Office 365 Weekly Digest | July 22 – 28, 2018

Welcome to the July 22 - 28, 2018 edition of the Office 365 Weekly Digest.

Three features were added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, including enhancements to MyAnalytics, Project Online and Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection.

There are three upcoming Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA) events, with two this week - one for Office 365 Message Encryption and the other for SharePoint and OneDrive. The Teams AMA is next week on Thursday, August 9, 2018. The August "Fire Away Friday" is this Friday, where Michael Gannotti will cover several Modern Workplace topics as well as address questions in an open Q &A portion of the session.

Blog posts in last week's roundup include details on enhancements to the Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection admin experience, new app integrations for Microsoft Teams, chat and call insights from Skype for Business Online in MyAnalytics, and a recap of the Microsoft Business Applications Summit that happened on July 22 - 24, 2018.  

Noteworthy item highlights include a refreshed web experience for Microsoft FastTrack, a look at what's new for OneDrive in SharePoint Server 2019, and a public preview for conditional access information in the Azure Active Directory sign-ins report.




Below are the items added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week:


Feature ID

Title Description



Estimated Release

More Info


MyAnalytics – chat/call insights from Skype To give users a more complete picture of how they spend their time, MyAnalytics will now incorporate chat/call insights from Skype for Business.

Rolling out


Q2 CY2018

n / a


Project Online: Update "Save" experience to point to "Recent Save locations" When saving a new project, you will be taken to a list of your recent "Save" locations by default.



July CY2018

n / a


Default Policy View and Anti-Phishing Insights for Advanced Threat Protection New anti-phishing protection features with enhanced policy configuration and data-driven insights related to spoof, domain and user impersonation will be made available.

In development


August CY2018

n / a





Microsoft 365 Engineering Webcast: Improvements in Office 365 endpoint publishing and network connectivity guidance

When: On-demand, registration required | Microsoft is updating the publishing of Office 365 network endpoints and has new guidance about optimizing network connectivity for end users to achieve optimal performance. In this talk we will describe the new network principles and guidance and share how the updated endpoint publishing makes end user performance easier to achieve. We will outline the timeline and transition from the current manually published data to the new system and how customers can take advantage of this. | Resource: Office 365 endpoint categories and Office 365 IP Address and URL web service


Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA): Office 365 Message Encryption

When: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 9am PT | We are very excited to announce an upcoming opportunity to 'Ask Microsoft Anything' (AMA) about Office 365 Message Encryption! An AMA is a live online event similar to a "YamJam" on Yammer or an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit. The AMA will take place on August 1, 2018 at 9am PT. In the past few months we've seen great momentum with customers using Office 365 Message Encryption to protect and control their sensitive emails – and we continue to invest in more capabilities that are aimed to make it more simple to encrypt and rights protect your sensitive emails, which you can find here in the Office 365 Roadmap. As we continue to innovate in this space, come and talk to us about your wish list for OME – what you would like to see why. Or just come engage with us! Bring your burning questions and get them answered by our product experts. There is no bad question so bring them all! Join in the Office 365 Encryption AMA space, or add it to your calendar. We look forward to seeing you there!


Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA): SharePoint + OneDrive - Shipping SPC18 into Production

When: Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 9am PT | Announcing the SharePoint + OneDrive "Shipping SPC18 into Production" Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA)! An AMA is a live online event similar to a "YamJam" on Yammer or an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit. Join the SharePoint and OneDrive teams on the Microsoft Tech Community! OneDrive and SharePoint community leads – Stephen Rose, Bill Baer, Mark Kashman and others – will be primed and ready to answer all your questions – don't be shy. The AMA will begin on Thursday, August 2nd at 9am PT. Join in the SharePoint + OneDrive space, or add it your calendar. We look forward to seeing you there!


Modern Workplace Fire Away Friday

When: Friday, August 3, 2018 at 12pm ET | You are invited to join Michael Gannotti, Microsoft Principal Technology Solutions Professional, for "Modern Workplace Fire Away Friday" on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 12 noon eastern. "Fire Away Friday" is an open forum session online focusing on the Modern Workplace. In each session Michael covers the latest in Microsoft 365 followed by an open forum session where you can ask all your questions around Office 365 and more! This month's session will cover the top three announcements in Microsoft Modern Workplace over the last 2 weeks, and real-world tips on how to increase collaboration and productivity (including demos). You can join the event via this link.


Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA): Microsoft Teams

When: Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 9am PT | We are very excited to announce a Microsoft Teams 'Ask Microsoft Anything' (AMA) for Microsoft Teams! An AMA is a live online event similar to a "YamJam" on Yammer or an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit. The AMA will take place on Thursday, August 9th, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PT. This AMA gives you the opportunity to connect with members of the product engineering team who will be on hand to answer your questions and listen to feedback. Join in the Microsoft Teams AMA Group, or add it to your calendar. We look forward to seeing you there!




Enhancements to the Office 365 ATP admin experience

Over the last several months, we have made many advancements to Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). Due to our impressive malware catch effectiveness, threat actors have altered attack methods to bypass security capabilities leading to an increase in phishing campaigns. We also recently improved the admin experience in Office 365. Now we combine both the advancements in our anti-phish capabilities and admin experience, to deliver powerful new tools that further upgrade our ability to mitigate phishing campaigns. These tools include: (1) enhancements to the Office 365 ATP anti-phishing policy, (2) anti-phishing insight reporting, and (3) the inclusion of phish and URL detections in the Explorer experience, Real-time reports and Office 365 management API.


