Microsoft 365 monthly update – May 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: Immersive reader, migrate from Dropbox & Google, export to CSV, new sharing experience for Lists, turn on/off comments in Lists, Yammer conversation insights

Immersive Reader is now available

The Microsoft Immersive Reader technology, currently built into Word, OneNote, Outlook, Teams, and other Microsoft apps, will soon be available for documents stored in SharePoint. The Immersive Reader uses proven techniques to improve reading and writing for people regardless of their age or ability.

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Immersive Reader is now available in OneDrive and SharePoint for documents.

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Migrate content from Dropbox & Google Workspace with Migration Manager

After the release for migrating Box content into Microsoft 365, now you can migrate your Dropbox and Google Workspace folders and files into OneDrive, SharePoint, and Teams in Microsoft 365 using the Migration Manager within the SharePoint admin center.

Migration Manager lets you scale your migration project as much as you need. Located in the modern SharePoint Admin Center, Migration Manager guides you through the setup of your agents and the creation of your tasks.

Find out more:

Export lists to CSV in Microsoft Lists

Export to CSV is an additional export option now available for Microsoft Lists. Lists has always had, and maintained, integration with Excel – to either bring table data in, or to export to analyze your list data back in Excel. The limiting factor was the different experience for Mac – which, for some time, was not an option.

For Windows you can export to Excel or CSV, for Macs, you can only export to CSV.

Note: The export to CSV is currently only supported inside Lists; the team is aware of this design issue and working on it.

thumbnail image 7 captioned The Export to Excel button has been changed to say Export, with two options: 1) Excel Workbooks, and 2) CSV.

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Updated sharing experience for Microsoft Lists

Users can now share entire lists using sharing links with more granular control options, leveraging the same sharing capabilities you might be familiar with when sharing files and folders, which brings to Lists the ability to share with everyone, only certain people, view/edit and the ability to set sharing expiration.

Note: The same admin controls that manage sharing for files and folders will also apply to lists and list items.

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Updated sharing experience for Microsoft Lists.

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Turn on/ off comments in Microsoft Lists

This new feature will allow you to turn off/on comments for individual lists. Any user with manage list permission on the list will be able to access this setting in Advanced settings. Admins can already turn off or turn on comments for their entire organization in the admin center.

Specify whether users can comment on list items.

Find out more:

Yammer conversation insights

Yammer conversation insights empower authors and community managers to measure the reach of their conversations and announcements – to understand what content resonates best, and what doesn’t.

As you analyze these insights, you’ll see discussion impressions and engagement more clearly, you’ll recognize trends, and see how people react specifically and over time.

thumbnail image 2 captioned For important internal conversations in Yammer, get better insights into impressions, engagement, trends, reactions and more.
Yammer conversation insights.

Find out more:


Teams

In Teams: Dynamic view, presenter mode, large meeting support, custom attendee registration, improved exp for sharing content, include computer sound Mac, breakout room timer, Edge/ Chrome browser meeting updates, updated settings for attendees video, AI-based noise suppression Mac, improved participant list, updates to Microsoft Forms Poll in Teams Meetings, new calling exp, Teams casting, external group chat, Adobe approvals

Teams (Government)

Teams (Education)

Dynamic view

Dynamic view automatically arranges the elements of your meeting for an optimal viewing experience. As people join, turn on video, start to speak, or begin to present in a meeting, Teams auto-adjusts and personalizes your layout.

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Dynamic view in Microsoft Teams.

Find out more: How to present in Microsoft Teams meetings with dynamic view

Presenter mode

Presenter mode empowers presenters to customize how their video feed and content appear to the audience with powerful professional layouts. The first layout, Standout, is now available to show the speaker’s video feed as a silhouette in front of shared content. That way, you can easily direct your audiences’ attention through hand gestures and facial cues, without making the viewer choose between the speaker and the content. Stay tuned for the next two layouts coming soon: Reporter and Side-by-side.

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Presenter mode in Microsoft Teams

Find out more: Preview exited, now GA: PowerPoint Presenter View in Teams

Large meeting support

Hold interactive meetings and webinars with more attendees—up to 1,000 people, including chats, polls, and Live Reactions. If you go over that limit, your meeting seamlessly scales to accommodate up to 10,000 people in a view-only experience. During this time of increased remote work, you can take advantage of view-only broadcasts for up to 20,000 attendees through the end of this year. 

