Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 31 May 2021

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  • Launched (15)
  • Rolling out (11)
  • In development (34)


  • Simplified Global Notification Settings for GCC, GCC-High and DoD – Government users can now configure and customize their notification settings through a newly designed notification settings section. Roadmap ID: 65638
  • Microsoft Teams: Chat with External Users in Group Chats – With this feature users can create group chats that include people external to their organization using Teams (requires all users to have external access capabilities enabled). Roadmap ID: 51126
  • Microsoft Teams: Customer Key support (Preview) – Microsoft helps keep Teams data safe by encrypting it while at rest in Microsoft datacenters. Now we are extending this capability to enable customers to add a layer of encryption using their own keys for Teams, similar to Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and OneDrive. Roadmap ID: 68732
  • Microsoft Teams: Graph API permissions – Administrators will be able to grant consent to Graph API permissions, on behalf of the entire tenant, they will be able to see granular permissions and provide resource-specific consent, simplifying app management procedure all in one place. Roadmap ID: 68759
  • Microsoft Teams: Large event reporting and analytics improvements in Teams Admin Center – Data management capabilities for large event reporting, such as search, filter, pagination, and exporting of the data for better analysis. Roadmap ID: 68760
  • Microsoft Teams: Block Downloads for Teams meeting recordings on OneDrive and SharePoint – All users with view-only permissions of a Teams meeting recording uploaded to OneDrive & SharePoint will now be blocked from downloading the recording by default. Roadmap ID: 70543
  • Microsoft Teams: Large gallery view and Together Mode for web meetings in Edge and Chrome browsers – User can change layout to Together mode or Large gallery during a meeting in Edge or Chrome browsers. Roadmap ID: 70573
  • Microsoft Teams: Manage team templates with template policies – Choose which team templates are shown to your users by setting a policy. Roadmap ID: 70701
  • Microsoft Teams: Operator Connect – Operator Connect is a new way for customers to simply and quickly enable PSTN calling for Teams, using services from non-Microsoft telephony operators. Roadmap ID: 70759
  • 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
  • Microsoft Teams: Together Mode for VDI – Together mode uses of AI segmentation technology in meetings to digitally place participants in a shared background, making it feel like you’re sitting in the same room with everyone else. Roadmap ID: 82998
  • Microsoft Teams: Improvements for managing attendee audio permissions in Teams Meetings – Attendees no longer must request to speak for the organizer or presenters to allow them to unmute, and presenters and organizers can prevent individual attendees from unmuting instead of all attendees at once. Roadmap ID: 80261
  • 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 
  • 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


  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Focus or minimize shared content in a Teams meeting for Mobile – Teams mobile users now have more flexibility in how to view a meeting when content is shared, we added the ability to let phone/tablet users to minimize shared content to see people instead, or focus on content by hiding other’s videos. Roadmap ID: 82958
  • Microsoft Teams: Include computer sound when sharing a Desktop or Window on Mac for Word Wide Multi-Tenant and GCC – You can now include your computer’s sound when you share a Desktop or Window on Mac. Roadmap ID: 67168
  • 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: Teams casting from Android Teams App – Users can broadcast their screen and cast content stored on locally on their device or accessible via Office 365. Roadmap ID: 70565
  • 2×2 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: Polls in Teams Meetings for GCC – Forms polls for Teams meetings provides an easily discoverable and seamless experience that will help you conduct more engaging and productive meetings. Roadmap ID: 70727
  • Microsoft Teams: Network planner tool updates – Network planner tool will be updated to reflect the latest bandwidth requirements of Teams client. This will help IT administrators better estimate and plan their office bandwidth needs. Roadmap ID: 82737
  • 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
  • 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


Release – June 2021

  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams and PowerPoint for Business: Annotation support in PowerPoint Live in Teams and Slideshow – Just as you would use a physical laser point in a room, PowerPoint Live allows you to effectively point at different places in the presentation so the audience can easily follow along what’s on the slide. Roadmap ID: 81966

