Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 7th February 2022

Use these buttons to switch between each product’s roadmap updates.

Teams

  • Launched (21)
  • Rolling out (4)
  • In development (21)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • Microsoft Teams: Parent connection in Teams for Education – With Parent connection in Teams for Education, educators can easily connect and engage with the parents and guardians of their class using Teams chat. All parent and guardian data is provisioned using School Data Sync, saving educators and IT staff valuable time. Roadmap ID:83593
  • Microsoft Teams: Sensitivity labels for Teams templates – Sensitivity labels will be supported when creating teams with templates. This feature is no longer rolling out. Roadmap ID:84232
  • Microsoft Teams: Switch between multiple video cameras in Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows – Ability for participants in a Microsoft Teams Room to switch between multiple video cameras during a Teams meeting. Roadmap ID:85818
  • Microsoft Teams: Queue view for virtual visits scheduled in the Microsoft Bookings app – Real time updates to meeting state in a queue view for virtual visits scheduled in the Microsoft Bookings app. Roadmap ID:86718
  • Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Teams for Education Career Coach – Admin feature enabling – IT admin will have controls in Teams Admin Center for enabling new Career Coach features for their school. Roadmap ID:87995
  • Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Teams for Education Career Coach – Connection messages – Students can now select a message to include with their LinkedIn connection invitation to school alumni. Roadmap ID:87996
  • Microsoft Teams: Enable Cortana voice activation by default in out-of-box-experience of newly imaged Microsoft Teams Rooms – Cortana voice activation will be enabled by default on newly imaged Microsoft Teams Rooms solutions. If desired, IT Admins can adjust the setting to turn off voice activation at that time. Roadmap ID:89161
  • Microsoft Teams: Universal Actions and Refresh Support for User Sent Cards – Adaptive Cards v2 (ACv2) now known as Universal Actions for Adaptive Cards brings the bot as the common backend for handling actions and introduces a new action type, Action. Execute, which works across apps, such as Teams and Outlook. Roadmap ID:86746
  • Microsoft Teams: Configure your activity feed notifications – Users will be able to control the type of notifications that appear in their activity feed. Roadmap ID:88400
  • Microsoft Teams: Disable/Enable all Attendees’ Video for GCC-High – Ability in GCC-High to disable and enable video for all attendees before or during a Microsoft Teams meeting. Roadmap ID:80221
  • Microsoft Teams: Disable/Enable a Single Attendee’s Video for GCC High – Ability to disable and enable a single attendee’s video in a Microsoft Teams meeting. Roadmap ID:80224
  • Microsoft Teams: Call Merge for GCC – Call Merge gives end users the capability to merge their active unheld 1-1 call into another 1-1 call or another group call. This applies to Teams VOIP calls and PSTN calls. Roadmap ID:51127
  • Microsoft Information Protection: Changes in display of hierarchical sensitivity labels for Microsoft Teams – For hierarchical sensitivity labels, channel headers will only display the parent label instead of showing the child label. Roadmap ID:70566
  • Microsoft Teams: Approval templates – New out-of-the-box templates provide a repeatable structure for common approvals such as leave, expense reports, or overtime requests. Roadmap ID:70768
  • Microsoft Teams: Attachments to approvals – Attach files to approvals directly from OneDrive and SharePoint, or attach a generic link to content hosted outside of Microsoft 365. Roadmap ID:70787
  • Microsoft Teams: Markdown support in approvals – For approvals, use Markdown formatting in adaptive cards and the details view, to ensure all approvals are formatted correctly. Roadmap ID:70788
  • Microsoft Teams: Tags are available in GCC High – Tags are available in GCC High. Tags in Teams let users quickly reach a group of people without having to @mention or type out everyone. Roadmap ID:81091
  • Microsoft Teams: Offline access for files – Users can now access previously opened files even when there is no internet connectivity. Roadmap ID:81563
  • Microsoft Teams: Set Presence Status duration for Government clouds – Teams users will soon have the ability to change their presence for a specific period of time. Roadmap ID:68937
  • Microsoft Teams: New Offline Presence Status for Government clouds – Teams users will soon have the ability to change their presence to “Offline”. This will allow them to have full access to Teams while signaling to colleagues that they are unavailable. Roadmap ID:68939
  • 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

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • 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. Roadmap ID:82512
  • Microsoft Teams: Mute Notifications During Meetings – Users will be able to mute notifications during meetings thereby helping focus during meetings. A user can choose to mute notifications for all meetings or per meeting basis. Roadmap ID:87452
  • Microsoft Teams: Dynamic Emergency Calling for Work From Home for VDI – VMware – This feature enables users on VMware on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) to make an emergency call while working from home. It will allow users to validate (and if necessary, edit) the address that will be communicated to emergency responders. Roadmap ID:86858
  • Microsoft Teams: Front row layout for Teams Rooms on Windows – Front row is a new layout for Microsoft Teams Rooms, designed to enhance hybrid meetings and provide in-room participants with greater context of what is happening across various aspects of the meeting. With front row, remote attendees are seen in the room at eye level and additional meeting experiences including chat, and a rostered view of participants with raised hands, are brought to the front of room screen. Users can select the front row layout from the layout chooser experience on the Teams Rooms console. It can also be set as the default layout or turned off altogether by device admins. Front row will be available for all Teams Rooms on Windows and across all display sizes.  Roadmap ID:89065

