Microsoft Roadmap, messagecenter en blogs updates van 10-05-2024

het nieuws van Microsoft message center roadmap en blogs - KbWorks - SharePoint & Teams Specialist

10-May-2024 Below you will find a collection of news published yesterday. This news consists of Microsoft’s Roadmap when it is updated it will be below with items. Then there will be a section with the message center, if there is anything new there, this will be automatically included. And it contains a piece from blogs that I follow myself and would like to share with you. If I miss something in the blogs that do have an RSS feed, please let me know.

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Office 365 Roadmap Updated: 2024-05-09

Additions : 6
Updates : 13

More Details At:

New FeaturesCurrent Status
Microsoft Loop: Workspace LinksIn Development
Microsoft Teams: Cross location ShiftsIn Development
Universal Print: Mobile print on Android phonesIn Development
Universal Print: Pull Print queuesIn Development
Microsoft Edge: Security protection controls in the Microsoft Edge management serviceIn Development
Microsoft Edge: AI theme generatorIn Development
Updated FeaturesCurrent StatusUpdate Type
Microsoft Planner: Templates in Planner webLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Project: Additional Timeline Zoom OptionsLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Teams: Task lists for each team member, recurring task lists, and top task publishing requestsLaunchedStatus
SharePoint: Microsoft 365 Archive for SitesRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Purview compliance portal: eDiscovery Premium-Enhancements to eDiscovery experience for Microsoft Forms contentRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Teams: New Admin policy for enabling/disabling tenant users to join externally hosted meetingsLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Stream: Copilot in StreamLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Copilot (Microsoft 365): Summary in Chat support for document text selectionCancelledStatus, Description
Microsoft Teams: Import schedule improvements in Shifts appLaunchedStatus
Microsoft To Do: Grid view for tasks in Microsoft To DoRolling OutStatus
Outlook: Developers can now build Microsoft Teams apps with Outlook add-ins as extension elementLaunchedStatus
Planner: Increased number of tasks per premium plan in Microsoft PlannerRolling OutTitle
Microsoft Viva: Viva Pulse – Integration into Viva Connections DashboardIn DevelopmentDescription

Items from the MessageCenter in Microsoft 365

Microsoft Teams: Easier discoverability of Workflows templates
Category:Microsoft Teams

In Microsoft Teams, when a Workflow card is received in chats or channels, users can now easily identify the workflow template that was used.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 393923

[When this will happen:]

General Availability (Worldwide): We will begin rolling out early June 2024 and expect to complete by mid-July 2024.

General Availability (GCC): We will begin rolling out late September 2024 and expect to complete by late November 2024.

[How this will affect your organization:]

Templates used for posting Teams cards via a workflow will now feature a footer link. This allows users to directly access and utilize the corresponding workflow template, streamlining the creation of their own Teams Workflows and enhancing efficiency in performing routine tasks. 

This capability is designed for Teams Workflows templates that post cards via the Workflows bot in chat and channels using the Post card in a chat or a channel Teams connector action.

Templates that will not include the footer are the following: 

  • Custom flows that did not originate from a Workflows template.
  • Templates that do not use the Teams connector.
  • Workflows Message Extension default actions.
  • Power Automate templates that post cards outside of Teams.
  • Workflows using “Post your own adaptive card as the Flow bot to a user” or “Post your own adaptive card as the Flow bot to a channel” actions. 
  • Cards that include an existing Power Automate footer. 

This image shows a footer link:

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[What you need to do to prepare:]

Consider bringing awareness to your users about this change if your tenant uses Workflows to automate routine tasks.

If Admins have disabled the Workflows Teams app, this capability will also be disabled.

Sway: Changes in Video/Audio upload for new content.

Sway authors will not be able to upload new video and audio files into Sway. Authors are requested to embed video and audio files using the existing feature for embedding content in a Sway.

Previously uploaded Video and audio files that have been linked inside a Sway will continue to operate.

[When this will happen:]

We will begin rolling out this change in early June 2024 and expect to complete by mid-June 2024.

[How this will affect your organization:]

You are receiving this message because Sway authors in your organization may have uploaded video and audio files in the past OR may be interested in uploading new video or audio files into Sway.

