Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 30th January 2023

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 Purview. Here’s all the new and updated Microsoft roadmap items from the past week:

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SharePoint
Teams
OneDrive
Microsoft Purview

SharePoint

Includes updates for SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva.

  • Launched (6)
  • Rolling out (1)
  • In development (3)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • SharePoint: Inline playback of videos in Hero web part – When users click to play a video in the Hero web part section of a SharePoint site, the video will play inline. This feature allows users to watch a video without being taken off the SharePoint page and allows users to browse or scroll through the other contents of the page while the video plays. Roadmap ID: 93351
  • Microsoft Viva: Automatic Topic Relationships available in GCC – The ability for AI to suggest relationships between topics will be available for customers in our Government Clouds. These suggested related topics appear on the topic card, page and answers.  This is already available for standard worldwide customers. Roadmap ID: 106765
  • Viva: Connections Feed – The Viva Connections Feed web part aggregates organizational communication content from sources across SharePoint, Yammer, Stream, Teams, and more into a single personalized feed. We’re introducing a vertical layout to the web part to give you greater flexibility when adding it to SharePoint pages. Roadmap ID: 98108
  • Microsoft Viva: Viva Connections 1st party apps for Desktop and Mobile available in GCC – Viva Connections desktop and mobile experiences are now available in GCC. Roadmap ID: 101152
  • Microsoft Viva: Quiet time settings in Teams and Outlook – To help create better boundaries and protect your personal time, later this year Viva Insights will offer the ability to configure quiet time to silence mobile notifications from Outlook and Teams outside your working hours as well as provide personalized insights on how well you are disconnecting. You will also be able to set quiet time directly from Teams and Outlook mobile. Roadmap ID: 85627
  • Microsoft Viva: Focus mode in Viva Insights – The focus time experience in Microsoft Teams is being enhanced for users with Viva Insights subscriptions. Focus plan users will gain access to a focus mode experience. Focus mode will allow users to set a timer to balance short bursts of productivity with breaks, manage their task list, and tap into mindfulness exercises during their breaks. Roadmap ID: 100977

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • Microsoft Stream: Create, view and share playlists in SharePoint – This feature will allow users to organize their video and audio files into a playlist for easy organization, sharing and playback. Users can add any video and audio files to a playlist that they have edit access to. People with access to the playlist and to the files in the playlist can view the videos in order or skip back and forth between items in the playlist.  Roadmap ID:109564

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – February 2023

  • SharePoint: Updates to site themes – We are implementing an update for the Office theme in Classic SharePoint will align the presentation with the application experience. Roadmap ID:101150
  • Microsoft Viva: Language expansion – Italian and Portuguese – Viva Topics will soon support indexing content and generating topics from documents written in Italian and Portuguese (as well as English, French, German, and Spanish). Topics can be edited and experienced in your language. Japanese and Simplified Chinese. Roadmap ID:100252

Release – March 2023

  • Microsoft Viva: Controlling Topic highlights on SharePoint – The long-awaited feature to control what Topics get highlighted on SharePoint pages and news posts with an alternative user experience to discover Topics on the page. Roadmap ID:100245

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Microsoft 365 monthly update – December 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: Syntex pay-as-you-go, search transcript for Stream (on SharePoint), add apps to teams when enabling, sensitivity labels inside the sharing dialog, OneDrive sync reports in admin center, sites coverage in search usage analytics

Microsoft Syntex Pay-as-you-go (Preview)

This preview allows you to track unstructured document processing events at no cost to assess usage and estimate costs for a future pay-as-you-go license. Start by entering your Azure subscription in the Microsoft 365 admin center, you will join the preview of the pay-as-you-go functionality for unstructured and prebuilt document processing (formerly document understanding).

Processing events will be sent to the Azure meter in your account so that you will be able to view the pages processed for unstructured and prebuilt document processing models. For the duration of the preview, you will not be charged anything. The billing meter will function only to show you pages processed in your organization.

Find out more: Configure Microsoft Syntex for pay-as-you-go billing in Azure (Preview)

Search video transcript for Stream (on SharePoint)

This feature allows users who are viewing a video to search for keywords contained in the video transcript. Users can navigate through the search results and click on a portion of the transcript to be taken to the respective spot in the video.

Note: This feature is for searching the transcript of a single video AND people need view or edit permissions on a file to search the transcript.

Find out more: View, edit, and manage video transcripts and captions

SharePoint Apps: Add to teams when enabling an app

As a SharePoint Administrator or Global Administrator in Microsoft 365, you can acquire solutions from the SharePoint Store or distribute custom apps that can be used across SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, and Viva Connections. Microsoft are also improving the process of adding SharePoint Framework solution app to Teams in the modern SharePoint apps site (formerly known as App Catalog). 

Find out more: Manage apps using the Apps site

File sharing experience – sensitivity labels inside the sharing dialog

Sensitivity labels are used to classify and protect your organization’s data. These labels are completely customizable, and admins can apply a label to a specific file based on the organization needs. Microsoft have now added sensitivity labels inside the Sharing dialog, to provide you the ability to see what labels have been applied to your files before sharing them. 

If the Admin chooses to set Sensitivity labels for the organization, users who interact with the OneDrive / SharePoint share control will be able to see these labels displayed inside the sharing dialog.

Find out more: Enable sensitivity labels for Office files in SharePoint and OneDrive

SharePoint sites coverage in Search usage analytics

Microsoft have announced that SharePoint sites are now included within Usage Analytics in the Microsoft 365 Search & Intelligence Admin Center. Visualize insights from queries from your SharePoint-based intranet and other hub and communication sites.

On the ‘Query analytics‘ page, you can now see the top queries, abandoned queries and 0-result queries. SharePoint sites include both classic and modern SharePoint queries, aggregating search query data across Hub sites, Communication sites, team sites, and various search centers in classic mode: at the Enterprise, Site and Basic levels.

Find out more: Microsoft Search Usage Reports

OneDrive sync reports in the Apps Admin Center (GA)

Admins now can use the OneDrive sync health dashboard in the Microsoft 365 Apps Admin Center to get an executive summary of everything happening with OneDrive so that you can resolve common issues quickly and focus on other strategic tasks as an administrator.

