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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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