New Feature: Third-party online meeting providers in Outlook for Android

If you are using GoToMeeting, BlueJeans or Zoom for your meetings, you can add these meeting providers now directly to your Outlook for Android. You need to add this add-in from the Exchange administrator side, to override the default Teams or Skype options, if the add-in is installed by the end user, Teams or Skype will still be the default option. Add-in will roll-out next week, until End of April.

Teams meeting and chat experience improvements

This feature is going to be rolled out at the end of April and it enables you to access meeting options from within a Teams meeting in progress.

Team meeting and chat experience improvements

You will also be able to download a participant report in a Teams meeting, which will be rolled out in early May.

download a participant report in a Teams meeting

Audio playing on the presenter device will be shared in the live event, we can expect to see this rolled out at the end of April.

Audio playing on presenter device

You will also be able to Screen Share from Chat which is also rolling out in early May.

Screen Share from a Teams Chat

Setting the ScreenSharingMode policy in Teams Admin Center under Meeting Policies:

ScreenSharingMode policy

The Yammer app for Microsoft Teams is now available!

Another feature announcement from Ignite made it finally to GA: The Yammer app for the Microsoft Teams client.

Now you can do the following just as you would in Yammer:

  • Participate in conversations
  • Join communities
  • Watch live events
  • Share announcements
  • Pin conversations
  • Mark best answers
Yammer app for Teams

Find out more about the Yammer app for Microsoft teams here.

Updated – New Feature: OneDrive Sync Version History

The roll-out for this feature has been moved from End of April to Mid-May. Users will see a new entry in the context menu in Finder, File Explorer, and OneDrive Activity Feed. Version history will allow users to download previous versions of a file as well restore or delete previous versions.

Version history

New and updated usage reports in Microsoft 365 Admin Center

What’s new in the Microsoft 365 Admin Center:

  • Report on Microsoft 365 Apps usage
  • Graph to the Office 365 active users report to show total activity across the services

Updated usage reports: Email activity report to include calendar activities.

Updated usage reports

Near real-time token revocation for critical events through Continuous Access Evaluation (CAE)

Access tokens (the token you get when you login) will expire after 15 minutes (even though the token is valid for 24h by default) in the following situations:

  • User Account is deleted or disabled
  • Password for a user is changed or reset
  • MFA is enabled for the user
  • Admin explicitly revokes all Refresh Tokens for a user
  • Elevated user risk detected by Azure AD Identity Protection
Near real-time revocation for critical events through Continuous Access Evaluation

Find out more here.

Microsoft Endpoint Manager simplifies deployment of Microsoft Defender ATP for macOS

There will now be support for simplified deployment and configuration of Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection for macOS. This will assist you with preventing, detecting, investigating and responding to advanced threats using next-generation protection and endpoint detection across multiple platforms.

Find out more here.

New on the Roadmap / Message Center News

  • SharePoint: Extended layout for site footer
    • The site footer in modern communication sites will now include a new layout option, extended, to show more content in the footer section. The footer control will also have a background color functionality.
    • Availability date: May 2020
  • SharePoint lists and libraries – configure header, footer and body of a form
    • This feature allows users in SharePoint lists and libraries to add a custom header and a footer to the associated form. In addition to this, users can also customize the body text area with sections. Users can click “Configure layout” in the property form
    • or the details pane to begin configuring the form.
    • Availability date: Q3 CY2020
  • SharePoint lists and libraries – Conditional show or hide columns in a form
    • This feature allows users in lists and libraries to show or hide columns in a list form based on another column’s value by specifying a formula; equations that perform conditional checks on values in a SharePoint list or library. Users can click “Edit conditional
    • formula” in the “Edit columns” list form pane to configure.
    • Availability date: May CY2020
  • Improved SharePoint page/news publishing experience
    • A new pre-publish panel that gives authors an overview of key information about their pages or news posts – including the site name, thumbnail, and any missing required properties – before they confirm publish.
    • Additional improvements related required properties for pages and pages library take effect.
    • Availability date: May 2020
  • Schedule SharePoint pages & news posts
    • You will be able to schedule a page or news post to be published at a specific date and time in the future.
    • Availability date: April 2020
  • Microsoft Teams Group Chat improvements
    • Sometimes you need to kick off a big project chat with a large group, or organize an ad-hoc discussion with staff at an event, but it is unnecessary to start a new team; perhaps you don’t all work together on a regular basis, or maybe you need a communication.
    • Channel with a large group of people at an event. Group chats will be able to accommodate up to 250 users.
    • Availability date: May CY2020
  • Live Presentations in PowerPoint
    • Live Presentations enables every audience member to view your presentation on their own device, like their laptop, tablet, or phone. Each audience member can turn on live captioning and choose subtitles from more than 60 languages.
    • They can even navigate between slides, so they don’t miss a single, important detail from your presentation. The audience is engaged throughout your presentation by sending reactions in real-time. And after your presentation, the audience can provide specific feedback on the content and delivery of the presentation, which you can use to improve your presentation skills over time.
    • Availability date: May 2020
  • Intune Role management coming to Microsoft 365
    • The Microsoft 365 admin center will soon get Intune role management experiences:
      • you can assign roles
      • compare roles
      • search for roles
    • Availability date: April CY2020
  • Outlook for iOS gets some Intune App Protection
    • Support for the Microsoft Intune app protection policy that blocks file attachments and switching from personal to work accounts in new emails or calendar events with attachments from unmanaged apps. 
    • Availability date: Q3 CY2020

About the Author

Steve Goodman

Technology Writer and Chief Editor for AV Content at Practical 365, focused on Microsoft 365. A 12-time Microsoft MVP, author of several technology books and regular Microsoft conference speaker. Steve works at Advania in the UK as Field Chief Technology Officer, advising business and IT on the best way to get the most from Microsoft Cloud technology.

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