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Microsoft April 2022

Information on the latest updates from Microsoft that will affect your business.


This month Microsoft has lots of new features and feature enhancements.

Teams Microsoft Teams Updates


1. Workflows in Teams app store for messaging

How this will affect your organisation:

Workflows let you automate repetitive tasks or processes that connect one or more apps to Teams. In short, they can save you time and effort. Teams users will be able to browse, add, and manage this unified platform capability from the Teams store and from several other contexts within Teams. Many workflows run automatically without further user action once they’ve been set up; others can be run manually from the messaging area in Teams or from individual messages.
Availability is managed through allowed access to Power Automate. Current settings for Power Automate will be honored. Admins can turn off the capability by using an app permission policy or by blocking Power Automate for their organisation from the Manage apps page.


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When this will happen:
Mid-March and should be fully deployed by the end of March.


2. Casting from Teams desktop client to Microsoft Teams Rooms


How this will affect your organisation:

For quick ad-hoc sessions that don’t require setting up a formal meeting, people can use Teams casting to wirelessly connect to a Teams Room and display content from the Teams desktop client (Windows and Mac). Users can share their screen and cast content stored locally on their computer or accessible via Office 365.

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When this will happen:
Mid-March and expect to complete the rollout by late April.



A_SE Admin Updates

1. New Commerce Experience Cancellation Policy Changes


How this will affect your organisation:

Partners now have seven calendar days--increased from 72 hours--to cancel or reduce seats after ordering or renewing new commerce subscriptions in CSP.
Partner Center Announcement with more details:

When this will happen:


ExchangeUpdates Exchange Updates


1. Modern Dynamic Distribution Groups


How this will affect your organisation:

Today, the membership list for a Dynamic Distribution Group is calculated every time a message is sent to the group, based on filters and conditions that you have defined for that group. Since these filters can be highly complex, it can take a long time to calculate the recipient list, leading to delayed mail and in extreme cases, reliability issues. In addition to this, as DDGs are resolved only upon being sent, the actual recipient list is unknown to the sender, which can present potential compliance issues for our customers.

New changes:
• Instead of calculating group membership in real time, we will be storing the membership list for each Dynamic Distribution Group. This membership list will then get updated periodically once every 24 hours.
Note: When you create a new Dynamic Distribution Group or modify the filters of a group, it may take up to 2 hours until your group is ready to be used for the first time after creating or modifying the group filters.

• With this update, you will be certain of the recipient list of a Dynamic Distribution Group prior to a message being sent, which will help address any potential compliance concerns. You will have the capability to view Dynamic Distribution Group members via the Get-DynamicDistributionGroupMember cmdlet. For more information, please visit Get-DynamicDistributionGroupMember. In addition, by storing the calculated list of members on the Dynamic Distribution Group object, we will deliver messages more quickly and our service will have improved reliability.


When this will happen:
Early April and expect to complete by mid-April.