The dashboard provides you with sync health reports for tracking relevant health issues and advisories, checking the sync status and app version of individual devices, and monitoring Known Folder Move roll out across devices throughout the organization.

Find out more: OneDrive sync reports in the Apps Admin Center


Teams

In Teams: Teams Premium, Delete chats, expanded reactions, add people to chats @mention, recommended people, receive group chat with RSC, sign language view always-on, approvals as PDFs, Acrobat improvements

Education
Government
Frontline workers

Teams Premium preview now available

Microsoft have announced that Teams Premium is broadly available for preview as a limited trial for commercial customers through the Microsoft 365 admin center. The features under this offering began rolling out this December and will continue to roll out through January 2023. With Teams Premium, you can:

  • Extend your organization’s brand and company culture across meetings with branding, organization backgrounds, and organization together mode scenes.
  • Use AI to make the meetings you attend (and miss) more productive and impactful through live translation for captions to remove language barriers and intelligent recap features that offer smarter recordings with autogenerated chapters, AI-suggested action items, and insights to quickly catch up on missed meetings where your name was mentioned.
  • Apply advanced meeting protection such as Watermark, End-to-end encryption for meetings, and Sensitivity labels for meetings with prevent copy/paste of meeting chat to better protect your virtual meetings.
  • Deliver a high-quality webinar experience through advanced capabilities to streamline event workflows with registration waitlist and manual approval, facilitate behind-the-scene actions through virtual green room for presenters (separate from attendees) before the event begins, and manage the attendee experience so they only see shared content and participants brought on-screen.
  • Manage the end-to-end virtual appointment experience with advanced features like text reminders, custom branded virtual appointments, and a centralized Virtual Appointment dashboard for a quick view into schedules, queues, and analytics to keep track of key usage insights such as no-shows and wait time information per appointment.

Find out more: Microsoft Teams Premium preview now available

Delete chats

Organize and easily remove chat conversations you no longer need without impacting other participants in the same chat. Users can now delete 1:1 chats, group chats, and meeting chats if they are a participant in Microsoft Teams. This permanently deletes the chat only for the user, other people in the chat and conversation history for them is not impacted.

Find out more: Microsoft roadmap

Expanded reactions

Expanded reactions allows users to apply any emoji as a reaction to chat messages! Pick from over 800 Teams emojis to react the way you want. Communicate reactions to celebrate, express your agreement, or emphasize the completion of tasks.

Find out more: Microsoft roadmap

Add people to a group chat with @mention

Add new participants to the chat with @mention, removing the need to navigate to the add-dialog. When adding new participants, you can control how much of the chat history to share.

Find out more: Microsoft roadmap

Recommended people when creating a new message

Using AI, Teams chat will assist you in initiating new conversations by recommending colleagues based on your previous collaborations.

Receive all group chat messages with resource-specific consent

The resource-specific consent (RSC) permissions model, originally developed for Teams Graph APIs has been extended for chat and channel scope. Using RSC, you can request team owners to consent for a bot to receive user messages across standard group chats without being @mentioned.

Find out more: Receive all conversation messages with RSC

Sign Language View and always-on captions in meetings

Prioritize up to two other participants’ videos for sign language in meetings so they stay visible even while content is shared. Additionally, you can set captions to stay on across all meetings.

Find out more: Use Sign Language View in Microsoft Teams

Approvals as PDFs can be saved, printed, and transferred

Approval creators can save a completed approval request to a PDF file and have the option to print it. This feature allows customers to easily transfer their proof of approval as a PDF to another system or store it as a file.

Find out more: Approvals in Microsoft Teams

Adobe Acrobat streamlines the PDF experience in Teams

Building on the momentum of collaborative apps in Teams, Adobe has released the new integration of Adobe Acrobat into Microsoft Teams. Adobe Acrobat can now be set as the default PDF app in Teams. This makes it easier to share and review PDFs, collaborate with comments and annotations, easily access PDFs stored in Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft OneDrive, and more.

Find out more: Adobe Acrobat streamlines the PDF experience in Microsoft Teams

Education

These features are currently available for Teams for Education customers:

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):

  • View meeting transcripts on Microsoft Teams on Android and iOS for Government clouds – You can now start transcription for your meetings and view meeting transcripts on Microsoft Teams for iOS and Android.

Frontline workers

  • Frontline workers using shared devices can use Edge and Yammer apps on Android alongside Teams – Microsoft’s shared device mode allows frontline workers to easily authenticate by automatically signing users in and out of all the apps that have enabled this feature. In addition to Microsoft Teams and Managed Home Screen being generally available, Edge and Yammer apps on Android are now in public preview. 

Power Apps

In Power Apps: Delegate mailbox approval process, pipelines (preview), Developer tools update

Delegate the mailbox approval process

The Power Apps team have announced that that the mailbox approval process can now be delegated to another user instead of always requiring a Global or Exchange admin. A new security role named Delegated Mailbox Approver is now available. A Global or Exchange admin can assign (delegate) this role to one or more users. A user with this role will be able to approve a mailbox without being a Global or Exchange admin.

Find out more: Delegate the Mailbox Approval Process

Power Platform pipelines, now in preview

Pipelines aims to democratize application lifecycle management (ALM) for Power Platform and Dynamics 365 customers by bringing deployment automation capabilities into Managed Environments in a manner that’s more approachable for all makers, admins, and developers.

Pipelines can be setup and run entirely within Power Platform – with governance, visibility, and safeguards automatically built in so that your business solutions can come to market faster with less effort and higher quality. The system handles all the heavy lifting and ongoing maintenance so you don’t have to.

