January 2021 Newsletter – Week 4

January 2021 Newsletter – Week 4

In July 2020 and August 2020, (MC218295) Microsoft advised that they would be renaming 10 Azure Active Directory (AD) built-in roles names to make them consistent with those that appear in Microsoft 365 admin center, the Azure AD portal, and Microsoft Graph. After a delay, the rollout is complete.

As originally communicated in MC228482 (December ’20), Microsoft is making some changes to the default setting for Guests in Microsoft Teams

Beginning on February 8th, 2021, Microsoft is turning on Guest access in Microsoft Teams by default for any customers who have not configured this setting.  This will bring Teams Guest capability into alignment with the rest of the suite, where the setting is already on by default.

Note: this message applies only to organizations with macOS devices in their environments.

Beginning February 15, 2021, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (formerly known as MDATP) will no longer support macOS version High Sierra (10.13). Apple ended support for High Sierra (10.13) in November 2020.

Microsoft recently announced changes to data loss prevention (DLP) policies (MC231184). As part of this change, the Powershell cmdlet Add-CustomConnectorToPolicy would no longer support the addition of custom connectors to tenant level policies. Additionally, announced that custom connectors added to tenant level policies would not be shown on the data loss prevention page (DLP UI) in the Power Platform admin center.

Microsoft is renaming the confidence levels (also called match accuracy) of data classification from a numerical scale to three distinct levels: high, medium, and low. In addition, you will soon be able to customize built-in classifiers (sensitive information types) in the Microsoft 365 compliance center.

This is message associated with Roadmap IDs 68915 and 68916.

Starting with version 16.44, Microsoft 365 apps are supported only on macOS 10.14 and higher. In March, Microsoft Endpoint Manager will deploy Microsoft 365 apps to only macOS 10.14 and higher.

A new offline experience for Microsoft Teams for the web and desktop helps users be productive even without a network connection.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 64687.

Updated January 21, 2021: Microsoft will not be moving forward with this rollout at this time. Microsoft will provide a new Message center notification when ready to proceed.

With this update, you will be able to script common eDiscovery actions using the Microsoft Graph REST APIs.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 63068.

With MC209349 (April 2020) and MC217648 (July 2020), Microsoft added a level of privacy for participants who call in to a Teams meeting via audio conferencing (PSTN) by automatically masking any PSTN participant phone number to users from outside of your organization who might be on the call.

Microsoft is now adding an admin control for this feature.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67091.

Microsoft is excited to announce that they are about to increase your automated protection by an average of 40% by setting your default automation level to Full – remediate threats automatically. This change comes after a lengthy measurement and validation period, and making this change with a high level of confidence and minimum risk.

Data collected and analyzed over the past year shows that customers who are using full automation have had 40% more high-confidence malware samples removed than customers using lower levels of automation. Full automation also frees up our customers’ critical security resources so they can focus more on their strategic initiatives.

The Microsoft 365 Admin app lets you manage Microsoft 365 from your mobile device. You can do every day admin tasks like add users, reset passwords, manage devices, get critical service health notifications, message center notifications, create support tickets and more— all while you’re on the go!

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68920.

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