Office 365 Weekly Digest | February 18 – 24, 2018

Welcome to the February 18 - 24, 2018 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest.

Three new additions to the Office 365 Roadmap, including enhancements to email anti-impersonation capabilities and the ability to remove old MSI Office installations via the Click-to-Run installer. The other new entry provides an enhanced support experience, but only for Microsoft Premier customers.

New events for this week's digest include a Microsoft Teams Developer Community Call on March 1, 2018 at 8am PST and the March Azure Active Directory webinars. The Microsoft 365 online customer immersion experiences have also been updated for available opportunities in March.

Included in the roundup from last week's blogs are the ability to access plans from Microsoft Teams in Planner apps, new and updated SharePoint web parts, and the Public Preview of Azure AD Naming Policy for Office 365 Groups. There are also several compliance and security related updates including the general availability of Compliance Manager, consistent labeling and protection policies for Azure Information Protection and Office 365, GDPR information protection strategy, and the Public Preview of Attack Simulator for Office 365 Threat Intelligence.

Highlights from last week's noteworthy items are the Office 365 Update for February 2018 video, a list of learning resources for Microsoft Flow, a video on managing the app experience in Microsoft Teams, and the latest episode of Teams On Air which provides a look at how AvePoint uses Microsoft Teams to plan campaigns and events within their marketing organization.




Below are the items added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week:


Feature ID

Title Description



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Enhanced Email Anti-Impersonation Capabilities in Office 365 New email anti-impersonation capabilities are now available for all office ATP/E5 customers. These new capabilities will help protect end users from domain, user, and first contact impersonation. These features are live now. Enhanced brand impersonation will roll out in the coming weeks.



February CY2018

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New support experience for Premier customers We're excited to announce that the new support experience will be available for all Premier customers. This experience includes an in-product flyout that connects customers quickly and effectively to the support they need. With positive feedback from other customer channels, we've added additional capabilities for more flexibility and efficiency, such as support via email, comprehensive view of ticket status and history, and CritSit designation on premier customer tickets for this rollout.

In development


Q2 CY2018

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Click-to-Run installer can now remove old MSI Office installations Office apps installed via MSI (Windows Installer) and Click to Run (C2R) on the same computer is not a supported scenario. IT Pros and end users needed to first uninstall MSI Office apps, before installing C2R. Starting with the March Semi-Annual Channel - Targeted (SAC-T) release of Office 365 ProPlus, the C2R installer can be scripted to automatically remove old MSI Office apps prior to installing Office 365 ProPlus.

In development


March CY2018

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Productivity Hacks to Save Time & Simplify Workflows

When: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 and Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 1pm ET | This 90-minute hands-on experience will give you the opportunity to test drive Windows 10, Office 365 and Dynamics 365. A trained facilitator will guide you as you apply these tools to your own business scenarios and see how they work for you. During this interactive session, you will: (1) Discover how you can keep your information more secure without inhibiting your workflow, (2) Learn how to visualize and analyze complex data, quickly zeroing in on the insights you need, (3) See how multiple team members can access, edit and review documents simultaneously, and (4) Gain skills that will save you time and simplify your workflow immediately. Each session is limited to 12 participants, reserve your seat now.


Microsoft Teams: Developer Community Call

When: Thursday, March 1, 2017 at 8:00am PT | The Microsoft Teams Community Call is our regular event for developers to stay in sync with Microsoft Teams. We'll share updates, tips, and connect you to the product teams behind Microsoft Teams. In addition, we'll have a technical deep dive on a specific topic: from tooling, to practical use cases, (eg. Authentication, Teams App Studio) to highlighting how organizations leverage Microsoft Teams. At the end of each call, there's an opportunity to ask questions and share feedback. Don't forget to add the event to your calendar!


Visualizing, Analyzing & Sharing Your Data Without Having to be a BI Expert

When: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 and Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 12pm ET | This 2-hour hands-on experience will give you the opportunity to test drive the latest business analytics tools. A trained facilitator will guide you as you apply these tools to your own business scenarios and see how they can work throughout your organization. During this interactive session, you will explore how to: (1) Locate and organize large amounts of data from multiple sources, (2) Visualize complex data and identify trends quickly without having to be a BI expert, (3) Find and collaborate with company experts on the fly, even if they work in another part of the country, and (4) Gather colleague's opinions easily and eliminate communication and process bottlenecks. Each session is limited to 12 participants, reserve your seat now.


