Microsoft 365 Updates: Findtime, Roadmap RSS, Outlook on the web, + more

Key Updates

Happy Friday and welcome to the Microsoft 365 Weekly Update. Office 365 message center has seen several Updates, I’m quite interested in the following:

  • Updated Feature: FindTime, updating back-end service: FindTime currently stores data within Azure, with the changes the scheduling information will be stored within an organisations mailbox. Here’s an overview of how FindTime currently stores data - Click here for more information
  • New Feature: Microsoft 365 Roadmap, adding RSS feed for individual features: Due to popular demand, Microsoft are enabling the ability to track individual updates for the Microsoft 365 roadmap. If you’ve not seen the roadmap, it’s an excellent way to keep informed of upcoming features and updates and I recommend you review it frequently. You can access the roadmap with the folliowing linke - Click here for more information
  • New Feature: Service Health Dashboard Email Notificaetions GA: With this rollout, you will be able to sign up for email notifications of new incidents and advisorys affecting your tenant as well as any status change for an active incident or advisory (Not sure how this works if email is affected).

Microsoft have also provided seceral updates for Microsoft Teams for Frontline workers and I will discuss these next week.


See below for a list of all the updates.


Latest Updates

Please ensure you’re signed into your Office 365 Administration portal to access the links referenced below. Also note, some tenants may not have all the below updates currently published to them

Updated Feature: FindTime, updating back-end service

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Major Update: Announcement

We are updating how FindTime stores polling data.

  • We’ll be gradually rolling this out to targeted release customers in mid-December 2019.
  • The rollout will be completed by the end of March 2020.

This message is associated with Microsoft Office 365 Roadmap ID 58210.


New Feature: Microsoft 365 Roadmap, adding RSS feed for individual features

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We are introducing the ability to track the progress of an individual Microsoft Roadmap item using your favorite RSS reader. This feature will be available in early January 2020.


Outlook/Intune admin notice: Outlook for iOS support for S/MIME with automated certificate delivery

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Outlook for iOS now supports automatic certificate delivery for Secure Multipurpose Internal Mail Extensions (S/MIME) on enrolled devices via Microsoft Intune (Microsoft Endpoint Manager).

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 59404.

If your organization does not use iOS, you can disregard this message.


New Feature: Outlook on the web - sync with Sticky Notes

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We will soon be syncing Sticky Notes with Outlook on the web.

  • We’ll be gradually rolling this out to Targeted Release customers in late January 2020.
  • The rollout will be completed by the end of March 2020.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 59840.


Updated Feature: New account management experience

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Major Update: Announcement

We’re updating the user account management experience, My Account, in Office.com and Office web applications.

  • We’ll be gradually rolling this out to customers in late-January 2020.
  • The roll out is expected to be completed by the end of March 2020.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 57078.


Updated Feature: New Location of New Chat button

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Updated January 8, 2020: To ensure the best experience we have updated the roll out timeline for this feature. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We’re changing the location of the New Chat button, and moving the Contacts and Recent view options to a drop down in the Chat list header, as opposed to standalone tabs.

Rolling into general availability mid-January (previously November), and the roll out will be completed by mid-February (previously mid-December).

This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID 58033.


New Feature: Use Power Automate to approve hub-site joins

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We’re introducing Use Power Automate in Office 365 to approve hub site joins in SharePoint Online. To ensure the best experience we have updated the roll out timeline for this feature. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • We began gradually rolling this out to targeted release customers in October 2019, as announced in MC195725.
  • We will begin rolling this out to all customers in early January 2020 (previously late October 2019).
  • The roll out will be complete worldwide by the end of January 2020 (previously the end of November 2019).

This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID 30552.


Updated Feature: PowerApps custom forms integration with SharePoint libraries

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We’re updating PowerApps custom forms integration with SharePoint libraries. To ensure the best experience we have updated the roll out timeline for this feature. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • We began gradually rolling this out to targeted release customers in November 2019, as announced in MC195725.
  • We will begin rolling this out to all customers in early January 2020 (previously mid-November 2019).
  • The roll out will be complete worldwide by the end of January 2020 (previously the end of November 2019).

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 57303.

New Feature: Service health dashboard email notifications GA

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As previously announced in MC192283, the Service health dashboard in Microsoft 365 admin center will soon support email notifications for incidents. This feature is already available to targeted release customers.

  • We will be gradually rolling this out in early December.
  • The rollout will be completed by the end of March 2020.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 24231.


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