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The May 17th, 2019 Weekly Roundup is Posted!  5/17/2019

This week Microsoft announced Azure AD changed the 16-character password limit, allowing you to set a password with up to 256 characters, including spaces, the availability of Planner notifications in Microsoft Teams, and the Yammer conversations web part for SharePoint. 

A user is our Member of the Week, an active contributor to the Microsoft Edge Insider Discussions space

View the Weekly Roundup for May 13- 17, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The May 10th, 2019 Weekly Roundup is Posted!  5/10/2019

This week Microsoft announced general availability of Microsoft Search, the support of Actionable Messages in Outlook for iOS and Android, and updated features in user management in the Microsoft 365 admin center

A user is our member of the week, an active member in a number of spaces including Outlook, Exchange, Microsoft Teams, SharePoint and Access

View the Weekly Roundup for May 6 - 10, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The May 3rd Weekly Roundup is Posted!  5/6/2019

This week Microsoft announced updates to the Calendar in Outlook for Windows, Information Barriers in Microsoft Teams, and new Office 365 Message Encryption capabilities. 

A user is our member of the week, a fairly new member who has offered fantastic feedback in the Microsoft Edge Insiders Discussions space.

View the Weekly Roundup for April 29 - May 3, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

Community Update - April 29th, 2019  4/30/2019

Hi all,

We just launched the latest update to the Microsoft Tech Community, and we wanted to share with you some details about what's changed & what we fixed. 

First, some of these changes (^) went live last week, to help us prepare the community for the upcoming Microsoft Build event 

What is new?

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This new RSS feed has been designed to deliver on feedback from Community, specifically:

techcommunity.microsoft.com/gxcuf89792/plugins/custom/microsoft/o365/custom-blog-rss?board=AccessBlog&label=&messages=&size=50

We are aware that some RSS readers will not load the above URL but so far this seems to be readers that are looking for a URL ending .rss. 

Please note: To be able to use an RSS feed from a private community you will need to have a rss reader which either supports login or shares your authentication cookie with your browser. 

What have we fixed?

The April 26th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  4/26/2019

This week Microsoft announced Microsoft Launcher 5.4.0 is fully available to test, the preview of Security Policy Advisor, and the Office cloud policy service.

A user is our member of the week, a fairly new member with great contributions in the Excel space.

View the Weekly Roundup for April 22 - 26, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The April 19th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  4/20/2019

This week Microsoft announced the Windows Admin Center 1904 GA update, Microsoft Defender ATP’s integration with Microsoft Cloud App Security, and Threat & Vulnerability Management. 

A user is our member of the week, a member who just joined this month with great feedback in the Microsoft Edge Insider Discussions space.

View the Weekly Roundup for April 15 - 19, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The April 12th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  4/14/2019

This week Microsoft announced Microsoft Teams Rooms update 4.0.85.0, rolling out the change to use Skype for Business desktop app on Mac as our web-downloadable meetings client instead of Skype Meetings App (SMA), and Public endpoint, ability to connect to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance from Internet, without VPN reaching global availability. 

A user is our member of the week, a new member with great feedback in the Microsoft Edge Insider Discussions space.

View the Weekly Roundup for April 8 - 12, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

Announcing Tech Community AI Language Translation Beta  4/15/2019

We released our new AI-powered language localization beta, which will enable members to translate all conversation spaces and blogs on the community into six languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Simplified Chinese (see FAQs). Content in conversation spaces and  blogs will be automatically translated to the reader’s preferred language and displayed in thread.

We have also begun working on localizing the core components of the community UI, and while this work is not yet complete, we wanted to highlight what we have completed thus far. If you spot any translation issues, please report them in our Community Ideas board and make sure you choose the appropriate labels to help us prioritize your feedback.

Note: When you’re viewing the community after having it translated and see elements in English, that means that content has not yet been translated and we do not need an idea submitted for these.

We hope you like this new feature and all that remains is to welcome our new users.

