Our M365 PACE team takes a look at the Microsoft 365 Roadmap each month, highlighting the key announcements you need to know about. Here’s some of the big news for October 2022.
Microsoft Teams: Sensitivity labels for Teams templates
Microsoft Roadmap ID 94036
Microsoft Teams is introducing support for sensitivity labels in templates, allowing admins to protect and regulate access to sensitive organisational content. After configuring sensitivity labels with associated policies in the Microsoft Purview compliance portal, you can apply them to Teams in your organisation.
The great thing about using sensitivity labels is that their policies are automatically enforced end-to-end through a combination of the Microsoft 365 Groups platform, the Microsoft Purview compliance portal and Teams services. They provide powerful infrastructure support for securing your organisation’s sensitive data and ensuring compliance with internal policies or regulations.
Sensitivity labels are different from Teams classification, also known as Azure AD group classification. If you use Teams classification, you can take a look at this Classic Azure AD group classification documentation to find out how to convert these values to sensitivity labels.
Using sensitivity labels
You can create and publish a sensitivity label named ‘confidential’ with the label privacy option configured as ‘private’. Now, any team that’s created with this label must be a private team.
When a user creates a new team and selected the ‘confidential’ label, the only privacy option available will be private. They simply won’t have the option to select other privacy options:
Screenshot of the sensitivity options when creating a new team.
When the team is created, the sensitivity label is displayed in the upper-right corner of channels in the team:
Screenshot of a team channel showing sensitivity label.
Sensitivity labels can be used to control guest access to your teams. A team created with a label won’t allow guest access – it’s only available to users in your organisation.
At the moment, sensitivity labels are not supported in class teams for customers using Teams Education SKUs. To learn more about licensing, take a look at Microsoft Teams service description.
Microsoft Viva: what’s new with Insights, Connections and Sales apps
Microsoft Roadmap ID 85660: Effective meetings in Viva Insights
A new ‘effective meetings’ experience is being introduced to the Microsoft Viva Insights app in Microsoft Teams. Meeting organisers will get personalised insights and suggestions to help improve meeting habits. Additionally, users will be able to create and share meeting plans to set up meeting norms such as shorter meetings and always including Teams links in invites.
Screenshot of Teams showing insights into past meetings.
The Meeting category insights tool can help you understand how you’re allocating time across your Outlook meeting categories. If you haven’t categorised any meetings between the last three months and the next four weeks, you won’t be able to see these insights. However, they will be available once you start categorising meetings within this time period.
You can analyse a specific category by selecting it from the checklist on the left:
Screenshot showing ability to view selected categories in effective meeting insights.
Using meeting effectiveness surveys, you can view aggregated feedback from attendees to get an insight into what’s going well and what you could improve. Surveys appear at the end of selected meetings with five or more participants:
Screenshot showing survey at the end of Teams meeting.
Meeting organisers with a Viva Insights subscription will be able to see aggregated survey results in the Viva Insights app in Teams and on the web. These results include aggregated star ratings and individual, anonymous feedback. The ‘effective meetings’ experience also shows insights into how your meetings succeeded and how they could be improved:
Screenshot of feedback in Viva Insights.
Microsoft Roadmap ID 98108: Connections Feed
The new Viva Connections Feed web part aggregates communications from sources across SharePoint, Yammer, Stream, Teams, and more into a single personalised feed.
A vertical layout to the web part is being introduced for greater flexibility when adding it to SharePoint pages and includes a ‘boost news’ feature for the most important updates.
Screenshot of Viva Connections post feed.
You will be able to see the author and time of each content card, as well as reactions, comments and post views. Within the web part, you can also share and navigate to find more content.
Microsoft Roadmap ID 98147: Microsoft Viva Sales app
Microsoft Viva Sales is a new app designed for salespeople, providing a seller experience that brings together the customer relationship management (CRM) system, Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams.
Integrated within the Microsoft 365 tools salespeople use every day for a streamlined experience, Viva Sales uses artificial intelligence (AI) to create handy suggestions and reminders based on customer interactions:
Screenshot of Viva Sales suggestions in Teams calendar.
Yammer: Storyline in Microsoft Viva Engage
Microsoft Roadmap ID 93407
A new feature for both Yammer and the Viva Engage app, Storyline offers a way for people to share, connect and contribute.
It is designed to empower leaders to reach and engage people, enabling everyone to connect and contribute while building personal networks with an amplified impact.
Users can share updates, experiences and perspectives to their storyline to reach followers and colleagues. Through storyline, users can also find relevant posts in their feeds and discover interesting people to follow in their feed.
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