Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 15 March 2021

Hereโ€™s all the new and updated Microsoft roadmap items from the past week:

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From the message center

Here are some items from the message center that have drawn my attention over the last week:

AffectsMessageLast updatedMessage ID
SharePointMicrosoft Information Governance – Update to retention policies for SharePoint site collections:
Today as documented, sites which are removed from a retention policy continue to retain data and prevent any deletion of the site for 30 days to prevent inadvertent data loss. Going forward, when a site is removed from a policy or the policy is disabled or deleted, the site will be allowed to be deleted and moved to the recycle bin.
YammerChanges coming to the default new Yammer setting:
With this upcoming change, admins that have chosen the Enable the new Yammer as opt-in setting will have the new Yammer experience set as the default for all Yammer users. 
ExchangeThreat protection status report URL updates:
Microsoft will be removing the previous URL versions of the Threat protection status report from the production environment and customers will not be able to access the old versions of the URLs any longer.
Microsoft 365 AppsMicrosoft To Do app updates will be available on iOS13 and above or MacOS10.14 and above:
Microsoft To Do app updates will only be supported on the latest versions of MacOS and iOS.

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  • Launched (2)
  • Rolling out (0)
  • In development (7)


  • Improved page/ news publishing experience โ€“ A new pre-publish panel that gives authors an overview of key information about their pages or news posts. Roadmap ID: 63257
  • SharePoint: Image Lightbox โ€“ This feature lets users click on an image web part while in view mode to see a larger version of the image. Roadmap ID: 70669




Release – March 2021

  • ๐Ÿ†• Microsoft Viva: Viva Connections Desktop – With the new Viva Connection Desktop, you can bring your intranet directly into Teams Desktop. The appโ€™s icon and name match your company brand and enable employees to discover, navigate and consume your top sites in Teams. The app gives employees a window into the rest of the company intranet by using the same global navigation as the SharePoint app bar. Roadmap ID: 66584
  • ๐Ÿ†• SharePoint spaces: Embed Web Part and Annotation – Show SharePoint pages or HTML embed content as an interactable overlay on a SharePoint space. Roadmap ID: 70732
  • ๐Ÿ†• SharePoint: Focus mode for modern SharePoint pages – SharePoint page authors and viewers will be able to focus on page content by using the Expand content button on the command bar to hide the site header, site navigation, and global navigation bar. Roadmap ID: 70800
  • ๐Ÿ†• Quickly change permissions in OneDrive/SharePoint share controls – Users can now have the ability to change permissions more easily from the OneDrive/SharePoint share controls. Roadmap ID: 70806
  • SharePoint admin center โ€“ Migration Manager: Box migrations (public preview) โ€“ With their recent Mover acquisition, Microsoft are excited to expand capabilities to allow moving content from third-party cloud storage providers starting with Roadmap ID: 68816
  • SharePoint: Page Analytics โ€“ View rich page analytics on SharePoint Pages, including page views, page viewers and page traffic. Roadmap ID: 70635

Release – April 2021

  • SharePoint: Events web part will display event images โ€“ 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. Roadmap ID: 70791

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