Office 365 Weekly Digest | Week of November 6 - 12, 2016


Note: The information below may not be posted to your Office 365 tenant as not all notifications apply to all tenants.


Yammer Primary Domain and Network Name Management in O365

Posted: November 7, 2016 | Urgency: Normal | Category: Plan for Change | Action: Awareness | Effective November 14, 2016, the Yammer primary domain and network name will be managed from Office 365. When this change takes place, the following actions will apply: 1) When the Organization name changes in Office 365, the corresponding Yammer network name will be updated. 2) When the default domain in Office 365 changes to a verified domain, the primary domain of the corresponding Yammer network will be updated. There is nothing needed for you to prepare for this change. For additional information, please visit Manage Yammer domains across their lifecycle in Office 365.


Updated Feature: Allow users to create sites with Office 365 Groups

Posted: November 8, 2016 | Urgency: Normal | Category: Plan for Change | Action: Awareness | This week we are updating the “Start a Site” settings in the SharePoint admin center. The new settings (renamed “Site Creation”) will let you decide if you want your users to get the new site creation experience we’re releasing in late November. The new site creation experience will let users create sites with Office 365 groups by clicking the “Create site” link on the SharePoint home page and following a new form flow. We’re releasing the settings before the new site creation experience to give you time to check and update your settings. If you’ve already set “Start a Site” settings for your users, we recommend that you check out the new settings and make sure you’ve selected the option you want. If you have not already set “Start a Site” settings for your users, then there is likely no action you need to take. To learn more, please see the “Create connected SharePoint Online team sites in seconds” post in the “Blog Roundup” section below.


Feature Update: Sharing mails sent in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

Posted: November 9, 2016 | Urgency: Normal | Category: Plan for Change | Action: Awareness | We’re updating how sharing mails are sent in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. You’ll begin seeing this change starting November 15, 2016. Today, sharing mails (excluding external sharing invitations) are sent from the sharing user's Exchange Online mailbox (if available). Going forward, we will begin sending all sharing mails from This makes our sharing experience consistent across both internal and external sharing mails and ensures that all mails that are templated and authored by SharePoint Online and OneDrive are sent from the service itself. The sharer will continue to be CC'd on all sharing mails. If you have any business processes that rely upon the "from" address in sharing mails, you will need to update these processes accordingly. Please visit Share files or folders in Office 365 for more details.


UPCOMING EVENTS Online Immersion Experience: Engage virtually using Office 365 and Windows 10

When: November 16th / 30th, 2016 at 10:00am and 12:00pm PT | Boost your productivity with Office 365 and Windows 10. An online immersion session is not your typical online event. These 90-minute interactive sessions start with an online roundtable discussing your business challenges and then launch into a live environment in the cloud. A skilled facilitator guides you through simulated business scenarios that are customized to your interests. We will send you a link to connect your own device to a remote desktop loaded with our latest and greatest technology, so you can experience first-hand how Microsoft tools can solve your biggest challenges in a collaborative, fun environment. Please note: Each session is only open to 20 participants. Reserve your seat now and learn how you can be more productive anywhere, anytime with Office 365.


FastTrack Webinars: Learn how to do more, together

When: Multiple sessions currently scheduled through December 14, 2016 | Ask questions, learn shortcuts and find out how Office 365 can make you and your team more productive. Each webinar is a live, instructor-led session offered at multiple dates and times. Facilitated discussion follows each session, with opportunities to ask questions and discuss specific scenarios to you. Direct registration links for each webinar are provided below.


