Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – year in review 2021

With 2021 drawing to a close, I thought it would be useful to go back through the Microsoft roadmap and look at the year in review, highlighting some of major releases and others that have caught my attention.


Microsoft roadmap
Year in review
2021

The link above covers all the stats from the Microsoft roadmap in an infographic format. I’ve gone through the site to list out the top 10 roadmap posts of the year plus a selection of my favourite releases along the way.

Top 10 most viewed roadmap posts of 2021

These are the top ten most viewed roadmap roundup posts from the blog for this calendar year:


Top 5 launched features 2021

This list is in no particular order, but just the launched features I found the most noteworthy in 2021:

SharePoint

1. SharePoint: Swap root site from SharePoint admin center for customers with 10k+ seats – Customers with more than 10K seats or more can now swap their SharePoint root site from within the SharePoint admin center user interface. Roadmap ID: 72224

The Replace root site panel in the new SharePoint admin center

2. SharePoint: Scenario-Based Site Templates – Use scenario-based site templates that leverage existing SharePoint capabilities (e.g. pages, lists, libraries, branding) to build your own sites faster and get inspired. Roadmap ID: 70574

3. SharePoint: Company-Branded Auto News Digest – Now you can also roll up your news posts into a great-looking digest that you can send in a company branded Auto-News Digest email. Roadmap ID: 70606

4. SharePoint Syntex: Modern site-level term store – A modern experience to create and manage site-level taxonomies for your sites. It’s now easier to navigate your taxonomies and create and edit terms when classifying & discovering your Syntex and SharePoint content. Roadmap ID: 85638

5. SharePoint: Microsoft Lists Updated sharing experience – Create unique sharing links for lists based on who and how you wish to share them, while adhering to any sharing settings per established IT and governance planning and policies. Roadmap ID: 81965

Microsoft Teams

1. Microsoft Teams: Reply to a specific message – When chatting in Teams, you will be able to reply a specific message. The original message will be quoted in the reply text box -quoted replies will be available in 1:1, Group and Meeting chats. Roadmap ID: 81113

Reply to specific chat message in Microsoft Teams Desktop

2. Microsoft Teams: Breakout Room Timer, Room Retention, and Participant Reassignment – You can now set a timer for Breakout rooms. After timer has expired, rooms will automatically close and participants will come back to the main meeting. Room assignment retention provides the ability to persist room configuration and assignment over multiple sessions. With participant reassignment capability, organizer will now be able to move joined participants across rooms and main meeting also when rooms are opened. Roadmap ID: 81372

Image shows how to set time limit for breakout rooms.

3. Microsoft Teams: Manage team templates with template policies – Manage the team templates that your end users see by creating templates policies in the admin center. Within each template policy, you can designate which templates are shown or hidden. Assign different users to different template policies so that your users view only the subset of team templates specified. Roadmap ID: 70701

The template policies is selected and Add is highlighted.

4. Microsoft Teams: Disable/Enable all Attendee’s Video – Ability to disable and enable video for all attendee’s before, or during, a Microsoft Teams meeting. Roadmap ID: 70621

Don't allow attendees to unmute option

5. Microsoft Teams: Align the experience creating a team from different Teams interfaces – Align the experience for Teams creation in Teams Admin Center to the experience in creating a team in the Teams client. Roadmap ID: 70696

Create a team

OneDrive

1. OneDrive: Dialog on First-Time deletion of File(s) – When a user deletes a file(s) for the first time, they will be shown a dialog to educate them that their file is in the OneDrive recycle bin where it can be restored. This will show up on subsequent deletes until the user checks the box stating they do wish to see it again. Roadmap ID: 70702

First delete dialog alert for OneDrive files - M365 Admin

2. Immersive Reader support in OneDrive and SharePoint – Users can now open Word files directly into Immersive Reader from inside OneDrive and SharePoint. Roadmap ID: 81954

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3. OneDrive: Request Files for GCC High and DoD – The Request Files feature is now available for the GCCH and DoD environments. Roadmap ID: 72228

Request files UI

4. OneDrive for Business: Progressive Web App (PWA) – You can now install the web version of OneDrive for Business as a Progressive Web App (PWA) in Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Firefox, or other browser that supports Progressive Web Apps. Roadmap ID: 82040

5. OneDrive: Android – Night time reading mode for PDF viewing – Users of OneDrive for Android will be able to change the appearance of PDFs in three main color modes which are day mode, night mode and sepia to enhance viewing. Roadmap ID: 72230

Information Protection

1. Microsoft Information Protection: Enhanced simulations and location support for auto-labeling in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business – Auto-labeling in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business has been updated with improved performance and ability to configure more locations. The configuration limit of 10 locations in a policy has been removed. Roadmap ID: 82060

Choose locations page for auto-labeling configuration.

2. Microsoft 365 compliance center: Information governance – Multi-stage disposition review – This update allows organizations to use a multi-stage disposition process, including multiple stakeholders and reviews before deleting the content. Roadmap ID: 70579

Specifying disposition reviewers.

3. Microsoft Information Protection: Configure external sharing for sensitivity labels in Teams and SharePoint sites – With this update, you can set controls on external sharing while configuring a Team or site protection policy. Roadmap ID: 70735

A sensitivity label when creating a team site from SharePoint.

4. Microsoft 365 compliance center: Advanced eDiscovery – Historical versions – This capability will enable organizations to quickly search across not only the current version of documents, but all the versions of the document. Roadmap ID: 81898

Switch on the toggle to enable historical versions

5. Microsoft 365 compliance center: Retention for Teams – Admins will be able to apply retention and deletion policies to Teams chats and conversations. Roadmap ID: 81963

A look at the roadmap in 2022

Here are 5 interesting features on the roadmap due for release in 2022:

  1. SharePoint: Migrate SharePoint 2010 and 2013 workflows to Power Automate – Provide Microsoft 365 customers with a tool to migrate SharePoint-based workflows to Power Automate. You will be able to migrate SharePoint 2010 (out-of-the-box) workflows and SharePoint 2013 (SharePoint Designer) workflows to Power Automate flows. Initially this will be implemented via PowerShell, and in future it will be more integrated into the SharePoint Migration Tool (SPMT). Roadmap ID: 82108
  2. Microsoft Teams: Pairing the channel and the corresponding SharePoint folder name –  When renaming a Teams’ channel, the corresponding SharePoint folder will be renamed and reflect the new name. This new feature will be available for all Standard and Private channels. For Standard channels – The corresponding folder in SharePoint will be renamed. For Private channels – The corresponding site name and the folder in SharePoint will be renamed. For legacy Teams channels that were renamed prior to this rollout, there will be no change in experience. When a legacy channel is renamed after this release, it will simultaneously rename the corresponding SharePoint folder.  Roadmap ID: 72211
  3. OneDrive and SharePoint for Business: Library Dropdown – We’re adding a dropdown that allows you to easily switch between multiple document libraries associated with a Team or Site. Roadmap ID: 81990
  4. Microsoft Viva: Praise History in Microsoft Viva Insights – The Praise app in Microsoft Teams is designed to help recognize the effort that goes into the wide-ranging, collaborative work that Teams users do. Users can send Praise to their colleagues through the messaging extension pinned to the Teams messaging bar for most users or through the Microsoft Viva Insights app in Teams. With Praise history, users will be able to view their sent and received praise over the past six months. Roadmap ID: 85639
  5. Microsoft Information Protection: Auto labeling (for files at rest in SharePoint Online) can now label PDF files – This feature enables you to label PDF files at rest via the auto-labeling engine as you would Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files. Roadmap ID: 85618

Thanks for reading and look forward to a great 2022 for roadmap updates!


Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 27th December 2021

The Microsoft roadmap roundup is a weekly summary of all the newly added items and changes within the Microsoft 365 roadmap, covering SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive and Microsoft Information Protection and Compliance. Here’s all the new and updated Microsoft roadmap items from the past week:

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Use these buttons to switch between each product’s roadmap updates.

SharePoint

Includes updates for SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva.

  • Launched (1)
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🍾 LAUNCHED

  • SharePoint admin center:  site creation source – SharePoint admins will now be able to see where sites were created from – be it PowerShell, via the SharePoint admin center, from Teams, from SharePoint “Create site” – and to be able to see more clearly who created the site. Feature ID:68813

🚂 ROLLING OUT

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⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

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Microsoft 365 monthly update – November 2021

The Microsoft 365 monthly update includes updates and recently recent features across all of Microsoft 365. Press a button to read about an individual technology or continue reading for more. You can take a look back at previous monthly updates here, plus take a look at our weekly roadmap roundup.


SharePoint

In SharePoint: Private drafts, SharePoint spaces embed web part, SharePoint Framework v1.13, admin center teams channel management, Lists sync improvements/ offline, site creation experience updates, feedback portal

Private drafts for pages & news

This new feature allows you to create private drafts for pages and news articles. Authors of SharePoint pages and news will be able to create private drafts. When a private draft is created, only the creator and site admins can see the page (including from within the Pages library). The creator can then share the private draft with other people to allow them to access and edit the page.

thumbnail image 3 captioned As you create a new page or news article, you can create it as a private draft by checking the appropriate box at the bottom to the left of the “Create post” button (as shown above).
Private drafts for SharePoint pages and news.

Find out more: Create a private SharePoint page or news post

SharePoint spaces Embed web part

You’ll be able to insert HTML pages as web parts in a SharePoint space. Space viewers will see a thumbnail image in the 3D space that can be viewed as a fully functional HTML overlay when selected. This web part allows you to add content from Microsoft Forms, the PowerPoint embed viewer, SharePoint pages and Power Apps.

thumbnail image 4 captioned Use the Embed web part within your SharePoint space to add HTML-based pages – like Microsoft Forms (as shown above).
SharePoint spaces has a new Embed web part.

Find out more: SharePoint spaces

SharePoint Framework v1.13

This gives developers the ability to build engaging experiences for Connections + improvements and fixes for Microsoft Teams and SharePoint development. In v1.13, you’ll find, the general availability of Adaptive Card Extensions – applicable to Connections desktop and mobile, support for version 1.10 of Teams JS client SDK, support for version 3.9 of TypeScript, support for version 2.9 of the Adaptive Card SDK, the release of image rendering APIs, and more.

thumbnail image 5 captioned The Viva Connections desktop experience is implemented through modern SharePoint pages in SharePoint Online. You can extend these pages with HTML widgets named web parts. Editors can place web parts in the content area of pages and configure them to their needs.
SharePoint Framework v1.13.

Find out more: Announcing SharePoint Framework 1.13 – Extending Microsoft Viva Connections

SharePoint admin center: Teams channel site management

Now when you go to a teams-connected site in SharePoint admin center, you can see all corresponding channel sites and ensure that right optional security policies are inherited from the parent site.

thumbnail image 6 captioned The Active sites page of the SharePoint admin center lets you view SharePoint sites in your organization (including communication sites and team sites connected to Microsoft Teams and related channel sites).
The Active sites page of the SharePoint admin center lets you view SharePoint sites in your organization (including communication sites and team sites connected to Microsoft Teams and related channel sites).

