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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 are highlighting a few of the Microsoft announced upcoming updates from December:

Keep an eye out for Microsoft Mondays for your Microsoft updates or speak with our technical team for your Microsoft needs.

* Updates posted here originally posted by Microsoft in the Microsoft 365 Message Center


Microsoft Teams: Archive channels

[MC696576 · Published Dec 7, 2023] For a paused or completed project where owners want to preserve channel content, but no longer want to keep the channel active, they can archive channels now!

Archiving channels will be available for Teams users. You, as a channel owner or administrator, can archive a channel you own. By archiving the channel, it will not be available in your and channel members teams and channels list anymore and no more actions will be allowed on the channel like messaging, reacting, commenting, editing etc. In case, you want, you can unarchive the channel as well, by going to manage teams > channels. Team members can hoist the channel in their left rail even after archival.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 123769

When this will happen:

Targeted Release: Microsoft will begin rolling out early January and expect to complete by early January 2024.

Standard Release: Microsoft will begin rolling out late January and expect to complete by late January 2024.

How this will affect your organization:

Channel owners and administrators can now archive channels to avoid any activity on them and can restore if needed. Channel members will not be able to take actions on the channel like messaging, reacting, commenting, editing etc., but they can still access and read through the channel content. 

What you need to do to prepare: Communicate teams and channel owners to utilize archive channel capability to keep the channel in read-only mode.


Service health and Message center: ‘Microsoft 365 Defender’ rebranding to ‘Microsoft Defender XDR’

[MC696570 · Published Dec 7, 2023] Microsoft recently announced at Ignite that ‘Microsoft 365 Defender’ has been rebranded as ‘Microsoft Defender XDR’. As a continuation of that announcement, the service listings on Service health and Message center will also be rebranded. In the month of December, the service titled ‘Microsoft 365 Defender’ will be renamed to ‘Microsoft Defender XDR’. 

When this will happen:

This will be rolled out to Service health and Message center by end of December 2023.

How this will affect your organization:

Communications related to “Microsoft 365 Copilot” and its family of products may appear under “Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365” in Service health and Message center.

What you need to do to prepare:

You might consider updating your administrator training and documentation as needed.

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New designs for post types in Viva Engage

[MC696569 · Published Dec 7, 2023]: Starting in December 2023, Viva Engage customers will see a refreshed design for question, praise, and poll post types.

The new design for post types in Viva Engage simplifies the user experience, putting more emphasis on content. The streamlined approach will be available in all endpoints—web, SharePoint, mobile apps, interactive Outlook emails, and the Engage apps in Outlook and Teams.

No functionality or data will be lost because of this change. The new designs are a refreshed user experience to help maintain a modern, content-first look and feel in Viva Engage.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 190366.

When will this happen

Standard release: Microsoft will begin to rollout the change in December 2023. All customers are expected to have the new designs by the end of March 2024.

How this will affect your organization

Users will see a different design for polls, praises, and questions in Viva Engage communities and storylines. Only the front-end user experience is affected with this change. Users will continue to have the same capabilities available to create and view content in Viva Engage. There is no action required to adopt the new designs in your network.

What you can do to prepare There is no action required to adopt the new designs in your network. Admins may want to review any internal help or guidance they may have created for end users.


Outlook: Choose how many days of emails sync to your iOS or Android device for offline usage

[MC696167 · Published Dec 7, 2023]  With the new sync window, you can choose how many days’ worth of emails and attachments you want to download to your iOS or Android device so you can always access them even while offline.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 189809

Preview: Microsoft will begin rolling out in late December 2023 and expect to complete by mid-January 2024.

Standard Release: Microsoft will begin rolling out mid-January 2024 and expect to complete by mid-February 2024.

How this will affect your organization:

This change will give you more control over what messages and attachments are being saved to your device. By choosing sync settings that better accommodate your necessities, you can use Outlook Mobile even while you’re not connected to your cellular data or Wi-Fi.

iOS:

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Android:

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What you need to do to prepare:

Be aware of how many days you’d prefer to sync to your device; Microsoft currently provides a 90-day limit.


Viva Goals – A Default company-wide organization will be available by January 2024.

[MC695746 · Published Dec 6, 2023] For new Viva Goals customers, A company-wide organization will be available by default when getting started with Viva Goals. All users of the tenant with a valid Viva Goals license will have access to this organization. Users can now get started with goals without having to create a new organization. Viva Goals admins and IT admins will have the ability to change the company-wide organization or turn it off. For existing customers, company-wide organization will be turned on based on the admin’s selection.

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What you need to do to prepare: You may review your settings to ensure the appropriate experience for your organization.


Announcing general availability of the new Microsoft Teams app for virtual desktop infrastructure.

[MC695724 · Published Dec 5, 2023] Today, Microsoft is announcing the general availability of the new Microsoft Teams app for Windows in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments.

When this will happen

New Teams is generally available our virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) customers now.

How this will benefit your organization

Today, Microsoft is excited to announce the general availability of new Teams for our Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) customers. New Teams now has full feature parity for almost all features in the classic Teams for VDI.

Microsoft announced the general availability of the new Teams desktop app for Windows and Mac on October 5, 2023. On the same date, Microsoft also announced the public preview of the new Teams app for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Read the message center post MC678853 for details of our public preview announcement.

How this will affect your organization:

The classic Teams in VDI will reach end of support on June 30th, 2024, after which users will not be able to use the classic Teams and will be asked to switch to new Teams app. Therefore, Microsoft recommends you update to new Teams today.

Our Citrix customers must add an additional registry key to the VDAs, see here for more information and the minimum versions needed.

Customers who use Azure Virtual Desktops, Windows 365, or VMware can keep the WebRTC Redirector Service and Horizon Agent as they are, as long as they meet the minimum version requirements listed here.

Administrators who have the ‘Use new Teams client’ setting in the Teams update policy set to ‘Not enabled’, please act and choose the correct value for this policy as explained here. For a better experience, Microsoft suggests choosing ‘New Teams as default’ or ‘Microsoft controlled’.

Classic Teams users in persistent VDI environments (with the per-user install) will be automatically updated to new Teams in the coming months. For non-persistent VDI environments, IT Admins would still have to update the golden or master image with the new Teams client, and either can have it run together with classic Teams so users can switch between them or fully uninstall classic Teams (known as rip and replace). To learn more about how you can deploy new Teams in your organization, visit the new Teams VDI page.


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