Microsoft Viva Goals: Custom check-In templates for new teams

Microsoft Viva Goals will soon introduce custom check-in templates for new teams, with automatic application for goal owners. The feature will be available worldwide by late April 2024, and it will be enabled by default for new teams, but not for existing ones.

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Reminder: Azure Information Protection Add-in for Office is retired

The Azure Information Protection (AIP) Unified Labeling add-in for Office is retiring on April 11th, 2024. Organizations must transition to the Microsoft Purview Information Protection client for continued support. Important dates include the release of a new client and the permanent disabling of the AIP add-in in May 2024. Organizations should refer to the provided playbook and blog for migration steps and details.

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Microsoft Purview | Audit: New HighCompleteness parameter in Search-UnifiedAuditLog Audit cmdlet

The new HighCompleteness parameter in the Search-UnifiedAuditLog cmdlet for Microsoft Purview Audit will ensure more exhaustive audit log records, prioritizing completeness over retrieval speed. Rolling out in early May 2024, it requires no immediate action but may slow down results. Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 388735.

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Microsoft Viva Learning: Recommend courses to user groups

Microsoft Viva Learning will soon allow recommending courses to user groups. This feature is expected to roll out in April 2024 and will be available to users with Viva Learning licenses. No admin action is required before the rollout.

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Microsoft Teams: Save meeting content with collaborative annotations as a Microsoft Whiteboard

In Microsoft Teams, presenters can enable annotations during screen sharing, allowing all participants to collaborate live. Meeting content with annotations can be saved as a Microsoft Whiteboard, accessible for continued collaboration post-meeting. Rollout begins late May 2024, with no admin action required.

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Windows Office Hours: April 18th, 2024

If you are an IT admin with questions about managing and updating Windows, we want to help. Every third Thursday of the month, we host a live chat-based event on the Tech Community called Windows Office Hours. Members of the Windows, Intune, Windows Autopilot, Windows Autopatch, and Windows 365 engineering teams will be standing by to answer your questions. We also have experts from FastTrack, the Customer Acceleration Team, and Microsoft public sector teams. 

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Microsoft Edge: Auto-discarding Sleeping Tabs

Tabs that have been sleeping for a long time will be discarded to save memory. When a user navigates back to a discarded tab, the tab will need to be reloaded. This can be managed through the AutoDiscardSleepingTabsEnabled policy. This policy will be enabled if the SleepingTabsEnabled policy is enabled.

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Microsoft Viva: Engage Admins/ Global admins do not require license to manage Viva Engage

Provide Engage admins and Global admins the ability to manage Viva Engage without a licensed account.

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Microsoft Planner: Increased number of tasks per premium plan in Microsoft Planner

Create and manage up to 1,500 tasks within a Microsoft Planner premium plan (formerly known as a Project for the web project).
More info: https://aka.ms/thenewplanner

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Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Admins can block top level domain addresses within Tenant Allow/Block List

Admins can block top level domain addresses within Tenant Allow/Block List.

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