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.

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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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Outlook – Reactions and new notification experience

Reactions to email messages is coming to Outlook on the web, Outlook for iOS, and Outlook for Android. With this release, Outlook for iOS and Outlook for Android will also add an in-app notification experience where users can view reactions from others, similar to what’s seen in Outlook on the web today.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 69095, 69097, and 70615

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Change coming to your Power Automate Service

In order to provide effective support to all of our customers, Microsoft must enforce the boundaries of the different support plans that we offer. Starting in early March, we will allow customers to submit support cases for ‘advisory’ issues according to their support plan. As documented here, only customers with a Professional Direct or Unified support plan (premium support plans) can file an ‘advisory” support ticket.

Previously, we have not differentiated between technical and advisory support in the Power Platform Admin Center and allowed admins and their users to file ‘advisory’ tickets without checking their support plans. 

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Up Down Remediate malicious email delivered in Office 365

Note: we are publishing this message again to ensure visibility for all impacted tenants. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We are updating the remediation capability in Microsoft Defender for Office 365 to improve customer experience and efficiency.

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Retirement of remediation action “Delete attachment”

Note: we are publishing this message again to ensure visibility for all impacted tenants. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We are retiring the ability to delete attachments as a response action in Microsoft Defender for Office 365. Instead admins can continue to take remediation actions on emails, which includes any attachments related to those emails.

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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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Announcing a new service plan, Teams Pro

You will soon see a new service plan, Teams Pro, available as part of your Microsoft 365 Office 365 and Microsoft 365 E5, E3, A5, A3, Business Standard, and Business Basic license.

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Align the experience for creating a team from different Teams interfaces

This update brings consistency in user experience for teams created via the Teams admin center and those created via Teams clients (desktop and web).

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1:1 Call recording policy introduction

In mid-March 2021, we are changing how 1:1 Call recording is enabled by creating its own policy. 

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