Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 22 March 2021

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  • Microsoft Teams: Custom policy packages – New custom policy packages will enable Teams admins to configure their own set of policy packages tailored to users with similar roles in their organization. Roadmap ID: 70776


Release – March 2021

  • πŸ†• Microsoft Teams: New bypass lobby option – Meeting policies have a setting for letting users bypass the meeting lobby. We added an option for People in the organization but exclude guest users. Roadmap ID: 81376
  • πŸ†• Microsoft Teams: Improved Experience in the Meeting Participant Roster – We are now changing how the participant list is displayed in a Teams meeting for the Lobby, In meeting, Presenters, and Attendees participant sections. A maximum of 20 participants for each of the sections will be displayed in the initial view, with an option to drill in and view more participants within that section. Roadmap ID: 80385
  • πŸ†• Microsoft Teams: Outgoing participant video in meetings in Safari – Users can now use camera during meetings in Safari. Requires Safari 14 or higher. Roadmap ID: 81381
  • Microsoft Teams: Out of Office – Let others know that you are not available by scheduling your Out of Office in Teams. Roadmap ID: 68701

Release – April 2021

  • πŸ†• Microsoft Teams: Breakout Room Timer and Room assignment retention – Organizers can now set a timer for Breakout rooms from the Breakout Room settings. 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. Roadmap ID: 81372
  • πŸ†• Microsoft Teams: Present from PowerPoint to Teams – Present your slides directly from PowerPoint for Windows into a Teams meeting via PowerPoint Live. Roadmap ID: 80599
  • πŸ†• Microsoft Teams: Join a meeting by digital code – User can join a meeting by entering a digital code. Roadmap ID: 80668
  • πŸ†• Microsoft Teams: Translate slideshow content – Translate the slide show content privately in a Teams meeting with PowerPoint Live. Roadmap ID: 80601
  • πŸ†• Microsoft Teams: Spotlighting multiple Users at the same time in a meeting – Organizers and presenters can now spotlight up to 7 participants simultaneously during meetings. Roadmap ID: 80425
  • πŸ†• Microsoft Teams: Users can now search in meeting participants from the roster – From the search box in the roster, users can now search in meeting participants. They can continue to search for participants outside the meeting and request them to join the meeting. Roadmap ID: 80421
  • πŸ†• 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, helping everyone in the chat to more easily understand the message’s context. Roadmap ID: 81113
  • πŸ†• Microsoft Teams: Related Content for Teams Meetings (iOS and Android) – Related Content makes meetings more effective by providing customers with important information from their mailboxes, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint sites. Roadmap ID: 81354
  • πŸ†• Microsoft Teams: Supervised chat – Use Teams administrative policy to ensure students are supervised by an educator during private 1:1 or group chats. With Supervised Chat, students will not be allowed to engage in chats without a supervising educator present. Roadmap ID: 81359
  • πŸ†• Microsoft Teams: Expanded Emoji Picker – The expanded emoji update offers people more fun and expressiveness in Teams. It also introduces a wider range of diversity and representation. The emoji set has expanded from 85 to over 800 emojis, with a category selector, skin tone selector and short code picker. Roadmap ID: 81403
  • πŸ†• Microsoft Teams: Adobe Sign Integration in Approvals App – Microsoft are working closely with key partners to allow you to create an electronic signature approval using Adobe Sign, DocuSign, and other 3rd party providers natively within the Approval app. Roadmap ID: 81407
  • πŸ†• Microsoft Teams: Adobe Sign Integration in Approvals App for GCC-High and DoD – Microsoft are working closely with key partners to allow you to create an electronic signature approval using Adobe Sign, DocuSign, and other 3rd party providers natively within the Approval app. Roadmap ID: 81457
  • πŸ†• Microsoft Teams: Approvals Templates – User can simply choose a template provided by their tenant admins or a Team Owner when creating a new approval request. Roadmap ID: 81408
  • πŸ†• Microsoft Teams: Approvals Templates for GCC-High and DoD – User can simply choose a template provided by their tenant admins or a Team Owner when creating a new approval request. Roadmap ID: 81658
  • Dynamic view – Dynamic view user AI in meetings to dynamically optimize shared content and video participants. Roadmap ID: 65943
  • Large meeting support – Hold interactive meetings with more attendeesβ€”up to 1,000. Roadmap ID: 65951
  • Microsoft Teams: Call Merge – Call Merge gives end users the capability to merge their active unheld 1-1 call into another 1-1 call or another group call. This applies to Teams VOIP calls and PSTN calls. Roadmap ID: 66054
  • Windows native notifications in Teams – Users can now chose to deliver Microsoft Teams notifications via Windows 10 native notifications. Roadmap ID: 66742
  • Microsoft Teams: Meeting attendee registration – Add a custom attendee registration page to any meeting to better manage attendance before and after any engagement. Following registration, attendees receive an email confirmation with calendar invite. Roadmap ID: 66586
  • Microsoft Teams: Custom layouts for meetings – Presenters will be able to customize how content shows up for meeting participants, including overlaying their video on content or moving their content box to a corner of the video view. Roadmap ID: 66587
  • Microsoft Teams: New Calling Experiences – Simplify the calling experience with a streamlined view that shows contacts, voicemail and calling history together, making it easier to initiate or return a call with a single click. Roadmap ID: 68771
  • Microsoft Teams: Increasing Chat Size from 300 to 1000 Participants – Currently, 300 meeting participants can be part of the meeting chat; this feature update will allow 1000 participants to participate in the meeting chat. Roadmap ID: 68844
  • Microsoft Teams: Anonymous user usage reports – While all Teams reports can only be viewed by approved roles, an extra layer of data privacy will be added. Roadmap ID: 70774
  • Microsoft Teams: Customized Website Tab Apps in Team Templates – This feature enables Admins to add customized website tab apps in custom team templates. Roadmap ID: 70794

Release – May 2021

  • πŸ†• Microsoft Teams: Lock a meeting from additional joins – In the Teams meetings desktop app experience, organizers can choose to lock their meetings to prevent subsequent join attempts. Roadmap ID: 80669
  • Microsoft Teams : Follow or Mute Conversations in GCC – This feature will empower users to have finer controls at a conversation thread level within a channel. Roadmap ID: 70569
  • 2Γ—2 video in Gallery view for web meetings in Edge and Chrome browsers – Gallery view now can show up to 4 participant videos during a meeting in Edge or Chrome browser. Roadmap ID: 70589
  • Microsoft Teams: Teams Multi-Geo Support – To help customers meet data residency requirements, Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo has been extended to include Microsoft Teams, allowing organizations to specify where their Teams customer data sits, down to the team and end user. Roadmap ID: 70783
  • Microsoft Teams: Branded Lobby – Admins will now be able to add a custom logo to the Teams experience, for display in the lobby and meeting pre-join experience. The logo will be displayed for meetings where the organizer has the Advanced Comms SKU. Roadmap ID: 79957

Release – June 2021

  • πŸ†• Microsoft Teams: Prevent PTSN attendees from unmuting in meetings – Presenters and Organizers can now prevent PSTN participants from unmuting. This change also allows PSTN participants to request to speak by raising their hand in a meeting via dial-pad command (press *5). Roadmap ID: 80262
  • πŸ†• 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. Roadmap ID: 70808


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