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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.

TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 Retirement Date Set

TLS stands for Transport Layer Security. It is the successor to SSL and is a security protocol used by HTTPS. TLS 1.2 and TLS 1.3 are now widely available and offer security enhancements. TLS 1.0 in particular should not be used anymore due to two widely known vulnerabilities named BEAST and POODLE.

TLS 1.0 and 1.1 are being retired in Microsoft 365 products from October 15th 2020.

While this may seem like short notice, it was announced in 2017, and again in 2018 and 2019, that they would be retired in June 2020. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic this was postponed.

Modern browsers will all support the latest TLS standards, as will the latest Office products, so the impact to the average user will be minimal. It is worth considering any legacy or older systems which your organisation may be using though, and upgrading them if necessary.

Exporting PowerApps and PowerAutomate licenses

The Power Platform admin center does not have an option to export a list of assigned Power Apps and Power Automate user licenses.

This information can be obtained using the Get-AdminPowerAppLicenses Powershell Commandlet.

New file sharing experience in Teams

With this update, when users share a file from within Teams, they will have the option to create sharing links that provide access to

  • anyone,
  • people within your organization,
  • people with existing access or
  • specific people, including those in a 1:1 chat, group chat, or channels. 

Before users share a file in a chat and channels, they will be notified if recipients don’t have permission to view the file. The user can change permissions before they share the file (if they have permission to do so).

Teams translation enabled by default

One of our recent posts introduced the new Teams translation feature, that was introduced as an optional feature that required enabling.

As of August 3rd, 2020, this will be enabled by default for anyone who has not yet configured a preference. If you do not wish to have it enabled, you must go and proactively disabled it.

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.

Always Networks are a Microsoft Silver partner, specialising in supporting Microsoft 365 services – if you need any help then contact us today.

Nick Shaw

Nick Shaw

I'm Nick, a knowledgeable and versatile security focussed network specialist. I have years of experience delivering complex projects for large and small organisations alike. As a full-stack engineer, I look at the end to end requirements and come up with a solution to match, rather than focussing just on one aspect. When I'm not working, I have three main interests: my family, football (Barnsley FC) and motorsports.

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