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References and Information Resources

 

Responding to COVID-19 together

Our commitment to customers during COVID-19

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

 

July Webinars & Remote Work Resources

Join Virtually at https://aka.ms/workremoteFED

 

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Making the Most of 3×3 Meeting Mode Experience

With the 3×3 meeting stage, the following behaviours are normal:

 

  • Only avatars will be shown if no user is sharing video.
  • Only video feeds will be shown as soon as one person starts to share video.
  • The maximum number of avatars/video feeds shown on the meeting stage is nine. The actual number may be lower.
  • If there are more than nine active video feeds, the feeds for the most active participants will be displayed on the meeting stage. All other participants will be represented using their avatar, just below the meeting stage.
  • If there are fewer than nine active video feeds, Teams will arrange the video feeds automatically to fill the available space in the meeting stage. For example, four video feeds will show in a 2×2 grid. Six feeds will show in a 3×2 grid. Seven feeds will show as a 2×2 grid alongside a 1×3 grid.
  • The arrangement of video feeds for participants may vary. Each participant will see the same video feeds, but the positioning of each feed may vary from user to user.
  • If a participant shares an app/their desktop, a maximum of nine video feeds will be shown below the meeting stage (where the sharing session is shown). The actual number of video feeds displayed will be the same as the number of video feeds shown in the user’s meeting stage.

 

*Note: If a user’s hardware or bandwidth cannot support the additional load of displaying the app/desktop sharing feed, Teams will unsubscribe from a video feed to allow the sharing session to be shown.

 

Information for support

Familiarize yourself with the capabilities, expected behaviors, and known limitations. Additionally, understand that:

Teams supports 3×3 video only if the user’s hardware meets these minimum requirements:

  • Dual core processor
  • 8GB RAM

 

Administrators can see the minimum requirements in the article Hardware requirements for Microsoft Teams. 

 

 

Background replacement now live in GCC

Backgrounds are now available for use in Teams for GCC

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Teams attendance report

 

MC215375: Removing some Teams channel system messages

 

Safe Documents is now Generally Available

(GCC | GCC High | DOD)

 

SharePoint and OneDrive for Business File size limit increased to 100GB

(GCC | GCC High | DOD)

 

Enable communication site experience on classic team sites

 

 

Public Sector Blog Spotlight

 

Shifts in Microsoft Teams: How to Engage Frontline Workers in the GCC

 

 

Office 365 IP Endpoint and URL Latest Update

16 June 2020 – GCC

29 June 2020 – GCC

29 June 2020 – GCC High

29 June 2020 – DOD

 

 

Roadmap Changes This Month

 

Faster & More Reliable Exchange PowerShell Cmdlets

GCC | GCCH | DOD

Launched

Microsoft Forms Pro (Standalone) for GCC

GCC

July CY2020

AIP scanner for on-premises available for Government clouds

GCC | GCCH

Q3 CY2020

AIP Unified Labeling client for Windows available for Government clouds

GCC | GCCH

July CY2020

Microsoft Bookings available to GCC customers

GCC

August CY2020

Microsoft Forms: Specific User Sharing for Collaboration for GCC, GCC-High and DoD

GCC | GCCH | DOD

July CY2020

Microsoft Information Protection:  Exact Data Match will support data files containing up to 100 Million rows

GCC | GCCH | DOD

Q3 CY2020

Microsoft Information Protection:  Exact Data Match will support SALT in the data hashing process to improve data security

GCC | GCCH | DOD

August CY2020

Microsoft Information Protection:  Support for Exact Data Match (EDM) for the government clouds

GCC | GCCH | DOD

July CY2020

New Advanced eDiscovery solution in Microsoft 365 for Gov clouds

GCC | GCCH | DOD

Q3 CY2020

Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection:  Mail Latency Summary Report

GCC | GCCH | DOD

July CY2020

Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection: Mailflow Status Summary Report

GCC | GCCH | DOD

July CY2020

Office 365 ATP:  External Email Forwarding Controls

GCC | GCCH | DOD

July CY2020

Office 365: Office 365 Advanced Message Encryption for Government clouds

GCC | GCCH | DOD

July CY2020

 

Microsoft Teams

Cloud Instance

Release

Microsoft Teams:   Enable organizers to change lobby settings for PSTN meeting participants for GCC customers

GCC

Launched

Microsoft Teams:  Announce when PSTN participants join/leave the meeting for GCC customers

