Flying through the world of Microsoft – brief news

Targeting the audience in Microsoft 365 SharePoint organizational reports

It is now possible to display content to specific groups of people. This allows creators and publishers to tag sites and posts with Azure Active Directory (AAD) groups and filter the content in those web sections to people in those groups, i.e. to target them with relevant content.

Effect on customer websites and Microsoft services and products in Chrome version 80 (or later)

Chrome changes how sites and cookies work by default. To prepare for this change, Microsoft has updated the Dynamics 365 and Power Platform suite. This is a courtesy warning that the sites you use when running in Chrome may not work as soon as they open up in Chrome 80 and should be tested to confirm that any updates are required.

Preparing for TLS 1.2 in Office 365 and Office 365 GCC

To provide customers with the best encryption in its class, Microsoft plans to provide Transport Layer Security (TLS) versions 1.0 and 1.1 in Office 365 and Office 365 GCC in June 2020.

It is recommended that all client-server and browser-server combinations use TLS 1.2 (or a later version) to maintain connectivity to Office 365. It may be necessary to update some client-server and browser-server combinations.

Office 365 Video Retirement

Office 365 Video is a service that will be replaced by Microsoft Stream. Microsoft released a migration plan with deadlines for the retirement of the Video service:

  • 01/04/2020 for iOS
  • 01/03/2021 for web portals

Microsoft has also provided a migration tool.

NOTE: Starting 1 March 2020, if you have not taken any action or decided to delay the migration, Microsoft will automatically convert your video content into Stream.

Windows 7 – end of support and Office 365 ProPlus

As announced earlier, Windows 7 will no longer be supported as of 14 January 2020.

Using Office 365 ProPlus on older, unsupported operating systems can cause performance and reliability issues over time. If your organization uses Office 365 ProPlus on Windows 7 devices, it is strongly recommended that it migrates these devices to Windows 10.

Therefore, we recommend that organizations migrate to Windows 10 or a supported operating system to continue receiving new updates for Office 365 ProPlus feature sets.