Change Log

Changes and updates made to Office 365 for IT Pros (2021 edition)

Original release: July 1, 2020. Current book dated: August 1, 2020

This log describes the changes made to the book since its original release. The document is up to date as of the version released on August 1, 2020. We try and release an updated version monthly, usually on the first of the month unless something like a major conference disrupts our ability to produce an update.

Changes per Chapter

This table only serves as a rough approximation of where the book’s content has changed. The number of individual changes or additions of new text within a chapter might be far higher. The chapter numbers are bolded.

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Table 1: Distribution of chapter updates

Chapter Update Counts:

  • August 2020: 18

We have released one update for the 2021 edition since its publication: 1 August. You can find update information on the inside cover of the book. The companion book was last updated on 1 July 2020.

We can only ask Amazon to update monthly and even so, sometimes they do not agree that we make enough changes to justify them sending a notification to customers that they can download the updated file.

The companion book was last updated on 1 July 2020.

Individual Chapter Changes for Office 365 for IT Pros, 2021 ed.

August1Updates for Microsoft FY20 Q4 results.
August2Several refinements for information about planning for cloud migrations.
August3Minor changes.
August4Update to Power Apps admin center URL; added self-service purchase approval flow warning; intro to Exchange PowerShell v2 cert-based authentication; updated coverage of the improved Secure Score experience; various text updates and fixes.
August5Preview of Exchange Online Management PowerShell module supports unattended script execution. Note about importing on-premises archives larger than 100 GB to Exchange Online. Microsoft has reduced the number of events created from email to just travel and parcel delivery. Changes to discussion about inactive mailboxes and how to preserve data for ex-employees.
August7Beginning of an end-to-end review by new author taking over chapter to refine, clarify, and improve flow of text.
August8Added section about Content Type Gallery. Fixed some typos.
August9Change in OWA create new Microsoft 365 dialog meant changes to several screen shots and accompanying text.
August10Moved script for updating group display names in line with naming policy to GitHub after updating it to deal with both prefixes and suffixes.
August11Clarifications about different forms of Teams meetings. Note added about Teams memory usage on Windows.
August12Added discussion about the ramifications of disabling the Chat app in Teams. Updated section about bulk policy assignment for Teams. Storage of Teams compliance records is not charged against user mailbox quotas. Added note about resource-specific consent for Teams apps. Removed text about discovery of private teams (Microsoft is reconsidering how to engineer the functionality).
August13Rewrote script for archiving a group to make it handle multiple groups. The Teams preview and production PowerShell modules are now both in the PowerShell gallery.
August14Added details about Teams advanced communications licenses, and updates for auto attendants and call queues.
August15Planner doesn’t have a recycle bin (emphasized). Noted that the Planner browser client is updated regularly, and users are prompted to refresh to load the changed code. New Tasks in Teams app released.
August16Changes for A1 users about what happens when they record a Teams meeting.
August17Short introduction to Desktop Analytics; coverage of new Intune pivot in Microsoft 365 admin center.
August21Communication compliance policies now cover Teams messages sent by users with on-premises mailboxes.
August22Included example of using a SharePoint Online managed property as a condition in a DLP policy.
August23Rewrote section about Power Platform management.
August24Chromium-based Edge browser can open protected PDFs. Sensitivity labels can control sharing capability for SharePoint Online sites.