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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 November:

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


Remove Activity Feed Item in New Teams

[MC692466 · Published Nov 22, 2023] This feature will enable Teams users to delete/remove items from activity feed.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 181794

The Remove functionality can be found under the ellipsis menu in the activity feed:

New Teams Activity Feed
Figure 1 – New Teams Activity Feed

After an activity feed item is removed, the user is informed through a toast notification:

When this will happen:

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

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

How this will affect your organization:

There are no tenant-level settings. Defaults will not change.

What you need to do to prepare: You may want to notify your users about this change and update any relevant documentation as appropriate.


Quick Conflict Peek when you RSVP on Calendar Event Detail page

[MC692756 · Published Nov 23, 2023] Microsoft is expanding the RSVP dialog box with scheduling form. The users will now see their meeting schedule in snippet window indicating the conflicting slots, while taking any RSVP actions. 

When this will happen:

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

How this will affect your organization:

Users will now get a small quick peek window to see the event conflict information whenever users are RSVPing (Accept/Reject/Tentative to a meeting/event) directly from the Calendar Event Details Page.

What you need to do to prepare: No special preparation required.


Stream videos can now be watched inline in Outlook

[MC692026 · Published Nov 20, 2023]: Microsoft is introducing the ability to watch Stream videos inline in Outlook on the web and the new Outlook for Windows. 

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 185389

When this will happen:

Standard Release: Microsoft will begin rolling out December 2023 and expect to complete by March 2024.

How this will affect your organization:

Soon, if someone pastes a Stream video link in a supported Outlook app and sends it to you, you will be able to watch it directly in your inbox. The videos will play inline for recipients within the same organization, meaning you will not have to leave Outlook to watch the video. Recipients outside the organization, and those not using the new Outlook or web, will see a link to the video which they can watch in the Stream web app (depending on the organization’s file-sharing settings).

What you need to do to prepare: You may want to notify your users about this change and update any relevant documentation as appropriate.


Viva Pulse – Teams Chat Notifications Requires Latest Viva Pulse Teams App Version

[MC692018 · Published Nov 20, 2023]  In addition to email and Teams Activity feed notifications, Viva Pulse will begin to deliver notifications through Teams Chat. Users will only receive Teams Chat notifications if they have the latest Viva Pulse Teams app version installed (Version 1.0.9 or higher). As the admin, you can do the following to ensure users receive Teams Chat notifications:

  1. Create a Teams app setup policy to install the latest Viva Pulse Teams app version for users in your tenant.
  2. Encourage users on old Microsoft Teams to select Upgrade in the banner at the top of the page when they visit the Viva Pulse Teams app.
  3. Encourage users on new Microsoft Teams to select Apps on the left side of Teams, Manage your apps at the bottom left of the screen, and Update next to Viva Pulse. 

Through the Viva Pulse chatbot, Teams Chat notifications will be sent for the following scenarios:

  1. Welcome message when the tenant admin installs the Viva Pulse app on users in the tenant and the user installs the Viva Pulse app from the Teams app store.
  2. The feedback author creates a Pulse request where recipients can respond inline in the Teams Chat notification or respond in the Viva Pulse Teams app.
  3. The feedback author shares a Pulse report.
  4. The feedback author’s Pulse is closed.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 164904

 When this will happen:

This is currently rolling out and expected to complete by late November 2023. 

How this will affect your organization:

Users in your tenant only receive Teams Chat notifications if they have the latest Viva Pulse Teams app version installed (Version 1.0.9 or higher).

What you need to do to prepare:

If users in your tenant want to receive Teams Chat notifications from Viva Pulse, please ensure that they have the latest Viva Pulse Teams app version installed by either 1) as the admin, installing the latest Viva Pulse Teams app for users in your tenant through a Teams app setup policy or 2) encouraging users to update their Viva Pulse Teams app.

Resources:


Viva in the left rail

[MC692757 · Published Nov 23, 2023] The Viva Admin experience is moving from the Setup tab into the Settings tab in the left rail under “Viva”. It can now be found as below:

Viva Admin Experience
Figure 2 – Viva Admin Experience

Previously the Viva Admin experience was found in the setup tab as seen below: 

Viva Admin Experience Setup
Figure 3 – Viva Admin Experience Setup

When this will happen:

Standard Release: Microsoft will begin rolling out late November 2023 and expect to complete by late December 2023.

How this will affect your organization:

There is no action change to for the organization or admins. There is a new location to access Viva Admin Experience.

What you need to do to prepare: No action is required to prepare.


SharePoint eSignature electronic signature service

[MC690925 · Published Nov 17, 2023] SharePoint eSignature is Microsoft’s first party electronic signature service which allows users to easily request eSignatures on a PDF document via SharePoint online.  Signers can easily add their electronic signature. Signed documents are saved securely back to SharePoint.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 168828

When this will happen:

Standard Release: Microsoft will begin rolling out to the US in late November 2023 and expect to have completed rollout by Q1 2024 Microsoft will roll out to other regions in 2024.

How this will affect your organization:

Organizations will be able to easily request signatures from PDFs in SharePoint online.  Signed documents will be saved back to the folder from where the request originated.

This is a PAYGO service with a charge per request.

What you need to do to prepare:

In order to setup SharePoint eSignature, please read the Admin support documentation: Set up Microsoft Syntex eSignature (Preview)

Notes: When setting up billing regions, please specify a region other than the WestUS as SharePoint eSignature is not available in these regions currently.

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