Microsoft 365 Updates: Microsoft Teams Collaboration Updates, Introducing Microsoft Lists, SharePoint 2010 Workflows to be retired, and General Availability of the new Yammer

Date:Friday, Jul 10, 2020
Author: Paul Maggs
Reading Time: 8 minutes
Tags: Microsoft Teams Yammer SharePoint Online Office 365 Security and Compliance
Categories: M365 Updates

Key Updates and Announcements

Happy Friday, everyone. After a busy week it’s great to be heading into the weekend for a bit of rest and relaxation!

Many updates announced for Microsoft Teams, check out the link for more information about together mode, dynamic view, video filters, plus a whole lot more. Microsoft Teams Collaboration Updates

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Other announcements this week include the general availability of the new Yammer, improvements to Security Score to better reflect your organisations security posture, and the web based Microsoft Lists home.

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New Microsoft 365 Features

Note: 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

New service plan, Project for Office, to enable control of the Microsoft Project tile

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MC216880, Plan For Change, Published date: Jun 20, 2020

Major update: Announcement Applies To: All

Updated July 2, 2020: We have updated the subscriptions listed below to accurately reflect the changes. We apologize for any confusion.

Based on feedback from the rollout of the Common Data Service service plan, MC209158 or MC211030 (April ‘20), a new service plan, Project for Office, will be rolled out to allow you to control the visibility of the Microsoft Project tile in the Microsoft 365 app launcher. Additionally, if you have a Project Plan 1, Project Plan 3, or Project Plan 5 subscription, the Project for Office service plan will allow Microsoft 365/Office 365 users to view project roadmaps built in Roadmap.

If your tenant does not have a Project license, this new service plan will not apply to you. If you don’t want the Project icon to appear in the Microsoft 365 app launcher, then you can hide it by following the directions in the article, Remove Project from the Office 365 App Launcher.

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Microsoft Teams: New Audio (IPAudioMode) and Video Policies (IPVideoMode)

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MC217887, Stay Informed, Published date: Jul 2, 2020

We are adding a new setting to specifically control IP audio (IPAudioMode) as well as a new control for IP video (IPVideoMode) to allow IT administrators more control over how audio and video is managed in Teams meetings and group calls. In November 2019, we proposed changes in internet protocol (IP) policies for both video and audio in Teams meetings and group calls; based on your feedback, we revised the proposed changes. We apologize for any inconvenience that this delay in rollout may have caused.

This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID 57082.

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General Availability of the new Yammer

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MC217892, Stay Informed, Published date: Jul 2, 2020

In April (MC211416) we announced public preview of the new Yammer. We are pleased to announce that the next phase of the new Yammer experience will begin in mid-July.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 65410.

When this will happen

We will begin this rollout in mid-July and anticipate completion the end of July.


Upcoming features in Outlook for iOS and Android

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MC217989, Stay Informed, Published date: Jul 6, 2020

Outlook for iOS and Android will soon roll out a number of new features, including a different location for the New Message and New Event buttons, the ability to create a task from an email, suggested meeting actions in the reading pane, and new capabilities for formatting.

  1. Outlook for iOS: new location for compose and create event, Roadmap ID 65440 - >Rolling out in early July
  2. Outlook for Android: rich text options, Roadmap ID 65442 - Rolling out in early July
  3. Outlook for iOS: create task from an email message, Roadmap ID 60722 - Rolling out in mid-July

Feature Update: Microsoft Secure Score improvement action updates

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MC218001, Stay Informed, Published date: Jul 7, 2020

We’re updating Microsoft Secure Score improvement actions to ensure a more accurate representation of security posture.

When this will happen

We will begin rolling this out in mid-July; the rollout will be complete end of July.


Update available for Microsoft 365 ProPlus on Current Channel

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MC218018, Stay Informed, Published date: Jul 7, 2020

We’ve released an update to the Microsoft 365 ProPlus Current Channel.

When this will happen

We began gradually rolling out this update of Microsoft 365 ProPlus to users on the Current Channel beginning July 1, 2020.


Retiring SharePoint 2010 Workflows

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MC217999, Plan For Change, Published date: Jul 7, 2020

Major update: Announcement Applies To: All

Since the release of SharePoint workflows, Microsoft has evolved workflow orchestration to not only encompass SharePoint, but all the productivity services you use with Microsoft 365 and beyond. With the continued investment in Power >Automate as the universal solution to workflow, Microsoft is retiring SharePoint 2010 workflows.

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Power Platform 2020 Release Wave 2

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MC218114, Stay Informed, Published date: Jul 8, 2020

Major update: Announcement Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Power Platform

Today, we published the 2020 release wave 2 plans for Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform, a compilation of new capabilities that will be released between October 2020 and April 2021. The new features and enhancements demonstrate our continued investment to power digital transformation for our customers and partners.

We’ve done this work to help you—our partners, customers, and users—drive the digital transformation of your business on your terms. Get ready and learn more about the latest product updates and plans, and share your feedback in the community forum for Dynamics 365 or Power Platform.


Required columns will now sync as read/write

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MC218032, Stay Informed, Published date: Jul 7, 2020

Major update: Announcement Applies To: All

Sharepoint has long allowed document libraries to have custom columns with required metadata; however, the sync client has only treated these libraries with required columns as read-only. With this change, these libraries will sync with read/write privileges.

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Timing: mid-August and complete by end of August Roll-out: tenant level Action: review


Introducing Microsoft Lists home (web)

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MC218031, Stay Informed, Published date: Jul 7, 2020

Major update: Announcement Applies To: All

We are pleased to launch the first stage of Microsoft Lists, a Microsoft 365 app. Microsoft Lists home (web) is the central place for all the lists you access across different sites.

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Customization of quarantine notification

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MC218143, Stay Informed, Published date: Jul 8, 2020

We are making it possible for you to customize quarantine notifications with your organization logo, custom display name, and a custom disclaimer.

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Cortana voice assistance in Teams mobile

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MC218148, Plan For Change, Published date: Jul 9, 2020

Major update: Announcement Applies To: All

We are pleased to offer Cortana voice assistance in the Teams iOS and Android mobile app, which allows users to perform communication, collaboration, and meeting-related tasks by speaking natural language. At the time of this release, the feature will be enabled only for users in the U.S. Expansion to additional languages and regions will happen as part of future releases.

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