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – February 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Device Test for virtual visits – Ability for users to test their device before a virtual visit. Roadmap ID:87715
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Walkie Talkie on iOS in GCC – Walkie Talkie, a push-to-talk experience that enables clear and secure voice communication over the cloud, enables teams to communicate instantly and always stay on the same page. This native built-in app in Teams turns employee or company-owned iOS smartphones and tablets into a walkie-talkie, reducing the number of devices employees must carry and lowering costs for IT. Roadmap ID:91561
  • Microsoft Teams: Dynamic Emergency Calling for Work from Home for Teams VDI on Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 – This feature enables users on Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 on virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to make an emergency call while working from home. It will allow users to validate (and if necessary, edit) the address that will be communicated to emergency responders.  Roadmap ID:83555
  • Microsoft Teams: List of the joined teams per user in Teams admin center  – Teams administrators can view the list of teams that a user has joined. Roadmap ID:87969
  • Microsoft Teams: Education policy wizard – Multiple group support – Admins can now add up-to three groups, instead of one previously, of educators and staff for applying the specialized custom set of policies. Roadmap ID:90510

Release – March 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: LinkedIn Integration in Teams – Users will be able to see LinkedIn profiles of their colleagues in 1:1 chat. The LinkedIn profile is available via the LinkedIn tab in the 1:1 chat panel.  Roadmap ID:89132
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Dynamic Caller ID for Voice enabled channels, now available for Government clouds – Last year we enabled the capability where agents can use Dynamic Caller ID to call on behalf of a Call Queue from within Voice Enabled Channels.  We are now bringing this capability to Government clouds including GCCH and DOD. Roadmap ID:89290
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Chat filter for non-meeting chats – There will be a new chat filter within the Chat app which filters out meeting chats and chats with bots. It filters in one on one and group chats.   Roadmap ID:89436
  • Microsoft Teams: Dynamic Emergency Calling for Work from Home for Teams VDI on Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 – This feature enables users on Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 on virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to make an emergency call while working from home. It will allow users to validate (and if necessary, edit) the address that will be communicated to emergency responders.  Roadmap ID:83555
  • Microsoft Teams: Voice enabled channels in government clouds – We added the ability to use a Teams channel with members as call agents for call queue call answering.  Now we are bringing this capability to government clouds.   Roadmap ID:80117
  • 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. This allows admins to set more limited bandwidth controls for when users travel to remote or bandwidth constrained locations, and then relax limitations when they travel to a location with higher bandwidth capacity.  Initially two settings from the Teams Meeting Policy will be included – AllowIPVideo, andMediaBitRateKb. Roadmap ID:81350
  • Microsoft Teams: Auto-Expiration of Meeting Recordings stored on OneDrive and SharePoint – Newly created Teams meeting recordings in OneDrive and SharePoint will be automatically deleted by the service based on a default Teams policy setting. Teams Admins will be able to modify the default meeting recording expiration time via a setting in the Teams Admin Portal or by modifying policy attributes using Powershell scripts. Newly created meeting recordings in OneDrive & SharePoint will be automatically deleted after this point unless the meeting owner extends the expiration. This item was incorrectly marked rolling-out and is now corrected. Roadmap ID:84580
  • Microsoft Teams: Multi-Window support for VDI for VMware – Users on virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)will be able to view meetings and calls in separate windows from the main Microsoft Teams client. Additionally, meeting and call controls such as mute, video, chat, leave and others will now be located at the top of the meeting window so that they are always available and never block the underlying content. Roadmap ID:85691
  • Microsoft Teams: Anonymous meeting join across clouds – Join meetings in other clouds anonymously from your Teams desktop app (across clouds).  We will be enabling this in three phases. First, Commercial and GCC customers will be able to join meetings in GCC-High and DOD clouds. Next, we will enable GCC-High customers to join Commercial, GCC and DOD meetings. Then, we will enable DOD customers to join Commercial, GCC, and GCC-High meetings. Roadmap ID:86311
  • Microsoft Teams: Multi-Window support for VDI on Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 – Users on Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 on virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) will be able to view meetings and calls in separate windows from the main Microsoft Teams client. Additionally, meeting and call controls such as mute, video, chat, leave and others will now be located at the top of the meeting window so that they are always available and never block the underlying content. Roadmap ID:86548

Release – April 2022

  • Microsoft Teams: Text prediction for Teams mobile – Assistive AI predicts your answers and gives text suggestions, so you can finish phrases in one tap. Roadmap ID:81573
  • Microsoft Teams: Integrated CART captioning in meetings on Web – Users will now be able to view captions coming from a CART provider (real-time captioning) within the Microsoft Teams meeting on Chrome and Edge. Meeting organizers and participants will be able to ask their captioning providers to stream captions to Microsoft Teams. Roadmap ID:84906
  • Microsoft Teams: Manage What Attendees See – Attendees will only see shared content and presenters that you bring on screen.  Roadmap ID:86818
  • Microsoft Teams: Detect Music Automatically – The previously released ML-based noise suppression is now enabled by default for most of our customers. ML-based noise suppression considers any non-speech signal picked up by the microphone as noise which should be suppressed.  To avoid suppressing music and to allow users to enable the new high-fidelity music mode, we have built an ML-based music detector which will inform the user whenever music is present through a notification. Roadmap ID:89016
  • Microsoft Teams: Roaming bandwidth control for GCC-High and DoD – Admins will now be able to set a bandwidth control policy to disable video calls when users are working in bandwidth constrained areas – this protects the reliability of the connection, automatically just based on where the users are located.  Once users return to a location with better bandwidth, their video calling is restored. Initially two settings from the Teams Meeting Policy will be included – AllowIPVideo, and MediaBitRateKb.  Roadmap ID:89064

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s