Find out more: Automate deployments with pipelines in Power Platform, now in preview

Power Platform Developer Tools November update

The November update for Power Platform CLI, Azure DevOps, and GitHub actions is out now. This month’s update includes:

  • Support for Managed Identities in Azure DevOps
  • Assign groups to environments
  • Support for Power Platform Pipelines
  • Virtual Agents

Find out more: Power Platform Developer Tools November update


Power Automate

In Power Automate: Deeper SAP integration, 10 new verified, 13 independent publisher connectors, Power Automate Desktop December 2022 update

Deeper SAP Integration for the Power Platform

The Power Automate team have recently announced the General Availability (GA) of a broad set of new functionality in the Power Platform that will make it easier for organizations running SAP to digitally transform and automate their business processes. Here’s a look at what this entails:

  • Prebuilt Power Apps for Common SAP Processes
  • Prebuilt Power Automate Flows for Common SAP Processes
  • Advanced SAP System Connections
  • New On-Premises Data Gateway
  • New SAP Connector and Action
  • New Logic Apps Functions

Find out more: Announcing Deeper SAP Integration for the Power Platform

10 new verified and 13 independent publisher connectors

In November, Microsoft launched 10 new verified connectors and 16 updates from different service owners, as well as 13 new Independent Publisher connectors. These connectors have solutions and tools for Commerce, Human Resources, Data, Content and Files, and much more.

Find out more: 10 New Verified Connectors | 13 New Independent Publisher Connectors in November 2022

Power Automate desktop update – December 2022

The December 2022 update of Power Automate for desktop (version 2.27) has been released and includes the following new features/ updates:

  • Selector parsing is now available
  • Edge and Chrome extensions for browser automation are now migrated to Manifest V3

Find out more: December 2022 update of Power Automate for desktop


Power BI

In Power BI: Power BI December 2022 feature summary, unified v-cores, dataset refresh cancellation, subscribe to filtered report, enterprise scorecards

Power BI Feature Summary – December 2022

This month’s update includes a variety of new features including: updated DAX functions, updated slicer type formatting, and brought Metrics to the Windows app.

Find out more: Power BI December 2022 Feature Summary

Simplifying capacity management with unified v-cores

The Power BI team have announced a platform update that will simplify the way customers manage Power BI Premium capacities.  Starting on December 11th 2022, the team are rolling out changes to unify the concepts of front-end and back-end virtual cores for capacity management.

This change will simplify the model used by customers to both manage capacities and rationalize usage metrics against capacity sizing decisions.

Find out more: Simplifying capacity management with unified v-cores

Dataset refresh cancellation now available in Power BI Premium

Earlier this year, the Power BI team released the Enhanced refresh with Power BI REST API, that – in addition to XMLA based refreshes – allows refresh cancellation. However, it requires the refresh operation to be triggered by the API. Today, users can cancel an ongoing scheduled or on-demand refresh using a contextual button in the Power BI service.

Find out more: Dataset refresh cancellation is now available in Power BI Premium

Subscribe to a report with filters applied

The Power BI team have announced a highly anticipated update to subscriptions: you can now create a subscription to a view of a Power BI report uniquely relevant to you. When creating a new subscription, you’ll see a new Include my changes option if you have made changes to the report (e.g., applied filters or selected a slicer value). 

Find out more: Subscribe to a report with filters applied

Enterprise scorecards with hierarchies and linked metrics in Power BI Metrics

The Power BI team have announced two much anticipated releases in the Metrics experience. With hierarchies and linked metrics, it’s easier than ever to automate your metric values so you can spend less time crafting multiple scorecards and connections, and more time analyzing your metric performance.

Hierarchies is a premium or PPU feature, and linked metrics is a Pro feature. These two features enable easy, large scale enterprise scorecard deployment, allowing automated views of cascading scorecards and linked metrics that show up and are sync’d on multiple scorecards.

Find out more: Announcing: Enterprise scorecards with hierarchies and linked metrics in Power BI Metrics


Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 23rd January 2023

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 Purview. Here’s all the new and updated Microsoft roadmap items from the past week:

Join 319 other followers

Use the links below to switch between each product’s roadmap updates:

SharePoint
Teams
OneDrive
Microsoft Purview

SharePoint

Includes updates for SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva.

  • Launched (1)
  • Rolling out (4)
  • In development (7)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • SharePoint: Adding an app to Teams – As a SharePoint Administrator or Global Administrator in Microsoft 365, you can manage apps that can be used across SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, and Viva Connections. Some apps can be added to Teams, you can add them on the Apps site. Roadmap ID: 103610

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • SharePoint: New site templates – We are introducing 3 new SharePoint site templates dedicated to helping you create sites for your HR department, to showcase Events, and a template powered by Microsoft Syntex to do contract management. Roadmap ID: 102380
  • Microsoft Syntex: new rules actions – move and copy – Create rules to move or copy files processed by Syntex models based on the extracted value. Roadmap ID: 98111
  • Microsoft Viva: New landing experience for Viva Connections desktop – Help people in your organization manage their daily flow of work using a customized landing experience in Teams that displays the most important tasks, tools, news, and resources in one central place. The new landing experience offers expanded navigational tools between Viva apps and acts as the home base for Viva experiences in Teams. Roadmap ID: 99917
  • Microsoft Viva: Meeting category insights coming to the Digest email – The Digest email from Microsoft Viva will include a summary of meeting category insights for users with a Viva Insights subscription, highlighting up to 3 categories in which users spent the most time over the last 4 weeks. Roadmap ID: 98164

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – January 2023

  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Goals Audit Logs – Audit Logs will be available in Compliance Center. Roadmap ID: 115480

Release – February 2023

  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Goals Bulk OKR Import – Viva Goals allows bulk importing of Objectives, Key Results and Projects using a standard Excel template. Bulk import allows you to take pre-existing lists of OKRs and Projects and quickly add them to Viva Goals. Roadmap ID: 115477
  • Microsoft Viva: Praise highlights in profile card in Teams and Outlook – With updates coming in February, praises received will be highlighted on a user’s profile card in Teams and Outlook. There are user settings available that prevent praise highlights from being visible on their profile card. Roadmap ID: 109551

Release – March 2023

  • Microsoft Viva: Topics Adoption Metrics Dashboard – Topics will include a new analytics page, where knowledge managers and admins will have access to a set of metrics that details the health of their adoption. Tenants will have health targets to reach to keep them on track for adopting Viva Topics, as well as recommended actions to perform to drive each metric to healthy. Roadmap ID: 100028