Find out more: Teams view-only meeting experience

Custom attendee registration

Add a custom attendee registration page to your meetings or webinars to better manage attendance before your virtual event starts. You can add custom questions and images to learn more about your audience and promote your brand. Once your attendees finish registering, they’ll automatically receive a confirmation email with a calendar invite to join the event.

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Custom attendee registration in Microsoft Teams.

Find out more: Introducing custom registration pages for Microsoft Teams meetings

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. Now you can focus on the content of what you’re sharing instead of rummaging through the correct content to share in your meeting. 

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Improved experience for sharing content in a meeting.

Find out more: Share content in a meeting in Teams

Include computer sound when sharing on Mac

Mac desktop users can now include audio when sharing their desktop or window during a Teams meeting. This is great when sharing a video with voiceover and music. It allows everyone to watch simultaneously without echoes or sync issues. You can find this setting in the share content.

Find out more: Share sound from your computer in a Teams meeting or live event

Breakout room timer

Organizers can now set a timer for Breakout rooms from the Breakout Room settings. Once the timer has expired, rooms will automatically close, and participants will return to the main meeting.

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Breakout room timer in Microsoft Teams meetings.

Find out more: Use breakout rooms in Teams meetings

Edge and Chrome browser meeting updates

Edge and Chrome browser users are now able to change the Teams meeting layout to 2×2 Gallery view, Together mode, and Large gallery. With the ability to see up to 49 participants in a single screen, you can enhance your virtual meeting experience where participants feel closer together even when you are apart.

Updated settings for attendees video

There are three new ways that you can now manage your attendees’ camera:

  1. Meeting attendees are able to turn their camera on or off to share video by default. You can also configure to have all attendees’ camera disabled by setting Enable camera for attendees to Off from the Meeting Options web page before the meeting.
  2. Once this new setting is turned Off, you can also reverse this setting during the meeting to allow all attendees to turn their camera on.
  3. Finally, you can also enable or disable the camera for individual attendees

Note: that these settings do not automatically turn on attendees’ camera or affect presenters and meeting organizers. This feature aims to focus on attendees to prevent disruptions during a meeting and help create a safe meeting environment.

Find out more: Manage attendee audio and video permissions in Teams meetings

AI-based noise suppression for Mac users

AI-based noise suppression is being expanded for Mac users. Real-time AI noise suppression feature automatically removes unwelcome background noise during your meetings. Your audio feed is analyzed to filter out the noise and retain only the speech signal. You can also control how much noise suppression you want, including a high setting to suppress more background noise. This feature is now available for all Mac users except devices with M1 ARM processor.

Find out more: Reduce background noise in Microsoft Teams meetings with AI-based noise suppression

Improved participant list

The participant list is now broken out into three sections: Lobby, Presenters, and Attendees. For Lobby, you can now review the full list of people waiting before admitting them all into the meeting. Attendees are sorted in alphabetical order and those who raise their hands are elevated to the top of the participant list.

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Improved participant list in Microsoft Teams.

Updates to Microsoft Forms Poll in Teams Meetings

Two updates have been released for Microsoft Forms Poll in Teams Meetings. Firstly, within the Polls tab of your Teams meetings, you now receive intelligent suggestions for polls to launch during your meeting.

Secondly, you can launch multiple-choice quizzes (previously known as “Correct Answer Choice”) in your Teams meetings. For this new type of poll question, perfect for trivia questions or knowledge checks, you can mark one or more choices to be correct. After your meeting participants vote, the correct answer(s) to the multiple-choice quiz are shown in the Results card. 

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Updates to Microsoft Forms Poll in Teams Meetings.

Find out more: Poll attendees during a Teams meeting

New Calling Experiences

Simplify the calling experience with a streamlined view that shows contacts, voicemail, and calling history together. Previously, you had to select each of these in different tabs. Now, it is consolidated in the same screen, making it easier to initiate or return a call with a single click.

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New calling experience in Microsoft Teams.

Find out more: Understand calling in Microsoft Teams

Call merge

Call Merge gives end users the capability to merge their active 1:1 call into another 1:1 or group call. For example, during a call with someone (or a group), you need to ask someone else a question. With this feature, you may add them directly into the first conversation seamlessly. This applies to Teams VOIP calls and PSTN calls. 

