Office apps for Android will no longer be supported on Chromebooks

As of November 1, 2021, Office apps for Android (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Union, OneNote and Outlook) on Chromebooks will no longer be available in the Google Play store. Users will be able to access Microsoft 365 from the web.

Note: This change does not affect Android devices: Office apps for Android mobile remain supported.

Connect+Learn: Major Updates to Whiteboard for Teams

Microsoft just launched a series of updates to Whiteboard — and they are major! Calling it “the new Microsoft Whiteboard designed for Hybrid Work,” Microsoft seems sure it will make a splash.

Join Connect+Learn for this overview of the new and improved Whiteboard and how it can make your Teams meetings more interactive and engaging. Whiteboard updates discussed will include:

  • A fresh look and feel.
  • New sticky notes and note grids.
  • The introduction of 40+ Whiteboard templates.
  • New options for interactive content.
  • Adding shapes and images.
  • And more…

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Connect+Learn: Electronic Signatures and Enterprise DocuSign

With fewer people in the office or meeting face to face, obtaining wet signatures on documents has become increasingly complicated, but navigating digital options can be overwhelming and confusing. As a result, last year an ITS working group was established to research and help demystify electronic signatures for U of T. 

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Connect+Learn: Introducing the New Microsoft Bookings

Did you know that Microsoft recently launched a new version Bookings? Join Connect+Learn for this overview of the new Bookings experience. Topics discussed will include:

  • How do I access the new version of Bookings?
  • How does the new version of Bookings differ from the previous version?
  • Cloning services and Bookings pages using the new version of Bookings.
  • New staff roles in the new version of Bookings.
  • And more…

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Introduction to OneNote

Join Connect+Learn for this introduction to OneNote, a note-taking program from Microsoft for free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration. It gathers users’ notes, drawings, screen clippings, and audio commentaries. Aspects discussed will include:

  • What is OneNote?
  • What can I use OneNote for?
  • How to use OneNote
  • Using OneNote with Outlook and Teams
  • Using the OneNote Web Clipper with your University account

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Retiring Teams mobile support for devices running on iOS version 13 and below

Microsoft will be retiring the Teams mobile support on iOS devices running version 13 and below. Instead Microsoft recommends that users upgrade to newer iOS builds, which is where Microsoft will continue to invest their development resources. Microsoft will also begin encouraging users to update to the newest version of Teams if they’re running builds older than 1 year.

The retirement will begin in early November (previously early October) and is expected to complete by mid-November (previously mid-October).

 

Teams Updates for Fall 2021

2021 has been a year of major Microsoft Teams updates. These updates have included key new functionalities such as breakout rooms, a transcription feature, new meeting dashboards and more. But what’s coming next? Join Connect+Learn for this glimpse into the near future. We will discuss major changes that are coming to Teams this fall, including:

  • The ability to designate meeting co-organizers.
  • The ability to extend the management of breakout rooms to specific presenters.
  • A new Q&A feature for Teams meetings.
  • Breakout room pre-meeting room creation and participant assignment.
  • And more…

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Phase 1b notice for IT community

Dear colleagues, 

Information Technology Services (ITS) will apply additional security features to prioritized users’ University of Toronto (U of T) Microsoft 365 (M365) accounts as part of the rollout of Secure U (of T) advanced threat protections. These new features use advanced Microsoft Defender analytics to proactively identify cyberattacks in order to protect users’ email accounts and documents. 

We would like to enable this for end users on the 5th July.  Attached is an email template for you to notify them of these additional protections.  If you have concerns, please reach out to us. 

Read more on these additional security features below. Note. There will be additional features in the future and you will be informed as they become available. 

Anti-Phishing and Impersonation Protections  

The implementation of anti-phishing enhancements will be in three phases. Users may be in different phases at different times. 

Phase 1: Tuning 

Phishing and spoofed email alerts for identified M365 accounts will be reviewed by ITS staff to tune the service by identifying legitimate senders who could have a similar domain or display name to the accounts the University is protecting. This first phase is ‘invisible’ and will not impact users’ email experience. 

Phase 2: Notification 

Users will be alerted to possible phishing attempts by displaying safety tips in the body of suspicious emails they receive. This will help them determine if they should not trust the sender of an email. For additional examples of possible safety tips, view this knowledge base article. 

Phase 3: Action 

Spoofed emails (where the From address in an email message doesn’t match the domain of the email source) will be automatically moved to users’ Junk Email folders.   

For additional information on the features included in this next phase of the project, please review this documentation. For questions, please submit a ticket through the Enterprise Service Centre at uoft.me/m365help. 

Kind regards, 

Information Security 

Enterprise Applications & Solutions Integration 

New security features for your U of T Microsoft 365 account

Dear Colleagues, 

Starting on July 5th, 2021 Information Technology Services (ITS) will apply additional new security features to your University of Toronto Microsoft 365 (M365) account as part of the rollout of Secure U (of T) advanced threat protections. These new features use advanced analytics to proactively identify cyberattacks in order to protect you and your account. 

What new advanced security features will be applied to my account? 

Anti-phishing and impersonation will alert you to possible phishing attempts by displaying safety tips in the body of suspicious emails that you receive. After a tuning period, spoofed messages (where the From address in an email message doesn’t match the domain of the email source) will also automatically be moved to your Junk Email folder.   

What do I need to do to prepare for these new features?  

No action is required from you. These features will be applied to your account automatically. If you have already been enrolled, there will be no impact to your account. 

Additional information regarding these features and what to expect can be found in the IT Service Centre knowledge baseFor questions, please submit a ticket through the Enterprise Service Centre at uoft.me/m365help. 

Kind regards, 

Information Security 

Enterprise Applications & Solutions Integration