Office 365 – New features and updates in week 23 2016

Three updates so far this week.

  • Document Library experiences are to be updated
  • Advanced Security Management alerting
  • Microsoft Planner has gone GA
  • Office 365 admin center updates
  • Update your Windows 8.0 devices to Windows 8.1 to continue using Intune Company Portal apps
  • Alert mails for OneDrive for Business and SharePoint

10 June 2016

Update your Windows 8.0 devices to Windows 8.1 to continue using Intune Company Portal apps

Starting in September 2016, Microsoft Intune will end support for the Microsoft Intune Company Portal apps for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 platforms. Update devices to Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, and use the corresponding Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 Company Portal apps to continue distributing apps to these devices.

Policy deployments on existing Windows 8 or Windows 8 phone platforms will not be impacted. Migration to the Company Portal 8.1 app will require an uninstall and reinstall, as there is no direct upgrade path available.

The updated Company Portal apps will also be a prerequisite for opening any support cases. This includes any Windows/Windows Phone Company Portal or Mobile Device Management (MDM) apps.

Finally, you will no longer be required to update the signed Windows Phone 8 Company Portal to be able to upload your Symantec code signing certificate.

Please encourage your users to move to a more current supported platform. For those end users using Windows 8.0 Company Portal apps with Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.1 platforms, please have them migrate to the updated version of the Company Portal apps. The 8.1 versions of the Company Portal apps are available in the Windows Store or available for download and distribution via Intune.

Please click Additional Information to learn more.


9 June 2016

Updated feature: Alert mails for OneDrive for Business and SharePoint

The format of alert mails sent from SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business have been updated to present information in a clearer way and to better display content on phones. We originally communicated that we started rolling this out in February, but the rollout took longer than expected.

This feature is now completely rolled out and existing alerts are now using the new format.alerts

There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change.

Click Additional Information to see how to set up alerts.


8 June 2016

Updated Feature: What’s new in Office 365 admin center

In May, Microsoft continued their work to improve the new Office 365 admin center to make it faster, easier and more efficient for you to manage the service.

The latest updates include custom tiles, the ability to manage email apps, and support for mail-enabled security groups.What’s-new-in-Office-365-administration-May-roundup-1b


Log into the new admin center and try the new functionality. Provide feedback using the feedback button in the admin center. Please click Additional Information to learn more

8 June 2016

Updates to SharePoint Document Library Experiences

Microsoft are making some changes to Document Libraries in SharePoint. Modern libraries offer many UI enhancements, such as thumbnails; uploading and links; inline creation of custom view and columns; and pinning. We’ve replaced the Ribbon with a clean, responsive command bar. Finally, modern libraries are becoming the new experience for files saved in Office 365 groups. We’re going to be updating aspects of the document library experience on June 7, 2016, for First Release users, and in worldwide production later in June.

The modern document library will be the default experience for all document libraries except as noted below. Some library customizations are not yet supported in the modern experience, and if we detect such a customization we will automatically redirect users to the classic experience. Second, libraries will have a new header control at the top of the page. For libraries in team sites, this header Modern-document-libraries-in-SharePoint-1bincludes global navigation links. For libraries in Office 365 Groups, the new control no longer includes links to the group’s conversation, calendar and member management. Instead, the new control will have a single link to the group’s conversation, from which users can navigate to calendar and member management.

The new experience will be on by default for all users starting June 21, 2016. Tenant administrators and site owners have the ability to change that default on a tenant-wide or per-library basis, in advance of the rollout, starting June 7, 2016. Please click Additional information to learn more.

8 June 2016

New feature: Advanced Security Management – Alerting

Advanced Security Management is a new Office 365 feature. You’ll begin seeing this new feature on June 1, 2016.

Office 365 advanced security alerts alert you to anomalous and suspicious activity so that you can take action. The system notifies you of unusual behavior, such as if a user takes an administrative action (like creating a new user) from a location they have never logged onto before.New-security-management-and-transparency-capabilities-1b-1024x788

This has administrative controls to enable and disable. Go the Security and Compliance Center (Actions Center, Manage Advanced Alerts page) and select the option to Turn on Advanced Security Management. This feature is off by default. This change does not affect Office 365 Government Community Cloud customers.

Please click Additional information to learn more.

6 June 2016

New Feature: Microsoft Planner

Microsoft Planner is built on Office 365 Groups and brings together teams, tasks, documents, and conversations for better planning and collaboration. Starting today, Microsoft will begin turning Microsoft Planner on by default for you and your users. This process may take several weeks to complete.plannerapp

Planner is a new app in Office 365, and will appear in the app launcher and Office 365 home page.

There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. Log in and get yourself familiar with Planner. Please click Additional Information to learn more.



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