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Are you keeping up with Microsoft updates? The Microsoft Mondays: Microsoft Service Updates series from Total Solutions is here for your needs, and remember that Total Solutions also provides tailored, expert guidance during our consulting process. Microsoft is highlighting a few of the Microsoft announced upcoming updates from March:

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Microsoft Copilot with Graph-grounded chat (i.e. the “work” scope of Copilot) to be upgraded to GPT-4 Turbo mode

[MC761226 · Published Mar 29, 2024]

Summary

Microsoft Copilot’s “work” scope is being upgraded to GPT-4 Turbo model, resulting in faster and more comprehensive responses for users. The upgrade is rolling out to end-users and is expected to be completed in the coming weeks. There will be no impact at the tenant/admin level, and users can continue to use Copilot in the same way. Admins and Adoption leaders are encouraged to connect with users to encourage them to engage with Graph-grounded Copilot.

Microsoft is in the process of upgrading Copilot to GPT-4 Turbo. For users, this will result in faster and more comprehensive responses when using Copilot with Graph-grounding. This is the experience that users access via the “work” scope at copilot.microsoft.com, at Bing, etc., and via dedicated experiences in the Copilot Teams app and at microsoft365.com.

Microsoftwill announce this upgrade as part of a public blog post the week of April 1st.

When this will happen:

The upgrade is in the process of rolling out to end users and Microsoft expects it to be completed in the coming weeks.

How this will affect your organization:

There will be no impact at the tenant / admin level. Users will use Copilot in the same way they always have, but will begin seeing faster and more comprehensive responses as a result of this upgrade.

What you need to do to prepare: Given the expected increase in performance, Microsoft believes this upgrade represents a good opportunity for Admins and Adoption leaders to connect with users to encourage them to engage with Graph-grounded Copilot. As always, Microsoft recommends using the sample prompts in Copilot Lab to develop a sense of what’s possible in Copilot. 


Copilot for Microsoft 365 with graph-grounded chat accessible through the Microsoft Copilot app in late March 2024

[MC761221 · Published Mar 29, 2024]

Summary

Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 with graph-grounded chat will be available to users with Copilot for Microsoft 365 licenses through the Microsoft Copilot app in late March 2024, and through the Microsoft Bing and Microsoft Start apps in early May 2024. Users with a Copilot for Microsoft 365 license will be able to access Copilot for Microsoft 365 with graph-grounded chat when they sign in to one of these apps with their work account (Entra ID).

Copilot for Microsoft 365 with graph-grounded chat will be available to users with Copilot for Microsoft 365 licenses through the Microsoft Copilot app (available on iOS and Android) in late March 2024. Graph-grounded chat will also be available to users with Copilot for Microsoft 365 licenses through the Microsoft Bing and Microsoft Start apps (available on iOS and Android) in early May 2024.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 384868

When this will happen:

General Availability:

  • Late March 2024: Available through the Microsoft Copilot app.
  • Early May 2024: Available through the Microsoft Bing and Microsoft Start apps.

How this will affect your organization:

Users with a Copilot for Microsoft 365 license will be able to access Copilot for Microsoft 365 with graph-grounded chat when they sign in to one of these apps with their work account (Entra ID).

What you need to do to prepare:

To provide Copilot for Microsoft 365 with graph-grounded chat through one of these mobile apps, deploy the desired app and have users with Copilot for Microsoft 365 licenses sign in with their work account (Entra ID). The Microsoft Copilot, Bing, and Start apps are Microsoft Intune protected apps. Learn more about how users can access Microsoft Copilot on mobile apps, and they can be managed as Intune protected apps, from our documentation: Copilot on mobile.


Copilot in Microsoft Teams: Send popover message to users about Copilot

[MC759459 · Published Mar 27, 2024]

Summary

Microsoft Teams will send organizational messages to promote Copilot for Microsoft 365 adoption. The rollout will start in late March 2024 and admins can configure the messages in the Microsoft 365 admin center. No admin action is required for the rollout.

