Microsoft 365 monthly update – April 2022

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: Create from the SharePoint app bar, comment on a video or audio file in SharePoint/ OneDrive, Lists for Android, ‘unscheduled’ calendar view in Lists, access to standard & private channels

Create from the SharePoint app bar

This new feature allows you to create sites, files, and lists right from within the SharePoint app bar. Select the Create command (the plus sign) on the app bar and then select an option from SharePoint sites, Microsoft Lists, or Office files (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote).

  • Site creation will launch the SharePoint site creation panel in the site you are in; if you are in a hub, the site will be associated with this hub when created
  • List creation will open in a new tab and take you to the create experience in Microsoft Lists
  • Office files will create the document in your OneDrive site until you select to save to a different location.
Create lists from the SharePoint app bar.

Find out more: Introduction to the SharePoint app bar

Comment on a video or audio file in SharePoint/ OneDrive

This feature allows you to have threaded conversations on a video or audio file saved in OneDrive or SharePoint through a cohesive and familiar commenting experience like the one used in Lists, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Comment on a video or audio file in SharePoint and OneDrive within the Microsoft Stream player experience.

Find out more: Comments for Stream Files Stored in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

Microsoft Lists for Android

With this new app, you can access your lists on the go anytime, anywhere. Manage events, track issues and assets, help with new-employee onboarding, and keep coordinated across inventory. With access on the go, easy sharing, and quick photo capture, you can keep everyone connected with the latest information using Microsoft Lists.

Microsoft Lists for Android.

Find out more: https://aka.ms/MSLists/app/Android

Microsoft Lists Calendar view experience: ‘Unscheduled’ Pane

You will see a new ‘Unscheduled’ tab within the events pane to the right within a list Calendar view. The items with missing start and/or end dates and those with start date later than the end date would appear on this pane. You can then select the items to open the edit form and make appropriate edits to schedule these items.

List items with missing start and/or end dates and those with start date later than the end date would appear on the Unscheduled pane.

Find out more: Create a calendar view from a list

SharePoint/ OneDrive: Access your Teams standard and private channel files

There is now an “In channels” section visible and collapsed by default. This “In channels” section includes all standard and private channels content within the Team, and private channels – if you have permissions to them – will be distinguished with a specific icon. The “In channels” section will only appear when a user navigates to the default document library of a SharePoint site that’s connected to a Teams team.

Note: The “In channels” section will not be visible if the SharePoint site is not connected to Teams. And when shared channels become available, they will also appear in this new section.

“In channels” section visible and collapsed by default.

Find out more: Roadmap ID 88911


Teams

In Teams: Text prediction for mobile, Power Automate templates, Fluent emojis, suggested replies, file upload for approvals, chat filter for non-meeting chats, admins can pin message extensions, Teams device store, follow office preview policy, user request flows for blocked apps

Anonymous meeting join, iOS improvements, share system audio on web, improved support in Firefox, move/ resize presenter, auto detect music, live caption support, Outlook contacts available for calling, emergency calling banner, config for call forwarding, present button for Teams Rooms
Government
Education
Front line workers

Text prediction for Teams mobile

When you compose or reply to a message in Teams, Editor Text Predictions anticipates your writing and suggests a suitable word or phrase inline. This saves time and helps you reduce typos.

Find out more: Start a chat on the go on Teams mobile

Power Automate templates to be added to teams templates

Need to create a team? Use Team templates to create the right team with predefined channels and preinstalled apps. Select Microsoft provided team templates will include a new Power Automate tab where you can find a variety of Power Automate flow templates that support a template type.

Find out more: Use flows in Microsoft Teams

New Fluent Emoji style coming to Teams emojis and reactions

Teams is joining M365 and Windows in updating all emojis and reactions to the new Microsoft Fluent emoji style, bringing users with over 1800 vibrant and expressive emoji experiences to choose from.

Fluent emojis in Microsoft Teams.

Find out more: Fluent Emojis

Suggested replies in chats

Suggested replies in Teams chat now in desktop uses assistive AI to create three short authentic responses based on the context of the previous message. Instead of typing a response, simply click on one reply that is most relevant to your conversation.

Suggested replies in chats.