Find out more: Manage sites in the new SharePoint admin center

Microsoft Lists: Sync your lists and offline access

Lists sync lets you work on your lists offline, improves performance on all kinds of networks, and helps alleviate list throttling. Common operations on lists, such as changing list views, sorting, filtering, and grouping will happen locally and finish quickly even on very large lists. All these operations will continue to work when you are offline or lose your Internet connection. Once reconnected to the Internet, your edits upload from your device to the cloud and you can resolve merge conflicts, if there are any.

thumbnail image 7 captioned New Lists indicators show when your items are being save to your device (offline; as shown above), when the list is syncing, and when all is up to date (synced).
Microsoft Lists: Sync your lists for improved performance and offline access.

Find out more: Edit lists offline

Site creation experience updates

The site creation experience has been updated to include refreshed graphics, expanded site descriptions, and additional context for different permission levels in the Site permissions panel. It also helps understand the differences between a communication site and a team site.

thumbnail image 8 captioned After clicking "+ Create site" from the SharePoint start page in Microsoft 365, you can then create a Team site or a Communication site – now with clarity on what comes with each throughout the creation wizard.
Updated site creation experience in the SharePoint admin center.

Find out more: Create a communication site in SharePoint Online

New Microsoft Feedback portal

Introducing Microsoft Feedback (Preview) – a portal ready for your feature ideas and feedback for OneDrive and SharePoint – this replaces the UserVoice portal that was used previously for SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive and many other products.

Find out more: https://aka.ms/feedback/sharepoint


Teams

In Teams: Loop components in chat, top hits, updated search results, new tag management for Frontline, task publishing editing, CART captioning in meetings, content from camera, word cloud for polls, custom hold music, route calls, custom call park, remote sign-out, branch office survivability, Surface Hub device type support, anonymous user join policy,

Teams (Education)

Teams (Government)

Teams

Microsoft Loop components in Teams chat

Loop components allows you to create live, collaborative components that can be edited in the flow of your work, whether in chat, meetings, email or documents. The first part of this vision is rolling out now to Teams chat, enabling you to edit messages inline and avoid a long back-and-forth chat thread. Users also can send a message with a Loop component, like a table, action items, or a list and have it co-authored and edited by everyone inline.

Loop components in Teams chat.

Find out more: Transforming creation and collaboration with Microsoft Loop components in Teams chat

Top hits in Teams search makes it easier to search and find information. This new section appears at the top of your auto-suggest results. Top hits gathers the most relevant results for you across the different search domains—people, group chats, teams, channels, and files—and reduces the need to scroll through all the search results, helping you quickly find what you need.

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Top hits in Teams search.

Find out more: Top hits and Hit highlighting in Autosuggest is now available

Updated search page in Teams

A new search experience in Teams will make finding messages, people, answers, and files faster and more intuitive. A redesigned search results page provides better context and faster results, with AI-powered relevance based on the people and content you engage with most in Teams and other Microsoft 365 applications.

An updated search results page in Teams.

Find out more: New and improved search results experience on Microsoft Teams

New tag management settings for Frontline workers

This feature will update the default tag management settings in the Teams Admin Center to include ”Team owners and members” and not just “Team owners.” You can still update this to only “Team owners” at the tenant level and override the default.

New tag management settings for Frontline workers.

Find out more: Manage tags in Microsoft Teams

Task publishing editing

Task publishing enables corporate teams to create and publish tasks to, for example, all frontline locations and other configurable attributes of a distributed workforce. Corporate teams can now edit published tasks without having to recall the entire task list.

Find out more: Manage the Tasks app for your organization in Microsoft Teams

Integrated Communication Access Realtime Translation CART captioning in meetings

You can now view captions coming from a CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) provider within the Microsoft Teams meeting window instead of a secondary window. Meeting organizers and participants can enable CART captions from their meeting options. 

CART captioning in Teams meetings.

Find out more: Use live captions in a Teams meeting

Content from camera

Content from camera in Teams enables intelligent capture which allows you to share content from physical whiteboards and documents in a high-quality way during meetings. You can use the camera in your laptop, a secondary USB webcam, or a document camera. Just like the experience available in Microsoft Teams Rooms, the intelligent content capture technology will detect, crop, and frame the asset while enhancing the content in the video stream.

Content from camera in Teams meetings.

Find out more: Share whiteboards and documents using your camera in Teams meetings

Word cloud for polls in Teams

When users collect responses for an open text poll in a Teams meeting, word cloud data insights will be available to give them a quick view on the top text phrases people answered.

Find out more: Poll attendees during a Teams meeting

Custom Music on Hold

Tenant administrators can configure the audio being played to PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) callers when they are placed on hold. This allows departments or a group of users to customize announcements being played to PSTN callers on hold.

Find out more: Configure custom music

Route calls to unassigned numbers

You can now ensure that incoming PSTN calls to phone numbers that are not assigned to a user or resource account can be redirected to another user, a call queue, auto attendant, or an announcement. Tenant admins will configure the phone number or range and where the call should be routed.

Find out more: Routing calls to unassigned numbers

Custom call park

You will now be able to have a larger number of parked calls and will have a broader range for the maximum time someone will be on hold before ringing back if a parked call isn’t picked up, also referred to as timeout value. Teams admins can configure call park and retrieve settings, and the range of call pickup numbers can now be set from 10 to 9999.

Admins are also now able to configure a different call park timeout value than the default 300 seconds, with the range available to be set between 120 and 1,800 seconds. 

Screenshot of call park policy settings.
Call parking in Teams.

Find out more: Call park and retrieve in Microsoft Teams

Remote sign-out from Teams admin center

Microsoft are launching the ability for tenant admins to sign out of Teams Android devices from the Teams administration center. Generally available for phones and Teams displays, admins can easily provision devices from the Teams administration center and remotely sign out from devices.

Find out more: Sign out or remove an account from Teams

Branch office survivability on Teams phones

Given the importance of uninterrupted voice services, we are pleased to announce that branch office survivability for phones is generally available, enabling PSTN calls even when a network connection is unavailable.

Find out more: Survivable Branch Appliance (SBA) for Direct Routing

Teams (Education)

Apps in assignments
Educators and students rely on a variety of tools to support learning. With this new feature, educators can include links to content from other learning and resource tools directly into a Teams assignment.

Whiteboard integration with assignments
Digital whiteboards give educators and students a canvas to spark creativity and collaboration. Now, educators can include a whiteboard as reference material or the content type of a Teams assignment.

Cortana now available for EDU customers in international markets
Cortana voice assistance in the Teams mobile app and Microsoft Teams display is now available for EDU customers in international markets to help you streamline communication, collaboration, and class-related tasks in school using spoken natural language. With Cortana voice assistance, you can call someone or perform class-related tasks, message someone, or send messages to your class. Also, you can find and share files, and search or navigate within the Teams mobile app or on the Microsoft Teams display. The initial release will be to UK, India, Canada, and Australia. This is in addition to the prior release to EDU customers in the US.

Teams (Government)

These features currently available to Microsoft’s commercial customers in multi-tenant cloud environments are now rolling out to our customers in US Government Community Cloud (GCC), US Government Community Cloud High (GCC-High), and/or United States Department of Defense (DoD):

Integrated CART Captioning in Meetings
You can now view captions coming from a CART provider (real-time captioning) within the Microsoft Teams meeting window instead of a secondary window. Follow along with what is being said without having to choose between the captions and presentation. Meeting organizers and participants can enable CART captions from their meeting options. Available in GCC. Learn more.

Presenter mode in desktop or window sharing
Standout, Reporter and Side-by-side Presenter modes are now available when sharing your desktop or window in the Teams desktop app. Standout mode overlays your video on top of the content for a more immersive presenting experience. Reporter mode places content as a visual aid above your shoulder like a news story. Side-by-side mode displays your video feed next to your content. You can now select a mode that fits your needs and promotes a more engaging presentation and experience. Available in GCC-high and DOD. Learn more.

Anonymous user join policy
You can now configure to enable specific users or groups of users to admit anonymous users into meetings. This provides IT Admins more granular control on a policy that was previously at the tenant level. You can configure this policy using the AllowAnonymousUsersToJoinMeeting parameter in Set-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy with PowerShell version 2.6.0 or later. Available in GCC. Learn more.

New assignment experience in separate window for breakout rooms
Participant assignment is now moved from the breakout rooms’ right panel to a separate window that pops up when selecting “Assign Participants.” The enhanced interface allows you to sort by participants or rooms. You also can select multiple participants and assign them to rooms by using the check boxes next to the participants’ names. This helps you quickly find your participant or room and speeds up the assignment process. Available in GCC-High and DOD. Learn more.

Download attendance report
Meeting organizers can now download attendance reports during and after the meeting. To enable this feature, set the AllowEngagementReport parameter to “Enabled.” When enabled, the option to download the report is displayed in the Participants pane during the meeting. After the meeting, you can find the report in the meeting chat. This helps you keep track of who attended the meeting. Available in GCC. Learn more.

Isolated audio feed capabilities
Broadcasters will now be able to create a high-quality, clean audio mix with our new isolated audio feed capabilities in Microsoft Teams. As broadcasters use NDI or hardware-out, they will be able to get the isolated audio feed along with the isolated video feed from any Teams meeting, enabling full control of both the feeds going into their studio. This capability is enabled within the meeting settings and is available in GCC as a preview.

Up to 25K members per team in GCCH
You can now create a team with up to 25,000 participants, reaching broadly across your organization and beyond. Members of a team can cross-post a message in multiple channels at once, making it easy to share information across teams and work groups.


Power Apps

In Power Apps: Pay-as-you-go, create mobile apps, modernize business units, Power Fx open source, settings solution component, portals mobile apps, Data Export Service to Azure Synapse Link for Dataverse, OData v2.0 Service removal date, custom pages runtime GA, AI Builder enhancements, multiplayer apps, code components on pages, query data using portals web API, portals support for Microsoft Power Platform CLI GA, Access connector, CLI support for GitHub CodeSpaces and Windows Services for Linux

Pay-as-you-go for Power Apps (Public Preview)

Now in preview, customers can use an Azure subscription to cover their Power Apps and Dataverse costs based on actual usage. With the new pay-as-you-go plan, customers only pay for what they use, giving them more flexibility to get started with low code with low risk and then scale their investments over time based on the usage patterns of their solutions.

Video image showing the steps to link an Azure subscription to an environment in Power Apps. Detailed step by step instructions representing what is shown in this video are available in our docs at https://aka.ms/PowerPlatformPAYG
Setting up pay-as-you-go billing for Power Apps.

Find out more: Low-code with low risk: Announcing pay-as-you-go for Power Apps (Public Preview)

Create mobile apps with Power Apps (preview)

Power Apps mobile apps (preview), enables makers to package Canvas apps as Android and iOS mobile apps for corporate end users. With Power Apps mobile apps, there is no need to install Xcode or Android Studio, Microsoft build the mobile app packages for you!

Power Apps mobile apps (preview).

Find out more: Create mobile apps with Power Apps (preview)

Modernize business units (preview)

Business units’ data access can now support matrix data access structure . The matrix structure is typical for sales organizations where a regional sales manager can access data in multiple regions, or retail organizations where a store clerk works at multiple stores.