Microsoft 365 admin center: Drive Copilot for Microsoft 365 adoption with organizational messages in Microsoft Teams

To drive awareness and adoption of Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365, you can now reach users with organizational messages in Microsoft Teams.

When this will happen:

General Availability (Worldwide): Microsoft will begin rolling out in late March 2024 and expect to complete by mid-April 2024.

How this will affect your organization:

In the Microsoft 365 admin center’s Copilot for Microsoft 365 Usage report, you will see a new action card where you can configure a templatized organizational message. After the organizational message is configured, users who have not used Copilot for Microsoft 365 in the last 30 days will see a popover message in Microsoft Teams recommending they use Copilot in Teams. Note that it may take up to 24 hours from the time the organizational message is configured until users start receiving the messages.

What you need to do to prepare:

This rollout will happen automatically with no admin action required. You may want to notify your users about this change and update any relevant documentation as appropriate. Admins with Global Admin and/or Organizational Message Writer roles will be able to configure the organizational messages inside the Microsoft 365 admin center usage report.

Microsoft 365 Usage Report
Figure 1 – Microsoft 365 Usage Report

You can see the new action card in the Microsoft 365 admin center by navigating to Reports > Usage > Copilot for Microsoft 365.

Navigating to your Microsoft 365 Usage Report
Figure 2 – Navigating to your Microsoft 365 Usage Report

The users see Teams in-product Teaching Popovers in the new Teams recommending they use Copilot in Teams.


Microsoft 365 admin center: Drive Microsoft Teams adoption with organizational messages

[MC759458 · Published Mar 27, 2024]

Summary

Microsoft Teams users can now receive organizational messages to drive adoption of Teams features. The feature will be rolled out from late March 2024 to mid-April 2024. Admins can configure a templatized organizational message in the Adoption Score Meetings category in the Microsoft 365 admin center. The feature will recommend users to use interactive features during Teams meetings. No admin action is required for the rollout.

To drive awareness and adoption of Microsoft Teams features, you can now reach users with organizational messages in Microsoft Teams.

When this will happen:

General Availability (Worldwide): Microsoft will begin rolling out in late March 2024 and expect to complete by mid-April 2024.

How this will affect your organization: In the Microsoft 365 admin center’s Adoption Score Meetings category, you will see a new action card where you can configure a templatized organizational message. After the organizational message is configured, users who have not used Microsoft Teams interactive features or sent post-meeting chat messages will receive a pop-over message recommending they use these Microsoft Teams features. Note that it may take up to 24 hours from the time the message is configured until users start receiving the messages.

Microsoft Teams Organizational Messages
Figure 3 – Microsoft Teams Organizational Messages

The user sees an in-product notification recommending they use interactive features during Teams meetings.

For more information, visit Adoption Score Organizational Messages.

What you need to do to prepare:

This rollout will happen automatically with no admin action required. You may want to notify your users about this change and update any relevant documentation as appropriate. Admins with Global Admin and/or Organizational Message Writer roles will be able to configure the organizational messages inside the Microsoft 365 admin center usage report.


Microsoft Teams Voice isolation (Updated)

[MC690921 · Published Nov 17, 2023 Updated: Mar 27, 2024] 

Summary

Microsoft Teams will roll out “Voice isolation” in April 2024, which uses AI to filter out background noise during calls and meetings. The feature will be enabled by default, and users can enroll their voice profile to improve audio input quality. Organizations can disable the feature via PowerShell. Communication with users and updating training and documentation is recommended.

Updated March 27, 2024: Microsoft has updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.

With “Voice isolation”, you can enjoy clear and uninterrupted calls or meetings, no matter where you are. This feature uses AI to filter out all background noise, including other people’s voices. By leveraging your voice profile, this advance noise suppression capability ensures only the user’s voice is transmitted. Whether you are in a busy office, a noisy cafe, or a crowded airport, you can communicate with confidence and clarity. “Voice isolation” is powered by our advanced deep learning, speech services, and audio processing technology, and it shows our dedication to solving user problems with AI and enhancing audio quality and experience.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 125387

When this will happen:

Targeted Release: Microsoft will begin rolling out early April 2024 (previously early March) and expect to complete by mid-April 2024 (previously mid-March).