Release – April 2023

  • Microsoft Viva: Connections News Notifications – Mobile users of Viva Connections will receive a push notification from Teams when SharePoint news is published from sites they follow or visit frequently. They’ll also receive notification if they are @ mentioned in a comment on a news post, or if someone likes or comments on news they have published. These notifications will honor Teams notification settings including fully disabling them and quiet hours. Roadmap ID: 98112

Release – June 2023

  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Increased Language Availability for Viva Goals – Viva Goals will support a total of 37 languages. Roadmap ID: 115478
  • Microsoft Viva: Create more than one Connections experience in the same tenant – This new capability enables customers to create multiple distinct Connections experiences and corresponding home sites within the same tenant. Common scenarios include conglomerates or subsidiaries that require different Connections experiences for different users, each with its own dashboard, feed and resources. Roadmap ID: 99916

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Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 16th January 2023

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 Purview. Here’s all the new and updated Microsoft roadmap items from the past week:

Join 319 other followers

Use the links below to switch between each product’s roadmap updates:

SharePoint
Teams
OneDrive
Microsoft Purview

SharePoint

Includes updates for SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva.

  • Launched (7)
  • Rolling out (2)
  • In development (12)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • 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
  • 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
  • SharePoint Syntex: Import sample contracts library – This feature enables customers to import a sample contracts library with a document understanding model already applied.  They can use this library as is or explore and adapt it for their scenario. Roadmap ID:88707
  • 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
  • SharePoint Syntex: Manage contracts in Syntex with automatic tagging and lifecycle management – Manage contracts in Syntex with automatic tagging and approval workflows, automatic clause generation and lifecycle management. Roadmap ID:88713
  • SharePoint Syntex: Content assembly – Convert your existing docs into templates and generate new docs from list data or manual entries. Roadmap ID:88717
  • SharePoint Syntex: Content type to advanced metadata search – Use content type classification to find files using advanced metadata search. Roadmap ID:88714

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • SharePoint: Private drafts for SharePoint pages and news – We’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. It’s great for creating and editing content that’s not ready for others to see except the people you want to collaborate with. Roadmap ID:85629
  • Microsoft Viva: Topics in Yammer – Display topic highlights and access topic cards in Yammer conversations. Roadmap ID:72184

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – January 2023

  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Power BI and Viva Goals integration – Automatically update Viva Goals (Key Results, Projects) with data from Power BI Report.  Roadmap ID:109490
  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Elevated Teams Integration – Fully featured Viva Goals app in Team, complete with check-ins within the app. Roadmap ID:106126
  • Microsoft Stream: Create, view and share playlists in SharePoint – This feature will allow users to organize their video and audio files into a playlist for easy organization, sharing and playback. Users can add any video and audio files to a playlist that they have edit access to. People with access to the playlist and to the files in the playlist can view the videos in order or skip back and forth between items in the playlist.  Roadmap ID:109564

Release – February 2023

  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Leadership Corner in Viva Engage – this space is an employee’s personalized hub to discover (leader discovery & suggested leaders), see content from (leader stories, activity feed, & sponsored campaigns), and engage with (AMAs & AMA history) their leaders. For more on leadership corner in Viva Engage. Roadmap ID:109575
  • SharePoint: External File Request in SharePoint Document Library – With the file request feature in SharePoint Document Library, you can choose a folder where others can upload files using a link that you send them. People you request files from can only upload files; they can’t see the content of the folder, edit, delete, or download files, or even see who else has uploaded files. Roadmap ID:103625
  • SharePoint: Updates to site themes – We are implementing an update for the Office theme in Classic SharePoint will align the presentation with the application experience. Roadmap ID:101150
  • SharePoint Syntex: Contracts Management In-product site template – This template will enable licensed Syntex users to apply a Contracts Management site template directly from the in-product apply a template UX.  This site template include automatic data classification and extraction, a preconfigured content assembly model, templates and preconfigured workflow.  It also includes learning material around how to use and extend this template to customize it for your own use case! Roadmap ID:98138

Release – March 2023

  • 🆕 Microsoft 365 admin center: Send email notifications from your own domain – Notifications that cannot be sent from a user’s email account can now be configured to use your own custom verified domain instead of the Microsoft default domain. Roadmap ID:103628
  • SharePoint:Create pages and news from the SharePoint app bar – Now you’ll be able to start creating pages and news 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:98143

Release – April 2023

  • SharePoint Syntex: Image tagging – Automatically recognize thousands of standard objects and automatically tag the file with recognized items. Roadmap ID:88715

Release – July 2023

  • SharePoint on Stream: Inline playback of videos in SharePoint Highlighted content web parts for grid, carousel and filmstrip layouts – When users click to play a video in a Highlighted content web part (Grid, Carousel or filmstrip layouts) section of a SharePoint site, the video will play inline. This feature allows users to watch a video without being taken off the SharePoint page and keeps the video playing while users to browse/scroll through the other contents of the page. Roadmap ID:98091
  • SharePoint: Create more than one home site – Create customized landing experiences for all audiences in your organization with the ability to create up to 10 distinct SharePoint home sites. Multiple home site experiences in SharePoint means you’ll be able to target content to specific groups more seamlessly for scenarios like conglomerates, different departments, roles, and regions. Roadmap ID:99916

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Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 9th January 2023

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 Purview. Here’s all the new and updated Microsoft roadmap items from the past week:

Join 319 other followers

Use the links below to switch between each product’s roadmap updates:

SharePoint
Teams
OneDrive
Microsoft Purview

SharePoint

Includes updates for SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva.