Users are no longer restricted to accessing/managing data in their own business unit. They can now access and own records across business units. Security roles from different business units can be assigned to the users regardless of the business unit the users belong to. This feature enables the Owning Business Unit column of the record so that it can be set/updated by the users. The Owning Business Unit column determines the business unit that owns the record.

The Business Unit concept.

Find out more: Business units in Dataverse

Power Fx: Open source (preview)

Microsoft have announced the preview release of Microsoft Power Fx as open source.  Under the MIT license, you can now freely integrate this Excel-like, low code programming language in your own projects. The GitHub repo at https://github.com/microsoft/power-fx.

Power Fx is the low code language for everyone.  It leverages the existing knowledge of hundreds of millions of users who already know how to express logic in Excel.  Natural language support with GPT-3 and no code builders that create Power Fx formulas can lower the bar even further.

Power Fx.

Find out more: Power Fx: Open source now available

New Settings solution component for model-driven apps (Public preview)

Now in public preview is a new solution component named Settings. Using settings, application authors can, with just a few clicks, activate or configure features for a model-driven app. This allows them to easily and quickly provide a customized experience for end-users. These settings can be created by application authors, administrators, or partners.

For example, you can now activate the Async on load handler and Async save handler features for model-driven apps with just a few clicks using settings that were created by the Power Apps team.

Enabling features using settings in app designer
New settings solution component.

Find out more: Use settings to provide customized app experiences (preview)

Power Apps portals as mobile apps (preview)

Microsoft have announced the upcoming capability of portals as a progressive web app, enabling makers to enable portals into apps with native app like look & feel right from portal studio in just few steps!

The Progressive web app technology (PWA) to enable portal to multi-platform supported app which works on all platforms (android/iOS/windows) as well as all form factors (mobile/desktop/tablet). With PWA, end user can pin Power Apps portals as an app to the home screen on a mobile device or install it from the app store.

Power Apps portals as mobile apps (preview).

Find out more: Power Apps portals as mobile apps (preview)

Microsoft have announced the deprecation of Data Export Service (DES); an add-on feature available via Microsoft AppSource which provides the ability to replicate data from Microsoft Dataverse to an Azure SQL store in a customer-owned Azure subscription. Data Export Service will continue to work and will be fully supported until it reaches end-of-support and end-of-life a year from this announcement date, in November 2022. Azure Synapse Link for Dataverse is the successor to Data Export Service.

Find out more: Do more with data – From Data Export Service to Azure Synapse Link for Dataverse

OData v2.0 Service removal date

The Organization Data Service is an OData v2.0 endpoint introduced with Dynamics CRM 2011. The Organization Data Service was deprecated with Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement v8.0 in favour of the Web API, an OData v4.0 service. The service was planned to be removed on November 11, 2022. Any code that uses the Organization Data Service will need to be migrated to use the Web API.

Find out more: OData v2.0 Service removal date announcement

Custom Page runtime general availability

 Custom Page Runtime has reached General Availability in all regions for most of the functionality in the July public preview. With this milestone you are able to create better user experiences using integrated low-code pages within model-driven apps. Some specific or new capabilities will remain in public preview longer to allow them to evolve.

Capabilities reaching General Availability include runtime for custom pages, solutioning/ALM, all connectors, code components, controls listed here, and monitor.

Custom page authoring and runtime
Custom page runtime.

Find out more: Overview of custom pages for model-driven apps

Add intelligence to your Power Apps with AI Builder

At Ignite, Microsoft announced new features for AI Builder, which dramatically increase the ways you can use AI in Power Apps, making it easier than ever to add more kinds of intelligence to your business solutions:

  1. Use AI in your apps with Power Fx (Preview). Using Power Fx, makers can now use any AI model on any control in canvas apps.
  2. Bring Your own AI model (GA). Companies can leverage existing investments in data science. Any AI model, built with any language, framework, or tooling, can now be used in Power Platform via AI Builder.
  3. Image classification with Lobe (Preview). Domain experts can train image classification models on their computers with Lobe and upload those models to AI Builder to be used in Power Platform.
  4. AI Builder starter capacity is now included in select Power Apps and Power Automate license plans.
A GIF showing how you can add an AI model as a data source to a canvas app in Power Apps
Use AI in your apps with Power Fx.

Find out more: New ways to add intelligence to your Power Apps

Multiplayer apps

Co-presence shows you who is looking at the current record by showing their avatar in the top right corner of the command bar, just like Office apps do. App users, such as the record owner, are displayed with their picture and on-line status. During the preview period this feature will be extended to user lookups and grid user columns.

Links to records can be shared easily via the “Share” button in the top right corner of the command bar. This feature will be expanded during the preview period to allow copy-pasted shared links to give read-only access to the record to people who click on the link, allowing more streamlined collaboration with people outside of your team.

Co presence and user on-line status in apps
Co-presence in model-driven apps.

Find out more: Easy Power Apps collaboration with multiplayer apps

Use code components on pages in portals (Preview)

Microsoft have announced the capability of adding code components using Liquid template tag within Power Apps portals is now available with portals version 9.3.10.x. Code components can be added to a  web page using the codecomponent Liquid template tag. The key for denoting the code component that needs to be loaded is passed  using the name attribute. The key can be the GUID (which is the code component ID), or the name of the code component imported in Microsoft Dataverse.

Liquid template tag for code components.

Find out more: Power Apps portals: Use code components on pages (Preview)

Query data using portals Web API (preview)

Web API operations in portals so far were limited to creating, updating, deleting, associating and disassociating tables. With this public preview, we’re adding the capability to retrieve data using GET requests through portals Web API.

Find out more: Query data using portals Web API (preview)

General Availability of Power Apps portals support for Power Platform CLI

Microsoft have announced the General Availability (GA) of Power Apps portals support for Microsoft Power Platform CLI with version 1.9.8 that was introduced in May 2021 release as a preview feature. Feature capabilities include:

Find out more: Portals support for Microsoft Power Platform CLI

Microsoft Access connector for the Power Platform (preview)

Microsoft have announced capabilities for Access in the cloud. Power Platform is an industry leading low-code no-code cloud-based development platform and serves as an ideal companion for Access customers. By integrating with the Power Platform, Access data can be strengthened with Azure and Azure Active Directory (AAD) security, Dataverse role-based security, as well as be stored in a single cloud location for use with the Power Platform and the Microsoft Access desktop client.

Find out more: Announcing: Power Apps + Microsoft Access = Security, Mobility, New Experiences.

Power Platform support for GitHub Codespaces and Windows services for Linux

Now in public preview, Power Platform VS code integration in GitHub CodeSpace and Windows Services for Linux. Github Codespaces can be accessed via the Browser or accessed via Visual Studio Code installed on your laptop. So instead of cloning a repository, and setting up your development environment, all you now have to do is to create GitHub Codespace and start working.

As an extension to our Visual Studio integration, If your Visual Studio Code install is WSL enabled, you can now use Power Platform integration and it is shell aware, as in, if you access your local file system via Windows, the shell will default to PowerShell and if you use your WSL instance, it will use the Bash shell or whichever Linux shell you have installed.

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Power Platform support for Codespaces.

Find out more: Microsoft Power Platform support for GitHub Codespaces and Windows services for Linux


Power Automate

In Power Automate: Request limits update, 14 new connectors, API Owner connectors, DLP for RPA, process mining

Updates to the Power Platform request limits

Microsoft have announced they are dramatically raising the Power platform daily request volume throttles that have existed for Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agents, and Dynamics 365 users. For example, the Power Automate per user plan is jumping from 5,000 requests per user per day to 40,000 requests per user per day.

ProductsRequests per paid license per 24 hours
Paid user licenses for Power Platform (excludes Power Apps per App, Power Automate per flow, and Power Virtual Agents) and Dynamics 365 excluding D365 Team Member40,000
Power Apps pay-as-you-go plan, and paid licensed users for Power Apps per app, Microsoft 365 plans with Power Platform access, and Dynamics 365 Team Member6,000
Power Automate per flow plan, Power Virtual Agents base offer, and Power Virtual Agents add-on pack250,000
http://aka.ms/platformlimits

Find out more: Updates to the Power Platform request limits

14 new independent publisher connectors

Independent Publisher connectors are connectors developed, tested, published, and supported by connector developers that are independent from the backend service or API. 14 new Independent Publisher connectors that were published in September and October, including:

Find out more: 14 New Independent Publisher Connectors in September and October

7 new API owner connectors and 10 updates

7 new API owner connectors and 10 updates to existing connectors were released last month, including:

  • Sigma Conso Consolidation – Sigma Conso Consolidation & Reporting Connector provides a set of APIs to interact with your Consolidation & Reporting application. 
  • Nextcom – With the Nextcom Power Automate connection, Nextcom offers a simplified integration process into their cloud-based CRM solution for new and existing customers.
  • Polaris PSA – Polaris is the world’s first self-driving PSA solution that analyzes real-time data to recommend the best possible choices for proactive decision-making.
  • Staffbase – With the Staffbase connector for Power Automate you bridge the gap between different tools and systems and include the Staffbase platform in your automated workflows.
  • Docjuris – This upgrade includes a new trigger for internal comments, a new action to download a screening report automatically, and better control over contract creation.
  • Data8 Data Enrichment – Data8 are experts in validating global address and geolocation data, as well as verifying bank details, phone numbers, email addresses and other pieces of data in real-time.
  • TimeGhost – The latest update for the timeghost Power Automate connector includes the option for users to set up an external ID with the connector as well.

Find out more: 7 New API Owner Connectors and 10 Updates released this October

Data loss prevention for desktop flows (preview)

To support the ability for enterprise admins to apply managements and controls over automations, Microsoft are happy to announce that data loss prevention (DLP) for desktop flows is now in preview. Administrators can now define policies for automations and warn makers when they are creating RPA desktop flows that may go against their organizational governance rules.

NOTE: This capability is currently in preview for free. When this feature becomes generally available in 2022, it will be available for environments with premium accounts only.

Admin scenario: admin can create a DLP policy with desktop flows restrictions.

Find out more: Data loss prevention for desktop flows (preview)

Process mining in process advisor

Process mining provides direct data insights across an organization’s daily business processes, helping identify inefficiencies to improve how they work. Now in preview, process mining in process advisor allows you to leverage your business data to produce analytics and detailed process maps, gleaning new insights into ways to optimize your business processes.

Discover new insights with process mining in process advisor.

Find out more: Discover new insights with process mining in process advisor


Create Connected PivotTables in Excel for the web

Connecting to Power BI datasets in Excel for the web is now available to all eligible Office users. With this new capability, you can now create PivotTables and charts in a web browser and take advantage of Excel features such as co-authoring, enabling you to collaborate with others on data projects while ensuring your reports stays connected to Power BI with up-to-date data. Also, your Excel reports inherit Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) labels in Power BI so that your data remains secure.

Create Connected PivotTables in Excel for the web.

Find out more: How to connect to Power BI datasets in Excel for the web

Capacity settings for datasets are now in Power BI Premium Gen2

The ability to change your capacity settings for datasets is now generally available in Power BI Premium Gen2. As a capacity administrator you can review and change default values for your capacity. These are the same dataset settings that were available in Power BI Premium Gen1.

