Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – w/c 24 August 2020

Teams

  • Launched (7)
  • Rolling out (3)
  • In development (52)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • Increase in the number of simultaneous videos in Teams meetings for GCC High and DoD customers – Increase in the number of participants who can be viewed simultaneously on the Teams meeting stage from 4 to 9. Roadmap ID: 64611
  • Microsoft Teams (Education) Change in meeting join experience – Soon, only users who are assigned a policy to create a meeting will be able to do so. Attendees without the policy will see a pre-join screen (lobby) indicating the meeting hasn’t started. Roadmap ID: 63355
  • Microsoft Teams: Messaging extensions – Two new types of messaging extensions – Checklists and Polls. You will be able to easily access these by clicking on ‘…’ at the bottom of the compose box in a chat or channel. Roadmap ID: 57022
  • Microsoft Teams (Education): New turn-in celebrations – After each successfully turned-in assignment, students can view a small congratulatory animation for their efforts. Roadmap ID: 66558
  • Microsoft Teams (Education): Early Class Access API – This API provides administrators with: 1) Control to decide whether new class teams will be “locked” for early educator access or immediately available for student access. 2.) Visibility into which newly-created classes have or have not been activated by educators. 3.) The ability to activate classes on behalf of their educators. Roadmap ID: 66569
  • Microsoft Teams (Education): Teacher-led team creation – This feature allows admins to create Office365 groups for classes based on the student and teacher roster information but gives educators the choice of whether or not they want a team to be created for their class. Roadmap ID: 66570
  • Microsoft Teams (Education): School data sync (SDS) automatic team creation – Automatically bulk-create both Office 365 Groups and class teams for educators via SDS. Roadmap ID: 66571

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • Store recordings in-region storage when Stream is not available in Go Local – Teams meeting recordings are stored in Microsoft Stream cloud storage. Tenant admins have an option to go the admin center to turn ON/OFF “Allow cloud recording” setting for Teams meetings. Roadmap ID: 59665
  • Organization allowed accounts config (Teams mobile) – Teams for iOS and Android now provides Teams administrators with the ability to push allowed account configurations to Teams. Roadmap ID: 64143
  • New channel files tab (GCC, GCC-High and DoD) – Microsoft are rolling out the new channel files tab experience to the government clouds. Roadmap ID: 65350

