website
  • Company Portal app for iOS/iPadOS
  • Company Portal app for Android
  • Intune app

Hide the personal recovery key from a device user during macOS FileVault disk encryption

When you use endpoint security policy to configure macOS FileVault disk encryption, use the Hide recovery key setting to prevent display of the personal recovery key to the device user, while the device is being encrypted. By hiding the key during encryption, you can help keep it secure as users won’t be able to write it down while waiting for the device to encrypt.

Later, if recovery is needed, a user can always use any device to view their personal recovery key through the Intune Company Portal website, the iOS/iPadOS Company Portal, the Android Company Portal, or the Intune app.

Improved view of security baseline details for devices

You can now drill-in to the details for a device to view the settings details for security baselines that apply to the device. The settings appear in a simple, flat list, which includes the setting category, setting name, and status. For more information, see View Endpoint security configurations per device.

Monitor and troubleshoot

Device compliance logs now in English

The Intune DeviceComplianceOrg logs previously only had enumerations for ComplianceState, OwnerType, and DeviceHealthThreatLevel. Now, these logs have English information in the columns.

Role-based access control

Assign profile and Update profile permission changes

Role-based access control permissions has changed for Assign profile and Update profile for the Automated Device Enrollment flow:

Assign profile: Admins with this permission can also assign the profiles to tokens and assign a default profile to a token for Automated Device Enrollment.

Update profile: Admins with this permission can update existing profiles only for Automated Device Enrollment.

To see these roles, go to Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center > Tenant administration > Roles > All roles > Create > Permissions > Roles.


Additional Data Warehouse v1.0 properties

Additional properties are available using the Intune Data Warehouse v1.0. The following properties are now exposed via the devices entity:

  • 1
    – The unique network identifier of this device.
  • 1
    – The version of Office 365 that is installed on the device.

The following properties are now exposed via the devicePropertyHistories entity:

  • 1
    – The physical memory in bytes.
  • 1
    – Total storage capacity in bytes.

For more information, see Microsoft Intune Data Warehouse API.

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Whats new in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap today (21/07/20)

Additions : 7 Updates : 4 More Details At:

New FeaturesCurrent Status
Teams: Microsoft Teams displaysIn Development
Yammer: Change default community post to QuestionRolling Out
Yammer: Upvote answers to Yammer questionsIn Development
Yammer: Adding Ability to “Mute” Communities at Admin and User levelsIn Development
Yammer: “Embed feed” updated with new look and functionalityIn Development
Yammer: Collapsed pinned posts on live event pageIn Development
SharePoint: Share a page to YammerIn Development
Updated FeaturesCurrent StatusUpdate Type
Outlook for Android: Time-zone supportCancelledStatus, Description
Outlook for Android: Visual cues for work and personal accountsLaunchedStatus, Description
Outlook on the web: Suggested replies for German, and SpanishIn DevelopmentTitle, Description
Microsoft Planner: Copy a plan within an existing Group or TeamsLaunchedStatus


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