Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 8th 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. Hereโ€™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 (12)
  • Rolling out (1)
  • In development (85)

๐Ÿพ LAUNCHED

  • Microsoft Viva: Sync learning management systems with Learning – Configure learning management systems (Saba, SuccessFactors, Cornerstone On demand) as a learning content source to make your organization’s own content available in Viva Learning.ย Roadmap ID: 85670
  • Microsoft Viva: Connect third party learning providers to Learning – Configure various learning sources in Viva Learning app to make the global or tenant specific content from those learning sources available within your Viva Learning app. The content is available for search and discovery and can be browsed by the employees who use Viva Learning. Global sources available by GA include EdX, Coursera, Pluralsight, LinkedIn, JBA, Infosec; Tenant specific sources include Skillsoft, Udemy, and Go1. Roadmap ID: 85671
  • Microsoft Viva: Add Viva Learning app to Microsoft Teams – Viva Learning will be shipped as a pre-installed app in Microsoft Teams. Users will be able to add the Viva Learning app to Microsoft Teams to discover, share, track, and consume learning content.ย Roadmap ID: 85672
  • Microsoft Viva: Search for learning content in Learning app in Microsoft Teams – Search for learning content from Microsoft and partner providers inside Viva Learning Teams app. Roadmap ID: 85673
  • Microsoft Viva: Social learning features – Share learning courses from Teams chat using Learning App compose extension. Curate a list of courses for a Chat/Channel by creating a learning tab in a chat and pinning Learning Objects within it. Roadmap ID: 85674
  • Microsoft Viva: Recommend learning content and track completion progress – Recommend a learning course to one or more individuals, with options to set a due date for completion and capture additional information via the ‘notes’. Roadmap ID: 85675
  • Microsoft Viva: Feature learning content to organization – Knowledge admins can highlight content within their organization to appear in banner carousel in the Viva Learning app. Roadmap ID: 85676
  • Microsoft Viva: Learning – My Learning view – In the My Learning view, users will be able to view and track learning content assigned and recommended to them, bookmarked content, recently viewed courses, and completed courses on this page. Roadmap ID: 85677
  • Microsoft Viva: Viva Learning for mobile – Access Viva Learning on the go, anytime, anywhere on your Mobile device. Roadmap ID: 85678
  • Microsoft Viva: Learning content discovery based on user’s interests – Users will be able to discover engaging learning opportunities by picking and saving their interests. Roadmap ID: 85679
  • Microsoft Viva: Content consumption in Viva Learning – User can consume learning content from Microsoft Learn, and Microsoft 365 training within the Viva Learning app.ย Roadmap ID: 85680
  • 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

๐Ÿš‚ ROLLING OUT

  • SharePoint spaces: Embed Web Part and Annotation โ€“ย Show SharePoint pages or HTML embed content as an interactable overlay on a SharePoint space.ย Roadmap ID: 70732

โŒ› IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – November 2021

  • ๐Ÿ†• 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
  • ๐Ÿ†• 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 โ€“ French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish โ€“ to foster mindfulness and wellbeing throughout the workday.ย  Roadmap ID: 88518
  • ๐Ÿ†• 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. Roadmap ID: 88698
  • ๐Ÿ†• 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. Roadmap ID: 88709
  • ๐Ÿ†• SharePoint Syntex: Rules engine for alerts – Weโ€™re also adding a no-code rules engine to drive content alerts.ย  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
  • ๐Ÿ†• SharePoint: SharePoint admin center- Tenant rename – You’ll be able to change the SharePoint domain name for your organization in Microsoft 365.ย For example, if the name of your organization changes from “Contoso” to “Fabrikam,” you can change contoso.sharepoint.com to fabrikam.sharepoint.com.ย ย  Roadmap ID: 82162
  • 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.ย Roadmap 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. Roadmap ID: 85641
  • SharePoint Syntex: Modern site-level term store – A modern experience to create and manage site-level taxonomies for your sites. Roadmap ID: 85638
  • 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. Roadmap ID: 85643
  • SharePoint: Private drafts for SharePoint pages and news – Weโ€™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. Roadmap ID: 85629
  • 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. Roadmap 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. Roadmap ID: 85593
  • 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 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
  • 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. Roadmap ID: 85568
  • 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
  • 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, youโ€™ll be able to empower users to opt-in to be added to topic pages and cards. Roadmap 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. Roadmap ID: 82069
  • 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. Roadmap 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. Roadmap ID: 82000
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Microsoft Lists: Export Microsoft Lists to Excel – 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. Roadmap ID: 81962
  • 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: 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 canโ€™t create or manage rules. Roadmap 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. Roadmap 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. Roadmap ID: 70791
  • SharePoint: Page Analytics – View rich page analytics on SharePoint Pages, including page views, page viewers and page traffic. Roadmap ID: 70635
  • SharePoint Syntex: Extended language support – form processing – Support for processing documents using form processing in French, German, Italian and Spanish. Roadmap 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. Roadmap 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. Roadmap 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. 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
  • SharePoint: Updated Tag column for images – Image tags are automatically created and includes descriptive labels when they are uploaded into SharePoint within Microsoft 365. Roadmap ID: 68902
  • SharePoint: Microsoft Lists – column settings in Grid view – The capabilitiesย whenย 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: 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: 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
  • SharePoint admin center:ย  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
  • 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. Roadmap 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. Roadmap 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. Roadmap 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. Roadmap ID: 64168
  • 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

