Information about SharePoint Online guest platform migration behavior

INTRODUCTION
SharePoint Online is migrating to a new guest platform that provides support for more powerful guest scenarios. This article contains information for administrators about SharePoint Online guest platform migration behavior.
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The effects of this migration are invisible to non-administrators. However, administrators may notice unexpected behavior in which all existing guest accounts appear as newly added in audit reports. This includes even those accounts that have had no invitations in a long time (perhaps years).

Consider the following example for the Contoso tenant:

A member of the Contoso tenant (contoso.onmicrosoft.com) issued an invitation to a guest user from Fabrikam: dave@fabrikam.com. Notice that the invitation was accepted in the year 2014.

AcceptedAs (1): dave@fabrikam.com
AcceptedOn (1): 2014-12-15T17:30:40Z
CreatedOn (1): 2014-12-15T17:30:40Z
CreationType (1): Invitation [1]
UserState (1): Accepted [2]
UserType (1): Guest [1]

Imagine that the SharePoint guest migration process for contoso.onmicrosoft.com occurred on July 25, 2016. An administrator might notice that dave@fabrikam.com was created as a guest on that date, almost one and a half years after the latest invitation was accepted by dave@fabrikam.com. The entry would be displayed as follows:
dave_fabrikam.com#EXT#@contoso.onmicrosoft.com (0123456789ABCDEF)
This behavior is by design. It is not the result of a system error or unauthorized activity.

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