Now rolling out! Use Search and Tagging to refine your content for review in Advanced eDiscovery

We are announcing the beta of the Search & Tagging functionality for Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery. The new search and tagging feature in Advanced eDiscovery will help you find the most relevant and responsive data within a case, tag that content and then work with just that specific content for further analysis or review. This feature will help streamline your eDiscovery processes for not just litigation but for other common discovery requests such as early case assessments, investigations or information requests. Search & Tagging enables you to search content within your existing Advanced eDiscovery case, including keywords, metadata and or additional Advanced eDiscovery analytics such as Themes, Relevance score and tag them for organization. At export, you can then decide to export only content that has been tagged in a certain way.


Wrike + Microsoft Teams: Manage marketing projects right from Teams

As a marketer, you need to collaborate with a diverse group of people from across the company to develop messaging, launch products, and execute successful events. Teams provides a shared workspace to bring together all of these people along with the conversations, files and services your team needs to efficiently coordinate a marketing campaign, manage social channels, collaborate on content and plan events. Connecting with project management tools like Wrike to track progress on each of these activities helps you to keep everyone informed and projects on track. Wrike for Microsoft Teams enables teams to transform conversations into structured work, as well as manage and collaborate on Wrike projects and tasks right in Microsoft Teams, ensuring they can perform their best and accomplish more. | Related: New! Jira Bot for Microsoft Teams | New! BitBucket Bot for Microsoft Teams


New to MyAnalytics: chat and call insights from Skype for Business Online

MyAnalytics uses data from Office 365 to help you understand how you spend their time at work and discover opportunities to work smarter. All data surfaced in MyAnalytics is private and visible only to you. To provide a more complete picture of how you spend your time at work, MyAnalytics will now incorporate chat and call insights from Skype for Business Online in addition to email and calendar data from Exchange Online. Starting this summer, you'll begin to see new insights in MyAnalytics including: (1) After hours chats and calls, (2) New insights, and (3) Late Start meetings. These insights represent a starting point for incorporating new sources of information into MyAnalytics from across Microsoft 365. Next up are insights from Teams, which will augment the chat/call scenarios outlined above.


Microsoft Business Applications Summit 2018 – Event Recap

We had a first-ever event Microsoft Business Applications Summit on July 22 - 24, 2018. It was a wonderful event with a lot of opportunities to learn, connect & collaborate. The entire session content is now available on-demand. This post is a quick reference of some of the important sessions relevant to the Microsoft Power platform, including the opening keynote, product vision and roadmap sessions, and more.





Microsoft FastTrack: A refreshed web experience with new tools & resources

Microsoft FastTrack continues to work with organizations to accelerate cloud deployment of Microsoft 365. We just refreshed our Microsoft FastTrack web experience with a new landing page and supporting resources, so you can find what you need faster. For example, links to the Microsoft Productivity Library and Resource Hub are now front and center to for quickly learning about Microsoft 365. Engaging FastTrack has never been easier!


Addressing OneDrive for Business HLS Enterprise Concerns to Enable Rollout

Format: Video (11 mins) | In this edition of Michael on the Go, Mike Gannotti discusses 3 simple steps (Lock-down, Educate, Iterate) to rolling out OneDrive for Business in a manner that should satisfy the stringent security and compliance requirements, while also delighting and enabling employees with a rich experience that grows in a measured manner.


What's New with OneDrive in SharePoint Server 2019

Last year at Ignite we announced that SharePoint Server 2019 was coming and with it, an updated experience for OneDrive on-premise users, including support for the latest OneDrive sync client. With the announcement of the availability of public preview, we wanted to share not only what to expect with this latest version, but how to start preparing for deployment today. SharePoint Server 2019 brings several new capabilities with OneDrive to include a new, simple, clean user interface allows you to focus on what's most important, your files – whether in OneDrive or a SharePoint Team Site that you're a member of. In addition to the improvements on the Web, SharePoint Server 2019 also allows you to take advantage of the latest sync client for OneDrive on your PC, Mac, or mobile device. Other new features include OneDrive Files On-Demand, push notifications to the OneDrive sync client, new commands such as Copy To / Move To, and more.


Public preview for conditional access information in Azure AD Sign-ins report!

We know many of you use conditional access in Azure AD—it's the most popular feature in Azure AD premium! And to manage conditional access at scale, we also know you need detailed visibility into how it's actually working in your organization. So, we're excited to announce the public preview for conditional access information in the Azure AD Sign-ins report. This new information will help you troubleshoot conditional access policies and understand the usage of conditional access in your organization.


New NIST CSF and CSA CCM Assessments available in Compliance Manager

Cybersecurity remains a critical management issue in the era of digital transforming. In April, Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft, published a blog post to discuss a Cybersecurity Tech Accord, and to reinforce the importance of supporting an open, free, and secure Internet. As Brad mentions in his post, one of the core principles of the proposed Tech Accord is to empower users, customers, and developers to strengthen cybersecurity protection. As part of our work on this principle, we are continuing to build and enhance the Assessments available in Compliance Manager to help organizations implement and verify security controls for their Microsoft cloud tenant. With the July release of Compliance Manager, we are announcing the availability of new and updated Assessments for Office 365 and Azure: (1) National Institute of Standards and Technology's Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF) for Office 365; (2) Cloud Security Alliance Cloud Controls Matrix (CSA CCM) for Office 365; (3) UK National Health Service (NHS) for Azure; (4) Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)/ Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act for Office 365.