Standard Release and GCC: Microsoft will begin rolling out mid-April 2024 (previously late March) and expect to complete by early May 2024 (previously early April).

How this will affect your organization:

The Voice isolation feature will be enabled by default for your organization. End-users will need to enroll their voice profile via the Recognition tab under the Teams Global Device settings to enable the Voice isolation feature to have better audio input quality.

If you want to disable this feature for your organization, you will need to do so via PowerShell: Set-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy

What you need to do to prepare:

You should consider communicating this with your users and update training and documentation as appropriate.


Microsoft SharePoint Premium: Use Content query on document library columns

[MC762485 · Published Mar 30, 2024]

Summary

Microsoft SharePoint Premium users will be able to use content query on more document library column types starting from early April 2024. Users can query library columns by selecting the Content query icon in the search box. No admin action is required before the rollout.

Coming soon: Customers who use Microsoft SharePoint Premium pay-as-you-go services will be able to use content query on more Document library column types.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 387773.

When this will happen:

General availability (Worldwide): Microsoft will begin rolling out early April 2024 and expect to complete by early May 2024.

How this will affect your organization:

After the rollout:

  • If a user creates a new library on a SharePoint site and adds content to the library, the user can later select the Content query icon in the search box at the top of the page to search more of the columns than before rollout.
  • For existing libraries, if a user selects the Content query icon in the search box, Microsoft will make all columns in a library available in the Content query search. In a few days, the user will be able to query all columns in that library with the Content query icon.

You will not be charged pay-as-you-go for the Content query functionality. Libraries created in a SharePoint site will benefit from this feature:

SharePoint Premium Document Library Content
Figure 4 – SharePoint Premium Document Library Content

Users can query library columns by hovering on the document library search box and selecting the Content query icon:

Query Library Columns in Microsoft SharePoint Premium
Figure 5 – Query Library Columns in Microsoft SharePoint Premium

What you need to do to prepare:

This rollout will happen automatically by the specified date with no admin action required before the rollout. You may want to notify your users about this change and update any relevant documentation as appropriate. Microsoft will update this comm before rollout with revised documentation.


March skilling snacks: Bite-sized learning for IT pros

[MC761761 · Published: Mar 29, 2024]

This month, learn more about Windows Server security and Copilot basics for Windows. 

Visit our updated learning series on all things Windows. Every two weeks, Microsoft packages available resources on a different topic in a way that is easy to consume in under two hours each. This professional development opportunity is appropriate for all skill levels, from entry-level to senior and seasoned. 

When will this happen: 

This series is already available. Two skilling snacks have been added this month to the library of 35 learning journeys. New topics are published every other week. 

What you need to do to prepare: 

Bookmark the series library to catch up on the topics that are of most interest to you and at a time that’s most convenient for you: Windows skilling snacks: bite-sized learning for IT pros

Additional information: 

Take advantage of the following skilling snacks published or updated this March: 


Microsoft Stream: Playlist support for Stream web part in Microsoft SharePoint

[MC762508 · Published Mar 30, 2024]

Summary

Microsoft Stream will support playlist publishing on SharePoint Online pages using a new Stream web part. The rollout will begin in early April 2024 and users will have two options for embedding playlists on a SharePoint page. No admin action is required for the rollout.

Users will be able to configure and publish a playlist on a Microsoft SharePoint Online page using a new Microsoft Stream web part.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 386907

When this will happen:

Worldwide, GCC, GCC High, DoD: Microsoft will begin rolling out early April 2024 and complete by late April 2024.

How this will affect your organization: Users will see an additional option for playlists in the Stream web part.

Stream Web Part for Microsoft SharePoint
Figure 6 – Stream Web Part for Microsoft SharePoint

Users will have two options for embedding playlists on a SharePoint page:

  • A Stream web part for grid/theater layouts
  • A list web part for list layouts

What you need to do to prepare:

This rollout will happen automatically with no admin action required. You may want to notify your users about this change and update any relevant documentation as appropriate.


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