  • Launched (0)
  • Rolling out (1)
  • In development (5)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • N/A

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • Microsoft Viva: Topics in Yammer – Preview – Display topic highlights and access topic cards in Yammer conversations. Roadmap ID: 72184

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – January 2023

  • Microsoft Viva: Viva Connections Customer Facing Analytics – The customer facing analytics module will allow customers to understand the usage metrics for their instance of Viva Connections. and will help them gauge the health of their VC deployment. Roadmap ID:93367

Release – February 2023

  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Praise highlights in profile card in Teams and Outlook – With updates coming in February, praises received will be highlighted on a user’s profile card in Teams and Outlook. There are user settings available that prevent praise highlights from being visible on their profile card. Roadmap ID: 109551
  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Engage Premium Analytics – New advanced personal, community, and leader analytics to better understand engagement, reach, insights, and sentiment in communities and storyline posts in Viva Engage. Roadmap ID: 109574
  • 🆕 Microsoft Stream: Create, view and share playlists in SharePoint – This feature will allow users to organize their video and audio files into a playlist for easy organization, sharing and playback. Users can add any video and audio files to a playlist that they have edit access to. People with access to the playlist and to the files in the playlist can view the videos in order or skip back and forth between items in the playlist. Roadmap ID: 109564
  • 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

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Microsoft 365 monthly update – November 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: Tenant URL rename GA, New site templates, streamline site info SP admin center,

SharePoint Tenant URL Rename – General Availability

This capability is now generally available to organizations that have less than 10,000 total sites (including OneDrive and SharePoint sites). With the tenant rename capability, you will be able to have the SharePoint domain in all site URLs updated to the new name you choose and continue with that new name going forward. 

Find out more: Change your SharePoint domain

New SharePoint site templates

The SharePoint team are introducing 3 new SharePoint site templates dedicated to helping you create sites for your HR department, to showcase Events, and a template powered by Microsoft Syntex to do contract management.

Find out more: Apply and customize SharePoint site templates

SharePoint admin center: Streamlining management of site information across Teams and Microsoft 365 Groups

SharePoint is updating the site detail panel to include Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 Groups information. Admins that have permissions to SharePoint, Teams and Groups admin centers can now manage all related attributes (membership, group name, description, etc.) from a single site detail panel in the SharePoint admin center ‘Active Sites’ tab.

Note: SharePoint admins with SharePoint only permissions will have read-only access to the new attributes. 

Find out more: Roadmap ID: 100053

Most used SharePoint Framework solutions – October 2022

Here are the top 10 most widely used SharePoint Framework solutions, in past month, which were installed from the app store:


Teams

In Teams: Accept/ block chat invite, scheduled send, start chat with groups, view chat history via search, unread toggle, upload documents via e-signature approvals, 1-click instant poll, PSTN dial-in breakout rooms, 7×7 videos, modern meetings on web, screen pop for incoming PSTN, transcription for calls on Android

Education
Government

Accept or block a group chat invitation from an unmanaged user

This feature brings the ability to accept or block a one-on-one chat from an unmanaged user that already exists in Teams. Microsoft are extending and additional safety layer for Teams users to also accept or block a group chat invitation from an unmanaged user.

Find out more: Microsoft roadmap ID: 95051

Schedule send

Similar to delaying the delivery of emails in Outlook, you now can manually select the future date and time you would like a chat message to be delivered. Users can simply right-click the send button to schedule send and have the confidence their message will be delivered as scheduled.

Find out more: Schedule chat messages in Teams

Start a Teams Chat with Distribution Groups, Mail-enabled Security Groups, and Office 365 Groups

You will now be able to start a Teams Chat with Distribution Groups, Mail-enabled Security Groups, and O365 Groups. This feature will respect the limits on members in a group chat, currently set to 250 members.

Find out more: Now in public preview: Chat with groups (M365, distribution & mail-enabled security groups) in Teams

Click on search message results to view the entire chat conversation history

Users who click on the chat message search result will now be presented with the entire message thread, regardless of the age of the message. This update creates efficiency as it ensures the user has the full context of the conversation.

Find out more: Search for messages and more in Teams

Unread toggle

Users will now find it easier to view, triage and catch up with their unread chat message notifications by easily turning on the unread toggle button in their activity feed panel. Alternatively, users will also be able to turn off the unread toggle to view both read and unread notifications.

Find out more: Unread Only Toggle Available for Teams Activity Feed

Upload documents from OneDrive for E-signature Approvals

When creating an e-signature request in Approvals, users can now upload a document to be signed from OneDrive for Business directly. This enables access to your document from anywhere and on any device.

Find out more: Create an e-sign approval

1-click Instant Poll during Teams meetings

Defined binary responses to get immediate answers to your spoken poll question (yes/no, thumb up/down, heart/broken heart). Presenters can launch these polls without preparing in advance – say your question out loud then click the corresponding response icon.

Find out more: Poll attendees during a Teams meeting

Support PSTN dial-in, dial-out, and call-me attendees in meetings to join Breakout Rooms

Enabling dial-in, dial-out and call-me PSTN participants to join breakout rooms and come back to the main room when breakout rooms end.

Find out more: Now in public preview: Support PSTN attendees in meetings to join breakout rooms

Screen pop for incoming PSTN calls

Admins can enable this policy in the Teams Admin Center, so that on acceptance of a PSTN call, an automatic browser launch can happen alongside Teams, displaying relevant information (CRM data, case data, etc.) to the user. This feature can also now be turned off in user settings.

Automatically view up to 49 videos (7×7) in Teams meeting

With this update, users will be able to automatically see up to 49 videos (7×7) on their screen by default without an explicit action. The actual number of videos seen by a user will depend on hardware/device capabilities.

Find out more: Now in public preview: Automatically view up to 49 videos (7×7) in Teams meeting

Modern meeting experience on the web

The modern meeting and calling experience will be available for Teams on the web in Chrome and Edge browsers – including improved pre-join, dynamic view, and the updated control bar.

Find out more: Now in public preview: Modern meetings and calls on Teams web client

Transcription for calls on Microsoft Teams for Android

Transcription for 1:1 calls and group calls is now available on the Teams app for Android for whenever you’re on the go or just don’t have a notepad handy.

