Change Log

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

Original release: July 1, 2020. Current book dated: September 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 October 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.

Table 1: Chapter updates for Office 365 for IT Pros

Chapter Update Counts:

  • August 2020: 18 chapters.
  • September 2020: 17 chapters.
  • October 2020: 21 chapters.

We have released three updates for the 2021 edition since its publication: 1 August, 1 September, 1 October. 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.

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

Oct2Added notes on Teams SBA and Project Nucleus. Updated dates for TLS 1.2 decommissioning. Various text updates.
Oct3Minor updates, including public preview of Continual Access Evaluation.
Oct4Version 2.0.3 of the Exchange Online Management module supports simultaneous connections to the Exchange Online and the Security and Compliance endpoints. More on the security/compliance center split. Mention of Linux support for EXO V2. Introduced modern EAC. Added coverage of new network connectivity health checks; miscellaneous text updates.
Oct5Added section about plus addressing support for Exchange Online.
Oct6Section on dynamic distribution lists rewritten.
Oct7Rewrites of many sections as this chapter is restructured and refreshed.
Oct8Added section about SharePoint weekly mail digest and other tweaks across the chapter.
Oct9Outlook desktop is changing the way it displays unread counts for Groups.
Oct10Rationalization and rewriting of some sections about adding guests to groups.
Oct11Safari 13 supports incoming video for Teams meetings. Customized badges are supported for the Praise app. Link to new feature by platform page included. Section added about Teams breakout rooms.
Oct12Added extra content about how sensitivity labels can restrict guests being added to team membership.
Oct13Note about the better performance of the Where method for arrays.
Oct14Sections added about Teams Survivable Branch Appliances and 3pip Phones.
Oct15Planner has some limited offline capability.
Oct16Stream 2.0 moves video storage to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. Recordings of Teams meetings can move to the new platform in October. Added notes about replacing a video in Stream.
Oct17Silverlight Intune is EOL! Updated MEM/Intune naming usage to reflect MS guidance. Renamed M365 MDM to Basic Mobility and Security. Noted upcoming EOL for Android Device Admin.
Oct18A few minor updates to cover changes announced at Ignite.
Oct19Information barrier policies now GA for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business sites.
Oct21New trainable classifiers and roles available for communications compliance policies. Update for the sample PowerShell script to report workload data via the Graph is available. New layout for standard workload usage reports in Microsoft 365 admin center (Figure 21-18). Added section explaining how to search the audit log for actions performed against objects (documents, users, and groups).
Oct22An action in a DLP policy can now block access to SPO and ODFB content for those with Anyone links.
Oct24The advent of scoping for sensitivity labels mean that the sections describing how to plan for and create and edit sensitivity labels were rewritten.
Sept1Added link to Microsoft’s per-country list of where Office 365 customer data is stored.
Sept3Minor changes to wording in several places.
Sept4Refreshed Graph Explorer control to reflect the fact that Microsoft is pushing out some tenant admin controls that can only be set through the Graph. Internet Explorer 11 will not be supported after August 17, 2021. Added mention of new support PIN verification process. Added Visio and Project to list of self-service license purchase SKUs. Incident notification in Outlook
Sept5OWA now includes a warning when mailbox quota exceeds 90% of allocation.
Sept7Updated PowerShell examples for quarantine access. General restructuring of some sections covering Message Hygiene.
Sept8Discover view is being retired in ODFB. Microsoft Lists a new App in Microsoft 365 to access and create new enhanced SharePoint lists is rolled out.
Sept9Preview now available to assign Azure AD roles to (new) groups.
Sept11New guidance for deploying Teams on Windows Virtual desktop and VDI environments. Whiteboard app for Teams now supports sticky notes and text boxes. Added more detail about Teams meeting settings. Teams now remembers the background effect chosen by users and persists it for every video meeting until a new effect is chosen. Teams won’t support IE11 after November 30, 2020. The Graph presence subscription API is now used to detect calendar changes and calculate user presence.
Sept12Microsoft 365 communication compliance policies which process Teams messages can now block messages which violate policy.
Sept14Added info about connecting analog devices to direct routing; how to bypass enterprise voice and dial-in conferencing during migrations; and info about the CallRecord API.
Sept15Clarification about Planner service location.
Sept16Clarification about the video view captured in Teams meeting recordings.
Sept17Added mention of end of support for iOS 11.
Sept18Updated deathwatch dates for Internet Explorer 11. Added info on per-user storage restriction in OneDrive.
Sept19Added definition of trainable classifier and other minor changes.
Sept21Emphasize that Planner does not generate audit records. Sway no longer generates audit events. Rewrite section about alert policies.
Sept24Power BI now supports sensitivity label inheritance for Excel worksheets generated through the PivotTable connection and Analyze with Excel features.
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.