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What’s New in Microsoft 365 | February 2023

There were so many announcements in the Message Center this month. So much so we found it challenging to decide what to share with you. Hopefully you find our selection interesting, and we recommend checking out the Message Center for yourself to see what we didn’t include here. We have more than a few announcements that require action – IPv6 support being added to Microsoft Azure Active Directory, Stream (Classic) set to be retired, Wiki pages in Teams Channels being retired, and Important Information about Power Automate Emails. We also have included information about the New Forms Graph API and a new way to allow external users to upload files to your SharePoint Document Libraries.

IPv6 coming to Azure AD

Action required by Mar 30, 2023

Microsoft has announced that they will be bringing IPv6 support to Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) beginning at the end of March, with an expected completion of early July. This will allow customers to reach the Azure AD services over both IPv4 and IPv6 network protocols (dual stack).

Since for most customers IPv4 won’t be disappearing completely from their digital landscape, Microsoft isn’t planning to require IPv6 or to de-prioritize IPv4 in any Azure Active Directory features or services.

If you are an Azure AD customer who uses IPv6 addresses and uses Named Locations in their Conditional Access policies, you should follow the instructions below:

Customers who use named locations to identify specific network boundaries in their organization, need to:

  1. Conduct an audit of existing named locations to anticipate potential impact
  2. Work with your network partner to identify egress IPv6 addresses in use in your environment
  3. Review and update existing named locations to include the identified IPv6 ranges

Customers who use Conditional Access location based policies, to restrict and secure access to their apps from specific networks, need to:

  1. Conduct an audit of existing Conditional Access policies to identify use of named locations as a condition to anticipate potential impact
  2. Review and update existing Conditional Access location based policies to ensure they continue to meet your organization’s security requirements

Failing to follow these steps might result in the following impact:

  1. Users of IPv6 addresses may be blocked, depending on your organization’s Conditional Access policies and Identity Protection configurations
  2. False positive detections due to ‘Mark as trust location’ not being checked for your internal networks and VPN’s can result in users being marked as risky

 Check the following link for additional guidance on IPv6 enablement in Azure AD: IPv6 Support in Azure Active Directory.

Stream (Classic) Sets Retirement Date of Feb 15, 2024

Action required by May 15, 2023

Microsoft will retire Stream (Classic) on February 15, 2024. Certain parts of the service will be retired sooner unless you take action. For example, end users will be blocked from uploading new videos on May 15, 2023 and will not be able to access Stream (Classic) at all after October 15, 2023, unless you delay these changes by using the new migration settings in Stream (Classic) admin center.  These new migration settings will become available to you in February. See this timeline for more details.

Stream (Classic)’s successor service, Stream (on SharePoint), entered general availability in October 2022. Learn more about Stream (on SharePoint). Besides encouraging your user to use the new Stream (on SharePoint), you should also put a plan in place for migration.  

Migrating your content from Stream (Classic):

All your existing Stream (Classic) videos can be transferred to Stream (on SharePoint) using the migration tools created by Microsoft. This allows you to transfer your videos to SharePoint while also bringing over metadata, links and permissions associated with your videos.

To begin using the migration tool please see the Migration Overview – Stream (Classic) to Stream (on SharePoint)

Learn more

Below are links to more information about migration and Stream (on SharePoint):

Wiki Retirement and the Future of Note Taking in Teams Channels

The way users take notes in Teams Channels is about to change. Microsoft announced that they will be retiring Wiki pages from Teams starting in mid-February. In place of the Wiki pages, Microsoft will be offering note taking capabilities powered by OneNote.

When retirement begins, users will have the option to export their wiki content to OneNote notebooks in Teams standard channel. After exporting, users can go to the Notes tab to collaborate using OneNote in channels. With this change, users can continue to access and edit existing Wiki pages but can’t create new Wiki pages in Teams channels.

Microsoft also has plans to add Notes tabs powered by OneNote by default when users create new channels. For now, users can create OneNote tabs manually using the add tab experience (via +).

If your organization has not enabled OneNote, you can review this documentation:

Important Information about Microsoft Power Automate Emails

Microsoft Power Automate emails have moved to a new internal email provider. This change results in emails from an additional Microsoft email account and IP addresses.

As of Thursday, January 19, 2023, Microsoft Power Automate email notifications, such as approvals, flow alerts, and sharing notifications, are being sent from the following email addresses:

These emails will be sent from the IP addresses outlined here: Power Automate approval email delivery information.

Please add these email addresses and IP addresses to your tenants’ safe senders list so critical Microsoft Power Automate emails are not missed.

New Forms Graph APIs

Microsoft released a new Forms Graph API in January. This new API provides endpoints that will help you track Forms usage. Admins can use the API to get Forms related detailed user usage metrics, such as how many designers and how many respondents over a period of time.

Leverage the Graph APIs in Activity reports in the Microsoft Admin Center by selecting Reports on the left-hand navigation -> Usage -> Forms.

Forms Graph API get endpoints:

GET /reports/getFormsUserActivityUserCounts(period='{period_value}’)

GET /reports/getFormsUserActivityCounts(period='{period_value}’)

GET /reports/getFormsUserActivityUserDetail(period='{period_value}’)

Learn more about Forms Graph endpoints

External File Request in SharePoint Document Library

This new feature expected for General Availability by late-February will give users an easy and secure way to request and obtain files from anyone. Users can choose a folder in SharePoint Document Library where others can upload files using a link that is shared with them. Using the link, users can only upload files; they can’t see the content of the folder, edit, delete, or download files, or even see who else has uploaded files.

If you enable file request (and Anyone links) at the tenant level, the file request feature will be available to users within the tenant. Admins can use SharePoint Online Management Shell to enable or disable the Request Files feature for SharePoint sites.

For more information, please visit Create a file request

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