One of the benefits of Microsoft 365 Apps is that Microsoft can provide new features for Office apps on a regular basis, through monthly updates. However, as the admin who deploys Microsoft 365 Apps to the users in your organization, you might want to have more control over how often your users get these new features. Microsoft provides you three options, called update channels, to control how often Microsoft 365 Apps is updated with new features. Here’s an overview of the three options.
Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise
|Update channel||Primary purpose||How often updated with new features||Default update channel for the following products|
|Monthly Channel||Provide users with the newest features of Office as soon as they’re available.||Monthly||Subscription version of Project desktop app|
Subscription version of Visio desktop app
Microsoft 365 Apps for business (previously named Office 365 Business)
|Semi-Annual Channel||Provide users with new features of Office only a few times a year.||Every six months, in January and July||Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise (previously named Office 365 ProPlus)|
|Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)||Provide pilot users and application compatibility testers the opportunity to test the next Semi-Annual Channel.||Every six months, in March and September||None|
Turn Bookings on or off for your organization
Sign in to Microsoft 365 admin center. You must be a global admin. Where to sign in to Microsoft 365 for business.
In the admin center, go to Settings > Settings and select Bookings.
Select the checkbox for Allow your organization to use Bookings to enable or disable Bookings for your organization.
Turning off Bookings will disable all access to the service including creation and management of Bookings pages.
Select Save Changes.
You can also turn off Bookings in your organization using the PowerShell Set-OrganizationConfig command.
Allow only selected users to create Bookings pages
You can select specific users to create Bookings pages, without turning off Bookings for your entire organization. You can configure this policy to restrict licensed users from being able to create Bookings pages and calendars. You’ll need to enable Bookings for your entire organization if you want to enable the policy restrictions. While your organization will all have Bookings licenses, only those included in the policy can create Bookings pages and will have full control over who is granted access to the pages they create.
Users who are included in this policy can create new Bookings pages, as well as be added as a staff in any capacity (including administrator role) to existing Bookings pages. Users who aren’t included in this policy won’t be able to create new Bookings pages and will receive an error message if they try to do so; however, (if they’re still licensed users), they can be added as a staff in any capacity (including administrator role) to existing Bookings pages within your organization.
Important: The steps below assume that no other Outlook Web App (OWA) mailbox policies have been created in your organization.
Create a new mailbox policy for users that should be allowed to create Bookings calendars. Bookings calendar creation is allowed by default, so the new policy we just created won’t require further customization.
New-OwaMailboxPolicy -Name “BookingsCreators”
For more information, check out New-OwaMailboxPolicy.
Assign this policy to the relevant users. Run this command once for each user you want to grant permission to create Bookings pages.
Set-CASMailbox -Identity -OwaMailboxPolicy “BookingsCreators”
For more information, check out Set-CASMailbox.
Run this command if you want to disable Bookings for the rests of the users in your organization.
Set-OwaMailboxPolicy “OwaMailboxPolicy-Default” -BookingsMailboxCreationEnabled:$false
For more information, check out Set-OwaMailboxPolicy.