Find out more: Merge calls in Teams

Microsoft Calling Plan expansion

Microsoft Teams Calling plans provide a fast and simple way to deploy calling in Microsoft Teams with no on-premises equipment. We have expanded our geographic coverage to nine new markets including New Zealand, Singapore, Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Finland, Norway, Slovakia, and Luxembourg. This means that customers in 27 markets can now use Microsoft-provided calling plans to place and receive PSTN calls in Teams.

Find out more: Calling plans in Microsoft 365

Branch Office Survivability on Teams phones

With this new capability, users in a Branch Office can continue to make PSTN call on Teams phones to other users even if the Branch office loses internet connectivity. This is beneficial for the continuity of communication and adds a layer of confidence that information can be conveyed even when connectivity may be jeopardized.

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

Teams casting with Mobile Phone for Microsoft Teams Rooms

For quick ad-hoc sessions that don’t necessarily require setting up a formal meeting, people can use Teams casting to wirelessly connect to a Teams Room running on Windows, and display content from their mobile phone. Users can broadcast their screen and cast content stored locally on their device or accessible via Office 365.

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Teams casting with Mobile Phone for Microsoft Teams Rooms.

Find out more: Cast content from a mobile device to a Microsoft Teams Room

Group chat with external users

Chat with up to 250 participants across multiple organizations in a single chat. This makes it easy to start a chat with external partners, just like how it’s done today within an organization. External group chat is expanding on the existing ability for Teams users to find, participate in 1:1 chat, calls, and set up meetings with external Teams users in federated organizations.

This feature is part of Microsoft Teams Connect, which enables users to share a team with guest users, and share channels as well as chat with people from multiple organizations right from their own tenants.

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Group chat with external users.

Find out more: Microsoft Teams Connect aka Shared Channels Coming Later in 2021

Adobe Sign Integration in Approvals App

There may be times when you need something approved and recorded with more formal attestation and adding signatures to the approval process is necessary. With the new Adobe Sign integration, you can create an approval request with a natively integrated electronic signature. Once submitted, signers are notified with an email and can easily review and sign. Approvals keeps track of the entire workflow right in the context within Teams.

Find out more: Chat, collaborate, share and sign with Adobe Sign and Microsoft Teams

Teams (Government)

The following updates were announced forTeams Government Community Cloud (GCC), US Government Community Cloud High (GCC-High), and/or United States Department of Defense (DoD):

  • Breakout room timer
  • Polls in Teams Meetings
  • Updates to Data loss prevention (DLP) for Microsoft Teams
  • Team templates

Teams (Education)

The following updates were announced for Teams Education:

  • Supervised chat: Supervised chat grants designated educators permissions to start chats with students and blocks students from creating new chats unless an appropriate educator is present. Find out more.
  • Career Coach – Microsoft Teams for Education app powered by LinkedIn: Career Coach is a Microsoft Teams for Education app powered by LinkedIn that provides personalized guidance for higher education students to navigate their career journey. Find out more.
  • Add assignments to Office 365 calendar: This is a setting that educators can select for individual assignments or turn on in Assignments Settings for their whole class. Once toggled on, the calendar feature adds an entry at the due date and time for that assignment on Teams and Outlook calendars for both educators and students.

OneDrive

In OneDrive: Immersive reader, link settings to the Quick Permissions, external expiring access, exclude files from sync Mac, PDF viewing updates for iOS/ Android, Request Files GCC/ DoD

Immersive reader

Users can now open documents directly in the Immersive Reader from inside OneDrive and SharePoint and leverage learning tools to change the appearance of your document by using Text options, set Text Size, Spacing, Font, and Themes that suit your learning needs , select Play at the bottom of the window to hear your document read aloud and to see the text highlighted simultaneously change the fonts , etc.

thumbnail image 2 captioned Open Word files directly into Immersive Reader from inside OneDrive and SharePoint.
Immersive reader in OneDrive and SharePoint.

Find out more: Learning Tools in Word

Link settings to the quick permissions

Quick Permissions are a more intuitive and discoverable drop-down menu to help you easily select permission levels ( Can edit or Can view). Microsoft are now adding an additional entry point to Link settings from the Quick permissions dropdown that provide more granular sharing control, so you easily can change link types and sharing permissions.

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Link settings to the quick permissions in OneDrive.

Find out more: Share OneDrive files and folders

Expiring access for external users

To protect shared files, administrators can set a mandatory expiration period to ensure access doesn’t last forever and help avoid leaking organization data by accident. This policy can be enabled in the SharePoint admin center (both modern and classic) and applies to both OneDrive and SharePoint. Once the policy is implemented, external users will automatically lose access to content on the site-by-site level (or OneDrive-by-OneDrive level).