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The April 5th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  4/5/2019

This week Microsoft announced Azure Active Directory password protection is now generally available, SharePointDsc v3.3, and that starting today, Microsoft Teams users will be able to add a Yammer tab to their Teams channel that loads a specified group or topic feed from Yammer

A user is our member of the week, an active contributor especially in the Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business for IT Pro spaces.

View the Weekly Roundup for April 1 - 5, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The March 29th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  3/29/2019

This week Microsoft announced Windows Admin Center Preview 1903, live events in Microsoft 365 (including Teams, Stream, and Yammer) and Windows 10, version 1809. 

A user is our member of the week, a strong contributor especially in the SharePoint space.

View the Weekly Roundup for March 25 - 29, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The March 22nd Weekly Roundup is Posted!  3/22/2019

This week Microsoft announced Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac, Advanced Threat Protection for Azure Storage, and the first major version of Microsoft Launcher after migrating to Microsoft Tech community now fully available for your testing.

A user is our member of the week, a great contributor especially in the Microsoft Teams space.

View the Weekly Roundup for March 18 - 22, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

Community Update - March 15th, 2019  4/1/2019

Welcome to our regular blog on changes to the community platform.

Mobile

In this update we have focused on making some incremental improvements to our mobile UI.  This is only the first release of what will be a complete review of our mobile UI. So tell us what works, what doesn't and what you would like to see in our community ideas board.

Performance

We have been taking a closer look at some of the feedback we get about page load times. Specifically we had noted an issue with Internet Explorer 11 taking significantly longer than other browsers to load the community. We are still reviewing our data on this but we have made some changes to improve the experience for all users, notably:

We will continue to assess this over the next few weeks and see what other options we have to make the pages load a whole lot quicker. 

Auto mention

In discussion spaces when you reply to a topic you will now automatically mention the author. If you are replying to someone else's reply then you will mention them instead. We plan to add this same feature to blogs shortly, let us know if you like it and if it helps.

What are we working on?

The biggest piece of work we are working on right now is multi-lingual support for the community. We will shortly be rolling out AI translation between English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese and Simplified Chinese. The objective with this will be to allow members to reply to each others comments in their own language and the community will automatically translate it to the language of the reader. As part of this roll out we will also start to translate elements of the community UI into these languages over the next few months.

Although the exact launch date has yet to be decided I expect it to be live before the end of April. Meanwhile, here is a sneak peak: (note the content is just test data!)

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Help us shape the Microsoft Tech Community, create your ideas here and upvote your favourites.

The March 15th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  3/15/2019

This week Microsoft announced the ability to copy plans to Microsoft Planner, the public preview of two new features for Azure AD Application Proxy that make it even easier to provide secure remote access to on-premises applications and you can now add your flagged emails to To-Do. 

A user is our member of the week, a great contributor especially in the SharePoint and SharePoint Developer spaces. 

View the Weekly Roundup for March 11 - 15, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The March 8th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  3/8/2019

This week Microsoft announced that MileIQ now supports Azure Active Directory, Azure Information Protection can now detect different types of credentials and several new capabilities to help you discover, classify & label, protect and monitor your sensitive information.

A user is our Member of the Week, a very active contributor, especially in the Excel space

View the Weekly Roundup for March 4 - 8, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The March 1st Weekly Roundup is Posted!  3/1/2019

This week Microsoft announced the first flight for the MSIX Packaging Tool Insider Program, sign in to UserVoice using your Azure Active Directory (AD) credentials, and more streamlined iOS enrollment for Intune.

A user is our Member of the Week, a strong contributor especially in the SharePoint Developer space

View the Weekly Roundup for February 25 - March 1, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

See you on the Other Side!  3/1/2019

After nearly six years of working with Microsoft communities I’m sad to make my final post here as an admin of the community. On Monday, March 4th, I will begin the next chapter of my career. It’s been a superbly rewarding experience being a part of this project – seeing scope grow from one product (SharePoint woot woot) to the Office 365 Network to Tech Community and beyond – and I’m humbled by the eager participation, knowledge sharing, and contribution that happens here every day as this community continues to grow in size.

