Office 365 – New features and updates in week 12 2016

25 March 2016
Updated Feature: Office 365 Security & Compliance Center

We communicated the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center (formally called Protection Center), as an opt-in experience, in December. While we changed the name since then, we’ve also made this the default security and compliance experience in Office 365. In the coming weeks, you’ll also see this in the App Launcher.

The Security & Compliance Center is now the default experience.

You can access Security & Compliance by signing in with your work account to the Office 365 Admin Center. Please click Additional Information to learn more.


24 March 2016
New feature: Delve Analytics

Microsoft has started to provision the Delve Analytics service. This new feature will be made available to your licensed users within approximately six weeks.

This feature will be automatically enabled for users with assigned Office 365 E5 or Delve Analytics add-on licenses, after the provisioning is completed. Delve Analytics defaults to using activity data from all Office 365 users, including users not licensed for Delve Analytics. Once your organization has been provisioned, licensed users will automatically get Delve Analytics.

Review our Delve Analytics Guide for Office 365 Admins article. This will help you understand how data is used and presented in Delve Analytics, and the options that are provided to help you manage policy or legal considerations about privacy and employee data use that may apply to your organization.

Additional information



22 March 2016
Updated feature: SharePoint Online theming

microsoft are updating SharePoint Online to improve how site pages are rendered. You’ll begin seeing this change starting April 15. The changes that are to be made are in how SharePoint processes and loads the CSS. Previously, the CSS was computed at design time, and the final CSS was stored in the database. The new changes store the theme setting and process the final CSS at runtime, in the client. Note: First Release tenants have already been notified of this change happening on March 24. All others, will happen on April 15.

Most likely, you will not notice this change. Your SharePoint Online sites should continue to operate as they do currently. If you have customized your sites, you may experience issues.

If you have not done any customization to your SharePoint sites, there is nothing you need to do. If you have customized the CSS file, you should not be impacted. There is nothing you need to do. If you have customized the theme-able CSS, used an alternate CSS, or a CSS class override at run time, then you should not be impacted. There is nothing you need to do. If you have a custom way of loading the CSS file, or have a script which relies on a specific path of CSS class (or loaded using link tags), then you may be impacted. If you are experiencing issues with your customized SharePoint site, after this change is implemented, please click Additional Information to follow a conversation in our Office 365 community.

Additional information


22 March 2016
New feature: Office 365 Connectors


Office 365 Connectors is a new Office 365 feature that enables premium user experiences by bringing relevant interactive content from popular apps and services to Office 365 Groups in a configurable and contextual manner. End users will be able to view, discuss, and interact with this content right alongside their normal conversations and perform simple actions against the updates as they happen. First release tenants will begin seeing this feature activated starting today and will be rolling out worldwide over the next few weeks.

Your users will spend less time searching and collecting data and more time using it. Connectors for services like Twitter, Trello, Salesforce and 55 others are available today and developers can also create custom Connectors using incoming web hooks to generate rich connector cards that will show up in Outlook client, OWA and Groups mobile app experiences. The feature will be automatically available to users in your tenant once the update is deployed.

This feature has administrative controls to enable and disable. This feature is on by default but can be turned off using a PowerShell script for your entire organization or for a specific group mailbox. To learn more about this feature, please click Additional Information below.

Additional information



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