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – September 2020

  • 👀 Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Oakdale in Teams – Select Microsoft 365 and Office 365 subscriptions that include Power Apps and Power Automate are expanding with the introduction of Microsoft Project Oakdale– a built-in, flexible datastore supporting relational, image and file data with a one-click experience for deploying solutions natively in Teams. Roadmap ID: 66407
  • Microsoft Teams: Together mode – Together mode uses of AI segmentation technology in meetings to digitally place participants in a shared background, making it feel like you’re sitting in the same room with everyone else. Roadmap ID: 66716
  • Microsoft Teams: Large Gallery view (Preview) – see up to 49 participants – We will soon bring Large Gallery view to Microsoft Teams, providing a new way to view video up to 49 participants at once on a single screen (7×7). Roadmap ID: 66717
  • Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Teams and Power Automate – Simpler automation for everyone – New workflow templates will be made available, and using those templates to build automation will become easier with a simplified editor experience. Roadmap ID: 68120
  • Safe Transfer – Teams users will be able to transfer a call safely, between Teams and Skype For Business. Roadmap ID: 64779
  • Time clock in Shifts for web & desktop – Time clock, the ability to clock in and out of your shifts, in Shifts in Teams will be available on web and desktop. Roadmap ID: 64782
  • Tagging by Shifts – This new feature automatically assigns users with tags matching their schedule and shift group name from the Shifts app in Teams. Roadmap ID: 64972
  • Microsoft Teams for RealWear – FirstLine Workers using RealWear HMT-1 and HMT-1Z1 can now collaborate with a remote expert using video calling on Teams. Roadmap ID: 65038
  • Priority Notifications in Gov Clouds – Share urgent messages and time-sensitive information more effectively with Teams. Priority notifications alert a recipient of an urgent message on their mobile and desktop devices until a response is received, every two minutes for up to 20 minutes. Roadmap ID: 64689
  • Rooms management – Remotely update the settings for any Teams room device, inspect the health status of the device as well as peripherals like camera and microphone, or troubleshoot issues using restart or download logs functionality. Roadmap ID: 64022
  • Push-to-talk voice communications – Microsoft Teams, will provide instant voice communication using push to talk. Roadmap ID: 57157
  • Multiteam Support in Shifts – Employees will be able to access their shifts, other user’s shifts, requests, open shifts, their profile, other user’s profiles in a multi-team manner. Roadmap ID: 50988
  • Microsoft Teams for Firstline Workers: On/Off Shift V2 – IT admins have the option to block the entire Teams app when a user is off shift. Roadmap ID: 59722
  • Reverse number lookup enhancements – With these latest enhancements, the Telco display name will now also show up in your Activity Feed, Call History, and Voicemail. Roadmap ID: 64405
  • Microsoft Teams: screen share from chat policy governance – Screen share from chat allows you to immediately start sharing your screen in a 1-1 chat or group chat. Roadmap ID: 63193
  • Templates in Teams – Users can choose from a variety of customizable templates when creating a new team. Roadmap ID: 63175
  • Data loss prevention and Microsoft Teams – Data loss prevention (DLP) capabilities in Microsoft 365 government clouds will be extended to include Microsoft Teams chat and channel messages, including private channel messages. Roadmap ID: 65383
  • Language-aware proofing – Spellchecking will appear in the language the message in which it was written in the Teams desktop app. Roadmap ID: 65446
  • Updates to Teams usage reports in the in the Microsoft 365 Admin Center and the Teams Admin Center – Usage reports in the Microsoft 365 Center and Teams Admin Center will be updated to align with one another and ensure they are consistent with how Teams “active user” is already defined in Microsoft’s financial reporting and public disclosures. Roadmap ID: 66163
  • Multiple Number Dialing – Teams now supports dialing additional numbers for a given user. Roadmap ID: 66194
  • Microsoft Teams: Raise Hands from collaboration bar – Ability to use the raise hands Teams meeting feature from the device and/or console. Roadmap ID: 66353
  • Microsoft Teams: Pin Video from collaboration bar – Ability to pin the video stream of a participant from the device/console, keeping the pinned user’s video visible in the gallery. Roadmap ID: 66354
  • Microsoft Teams: Consume and control structured meeting role support – Allows meeting organizer to assign meeting roles (presenter and attendee) from the device, which enables those users to take specific actions in the meeting (ex: who can mute others, who can present content, etc.). Roadmap ID: 66355
  • Microsoft Teams: Control live captions from collaboration bar – Ability to turn on live captions from the device UX. Roadmap ID: 66356
  • Microsoft Teams: Updated functionality for downloading participant reports in Teams meetings – With new enhancements, we’ll allow you to download the report after the meeting within the Meeting Chat. Roadmap ID: 66459
  • Microsoft Teams: New meeting lobby configuration setting available for PowerShell and Teams Admin Center – A new lobby type option is coming to PowerShell and Teams Admin Center that allows tenant administrators to assign a user-level policy to send everybody but the Teams meeting organizer into the meeting lobby. Roadmap ID: 66463
  • Microsoft Teams: Power Apps app for Teams for GCC-High – You will now be able to make and pin apps within Teams using Power Apps in GCC-High. Roadmap ID: 66464
  • Microsoft Teams (Education): View all upcoming assignments in the Teams calendar – Keep tabs on all of your student’s responsibilities and due dates by visualizing their assignments within the Teams calendar. Roadmap ID: 66562
  • Microsoft Teams: Shift Schedule Assistance – Shifts schedule assistance will alert managers if conflicts occur anywhere in the schedule and they will receive conflict warnings when approving schedule change requests. Roadmap ID: 66609
  • Change notification API for Microsoft Teams messages – Developers will have the ability to subscribe to change notifications for Microsoft Team messages, including channel messages, 1:1/group chats, and all messages in a tenant. Roadmap ID: 65981
  • Simplified Global Notification Settings – Users can now configure and customize their notification settings through a newly designed notification settings section. Roadmap ID: 65636
  • Simplified Global Notification Settings for GCC, GCC-High and DoD – Government users can now configure and customize their notification settings through a newly designed notification settings section. Roadmap ID: 65638
  • Dynamic view – Dynamic view user AI in meetings to dynamically optimize shared content and video participants. Roadmap ID: 65943
  • Reflect messaging extension – IT administrators will be able to install the Reflect extension from GitHub, and then make it available to employees in their organization in the message extension menu to enable users to check in with their team or students on how they are feeling. Roadmap ID: 65945
  • Overflow meetings – When attendees exceed the meeting attendee limit, the meeting will scale to accommodate up to 20,000 in an experience where they can watch. Roadmap ID: 65952
  • Microsoft Whiteboard updates – Whiteboard in Teams will soon be updated with new features including sticky notes, pen and ink, and drag and drop capabilities. Roadmap ID: 65953
  • Suggested replies – Suggested replies in Teams chat uses assistive AI to create short responses based on the context of the previous message. Roadmap ID: 65954
  • Coordinated Meetings with Microsoft Teams Room and Surface Hub – Enables a coordinated meeting experience between Surface Hub and Microsoft Teams Room devices, enabling users to operate both devices in the same room, in the same meeting. Roadmap ID: 65963
  • Proximity Join on Surface Hub – Allows users to join a meeting on a Surface Hub, using their own personal device. Proximity Join also allows users to add a Surface Hub as a resource to their scheduled meeting. Roadmap ID: 65964
  • Windows native notifications in Teams – Users can now chose to deliver Microsoft Teams notifications via Windows 10 native notifications. Roadmap ID: 66742
  • MacOS native notifications in Teams – Users can now chose to deliver Microsoft Teams notifications via macOS native notifications. Roadmap ID: 66743
  • Updated meeting creation and expiration policies – We are making changes to how Teams meetings and join links are accessible for meeting organizers who have had their scheduling capabilities revoked. Roadmap ID: 66921

