Office 365 Weekly Digest | February 25 – March 3, 2018

Welcome to the February 25 – March 3, 2018 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest.

The Office 365 Roadmap has four new additions, including a couple of updates for Groups in Outlook, new Office 365 Message Encryption capabilities and an update to the automatic language translation feature in Message Center.

There are no new events for this week's digest, and most of the online customer immersion experience sessions have now reached capacity. A few of those have open seats, so be sure to register as soon as possible if you're interested.

By far, the biggest announcement last week was the upcoming ability to add anyone with a business or consumer email account as a guest in Microsoft Teams. Other blog post highlights include the new Microsoft 365 Admin Center, the second part of the Demystifying Hybrid Free/Busy series, and an announcement that DLP Policy Tips are now available across OneDrive, SharePoint, Word, Excel and PowerPoint on PC, Mac and Web.

Noteworthy items from last week include posts summarizing the February Office updates for various platforms and a post from the Azure Active Directory product team confirming that a recent SAML vulnerability is not present in Azure Active Directory or Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS).




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


Feature ID

Title Description



Estimated Release

More Info


New Office 365 Message Encryption Capabilities As part of our integrated information protection investments we are releasing rich new capabilities in Office 365 Message Encryption that protect and control your sensitive emails.



Q3 CY2017

Announcing new capabilities available in Office 365 Message Encryption


Groups in Outlook: Private by default Based on customer's feedback we are updating the default privacy setting for groups created across all Outlook apps to be private by default so only approved members can see what's inside the group. For customers that want to continue with the existing behavior of public by default for all Outlook apps we will provide an Exchange Online PowerShell cmdlet to define the default value. This update will gradually rollout across Outlook in the coming months starting with Outlook on the web.

In development


Q3 CY2018

n / a


Update: Message Center automatic language translations In December, we rolled out automatic translations in Message Center. We've heard your feedback and updated the machine learning translation experience. If your admin center settings are set to a non-English language, you will see an option within message center to opt into auto-translate all message center posts to the admin language. In addition, you can manually choose to translate message center posts to any other language provided. You can view the original post in English by opting out of auto-translate or manually selecting English in the list of translatable languages.

In development


March CY2018

n / a


Groups in Outlook: New create option to let people outside the org email a group for Outlook Now when you create a group from the Exchange Admin center you can select to allow external users to email that group directly.

In development


March CY2018

Office 365 Groups UserVoice Item





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 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.


Productivity Hacks to Save Time & Simplify Workflows

When: Wednesday, March 14, 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.




Collaborate securely with anyone in Microsoft Teams

We're starting to roll out the ability to add anyone as a guest in Microsoft Teams. This means that anyone with a business or consumer email account, such as, or others, can participate as a guest in Teams with full access to team chats, meetings and files. Previously, anyone with an Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) account could be added as a guest, and now anyone with an email address can be added to a team. All guests in Teams are covered by the same compliance and auditing protection as the rest of Office 365, and can be managed securely within Azure AD. These features will start rolling out next week, and you can expect to see them in your Teams client within the next two weeks. | Related: What's new in Microsoft Teams – February update


New in February—advancing creativity, teamwork, and management in the modern workplace

New Office 365 capabilities this month include tools to improve the quality of your work, craft compelling resumes, and work with team members outside your organization. Office 365 administrators also benefit from new ways to manage collaboration at scale, communicate complex ideas, and protect their employee and customer data.


Demystifying Hybrid Free/Busy: Finding errors and troubleshooting

In this second part of the Demystifying Hybrid Free/Busy series, we will cover troubleshooting of Hybrid Free/Busy scenarios, more specifically – how and where to find an actual error that will indicate where the problem is. Before venturing forth, please make sure that you have seen Part 1 of this demystifying series!