Capacity settings for datasets are now in Power BI Premium Gen2.

Find out more: Configure workloads in a Premium capacity

Power BI integration with Databricks Partner Connect

Power BI Desktop customers can now visualize data in Delta Lake using Databricks with just a couple of clicks. Power BI Desktop integration with Databricks Partner Connect makes it simple to connect to Delta Lake so you can start doing analytics and sharing insights with your business.

Databricks Partner Connect is a one-stop portal for customers to quickly and easily discover a broad set of certified data, analytics, and AI tools and easily integrate them with Databricks.

Power BI integration with Databricks Partner Connect.

Find out more: Databricks Partner Connect guide

Azure AS compatibility with EffectiveUserName support

Microsoft have announced support for user impersonation using the EffectiveUserName connection-string property. Impersonating another user can be as easy as specifying that user’s UPN on the connection string. No Azure Active Directory (AAD) authentication or delegation token exchange necessary.

Azure AS compatibility with EffectiveUserName support.

Find out more: Power BI bolsters Azure AS compatibility with EffectiveUserName support

Export to Excel Improvements for Table and Matrix Visuals (Preview)

The Power BI team have announced that improvements to the Export to Excel experience for Power BI table and matrix visuals is now available in public preview. With this improvement, you get a new dialog option Data with current layout, that allows the export of data from a table or matrix visual to Excel while preserving the formatting of the visual, including number formatting and grouped (merged or unmerged) dimensions.

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Export to Excel Improvements for Table and Matrix Visuals (Preview).

Find out more: Export to Excel Improvements for Table and Matrix Visuals (Preview)

Power BI November 2021 Feature Summary

November’s Power BI feature summary includes a new format pane preview feature, page and bookmark navigators, new text box formatting options, pie, and donut chart rotation, plus many more.

Find out more: Power BI November Feature Summary

Snowflake and Azure Databricks Connectivity via VNet data gateways

The Power BI team have announced availability of Snowflake and Azure Databricks connectors on VNet Data gateways. Additionally, you can also use Single Sign-On(SSO) with Azure Active Directory (AAD) to connect to these data sources.

To be able to connect to either Snowflake or Azure Databricks secured by an Azure VNet, as a gateway admin, create a new data source on the VNet data gateway and select the specific data source type.

Snowflake and Azure Databricks Connectivity via VNet data gateways.

Find out more: Snowflake and Azure Databricks Connectivity via VNet data gateways

Power BI app for Microsoft Teams (GA)

The Power BI team have announced that the Power BI App for Microsoft Teams is Generally Available. With this availability, users can easily find data in Power BI, use our fully featured experiences without leaving Microsoft Teams, and bring data and insights into their chats, meetings, calendar invites, and of course teams. 

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The Power BI app in Teams.

Find out more: Create a more Data Driven Collaboration with the Power BI app for Microsoft Teams (GA)

Power BI goals improvements

Goals in Power BI has a new set of features including: goal level permissions, Power Automate integration with goals, and a new scorecard visual that can be added to Power BI reports. Several top requested user experience enhancements for moving goals within a scorecard and showing/hiding scorecard fields have also been included.

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New Scorecard Visual (Preview).

Find out more: More easily integrate goals into all your business processes


BONUS! Even more updates!

Congratulations if you have made it this far through the monthly update! For getting to the end you will be rewarded with other related titbits from around Microsoft 365…

Clipchamp —Microsoft’s New Video Editing App

Microsoft recently acquired Clipchamp; a video editor that empowers you to turn your visions for video into reality. Clipchamp is focused on making video creation simple and fun without taking away the flexibility that lets you fine tune the details.  

Try it for free now at clipchamp.com. Or, download it from the Windows Store.

Updates for the Office mobile app

Recently, Microsoft have produced a video highlighted all the features within the Office mobile app which includes a single app for Word, Excel and PowerPoint, support for PDFs, videos, images, scanning notes, handwriting recognition and much more. Check it out here.


Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 20th December 2021

The Microsoft roadmap roundup is a weekly summary of all the newly added items and changes within the Microsoft 365 roadmap, covering SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive and Microsoft Information Protection and Compliance. Here’s all the new and updated Microsoft roadmap items from the past week:

Please make sure to subscribe to get early access to new posts straight to your inbox!


Use these buttons to switch between each product’s roadmap updates.

SharePoint

Includes updates for SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva.

  • Launched (6)
  • Rolling out (3)
  • In development (6)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • SharePoint: Auto-News Digest – SharePoint Auto-News Digest sends automated email to employees in you company about the latest News posts that they have not yet read. Only published news posts are sent in the digest, and employees will have access to all the news posts that they are sent so rest assumed that employees won’t see news that they don’t have permission to see. If employees want to opt-out of receiving the Auto-News Digest, they can click the unsubscribe button at the bottom of the email. Feature ID:64685
  • Microsoft Lists: mobile app (iOS) – built on SharePoint – Access all lists you own and that have been shared with you – all on the go. You’ll be able to create new lists, edit list items and easily share with other people. The Lists app will first come to iOS and Android shortly after. Feature ID:64161
  • Microsoft Lists: offline mode – Similar to taking files offline, people will have the ability to take Microsoft Lists offline – so you can work with your information in scenarios where you may have low-to-no internet access. Feature ID:68809
  • SharePoint: Events web part will display event images – Page authors in SharePoint who use the Events web part will be able to turn on an option to show event images within the web part. When the option is on, each Event shown in the web part will display the image used in the title area of the Event page. Existing Event web parts will not be updated to display event images; however new web parts added to pages and news will default to show images. Feature ID:70791
  • SharePoint: SharePoint site template admin controls in PowerShell – PowerShell cmdlets that allow Microsoft-provided SharePoint site templates to be displayed or hidden in the site template gallery in your tenant. Roadmap ID: 85566
  • SharePoint: Hub to hub site association – We are adding the ability to associate a SharePoint hub site to another hub site to expand search results across multiple hubs in your organization. This enables users to discover relevant content when searching on any sites related to the associated hubs. Feature ID:85613

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • SharePoint: Navigation Switcher – With the new Nav Switcher feature, users can easily customize their team site by changing navigation’s orientation and visibility to achieve different look and feel, layouts, and alignment styles. Feature ID:85568
  • OneDrive and SharePoint: Markup Ink for Edit HVC (high-value controls) – With markup(ink), users can draw and add notes on their photos to convey their messages and reveal the pattern and information perhaps unclear in an initial, surface look when self-teaching and even more important when sharing photos. Feature ID:88481
  • SharePoint: SharePoint admin center- Manage Teams and channel connected team sites – With growing adoption of Teams and Channels we heard your feedback to simplify management of Teams and Channel connected sites. So now, when you go to a teams-connected site in SharePoint admin center, you see all corresponding channel sites and can ensure that right optional security policies are inherited from the parent site. Roadmap ID: 82161

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – January 2022

  • OneDrive and SharePoint: Improved Move or Copy user experience – We’re refreshing the Move/Copy user experience in OneDrive and SharePoint to make it easier for you to choose where to move or copy your files and folders. Feature ID:85567
  • SharePoint Syntex: Automatically build visualization of library metadata with Power BI – Enables customers to visualize the metadata in a document library in a Power BI report. They can also save that report so that future visitors to the document library can view it. Roadmap ID: 88706
  • SharePoint Syntex: Rules engine for alerts – We’re also adding a no-code rules engine to drive content alerts.  Based on the rules wizard in Microsoft Lists, alerts use a simple, no-code wizard to send updates when documents are added or deleted, or when someone edits metadata. Roadmap ID: 88710
  • SharePoint Syntex: Quick chart webpart for doc libraries – Enables customers to create charts in the quick chart webpart leveraging metadata in a SharePoint document library. Roadmap ID: 88716

Release – February 2022

  • Microsoft Viva: Use Syntex taxonomy to generate topics – Select terms from the taxonomy service to initiate creation of Viva topics, using the term definitions and tagged files. Roadmap ID: 82049

Release – March 2022

  • Microsoft Lists and SharePoint document libraries: Gallery view – Configure your lists and library items using a dynamic Gallery view – choosing how your documents and list items appear. Roadmap ID: 57304

Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 13th December 2021

The Microsoft roadmap roundup is a weekly summary of all the newly added items and changes within the Microsoft 365 roadmap, covering SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive and Microsoft Information Protection and Compliance. Here’s all the new and updated Microsoft roadmap items from the past week:

Please make sure to subscribe to get early access to new posts straight to your inbox!


Use these buttons to switch between each product’s roadmap updates.

SharePoint

Includes updates for SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva.

  • Launched (1)
  • Rolling out (0)
  • In development (7)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • Microsoft Search: Find a meeting recording based on what was said – For a Teams meeting that was recorded to OneDrive & SharePoint and was also transcribed live during the meeting you can now search in Microsoft Search to find the meeting recording file based on the transcript. Roadmap ID: 82003

🚂 ROLLING OUT

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⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – December 2021

  • 🆕 SharePoint: New content scenarios for My Feed Web Part on SharePoint – The New content types are added to My Feed Web Part on SharePoint. The new contents are Suggested Tasks, People Highlights, Meetings out of routine and files shared in groups. Roadmap ID: 82172

Release – January 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Viva Topics – Updates to Topic Card – Improvements to topic card to expand long descriptions, show job titles for people and interactions with Live Persona Card. Roadmap ID: 82175
  • SharePoint: Private drafts for SharePoint pages and news – We’re adding the ability to create private drafts for pages and news posts. A private draft is visible only to the page author, the people the author chooses to share it with, and site admins. It’s great for creating and editing content that’s not ready for others to see except the people you want to collaborate with. Feature ID:85629
  • Microsoft Viva: Topic discovery analytics – Transparency through analytics on topic discovery for organizations (Stage 1) to support ROI and understanding of progress of topic discovery. Roadmap ID: 88696
  • Microsoft Viva: Exclude content from topic discovery based off applied sensitivity labels – Use Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) sensitivity labels to control which files should not be included in topic discovery. Roadmap ID: 82047

Release – February 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Enabling Delay Delivery Plan in Outlook to Microsoft Viva Insights licensed users – Delay Delivery plan in Outlook to Microsoft Viva Insights for licensed users or users with MyAnalytics (Full) service plan will show you suggestions for scheduling email deliveries that align with the recipient’s working hours in their respective time zones. Roadmap ID: 82194
  • Microsoft Viva: Quiet time settings in Teams and Outlook – To help create better boundaries and protect your personal time, later this year Viva Insights will offer the ability to configure quiet time to silence mobile notifications from Outlook and Teams outside your working hours as well as provide personalized insights on how well you are disconnecting. You will also be able to set quiet time directly from Teams and Outlook mobile. Roadmap ID: 85627

Edit in grid view button missing – how to resolve

In this post we take a look at the common causes for the edit in grid view button to not be visible in SharePoint Online & Microsoft Lists.

The problem

Edit in grid view was made generally available to all Microsoft customers in February 2021 and is available for lists and document libraries in SharePoint Online or Microsoft Lists. I recently had an issue reported to me that the edit in grid view button was missing from the ribbon in a SharePoint Online document library.