Release – December 2020

  • Virtual Breakout Rooms – Meeting hosts can create breakout rooms to be used by meeting participants for smaller group discussion. Roadmap ID: 65332
  • Video filters – Before joining a meeting, you can use the filters to subtly adjust lighting levels and soften the focus of the camera to customize your appearance. Roadmap ID: 65944
  • Live reactions – React during a meeting using emojis that will appear to all participants. Roadmap ID: 65946
  • Microsoft Teams: Chat bubbles – Chats sent during a Teams meeting will surface on the screens of all meeting participants, making the chat more central to the conversation. Roadmap ID: 65948
  • PowerPoint Live Presentations to Teams – PowerPoint Live Presentations can assist users in making their presentations engaging and inclusive. Microsoft plan to bring this to Teams. Roadmap ID: 65947
  • Teams: Microsoft Teams displays – A new category of all-in-one dedicated Teams devices that features an ambient touchscreen and a hands-free experience powered by Cortana. Roadmap ID: 53941
  • Large meeting support – Hold interactive meetings with more attendees—up to 1,000. Roadmap ID: 65951
  • Meeting room capacity notifications for Microsoft Teams Room – Alerts in-room meeting participants if the room is over-capacity based on data defined in a room account. Not all cameras will support this feature. Roadmap ID: 65965
  • Live Transcription with speaker attribution (EN-US)  – Live transcripts provide another way to follow along with what has been said and who said it. After a meeting, the transcript file is automatically saved in the chat tab for that meeting. Roadmap ID: 65967
  • OneNote in Teams for DoD – OneNote integration in Teams will be enabled for Department of Defense. Roadmap ID: 66925

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