Introducing the Microsoft 365 Admin Center

We know that our customers, from small businesses to large enterprises, rely on the admin center for a broad set of activities. From an administration perspective, our vision for Microsoft 365 is to help simplify IT by unifying management across users, devices, apps and services. An important step in that vision includes a new admin experience for all Microsoft 365 customers, which is now rolling out. This will be a single place for admins to get started with Microsoft 365 and discover the breadth of management capabilities and experiences available to them. Integrated into this admin center is both the new Microsoft 365 Security & Compliance Center, dedicated to providing security and compliance specialists with integrated management capabilities across Office 365, Windows, and EMS, as well as Microsoft 365 Device Management, dedicated to providing integrated device management capabilities across Intune, Office, and Windows. The Security and Compliance Center will be available shortly, with Device Management to follow afterwards. Please look forward to additional details.


DLP Policy Tips are now available across new endpoints in Office 365

This summer we introduced a consistent, coherent sharing experience across the Web and desktop – these improvements allow you to share Office 365 files directly from File Explorer on PC and Finder on Mac, in addition to the latest versions of Office on the desktop and Office 365 web experiences. The updates we made provide a simplified sharing experience, so you can share files and folders easily with partners both internal and external, while retaining the right level of security – so whether you share on the web, in Explorer on Windows 10 and Windows 7, or Finder or the Mac, the sharing experience is secure, consistent and simple. While we've made the sharing experience consistent across these endpoints we also understand that data loss and leakage are non-negotiable and to comply with business standards and industry regulations, organizations need to protect sensitive information and prevent its inadvertent disclosure. To ensure your sensitive data remains that way we're excited to announce that we've extended sharing to include DLP policy tips across OneDrive, SharePoint, Word, Excel and PowerPoint on PC, Mac and Web, so whether you're working on the web or the desktop, you can remain informed with a consistent policy tip experience as you share files.




Office 365 for Windows Desktop - February 2018 Release details

There were 2 releases in February for Office 365 subscribers and our Office International team translated these releases into 44 languages. On February 26th, 2018, Microsoft released Office for Windows Desktop version 1802 (Build 9029.2167). If you are an Office 365 subscriber, then you will see features like anyone on the meeting request being able to see people's responses, when you update on Windows Desktop. For more information on this release please have a look at the What's New in Office 365 for Windows Desktop section.


Office for Mac 2016 - February 2018 Release details

On February 13th, 2018, Microsoft released Office 2016 for Mac Version 16.10.18021001 in 27 languages. Our Office International team was responsible for translating this release. After updating, you will see features like a new highlighter in PowerPoint to flag important information and lots of new features in Excel. For more information on this release please have a look at the What's New in Office 365 for Mac section.


Office 365 for iPad & iPhone - February 2018 release details

On February 11th, 2018, Microsoft released an updated version of Office for iPad & iPhone to Office 365 subscribers - Version 2.10 in 35 languages. Our Office International team translated this release. This month includes new features in Excel, PowerPoint and Word. More information and help content on this release can be found here.


Skype for Business on Mac February Update (16.15) Released

Skype for Business on Mac marches on with our February monthly update, version 16.15! We've been working hard on fixing bugs and improving meeting join reliability, so everyone will notice changes with this update, including an improved meeting join experience, join meeting audio with Call me at, join a meeting without audio, and other improvements and bug fixes.


Latest SAML Vulnerability: Not present in Azure AD and ADFS

Recently a security vulnerability was discovered in a number of SAML SSO implementations which makes it possible for a signed SAML token to be manipulated to impersonate another user or to change the scope of a user's authorization in some circumstances. The vulnerability is described in the finder's blog, here. Many of you have been asking whether this affects Microsoft identity servers and services. We can confirm that Microsoft Azure Active Directory, Azure Active Directory B2C and Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) are NOT affected by this vulnerability. The Microsoft account system is also NOT affected. Additionally, we can confirm that neither the Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) nor the ASP.NET WS-Federation middleware have this vulnerability. While Azure Active Directory and ADFS aren't affected by this for incoming SAML tokens, you should ensure that any applications you use that consume SAML tokens issued by aren't affected. We recommend you contact providers of your SAML based applications.