SharePoint News Boost

This new feature will allow you to prioritize important news and announcements at the top of news feeds across Microsoft 365.  Additionally, you can even prioritize visibility of a news article for a set time that you can control.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70810.

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Content type sync enhancements and site gallery

Following the release of the modern experience to manage SharePoint enterprise content types, this release will update the experience to manage site content types as well. This update includes a new sync mechanism for content types that moves from a “push everywhere” model to a “pull as needed” model, making it faster and more reliable.

  • Once Standard Release rollout is complete, the gradual phasing out (retirement) of the old sync mechanism for content types will take place through September.

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OneDrive sync client will no longer be supported on Windows Server 2008 R2

The OneDrive team is committed to bringing you the best, most secure experience possible across your devices. As such, we are ending support for the OneDrive Desktop application (sync client) on Windows Server 2008 R2 and focusing our resources on new technologies and supported operating systems.

Note: Extended support for Windows Server 2008 R2 ended in January 2020.

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We’re updating the Hybrid federated search

We’re making some changes to the Hybrid federated search. As part of search modernization in Microsoft 365 we’re updating the infrastructure used by SharePoint Server’s Hybrid federated search. As part of the process, customers who are using the Hybrid federated search with hybrid SharePoint deployments will need to update their configuration to continue using hybrid search with SharePoint Server and SharePoint Online.

If you are not actively using or have implemented the Hybrid federated search with on-premises SharePoint, you can safely ignore this communication.

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Yammer: Community Header in Yammer Embed Feed

Previously, embedded community feeds did not surface the community name, description, or ability to join. In an effort to give users more context and ability to engage deeper with the feeds, we are adding the community name, description, and ability to join/leave at the top of the community feeds by default. When clicked, the community name will take users to the community page in Yammer.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 84955

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Reminder: Skype for Business Online retires July 31, 2021

Note: If your organization has already transitioned from Skype for Business Online to Microsoft Teams, please disregard this message.

Originally announced in MC219641 (July ’20), as Microsoft Teams has become the core communications client for Microsoft 365, this is a reminder the Skype for Business Online service will retire July 31, 2021.

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Microsoft Information Protection: Exact Data Match to support auto-labeling (client-side)

Organizations will soon be able to configure new or existing client-side auto-labeling policies using Exact Data Match (EDM) sensitive information types, enabling more granular control over labeling sensitive content.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 82071

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Releasing Fluid live components in Teams chat

Co-authoring content in Teams just got easier. Now you can send a chat message containing a live component that can be edited inline—in real time—by everyone in the chat.

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Dynamics 365 and Industry Solutions and Power Platform 2021 release wave 2 plans available now!

Today, we published the 2021 release wave 2 plans for Dynamics 365 and Industry Solutions and Microsoft Power Platform which is a compilation of new capabilities that will be released between October 2021 through March 2022. The new features and enhancements provide you with significant capabilities to help transform your business using our applications.

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Power BI sensitivity label data in Activity Explorer (preview)

Power BI will now send sensitivity label activity data to Activity Explorer for admins to search and review.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 82086

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