Release – December 2021

  • ๐Ÿ†• Microsoft Viva: Simple topic segmentation – Create segments of topics based on sites and information architecture.ย  Roadmap ID: 88694 Microsoft Viva: Automatic topic relationships – AI suggests relationships between topics, and the topic page and card reflects these connections in the knowledge graph (first degree).ย  Roadmap ID: 88695
  • ๐Ÿ†• 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
  • ๐Ÿ†• SharePoint Syntex: Prebuilt models for invoices & receipts – Analyze and extract structured information from sales invoices or receipts using prebuilt models. Roadmap ID: 88703
  • ๐Ÿ†• SharePoint Syntex: Provide a document card view for applied Syntex document understanding models – A new library view setting to display extracted model information in a tile view. Roadmap ID: 88704
  • ๐Ÿ†• SharePoint Syntex: Content center site design available in Look Book – A Syntex content center site design will be available for provisioning from the SharePoint look book online. Roadmap ID: 88705
  • ๐Ÿ†• 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.ย They can also save that report so that future visitors to the document library can view it. Roadmap ID: 88706
  • ๐Ÿ†• SharePoint Syntex: Import sample contracts library – This feature enables customers to import a sample contracts library with a document understanding model already applied.ย  They can use this library as is or explore and adapt it for their scenario. Roadmap ID: 88707
  • ๐Ÿ†• SharePoint Syntex: Responsible AI guardrails for Image Tags (editable column and feedback UX) – โ€œTagsโ€ column changes from read only to a new editable โ€œImage Tagsโ€ column so that customers can add and remove tags at their discretion.ย  It also incorporates a way for users to provide feedback on the quality of AI generated tags from within the details pane. Roadmap ID: 88708
  • ๐Ÿ†• SharePoint Syntex: Contract management accelerator – Manage contracts in Syntex with automatic tagging and approval workflows, automatic clause generation and lifecycle management. Roadmap ID: 88713
  • ๐Ÿ†• SharePoint Syntex: Image tagging – Automatically recognize thousands of standard objects and automatically tag the file with recognized items. Roadmap ID: 88715
  • ๐Ÿ†• 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
  • ๐Ÿ†• SharePoint Syntex: Content assembly – Convert your existing docs into templates and generate new docs from list data or manual entries.ย  Roadmap ID: 88717
  • ๐Ÿ†• 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.ย Roadmap ID: 82161
  • ๐Ÿ†• 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 – January 2022

