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September 24, 2020

Office 365

Banner graphic from M365/Edge Product Team Announcement

So Long IE and Legacy Edge

On August 17, the Microsoft 365 Team announced EOL for Microsoft Edge Legacy (Mar 9, 2021) and end-of-support for Internet Explorer 11 in its apps and services (starting with Teams on Nov 30, 2020 and concluding with a total drop on Aug 17, 2021).

Snippet of Win10.Guru files on teams

Raft of New Features Coming to Microsoft Teams

Microsoft just announced a whole bunch of new teams features including meetings with up to 20,000 participants (!) and a wide range of phone support plans, including expanded phone system integration, support for SIP phones, and even (gasp!) Teams phones coming soon.

Every two minutes or so, this warning message appears just below the Outlook ribbon.

Outlook Connection Issue After July 28 Update

Ever since I updated my Office 365 install with yesterday’s monthly offering (July 28), Outlook keeps warning me to “CHECK YOUR CONNECTION” (all-caps is Microsoft’s not mine). I did, and it’s working fine. So what’s up here?

Office download settings show new channel names

New Names for Microsoft 365 Update Channels

MS has introduced new names for Office update channels. These now include a Beta Channel (early adopters), Current Channel (and Preview version), and Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel (and Preview version). You’ve been warned!

The "About" screen from the Communities Teams app.

Teams Gets Yammer Integration

Through the Communities item in the Teams apps, you can add Yammer as a channel in the left-hand navigation bar for Microsoft Teams. I provide step-by-step install info. You’ll have to have a Yammer account tied to your Teams account to take advantage, though.

Office 365 ProPlus logo

MS Reverses O365 ProPlus Plans to Bing-ify Web Search

When MS announced in January it would automatically change over search engines in Chrome (and perhaps Firefox) from the current default to Bing, I expected some backlash. It’s been heard, and a new, kinder and gentler policy set forward.

Product Info for 365 subscription

Microsoft Search Extends Its Reach to Chrome (and Firefox)

Here’s an interesting snippet from an innocuous sounding item from Microsoft Docs dated January 17, 2020. It’s entitled “Microsoft Search in Bing and Office 365 Pro Plus” and is very much worth reading. The first paragraph baldly declares Microsoft’s intentions (I added the bold text for additional emphasis ): Starting with Version 2002 of Office

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