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Everything You Need to Know About Office 365 – October 2020

While not quite as busy as last month, thanks to Ignite having come and gone, there were still quite a few notable announcements and updates that you should know about this month. As always, you can find all of our Office 365 coverage and tutorials here, but let’s dive in.

On the Teams side of life, be on the lookout for UI updates with Fluent slowly making its way to the collaboration tool and notifications will finally be going native as well. And there are a lot of folks who may be seeing that update as the company said that there are more than 115 million daily users of the tool.

Announced back in May 2020, Team templates arrived in Microsoft 365 tenants over the last couple of weeks. Steve has a deep dive into the update and how to get started with the feature.

If you want the full list of updates announced for Teams this month, you can find that information here. Keep in mind that just because a feature was announced, doesn’t mean that it’s available in your tenant.

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If you are looking for a new personal application to help you organize information across Microsoft 365, Moca may be for you. Tony has a closer look at the tool and how to get started with it.

When it comes to compliance this month, you should take a look at restructuring Office 365 sensitivity labels and the new audit events that have been added to Office 365. Compliance will continue to be an evergreen challenge, especially as more data is being created outside the firewall of your organization with many employees now working from home.

While we don’t talk about email as much as we did a few years ago, Microsoft has revamped its vision for Outlook. For those who think that Teams is the only future inside of Microsoft, the reality is that email will always be the universal communication platform for both internal and external conversations. And to help keep your email organized, here is how you can use plus address with Exchange Online.

Speaking visions, Microsoft has charted a new path for tenant to tenant migrations. But Tony says that it lacks coverage and depth – read the full report here.

And finally, if you are using Office 2010 – stop.

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