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What’s new for admins in Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise – April and May 2021


In this month’s edition of the What’s New blog, we’re excited to share news regarding the availability of Microsoft Office Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC), OneDrive Admin Sync Reports (ADR), and updated Configuration Manager ADRs. We also point you to the latest admin-focused Microsoft Docs articles for Microsoft 365, as well as Amesh Mansukhani’s appearance on two new videos on the Office Deployment Insider’s YouTube channel and an interview on the Practical 365 Podcast! 

Faster at-a-glance views with OneDrive Sync Admin Reports 

In April, we announced the public preview for OneDrive Sync Admin Reports. Available in the Microsoft 365 Apps admin center, these reports give you an at-a-glance view of everything happening with OneDrive Sync across the organization, including visibility into who is running the OneDrive Sync client and any errors they might be experiencing. Insights like these can help you proactively reach out to educate people and resolve common issues quickly to improve user experience and increase OneDrive adoption. 

Easier targeting for Microsoft 365 Apps updates with updated Configuration Manager ADRs 

Coming in June, we’re releasing an update to Automatic Deployment Rules (ADR) for Microsoft 365 Apps in Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager that adds release type to the Title property in the update catalog. You will be able to use the Title property within the search criteria of your ADR definition to easily target the necessary updates for your environment. In addition, you’ll no longer need to continually update your search criteria with each new release. The version number and architecture values will also trade places. 

Amesh Mansukhani talks about the Microsoft 365 Apps admin center on Practical 365 Podcast  

At the end of April, Amesh Mansukhani, Office Deployment Insiders lead at Microsoft, joined the Practical 365 Podcast to talk about the Microsoft 365 Apps admin center. Listen to hear Amesh talk about the importance of keeping your Microsoft 365 Apps up to date and how you can benefit from using the Admin Center to help ensure your users and devices are getting access to the latest updates and to gain better visibility and control over application health. You can watch the video podcast on the Practical 365’s YouTube channel or listen to the audio-only version to learn more. 

We’re excited to bring you two brand new videos on the Office Deployment Insiders YouTube Channel!

Get the most out of Microsoft OneDrive with brand new insight capabilities into your overall OneDrive deployment. Explore these new features with Amesh as he dives into fresh ways to analyze OneDrive client reports, sync issues, known folders to leverage KFM’s, and much more.

Introducing Microsoft 365 Apps Inventory, the Apps Inventory service recently added to the Microsoft 365 Apps admin center. Join Amesh as he shows how Inventory can help you gain deep insights and a real-time view of Office apps in your organization.



Commercial Preview of Microsoft Office LTSC

Recently, we announced the Commercial Preview of Microsoft Office LTSC, which is built specifically for organizations running regulated devices that cannot accept feature updates for long periods, devices that are not connected to the internet, and specialty systems that must stay locked in time and require a long-term servicing channel.

Catching up: New Microsoft Docs articles for April

You can catch up on some of the latest Microsoft 365 Apps best practices from the field in these articles: 

Network guidance for deploying and servicing Microsoft 365 Apps – This article covers topics such as available options for managing Microsoft 365 apps for remote workers or employees in the office, split tunneling for workforces that frequently connect using VPN, deploying Microsoft 365 Apps using Intune, using Servicing Profiles to manage monthly app updates, and optimizing your network via Configuration Manager. You can also read further guidance on deploying Microsoft 365 Apps. 

Build dynamic collections for Microsoft 365 Apps with Configuration Manager – This article shares best practices for using Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager’s dynamic collections to simplify management. This month we added a new best practice for setting up a collection that captures all devices running outdated builds, so you can quickly identify devices that lack updates or must be updated to a certain minimum build. 

Continue the conversation by joining us in the Microsoft 365 Tech Community! Whether you have product questions or just want to stay informed with the latest updates on new releases, tools, and blogs, Microsoft 365 Tech Community is your go-to resource to stay connected! 

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