Azure Active Directory Webinars for March

When: Multiple sessions currently scheduled from March 6 - 15, 2018 | Are you looking to deploy Azure Active Directory quickly and easily? We are offering free webinars on key Azure Active Directory deployment topics to help you get up and running. Sessions include Getting Ready for Azure AD, Securing Your Identities with Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), Azure AD Identity Protection and Privileged Identity Management, Managing Your Enterprise Applications with Azure AD and more. Each 1-hour webinar is designed to support IT Pros in quickly rolling out Azure Active Directory features to their organization. All webinars are free of cost and will include an anonymous Q&A session with our Engineering Team. So, come with your questions! Capacity is limited. Sign up for one or all of the sessions today!  Note: There are also some sessions available on-demand.


Hands-on with security in a cloud-first, mobile-first world

When: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 12pm and 3pm ET | This 2-hour hands-on session will give you the opportunity to try Microsoft technology that secures your digital transformation with a comprehensive platform, unique intelligence, and partnerships. A trained facilitator will guide you as you apply these tools to your own business scenarios and see how they work for you. During this interactive session, you will: (1) Detect and protect against external threats by monitoring, reporting and analyzing activity to react promptly to provide organization security, (2) Protect your information and reduce the risk of data loss, (3) Provide peace of mind with controls and visibility for industry-verified conformity with global standards in compliance, (4) Protect your users and their accounts, and (5) Support your organization with enhanced privacy and compliance to meet the General Data Protection Regulation. Each session is limited to 12 participants, reserve your seat now.


Connecting, Organizing & Collaborating with Your Team

When: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 and Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 12pm ET | During this session, you will have the opportunity to experience Windows 10, Office 365 and Microsoft's newest collaboration tool: Microsoft Teams. A trained facilitator will guide you as you apply these tools to your own business scenarios and see how they work for you. During this interactive session, you will explore how to use Microsoft Teams and Office 365 to: (1) Create a hub for team work that works together with your other Office 365 apps, (2) Build customized options for each team, (3) Keep everyone on your team engaged, (4) Coauthor and share content quickly, and (5) Gain skills that will save you time and simplify your workflow immediately. Each session is limited to 12 participants, reserve your seat now.




Access Plans from Microsoft Teams in Planner apps

Have you been working with Planner in Microsoft Teams? Starting today, you can access all your plans from Teams within the Planner web app. On the Planner hub, you'll see plans from Teams included within the Recent plans and All plans sections, as well as their associated team and channel information. You can favorite a plan for easy access and then work on it in Planner or open it up in Teams. Planner apps mobile will see this as an update in the next week or so. | Resource: Use Planner in Microsoft Teams | Related: Microsoft Teams: Limit access to only managed devices and reduce risk!


Use SharePoint web parts to showcase data from inside and outside Office 365

SharePoint web parts are building blocks for your site pages and news articles – which you configure to bolster your message and encourage engagement. You can highlight files, videos, images, maps, lists, Yammer discussions and more. We're pleased to announce that many of the web parts we shared at Microsoft Ignite are rolling out now into the Office 365 production environment, plus a few important updates. Expect to see these within your page authoring toolbox within the next few weeks: Planner, Twitter, Office 365 Connectors, Power BI, Image and more. | Related: What is Modern SharePoint and Why Should I care?


Azure AD Naming Policy for Office 365 groups is now in Public Preview

Office 365 groups is a cool and very popular collaboration feature in Office 365. Groups are easy and fast to create and your employees can use them to collaborate with their co-workers on projects, share team documents, and manage emails and calendars. As customers increasingly adopt Office 365 groups, we've been introducing new features, like groups expiration policy, to make it easier to manage the Office 365 groups that your employees create. We're excited to announce our next enhancement in this area, Office 365 groups Naming Policy. You can use this new feature to enforce consistent naming conventions for Office 365 groups across its associated workloads, and block specific words from being used in group names and aliases. A naming policy can help you and your users identify which department, office, or geographic region the group was created from. It can also help identify a group in the global address list, and block inappropriate words in the group names.


Announcing Compliance Manager general availability

To support your organization's compliance journey when using Microsoft Cloud services, Microsoft released Compliance Manager Preview last November. We are building upon this partnership by announcing thatis now generally available for Azure, Dynamics 365, and Office 365 Business and Enterprise subscribers in public clouds. Compliance Manager empowers your organization to manage your compliance activities from one place and to perform on-going risk assessments for what is identified as Microsoft's responsibilities by evaluating detailed implementation and test details of our internal controls. We are committed to be transparent about how we process and protect your data so that you can trust Microsoft and leverage the technology we provide.