Find out more: Use suggested replies to respond to messages without typing

Upload files to your approval request via Power Automate portal

Files that are uploaded within the Power Automate portal will now show within the view details window of an Approval request within Teams.

File attachments in Approval Flows.

Find out more: File attachments in Approval Flows

Chat filter for non-meeting chats

Quickly find chat messages and conversations you need most in your chat app with a new chat filter function. This new filter will find one-on-one or group chats and will filter out meeting chats and chat with bots.

Find out more: Search for messages and more in Teams

Admins can pin message extensions

Admins can manage the pin order of messaging extensions in the compose experience. Setup policies today allow admins to promote personal apps that show in the left rail of Teams Apps navigation. The apps that are handy while composing a message can differ from the personal apps, so we are bringing the ability to control these separately.

Admins can pin message extensions.

Find out more: Manage teams in the Microsoft Teams admin center

Teams device store in Teams admin center

The Microsoft Teams device store resides in the Microsoft Teams Admin Center aimed to help IT admins to search for and purchase certified Teams devices in a familiar interface. IT admin accounts are authenticated and integrated, helping streamline and automate device setup—removing the need to manually register the devices. All major Microsoft partners offering devices certified for Microsoft Teams will be included in the device store, with fulfillment provided by a third party. The store is now available in the US and Canada and is expected to be available in other international markets later this year.

Teams device store in Teams admin center.

Find out more: Microsoft Teams: Managing your devices

Follow Office preview policy on Mac

Public Preview has provided IT admins with the ability to allow their users to receive preview features before they are released to the public. The existing follow Office preview policy allows users to automatically be in the Public Preview Channel of Teams if they are in the Office Current Channel (Preview) on Windows.

The “follow Office preview” policy is now available to Mac users who are in the Office Current Channel (Preview).

Find out more: Microsoft Teams Public Preview

User request flows for blocked apps

Enable users to discover Teams apps in the store and request approval from administrators. When apps are blocked in the tenant, the end users were not able to discover them in Teams Client marketplace, while they are looking for tools to support their modern workplace. The ‘User request’ is going to act as an indicator of the user’s interest in the app.

The user will have an option to click “Request access”. When the request is submitted, the admin will see the aggregate count of the request Apps. This enables admins to have clear indicators or requested Apps.

Find out more: Microsoft Teams apps permissions and considerations

Government

These features currently available to Microsoft’s commercial customers in multi-tenant cloud environments are now rolling out to our customers in US Government Community Cloud (GCC), US Government Community Cloud High (GCC-High), and/or United States Department of Defense (DoD):

Attendance Dashboard – Measure meeting and webinar registration and attendance data in the new Attendance Dashboard. After the meeting, simply open the meeting invite and navigate to the Attendance tab. This feature is on by default. To disable, turn off the AllowEngagementReport policy within the Meeting policies section in the Teams admin center. Available in GCC. Learn more.


Teams webinar capabilities
– Schedule and deliver webinars for up to 1,000 attendees with the same Teams app you use for meetings! Webinar capabilities support registration page creation, email confirmation for registrants, host management for attendee video and audio, attendee reporting, plus interactive features like polls, chat, and reactions. Available in GCC. Learn more.

Auto-answer meeting invites with video on for iOS devices – The ability for iOS devices to automatically answer incoming meeting nudges or invites with their video on is now here. Available in GCC-High and DOD.

Invite-only meeting options – A new meeting setting is now available in Teams meeting options that automatically sends those who were not originally invited by the organizer to the lobby. This helps prevent those uninvited from joining the meeting. Available in GCC. Learn more.

Share the system audio from meetings on web – Web users can now include audio when sharing their desktop or window during a Teams meeting. You can find this setting in the share content. Available in GCC.

Large Gallery and Together Mode in Teams Meetings on Web and VDI – Web and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) users are now able to change the Teams meeting layout to Together mode and Large Gallery. With Large Gallery, you have the ability to see up to 49 participants in a single screen, enhancing your overall virtual meeting experience. Available in GCC-High.

Voice enabled channels for GCC H and DoD – 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 GCC H and DoD.

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.

Dynamic Caller ID for Voice enabled channels, now available for GCC High and DoD – 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 GCC High and DoD.