What’s Next?

I’m not going far! I’ll be joining the Microsoft 365 Product Marketing team under @Dan Holme, as the PMM for Yammer + Employee Engagement. In the new role I’ll be working with many of you and will be present at events as well as here on the Microsoft Tech Community.

Shout-Outs

There are WAY to many people who belong on this list – Execs, Managers, MVPs, entire teams, and so on – including the 290k members of this current community who bring value here on a daily basis. But here are a few who deserve to be mentioned by name:

A user – We’ve watched the Tech Community grow through thick and thin and had a blast while doing it. Simply put, you rock and are my partner in crime. 

A user – For trusting in the community strategy (and me) and tying together community, events, readiness, Diversity & Tech to put the right mix of people in the right place.

A user  – For giving me a chance to help build something compelling, being a mentor, keeping me on task, and teaching me to turn a chip on my shoulder into strategic action.

@TechCommunity Team: A user, A user  A user, A user  A user, and former team members Lana (the inspiration for this post) + A user – you are the engine that powers this community and so many channels + programs across Microsoft. You’ve been amazing to work with and will all continue to do amazing things for Microsoft’s stakeholders. I can’t wait to see what’s next for this team, community, and all of you!

The SharePoint Team/Community – Since 2013 the members of this team + community have worked closely with me and made me feel part of the family. SharePoint Conference + Ignite are always the two biggest events on my calendar and it’s because I get the chance to work closely with the team as well as mingle with the die-hard community.

Value of Community – They say you get out of community what you put into it, and I feel spoiled that I have been able to take so much away. There are countless opportunities for anyone who is willing to get involved, talk, ask questions, answer questions, connect with others, and learn. Over the past six years I’ve laughed, cried, skied, danced, hiked, sailed, biked, explored, and grown with members of the Microsoft community. I’ve introduced them to friends and family and vice versa - all while learning about tech, Microsoft products, the world, and myself. If that’s not community, then I don’t know what is. Thank you for everything and see you on the other side.

Stay in touch with me on Twitter and/or LinkedIn! And of course, if you haven't done so already... join the Tech Community! 

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The February 22nd Weekly Roundup is Posted!  2/22/2019

This week Microsoft announced the Office app for Windows 10, several improvements to dynamic arrays in Excel, and the new Public Preview of Small Basic Online 1.0.

A user is our Member of the Week, a great contributor especially in the Access, Microsoft Teams and SharePoint spaces. 

View the Weekly Roundup for February 18 -22, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The February 15th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  2/15/2019

This week Microsoft announced a new Microsoft Graph Security connector for Power BI, SharePoint page enhancements currently released to Targeted Release customers in Office 365, and updates to the Windows 10 supported platforms for enterprises deploying MSIX.

A user is our Member of the Week, an excellent contributor in a number of spaces in the Tech Community, including Planner, Yammer and SharePoint

View the Weekly Roundup for February 11 -15, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The February 8th Weekly Roundup is Posted!  2/8/2019

This week Microsoft announced security notifications delivered in the Microsoft Authenticator app, the availability of Azure Data Explorer (Kusto) and the recently released Remote Autopilot Reset feature for Intune for Education.

A user is our Member of the Week, an excellent contributor especially in the Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business IT Pro spaces.

View the Weekly Roundup for February 4 -8, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.

The February 1st Weekly Roundup is Posted!  2/2/2019

This week Microsoft announced new “change the look” features for SharePoint sites, new capabilities to enhance your alert and insight experience in Office 365, and four major Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Identity Protection enhancements now in public preview. 

A user is our Member of the Week, a great contributor especially in the Microsoft Teams and SharePoint spaces.

View the Weekly Roundup for January 28 - February 1, 2019 in a Sway and attached Word document.