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What’s New in Microsoft 365 | May 2022

Things always get a little crazy after a Microsoft conference. And so as expected, we have ton of updates to go over this month. The first is yet another change in branding to the Compliance Admin Center and all Microsoft 365 compliance solutions – welcome Microsoft Purview to the family. The next two are reminders of upcoming end of life for IE11 (June 15, 2021) and Office 2013 (April 11, 2023). The rest of our announcements are more user friendly – new Power Platform DLP capabilities, new unscheduled pane in Microsoft Lists Calendar, new Microsoft Stream custom thumbnail, information settings, and an update to the upcoming “In channels” section of Teams-connected SharePoint site default libraries. 

Announcing Microsoft Purview: Your home for Microsoft 365 compliance solutions

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On April 19, 2022, Microsoft both announced and deployed Microsoft Purview. Leave it to Microsoft to announce a change the same day it is deployed. If you are confused by Microsoft’s constant name changes and rebrands, join the crowd and get ready for another. In this version, Microsoft is consolidating all Microsoft 365 compliance solutions with Azure Purview. Even though the Microsoft 365 compliance center was just recently renamed, it is getting yet another new name. It will now be called Microsoft Purview compliance portal, and this is not the only name change. See the below chart for all the changes included in this consolidation.

Former nameNew name
Azure PurviewMicrosoft Purview
Azure Purview portalMicrosoft Purview governance portal
Microsoft 365 complianceMicrosoft Purview
Microsoft 365 compliance centerMicrosoft Purview compliance portal
Advanced Audit in Microsoft 365Microsoft Purview Audit (Premium)
Basic Audit in Microsoft 365Microsoft Purview Audit (Standard)
Microsoft 365 Communication ComplianceMicrosoft Purview Communication Compliance
Microsoft Compliance ManagerMicrosoft Purview Compliance Manager
Microsoft Information GovernanceMicrosoft Purview Data Lifecycle Management
Office 365 Data Loss PreventionMicrosoft Purview Data Loss Prevention
Advanced eDiscovery in Microsoft 365Microsoft Purview eDiscovery (Premium)
Core eDiscovery in Microsoft 365Microsoft Purview eDiscovery (Standard)
Microsoft Information ProtectionMicrosoft Purview Information Protection
Microsoft 365 Insider Risk ManagementMicrosoft Purview Insider Risk Management
Records Management in Microsoft 365Microsoft Purview Records Management

Reminder: IE11 desktop application retires in less than 2 months on June 15, 2022

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Since we continue to find organizations that are still using IE11, we thought it important to remind you of the impending retirement of IE11 desktop, just in case. With less than 2 months left before retirement, we highly recommend you begin testing your sites in IE mode, followed by disabling the IE11 application completely via policy, to ensure readiness.

Reminder: Office 2013 end of support: April 11, 2023

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This is a reminder that Office 2013 will reach the end of support on April 11, 2023, which means you have approximately one year to get your Office products updated. If you don’t upgrade by then, you may be leaving your organization open to security risks or an inability to meet compliance obligations. In addition, you will be unable to connect to Microsoft 365 using Office 2013 products. We recommend upgrading to Microsoft 365 Apps, which is designed to receive regular updates, and will help you stay current by getting security updates and latest features.

Announcing the General Availability of Power Platform’s latest Data Loss Prevention (DLP) capabilities

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With the Power Platform becoming more popular, the need for the ability to control how, when and where data is shared is more important than ever. Microsoft has recently launched two more DLP capabilities in Power Platform: DLP connector action control and DLP for custom connectors. Click the links below to read more about each.

DLP connector action control enables admins to easily allow/block specific connector actions for each connector. For example, you could block the Delete row (V2) action for the SQL Server connector.

DLP for custom connectors enables admins to apply well known DLP constructs – like connector classification (business, non-business, blocked) – to a newer breed of connectors named custom connectors.

Microsoft Lists Calendar: Unscheduled Pane

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Have you ever created items in your list that don’t show when you switch to calendar view, only to find out you forgot to add a date or you accidentally set the end date for before the start date? This new feature will help catch these errors for you. The Unscheduled Pane in Microsoft Lists Calendar will list any events that have missing dates or have an end date that is earlier than the start date. See below for a screenshot.

Unscheduled Pane

Microsoft Stream: Add a Custom Thumbnail and About Information to Your Videos

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I was especially excited about this addition because the default thumbnail for videos always seems to catch the presenter with a really awkward look on their face. Now users with edit permissions will be able to choose an uploaded image or select a specific frame from the video as the thumbnail that will be used throughout Microsoft 365. In addition, they will be able to add a description of the video that will also be visible to viewers of the video. Look for this in general release by end of June.

Update to “In channels” section of Default Document Libraries in Teams-Connected SharePoint Sites

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In case you haven’t seen the notices, Microsoft is adding a new section to the default document library for Teams-connected sites. This new section should be available by mid-May. When a user navigates to the document library of a SharePoint site associated with a Team, the “In channels” section will be visible and collapsed by default. The “In channels” section will include all standard and private channels within the Team, and private channels will be distinguished with a specific icon. When shared channels become available, they will also appear in this section. The “In channels” section will only appear when a user navigates to the default document library of a SharePoint site that’s connected to a Team. The “In channels” section will not be visible if the SharePoint site is not connected to Teams.

Teams channel files navigation

The update part of this post is that there will be no duplication of entries between the “In channels” and “In site library” lists. This means that, if a folder is associated with both a Teams channel and the document library, it will only appear in the “In channels” list.

As always, there are a lot of things happening in Microsoft 365, so be sure to check out the Tech Community Blogs and the Microsoft 365 Roadmap for more of what’s new.   

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