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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 the last updates published from December:

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


Retiring Delve Web

[MC698136 · Published Dec 14, 2023] Microsoft will be retiring Delve on December 16th, 2024. Most of the features and value offered by Delve today are already available and improved in other experiences in Microsoft 365. The main one being Profile Cards in Microsoft 365. Here is a list of features offered in Delve and the experiences we recommend using instead:

  • Delve Home – discover relevant documents recommended on Office.com, in Office apps and in Profile Cards.
  • Delve Profile – view profile data in the Profile Cards cross M365, through people in search on Office.com and search in SharePoint.
  • Edit profile – a new edit profile experience tightly coupled with Profile Cards are being developed and will be released in second half of 2024. It is also possible for users to edit their profile data in the SharePoint profile edit experience (editprofile.aspx).
  • Organizational view – exists in the Profile Card and as a dedicated experience in Org Explorer
  • Favorites – favorites on Office.com and OneDrive is not connected to Delve and is a good option for users with similar functionality and improved availability.
  • Boards – will not be replaced.

When this will happen:

December 16, 2024

How this will affect your organization:

You are receiving this message because Delve web is available to most customers in Microsoft 365. The number one feature offered in Delve is the ability for users to update their profile properties, and this will be replaced with a new dedicated profile editing experience in the second half of 2024. Please note that Delve and the new edit profile experience will work side by side until Delve is retired.

Users will no longer be able to create new boards, add documents to existing boards, view boards or search for boards when this change is implemented. Please note that documents themselves will NOT be removed. It is only the association with one or multiple boards that will be removed.

Microsoft will soon enable banners in Delve, letting users know that the feature will be retired and link to suggested alternatives.

The new edit profile experience will for now read and write to the same source as Delve does, thus there are no changes in how admins can modify user profile properties.

What you need to do to prepare:

Microsoft recommends updating internal documentation and training related to Delve with the suggested alternatives. When the new edit profile experience is available this will also need to be shared broadly and documentation updated. Microsoft will make sure that the new edit profile experience is easy to access and easy to use and that there is public documentation in place before releasing.

Please click additional information to learn more about existing alternatives.


Simplified Compose Experience for Teams (Updated)

[MC686919 · Published Nov 3, 2023 · Last updated Dec 14, 2023] Updated December 13, 2023: Microsoft has updated the content below for clarification. Thank you for your patience.

Teams Compose is the heart of collaboration, where all Teams messages flow each month. It’s also the gateway to a wealth of features, from Copilot to Files, Loops, Video, and Platform Apps. 

While Teams’ capabilities have grown by leaps and bounds, the compose experience has remained largely unchanged. This update addresses usability, scalability, and information density challenges. Microsoft simplified the compose experience, enhancing usability for various rich authoring scenarios, establishing scalable patterns for all compose actions, and optimizing it for your everyday needs. Get ready to enjoy a more seamless and efficient collaboration experience! This is for the new Teams experience only.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 123486

When this will happen:

Targeted Release: Microsoft will begin rolling out early-December 2023 and expect to complete by mid-December 2023.

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

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

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

DoD: Microsoft will begin rolling out mid-April 2023 and expect to complete by late April 2024.

How this will affect your organization:

All Teams users will still be able to do everything they have previously done in Teams, but now, accessing these features will be easier and clearer.

What you need to do to prepare: No changes are required to prepare for this change.


Microsoft Teams Voice isolation (Updated)

[MC690921 · Published Nov 17, 2023 · Last updated Dec 11, 2023]: Updated December 11, 2023: 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 February 2024 (previously mid-January) and expects to complete by mid-February 2024.

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

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 Teams: Archive channels (Updated)

[MC696576 · Published Dec 7, 2023 · Last updated Dec 11, 2023]  Updated December 11, 2023: Microsoft have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.

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 February 2024 (previously early January) and expect to complete by mid-February 2024 (previously early January).

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

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.


Immersive spaces available for General Availability

[MC700933 · Published Dec 22, 2023] Microsoft is making building relationships easier by bringing the power of Mesh into the place where people work every day—Microsoft Teams. With just one click, you can now easily transform your virtual meeting into a fun 3D experience with immersive spaces in Microsoft Teams. 

Microsoft Teams Immersive Spaces
Featured Image 1 – Microsoft Teams Immersive Spaces

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 161720

When this will happen:

Preview: This rolled out in October 2023.

Standard Release: Microsoft will begin rolling out in early January 2024 and will be completed by late January 2024.