  • ๐Ÿ†• SharePoint Syntex: Metadata search – Find content with precision using automatic forms to query any metadata fields on the library. Roadmap ID: 88714
  • ๐Ÿ†• SharePoint: Microsoft 365 connected templates – We are combining the best of Microsoft Teams templates with SharePoint site templates – into the same flow of creation. When we create a new team using a default template – for example the “Manage a Project” template, the project management channels and apps, and the connected SharePoint template gets applied automatically. Critically, the pages, lists, and Power Platform integrations are pinned as tabs in Teams automatically, and best of all these pages and lists are fully editable right in Teams.ย Roadmap ID: 82158
  • ๐Ÿ†• SharePoint: SharePoint pages and news authoring in Microsoft Teams – Create SharePoint pages and news as tabs in Teams, without leaving the Teams app. This includes the ability to create a pages, to This includes the ability to create a page or news post.ย Roadmap ID: 82159
  • ๐Ÿ†• SharePoint: Create from the SharePoint app bar – Now you ‘ll be able to start creating sites, files, and lists as an action from within the SharePoint app bar. This means, no matter where you are in SharePoint you can jump right into the content creation process and stay in the flow of work. Roadmap ID: 82160
  • ๐Ÿ†• SharePoint: Security- Data access governance – With our new Data Access Governance insights, you can monitor sharing activity to detect oversharing. You can review and monitor sites based on the type of sharing. You can quickly see essential information about the sites like sensitivity, level of access from unmanaged devices or if the site can be shared externally.ย Roadmap ID: 82164

Release – March 2022

  • ๐Ÿ†• Microsoft Viva: Effective meetings in Viva Insights – A new โ€œEffective meetingsโ€ experience is being introduced in the Microsoft Viva Insights app in Microsoft Teams. Meeting organizers will be able to view personalized insights and suggestions to help improve their meeting habits. Users will also be able to create and share meeting plans to set team meeting norms such as shorter meetings by default and always including Teams links.ย Roadmap ID: 85660
  • ๐Ÿ†• Microsoft Stream: Comment on a video or audio file in SharePoint and OneDrive – This feature builds on top of the already existing comments found in OneDrive and SharePoint Online but presents these comments with a new Office look and feel within the player. This feature allows users with view permissions to leave a comment and users with edit permissions to @ mention, which are both default changes in behavior in terms of permissions for video and audio files.ย  Roadmap ID: 88521
  • ๐Ÿ†• Microsoft Stream: Add chapters to help viewers find the right part of a video – Users with edit access to a video uploaded to SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams, and Yammer can now add chapters to help viewers identify information in the video. For each chapter you can specify a point in time in the video and title of that chapter which will show up in the table of contents side pane for the video as well as on the video timeline.ย Roadmap ID: 88525
  • ๐Ÿ†• Microsoft Viva: Topic engagement analytics – This update will introduce usage and engagement analytics on topics (views, edits, etc.) to the Microsoft Admin Center.ย Roadmap ID: 88699
  • ๐Ÿ†• Microsoft Viva: Topic Management – Metadata – You’ll be able to sort ad filter on additional usage data in the topic center, including metrics, usage, quality, and more. Roadmap ID: 88700 Microsoft Viva: Topic Management – Navigation – We’re integrating all stages of topic lifecycles into a unified list with filtering and sorting my lifecycle stage and other data.ย  Combined with search, this will help you find specific topics when the volume of topics in the system is large. Roadmap ID: 88701
  • ๐Ÿ†• SharePoint: Security- Granular conditional access policies – Continuing our investment in sensitivity labels by adding more policy controls, like my favorite one โ€“ granular Conditional Access. For example, the Top-Secret label, can now have a conditional access policy that requires multi-factor authentication when accessing a site.ย Roadmap ID: 82163

Release – April 2022

  • ๐Ÿ†• Microsoft Viva: Display connected topics on people profile cards – Profile cards displayed through Outlook will display Topics associated to an individual.ย Roadmap ID: 88697
  • Microsoft Viva: Support for types of topics – Support for categories or types of topics, such as projects, products or organizations. Roadmap ID: 72181
  • Microsoft Viva: Resolve topic name similarities – Allows users to select a topic among several when they share similar or matching names (disambiguation). Roadmap ID: 72183

Release – May 2022

  • ๐Ÿ†• Microsoft Stream: Preview of new video start page on Office for GCC-H and DOD – The new video start page in Office web brings together all your videos uploaded to Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer, and across the suite and enables you to easily create new videos and get to videos shared with and recommended for you.ย Roadmap ID: 88524

Release – June 2022

  • ๐Ÿ†• Microsoft Viva: Support bookmarks with topic answers in Microsoft Search – You’ll be able to see both bookmarks and topic answer cards in Microsoft Search if both exist and are relevant to your query. Roadmap ID: 88702

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