Find out more: View live transcription in a Teams meeting

Education

These features are currently available for Teams for Education customers:

  • Updated Assignment List view for Teachers/ students – The Assignments list for teachers and students has been updated to a set of tabs for easy view of upcoming and past assignments.
  • Grade Trends and Distribution view in the Gradebook – In the Gradebook for Assignments, we’ve added the average grade for the class, all assignments, and for each student.
  • OneNote Class Notebook viewer for Teams Mobile – Through this new feature, users will be able to open and view OneNote notebooks right within their Teams Mobile apps.
  • Instant Poll in Teams Meeting – With Instant Poll, users can launch a pre-defined binary question (Yes/No, Thumbs Up/Down, Heart/Heartbroken) with just a single click in the Polls side pane during a meeting. 
  • Intelligent chat message translation in Teams for iOS and Android – When you receive a message in Teams that is not in your preferred language, Teams asks if the text should be translated to your preferred language
  • Open Existing Whiteboards in Teams Meetings – Pull up the whiteboard you prepared before class with Open existing board in Teams meetings, and save time by no longer having to start your whiteboard from scratch.
  • Embed online videos in Whiteboard in Teams – Avoid fussing with Tab and Window switching that interrupts the flow of a meeting by including supplemental videos directly on the whiteboard with embedded online videos.
  • View Parent Contact Details on Teams Mobile – From the Parent App, teachers can now view a list of each student’s parent or guardian contact details listed in a Contact Card.
  • Assign Seats in Together Mode – With this latest innovation, meeting organizers and presenters can now assign seats to participants in Together mode.
  • Career coach updates – A few steps within the Career Coach set up and customization requirements in Teams Admin Center (TAC) have been reduced and transitioned into optional steps to simplify upfront configuration load on IT admins.

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):

  • Connectors in GCC Teams Connectors, which support webhook integrations, will be made available in GCC.
  • Casting from Teams desktop client to Microsoft Teams Rooms in GCC-H – For quick ad-hoc sessions that don’t require setting up a formal meeting, users can leverage Teams casting to wirelessly connect to a Teams Room and display content from the Teams desktop client (Windows and Mac). Users can broadcast their screen and cast content stored locally on their computer or accessible via Office 365.

Power Apps

In Power Apps: Formula repair (preview), 25% of new customer licenses, new ways to share ideas, release of modern learn page, developers tool update, table support for message/ individual publish, SharePoint virtual table updates, custom/ new views & forms on AAD user table, custom multi-table lookups support virtual tables, locked tabs on mobile apps, optimised command bar on tablet apps

Formula repair now in preview

With formula repair, now you may skip some of the troubleshooting effort as whenever you have a formula error, Power Apps will try to come up with a fix suggestion leveraging the power of AI. Once there’s a fix, a single click on the apply button will help you get rid of the error.

Find out more: Formula repair in Power Apps (preview)

Power Apps licenses 25% off for the first year for new customers

There is a new 25% off offer on Power Apps Per user licenses. New customers of Power Apps, who don’t have any Per user licenses already, can save 25% on their first year. The offer is available now through March 31st, 2023. To purchase, speak with your Microsoft representative, or contact a Microsoft specialist or CSP partner from the Power Apps pricing page. Click on Contact Sales.

New ways to share Power Apps community forum ideas 

As of November 29th 2022, Power Apps Ideas is now on a brand-new platform powered by Dynamics 365 Customer Service Community. On top of providing our community with a brand-new interface to share ideas, the migration will enable our product teams to be much more responsive to user feedback and better integrate your ideas into our product roadmap. 

Find out more: https://ideas.powerapps.com 

Modern Microsoft learn page in Power Apps

The Power Apps team have announced the release of the modern Learn page in Power Apps. The new Learn experience has consolidated content from all Microsoft resources to help with your onboarding and upskilling journey.

Find out more: https://make.powerapps.com/learn

Power Platform Developers tool – October 2022 update

The Power Apps team have shared the October update for the Power Platform Developer tools. With this update, we are releasing some capabilities that have been in high demand by the developer community including: command line updates, solution pack, unpack and sync, Azure DevOps/ GitHub actions and more.

Find out more: Power Platform Developers tool – October update

Tables now support configuring Messages and individual Publish

Messages (also known as displaystrings) are messages seen in the Dynamics apps built on Power Apps. You can now configure these messages to match your own names for tables and direct users to do the right thing in various situations when they are presented with these tailored messages. You can also translate these messages into any of the languages installed in your environment. 

With this update we’re also bringing a Publish command to the table level, meaning you can publish changes made to Forms, Views or Messages at the table level – avoiding a Publish of the whole solution (or all customizations). This will mean you can publish just your changes and complete that faster than publishing everything all at once.

 Find out more: Edit system table messages with Power Apps – Power Apps | Microsoft Learn

Improvement to SharePoint Virtual Tables – Multi-Select choice fields and Boolean fields

Multi-Select choice fields and Boolean fields in SharePoint Lists are now fully functional in Dataverse virtual tables. You can see all options labeled properly, Dataverse allows for multiple option selection, filtering of the column to display rows now works properly. 

Find out more: Get started with virtual tables (entities) (Microsoft Dataverse) – Power Apps | Microsoft Learn

Customize or create new Views and Forms on the AAD User Table

The AAD User virtual table previously did not allow users to modify which fields are displayed in views and forms, and users were unable to build custom views and forms. This restriction has been relaxed and users can modify forms and views or create new forms and views using any of the available AAD User fields. 

Find out more: Overview of the model-driven app form designer – Power Apps | Microsoft Learn

Custom Multi-Table Lookups now support Virtual Tables

Custom Multi-table lookups allow users to build a lookup that retrieves data from multiple tables at once. An out of the box example is Customer that looks up data from Account and Contact. Users can build their own lookups using SDKs or the APIs to have custom multi-table lookups.   

Tables can only participate in one of these lookups if they are not already part of an existing multi-table lookup.  

Until now, only local tables could be one of the referenced tables. Now Virtual Tables can be used as a referenced table. This includes the out of the box AAD User Virtual Table.  

Find out moreUse multi-table lookup columns (Microsoft Dataverse) – Power Apps | Microsoft Learn

Locked tabs at the top of forms on Mobile apps

App makers can now choose to lock the form tabs at the top as they scroll. Form tabs will always be visible and will help users to visualize and update data in larger form context. This also provides ability to switch tab at any time.  