After taking a look myself, sure enough this was the case and the option wasn’t present. The first thing to note about this particular document library was that the default view had grouping enabled on a particular column. In trying to replicate the issue, at first when I created a new document library the edit in grid view button was present:

I noticed that when I applied the same grouping to the view the edit in grid view button disappeared!

Applying a grouping to a library view causes the edit in grid view button to disappear.

The solution

The solution for this is more of a workaround as this appears to be a Microsoft bug. I decided the best way to get around this was to create a specific view that defaults into grid view mode when selected. To do this:

  • With your library open > press the cog > library settings
  • Scroll down to views > press create view
  • Select datasheet view
  • Give the view a name > select the columns you wish to display > press OK

Now you have a view that defaults to grid view without users having to select it!

Other ways around this issue would be to:

  • Remove the grouping for the view in question to allow edit in grid view
  • Create a new view with the grouping removed and show users how to find it to edit in grid view

Unfortunately this seems to be an bug that although it has been raised with Microsoft, the SharePoint UserVoice has since been shut down so it’s unclear if it is being worked on or not. You can raise feature requests through the Microsoft feedback portal.

Bonus – free history lesson!

Out of curiosity I wanted to see if this was an issue in SharePoint 2010 as I was sure I would have come across it by now. As expected, it wasn’t and datasheet view works fine when views have groupings within them.


Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 6th December 2021

The Microsoft roadmap roundup is a weekly summary of all the newly added items and changes within the Microsoft 365 roadmap, covering SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive and Microsoft Information Protection and Compliance. Here’s all the new and updated Microsoft roadmap items from the past week:

Please make sure to subscribe to get early access to new posts straight to your inbox!


Use these buttons to switch between each product’s roadmap updates.

SharePoint

Includes updates for SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva.

  • Launched (6)
  • Rolling out (4)
  • In development (54)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • Microsoft Stream: Viewing Teams meeting recording transcripts for GCC – You can see transcripts in transcript pane next to the video for Teams meeting recordings when Teams Live Transcript is also enabled. Video viewers can use the transcripts pane to find content most relevant to them and subsequently jump to any point in the video. Roadmap ID: 85646
  • Microsoft Viva: Viva Insights homepage with personal insights – A new Viva Insights homepage will be discoverable at insights.viva.office.com as well as via the Microsoft 365 app launcher on Office.com in place of MyAnalytics. Roadmap ID: 85559
  • Microsoft Viva: Manager insights in Microsoft Viva Insights app, Outlook and Office.com – To empower managers to foster productivity and wellbeing for teams – large or small – new insights and tools are being introduced in the “My team” tab of the Microsoft Viva Insights app in Teams, as well as in manager cards in the daily briefing and monthly digest emails from Microsoft Viva. Roadmap ID: 85622
  • SharePoint: New SharePoint site Usage reports for Government clouds – Microsoft are making additional SharePoint Site Usage reports available in Government clouds. The reports include “time spent report”, “popular platforms”, “news page analytics” and “ability to download site usage data to excel”. Roadmap ID: 82096
  • SharePoint: Document Library ‘View in File Explorer’ support in Microsoft Edge – With this change, you can enable the View in File Explorer capability on SharePoint Online. For this experience to be visible and work for your users, you will need to enable a Microsoft Edge policy “Configure the View in File Explorer feature for SharePoint pages in Microsoft Edge” and update your SharePoint Online tenant configuration. Roadmap ID: 82123
  • SharePoint: Microsoft Lists: Updated sharing experience – Create unique sharing links for lists based on who and how you wish to share them, while adhering to any sharing settings per established IT and governance planning and policies. Roadmap ID: 81965

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • SharePoint: SharePoint site template admin controls in PowerShell – PowerShell cmdlets that allow Microsoft-provided SharePoint site templates to be displayed or hidden in the site template gallery in your tenant. Roadmap ID: 85566
  • SharePoint: Updated site creation experience – We’ve updated the site creation experience to make it easier for site creators to select the right type of SharePoint site, understand roles, and site permissions. Updates to this experience include refreshed graphics, expanded site descriptions, and more context for different permission levels in the Site permissions panel. Roadmap ID: 85683
  • Microsoft Stream: Updated Web player for video & audio files in SharePoint, Teams, Yammer, and OneDrive for Government Clouds – The web player for audio and video files that are stored in OneDrive and SharePoint (including when those files are embedded in Teams, Yammer, and SharePoint), is updated with a new user look and feel, and adheres to greater levels of accessibility for keyboard navigation and screen readers. Roadmap ID: 87204
  • Microsoft Compliance center: Information Governance: Retention label deletion behavior change in SharePoint – Improved consistency of user experience between OneDrive and SharePoint, allowing users to “delete” files labeled with a retention label configured to “retain items for a specific period” as this operation is no longer blocked with an error message. When deleted, these files will still be preserved for compliance purposes by moving a copy of them to the “Preservation Hold Library” of the site where they can be accessed by eDiscovery and other compliance solutions. Roadmap ID:82063

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – December 2021

  • 🆕 OneDrive and SharePoint: Markup Ink for Edit HVC (high-value controls) – With markup(ink), users can draw and add notes on their photos to convey their messages and reveal the pattern and information perhaps unclear in an initial, surface look when self-teaching and even more important when sharing photos. Feature ID:88481
  • 🆕 SharePoint: MSFT Editor Spellcheck and Grammar in SharePoint Pages – We are adding the Microsoft Editor service to SharePoint Pages and News and enabling their spellcheck and grammar capabilities. This will allow proofreading to take place in SharePoint without relying on the Editor browser extension. This feature changes the suggestions colors to monochrome when they’re shown on a themed background to increase visibility. Feature ID:88534
  • 🆕 SharePoint: Improvements to the Text Web Part toolbar for SharePoint Pages and News – Authors of SharePoint Pages and News will be able to access all simple text editing tools from the Text toolbar. Feature ID:82180
  • Microsoft Lists: Share and comment icons appear for Grid view in edit mode – People will now see icons for sharing and commenting while hovering over an item in Grid edit mode, bringing to parity the same functionality when in Grid view. Feature ID:82178
  • Microsoft Viva: Admin controls for preview features – This feature in the Admin Center delivers a control to let you select specific users to see preview features for customers enrolled in our Early Adopter Program.Feature ID:88698
  • SharePoint Syntex: Flow template to send customized email after file classification – Flow template to send customized email when file is classified by a Syntex model. Feature ID:88709
  • SharePoint: Rules engine for alerts – We’re also adding a no-code rules engine to drive content alerts.  Based on the rules wizard in Microsoft Lists, alerts use a simple, no-code wizard to send updates when documents are added or deleted, or when someone edits metadata. Feature ID:88710
  • SharePoint: New vertical site templates – Nonprofit, Retail and Healthcare – New vertical site templates coming to SharePoint including nonprofit volunteer center, retail management, store collaboration and healthcare hospital collaboration.  Feature ID:85659
  • SharePoint: Microsoft 365 Lists entry point in the SharePoint app bar – An entry point to Microsoft 365 Lists will appear in the SharePoint app bar after the files icon. Content in the Microsoft 365 lists panel is driven by Microsoft Graph and is personalized to user activity. Feature ID:85641
  • OneDrive and SharePoint: Improved Move or Copy user experience – We’re refreshing the Move/Copy user experience in OneDrive and SharePoint to make it easier for you to choose where to move or copy your files and folders. Feature ID:85567
  • Microsoft Stream: Video viewer retention analytics – See which parts of a video are watched – Additional analytics for video files uploaded to SharePoint and OneDrive, allowing video owners to analyze the viewership retention of a video and determine which parts were watched the most or least. Feature ID:85643
  • SharePoint: Private drafts for SharePoint pages and news – We’re adding the ability to create private drafts for pages and news posts. A private draft is visible only to the page author, the people the author chooses to share it with, and site admins. It’s great for creating and editing content that’s not ready for others to see except the people you want to collaborate with. Feature ID:85629
  • OneDrive: Image Utility Edit Control (Crop, Adjustment, Filters) – OneDrive image utility edit control provides basic photo edit and adjustment functionality. Also, with filters, users can give their photos a “look” without having knowledge of photo processing. Feature ID:85625
  • SharePoint: Hub to hub site association – We are adding the ability to associate a SharePoint hub site to another hub site to expand search results across multiple hubs in your organization. This enables users to discover relevant content when searching on any sites related to the associated hubs. Feature ID:85613
  • Microsoft Viva: Draft support in Topic Pages – With this feature, topic editors and curators can save a page edit as a draft which is a feature parity to SharePoint page authoring. Feature ID:85593
  • SharePoint: Navigation Switcher – With the new Nav Switcher feature, users can easily customize their team site by changing navigation’s orientation and visibility to achieve different look and feel, layouts, and alignment styles. Feature ID:85568
  • Microsoft Viva: Viva Connections – Microsoft Viva Connections is your gateway to a modern engagement experience designed to keep everyone engaged and informed. This release will include features such as the dashboard authoring capability, setting a home site via the SharePoint admin center, dashboard and feed web parts for your home site and the Viva Connections app in Teams. Feature ID:86542
  • Microsoft Viva: User opt-in as suggested experts – To meet some customer governance and privacy standards, we now allow users to control being displayed as potentially associated with the topic. For these circumstances, you’ll be able to empower users to opt-in to be added to topic pages and cards. Feature ID:82103
  • SharePoint: Applied filters in Microsoft Lists – As you apply and adjust filters to narrow or expand what appears in the current view, you’ll now see which filters have been applied and you can remove them without going back into the column filter pane – you will now do this at the top-left portion of the list. Feature ID:82069
  • SharePoint: Drag and drop row reorder in Microsoft Lists – You will now be able to reorder rows in Microsoft Lists. Just click the row you want to move, and then drag it to where you’d like it to appear in your list grid view. Feature ID:82070
  • Microsoft Viva: Select sensitivity label to exclude sites from topic discovery – Use Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) sensitivity labels to control which sites should not be included in topic discovery. Feature ID:82048
  • SharePoint: Migration Manager content discovery – Before you move any file or folder from on-premises into Microsoft 365, you need to discover content and plan for the migration. The Migration Manager, from within the SharePoint admin center, will provide content discovery so admins can best understand what content they have, decide what to migrate and what to remediate. Feature ID:82000
  • Microsoft Viva: Topics in Microsoft Search in Bing – Display topic cards in search results when Microsoft Search is invoked from a Bing search. Feature ID:72180
  • Microsoft Viva: Improvements for Topic Management – This update will empower Knowledge Managers, providing additional metadata for sorting and filtering through the list of topics, including additional quality and usage columns, and segmentation to help manage topics at scale. Feature ID:72182
  • SharePoint and Microsoft Teams: Rich previews for pages and news articles – When users paste links to SharePoint news posts and modern pages in Teams chat/channels, those links will convert into rich cards displaying the page title, image, author and published date. Feature ID:70808
  • SharePoint: People cut out tab for stock images – The stock images tab inside the image file picker will now include images of people without a background. Feature ID:70720
  • SharePoint: Scoping Control for SharePoint Online – Scoping control is available for SP page, site, list and library, for users to search faster with specified scope. Feature ID:70792
  • Microsoft Lists app in Teams: Rules – Create simple if/then rules, based on changes to list information, to set reminders and send notifications directly from within Microsoft Teams. Users with edit permissions on the list can create and manage rules. Users with read-only permissions can’t create or manage rules. Once the feature is available to your users, they’ll be able to create a rule by selecting the Automate menu, and then click “Create a rule” in the list command bar near the top of the page. Feature ID:70749
  • SharePoint: Calendar view in Lists web part – The List web part for SharePoint in Microsoft 365 allows you to display a list from your team or site on a page and customize it with your own title, view, and even size. And now, if you have created a Calendar view for your list, it will show properly in the List web part. Feature ID:70750
  • SharePoint: Events web part will display event images – Page authors in SharePoint who use the Events web part will be able to turn on an option to show event images within the web part. When the option is on, each Event shown in the web part will display the image used in the title area of the Event page. Existing Event web parts will not be updated to display event images; however new web parts added to pages and news will default to show images. Feature ID:70791
  • SharePoint: Page Analytics – View rich page analytics on SharePoint Pages, including page views, page viewers and page traffic. Feature ID:70635
  • SharePoint Syntex: Extended language support – form processing – Support for processing documents using form processing in French, German, Italian and Spanish. Feature ID:70611
  • Microsoft Lists: Grid view keyboard improvements – When you edit in grid view (previously ‘Quick edit’), you will have a faster editing experience that adheres to greater levels of accessibility. Navigate across rows and columns using the tab key. Plus, pressing Enter enbales you to edit that field. Clicking Enter on a new row saves the new item. And pressing the Esc key closes editor. Feature ID:70670
  • Microsoft Lists: Number column symbols – When leveraging a Number column, select common number symbols (dollar, euro, yen, percentage) or create a custom symbol, plus decide if you want the symbol to be on the left or right of the number. Feature ID:70671
  • Microsoft Lists: visual UI for read-only fields – Lists fields will show people when a field is edit-only and screen reader support when a field is read-only. Feature ID:70672
  • Microsoft Lists: Configure Person column profile pictures – When using a Person column (for individuals or groups), you will have more control to show as text-only or using available user’s profile pictures with the visual ‘pill’ formatting. Feature ID:70673
  • SharePoint: Microsoft Lists – column settings in Grid view – The capabilities when in Lists “Grid” view (previously Quick Edit) will now allow people to pin a column to the filter’s pane, format the column, show/hide columns, and hide their column(s). You used to have to exit out of Grid edit to accomplish these common tasks. Feature ID:68714
  • SharePoint: Microsoft Lists – Support for thousands separator in Number column – When Lists owners and members leverage the Number column, they can now choose if the comma should appear or not. Feature ID:68716
  • Microsoft Lists: offline mode – Similar to taking files offline, people will have the ability to take Microsoft Lists offline – so you can work with your information in scenarios where you may have low-to-no internet access. Feature ID:68809
  • SharePoint admin center:  site creation source – SharePoint admins will now be able to see where sites were created from – be it PowerShell, via the SharePoint admin center, from Teams, from SharePoint “Create site” – and to be able to see more clearly who created the site. Feature ID:68813
  • Microsoft Lists: updated Yes/No column experiences – powered by SharePoint – List items with a Yes/No column, in and out of Quick Edit mode, will appear using the new experience design format – making it easier to create and more accessible to consume. Feature ID:67119
  • SharePoint: Auto-News Digest – SharePoint Auto-News Digest sends automated email to employees in you company about the latest News posts that they have not yet read. Only published news posts are sent in the digest, and employees will have access to all the news posts that they are sent so rest assumed that employees won’t see news that they don’t have permission to see. If employees want to opt-out of receiving the Auto-News Digest, they can click the unsubscribe button at the bottom of the email. Feature ID:64685
  • Microsoft Lists: forms customization – built on SharePoint – Adjust what information shows on the out-of-box forms and include custom header and footer imagery and information. Feature ID:64165
  • Microsoft Lists: sticky first column – built on SharePoint – As you scroll left and right, the first column of your list remains in place; similar to the sticky header that is already a part of Lists. Feature ID:64168
  • Microsoft Lists: mobile app (iOS) – built on SharePoint – Access all lists you own and that have been shared with you – all on the go. You’ll be able to create new lists, edit list items and easily share with other people. The Lists app will first come to iOS and Android shortly after. Feature ID:64161
  • Microsoft Viva: Updates to multi-geo support – We can process content that is in all regions and query from all regions. We support region moves. We keep the data in the corresponding regions according to data sovereignty. Feature ID:82044
  • Microsoft Viva: Integrate Microsoft Search bookmarks with topic cards and pages – Many organizations have already used bookmarks in search results to direct users to authoritative content for query results.  With this new feature, you’ll be able to integrate the search bookmarks into topic cards and pages – allowing users to continue to find those sources augmented with the topical content on the page or card. Feature ID:82046
  • Microsoft Viva: Exclude content from topic discovery based off applied sensitivity labels – Use Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) sensitivity labels to control which files should not be included in topic discovery. Feature ID:82047
  • Microsoft Lists: Export Microsoft Lists to Excel – Export Microsoft Lists to Excel, to work with the data in a spreadsheet. You’ll now have the option to open the list as an Excel Workbook or CSV file – giving you the ability to analyze your data in Excel no matter your OS platform – Windows or macOS. Feature ID:81962

