Welcome to this week’s plain English summary of all of the important changes to Microsoft 365.
Teams to support multiple windows
Rolling out in June, it will be possible to view meetings and calls in separate windows from the main Microsoft Teams client. Also, the meeting controls will move to the top of the meeting window so that they are not blocking underlying content.
This roll out will also include the recently announced features such as 3×3 video, raise hands and custom virtual backgrounds.
When this initially rolls out it will be OFF by default – to turn it on you need to go to Settings -> General -> Turn on new meetings and calling experiences.
The timeline for roll out is:
- June – New experience available but OFF by default, and can be enabled in the settings.
- July – New experience enabled by default but can be disabled in the settings.
- August – New experience will be the only one available.
Teams background policy
There will be a new user-level policy to control background effects in teams meetings. This will allow administrators to block virtual backgrounds for their users. There will be 4 options:
- No filters
- Background blur only
- Background blur and default-provided images
- All – including custom images.
New Outlook on the web feature – Send Later
Outlook on the web is rolling out the ability to schedule emails to send at a later date and time. This is only for the web client – https://outlook.office.com. This functionality already exists on Outlook for Windows and Outlook for Mac.
New SharePoint feature – scheduling posts and news posts
SharePoint site owners will be able to enable scheduling on their sites.
When scheduling is enabled, page authors will be able to set a date and time for their pages and news posts to publish.
Records Management is now GA
The Records Management solution within Microsoft 365 Compliance Center is now Generally Available to all customers.
Records Management can be used to help your organisation meet your business and regulatory record-keeping obligations through discovering, classifying, labelling, retaining and defensibly deleting content across your Microsoft 365 tenant and third-party data.
Full information here: Records Management in Microsoft 365
This is our round-up of the most important updates. For full details of these updates, and more, head to the Microsoft Message Center. Log in to your admin portal, and select Health, Message Center.
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