Release – June 2021

  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Answer Meeting Nudges with Video for iOS – This feature brings the ability for iOS devices to automatically answer incoming meeting nudges with their video on. The feature availability is controlled through AutoAnswerwithVideo. Roadmap ID: 82325
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: 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.
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Guest Access in DoD – Teams now supports Guest Access between tenants inside the DoD Cloud. Roadmap ID: 82742
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Speed Dial for iOS – Speed dial is coming to mobile devices. This feature makes your most used calling contacts easy to access with one tap dialing. Roadmap ID: 82960
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Security, compliance, and data protection capabilities for apps – For Microsoft 365 Certified Teams apps, admins can view security, compliance, and data protection capabilities in a new tab on the app’s detail page in the Teams Admin Center. Roadmap ID: 83077
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Direct app purchases and invoice billing support in Teams Admin Center – Admins can complete orders for paid app licenses directly within Teams Admin Center. In addition, invoice billing is a new supported payment method. Roadmap ID: 83144
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Virtual Breakout Rooms for DoD – Meeting hosts can create breakout rooms to be used by meeting participants for smaller group discussion. Roadmap ID: 83563
  • Microsoft Teams: Support open-text question poll for Teams meeting – For Microsoft Forms poll in Teams meeting, there is a new question type – open text. You can use this question type to collect attendees’ open-ended information before/during/after the meeting. Roadmap ID: 79464
  • Microsoft Teams: Meeting attendee engagement dashboard – Measure attendee engagement through participation, including registration, attendance and interactions during the meeting. This data is also available for download. Roadmap ID: 66585
  • Microsoft Teams: Live reactions in Teams Meetings – React during a meeting using emojis that will appear to all participants. Roadmap ID: 68905
  • Microsoft Teams: Approvals in Teams – Get to results faster with Approvals in Microsoft Teams. Easily create, manage, share, and act on approvals directly from your hub for teamwork. Roadmap ID: 82332
  • Microsoft Teams: Day view in calendar on iOS and Android – View all meetings and events for the day to easily see when you’re available or busy. Roadmap ID: 80106
  • Microsoft Teams: Org wide backgrounds (Preview) – Organization-wide backgrounds will now be available in preview. This feature will require an Advanced Communications license when it becomes generally available. Roadmap ID: 80193
  • Microsoft Teams: Roaming bandwidth control – Roaming bandwidth control is a new capability that allows admins to set dynamic bandwidth policies which are based upon the geographic location of users’ Teams clients. Roadmap ID: 81350

Release – July 2021

  • 🆕 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
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Inline Message Translation in channels for Android – Inline message translation in Channels lets users translate Channel posts and replies into their preferred language. Roadmap ID: 83399
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Lower all raised hands for GCC-High and DoD – Meeting organizers and presenters will see an option to lower all raised hands from the participant pane. Roadmap ID: 83487
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Guest Access in GCC – High – Teams now supports Guest Access between tenants inside the GCC-H Cloud. Roadmap ID: 82803
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Inline Message Translation in channels for iOS – Inline message translation in Channels lets users translate Channel posts and replies into their preferred language. Roadmap ID: 63219
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Speaker Attribution in Live Transcript in Teams Meetings in GCC Clouds – Teams Meetings in GCC clouds will now have live transcript utterances attributed to the speaker of the utterance. Roadmap ID: 83382
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Teams webinar capabilities for GCC – Schedule and deliver 1,000 person webinars with the same Teams app you use for meetings! Webinar capabilities support registration page creation, email confirmation for registrants, host management for attendee video and audio, attendance report, plus interactive features like polls, chat and reactions. Roadmap ID: 83611
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Public Preview: Teams follow Office preview – Coming up in June 2021, not only can users be opted-in to use Teams Public Preview, but IT admins can even configure Teams users preview state to follow Office preview state. All of this functionality will be accessible from the Teams Admin Center. Roadmap ID: 81704
  • Top hits in Search Autosuggest – Top Hits introduces a new section at the top of the autosuggest suggestions where the most relevant results, across domains, for a given query are represented. Roadmap ID: 70563
  • Microsoft Teams: End-to-end encryption option for Teams 1:1 VoIP Calls – Teams will support an option to use end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for ad hoc 1:1 Teams VoIP calls, providing an additional option for conducting sensitive online conversations. Roadmap ID: 70780
  • Microsoft Teams: Immersive reader support for Mobile – Immersive Reader, which uses proven customization techniques to support reading across ages and abilities, is coming to Teams iOS and Android apps. Roadmap ID: 82937

Release – August 2021

  • Video filters – Before joining a meeting, you can use the filters to subtly adjust lighting levels and soften the focus of the camera to customize your appearance. Roadmap ID: 65944
  • 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

Release – September 2021

  • 🆕 Microsoft Stream: Variable playback speed (0.5-2x) for Microsoft Teams meeting recordings – For Teams meeting recordings saved to OneDrive & SharePoint you’ll now be able to change the playback speed (0.5x – 2x) while watching the video. Roadmap ID: 82002
  • Microsoft Teams: Search results 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 services. Roadmap ID: 66583
  • 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
  • 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

Release – December 2021

  • Microsoft Teams: Operator Connect Conferencing – Operator Connect Conferencing allows you to add telecom operator dial-in numbers to a Microsoft Audio Conferencing bridge. Roadmap ID: 70760

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