Find out more: How to use a model-driven app on a mobile device – Power Apps | Microsoft Learn

Optimized command bar for tablet apps

The command bar for tablets mobile application is at the bottom of the screen and can only display four commands. With this change app makers can configure tablet command bar to be displayed at the top and utilize full space to show more commands.  

Find out more: How to use a model-driven app on a mobile device – Power Apps | Microsoft Learn


Power Automate

In Power Automate: 7 new verified, 16 new independent connectors, Power Automate Desktop update, new process mining capabilities

7 new verified & 16 independent publisher connectors released in October 2022

There were 7 new verified connectors and 7 updates from different service owners released in October, as well as 16 new Independent Publisher connectors. These connectors have solutions and tools for Commerce, Finance, Social Media, AI, Lifestyle and Entertainment and much more.

Find out more: 7 New Verified Connectors and 7 Updates released in October 2022

16 New Independent Publisher Connectors in October 2022

Power Automate desktop update November 2022

The November 2022 update of Power Automate for desktop (version 2.26) has been released. This month’s updates include:

  • A home page is now available in the console
  • A license request form has been introduced in Power Automate for desktop
  • Warnings have been introduced in Power Automate for desktop
  • More SharePoint connector actions are now available in Power Automate for desktop
  • Captured UI elements will now be more efficient

Find out more: November 2022 update of Power Automate for desktop

New process mining capabilities within Power Automate (Preview)

Microsoft have announced the preview of new process mining capabilities from Minit available in process advisor within Microsoft Power Automate. In this update, the process advisor powered with Minit introduces templates that enable customers to seamlessly drive powerful business process insights from cloud flows in Power Automate as well as insights from Microsoft Power Virtual Agents and other systems of records like SAP.

Find out more: Microsoft announces preview of new process mining capabilities within Power Automate


Power BI

In Power BI: On-premises data gateway release, Power BI November 2022 feature summary, paginated reports support in Power BI Pro, new cache refresh settings Power BI Premium, save copy of report & collapse navigational pane

On-premises data gateway November 2022

The Power BI team have announced the release of the November update for the on-premises data gateway (version 3000.150.11). 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 November version of Power BI Desktop.

Find out more: On-premises data gateway November release

Power BI November 2022 Feature Summary

In this month’s update there are several updates including an optimize ribbon, Linked Metrics and a new EvaluateAndLog DAX function and much more.

Find out more: Power BI November 2022 Feature Summary

Paginated reports support in Power BI Pro

The Power BI team have announced support for paginated reports in Power BI Pro. Now, Microsoft Power BI customers have the flexibility to create and consume interactive reports as well as paginated reports using Power BI Pro.

Paginated reports are traditional operational reports best used for multi-page list-type reports for operational processes with document-like output requirements. One key benefit of paginated reports is that they are programmable which gives report authors more flexibility and control of the structure and formatting of their reports. 

Find out more: Announcing support for paginated reports in Power BI Pro

New cache refresh settings in Power BI Premium

The Power BI team have announced that ClientCacheRefreshPolicy is now a configurable property for your Power BI Premium workspaces. Admins can override scheduled cache refresh settings for an entire workspace, improving the performance of their semantic models.

The default behavior in the Power BI service is to automatically cache dashboard, tile, and report queries upon refresh to provide an optimal report viewing experience. For enterprise semantic model deployments, where hundreds of reports and artifacts are built from a single Power BI dataset, automatic caches may cause performance issues. With the ClientCacheRefreshPolicy property, admins can disable the automatic cache refresh setting to optimize the behavior of their Power BI datasets.

Find out more: New cache refresh settings available in Power BI Premium

Save a copy of a report/ collapse navigation pane in organizational app

After listening to customer feedback, the Power BI team have decided to bring back the feature in the org app that allowed you to save copies of reports. App consumers who have build permissions can now save copies of reports to their “My workspace” from the app. Further, app authors can now by default collapse the app navigation pane for their app consumers. Enabling this feature would allow your app consumers to land on full screen mode.

Find out more: Save a copy of a report & Collapse navigation pane in Organizational App


Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 2nd January 2023

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 Purview. Here’s all the new and updated Microsoft roadmap items from the past week:

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Release – February 2023

  • SharePoint: External File Request in SharePoint Document Library – With the file request feature in SharePoint Document Library, you can choose a folder where others can upload files using a link that you send them. People you request files from can only upload files; they can’t see the content of the folder, edit, delete, or download files, or even see who else has uploaded files. Roadmap ID: 103625

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Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 19th December 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 Purview. Here’s all the new and updated Microsoft roadmap items from the past week:

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  • Microsoft Stream: Generate captions for a video uploaded to SharePoint and OneDrive for DoD – Users with edit permissions to a video file uploaded to SharePoint and OneDrive can click a button in the player to generate closed captions in English. Roadmap ID: 85645
  • 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: Update to the experience for collecting feedback on AI quality and correctness through the Topic Card – Experience updates on the Topic Card to better request feedback from users on the quality of a suggested topic. Roadmap ID: 98113
  • Microsoft Viva: Topics action cards in Viva Connections – Starting in November 2022, Viva Topics will have two different action cards that can be used on the Viva Connections Dashboard. One is a discover card that can be used to explore topics and knowledge areas across the company for people who could be interested in learning more or contributing to a topic. Topics and knowledge areas are dynamically displayed in the card based on your interests, current projects, and expertise. Roadmap ID: 100253
  • Microsoft Viva: Viva Insights web app in Government Community Cloud (GCC) – A new web interface for the Viva Insights app will be discoverable via the web, and the Microsoft 365 app launcher on Office.com. This will offer an additional way to access the personal productivity and wellbeing experiences currently in the Viva Insights app in Teams, and will include a link to the MyAnalytics dashboard for users who want to reflect on insights related to their work habits. Roadmap ID: 100496

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Release – January 2023

  • Microsoft Syntex: new rules actions – move and copy – Create rules to move or copy files processed by Syntex models based on the extracted value. Roadmap ID: 98111
  • Microsoft Viva: Topics in Your Briefing Email – As part of bringing topics to where you work, Viva Topics will now appear as an adaptive card in Your Daily Briefing. Similarly, to the Topic Center, this first card surfaces suggested topics based on your activity and will ask you to confirm your connection to the topic. Roadmap ID:100246
  • Outlook: View and navigate the organization chart with Org Explorer – Org Explorer for Outlook helps you to visualize and explore your company’s internal structure, work teams, and individual roles. Roadmap ID: 103605

