Here’s what’s announced as coming to Microsoft 365 this week for Teams, Viva & more

Kevin Okemwa

Microsoft 365 Basic

We’re at the end of another week yet again, it is during this time that we get to recap some of the key features that Microsoft announced as coming to Microsoft 365. Here’s what you need to know:

Microsoft Teams: Simplified App Update Experience

With the new simplified app update, Teams will now maintain an index of all of the apps a user has approved. The index will allow apps to automatically update in real-time (everywhere it is installed for the user). This will save the user time as they’ll be no need to update it elsewhere once the update. The changes are applied everywhere else automatically.

The feature tagged 95676 in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap will begin rolling out later this month and hit general availability by mid-March.

Office App: Idle Session Timeout for Microsoft 365 Web Apps – Worldwide Cloud

Microsoft is releasing Idle session timeout tagged 55183 in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap to allow users to “configure a tenant-wide timeout policy to automatically sign out users after a period of inactivity on Microsoft 365 web apps.”

This will help restrict unauthorized parties from accessing sensitive data concerning the organization, especially when using an unmanaged or shared device. The company has indicated that this is an improvement over and will eventually replace current app-specific idle timeout settings in Outlook Web App (OWA) and SharePoint Online (SPO).

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The feature will roll out in the first half of 2023, however, Microsoft will announce when it is supposed to hit general availability.

The Room Remote feature for desktop

Microsoft announced that it will be incorporating a new feature dubbed Room Remote to Teams. The feature tagged 95482 will allow users to control a nearby shared meeting room device from their Desktop/PC with Teams client.

The company made its first debut on mobile and will begin to roll it out mid-this month and release it to general availability in mid-March.

Microsoft Viva Connections is Available on iPad

Microsoft is debuting Viva connections to iPad. The message tagged 101167 in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap will begin rolling out in early March, and then hit general availability in mid-March.

Graph API for Teams Meetings Transcripts

Microsoft has incorporated new org-wide application permissions and RSC application permissions with the aim of ensuring that apps can access meeting transcripts for a specific meeting. “Resource specific consent (RSC) permissions, specifically enables admins to authorize users to provide consent to apps, so they get specific access to a Teams meeting’s transcripts to which it is installed to, rather than providing them access across the entire tenant,” says Microsoft.

The feature tagged 95788 in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap was supposed to be published to beta last year in July. but is now expected to hit general availability later this year in mid-June.

That’s it for this week folks! Let us know which feature you are anticipating most below.