Reminder: Disabling TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 in Microsoft 365

This message post is a reminder of the ongoing progress of retiring TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 protocols in Microsoft 365.

As previously communicated (MC126199 in Dec 2017, MC128929 in Feb 2018, MC186827 in July 2019, and MC218794 in July 2020), we are moving all our online services to Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2+ to provide best in class encryption, and to ensure our services is more secure by default. The changes to enforce TLS1.2+ in our service started on October 15, 2020 and will continue to propagate through all Microsoft 365 environments for the next few months. If you have not taken steps to prepare for this change, your connectivity to Microsoft 365 might be impacted.


Firstline worker and Firstline manager policy packages to be retired

We will be retiring the features Firstline worker and Firstline manager policy packages. Instead we recommend the utilization of Frontline worker or Frontline Manager policy packages, which is where we will continue to invest.

As part of our rebranding efforts we will be retiring the Firstline worker and Firstline manager policy packages and introduce the Frontline worker and Frontline manager policy packages. The policy settings will remain the same in the new packages.


Microsoft Graph Connectors GA roll out to standard release

As previously communicated in MC222601 (September 2020) we are following up with more details on Microsoft Graph connectors for Microsoft Search. This release includes several connectors available within the Microsoft 365 Admin Center such as ServiceNow, Enterprise websites, MediaWiki, Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2, and more.


Dictation in Word and Outlook just got better

This feature update improves upon the user dictation experience in Word (Win32), Outlook (Win32), and Word for Mac with the addition of the Dictation toolbar, voice commands and auto punctuation support.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70596.


Introducing Microsoft Viva Topics

Microsoft Viva Topics uses artificial intelligence (AI) to empower people with knowledge and expertise in Microsoft Teams and the Microsoft 365 apps they use every day and to connect, manage, and protect content across systems and teams.

We’re pleased to announce that Viva Topics is now available for purchase, as an add-on, for these licenses. If you do not have one of these you may safely ignore this message.


SharePoint to support lightbox for images

SharePoint pages will soon support a lightbox for images, making it possible for end users to easily see a larger version of an image.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70669.


Outlook: iOS and Android Extension of suggested replies worldwide

Outlook on iOS and Android is rolling out suggested replies to customers worldwide in the following languages: French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.


Enforcing mailbox receiving limits

We are updating the way we enforce our receiving limits in Exchange. Starting in April 2021, we will be more strictly enforcing limits across all mailboxes to protect the health of our systems and ensure optimal mail flow performance for all customers.

Mailboxes that receive high message volume in a short time can cause mail flow delays, both for individual recipients and across your organization.


Performance Improvements in Excel for the Web

Our mission is to enable fast, smooth, coherent, and delightful experiences for our customers in Excel for the web. Through recent performance improvements we’ve reached a significant milestone toward these goals, and with this update, end users will see this reflected in their Excel for the web. This change will positively impact several usage scenarios including opening workbooks, navigating within a workbook, and general Excel for the web user interface navigation.  

In response to customer feedback, this represents the next set of improvements targeting performance in Excel for the web. This communication is to share changes we’ve made that customers are asking for, and to let you know Microsoft continues to make ongoing investments in Excel for the web performance and improves the end user experience.


New lists will have versioning enabled by default

Your users will soon be able to track and manage SharePoint list information over time with list versioning.


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