May 2020 - M365 US Public Sector Roadmap Newsletter
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References and Information Resources

Responding to Crisis together

Our Commitment to Customers During Crisis

Optimize Office 365 traffic for remote staff

How to quickly optimize Office 365 traffic for remote staff & reduce the load on your network infrastructure


Microsoft 365 live events assistance

Now available as a public preview. Administrators can get guidance and assistance to setup and deliver live event broadcasts from our live events support team.


 Office 365 & Managing Crisis Communications

Microsoft 365 Public Roadmap
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Stay on top of Office 365 changes
Here are a few ways that you can stay on top of the Office 365 updates in your organization.


Microsoft Tech Community for Public Sector
Your community for discussion surrounding the public sector, local and state governments.



Microsoft 365 for US Government Service Descriptions




Newsworthy Highlights


Remote working skilling and instruction following topics:

  • Teams fundamentals: 101 training
  • Teams intermediate: Advanced teams features
  • AMA – Office hours: Open space for Q&A
  • Smart Meetings: Using meetings in Teams to their full potential
  • Live Events: Hosting events up to 10K+
  • Apps: Microsoft & 3rd Party apps that be utilized in GCC

Schedule of upcoming events.   Join Virtually at

(we will use the same links daily to host the sessions).



Time (EST)


Friday, May 1, 2020


AMA - Office Hours

Monday, May 4, 2020



Tuesday, May 5, 2020



Wednesday, May 6, 2020



Thursday, May 7, 2020


Live Events

Friday, May 8, 2020


AMA - Office Hours

Monday, May 11, 2020



Tuesday, May 12, 2020



Wednesday, May 13, 2020



Thursday, May 14, 2020



Friday, May 15, 2020


AMA - Office



MC207190: Microsoft Forms – File Upload not available in Government environments

Delayed with no ETA


MC210713: SharePoint Designer – feature deprecation impacting Custom Form creation

An issue has been identified affecting SharePoint Designer functionality for creating custom Forms  within SharePoint Online. After careful examination, we have determined that there is no known fix for this issue and have elected to disable the custom Form creation feature effective as of 3:00 AM UTC on Saturday, April 25, 2020.

This change does not impact the ability to edit previously created Forms or other existing features in SharePoint Online Designer.


MC209149: SharePoint Online – We are adding an alert for classic publishing portals that use Content Query web parts
On a classic page, the Content Query web part is a tool for finding and displaying information. However, this web part can affect page performance. Consequently, we are adding an alert for classic publishing portals that use Content Query web parts.


This affects only classic publishing portals when the Content Query web part is affecting page performance. In that case, a user who has edit rights may see a dismissible slow performance banner when the page is in draft mode.



The banner will automatically display under either of these conditions:

  • If it takes >500 ms for the Content Query web part to load, or
  • If the webpart is set up to be cross-list, i.e. selected the source "show items from all sites in this site collection" or "show items from the following site and all subsites"


SharePoint Server 2010 and Project Server 2010 End of Support delayed to April 13, 2021 (was Oct 13,...


SharePoint Migration Tool (SPMT) Updates

Migrate content to SharePoint Online and OneDrive from the following locations:

  • SharePoint Server 2016 (Public Preview)
  • SharePoint Server 2013
  • SharePoint Foundation 2013
  • SharePoint Server 2010
  • SharePoint Foundation 2010
  • Network and local file shares


Microsoft 365 live events assistance is in public preview allowing customers to request guidance and...


Use Advisor for Teams to help you roll out Microsoft Teams

Advisor for Teams guides your team through your Microsoft Teams roll out and delivers the following key functionality :

Advisor for Teams guides your team through your Microsoft Teams roll out and delivers the following key functionality:

  • Assesses your Office 365 tenant environment and identifies the most common configurations that you may need to update or modify before you can successfully roll out Teams.
  • Creates a Deployment team (in Teams), with channels for each workload you want to roll out. Each workload in the Deployment team comes with a comprehensive
  • Creates a Planner plan that includes all the rollout tasks for each workload. Using this Planner plan, you'll assign tasks to the people responsible for each phase of the rollout - including the project manager, Teams and Office 365 admins, support people, and your adoption and user readiness team. Each rollout task contains all the guidance and resources you need to successfully complete the task.


Disability Answer Desk

Disability Answer Desk is where customers with disabilities get support with Microsoft Office, Windows, and Xbox Accessibility. This includes product issues, accessibility questions, and use of assistive technology.



Public Sector Blog Spotlight


Accelerating CMMC compliance for Microsoft cloud (in depth review)


WFH With Microsoft Teams: 5 Tips for Public Sector Agencies


How to Troubleshoot Issues Modernizing SharePoint Online




Office 365 IP Endpoint and URL Latest Update



Roadmap Changes This Month

OneDrive for Business and Exchange usage reporting for GCC High tenants



SharePoint Integrations with Power Automate and Power Apps to GCC-High Tenants


MAY 2020

Updated Feature: Microsoft 365 usage reports will add access for more administrator roles


Q1 2020

Microsoft Information Protection Labels - Classification Driven Policies with Office 365 Groups GCC Q2 2020

Microsoft Forms Pro (Standalone) for GCC


Q2 2020

Exchange Hybrid Agent for GCC High


Q4 2020


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