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Office 365 Update: Apps for Microsoft Teams

Apps for Microsoft Teams is a new Office 365 feature. You’ll begin seeing this new feature in the coming days.

This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID 18433.

While our goal is to ensure that we notify you in advance of upcoming changes, we acknowledge that we did not provide timely notice for this change. We’ll continue to look for ways to improve our notifications.

How does this affect me?
An app in Microsoft Teams is a collection of capabilities such as Bots, Tabs or Connectors, rich notifications and compose extensions. A single app in Microsoft Teams can now have any combination of capabilities that enables more rich and powerful experiences for Microsoft Teams users to fully take advantage of third party services.

As part of this new unified App platform release, we’re also introducing new admin controls for you to manage Apps for Microsoft Teams:
– Allow external apps in Microsoft Teams – Allow or block all third-party apps for Teams
– Enable new external apps by default – Set the default behavior for new apps in Teams
– Allow sideloading of external apps – Add an app directly to a Team outside the app catalog

We’ll begin rolling this out in the following days, and the rollout will be completed in early August.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?
There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. Please click Additional Information to learn more.

Office 365 Updates

Office 365 update: Office 365 Data Loss Prevention

We’re rolling out several new features for Office 365 Data Loss Prevention (DLP) that includes new matching capabilities and substantial improvements to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). You can begin using these features today.

This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID 15059.

While our goal is to ensure we notify you in advance of upcoming changes, we acknowledge we did not provide timely notice for this change. We will continue to look for ways to improve our notifications.

How does this affect me?
These updates include:

  • Support for large dictionaries in both policies and sensitive types – increases keyword matching support by 50x, supporting up to 100,000 terms per dictionary; useful for detecting generic content or lists of specific values.
  • Grouping sensitive types & configurable logical operators (AND/OR) – Changes to the UX and cmdlet although old cmdlet will still work. This allows you to express much richer, more specific sets of matching requirements within your policies.
  • Unique matches for entities and keywords – Policy results will now only consider unique matches; duplicated data will not be double-counted (e.g., the same SSN found on each page of your taxes will only count as one unique SSN), reducing unexpected policy matches.
  • Enhanced HIPAA protection in DLP and retention – More advanced and accurate detection of HIPAA content built-in to Office 365 DLP and Preservation policies. You can now accurately detect and protect your organization’s HIPAA-related content, and you can customize the matching behavior to meet your organization’s specific requirements.

Please visit aka.ms/dlptemplates and aka.ms/dlpsensitivetypes for HIPAA related topics.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?
There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. Please click Additional Information to learn more.

SharePoint Updates

Office 365 Update: SharePoint sites syncing with the new OneDrive sync client

The latest version of OneDrive sync supports syncing of shared OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online sites. Starting mid-August, the “Sync” button on SharePoint site libraries and Office 365 Groups will point to the latest OneDrive sync app, as opposed to the previous OneDrive for Business sync client that it points to today. The new sync client will improve reliability and performance and will offer new features, such as selective sync, support for large files (up to 10 GB), and removal of the 20,000 file sync limit. Updates to the new sync client will occur independently of Office and Windows updates.

How does this affect me?

You are receiving this message because our reporting indicates one or more users in your organization are still configured with the previous OneDrive for Business client. You’ll be automatically and seamlessly transitioned to use the new OneDrive sync client for files from SharePoint Online sites if any of your users are still configured with the previous OneDrive for Business client. Users not already using the latest sync app will be upgraded to the latest version. The SharePoint admin center will no longer have the option to sync SharePoint sites with the previous OneDrive for Business sync client. On-premises instances of OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online site libraries with Information Rights Management enabled, and SharePoint Online libraries using external sharing will continue to not be impacted by this change. We’ll begin gradually rolling this out to customers mid-August, and the rollout will be completed by the end of September.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. Please click Additional Information to learn more.

Office 365 Updates

Office 365 Update: Office 365 Groups Owners

We’re increasing the number of owners that can exist on an Office 365 Group. You’ll begin seeing this updated feature in the coming days. This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID 20326. While our goal is to ensure that we notify you in advance of upcoming changes, we acknowledge that we did not provide timely notice for this change. We will continue to look for ways to improve our notifications.

How does this affect me?

Previously, an Office 365 Group could have no more than 10 owners. This limit has been increased to 100. A limit of 100 owners is now supported in Azure Active Directory, Office Admin Portal, Exchange Admin Center, and OWA. Additionally, Distribution Lists that were previously ineligible for upgrade to Office 365 Groups due to the owner limit are now eligible. We’ll begin rolling this out today, and the rollout will be completed by the end of July.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. Please click Additional Information to learn more about Office 365 Groups.

SharePoint Updates

Office 365 Update: Column creation in modern SharePoint lists and libraries

We’re improving the column creation experience in modern SharePoint Online lists and libraries. You’ll begin seeing this new feature in the coming days.

How does this affect me?

We’re adding the ability to create and configure the following column types by clicking the “+” icon that next to the column headers in modern lists and libraries: – Number – Yes/No – Person – Choice – Hyperlink – Picture – Single line of text – Multiple lines of text We’ll be rolling this out in late July, and the rollout will be completed in the next few months.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. Please click Additional Information to learn more.