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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


Remove Custom Script setting in OneDrive and SharePoint web

[MC714186 · Published Feb 9, 2024] In the SharePoint admin center, there is a Custom Script setting that controls whether users can run custom scripts in OneDrive and SharePoint sites. This setting will be removed in March 2024.

By removing this setting, Administrators will no longer be able to control the default behavior on self-service created sites or personal sites. However, customers will still be able to temporarily enable the ability to run custom script by using PowerShell, as described in the articles mentioned below.

By removing this setting, administrators will no longer be able to add, modify or remove scripts. This will not impact the ability to execute existing scripts in OneDrive and SharePoint sites. 

When this will happen:

This setting will be removed in March 2024.

How this will affect your organization:

When this Custom Script setting is removed, you will no longer be able to add, modify or remove scripts within OneDrive and SharePoint sites unless administrators temporarily allow that by turning the setting on specific site collections using PowerShell. This will not impact the ability to execute existing scripts in OneDrive and SharePoint sites. 

What you need to do to prepare:

This setting will be removed by default in March 2024, but you can request an extension within the SharePoint admin center. This will keep the setting available until June 2024. Review the following for additional information: Allow or prevent custom script


Copilot in OneDrive

[MC714516 · Published Feb 10, 2024] Copilot in OneDrive will allow you to ask open-ended questions and get information from files in your OneDrive without having to open the files. It will also summarize one or multiple files.

Copilot in OneDrive requires a Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 license.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 381450

When this will happen:

Rollout will begin in early May 2024, and Microsoft expects to complete the roll out by end of May 2024.

How this will affect your organization:

Customers with a Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 license will have access to Copilot in OneDrive.

Copilot in OneDrive will work on the following file types: DOC, DOCX, FLUID, LOOP, PPT, PPTX, XLSX, PDF, ODT, ODP, RTF, ASPX, RTF, TXT, HTM, and HTML.

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


Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 in Microsoft Viva Goals

[MC714185 · Published Feb 9, 2024] Microsoft is excited to announce that Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 in Microsoft Viva Goals is available to all customers. Copilot for Microsoft 365 in Viva Goals uses AI to assist in creating, sharing, managing, and summarizing your organizational goals quicker and easier.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 165689

When this will happen:

Preview: Microsoft began Preview in December 2023 and expects to complete in late February 2024.

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

How this will affect your organization:

Copilot for Microsoft 365 in Viva Goals will be enabled for all users in your organization. Copilot for Microsoft 365 in Viva Goals can help users generate new goals based on suggestions by using conversational AI or provided planning documents and can summarize team goals based on check-ins. Tenant admin settings in Viva Goals allow you to selectively enable Copilot for Microsoft 365 in Viva Goals for a few users or groups of users using Microsoft 365 Group or a security group. 

What you need to do to prepare:

If you wish to enable or disable Copilot for Microsoft 365 in Viva Goals for selective users, please follow the steps here: Introduction to Copilot in Viva Goals. You may want to notify your users about this change and consider updating the training and documentation as appropriate. 

Additional information

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New service plan for customers using Microsoft 365 Copilot

[MC713362 · Published Feb 6, 2024]  The following products Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 Original, Microsoft 365 Copilot Developer, and Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 A3 and A5 are being updated with a new service plan: Microsoft Copilot in SharePoint. 

The service plan will enable various copilot features, including:

  • Copilot in OneDrive
  • AI Sharing Summaries in Word

When this will happen:

The new service plans will be added in mid-late February 2024. 

How this will affect your organization

The new service plan will be deployed to your organization, and then once the new Copilot features reach general availability, they will be available for use by those who have Microsoft Copilot licenses in your organization.

What you need to do to prepare

There is no action required.


New Meeting Option and Meeting Policy “Turn off copying or forwarding of meeting chat” (Updated)

[MC698134 · Published Dec 14, 2023 · Last updated Feb 8, 2024] Updated February 8, 2024: Microsoft have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.

“Turn off copying or forwarding of meeting chat” is a new meeting option that gives the meeting organizer the option to disable copying and sharing features on meeting chat messages for participants to reduce the risk of data leak. Once this restriction is enabled, meeting chat participants will not be able to copy chat messages using menu options or keyboard shortcuts, or forward or share messages to Outlook. There is also a new Meeting Policy setting in Teams admin center for admin to control whether users can see or use this feature in the Meeting Options page. Admins can also set the default value for this meeting option in Meeting Templates that they create. This meeting capability can also be configured within a sensitivity label policy: Configure Teams meetings with protection for highly sensitive data.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 186675

When this will happen:

Preview: Microsoft will begin rolling out mid-December 2023 and expect to complete within a few days.

