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Microsoft 365 Updates – Week Ending 12th July 2020

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Microsoft 365 Updates

All of the updates to the Microsoft 365 services can be found in your admin centre, but here is a summary of the important changes from the last week.

Power Platform Updates

The big news this week is that there are a fairly major set of updates coming for the Power Platform.

This includes rafts of changes to Power Automate, Power Apps, Power BI, and AI Builder.

The full list of planned changes (all 108 pages of it) can be found in the 2020 Release Wave 2 Plan published by Microsoft.

There are far too many changes to go into in this post, but keep an eye out for future posts where we’ll go through some of the key changes.

Roles renaming in Azure AD

Table of new role names

As per the above image, the names of some built in groups are changing. This is to consolidate and simplify, as currently these names differ in different Microsoft products.

These changes will only really effect you if you are currently using the names in any PowerShell scripts or other automation.

Customise Quarantine Notifications

Custom logo

If you don’t already have it set up, quarantine is the next level of protection of spam filtering. Rather than your emails going into the readily accessible junk mail folder, they are instead held in quarantine.

When an email goes into quarantine you receive an email informing you and, providing you have the right permissions, you can review the emails and release any that are legitimate.

With this announcement, it will now be possible to customise those quarantine emails with your company logo, and some custom text, maybe informing people to contact your IT dept.

Microsoft Lists home

Lists home

Microsoft Lists home is a new portal for managing your Lists.

It allows users to:

  • View all their recently accessed lists as part of the “Recent lists” section
  • View all favourite lists as part of the “Favourites” section. Any list can be favourited for quick access from Lists home or from the list on their SharePoint site.
  • View all the personal lists they’ve created
  • Create a new list: from scratch, from an Excel spreadsheet, from an existing list or from 8 ready-made templates
  • Rename a list
  • Share a list
  • Search for lists

SharePoint 2010 Workflows Retiring

Microsoft are retiring SharePoint 2010 workflows, in favour of continued development of Power Automate.

As of November 1st 2020, it will be necessary to use Power Automate instead of SharePoint 2010 workflows, as these will no longer function.

Microsoft Secure Score Updates

There are some updates to Microsoft Secure Score to make sure it provides a more accurate reflection of your security posture.

The updates are relating to Azure ATP:

  • Enable security features on Active Directory trusts
  • Remove unsecure SID history attributes from entities
  • Risky lateral movement paths
  • Unsecure account attributes

Are you using Secure Score? It’s worth checking for recommendations on what are often quick fixes to improve your security.

Summary

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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