BLOG ROUNDUP Create connected SharePoint Online team sites in seconds

In August 2016, we announced that Office 365 Groups would get full-powered SharePoint team sites. When you create a group, Office 365 gives the group a shared inbox, calendar, OneNote notebook, place for files, Planner for task management—and now a modern team site with pages, lists, libraries and team news, so the group can collaborate, communicate and coordinate. This is now 100 percent rolled out to all Office 365 First Release customers, as noted by the @SharePoint team. Now, people will be able to create SharePoint team sites connected to Office 365 Groups from the SharePoint home in Office 365—and it’s fast. Admins control how these new capabilities appear for their users. And it is more intuitive to adjust the site as business needs require. Now, no matter where users create an Office 365 group (from Outlook, Microsoft Teams, Yammer and more), they will consistently get a full-powered, modern SharePoint Online team site. To work together as a team, people need to be adaptable, connected and mobile. In this modern era, it is essential that productivity tools, like SharePoint Online and Office 365 Groups, adhere to these very characteristics. Let’s dive in to the details of how we’re connecting new sites with groups and making it lightning fast to get started.


Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016 now available

When we launched SharePoint Server 2016, we shared our vision that it would be a foundational release, born in the cloud and built for continuous innovation. We’re pleased to announce our next step on this journey with the availability of Feature Pack 1. Through the November 2016 Public Update for SharePoint Server 2016, we’re delivering several new features based on customer feedback, extending support for hybrid scenarios and developer needs, including administrative actions logging, modern experience for OneDrive for Business, unified hybrid auditing and taxonomy and more. | Additional Resources: TechNet – New features in November 2016 PU for SharePoint Server 2016 (Feature Pack 1) | Announcing Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016—cloud-born and future-proof


Yammer: A conversation about Working Out Loud Week

As part of the Work out loud on Yammer—7-day challenge, this post features an interview with Simon Terry from Change Agents Worldwide—a network of professionals specializing in future of work technologies and practice—and Angus Florance, from the Product Marketing team at Yammer. Members of Change Agents Worldwide actively practice, consult on and advocate Working Out Loud. Topics include the five key elements of working out loud and simple approaches to work out loud in Yammer.


Immersive Reader and Frame Guide come to Office Lens—offering built-in accessibility

We are pleased to announce two new features for Office Lens—the Immersive Reader and the Frame Guide for iOS. Combined, these new updates expand our toolbox, which we first brought to OneNote and are now bringing to OneNote Online, Word for the desktop and Word Online. Previously, you could capture an image using Office Lens and then insert the image into OneNote to take advantage of Immersive Reader. With today’s updates, the Immersive Reader is now built directly into Office Lens. We are also proud to reveal an all-new tool within Office Lens called Frame Guide, which empowers the visually impaired with cues that help them capture images in Office Lens. | Microsoft Mechanics: Microsoft Learning Tools in Office Lens, Word Desktop and Word Online


NOTEWORTHY Video: What's new in Office 365 for Windows: October 2016

Format: Video (2 minutes) | If you have an Office 365 subscription, these are some of the new features available to use for Office 365 for Windows including Ink replay, and new notifications in Outlook. See more of what's new at


Skype Academy: Cloud PBX now available with on-premises Exchange Server

When Microsoft introduced Cloud PBX about a year ago, customers got very excited about the new possibility of giving their users a dial-tone in Skype for Business leveraging Skype for Business Online. However, in order to provide users with Voice Mail, all users with Cloud PBX enabled were required to have their Exchange Mailbox in Office 365 as well. We are happy to announce that this limitation has been removed! Now, no matter if the Exchange Mailbox is hosted in Office 365 or on Exchange Server, all users will be able to enjoy Cloud PBX. | Additional Resources: Training – Cloud PBX Voicemail with Exchange Server on-premises


Help us test Exchange public folder migrations to Office 365 Groups

If you are using Public Folders (legacy or Modern) and would like to migrate some of them to Office 365 Groups, we are working on a solution for that. We are starting with the migration of Calendar folders and will move on to other types as we complete work on calendars. We would like to have customers who would like to try this migration to provide feedback. Details are included in the blog post.


Manage SharePoint Online site collections and the web templates with PowerShell

Summary: PowerShell commands can manage site collections and the web templates that create site collections. Christopher Weaver, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE) who focuses on SharePoint and Office 365 solutions for large enterprise Premier customers, provides information on how to prepare a SharePoint Online environment for migration with details on managing site collections and web templates used to create the site collections via PowerShell.