  • Starting in early June, Sway authors will not be able to upload video and audio files into Sway.
  • Previously uploaded video and audio files will continue to operate in the Sways where they are present.
  • If you have new content that you want to use in a Sway, then please embed the content using the embedding feature. Instructions are available at Embed content in your Sway – Microsoft Support
  • If you duplicate a Sway, then previously uploaded video and audio files will not be copied to the new Sway. You will have to embed the content using the embedding feature. Instructions are available at Embed content in your Sway – Microsoft Support

[What you need to do to prepare:]

Please spread awareness of the embedding feature among the Sway authors in your organization.

Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365: Relevance Tuning for Graph connectors
Category:Microsoft Copilot (Microsoft 365)

We are rolling out Relevance Tuning for Graph connectors for Microsoft Search and Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365. This will let admins apply importance weights to properties of Graph connections. Weights can be applied to textual properties that are not mapped to semantic labels and are set as searchable. The importance weights range from default to very high. The ranking model will consider the property weight when finding relevant content. With this new feature, admins can prioritize the properties that are most important for their organization and ensure that relevant content is returned for the given query.

[When this will happen:]

General Availability (Worldwide): We will begin rolling out early May 2024 and expect to complete by late May 2024.

[How this will affect your organization:]

Organization users can now view more customized rankings of Search and Copilot for Microsoft 365 results.

Search in Copilot for Microsoft 365 helps ensure that users who are looking for Graph connector content find relevant content. New Search relevance models are updated and evaluated frequently, so they become successively available for all customers to improve search. Models learn from various user interaction data what results are most relevant for a given query. With AI, the models can predict and generalize for queries that have never been issued before and for content that does not exist yet. This is the current out-of-box (OOB) functionality.

This new feature offers an optional configuration that can be used if admins want to provide different weights for particular properties of importance on a Graph connection.

[What you need to do to prepare:]

If the relevance ranking is working as expected, no action is needed. If certain searchable text properties should have higher weights, use the UI settings to alter these weights. Consider consulting with the data sources owners about property weights. 

Admins may revisit the content source property schemas to identify whether there are properties that are relevant for relevance ranking.

For more information, see Register and update schema for the Microsoft Graph connection – Microsoft Graph | Microsoft Learn.

Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365: Use Draft with Copilot in Microsoft Word based on text, list, or table selections
Category:Microsoft Copilot (Microsoft 365)

Users can use Draft with Copilot in Microsoft Word with the on-canvas Copilot menu when selecting text, a list, or a table to generate new content from Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 and engage in a more interactive experience.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 371373

[When this will happen:]

General Availability (Worldwide): We will begin rolling out in late April 2024 on web, in early June 2024 on Win32 and Mac, and in early July on iPad. Rollout is expected to complete by early August 2024.

[How this will affect your organization:]

Users of Copilot for Microsoft 365 in Word will be able to select and draft new content, and elaborate, enhance, or refine the content across texts, lists, and tables.

[What you need to do to prepare:]

This rollout will happen automatically by the specified dates with no admin action required. You may want to notify your users about this change and update any relevant documentation as appropriate.

For more information, see Draft and add content with Copilot in Word.

New search folders supported in new Outlook for Windows and web
Category:Exchange Online Microsoft 365 for the web Microsoft 365 apps

There are two new search folder options for new Microsoft Outlook for Windows and new Microsoft Outlook for web to expand search capabilities: Categorized Mail and Mail from Specific People.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 386903

[When this will happen:]

General Availability (Worldwide): We will begin rolling out mid-June 2024 and expect to complete by early July 2024.

General Availability (GCC, GCCHigh, DoD): We will begin rolling out early-July 2024 and expect to complete by late July 2024.

[How this will affect your organization:]

With the introduction of the Categorized Mail folder option, users can now search across up to 10 categories spread across their folders, streamlining their access to categorized emails. Similarly, the introduction of the Mail from Specific People folder lets users locate emails from up to 10 designated individuals across their folders.

For more information, visit Use Search Folders to find messages or other Outlook items – Microsoft Support

[What you need to do to prepare:]

Users that search folders from previous versions of Outlook for Windows and web will not be automatically migrated to the new system. To use these new options, users will need to create them manually in the system. 

Update to supported languages in Teams Meeting Copilot
Category:Microsoft Copilot (Microsoft 365)

As we updated our architecture, we have officially added support for 16 new languages in Copilot across Microsoft. However, as part of this change we have also removed the ability for Copilot to generate responses in languages we do not fully support, as this can lead to uncontrolled responses which could cause potential Responsible AI concerns, or misuse of AI. Please advise your organization that Copilot will now only be able to respond in our list of supported languages. We will also further increase the number of languages supported over the coming months.

