Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) integration with Microsoft Teams

In addition to integration with Canvas and Blackboard, Microsoft has now partnered with Moodle LMS to deliver seamless integrated learning experiences. Microsoft Teams Meeting LTI and Classes LTI apps are now available within Moodle.

Note: If your organization does not use Moodle LMS, you can safely disregard this message.

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Updates in Microsoft Teams Allows Users to Create, Submit, and Review Employee Updates

Updates in Teams is an out-of-the-box app that enables people to create, submit, and review all their updates, check-ins, and reports in the flow of work. Whether those are recurring processes that happen on a regular basis, like a weekly update, store opening, or facility inspection, or in the moment updates that might be needed at any time, like a shift handoff, maintenance request, or incident report, Updates makes it easy for people to manage them all in one place. People can use the templates in the Updates app to get started and configure them for specific business or team needs.

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Remove Freehand by InVision from the ShareTray

The Meeting Share Tray will no longer allow you to share the Freehand by InVision app to collaborate on a Freehand board during a meeting. Instead, users will be able to use the Freehand app for Teams Meetings, as described here: Freehand whiteboard app for Microsoft Teams – InVision Support.

Note: If your organization is not using Freehand by InVision you can safely disregard this message.

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Microsoft Teams: Suggested Replies in Group Chat

Suggested Replies will be enabled in group chats, allowing you to select a quick response when you are mentioned in a group chat or when you are having a 1:1 conversation within a group chat.

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Modern Meetings and Calls on Teams Web Client

The modern meeting/calling experience will be available for Teams on the Web in Chrome and Edge browsers – including improved pre-join, dynamic view, and updated control bar. 

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 92928

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E-signature Approvals Fully Embedded Within Team Approvals for a Streamlined Experience

Users can now seamlessly create and review e-signature approval requests directly in Teams removing the need to access the e-sign provider website.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 92941

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Disable chat write access for anonymous or unauthenticated users

Financial institutions consider chat messages as a form of data exfiltration, so it’s imperative for IT admins to gain flexibility and control over chat access for anonymous or unauthenticated users. The latter may be expected to join Teams meetings, but they should be restricted from seeing and accessing any type of electronic communication on chat. This feature provides additional security by only disabling chat write access for non-federated users and unauthenticated users who join Teams meetings through a link, so it must be used in conjunction with disabled meeting chat policy applied to financial advisors to remain compliant.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 91142

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Media Logging Enabled by Default

We ask that you pardon us for not having provided advance communication of this release.  To log diagnostic data for Teams meetings, users must have the option in the Teams client turned on. Up until recently Teams media logging was turned off by default for all machines. With this update, Media logging is enabled by default on high-end machines. Media logs contain diagnostic data about audio, video, and screen sharing in Teams meetings. They are required for support cases that are linked to call-related issues. The list of CPUs with media logging enabled by default is in the public documentation.

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E-signature Approvals on Mobile: View and Take Action

E-signature approvals will be available in the Approvals app in Teams. Users will be able to see a list of their e-sign requests for their chosen provider. They will be able to see the details and review the request. Request creators will be able to edit or cancel a request.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 92939

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Reminder Installation of .Net 4.8 and WebView2 required for Teams Meeting Add-In in Outlook

As a reminder, .Net 4.8 and WebView2 are required for the Teams Meeting Add-In in Outlook.

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