Release – January 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Supporting four additional languages for Headspace in Viva Insights- French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish – Guided meditations and mindfulness exercises from Headspace in the Viva Insights app in Microsoft Teams will be available in additional languages – French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish – to foster mindfulness and wellbeing throughout the workday. Feature ID:88518
  • Microsoft Viva: Praise History in Microsoft Viva Insights – The Praise app in Microsoft Teams is designed to help recognize the effort that goes into the wide-ranging, collaborative work that Teams users do. Users can send Praise to their colleagues through the messaging extension pinned to the Teams messaging bar for most users or through the Microsoft Viva Insights app in Teams. With Praise history, users will be able to view their sent and received praise over the past six months. Feature ID:85639
  • SharePoint and OneDrive: New capabilities in Microsoft 365 Information barriers for SharePoint, OneDrive, and M365 Groups – Bringing in new capabilities in Microsoft 365 Information barriers which will further help administrators and end users to ensure they can collaborate and communicate within information barriers policies. Feature ID:85635
  • Microsoft Compliance center: Information Governance: Optimized behavior of deleted files with multiple versions in SharePoint – SharePoint Online items with multiple versions and a retention label now move to the Preservation Hold Library as a single file containing all versions when deleted. Feature ID:82062
  • SharePoint: Display images from Microsoft Lists in Power Apps – Power Apps image controls will now display images that are stored in Microsoft Lists Image columns. They can be displayed in four sizes: small, medium, large, or full. Feature ID:81986

Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 29th November 2021

The Microsoft roadmap roundup is a weekly summary of all the newly added items and changes within the Microsoft 365 roadmap, covering SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive and Microsoft Information Protection and Compliance. Here’s all the new and updated Microsoft roadmap items from the past week:

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SharePoint

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  • SharePoint Syntex: Modern site-level term store – A modern experience to create and manage site-level taxonomies for your sites. Roadmap ID: 85638

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Microsoft 365 monthly update – October 2021

The Microsoft 365 monthly update includes updates and recently recent features across all of Microsoft 365. Press a button to read about an individual technology or continue reading for more. You can take a look back at previous monthly updates here, plus take a look at our weekly roadmap roundup.


SharePoint

In SharePoint: Hub to hub site association, new templates, modern term store, edit images, calendar view in List web part

Hub to hub site association

Microsoft are adding the ability to associate a SharePoint hub site to another hub site, with a primary benefit to expand search results across multiple hubs in your organization. When hubs are associated with each other, content can be searched for and displayed on hubs up to three levels of association.

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SharePoint hub sites can be associated to other hubs (up to three levels of association) and what site content will appear in search for users searching on any of these sites.

Find out more: Associate a SharePoint hub site to another hub to connect search experiences

New SharePoint Site templates – for retail, healthcare and non-profit

This update will bring four new SharePoint site templates to retail customers, non-profits, and healthcare organizations. All allow organizations to better track, manage information, and collaborate.

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New SharePoint Site templates – for retail, healthcare and non-profit.

Find out more: SharePoint Look Book

Modern SharePoint site-level term store

Microsoft have updated the experience when creating and managing site-level taxonomy terms; this matches the previously updated, central term store in the SharePoint admin center. It’s now easier to navigate your taxonomies and create and edit terms when classifying & discovering your Syntex and SharePoint content.

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Updated SharePoint site-level term store.

Find out more: Create, configure, and manage groups and term sets

Edit images in SharePoint and OneDrive

You are now able to

rotate, crop (both freeform crop and fixed aspect ratio crop) and flip your images – horizontally and vertically. This update also includes options to adjust the light and color saturation of your images. Now it’s easy to make those transformations with adjustments for brightness, exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, and color saturation.

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Edit images in SharePoint & OneDrive.

Find out more: OneDrive’s new photo editing features and more

Calendar view in the List web part

The SharePoint List web part in Microsoft 365 allows you to display a list from your team or site on a page and customize it with your own title, view, and even size. And now, if you have created a Calendar view for your list, it will show properly in the List web part.

thumbnail image 6 captioned Use the List web part with Calendar view to showcase upcoming information as a calendar - as shown above for The Intrazone team site home page for upcoming episodes.
Use the List web part with Calendar view to showcase upcoming information as a calendar.

Find out more: Use the List web part


Teams

In Teams: New features for teams meetings, all New Whiteboard, live transcript unscheduled meetings, breakout room manager support, breakout room pre-meeting room creation/ participant assignment, Presenter Mode ‘Standout’, Visio viewer, purchase apps, 1:1 Calling Safari, operator connect, calling plan expansion, chat supervisors delete messages, admin center updates

Teams (Education)

Teams (Government)

Teams

New features for Teams meetings

Users can now assign roles from the scheduling form and see the order of raised hands to ensure that all the voices are heard. Also, we’re revamping the mobile overflow menu to prioritize key actions, like viewing chat and adding a notification drawer for in-meeting system messages, so users can preview, collapse, and clear all notifications with one tap.

Teams client showing updated user interface and experiences. Meeting attendee can use the scheduling form, order raised hands, use mobile overflow menu.
Assign roles from the scheduling form, see order of raised hands, plus hide your own video.

Find out more: What’s new in Microsoft 365

All-New Whiteboard in Microsoft Teams

The Microsoft Whiteboard in Teams has been completely rebuilt to provide a rich visual collaboration workspace. With 40+ new customizable templates, ability to insert images and shapes, and 8 new reactions, you can bring people together in a rich visual collaboration workspace. Available now in Teams desktop, web, and mobile. 

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The All-New Whiteboard in Microsoft Teams.

Find out more: Welcome to the new Whiteboard!