Note: SharePoint site administrators and OneDrive owners will have the authority to extend or remove access for the selected users. 

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Expiring access for external users.

Find out more: Set an expiration date for Anyone links

Exclude specific files from sync on macOS

Microsoft have enabled functionality in OneDrive for macOS that allows IT admins to prevent the OneDrive sync app from uploading certain files to OneDrive or SharePoint. IT admins who are managing macOS devices in their organizations can enable this setting using the prescribed plist file entry to prevent users from uploading specific file types such as .exe or .mp3 when they sync their OneDrive files.

When this setting is enabled, the sync app doesn’t upload new files that match the specified keywords, and the files remain in the local OneDrive folder. In Finder, the files will appear with an “Excluded from sync” icon in the Status column, and users will see a notification in the OneDrive activity center explaining why the files aren’t syncing.

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Exclude specific files from sync on macOS.

PDF viewing updates on iOS and Android 

Several updates have been released around PDF viewing for iOS and Android:

  • Jump to Page for PDF viewing: Users of OneDrive for iOS and Android will be able to to navigate quickly to specific pages in PDFs.
  • Outline for PDF viewing: Outline creates a clickable table of contents to help people who use OneDrive on iOS and Android to quickly navigate PDFs.
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Jump to Page for PDF viewing in OneDrive.

Request Files for GCC High and DoD

The Request Files feature is now available for GCC high and DoD.  With “Request Files” users can collect data from internal and external stakeholders using an upload-only link.

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Request Files for GCC High and DoD.

Find out more: Create a file request


Power Apps

In Power Apps: Edit portal VS Code extension, PVA integration, Power Apps Ideas, Power Fx integration with model-driven apps, new Power App solutions, canvas apps in Teams, SAP ERP connector GA, Portals support for CLI, alternate key limits, custom pages & modern app designer

Edit portal with Power Platform VS Code Extension (public preview)

The VS Code extension for portals adds the capability to configure portals using VS Code and utilize the built-in Liquid language IntelliSense enabling help with code completion, assistance and hinting while customizing portals interface using VS Code. In the preview capabilities:

  • Power Apps CLI support from VS Code terminal
  • Portal’s file icon theme
  • Autocomplete support
Edit portal with Power Platform VS Code Extension (public preview).

Find out more: Use the Visual Studio Code extension (Preview)

Power Virtual Agents integration using “Chatbot” component (public preview)

Power Apps portals allow you to add a Power Virtual Agents chatbot to answer questions posted by a visitor on your portal page. A chatbot (bot) configured with different topics, and trigger phrases, can automatically respond to questions posted by a visitor in a chat conversation. In the preview capabilities:

  • Add bot from Dataverse environment
  • Add bot to all pages
  • Add bot to specific pages

Note: That your portal version must be 9.3.4.x or later and Starter portal package version 9.2.2103.x or later for this feature to work.

Power Virtual Agents integration using “Chatbot” component (public preview).

Find out more: Add chatbot to a page (Preview)

Power Apps Ideas

Introducing Power Apps Ideas: AI-powered assistance now helps anyone create apps using natural language. The Power Apps team have fine-tuned one of the most advanced natural language AI models on the planet, a model known as OpenAI GPT-3, to automatically generate Power Fx formulas based on natural language input.

The Power Apps team are also adding GPT-3 and other Microsoft AI technology directly into Power Apps Studio in a way that will help every maker quickly build the apps they need and more easily learn advanced concepts in the process.

PowerApps can automatically generate Power Fx formulas based on natural language input
Power Apps ideas.

Find out more: Introducing Power Apps Ideas: AI-powered assistance now helps anyone create apps using natural language

Power Fx integration with Model-driven Power Apps commanding and Dataverse calculated columns and rollups

Power Fx will be a great language for a wide spectrum of makers, from no code seamlessly through pro code. The Power Apps team have also been working hard on integrating Power Fx with more products across the Power Platform and beyond:

  • Model-driven commanding.  No longer do makers need to learn and write JavaScript to create their own commands!  The same Power Fx formulas used in canvas apps can be used to test and modify Dataverse data.
  • Dataverse calculated columns.  Use Power Fx formulas for calculated columns and rollups in Dataverse, a more modern and powerful alternative to existing facilities.
  • Acumatica.  Reaching beyond the Power Platform and even Microsoft, Acumatica has integrated Power Fx for calculated fields on forms, that can both reference other fields and do aggregate calculations on related tables.
Model-driven commanding in Power Apps.

