October 2020 - M365 US Public Sector Roadmap Newsletter
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Microsoft 365 Public Roadmap
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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




Be a Learn-it-all



October Webinars & Remote Work Resources
• Microsoft Teams - IT Admins & Planning
• Microsoft Teams - End Users & Champions
• Security & Azure AD
• Blogs & Articles of Interest



Newsworthy Highlights


The Official Ignite 2020 Book of News


Guide to Microsoft 365 Government @ Ignite 2020

Your guide to US Public Sector targeted sessions and information.


October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)!

For the last 17 years, the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) campaign, driven by the Department of Homeland Security, has raised awareness about the importance of cyber security across the Nation with the mission of ensuring that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. 


Enabling secure remote work by embracing Zero Trust - CyberScoop

Steve Faehl is Microsoft’s U.S. security chief technology officer, responsible for helping organizations develop strategies to reduce risk by improving their cyber defenses.


Microsoft To Do Coming to GCC in October

Starting late October 2020, Microsoft To Do will be available to Office 365 customers in the GCC environment.  MC223082


Changes to SPO Sharing in GCCH Tenants

After September 1, 2020, users will find that they no longer have the ability to share files or SharePoint Online sites with tenants in Office 365 commercial or GCC environments and that any links previously shared will no longer work.


New Meeting and Calling Experience in Microsoft Teams in GCC

We’re pleased to share that we’re making several of the new features announced in Reimagining virtual collaboration for the future of work and learning available to users of Teams in Gov Cloud.


97 Azure Government services now authorized for DoD IL5 workloads

We recently announced the addition of 18 new services for a total of 97 services authorized for IL5 workloads in Azure Government – more than any other cloud provider.


Enhanced regulatory, legal and forensic investigation capabilities now in the Government Cloud

Today, more than ever, government organizations are facing increasing challenges associated with remote delivery of public services.



Message Center Highlights



MC221225 – Communication Compliance availability in GCC and GCC-High

Coming soon to GCC and GCC-High environments, Communication Compliance is part of a broader set of insider risk solutions in Microsoft 365 that intelligently detects and helps remediate regulatory compliance and code of conduct violations within an organization’s communications.


MC222157 – Microsoft Teams: Windows 10 native notifications in Teams

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.


MC222216 – Deployment schedule available for Microsoft Power Platform 2020 Release Wave 2

As previously announced in MC218287 (July 2020), we will begin to enable Microsoft Power Platform Wave 2 between October 2020 and March 2021.


MC222596 – Intune: New Endpoint Security Antivirus reports

We are introducing new Microsoft Defender Antivirus reports in the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center to help you monitor your devices for status on malware and antivirus states. You will be able to use two new operational reports to see which devices need your attention and two organizational reports to view general antivirus information.


MC222600 – List creation from templates Visual refresh in SharePoint sites

List creation from SharePoint sites will get a visual refresh and users will get the additional capability to create lists from eight built-in templates. These updates are already part of the Microsoft Lists app and Lists in Teams rollouts – we are bringing the same goodness to SharePoint sites too.


MC222627 – Advanced eDiscovery now supports linked content (modern attachments) from OneDrive and Sh...

Advanced eDiscovery will now support linked content (modern attachments) from OneDrive and SharePoint Online (OD/SPO). Linked content can be shared in Teams and Yammer chat messages and Outlook emails.


MC222638 – Announcing general availability for Microsoft Compliance Manager

As announced at Ignite, Compliance Manager (formerly Compliance Score) is moving out of public preview and the tasks you previously found in Compliance Manager (via the Service Trust Portal) are now housed within the Microsoft 365 compliance center under Compliance Manager. We announced the public preview of Compliance Score in November 2019.


MC222745 – Introducing live transcription in Microsoft Teams meetings

Live transcripts in Microsoft Teams meetings will provide another way to both follow and review meeting conversations. Note: Live transcription currently supports only spoken English (English-US).


MC222755 – Auto-classification with sensitivity labels in SPO, EXO, OneDrive

Auto-classification with sensitivity labels in OneDrive, SharePoint Online, and Exchange Online will soon be available in GCC and GCC-High environments.


Microsoft 365 IP and URL Endpoint Updates


29 September 2020 - GCC

01 September 2020 - DOD





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