Live Transcript in unscheduled meetings using Meet Now and Channel meetings

Live Transcript is now available for unscheduled (ad hoc) and Channel Teams meetings. For ad hoc meetings, you will be able to download the transcript from the chat screen after the meeting. For Channel meetings, you can view the transcript under the Recordings & Transcripts tab. To enable this feature, make sure the Allow Transcription policy is turned on.

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Live Transcript in unscheduled meetings using Meet Now and Channel meetings.

Find out more: View live transcription in a Teams meeting

Breakout Room managers support

Microsoft have added the ability for a meeting organizer to extend the management of breakout rooms to presenters. By taking control from breakout rooms management panel, appointed presenters will be able to perform breakout room operations as managers or meeting organizers, and join rooms as a breakout room manager. Only participants who are named as presenters can be appointed as breakout room managers.

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Breakout room managers in Microsoft Teams.

Find out more: Presenter support in breakout rooms

Breakout room pre-meeting room creation and participant assignment

Organizers can now perform breakout room configurations and participant assignment tasks before the meeting starts via Teams desktop app. You can create rooms in bulk, add or delete individual rooms, configure meeting options, adjust session settings like timer, and pre-assign participants via both manual and automatic assignment options.

NOTE: At this time, only invited attendees – up to 300 participants, will be available for pre-assignment.

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Breakout room pre-meeting room creation and participant assignment.

Find out more: Pre-meeting room creation and participant assignment in breakout rooms

Presenter mode ‘Standout’ in PowerPoint Live

Presenter mode “Standout” allows you to overlay your video feed on the PowerPoint presentation slide during a Microsoft Teams meeting. The experience works for both PowerPoint Presenter View and PowerPoint SlideShow view. Now you can easily direct your audiences’ attention with hand gestures and facial cues, while leveraging features such as notes, slide view, and inking.

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Presenter mode ‘Standout’ in PowerPoint Live.

Find out more: Presenter Mode ‘Standout’ for PowerPoint Live

Visio Viewer in Microsoft Teams

his capability enables both users with and without a Visio license to complete simple tasks on Visio files stored in Teams, like commenting, sharing, printing, downloading their Visio diagram as an image or PDF, and more—all from within Teams.

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Comment, share, print, and more with Visio Viewer in Microsoft Teams.

Find out more: free visio viewer

Enable Teams users to purchase Teams apps through the Teams store

Microsoft Teams users have now the ability to purchase third-party Teams app subscriptions from the Teams store.

Screenshot of purchase licenses manage apps page.
Purchase third-party apps for Teams.

Find out more: Purchase third-party apps for Teams

1:1 Calling in Safari Web Browser

Users can now initiate a 1:1 call with another Teams user while using Teams on Safari. Users can initiate a 1:1 call from the Calls App or from the Call button in the header of a 1:1 chat.

Find out more: Safari browser support

Operator Connect general availability

Enabling PSTN services on Teams becomes simpler and seamless with the general availability of Operator Connect. You can bring your existing operator PSTN service and phone numbers from a growing list of operators. Save on hardware and management costs and benefit from shared support and reliability. 


	
	
	 
	
	
	
				
		
			
				
						
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Operator Connect in Teams Calling.

Find out more: Operator Connect general availability and new Microsoft Teams Phone features to modernize calling

Microsoft Teams Calling Plans expansion

With Microsoft Teams Calling Plans you can make Microsoft your operator and provide PSTN service to your users without on-premises equipment. We are expanding our coverage by adding five new calling plan markets – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, and Croatia – bringing our total to 33 markets.

Find out more: Microsoft Teams Calling Plans

Admin Center improvements

Admin notifications for Custom app submissions – When a developer submits a custom app for IT admin approval, admins will receive a notification in a dedicated Teams channel, so they can review and take next steps to publish the app.

Admins can use cloud shell from Teams admin center – Admins can open Azure cloud shell from Teams admin center inline and run powershell scripts from browser.

Export Teams list from Teams Admin Center – Administrators can export Teams list as a csv file from Teams admin center.

Teams Admin Center interface Improvements

Microsoft have introduced 4 new improvements to the interface to make IT admin work more simple and intuitive. The left navigation bar is important for admin to navigate and easily find the things they are looking for, and the new left navigation bar organizes the Teams Admin Center into more closely related features, making it easier to find relevant and related tasks.

Also the home page got much more customized to admins immediate needs, enabling them now to drag and drop important items in the home page. Microsoft have also improved the login to work without third-party cookies and login popups and we have increased the timeout period for inactive sessions to 24 hours allowing admin to reuse existing browser sessions. An additional improvement is the simplification of the ‘User interface for External access’ page as admins can now easily select one of the four external access configurations that best fits their organizational needs: Allow all domains, or specific domains, Block specific domains while allowing everything else, and Block all domains

Teams (Education)

Chat supervisors can delete messages

Learning online can be personal, engaging, and socially enriching when educators and teachers use Teams chats, channels, and meetings to stay in touch. However, online learning can also present unique student safety challenges. This feature, designed with our Teams for Education users in mind, allows chat supervisors to delete inappropriate, off-topic, or other messages in a Teams chat.

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Chat supervisors can now delete messages.

Find out more: Chat, teams, channels, & apps in Microsoft Teams

Suggested Replies in chats – suggested replies presents users with up to three recommended responses to choose from in the context of a chat. This functionality will be enabled by default for teachers and faculty, and completely disabled for all students.

Data reports after Teams meeting class – If a teacher has used Forms polls in a Teams meeting class, a summary report for all the polls used in this meeting will be generated and shared with teacher.

Teams (Government)

These features currently available to Microsoft’s commercial customers in multi-tenant cloud environments are now rolling out to our customers in US Government Community Cloud (GCC), US Government Community Cloud High (GCC-High), and/or United States Department of Defense (DoD):

New assignment experience in modal window for breakout rooms – Participant assignment is now moved from the breakout rooms’ right panel to a separate window that pops up when selecting Assign Participants. 

Presenter mode in desktop or window sharing – Standout, Reporter and Side-by-side Presenter modes are now available when sharing your desktop or window in the Teams desktop app.

Present from PowerPoint to Teams – ow, even though you may not be in the same room as your audience, we believe your flow to present should be as easy and intuitive – clicking the Present in Teams button in PowerPoint is the only step you need to present the deck in your Teams meeting! 

Prompt to set Meeting Options for Large Teams Meetings in Outlook for Windows – Teams users in Outlook for Windows will now be prompted to set meeting options when creating a Teams meeting with 40 or more participants or 10 or more distribution lists. 

Together mode – Together mode reimagines meeting experiences to help participants feel closer together even when you are apart.

Improved experience for sharing content in a meeting – The new share content experience helps presenters find their desired content more quickly and easily. Windows are consolidated into a single bucket to provide a concise view and all PowerPoints are automatically organized to present with PowerPoint Live.

Live Transcript in unscheduled meetings using Meet Now and Channel meetings – Live Transcript is now available for unscheduled (ad hoc) and Channel Teams meetings. For ad hoc meetings, you will be able to download the transcript from the chat screen after the meeting.

Guest access support on mobile for DOD – Teams now supports Guest Access between tenants inside the DoD Cloud.

Guest access support on mobile for GCC-High – Teams now supports Guest Access between tenants inside the GCC-H Cloud.

Guest Access – Teams now supports Guest Access between tenants inside the GCC-High Cloud. You can invite users in other GCC-High tenants to collaborate on documents in Teams channels, resources, chats, and applications while still maintaining control over your data.

Teams device management in DoD – Tenants in the DoD environment can also manage their Teams devices from the Teams admin center. Admins can now control the entire lifecycle of their Teams devices which include an increasing variety of supported device types – IP Phones, Collaboration bars, Teams displays, Teams Meeting Room devices.


Power Apps

In Power Apps: icons rollback, multiple portals in Dataverse, custom help pane GA, App.StartScreen, large file/ image support, Dataverse search

As part of 2022 Release Wave 2, the Power Apps team had deprecated business recommended icon and tooltips as they were not discoverable and didn’t provide a modern usability experience for viewing extended field information.

Based on customer feedback, we’ve reverted this change and it continues to work today as it did in 2022 Release Wave 1. The team are working to enable makers the ability to show / hide descriptions for a particular field and customize the description per form by way of icon button and callout.

Business Recommended Icon and Tool Tip Icon rollback.

Find out more: Business Recommended Icon and Tool Tip Icon Rollback

Create multiple portals in your Dataverse environment

The Power Apps team have announced they are lifting the 1 portal type limit per environment, allowing the creation of multiple portals of the same type within an environment (no per language limit). This feature provides the following capabilities :

  1. Dataverse starter portal and portal from blank
  2. Customer self-service, Partner portal, Employee self-service, Community, Customer Portal – Coming soon!
Create multiple portals in your Dataverse environment.

Find out more: Create a Dataverse starter portal

Custom help pane in model-driven apps generally available

Custom help pane feature gives your model apps a custom in-product help experience that is tailored to your app. It is now announcing general availability. With this update, there will be better stability and permanence of the experience. 

Custom help pane in model-driven apps generally available.

Find out more: Create guided help for your Unified Interface app

App.StartScreen: a new declarative alternative to Navigate in App.OnStart

The Power Apps team are going to provide new declarative alternatives for all the things you do in App.OnStart.  Not only will your apps load faster and give a better user experience, but it will be easier to write and debug them too.  Declarative means that you continue to tell us what you want to happen, but you don’t need to tell us when or how

For example, an Excel spreadsheet describes a set of dependencies between cells (what), it doesn’t say when they should be recalculated or in what order (when and how), that is Excel’s job.  Going declarative relieves a lot of the tedium of keeping state variables up to date.

Find out more: App.StartScreen: a new declarative alternative to Navigate in App.OnStart

Large file and Image support in Power Apps canvas and UCI generally available

The Power Apps team have announced GA support in Power Apps for Dataverse large File and Image data types.  Files up to 128MB and Images up to 30MB are supported.   The File and Image data types have been widely used during the preview period.  However, there were various limitations on the size of files and images and scenarios supported in Power Apps. 

The sizes supported by Dataverse and Power Apps were different and the mobile scenario was not supported.  Those limitations are now removed and Power Apps (canvas and UCI) now align with the sizes available in Dataverse.  Large files and images now work in mobile scenarios as well.

GA release of Large file and Image support in Power Apps canvas and UCI.

Find out more: GA release of Large file and Image support in Power Apps canvas and UCI

Relevance search is now Dataverse search to emphasize that all data within Dataverse is searchable. The new Dataverse search name is visible in the Power Platform Admin Center. Dataverse search is enabled by default for all production environments. Dataverse search remains an opt-in feature for non-production environments and environments using their own encryption key.

Dataverse search enabled by default.

Find out more: Configure Dataverse search for your environment


Power Automate

In Power Automate: Power Virtual Agent chat bot in Power Automate, copy to clipboard, Desktop update, Process advisor Application Analytics & Automation Recommendation GA, 21 new connectors

Power Virtual Agent Chat bot available across all pages in Power Automate

Power Virtual Agent Chat bot has been such a popular addition to Power Automate enabling users to ask questions in natural language to get help right in the product. The bot can answer your general questions like How do I share a flow or even specific questions like Why is my flow running slow. With this change, the bot is made visible across all the pages in Power Automate (for e.g. Flow, Process Insights, AI Builder) and you can engage the bot from anywhere in the product.