Up to 25K members per team in DoD – Customers in DoD can now create a team with up to 25,000 participants, reaching broadly across your organization and beyond. Members of a team can cross-post a message into multiple channels at once, making it easy to share information across teams and workgroups.

New default for Teams notification style for DoD – Teams notification style will be defaulted to native notifications for new users. Currently the default style is Teams purple, with this change to native notifications the user will benefit from support for assist mode, action center, accessibility and more.

Teams for Education

Here’s what’s new in Teams for Education this month:

Students and educators get a notification when a new Class Notebook page is distributed – We are making a new update that will allow any Educator using Page Distribution in the OneNote client to ensure that all students get a notification in Teams after a page is distributed! This notification will work for educators using the Class Notebook Toolbar in OneNote Windows 10, iPad, Web and Mac.

Data reports after Teams meeting class – If a teacher has used Forms polls in a Teams meeting class, a summary report for all the polls used in this meeting will be generated and shared with teacher.

Frontline workers

Here’s what’s new for front line workers in Teams this month:

Virtual appointments through Microsoft Bookings in Teams – Microsoft Forms integration  – Through the new integration of Microsoft Forms into the Microsoft Bookings app in Teams, organizations can now collect and review responses from customers for virtual appointments. This can help provide organizations with enhanced insights, reduce administrative burdens, and streamline the virtual appointment experience.

Walkie Talkie app in Teams is available on Kyocera 5G Rugged Smartphones – The Walkie Talkie app in Teams with a dedicated push-to-talk button on Kyocera’s DuraForce Ultra 5G and DuraSport 5G is available for frontline workers to enjoy clear, instant, and secure communication at their fingertips. Learn more.

New Tag Management Settings – This feature will update default tag management settings in the Teams Admin Center to include ”Team owners and members” and not just “Team owners,” reducing the burden of creating and maintaining Tags solely on Team owners. Learn more about the new Tag Management Settings.


Power Apps

In Power Apps: In-app notifications in Model-driven apps GA, support for SharePoint image column, String interpolation, Index function, RandBetween function in Power Fx, AAD User Virtual Table, Power Automate pane, wrap for Power Apps public preview, code components, Power Apps app on Windows, Dataflow refreshes in Power BI

General Availability (GA) for In-app notifications in Model-driven apps

The Power Apps team have announced that in-app notifications feature has reached General Availability (GA).  In-app notifications enable a user to receive a notification while they are working within the web or mobile model-driven app.  Notifications can be sent from Power Automate, app logic or web service calls allowing flexibility in where notifications are triggered.

In-app notification panel open in model-driven app.

Find out more: Send in-app notifications within model-driven apps

Power Apps supports the new SharePoint list image column type

Power Apps now supports the SharePoint list image columns for read scenarios. You can create a Power App and see the images directly in a Power App, as well as choose from the full version of the image or various thumbnail sizes:  Small, Medium, and Large. 

Note:

  • The current implementation is Read only.  Update capabilities are in progress.
  • The Small, Medium, and Large sized images are created on demand and temporarily cached.  An image that has been cached too long will be removed and will be regenerated on demand.
  • Power Apps generally refreshes image meta-data every 30 seconds.  If you are authoring an application and want to immediately refresh images, choose the “…” item on the data source and choose to refresh the data.
  • Images stored in a collection will not be rendered correctly.  It is best to access them directly from the list with a Filter expression.
  • Images may still appear in the Power Apps field list even if the image column is hidden in the list

Find out more: Power Apps supports the new SharePoint list image column type

Power Fx: String interpolation, Index function, and RandBetween function

Three features are available in version 3.22041 and later of Power Apps Studio – string interpolation, Index function, and RandBetween function.

  • String interpolation – Most modern programming languages have the ability to embed expressions within a string and now Power Fx does too. 
  • Index function – Excel has an Index function for, among other things, returning a row out of a range and so Power Fx has adopted the same function.
  • RandBetween function – Another Excel function, RandBetween( Low, High ) that returns an integer between Low and High inclusive.  
String interpolation in Power Fx.

