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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 February:

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


Multi-Turn Conversations Supported in Copilot in Microsoft Teams chat and channels

[MC711017 · Published Jan 29, 2024] Microsoft is excited to announce that users of Copilot in Microsoft Teams chat and channels will soon be able to ask follow-up questions to a Copilot response. Copilot can now answer your queries in a conversational way, using the context of previous messages. Copilot will have context of the past two questions and responses over a period of 24 hours. You can access this feature on Desktop, Web, and Mobile.

When this will happen:

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

How this will affect your organization: Prior to this feature, when you asked Copilot a follow-up question to a response, Copilot would be unable to adequately respond. As a result of the release of this feature, you can now ask Copilot a follow-up question to a response such as “please elaborate on the second point in the summary.”

Multi-Turn Conversations Supported in Copilot
Figure 1 – Multi-Turn Conversations Supported in Copilot

What you need to do to prepare:

You may want to notify your users about this new capability and update internal documentation as appropriate.


Microsoft Teams: Hide General Channels

[MC711019 · Published Jan 29, 2024] Similar to other channels in a team, now you will be able to hide general channels as well!

As a team member, when you become a part of a team, you see general channel always shown in your teams and channels list. Sometimes, even though the channel is not used, you still have it sticking in your teams and channels list. Introducing the capability for you to hide general channel, like any other channel in the team. Note, if general is the last channel in the team, then the team will get hidden as well. 

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 324840

When this will happen:

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

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

How this will affect your organization:

If general channel is hidden by the user, the channel will no longer show in their teams and channels list. They will still be able to show the channel by going to the hidden channels in the teams and channels list or manage teams > channels tab > selecting “show for me”.

What you need to do to prepare: You may consider updating your training and documentation as appropriate.


PowerShell and Microsoft Entra admin center now support Copilot welcome emails

[MC711665 · Published Feb 1, 2024]: In response to the positive reception and valuable feedback regarding the Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 welcome email introduced in July 2023, we’ve made some changes to the feature. Microsoft is happy to announce that Copilot welcome email will be supported to licenses assigned outside of the Microsoft 365 admin center, such as in PowerShell and Group license assignment through Microsoft Entra admin center. 

When this will happen:

Standard Release: Microsoft will begin rolling out early February 2024 and expect to complete by early March 2024.

How this will affect your organization:

For tenants that enable direct communications from Microsoft to end users, any end users assigned Copilot for Microsoft 365 licenses through methods outside of the Microsoft 365 admin center will automatically receive a Copilot for Microsoft 365 welcome email. This email, titled Microsoft Copilot – your copilot for work, will be sent from the specific email address Microsoft365Copilot@communication.microsoft.com, and will contain helpful resources to assist users in getting started.

This automated welcome email feature will be specifically tailored for users and organizations that permit Microsoft to send them direct communications.

  • For Organizations: To review or alter these settings, sign in to the Microsoft 365 admin center with an admin account. Navigate to Show all > Settings > Org settings > Services > Microsoft‎ communication to users.
  • For Individual Users: Communication preferences can be adjusted via security and privacy settings.

Note: Emails will respect the Microsoft communication preferences of organizations and users.

What you need to do to prepare:

Ensure your organization’s Microsoft communication preferences are up to date in the Microsoft 365 admin center.


Changes to the Website tab in the new Teams client

[MC708500 · Published Jan 20, 2024]  Starting April 2024, Microsoft Teams will be retiring the ability to load websites inside the new Teams client when using the Website tab. These website links will open in a new browser tab instead. This is to better align with emerging best practices in web security and privacy while also improving the reliability of websites opened through this feature.

Please note that EDU tenants will not be impacted as we are still researching options on how to best provide a non-disruptive way to access websites for students and educators at a later date.

When this will happen:

Microsoft will begin rolling out this change in early April 2024.

How this will affect your organization:

Users will no longer be able to view websites inside the new Teams desktop and web clients when using the Website tab and will instead be opened in a new browser tab. Existing Website tabs will also be opened in a new browser tab.

The Teams mobile apps will not be impacted.

What you need to do to prepare:

If users wish to view web content inside the Teams client, encourage users to pin corresponding app tabs instead of pinning their URLs as website tabs. ex: pinning a SharePoint page using the SharePoint app tab instead of pinning the URL using the Website tab.

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Microsoft SharePoint Online: Create custom document library templates

[MC712146 · Published Feb 3, 2024]: In Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft is introducing the ability to create custom document library templates using the existing PowerShell-based tooling for creating custom list templates.

When this will happen:

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

Standard Release (insert environments): Microsoft will begin rolling out late February 2024 and expect to complete by mid-March 2024.

How this will affect your organization:

As a Global Administrator or SharePoint Administrator in Microsoft 365, you can provide custom list templates for users in your organization. With this change, these tools support the creation of document library templates (based on template ID 101) and list templates (based on template ID 100).

These templates will be visible inside the new Document library creation experience, in these two locations:

1) SharePoint Home > New > Document library 2) SharePoint Site > Site contents > New > Document library

Figure 2 – SharePoint custom document library templates

What you need to do to prepare:

No action is needed to prepare for this change. You may want to notify your users about this change and update any relevant documentation as appropriate.

