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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.

Inline Chat Translation for Teams

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Inline chat message translation lets users translate Teams mobile chat messages into the language they choose. This feature is rolling out first for iOS, but will be followed up in Android.

This must be centrally enabled by an administrator before it will work for users, by heading to the Microsoft Teams admin center, and setting the “Allow users to translation messages” option to “On” in a message policy (if you don’t have a message policy you need to create one).

Improvements to Microsoft Teams support for the Safari web browser

MacOS users using the Safari web browser to access meetings will no longer have to join audio using audio conferencing, as device audio will be supported. Group call functionality is also being added.

This will apply to Safari 13.1 and newer.

Sensitivity Labels

The feature to apply sensitivity labels to Microsoft Teams sites, Microsoft 365 Groups, and SharePoint sites is moving from preview to general availability. Previously, these labels could only be applied to files, not entire sites.

Sensitivity labels can be used to apply policies such as:

  • Access from unmanaged devices
  • External user access
  • Privacy

Walkie Talkie mode

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Microsoft Teams is soon to get Walkie Talkie mode, allowing your phone to be a push to talk walkie-talkie. This will work over mobile data or Wi-Fi, which means no more dead spots for your walkie talkies (if you have dead spots in your WiFi we can help).

This feature will broadcast your message to a specific group of people or specific individual, and will be an instant, clear and secure communication.

Teams is transmitted over a secure connection, which is a distinct advantage over walkie-talkies which are typically transmitted in short range unencrypted channels that can be easily eavesdropped on.

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.

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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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