Targeted Release: Microsoft will begin rolling out mid-January 2024 and expect to complete within a few days.

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

How this will affect your organization:

For users who have a Teams Premium license, “Turn off copying or forwarding meeting chat” will show in the Meeting Options page for the meetings they organize. If the organizer turns on the setting or if the meeting is using a sensitivity label or a custom meeting template that turns on this setting, participants will be restricted from copying chat content from the meeting chat.

If an admin does not want certain users to be able to see this option, the admin can go to Teams Admin Center > Meeting Policies and create a policy that disables the feature for these users. Then, these users will not be seeing this setting in the Meeting Options page. However, if the users apply a sensitivity label that enforces copy prevention, it will still take effect even if the policy disables it.

What you need to do to prepare:

The Meeting Policy to allow organizers to restrict participants from copying or forwarding meeting chat messages is by default in Teams Admin Center. That means the “Turn off copying or forwarding of meeting chat” Meeting Option will automatically be available to users with a Teams Premium license.

Create/Update any custom meeting template that should have this setting as a meeting option. From Team’s Admin Center, admins can control if meeting organizers will have access to control this setting in Meeting Options page for a meeting template. That means “Turn off copying or forwarding of meeting chat” in meeting templates can be hidden or visible to meeting organizers depending on how tenant admin sets it. They can also give control to meeting organizers to override the setting.

The tenant administrator may want to provide end user education in advance for this feature in case end users don’t understand why they cannot copy/paste in certain meeting chats. 

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Profile Card in Teams Mobile (Updated)

[MC692023 · Published Nov 20, 2023 · Last updated Feb 7, 2024] Updated February 7, 2024: Microsoft have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.

Introducing new Profile Cards in Teams Mobile.

When this will happen:

Targeted Release: Microsoft will begin rolling out in late November 2023 and complete by late December 2023.

Standard Release: Microsoft will begin rolling out to production in early January 2024 and expect to complete by mid-March late February 2024 (previously late February).

How this will affect your organization:

When you tap on someone’s name or picture in Teams mobile, you can find information related to them on their profile card. To see your own profile card, select your own name or profile picture.

This new profile card in Teams mobile has fresh experiences to help users contact and contextualize other users, as well as express themselves through setting their pronouns and profile picture.

Me card:

Profile Card in Teams Mobile
Figure 1 – Your Profile Card in Teams Mobile

User card:

User Profile Card in Teams Mobile
Figure 1 – User Profile Card in Teams Mobile

What you need to do to prepare:

You may consider updating your training and documentation as appropriate.


Updated Copilot user interface (UI) rolling out

[MC713610 · Published Feb 7, 2024] Starting today, the Microsoft Copilot user interface (UI) is updating to a more streamlined look and feel based on user feedback. The updated UI makes it easier to follow the flow of chats while using Copilot.

Copilot UI updates include:

  • A left-aligned chat experience. In the updated chat experience, users will see their profile icon next to their prompts and the Copilot icon next to Copilot’s responses.
  • Chat that will scroll down from the top of the page (versus up from the bottom).
  • Simplified visuals and text for a cleaner interface.
  • For users signed in with their personal accounts (not work or school), suggested prompts above the chat input box are transitioning to a carousel format.

Additionally, Designer in Copilot is updating with new feature experiences. Users can now customize their generated images with inline editing, reimagine their images with different effects or sizes, and more.

When this will happen:

The Copilot UI changes will start rolling out today.

How this will affect your organization:

Copilot users in your organization will see these changes roll out across the following entry points:

  • Copilot.Microsoft.com
  • The Copilot mobile application
    • The iOS app is available today. The Android app is coming soon.

Copilot in Edge, Bing, and Windows, and Copilot in other mobile application entry points, will transition to the updated UI over time.

What you need to do to prepare:

Microsoft recommend that you prepare your users by informing them of the updated Copilot UI.

For further details, please see our announcement blog: https://aka.ms/AAotjzwBlog


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