Find out more: Power Fx coming to Model-driven Power Apps, Dataverse, and more

Profile+, Boards, and Perspectives – three new Power Apps solutions

The Power Apps team have announced the preview release of three new Power Apps Solutions on Dataverse for Teams: Profile+, Boards, and Perspectives. These template solutions are helping organizations accelerate their journey to digital transformation by integrating Line of Business applications directly into the collaboration fabric of Teams.

  • Profile+: The Profile+ solution helps you quickly look up colleagues, understand org structure and roles, and learn about open positions
  • Perspectives: The Perspectives app is a place to listen and be heard in your organization. Start a discussion on any topic by simply posting a question or a conversation starter
  • Boards: With Boards, you can create shared space to collect Information and resources relevant to a particular topic and organize them by categories

Find out more: Three new Power Apps Solutions to enhance information discovery and create more inclusive organizations

Add canvas apps in Teams

The Power Apps team have simplified the “add to Teams” command in Power Apps to make it even easier to add your existing Canvas apps to Microsoft Teams. The new interface adds a new “Add to Teams” button along with the “Download app” button in the side panel.

Add to Teams side panel
Add canvas apps in Teams.

Find out more: Add your canvas apps to Microsoft Teams

SAP ERP connector GA

Last year, Microsoft announced the public preview of an SAP ERP connector for Power Apps and Power Automate. Now, the SAP ERP connector in Power Apps and Power Automate has reached general availability (GA). Microsoft have fixed many issues to improve the error handling, diagnostics, stability around authentication, data types and other issues that have been reported by customers.

With this release, customers can use the SAP ERP connector in production workloads. The SAP ERP connector is certified by SAP for integration with SAP S/4HANA and SAP ERP.

SAP ERP connector GA.

Find out more: General availability of the SAP ERP connector

Portals support for Power Apps CLI (public preview)

With this feature, Microsoft Power Apps portals supports Power Apps CLI to enable CI/CD (Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment) of portal configuration. You can now check-in the portal configuration to source control and move portal configuration to any environment using Power Apps CLI. In the preview release:

  • List all portal websites from the connected Dataverse environment
  • Download portal website content
  • Upload portal website content

Find out more: Portals support for Microsoft Power Platform CLI (Preview)

Increased alternate key limits

The Power Apps team have announced that they are increasing the the number of Alternate keys that can be used in a table in Dataverse (Alternate keys were previously known as Entity keys). All tables use the Primary Name as a lookup to locate records, this is a string value.

Alternate keys let a user specify additional columns that can also be used to retrieve records. This is useful if you need to look up records based on something other than a string (for example an Order ID number, or a Case ID). Alternate keys also enforce record uniqueness on the column(s) that are part of the key.

Find out more: Work with alternate keys

Custom Pages and the Modern App Designer

As announced at the Microsoft Business Applications Summit, the unification of canvas and model-driven apps continues to grow with two new capabilities:

  • Custom Pages: Custom Pages, backed by the full flexibility of the Power Apps canvas to craft pixel-perfect UX, connect to over 400 data sources, and leverage Power Fx for approachable low-code logic, will now be able to embed seamlessly within model-driven applications.
  • Modern App Designer: Assembling a fully responsive application backed by Dataverse takes just a few clicks. Drop in robust, declaratively-generated grids and forms simply by selecting a table. Preview the running app live in the designer, and craft custom pages right inline.
Custom Pages and the Modern App Designer.

Find out more: Better together: introducing Custom Pages and the Modern App Designer


Power Automate

In Power Automate: Process advisor GA, 6 new connectors, desktop update, new machine management for desktop flows, Adobe

Process advisor for Power Automate now generally available

Process advisor, now generally available, is a process mining capability that provides insights into how people work and takes the guesswork out of automation. You can now map workflow tasks, discover organizational bottlenecks, and identify which time-consuming tasks are best suited for automation—all from within Power Automate. 

Application aAnalytics creates simple charts to see usage, time spent, actions, and more.
Process advisor now generally available.