GCC

Launched

Microsoft Teams – increase in the number of simultaneous videos in Teams meetings for GCC customers

GCC

Launched

Legal Hold for Teams Private Channels messages

GCC, 

Launched

Microsoft Teams – set tenant-wide default selection for “Who Can Present” in Teams meetings

GCC | GCCH | DOD

Launched

Microsoft Teams for Firstline Worker – Shifts in GCC

GCC

Launched

Microsoft Teams – inline message translation  in Office 365 Government GCC and GCCH

GCC | GCCH

Launched

Website tabs in Teams GCC-High

GCCH

Launched

Microsoft Teams – Phone System for GCCH and DoD

GCC | GCCH

Launched

Microsoft Teams – live captions in Teams meetings for GCC tenants

GCC

Q2 CY2020

Microsoft Team – Read Receipts in private chats

GCC

Q2 CY2020

Microsoft Teams:  Third-party single sign-on (SSO) for apps in Teams

GCC

July CY2020

Settings Gear on your Activity Feed

GCC | GCCH | DOD

June CY2020

Microsoft Teams – Real Time Presence

GCC | GCCH | DOD

Q2 CY2020

Microsoft Teams – improved Teams meeting join launcher experience for GCC customers

GCC

July CY2020

Microsoft Teams – increase in the number of simultaneous videos in Teams meetings for GCCH and DoD customers

GCCH | DoD

July CY2020

Microsoft Teams – New experience for launching instant channel meetings for GCC customers

GCC

July CY2020

Microsoft Teams – new lobby setting: only the organizer joins the meeting directly

GCC

July CY2020

Microsoft Teams:  Support for native device camera and location capabilities for Personal apps and tabs

GCC | GCCH | DOD

July CY2020

Microsoft Teams:  Priority Notifications in Gov Clouds

GCC | GCCH | DOD

July CY2020

Microsoft Teams:  Queue sent messages when offline

GCC | GCCH | DOD

July CY2020

Microsoft Teams: Channel info pane

GCC

July CY2020

Microsoft Teams – Pinned Posts

GCC | GCCH | DOD

July CY2020

Microsoft Teams – PSTN participant phone numbers are masked from external users for GCC

GCC

July CY2020

Microsoft Teams – Teams meetings background effects and policy administration for GCC, GCCHigh, and DoD tenants

GCC | GCCH | DOD

June CY2020

Microsoft Teams – new policy to prevent upload of profile picture for GCC customers

GCC | GCCH | DOD

June CY2020

Microsoft Teams: New channel files tab for GCC, GCC-High and DoD

GCC | GCCH | DOD

July CY2020

Microsoft Teams: Data loss prevention and Microsoft Teams

GCC | GCCH | DOD

July CY2020

 

SharePoint Online / OneDrive for Business

Cloud Instance

Release

SharePoint – OneDrive – Teams – file upload limit up to 100GB

GCC | GCCH | DOD

Launched

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

GCCH

Launched

SharePoint: Enable modern communication site experience on classic sites

GCC | GCCH | DOD

July CY2020

SharePoint lists – Create a new list item via a form in Quick Edit

GCC | GCCH | DOD

June CY2020

SharePoint lists and libraries – Bulk edit your list items and file properties in the form

GCC | GCCH | DOD

June CY2020

SharePoint lists and libraries – Fixed row height in Quick Edit

GCC | GCCH | DOD

June CY2020

SharePoint lists and libraries – Sticky column in Quick Edit

GCC | GCCH | DOD

July CY2020

SharePoint lists and libraries – updated Quick Edit row selection

GCC | GCCH | DOD

June CY2020

SharePoint lists and libraries – Open a list or document library item within the view form from Quick Edit

GCC | GCCH | DOD

June CY2020

Microsoft Lists – visual updates for Quick Edit

GCC | GCCH | DOD

June CY2020

Microsoft Lists – sharing – built on SharePoint

GCC | GCCH | DOD

June CY2020

SharePoint lists – New hyperlink field editor in Quick Edit

GCC | GCCH | DOD

Q2 CY2020

SharePoint lists and libraries – New calendar picker

GCC | GCCH | DOD

Q2 CY2020

SharePoint lists and libraries – Rename title column

GCC | GCCH | DOD

July CY2020

 

Please feel free to offer any feedback or suggestions on how we can improve this communication.

Brought to you by Dr. Ware, Microsoft Office 365 Silver Partner, Charleston SC.

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