Reminder: End of mainstream support SharePoint 2013

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Just a heads-up in case that you still have SharePoint environments running on SharePoint 2013:

Mainstream support for SharePoint 2013 will end on April 10th, 2018:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/search?alpha=sharepoint%202013

After this date only security fixes will be provided for SharePoint 2013. Regular hotfixes can no longer be requested.

If not already done we recommend to start planning the migration to SharePoint Server 2016 as soon as possible.

Or Office 365 and SharePoint OnlineJ

Source : https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/stefan_gossner/2017/10/11/mainstream-support-for-sharepoint-2013-will-end-in-6-months/

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Microsoft Office 365 April Updates

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If you are in the Office 365 world, you know that it is continuesly bein updated.

In the past few weeks Microsoft has announced multiple updates to Office 365 (Microsoft Teams, SharePoint Online, Stream and Azure AD sign-in experience). Some of these updates will affect the end users.

In order to avoid some surprises to your users, you should plan to communicate these changes to your users.

Here is a list of some of these updates :

What’s new in Microsoft Teams – April update

  • Skype for Business contacts are coming to Teams – All your contacts and groups that you created in Skype for Business will show up in Teams under your contact list
  • Unified Presence between Teams and Skype for Business – Presence states for users (i.e. available, busy or in a call) will now be aggregated between Teams and Skype for Business
  • Out of office message – Your out of office status and message will now show up in Microsoft Teams when people hover over your people card.
  • Skype for Business Interop with Persistent Chat – added the ability for Teams users to communicate with other users who are using Skype for Business (both online or on-prem)
  • Improved notifications about calls – If you have a missed call or a new voicemail, you’ll start seeing a notification in your Activity feed
  • Support for new languages – now support Indonesian, Romanian, and Vietnamese
  • Collaborate securely with anyone in Microsoft Teams with guest access – rolled out the ability to add anyone as a guest in Microsoft Teams. Read the full announcement for all details.
  • More channels per team – now able to create up to 200 channels per team
  • New Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center including Messaging Policies – The new admin center provides you with additional functionality including the ability to manage messaging policies on a user level. Read the full announcement for all details.
  • Retention policies – With retention policies for conversations, chats, and channel messages, you can decide proactively whether to retain content, delete content, or both, and then retain or delete the content based on a time duration. Read the full announcement for all details
  • Install Microsoft Teams using MSI – Admins can now use MSI files (32-bit and 64-bit) to remotely deploy Microsoft Teams so that users do not have to manually download the Teams app. Read the full announcement for all details.
  • New features available on Teams iOS & Android apps – The features Skype for Business Interop with persistent chat, unified presence between Teams and Skype for Business as well as contact groups have started to roll out on mobile clients as well.
  • Guest access on mobile – Guest access and account switching is now available on iOS and Android, and on unmanaged and managed devices

Upcoming improvements to the Azure AD sign-in experience

  • Updated layout and styling of UI elements
  • Moving all screens to the new sign-in experience
  • Updated ADFS web theme so you can update your ADFS servers to have a consistent look across federated sign-ins

In June 2018, we’re making changes to the native social capabilities in SharePoint Online

Beginning in June 2018, the company feed will be set to read-only for existing Tenants and the option to implement the Newsfeed capability will be removed for new Office Tenants. For customers using the company feed we recommend considering options such as Team News, Communication Sites, and/or Yammer.

New Stream Features – April 2018

  • Tier-C compliance – Stream is now certified to be a Tier-C compliant service in the Office 365 compliance framework. This includes certifications for compliance standards like SOC 1, SOC 2, ISO 27001, HIPAA, and EU Model Clauses.
  • Spotlight videos on Home page – This enables admins to highlight (or spotlight) videos on Stream to raise visibility on those and bring them to employees. (Ability for group owners to spotlight videos to their group coming soon).
  • Cloud recording for meetings in Microsoft Teams (coming soon) – Stream enables recording of meetings in Teams and making those available for consumption after the meeting.
  • More seamless SSO with Teams – Stream now supports seamless SSO for Stream videos and channel embedded in Teams when using the Teams desktop client.
  • Edit transcripts and people timelines – Customer can edit automatically generated transcripts and curate face timelines. (E5 or Stream Plan 2 licenses only)
  • Splitting who can create channels and who can upload videos – Admins can now specify a different set of people who can upload videos to Stream from those that can create company wide channels.

PowerApps

Announced 3 additions to the PowerApps Office Template Series: Meeting Capture, QuickTask, and Company Pulse