Find out more: Process advisor

6 New Connectors in April

Another six connectors were added in April, including:

Find out more: 6 new connectors in April

Power Automate Desktop May 2021 update

The May 2021 update of Power Automate Desktop has been released! New features and updates have been added, with a summary below:

  • Update notifications are now available in Power Automate Desktop
  • Additional resources are now available under the ‘Help’ menu option
  • A timeout parameter has been added in ‘Launch browser’ actions
  • Localization work has now been completed for Power Automate Desktop

Find out more: Power Automate Desktop May 2021 update

Connect directly to machines and new machine management for desktop flows

Previously, you needed to install and configure an on-premises data gateway to trigger your desktop flows from the cloud. The Power Automate team have announced that Power Automate Desktop can now connect your machine directly to the cloud and run desktop flows without the use of a gateway. Also announced are new machine-management capabilities to help scale your robotic process automation (RPA). 

New machine-management capabilities in Power Automate desktop.

Find out more: Connect directly to machines and new machine management for desktop flows


Power BI

In Power BI: Admin APIs to Determine Access Rights, visualise SharePoint lists now GA, July 2021 Feature Summary, PivotTable refresh, Streaming dataflows in Power BI premium, On-premises data gateway July 2021, free virtual workshops


Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 28th June 2021

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

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • Microsoft Lists: List Setting to disable/enable commenting – New list-level settings to disable/enable commenting. Roadmap ID: 70706
  • OneDrive and SharePoint: Immersive Reader support – Users can edit Word files directly into Immersive Reader from inside OneDrive and SharePoint. Roadmap ID: 81954

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • SharePoint admin center – Migration Manager: Box migrations (public preview) – With their recent Mover acquisition, Microsoft are excited to expand capabilities to allow moving content from third-party cloud storage providers starting with Box.com. Roadmap ID: 68816
  • SharePoint: Swap root site from SharePoint admin center for customers with 10k+ seats – Customer tenants 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

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – June 2021

  • SharePoint: Collapsible sections on modern pages – You’ll have the ability to show page sections in an accordion view (collapsed or expanded) or as tabs. The accordion view will be collapsed by default, but can be set to show expanded. Roadmap ID: 67147

Release – July 2021

  • 🆕 SharePoint: New experience to add an app – You can extend the working experience with out-of-the-box SharePoint Framework web parts and extensions in SharePoint Online as normally but using a brand-new modernized store. Roadmap ID: 82031
  • 🆕 SharePoint: Microsoft List creation from Office.com – Now you will be able to create a Microsoft Lists list directly from Office.com. Click the ‘Create new’ ‘plus sign’ button and select “List”. Roadmap ID: 82068
  • 🆕 SharePoint: Show and remove active 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. Roadmap 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. Roadmap ID: 82070
  • 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. Roadmap ID: 81986
  • SharePoint: Email notification settings – With this feature, users can unsubscribe or re-subscribe to their favourite SharePoint email notifications. Their preference will be respected for these email notifications. Roadmap ID: 81993

Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 21st June 2021

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 (1)
  • In development (4)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • SharePoint: Admin center – Migration Manager: Dropbox migrations – With Microsoft’s recent Mover acquisition, we are excited to expand our capabilities to allow moving content from Dropbox into Microsoft 365. Roadmap ID: 82015

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • 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

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – July 2021

  • 🆕 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. Roadmap ID: 82000
  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Control visibility of suggested topics – This update will empower knowledge managers to enable or prevent general visibility of AI-suggested topics. Roadmap ID: 82050
  • Microsoft Lists: Custom list templates – Microsoft have announced that they will be supporting custom list templates – the ability for organizations to define custom list templates. Note, you will be able to manage which templates are available to which people, based on their job role. Roadmap ID: 70753
  • 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 365 roadmap roundup – 14th June 2021

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 (14)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • SharePoint: Integration of Power Automate and Power Apps for DoD tenants – Power Automate and Power Apps will be available for SharePoint DoD customers. Users can automate common tasks, customize forms, create apps from lists, and use the Power Apps web part. Roadmap ID: 81985

🚂 ROLLING OUT

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⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – June 2021

  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Refinements to related sites displayed on topic pages – Differentiate between sites that have been pinned by a person, and those that have been suggested for the Topic. Roadmap ID: 82042
  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Sort topics in web part – In the Topics web part, add the ability to sort topics where you have confirmed your connection. Roadmap ID: 82043
  • 🆕 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. Roadmap ID: 82044
  • Microsoft Lists: @mentions in comments – Get a colleague’s attention to an item in a list by @mentioning them within list comments. That person will receive a notification and a link that takes them directly back to the item, to review the comment and take the requested action. Roadmap ID: 68811
  • SharePoint: Updates for Microsoft Teams connected team sites – Every Microsoft Teams team is connected to a SharePoint team site. If you create a private channel, it gets a unique team site. You will see specific updates, including updates to site features, site permissions alignment, site classifications and sensitivity labels, and improvements to the user interface. Roadmap ID: 81945
  • 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