Resources

For admins: Add-SPOListDesign (Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.PowerShell) | Microsoft Learn

For end users: Custom list templates – SharePoint in Microsoft 365 | Microsoft Learn


Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Quarantine End User Allow and Block list management

[MC711335 · Published Jan 30, 2024] In Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Microsoft is updating the way end users allow and block emails in Exchange Online. 

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 380185.

When this will happen:

Standard Release, GCC, and GCC High: Microsoft will begin rolling out mid-Feb 2024 and expect to complete by mid-March 2024.

DoD: Microsoft will begin rolling out mid-March 2024 and expect to complete by mid-April 2024.

How this will affect your organization:

With one click, end users will block emails from unwanted senders and prevent those emails from showing up in their default quarantine view and in their quarantine notifications. If no admin overrides exist, end users will also be able to allow emails from trusted senders and prevent future emails from those senders from going into quarantine. End users can now review admin any override reasons that lead to quarantined emails. Figure 1: Allow sender action:

Quarantine End User Allow and Block List Management Image 1
Figure 3 – Quarantine End User Allow and Block List Management

Figure 2: Review admin Override reason:

Review admin Override reason in Microsoft Defender
Figure 4 – Review admin Override reason in Microsoft Defender

Figure 3: Undo Block sender:

Undo Block sender in Microsoft Defender
Figure 5 – Undo Block sender in Microsoft Defender

Figure 4: Allow sender in Quarantine policy:

Allow sender in Quarantine policy
Figure 6 – Allow sender in Quarantine policy

Figure 5: Block sender action eliminated from default Quarantine policies:

Block sender action eliminated from default Quarantine policies
Figure 7 – Block sender action eliminated from default Quarantine policies

Figure 6: How to include or exclude messages from blocked sender in Quarantine notification:

Include or exclude messages from blocked sender
Figure 8 – Include or exclude messages from blocked sender

Figure 7: Quarantined messages from blocked senders are excluded from Quarantine view by default:

Quarantined messages from blocked senders excluded
Figure 9 – Quarantined messages from blocked senders excluded

What you need to do to prepare:

No action is needed to prepare for this change. You may want to notify your users about this change and update any relevant documentation as appropriate.


Microsoft Teams: Detailed call history update | forwarded calls

[MC711918 · Published Feb 2, 2024] Microsoft is adding more information to the Call history details for forwarded calls in Microsoft Teams.

This message is associated withMC439275 (Updated) Microsoft Teams Detailed Call History Feature Update (October 2022).

When this will happen:

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

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

How this will affect your organization:

Users will now be able to see if the intended recipient has missed a forwarded call.

What you need to do to prepare: No action is needed to prepare for this change. You may want to notify your users about this change and update any relevant documentation as appropriate.


Microsoft Entra ID: New Microsoft teams-specific consent settings

[MC712143 · Published Feb 3, 2024] For Microsoft Entra and Microsoft Teams, Microsoft is introducing two new resource-specific consent settings (RSC) for teams and chats to enhance secure app adoption. These settings will affect Chat RSC and Team RSC for apps in Microsoft Teams. This update also empowers Teams-level admins to independently manage these settings. Existing Group owner consent settings and API and the existing Chat RSC API will be retired with this update. 

When this will happen:

Standard Release: Microsoft will begin rolling out early March 2024 and expect to complete by mid-March 2024. See the What you need to do to prepare section of this message for specific dates.

How this will affect your organization:

For now, the new teams-specific settings will be managed using Microsoft Graph PowerShell commandlets. All current settings for Group Owner UX and Chat RSC API will be migrated to the new Team RSC and Chat RSC PowerShell settings by March 14, 2024. No action is needed, but admins may optionally choose to change their Chat RSC or Team RSC settings with Microsoft Graph PowerShell commandlets prior to March 4, 2024, to manually preserve current settings. Previously, Team Resource-Specific Consent (RSC) was governed by the Group owner consent setting in the Microsoft Entra admin center and was managed only by Entra admins. The Group owner consent setting will be retired with the rollout of the new PowerShell RSC settings.

New Microsoft teams-specific consent settings
Figure 10 – New Microsoft teams-specific consent settings

Previously, Chat Resource-Specific Consent (RSC) was controlled by Graph API in teamsAppSettings. The isChatResourceSpecificConsent value in this API will be deprecated and controlled via the new Chat RSC setting in PowerShell. On March 14, 2024, the deprecation of isChatResourceSpecificConsent will begin, and you must use the new Microsoft Graph PowerShell commandlets to make changes to Chat RSC in your tenant. 

Microsoft teams-specific consent settings
Figure 11 – Microsoft teams-specific consent settings

What you need to do to prepare: Microsoft provides a four-week preselection period before introducing the new settings, allowing time for Teams admins to make adjustments. The preselection period begins on February 5, 2024, and will gradually roll out to all tenants by February 14, 2024. During the preselection period, Entra admins may use the PowerShell commandlets to preselect their desired Team RSC and Chat RSC settings. After the pre-selection period ends March 4, 2024, Teams admins also can adjust these settings. Your current Team and Chat RSC settings will not be affected during this preselection period. The new policies will gradually start taking effect on March 7, 2024 and will completely roll out to all tenants by March 14, 2024. When rolled out, the new settings will take on a new ManagedByMicrosoft state. Instructions for modifying the new teams-specific consent settings can be found in the Configure consent settings section of Grant RSC permissions to an app – Teams | Microsoft Learn.


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