Consistent labeling and protection policies coming to Office 365 and Azure Information Protection

Information protection capabilities in Microsoft 365 help you identify, classify, protect and monitor your sensitive data. We just announced several updates and enhancements that can help you achieve your security and compliance goals. As part of the announcement, we will be previewing a consistent labeling and protection model that will be used across Office 365 and Azure Information Protection. The upcoming experience means that the same default labels can be used in both Office 365 and Azure Information Protection, and the labels you create in either of these services will automatically be synchronized across the other service – no need to create labels in two different places! The consistent labeling model also helps ensure that over time, labels are recognized and understood across our information protection solutions. At the same time, we will also be previewing a more consistent protection model. This means that there will be a common set of protection actions that can be applied based on your label policy. | Microsoft Mechanics: Azure Information Protection - Unified labeling, on-prem scanning and protection across platforms


Microsoft 365 provides an information protection strategy to help with the GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which began as a regulatory requirement, is increasingly seen as a long-term opportunity to establish greater trust with customers and further unlock employee collaboration and productivity in many businesses. The intelligent compliance solutions in Microsoft 365 help you assess and manage your compliance risks and leverage the cloud to identify, classify, protect, and monitor sensitive data residing in hybrid and heterogeneous environments to support GDPR compliance. Updates in Microsoft 365—currently rolling out—help protect sensitive data and include: (1) Compliance Manager general availability for Azure, Dynamics 365, and Office 365 Business and Enterprise customers in public clouds, (2) Compliance Score availability for Office 365, and (3) Azure Information Protection scanner general availability. These Microsoft 365 updates and capabilities are designed to provide you with an information protection strategy to help with GDPR compliance. | Microsoft Mechanics: Preparing for GDPR - Compliance management and information protection capabilities in Microsoft 365


Announcing the Public Preview of Attack Simulator for Office 365 Threat Intelligence

The ability to prevent the adverse impact from threats before any security is required is ideal. Prevention is only possible through training and preparation of end users against the variety of threat scenarios that impact organizations. Last year we launched Office 365 Threat Intelligence as a tool to help organizations become more proactive with their cybersecurity. Attack Simulator is the perfect feature to support the goal of greater proactivity for security. With Attack Simulator, admins can launch simulated attacks on their end users, determine how end users behave in the event of an attack, and update policies and ensure that appropriate security tools are in place to protect the organization from threats. We are excited to announce the pre-release preview of Attack Simulator for Office 365 Threat Intelligence as part of the Office 365 Universal Preview Program beginning February 21, 2018!


Encrypt only rolling out starting today in Office 365 Message Encryption

Last September, we announced new capabilities in Office 365 Message Encryption that enable users to seamlessly collaborate on protected emails with anyone. This release included Do Not Forward an out-of-the-box policy that encrypts emails and Office attachments, and restricts the content and email from being forwarded, printed or copied. We are happy to share that we are releasing another out-of-the-box policy called encrypt only. With the encrypt-only policy, users can send encrypted email to any recipient, whether they are inside or outside the organization, and the protection follows the lifecycle of the email. That means recipients can copy, print and forward the email, and encryption will not be removed. This new policy provides more flexibility in the type of protection that can be applied to your sensitive emails.




Video: Office 365 Update for February 2018

Format: Video (12 minutes) | Jim Naroski covers recent enhancements to Office 365, including Outlook Cheat Sheets, Outlook on Mac, SharePoint, Power Apps and Power BI, Secure Score, Compliance, Security, and more. The video transcript, complete with links to additional information on everything covered, is available at


Tech Tip: Managing the App Experience in Microsoft Teams

Format: Video (6 minutes) | In the latest episode of Coffee in the Cloud, learn how to manage the apps your users see in Microsoft Teams. | Resource: Release Notes for Microsoft Teams


Teams On Air: Ep. 62 - How CMOs leverage Microsoft Teams for campaign and event management

Format: Video (23 minutes) | This week on Teams On Air host, Delanda Coleman, is joined by Dux Raymond Sy, Chief Marketing Officer, at AvePoint to demo how they are currently using Microsoft Teams to plan campaigns and events within their marketing organization. As an avid user of Skype for Business before Microsoft Teams was released, Dux will share his experience with the transition and how Teams has helped them be more collaborative.


Microsoft Flow Learning Resources

This page has a set of links curated by Jonathon Levesque, Senior Program Manager for Microsoft Flow, to help beginner, intermediate and advanced users as they take the Flow journey.


Centralized Deployment for Outlook add-ins will now be available in preview

Outlook add-ins enable customers to access their favorite apps right in email to get more done, faster. As we bring more add-ins in Outlook to help users be more productive, we want to ensure that Office 365 administrators have tools to quickly and easily deploy add-ins. Last year, we announced the availability of Centralized Deployment for Word, Excel and PowerPoint add-ins. Starting February 26, 2018, we will begin rolling out Centralized Deployment for Outlook add-ins, initially in preview, to Office 365 commercial customers. Administrators can deploy Outlook add-ins to individual users, groups or an organization with ease, right from the Office 365 administration center or using PowerShell scripts. Both Microsoft AppSource add-ins as well as custom add-ins built internally for use within your organization can be deployed using Centralized Deployment to tenants worldwide.