Release – July 2021

  • 🆕 Microsoft Lists: Support for Progressive Web App (PWA) – You can now install the web version of Microsoft Lists as a Progressive Web App (PWA) in Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Firefox or other browser that supports Progressive Web Apps. Roadmap ID: 82041
  • 🆕 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
  • 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. Roadmap ID: 68809
  • Microsoft Viva: Topics in Microsoft Search in Bing – Display topic cards in search results when Microsoft Search is invoked from a Bing search. Roadmap ID: 72180

Release – August 2021

  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Accelerated publishing for topic curation – Edits on topics or new, manually added topics will appear in Manage Topics view and for end users to discover within minutes. Roadmap ID: 82045
  • 🆕 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 – September 2021

  • 🆕 Microsoft Stream: Updated Web player for video & audio files across Microsoft 365 – 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: 82039
  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Integrate Microsoft Search bookmarks with topic cards and pages – 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. Roadmap ID 82046

Copy of this page option missing in SharePoint

This post describes an observation of how the copy of this page option will be missing for certain pages in SharePoint Online and how to get around it.

Modern pages are great in SharePoint Online…they look good, are easy to author and can be shared really easily once published. However, there are some quirks to the user experience when creating and copying pages, in particular the copy of this page option.

The issue

In the old days of SharePoint 2010, you could only copy or move pages through site content and structure – unless you used PowerShell. Well nowadays it’s as simple as a couple of clicks from the ribbon: 

  • Press + New
  • Select copy of this page
Copy of this page option available in SharePoint Online.

Or at least that’s what I thought! The problem occurs with the default homepages within modern SharePoint sites. When you go to try to make a copy of the homepage you will find the option is not available.

Copy of this page option missing from menu.

Workaround

The way I’ve managed to get around this issue is to make a copy of the homepage in the Site Pages library, then rename it to something more meaningful. To do this:

  • Open the Site Pages library
  • Select the Home.aspx page
  • Press Copy to
  • Leave the copy to location as the Site Pages library > press copy here
  • Press the three dots next to the copied page > rename
  • Give your page a new name > press rename
Copy the homepage, then rename it to something more meaningful.

That’s it, you can now work on a copy of the page in the same way you would using the copy of this page option.


Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 7th June 2021

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SharePoint

Includes updates for SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva.

  • Launched (2)
  • Rolling out (3)
  • In development (40)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • 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
  • Microsoft Viva: Topic management dashboard – You can track the stats over time for topics through the lifecycle of suggested, confirmed, published, and removed with the new visual topic management dashboard. Roadmap ID: 81977

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • New SharePoint admin center home page – Updates to the SharePoint admin center to align it to the Microsoft admin center, including more tiles and graphs. Roadmap ID: 57318
  • SharePoint and Teams: folder in site visibly connected to channel – It will be easier to tell which folders within your library have an associated Teams channel & chat associated to it – right from within the SharePoint user interface. Roadmap ID: 30686
  • SharePoint admin center: updated homepage dashboard – Update for the homepage in the SharePoint admin center with more and more cards and graphs appear over time – so you can see insights on files, usage security, recommendations, training and so on. Roadmap ID: 68812