Find out more: Power Fx: String interpolation, Index function, and RandBetween function

AAD User Virtual Table – Find and add any AAD user to your records

The Power Apps team have announced support for an Azure Active Directory – AAD User virtual table for Dataverse. The AAD User table makes it easy to retrieve any user in your organization’s Azure Active Directory – not just users who have a Dataverse license assigned to them.  You can also retrieve details like job title, email, phone number and more.

The new AAD user table is available automatically with no additional configuration required.

AAD User Virtual Table.

Find out more: Announcing the AAD User Virtual Table – Find and add any AAD user to your records.

The new Power Automate pane in Power Apps

The new Power Automate pane brings the ability to add flows to the left-pane, in the same way you add other resources like data and media to your canvas app. When you click the Power Automate button, a new pane appears allowing you to see flows already included in in your app or add existing flows.

You can also create new flows; selecting “Create new flow” now opens a new experience where you can choose from Power Apps based flow templates or start from blank.

Introducing the new Power Automate pane in Power Apps.

Find out more: Introducing the new Power Automate pane in Power Apps!

Wrap for Power Apps (Public Preview)

The Power Apps team have announced that the wrap public preview – enabling you to create mobile apps with Power Apps – is now open. Power Apps is now officially a Mobile Application Development Platform (MADP/MXDP) stuffed with great new capabilities:

Find out more: Announcing Public Preview of wrap for Power Apps

React (virtual) and Fluent UI code components (Public Preview)

The Power Apps team have announced the public preview availability of React based virtual code components. 1st and 3rd party developers now have the ability to make use of platform provided libraries to build their diverse set of code components.

No more React or Fluent library packaging inside individual component bundles. Code components can now use one common set of platform provided React and Fluent UI React libraries.

React (virtual) and Fluent UI code components using platform libraries.

Find out more: React (virtual) and Fluent UI code components using platform libraries

Power Apps application on Windows (Public Preview)

The Power Apps team have announced the public preview availability of Power Apps (Preview) for Windows. With the new Power Apps (preview) application, your will be able to run apps in offline within a brand new application fully integrated within the Windows OS and supporting the native Dataverse connector and native device capabilities like barcode scanner or Camera controls.

Offline available apps in Power Apps on Windows.

Find out more: Announcing Public Preview of a new Power Apps application on Windows

Monitor Dataflow refreshes with a Power BI dashboard

You can now use the managed Dataverse tables to report over your dataflow refresh history. You now get two new managed Dataverse table with details about refreshes of your dataflows in your environment. We populate the tables with new data automatically after each refresh.

DataflowRefreshHistory – Contains the overall dataflow refresh history data
EntityRefreshHistory – Contains data of all entities involved in the refreshes

Using the new tables you are able to extract information about errors , duration of the refreshes and, how many new records got inserted into your Dataverse table.

Power BI Report showing Dataflow Refresh History.

Find out more: Monitor all your Dataflow refreshes with a Power BI dashboard


Power Automate

In Power Automate: Power Automate desktop update, 3 new verified connectors, 4 independent connectors, process advisor sharing analytics

Power Automate desktop April 2022

The April 2022 update of Power Automate for desktop (version 2.19) is out now. There are several new features and updates, including:

  • Built-in examples are now available
  • Cloud or Region picker is now supported in the console
  • New action ‘Hover mouse over UI element in window’
  • Support of physical keyboard interaction in ‘Populate text field on web page’ action
  • Improved recorder performance
New action ‘Hover mouse over UI element in window’ in Power Automate desktop.

Find out more: Power Automate for desktop – April 2022 update

3 new verified connectors and 10 updates

Take a look at all the new and updated connectors released in March 2022 for Power Automate:

New connectors

  • allGeo – allGeo provides an enterprise-grade field service management platform that bridges the gap between operations and payroll.
  • Nodefusion Portal – A Nodefusion Portal Connector is used for various actions, such as opening support case, managing subscriptions, checking service roadmaps and more.
  • Open Experience – Open Experience GmbH provides innovative solutions for the digitization of construction work. 