Power Virtual Agent Chat bot available across all pages in Power Automate.

Find out more: Power Automate Cloud Flows October Updates

Copy To Clipboard for solution flows

Copy to Clipboard is a really useful feature on the designer while you are building your flows, especially when you are creating control logic (for example switch, conditions) and wish to duplicate the actions or set of actions in branches easily. The flow designer now has a streamlined experience for solution flows that enables copying and pasting actions for flows across solutions.

Copy To Clipboard for solution flows.

Find out more: Power Automate cloud flows update

Power Automate desktop – October 2021

The October 2021 update of Power Automate for desktop (version 2.14) has been released, take a look at the updates below:

Sensitive variables in Power Automate for desktop – With this feature, users are now able to mark any variable as sensitive. The values of sensitive variables will not be visible in the flow designer during debugging, while they will also not be logged in the desktop flow logs, for runs triggered by the portal or the console. Find out more.

Data loss prevention policies are now applicable to Power Automate for desktop (Preview) – Administrators will be able to apply data loss prevention policies to desktop flows, in order to secure their organization’s data. Find out more.

DLP policies in Power Automate for desktop

Support older versions of Internet Explorer – Power Automate for desktop will be able to support web automation with Internet Explorer v5 to v8, apart from v9 and above which were already supported so far. Find out more.

New capability to save an Excel workbook as XML Data – Users will now be able to save their Excel workbook as XML data (.xml), either through the ‘Save Excel’ or the ‘Close Excel’ action, via defining an XML map within the Excel file. Find out more.

Save Excel as XML Data

Breaking forward compatibility of older versions of Power Automate for desktop – New desktop flows that will be created (or past flows that will be saved) in the new release, will not be able to be run or opened by older installations of Power Automate for desktop. Find out more.

Process advisor Application Analytics & Automation Recommendation now generally available

Gain deeper insights and take action in optimizing and automating your process with Process advisor Application Analytics and Automation Recommendation features, which are now generally available.

Find out more: Process advisor Application Analytics and Automation Recommendation features are now generally available

New 21 connectors in August and September

21 new connectors were released for Power Automate throughout August/ September. They include solutions and tools for inventory management, IT operations, document management, threat identification, gamification and much more. 

Find out more: New 21 connectors in August and September


Power BI and Azure Purview now generally available

Azure Purview is a unified data governance service that enables organizations to easily create a holistic, up-to-date map of their data landscape, including on-premises, software as a service (SaaS), and multi-cloud platforms­, with automated data discovery.

With Power BI integrations, data consumers are empowered to find valuable, trustworthy, sensitive data, and provide end-to-end data lineage for analytics users to build and trace key business metrics to the origins of the data.  Recent integrations between Azure Purview and Power BI are now generally available.

Search and browse Power BI assets with Power BI and Azure Purview.

Find out more: Microsoft Power BI and Azure Purview better together – now Generally Available

On-premises data gateway October 2021 update

The Power BI team have just released the October update for the On-premises data gateway (version 3000.101.16). This version of the gateway will ensure that the reports that you publish to the Power BI Service and refresh via the Gateway will go through the same query execution logic/run-time as in the October Power BI Desktop version.

Find out more: On-premises data gateway October 2021 update is now available

Power BI October 2021 desktop feature summary

This month’s Power BI desktop feature summary includes additional functionality and performance improvements for DirectQuery, optimization for the SWITCH function, new Bitwise DAX functions, and general availability of the Premium Gen2 platform for premium capacities, plus lots more.

Find out more: Power BI October 2021 Feature Summary

Power BI Streaming Dataflows October Update

Streaming dataflows allow authors to connect to, ingest, mashup, model, and build reports but based on continuous streaming, near real-time data. This is done directly in the Power BI service with beautiful, drag and drop, no-code experiences. Two new features were announced this month:

  • Streaming support for Azure blobs
  • Using static data with streaming dataflows
Streaming support for Azure blobs.

Find out more: Power BI Streaming Dataflows October Update

New authentication option facilitates migrations to Power BI Premium

The Power BI team have announced that XMLA endpoints on Premium Per User (PPU) now support Azure Active Directory (AAD) authentication with service principals. This authentication option enables administrative applications to perform automated maintenance tasks and unattended service-level operations by using their own app identities, which is often a requirement for migration of existing tabular data models from Azure Analysis Services and SQL Server Analysis Services to Power BI Premium.

Power BI Streaming Dataflows October Update

Streaming dataflows allow authors to connect to, ingest, mashup, model, and build reports but based on continuous streaming, near real-time data. This is done directly in the Power BI service with beautiful, drag and drop, no-code experiences. Two new features were announced this month:

  • Streaming support for Azure blobs
  • Using static data with streaming dataflows
Streaming support for Azure blobs.

Find out more: Power BI Streaming Dataflows October Update

New authentication option facilitates migrations to Power BI Premium

The Power BI team have announced that XMLA endpoints on Premium Per User (PPU) now support Azure Active Directory (AAD) authentication with service principals. This authentication option enables administrative applications to perform automated maintenance tasks and unattended service-level operations by using their own app identities, which is often a requirement for migration of existing tabular data models from Azure Analysis Services and SQL Server Analysis Services to Power BI Premium.

Find out more: New authentication option facilitates AAS migrations to Power BI Premium at a low price point

Power BI Unused Artifacts API (preview)

As part of the Power BI teams ongoing focus to enhance visibility at the tenant level, they have announced the preview availability of the new Unused Artifacts API, which enables Power BI Admins to uncover potentially unused artifacts in order to more efficiently manage resources. The initial version of this API returns a list of datasets that have not been used within 30 days for a specified workspace. Successive revisions will include additional artifact types such as reports and dashboards.

Find out more: Power BI Unused Artifacts API (preview)

General Availability of next-gen Premium Platform

The Power BI have announced the general availability of the platform that powers Power BI Premium experiences. With this release, Power BI Premium meets a milestone in its evolution, becoming a world-class capacity-based Analytics SaaS product powering mission-critical, enterprise-grade analytics solutions.

After a year in preview, the next-gen platform is now battle-proven to meet the demands of the widest range of analytics solutions: from self-service business datasets to centrally curated and distributed pixel-perfect reports and anything in between.

Find out more: General Availability of next-gen Premium Platform


BONUS! Even more updates!

Congratulations if you have made it this far through the monthly update! For getting to the end you will be rewarded with other related titbits from around Microsoft 365…

Microsoft Loop

Microsoft Loop is a new app that combines a powerful and flexible canvas with portable components that move freely and stay in sync across applications—enabling teams to think, plan, and create together. Microsoft Loop has three elements: Loop components, Loop pages, and Loop workspaces.

Find out more: Introducing Microsoft Loop

All-in-one digital contact center solution

A new all-in-one digital contact center solution, powered by Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Service and Teams, brings together traditional contact center, unified communications, and customer service capabilities into a single, integrated software as a service (SaaS) solution.

Microsoft expands Dynamics 365 Customer Service to an all-in-one digital contact center solution leveraging the power of Microsoft Teams.
Streamline the contact center experience.

Find out more: What’s new in Microsoft 365

Official communities are now available in Yammer

Now you can designate your most important communities as “Official” to show that they are company-endorsed within the network. Official communities offer a way to guide employees to the correct communities when they are searching for answers by using a familiar ‘verified’ icon represented by a check mark. Network admins designate official communities in your organization, and the benefits of clarity and trust follow for end users.

thumbnail image 8 captioned Official Yammer community – the “Leadership Connection” with blue checkmark icon showing.
Official Yammer community – the “Leadership Connection” with blue checkmark icon showing.

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Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 22nd November 2021

The Microsoft roadmap roundup is a weekly summary of all the newly added items and changes within the Microsoft 365 roadmap, covering SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive and Microsoft Information Protection and Compliance. Here’s all the new and updated Microsoft roadmap items from the past week:

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SharePoint

Includes updates for SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva.

  • Launched (2)
  • Rolling out (0)
  • In development (8)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • OneDrive and SharePoint: Adjusting version retention for PST files – PST files are a type of Outlook Data File which can consume a lot of storage – especially when versions are considered. The service will now limit the number of PST versions retained, often resulting in less storage consumption. Roadmap ID: 72237
  • Microsoft Viva: SharePoint Integration – The Knowledge Admin provides a site URL for where the Learning Service can create an empty centralized location – Learning App Content Repository – in the form of a structured SharePoint List. This list can be used by the organization to house links to cross-company SharePoint folders containing learning content. Admins are responsible for collecting and curating a list of URLs for folders. These folders should only include content that can be made available in the Learning app. Roadmap ID: 82174

🚂 ROLLING OUT

N/A

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – November 2021

  • 🆕 Microsoft Lists: Share and comment icons appear for Grid view in edit mode – People will now see icons for sharing and commenting while hovering over an item in Grid edit mode, bringing to parity the same functionality when in Grid view. Roadmap ID: 82178
  • SharePoint Syntex: Modern site-level term store – A modern experience to create and manage site-level taxonomies for your sites. Roadmap ID: 85638

Release – December 2021

  • 🆕 SharePoint: SharePoint admin center – updated homepage dashboard for sovereign clouds – When you first land in the SharePoint admin center, we want it to be both familiar and useful at a glance. The idea is to provide a familiar experience, taking a similar design approach as the Microsoft admin center. You’ll see more and more cards and graphs appear over time so you can see insights on files, usage security, recommendations, training and so on. Better see what’s happening, and then take the appropriate action. Roadmap ID: 82179
  • SharePoint Syntex: Metadata search – Find content with precision using automatic forms to query any metadata fields on the library. Roadmap ID: 88714
  • SharePoint: Improvements to the authoring experience in SharePoint Pages – This change will make it easier for users to understand where they are in a page by adding labels to each content area. These changes also reduce clutter by consolidating web part editing actions into a single toolbar and placing authors into focus mode by default to remove visual distractions while editing. Roadmap ID: 82177

Release – January 2022

  • SharePoint: Updated Tag column for images – Image tags are automatically created and includes descriptive labels when they are uploaded into SharePoint within Microsoft 365. This improves Microsoft Search results. With the new update, people will be able to manually add or remove tags from this column using freeform text or from the managed metadata service (your company taxonomy). Additionally, we are designing a new flow trigger in Power Automate that will allow programmable actions based on these tags. Roadmap ID: 68902
  • OneDrive and SharePoint for Business: Library Dropdown – We’re adding a dropdown that allows you to easily switch between multiple document libraries associated with a Team or Site. Roadmap ID: 81990

Release – June 2022

  • 🆕 SharePoint: Migrate SharePoint 2010 and 2013 workflows to Power Automate – Provide Microsoft 365 customers with a tool to migrate SharePoint-based workflows to Power Automate. You will be able to migrate SharePoint 2010 (out-of-the-box) workflows and SharePoint 2013 (SharePoint Designer) workflows to Power Automate flows. Initially this will be implemented via PowerShell, and in future it will be more integrated into the SharePoint Migration Tool (SPMT). Roadmap ID: 82108