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Welcome to the Microsoft 365 Newest Updates series. Every week, we do our best to sift through the most important Message Center updates into an easy-to-digest format so you’re always up-to-date.

With that out of the way, let’s get started:

Audience Targeting comes to the Events Web Part

Associated Roadmap ID: 70815

Like Navigation and other web parts before it, you will now be able to target events to display in the events web part to only certain groups of users. The targeted release begins any day now with the standard rollout completing mid-June.

Location-Based Access Control

Associated Roadmap ID: 72238

Many clients have requested this ability and it’s finally coming to Active Directory. Location-Based Access Control allows you to configure Named Locations with GPS coordinates that can be used to limit users’ access to information depending on where they are accessing the information from. This can be particularly for highly regulated industries like banking, but I’ve seen requests for this come from many different clients. No need to do anything if you don’t plan to use it, but if you do, you’ll need to configure some Named Locations in Azure Active Directory.

Setting your Out-of-Office from Teams

Associated Roadmap ID: 68701

Users will soon be able to create their out-of-office messages from Teams. This will sync with your Outlook calendar, presence, and contact card just as it does now when setting this in Outlook. This should be rolled out to all users by the end of May. There will be two ways to set this status as depicted below: in the Set Message panel and in the Out-of-Office setting through the Teams application settings available from the user profile image.

SharePoint and Teams: Folders in Site Visibly Connected to Channel

As some know, the Files tab in any Teams channel is actually tied to a SharePoint document library in a site with the same name as the team. The library contains a folder per channel and now will be visibly tied to Teams when viewing it from SharePoint, as depicted below, with a banner containing a button directing the user to the channel. Also, to ensure the association is maintained, users will no longer be allowed to rename or delete any folders within SharePoint that are associated with a Teams channel.

That’s it for the updates of note this week. See you again next week for more updates and changes!

As always, if you have any questions regarding these new updates, or require guidance with your Microsoft 365 solution, Imaginet is here to help.

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