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – June 2021

  • 🆕 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. Roadmap ID: 70671
  • 🆕 Microsoft Lists: Custom list templates – Microsoft have announced that they will be supporting custom list templates – the ability for organizations to define custom list templates. Note, you will be able to manage which templates are available to which people, based on their job role. Roadmap ID: 70753
  • Microsoft Lists: forms customization – Adjust what information shows on the out-of-box forms and include custom header and footer imagery and information. Roadmap ID: 64165
  • Microsoft Lists: sticky first column – 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. Roadmap ID: 64168
  • 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. Roadmap ID: 64685
  • 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 Lists: mobile app (iOS) built on SharePoint – 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. Roadmap ID: 64161
  • SharePoint Online search query volume limits when using app-only authentication – When this change is implemented, queries using the Site.Read.All permissions level or greater will be throttled at 25 QPS. The search query will return with a 429 response and you can simply retry the query. Roadmap ID: 64963
  • 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. Roadmap ID: 67119
  • SharePoint: Text web parts automatically added to new sections in modern pages – Microsoft are now adding text web parts automatically for you when you add new sections to a modern page. Roadmap ID: 67146
  • 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). Roadmap ID: 68714
  • SharePoint: Collapsible sections on modern pages – You’ll have the ability to show page sections in an accordion view (collapsed or expanded) or as tabs. The accordion view will be collapsed by default, but can be set to show expanded. Roadmap ID: 67147
  • 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. Roadmap ID: 68716
  • Microsoft Lists: @mentions in comments – Get a colleague’s attention to an item in a list by @mentioning them within list comments. That person will receive a notification and a link that takes them directly back to the item, to review the comment and take the requested action. Roadmap ID: 68811
  • 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. Roadmap ID: 68813
  • SharePoint admin center – Migration Manager: Box migrations (public preview) – With their recent Mover acquisition, Microsoft are excited to expand capabilities to allow moving content from third-party cloud storage providers starting with Box.com. Roadmap ID: 68816
  • Microsoft Teams: Improvements to the “Create a Microsoft Team from SharePoint” experience – Enhance existing Microsoft 365 Groups with Teams functionality, directly from SharePoint team sites. Roadmap ID: 68861
  • 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). Roadmap ID: 68902
  • 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
  • SharePoint: Page Analytics – View rich page analytics on SharePoint Pages, including page views, page viewers and page traffic. Roadmap ID: 70635
  • 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. Roadmap ID: 70670
  • 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. Roadmap 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. Roadmap ID: 70673
  • Microsoft Lists: List Setting to disable/enable commenting – New list-level settings to disable/enable commenting. Roadmap ID: 70706
  • Microsoft Lists: Enabling commenting to Lists app in Teams – Bringing web commenting experience to Lists app in Teams. Add/delete a comment on list items to collaborate and share better within the Teams canvas. Roadmap ID: 70707
  • 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. Roadmap ID: 70720
  • 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. Roadmap ID: 70749
  • 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. Roadmap ID: 70791
  • 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. Roadmap ID: 70792
  • SharePoint Syntex: Content type synchronization enhancements – Changes to the way content type publishing works in SharePoint, moving from a “push everywhere” model to a “pull as needed” model to help improve reliability and performance of the service. Roadmap ID: 70795
  • SharePoint: Portal launch scheduler UX – The Portal Launch Scheduler is designed to help you follow a wave / phased roll-out approach by managing the redirects for the new portal. Roadmap ID: 70799
  • SharePoint: SharePoint News Boost – You can boost the visibility of a news article for a set time, until an employee has seen your content, or until a viewer has seen the item in their feed a set number of times. Roadmap ID: 70810
  • SharePoint: Audience Targeting capability for Events Web Part – We are adding the ability to target specific audiences per event within the Events Web Part. With it, you target specific events to different audiences, helping you provide more personalized experiences on SharePoint pages. Roadmap ID: 70815
  • SharePoint Syntex: Form processing – support for custom Power Platform environments – When using Form Processing model, you’ll be able to specify that AI Builder and Dataverse storage can be hosted in custom Power Platform environments. Previously, this was limited to the default tenant environments. Roadmap ID: 72176
  • Microsoft Viva: Topics in Microsoft Search in Bing – Display topic cards in search results when Microsoft Search is invoked from a Bing search. Roadmap 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. Roadmap ID: 72182
  • SharePoint: Swap root site from SharePoint admin center for customers with 10k+ seats – Customer tenants 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
  • SharePoint: Updates for Microsoft Teams connected team sites – Every Microsoft Teams team is connected to a SharePoint team site. If you create a private channel, it gets a unique team site. You will see specific updates, including updates to site features, site permissions alignment, site classifications and sensitivity labels, and improvements to the user interface. Roadmap ID: 81945
  • SharePoint Syntex: Automatically set sensitivity labels in document understanding models – You can now tag documents automatically with MIP sensitivity labels in document understanding models. Roadmap ID: 81975
  • SharePoint Syntex: Use regular expressions to match patterns for extracting metadata in document understanding models – You can now use regular expressions (RegEx) in explanations, allowing model trainers to provide more complex metadata extractor and recognition patterns. This addition includes a set of regex explanation templates that can be used or edited like the other templates. Roadmap ID: 81976