Updated connectors

  • Connect2All
  • IA-Connect Dynamic Code
  • IA-Connect Session
  • IA-Connect UI
  • IA-Connect Web Browser
  • Impexium
  • SmartDialog
  • Sociabble
  • Trasnform2All
  • Virus Total

Find out more: 3 New Verified Connectors and 10 Updates released in March 2022

4 new independent publisher connectors

Take a look at all the new independent publisher connectors released in March 2022 for Power Automate:

  • EmojiHub by Troy Taylor – EmojiHub provides an opportunity to get random emojis from already sorted categories and groups. 
  • Infura Ethereum by Sebastian Zolg – The Infura Ethereum Connector uses the Infura JSON-RPC API to access the Ethereum Blockchain.
  • AIHW MyHospitals by Paul Culmsee – The MyHospitals national reporting platform allows users to explore information about their local hospital and Local Hospital Network (LHN), as well as trends across Australia.
  • Word Cloud by Textvis by Troy Taylor – Generate great looking word clouds from text. Customize size, color and more.

Find out more: 4 Incredible New Independent Publisher Connectors in March 2022

Share analytics and invite tenant users in process advisor

The Power Automate team have announced the ability to share data-based processes with others via a viewer role. The viewer role grants the invited user read access to the process analytics and the ability to invite others with the viewer role. This feature empowers process owners to share process insights with anyone who would benefit, such as teammates, analysts, managers, etc.

Share analytics and invite tenant users in process advisor.

Find out more: Get Quality Process Insights by Sharing Analytics and Inviting Tenant Users


Power BI

In Power BI: On-prem data gateway, Power BI desktop feature summary, additional gateway security roles, update to required permissions for composite models

On-premises data gateway April 2022 update

The Power BI team have released the April 2022 update for the On-premises data gateway (version 3000.122.7). This version of the gateway will ensure that the reports that you publish to the Power BI Service and refresh via the Gateway will go through the same query execution logic/run-time as in the April Power BI Desktop version.

Find out more: On-premises data gateway April 2022 update is now available

Power BI desktop feature summary – April 2022

The April update for Power BI desktop is out now – with updates for new format panes and Power BI Goals, tooltips drill actions support for more build-in visuals, plus lot’s more!

Find out more: Power BI April 2022 Feature Summary

Additional gateway security roles for Power BI

Additional security roles allow for more granularity in assigning roles for the gateway. The new change is that non-admins of the gateway can be allowed to create connections (data sources) on the gateway. This way, your gateway admins are not the bottleneck anymore for creating connections (data sources).

How to manage the gateway and connection (data source) roles.

Find out more: Additional gateway security roles for Power BI

Update to required permissions when using composite models on a Power BI dataset

For datasets in Premium or PPU workspaces, a user that consumes a report that leverages a composite model based on a Power BI dataset is required to have just Read permissions (or have the Viewer role) on all datasets in the chain.

Note: While this is great news for those that only use Premium or PPU workspaces, this is concerning to those that leverage Pro workspaces, or a mix of types. Microsoft plan to make the same change for Pro workspaces as well, but for technical reasons they have not announced that as of yet.

Find out more: Update to required permissions when using composite models on a Power BI dataset


BONUS! Even more updates

Support neurodiversity in the hybrid workplace

Microsoft have been working to cut down the noise by providing more ways to customize which notifications Microsoft Teams shows you and when, and new ways to protect time with Microsoft Viva Insights. They’ve also added new capabilities to support and improve reading and writing like text prediction options, voice control tools, and accessible authoring features—great for everyone, but a true game changer for workers with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

Mute notifications in a Microsoft Teams meeting.

Find out more: what’s new in Microsoft accessibility for spring 2022 blog

Yammer updates

A series of updates to Yammer have been released that help make it easier to find what you need, share ideas, and customize to your preferences. First, community members can now upvote a response if it’s a helpful or useful contribution to the question, making it easier for others to find answers. You can now also bookmark a conversation to see the post and its replies later. Finally, dark mode for Yammer web will be available soon.

Get more out of Yammer.

Find out more: Yammer Blog

Widows Autopatch

Windows Autopatch as a feature of Windows Enterprise E3, enabling IT pros to do more for less. This service will keep Windows and Office software on enrolled endpoints up-to-date automatically, at no additional cost. IT admins can gain time and resources to drive value. For organizations who select this option, the second Tuesday of every month will be ‘just another Tuesday’.

Find out more: Get current and stay current with Windows Autopatch


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