[When this will happen:]

We are starting rollout in mid-May 2024 and will complete by late May 2024. 

[How this will affect your organization:]

Once the change is rolled out, users may encounter issues if they try asking Copilot a question in a language we do not officially support.

[What you need to do to prepare:]

Inform your organization of the languages that Copilot now supports (reading transcripts, being asked, and answering responses in). After this change, only the following languages will be enabled at this moment.

Originally supported languages:

    Chinese (Simplified)
  • English (United Kingdom)
  • English (United States)
  • French (Canada)
  • French (France)
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Spanish
  • Spanish (Mexico)

 New languages supported as of early May:

  • Arabic
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Finnish
  • Hebrew
  • Hungarian
  • Korean
  • Norwegian (Bokmål)
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Russian
  • Swedish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian

Stay up to date on the supported languages: What languages does Copilot in Teams support?

Windows Office Hours: May 16th, 2024
If you are an IT admin with questions about managing and updating Windows, we want to help. Every third Thursday of the month, we host a live chat-based event on the Tech Community called Windows Office Hours. Members of the Windows, Intune, Windows Autopilot, Windows Autopatch, and Windows 365 engineering teams will be standing by to answer your questions. We also have experts from FastTrack, the Customer Acceleration Team, and Microsoft public sector teams. 

Want to attend the May 16th session of Office Hours? RSVP on the event page and click here to add it to your calendar. There is no video or live meeting component. Simply visit the event page, log in to the Tech Community, and leave your questions in the Comments section. You can also bookmark for upcoming dates (and the ability to add this event to your calendar). We look forward to helping you.
TLS server authentication: Deprecation of weak RSA certificates
Weak RSA key lengths for certificates will be deprecated on future Windows OS releases later this year. We recommend you use a stronger solution of at least 2048 bits length or an ECDSA certificate, if possible. Support for the RSA algorithm itself won’t be affected. Find details and recommended next steps in TLS server authentication: Deprecation of weak RSA certificates
When will this happen:
  • 2012: Our first advisory encourages moving away from keys shorter than 1024 bits. 
  • 2013: The National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) recommends discontinuing the use of 1024-bit RSA keys.  
  • 2016: You’ve been able to follow our Certification Authority Guidance to start implementing longer keys, among other measures.  
  • April 2024: The new recommended standard is available to those in the Windows Insider Program. 
  • Late 2024: 1024-bit RSA keys will be deprecated to further align with the latest internet standards and regulatory bodies. 
How this will affect your organization: 
So far, you’ve been able to use 1024 bits as the shortest key length for RSA encryption. However, 1024-bit key lengths today provide insufficient security given the advancement of computing power and cryptanalysis techniques. Therefore, they will be discontinued in the last quarter of this calendar year. 
What you need to do to prepare: 
In the next few months, try one of these two solutions:
  • Switch to new TLS server authentication certificates with RSA key lengths of 2048 bits or higher for all your applications or services. 
  • Switch to smaller and faster ECDSA certificates. 

See Additional information for more details. 
Additional information: 
Power Platform – Customer-Managed Key (CMK) encrypted with Azure Key Vault Managed HSM key is now available
Category:Power Platform
We are announcing that you can now use an Azure Key Vault Managed HSM key to encrypt your Dataverse data at-rest.

How does this affect me?
Beginning on May 3, 2024, you can now use a Customer-Managed Key (CMK) with an Azure Key Vault Managed HSM key to encrypt all of your Dataverse environment data.

By default, all your data and configuration information stored in the Power Platform is encrypted at-rest with strong Microsoft-managed encryption keys. Using a CMK provides you with greater control over your data protection by giving you the flexibility to manage or rotate your own encryption keys on demand. A CMK also provides you with the ability to revoke Microsoft’s access to sensitive information by revoking access to the key at any time.

What do I need to do to prepare?
To apply your encryption key to your Power Platform Dataverse environment(s), you will need the following:
  1. An Azure key vault administrator must:
    1. Create an encryption key.
    2. Grant the key access to a Power Platform Enterprise policy.
  2. A Power Platform or Dynamics 365 service admin must:
    1. Apply the encryption key to Power Platform environment(s).
For additional information, please refer to the following documentation:
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