Run team-owned Office Scripts in Excel for the web

Office Scripts is an automation feature set in Excel for the web. With this update, users can save their scripts to a SharePoint site, in addition to their OneDrive for Business.

Note: External network calls made within a script that is saved to a SharePoint site are not supported at this time. If any SharePoint-based scripts do contain an external call, the script will return an error when ran and the external call will not be made. 

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Reminder: Microsoft Office default change – Blocking VBA macros in files from the internet

VBA macros are a common way for malicious actors to gain access to deploy malware and ransomware. As a reminder (MC322553 Feb ’22), to help improve security, we are changing the behavior of Office applications to now block macros in files from the internet. Learn more in this blog post.

This change only affects Office on devices running Windows and only affects the following applications: Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, and Word.

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Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for all channels

We’ve released updates to the following update channels for Microsoft 365 Apps:

  • Current Channel
  • Monthly Enterprise Channel
  • Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel (Preview)
  • Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel

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New Location for Key Functions and Direct Access to Other Microsoft 365 Apps in Outlook

The new experience for accessing Mail, Calendar, People, and other Outlook apps that is being previewed behind the Coming Soon option is becoming the default experience.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88848

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Microsoft Project trial for Microsoft 365 users

Earlier this year, the self-service trial (MC306669 Dec ’21) was rolled out for Microsoft 365 customers to try out Project. Starting in June 2022, Microsoft 365 users will also be able to try Project from “in-app” without payment. In this case, the in-app trial will be available either through Home in Project or in Planner – see the image below as an example. For future reference, in-app trials will become available in other Microsoft 365 apps, which you will receive notifications as these begin to rollout.

Note: These trial capabilities will be available worldwide except for India, starting first with the U.S. tenants. They are not available for Education or Government customers.

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Capture voice recordings with live speech-to-text in Office Mobile on iOS and Android

Recording your thoughts and jotting down notes using your voice on your mobile device is becoming increasingly important to stay productive, wherever you are. Whatever the motivation, Voice capture on Office Mobile App for iOS and Android device offers a powerful solution.

When this will happen:

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Microsoft Secure Score is adding new improvement actions for Defender for Endpoint and Vulnerability Management

We’re updating Microsoft Secure Score improvement actions to ensure a more accurate representation of security posture.

This update will include these new Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and Microsoft Defender Vulnerability Management recommendations as Microsoft Secure Score improvement actions:

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New opt-in setting for Microsoft Defender for Identity

Over the last few months, the experiences and functions of Microsoft Defender for Identity have been made available in Microsoft’s extended detection and response (XDR) platform, Microsoft 365 Defender. Merging identity data and functions into this XDR experience is a valuable addition to a security teams capabilities, with identity providing important context to detection logic and investigation potential.

Since all major Microsoft Defender for Identity features have now been made available in Microsoft 365 Defender portal; we are introducing a portal redirection setting which will be available by navigating from the Microsoft 365 Defender homepage (security.microsoft.com) to Settings -> Identities -> General -> Portal redirection

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Math Assistant: Math Ink Recognizer and Math Solver Service

The Math Assistant feature in OneNote can convert handwritten equations into text and provide step-by-step solutions. This experience is powered by the Math Ink Recognizer and Math Solver services.

When this will happen:

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Updates available for Microsoft 365 Apps for Current Channel

We’ve released updates to the following update channel for Microsoft 365 Apps:

  • Current Channel

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