Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 10th January 2022

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. Here’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 (6)
  • Rolling out (4)
  • In development (11)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • Microsoft Viva: Viva Connections – Microsoft Viva Connections is your gateway to a modern engagement experience designed to keep everyone engaged and informed. This release will include features such as the dashboard authoring capability, setting a home site via the SharePoint admin center, dashboard and feed web parts for your home site and the Viva Connections app in Teams. Feature ID:86542
  • SharePoint: 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). You used to have to exit out of Grid edit to accomplish these common tasks. Feature 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. Feature ID:68716
  • 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.  Feature ID:85659
  • 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
  • Microsoft Viva and Outlook: Briefing email support for French, German, Italian, and Portuguese – This personalized, actionable briefing email from Microsoft Viva, automatically delivered to your Outlook inbox to help you start the day on track and stay on top of tasks, will support Italian, and Portuguese. Roadmap ID: 81999

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  •  SharePoint: MSFT Editor Spellcheck and Grammar in SharePoint Pages – We are adding the Microsoft Editor service to SharePoint Pages and News and enabling their spellcheck and grammar capabilities. This will allow proofreading to take place in SharePoint without relying on the Editor browser extension. This feature changes the suggestions colors to monochrome when they’re shown on a themed background to increase visibility. Feature ID:88534
  • SharePoint Syntex: Metadata search – Find content with precision using automatic forms to query any metadata fields on the library. Roadmap ID: 88714
  • SharePoint: Improvements to the authoring experience in SharePoint Pages – This change will make it easier for users to understand where they are in a page by adding labels to each content area. These changes also reduce clutter by consolidating web part editing actions into a single toolbar and placing authors into focus mode by default to remove visual distractions while editing. Roadmap ID: 82177
  • SharePoint: Improvements to the Text Web Part toolbar for SharePoint Pages and News – Authors of SharePoint Pages and News will be able to access all simple text editing tools from the Text toolbar. Feature ID:82180

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – January 2022

  • 🆕 SharePoint: Section Templates for SharePoint Pages – When you add a new section to a page, you can select a blank template with popular image and text combinations for a quick start. Roadmap ID: 88838
  • 🆕 OneDrive and SharePoint: Edit High Value Control (HVC) – High Efficiency Image Format (HEIC) File Support – Users can edit (Crop or rotate, adjust, filter and markup) the High Efficiency Image Format (HEIC) files through the Edit HVC. After editing the image, if the user wishes to save the changes, the file would be copied as a new jpg file. Roadmap ID: 88841
  • Microsoft Lists: Board View – View your list items in a board with swimlanes that represent their current progress. Roadmap ID: 85634
  • SharePoint: New content scenarios for My Feed Web Part on SharePoint – The New content types are added to My Feed Web Part on SharePoint. The new contents are Suggested Tasks, People Highlights, Meetings out of routine and files shared in groups. Roadmap ID: 82172

Release – February 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Briefing Email support for Japanese and Simplified Chinese – This personalized, actionable briefing email from Microsoft Viva, automatically delivered to your Outlook inbox to help you start the day on track and stay on top of tasks, will support Japanese and Simplified Chinese. Roadmap ID: 88832
  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Shared focus plan in Viva Insights – The shared focus plan enables managers and team leads to foster mutual productivity norms and drive a positive team culture by inviting teams to book focus time for uninterrupted work. Roadmap ID: 88839
  • 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

Release – March 2022

  • Microsoft Viva: Topics in Microsoft Search in Bing – Display topic cards in search results when Microsoft Search is invoked from a Bing search. Feature ID:72180
  • Microsoft Viva: Discover experts and answers from Topics – Questions on topics will receive automated answers or get referred to subject matter experts. Feature ID: 72188

Release – June 2022

  • 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. Feature ID:82048

Release – June 2023?

  • Microsoft Viva: Manager insights in Microsoft Viva Insights app, Outlook and Office.com for GCC – 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 for GCC, as well as in manager cards in the daily briefing and monthly digest emails from Microsoft Viva.  Roadmap ID: 88843

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