November 2020 - M365 US Public Sector Roadmap Newsletter

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Newsworthy Highlights


Office 365 Government GCC is now FedRAMP High - Microsoft Tech Community

We’re excited to announce that our Office 365 Government GCC environment now has a FedRAMP High SAR


Using SharePoint Look Book in your GCC High Tenant

Getting errors when you try to use Look Book templates in your GCC High tenant? Read on!


Top 5 Security Questions Asked by our US Government Customers for Microsoft Teams - Microsoft Tech C...

Teams engineering Senior Technical PM Nolene LaNeve breaks down what the top 5 security questions asked by our US Government customers.


Guidance for delivering Virtual Events | Microsoft Adoption

This guidance has been created to assist event organizer, technical producers, IT professionals and content creators deliver virtual events. 


Teams features by platform

If you need to know which Teams capabilities are available on which platforms, here's the detail for you.




Release News


Seamlessly Share Personal Lists in Microsoft To Do


Planner Integration into Message Center – Updated to include GCC


Tenant admins will be able to create a policy that automatically revokes access for SharePoint Onlin...


The Site performance page will equip site owners and editors with more tools and information to make...


Groove.exe sync with SPO will no longer allow users to sync their OneDrive and Shared Libraries usin...


SharePoint page authors will soon need to supply required information before a page or news post can...


Known Folder Move status script - A new PowerShell script to check Known Folder Move status and know...


Tenant admins will be able to create a policy that automatically revokes access for SharePoint Onlin...


Users will be able to schedule a page or news post to be published at a specific date and time in th...


The migration manager helps orchestrate and simplify management of large-scale migrations. Admins ca...


Teams noise cancellation


Teams meeting recordings can now be saved to OneDrive and SharePoint instead of Stream. Administrato...


Forced tunnel (split tunnel) exception for Teams Live Events CDN endpoints updates


Tenant upgrade to TeamsOnly mode is now blocked if an on-prem Skype for Business deployment is detec...


Teams templates enables administrators to use pre-defined or custom team structures to create templa...


Microsoft Teams will soon require users to use a recent version of Teams to sign-in. Users on older ...


Message Center Highlights



MC223128 – PowerPoint: Live captions and subtitles in PowerPoint for GCC and GCC-High

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66205

Live Captions and Subtitles enables presenters to turn captions or subtitles on in 60+ languages, while presenting in 10+ spoken languages with PowerPoint for Windows 10, macOS, and Web. Note this release is for our GCC and GCC-High tenants, and does not yet include DoD environments.


MC224734 – Security Defaults – MFA update to four administrator roles

If you have Security Defaults enabled in your tenant, all Application Administrators, Cloud Application Administrators, Password Administrators, and Privileged Authentication Administrators will soon be required to perform multi-factor authentication (MFA) each time they sign-in.


MC224081 – Upcoming updates to Office 365 threat hunting experiences through Threat Explorer/Real-Time Detections

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66467

 As part of this work, we will be introducing additional enhancements when it comes to identifying threats within your organization


MC224173 – Required properties improvements for SharePoint pages

Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 63257

 A pre-publish panel enforces that authors supply missing required properties before they can publish a page or a news post. Additional improvements related to required properties in the pages library take effect.


MC223174 – Redirecting eDiscovery tool usage from the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center to the Microsoft Compliance Center

Starting Oct 30th, users will be redirected to the Microsoft 365 Compliance Center to access content search, eDiscovery, and Advanced eDiscovery.


MC223176 – Upgrade macOS to access new Microsoft 365 for Mac updates


MC223189 – Announcing the general availability of Double Key Encryption for Microsoft 365 for government clouds

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67105

Coming soon to government clouds, Double Key Encryption from Microsoft allows you to protect your highly sensitive data while maintaining full control of your key. You can protect your data with two keys - your Azure key and your key in the Double Key Encryption service.


MC223198 – Announcing general availability of Records Management for Microsoft 365

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 63063

Records Management in Microsoft 365 enables government customers to manage recordkeeping obligations intelligently. This update restructures capabilities that were previously part of the Advanced Data Governance solution and provides you with a dedicated and specialized solution for records management, with new features including proof of disposal, record versioning, and enhanced record immutability.


MC223358 – Microsoft Threat Protection and Advanced Threat Protection product name change.  These changes will start rolling out in mid/late October and will continue through February 2021.

We are making the following product name changes to bring Microsoft Threat Protection and the products formerly known as Advanced Threat Protection together under the Microsoft Defender brand:

  • Microsoft 365 Defender (previously Microsoft Threat Protection)
  • Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (previously Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection)
  • Microsoft Defender for Office 365 (previously Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection)
  • Microsoft Defender for Identity (previously Azure Advanced Threat Protection)


MC223029 – Prevent attendees from unmuting in Teams Meetings

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66575

Gives meeting organizers the ability to mute one to many meeting participants while removing the muted participants' ability to unmute themselves.


MC222157 – Microsoft Teams: Windows 10 native notifications in Teams

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap IDs 66742

With this update, your users will be able to choose their preferred means of Teams notifications delivery, either via the Teams built-in notification system or via their native OS notification system.


MC224054 – Firmware Update for Teams Phones

A new update will be made available to Microsoft Teams phones deployed in your tenant. The following models will receive an update:

  • Audiocodes C450HD/C448HD
  • Lenovo ThinkSmart View
  • Poly Trio C60
  • Poly CCX series
  • Yealink T5x series
  • Yealink MP56
  • YealinkVP59
  • Yealink CP960.


MC224343 – Microsoft Teams – Virtual Breakout Rooms

Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 65332

 Meeting hosts can create breakout rooms to be used by meeting participants for smaller group discussion. They can assign participants to a room and call them back to the larger group when the breakout is complete.


MC224359 – Meeting chat moderation settings

Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID: 67175

Meeting organizers can now turn off the chat functionality during a meeting, which is turned on by default.


MC224238 – Transfer Teams meeting between devices or add another device

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67176.

End users can transfer meetings between mobile, desktop, and web, and add another device as a companion to their meeting.


MC224751 – Reducing background noise in Microsoft Teams meetings

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 68694.

 AI-based, real-time noise suppression, will be added to Microsoft Teams. This feature will automatically remove unwelcome background noise during your meetings.


MC224842 – Outgoing screen-sharing support in Safari for Microsoft Teams

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 67174

 Teams meetings in Safari 13 and later will now support outgoing screen sharing. A participant can share their screen. No configuration is needed.


MC224937 – Organizers can manage meeting options in the meeting experience for GCC

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 73388

Meetings organizers can now view and update meeting options within the in-meeting making it easier and faster to manage your meeting options during a meeting.


MC225004 – iOS Teams app updates enhances mobile meetings

This feature is associated with Roadmap ID 68834

We're improving the Teams experience on iOS devices with a new presentation mode, the ability to see more participants, and the ability to see shared content and a spotlighted participant concurrently.



Microsoft 365 IP and URL Endpoint Updates


Documentation - Office 365 IP Address and URL web service


28 October 2020 - GCC

28 October 2020 – GCC High

28 October 2020 - DOD

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