How this will affect your organization:

Requirements

This feature is available in Microsoft Teams on Windows PC or on Meta Quest VR devices. Immersive spaces participants can connect with anyone in the Teams meeting.

PC requires 4 cores and 8 GB RAM to enable the option and access immersive spaces. 

License Requirement 

This will be available to the following licenses:

  • Teams Essentials
  • Microsoft 365 Business Basic
  • Microsoft 365 Business Standard
  • Microsoft 365 Business Premium
  • Microsoft 365 E3/E5
  • Office 365 E1/E3/E5. 

Current limitations 

Microsoft will not support classic Teams (i.e., Teams 1.0). You need to use new Teams (i.e., Teams 2.1) to see the “immersive space” option. 

Microsoft Teams Immersive Spaces Image 2
Featured Image 2 – Microsoft Teams Immersive Spaces

What you need to do to prepare: The Mesh Immersive spaces app in Teams can be managed via the Microsoft Teams Admin Center. Learn more about how to manage apps in the Microsoft Teams admin center.


Upgrade your Windows servicing skills to wrap up 2023

[MC699876 · Published Dec 19, 2023] Review and bookmark our learning resources called Windows skilling snacks. Microsoft has updated our library of personalized learning and put together a cheat sheet of all the Windows servicing topics we covered in 2023. Each topic packages available resources in a way that is easy to consume in under two hours. This professional development opportunity is appropriate for all skill levels. 

When will this happen: 

This series is already available. One skilling snack was added in December to the library of 30 learning journeys. A summary of 10 topics focused on Windows servicing is available today. Microsoft will resume publishing new topics every other week in January 2024. 

What you need to do to prepare: 

Bookmark the summary of 2023 Windows servicing skilling snacks or the complete library to catch up on the topics that are of most interest to you. 

Additional information: 


New Gallery in Teams Meetings (Updated)

[MC686281 · Published Oct 31, 2023 · Last updated Dec 18, 2023] Updated December 18, 2023: Microsoft has updated the content below with additional information.

Microsoft are introducing a revamped version of the gallery in Teams meetings and calls. The new gallery will be the default view when users join their meetings, so that they can use it without the need of taking an action. 

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 118467

When this will happen:

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

Production and GCC: Microsoft will begin rolling out mid-February 2024 (previously mid-January) and expect to complete by late February 2024 (previously late January).

GCC High: Microsoft will begin rolling late February 2024 (previously late January) and expect to complete by early March 2024 (previously early February).

DoD: Microsoft will begin rolling out late February 2024 (previously late January) and expect to complete by early March 2024 (previously early February).

How this will affect your organization:

This new version introduces a series of changes to help users in their meetings:

  • 16:9 aspect ratio participant tiles for more predictability. A consistent aspect ratio maintains a more predictable experience when users turn their videos on or off. It also provides more visibility into users’ body language and hand gestures.
  • An audio-video mixed gallery for a more inclusive representation. Audio and video users share now the same space by default.
  • Meeting rooms are displayed larger than individual participants. In certain meeting sizes, Microsoft displays Microsoft Teams Rooms video in a larger size than the rest of the participants to give an equivalent weight to participants joining from a meeting room. Non-Teams rooms joining Teams meeting via Direct Guest Join will remain the same tile size as today.
  • You appear next to the rest of the participants. Your own tile will now be included next to the rest of the participants.
  • Customization of the gallery. Users can adapt the gallery to their needs or preferences. The customization options include:
    • Gallery size: Users can choose the maximum number of tiles that will be represented per page. The entry point for this action is available through the meeting toolbar: “View” > “Change gallery size”.
    • Placement of your own tile: For users who prefer to keep themselves separated from the rest of the participants. If chosen, the self-tile will be placed in an area separate from the rest of the participants. The entry point for this action is available through the meeting toolbar: “View” > “More options” > “Remove me from gallery”.
    • Prioritizing videos: For users who want to give a higher weight to participants with their video on. If chosen, video participants will be displayed more prominently than audio participants. The entry point for this action is available through the meeting toolbar: “View” > “Prioritize video”.

Meeting room tile size: Users can decide if they want to resize the meeting room tile to the same size as the rest of the participants. The entry point for this action is available in the contextual menu of the room tile.

New Gallery in Teams Meeting
Featured Image 3 – New Gallery in Teams Meeting
New Gallery Setting Options
Featured Image 4 – New Gallery Setting Options
Featured Image 5 – Teams New Gallery

What you need to do to prepare: Please notify your users about this change and update any training documentation, as appropriate.


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