Release – March 2023

  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Briefing and Digest emails for GCC-H – The daily Briefing email and the semi-monthly Digest email, automatically delivered to your Outlook inbox, will be available for GCC-H. The daily Briefing email is a personalized, actionable email from Microsoft Viva to help you start the day on track and stay on top of tasks. Twice a month, you’ll also receive a Digest email that summarizes data about your work patterns and ways to improve them. Roadmap ID: 109529
  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Briefing and Digest emails for DoD – The daily Briefing email and the semi-monthly Digest email, automatically delivered to your Outlook inbox, will be available for DoD. The daily Briefing email is a personalized, actionable email from Microsoft Viva to help you start the day on track and stay on top of tasks. Twice a month, you’ll also receive a Digest email that summarizes data about your work patterns and ways to improve them. Roadmap ID: 109530
  • Microsoft Viva: Display connected topics on people profile cards – Profile cards displayed through Outlook will display Topics associated to an individual. Roadmap ID: 88697
  • Microsoft Viva: Viva connections support for iOS tablet – Microsoft Viva Connections is your gateway to a modern engagement experience designed to keep everyone engaged and informed. This release brings the experience of Viva connections to iPad, thus extending the set of devices you can access it on. Roadmap ID: 101167

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Microsoft 365 monthly update – October 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: Stream (on SharePoint), Storyline for Viva Engage/ Yammer, OneDrive folder backup for macOS, Conditional Access Improvements for Lists app on Android, Lists support for Android tablet, rules in custom List templates, create list from CSV, RAC policy for OneDrive GA, Conditional access policies for SharePoint sites, default sensitivity label for libraries (preview), anti-malware scan on file download, Forensic malware identification and extraction, migration manager updates, SPMT improvements, SharePoint data access governance (DAG) insights V1, Tenant rename, OneDrive Cross-tenant User Data Migration

Stream (on SharePoint) is now generally available

Stream (on SharePoint) is deeply integrated with Microsoft 365. Now, video can be a part of your everyday work and school apps: you can search, discover, play, share, embed, and record videos directly in Microsoft Office.

Find out more: Stream (on SharePoint) is now generally available | Do more with video in Microsoft 365

Storyline for Microsoft Viva Engage and Yammer generally available

Storyline is a new way for people to share, connect, and contribute to their organization through Yammer and the Viva Engage app. Previously, the only way to share broadly through Yammer was through communities, but communities aren’t always a perfect fit for what people want to share. In some cases, there may not be a community that matches the subject the person wants to discuss.

Note: Storyline is supported only in Microsoft Viva Engage and Yammer enterprise networks that enforce Office 365 identity.

Find out more: Overview of storyline for Yammer and Viva Engage

OneDrive: Folder Backup for macOS

older Backup enables an admin and/or end-user to redirect the local macOS Desktop and Documents folder to OneDrive. This allows you to keep using those folders to save their content while delivering the protection and access anywhere promise that OneDrive offers. The feature and relative list entries are very similar to the Folder Backup experience that has been on Windows for a while.

Find out more: Redirect and move macOS Desktop and Documents folders to OneDrive

Conditional Access Improvements for the Microsoft Lists App for Android

Microsoft recently announced the launch of the Microsoft Lists app for Android. The app was launched with App Protection Policy (APP, also known as MAM) and its support for the Require app protection policy grant control. Microsoft Lists will now also support the Conditional Access (CA) grant control, like other Microsoft 365 apps, such as SharePoint.

Find out more: How to create and assign app protection policies

List rules packaged into out-of-the-box templates

You can create rules to automate tasks such as sending someone a notification when data changes in the list or a new file is created in the library. You’ll choose a condition that triggers the rule and the action that the rule will take. Some list templates will soon come with rules pre-packaged into them to help you keep you and your team members notified of changes to data in the list. This is just another way to help keep data in Lists complete, accurate, and up to date.

Find out more: Create a rule to automate a list or library

Create a list from comma-separated values (CSV) files

You can now create new lists from data inside CSV files –often used for exchanging complex data between different applications. In Lists, select the “From CSV” option when creating a new list. When you use the Export to CSV command in a list, you get a special CSV file that includes information about the list you exported. That means if you import that same CSV into another site, you get a list that has the same column types, formatting, and data as your original list.

Find out more: Create a list from Microsoft Excel

Restricted access control (RAC) policy for OneDrive in your organization – General Availability

The OneDrive team have announced that restricted access control (RAC) policy for OneDrives is now generally available. With this policy, you can now restrict access to all OneDrives in your organization to a set of users, say all your employees only and no one else. You simply create security groups in Azure Active Directory that contains all your employees, then in SharePoint admin center configure the Limit OneDrive Access to those groups.

Find out more: Limit OneDrive access by security group

Conditional access policies for SharePoint sites, OneDrives, and Teams – General availability

Microsoft have announced the general availability of conditional access policies for SharePoint sites, OneDrives, and Teams. Simply use the SharePoint Online PowerShell to set appropriate access policy for a site, which dictates the conditions required for accessing that site. For example, for your 2025 Strategy site that is expected to have business critical content you can configure the policy to require MFA (multi-factor-authentication) for all users.

The key benefit of this capability is that users need to go through additional credential gates only when they try accessing sites or teams that contain business critical information. If your organization already has sensitivity labels deployed, then you can also associate this policy with the sensitivity labels and simply label the sites or teams appropriately.

Find out more: Conditional access policies for SharePoint sites

Default sensitivity label for document libraries (Public Preview)

The SharePoint team have announced default sensitivity label for SharePoint Document Libraries comes to public preview. With this new capability you can now protect your Office documents from the day they are created or uploaded to SharePoint document libraries. Simply set the appropriate sensitivity label for your document libraries using the Library Settings in the information panel. From that point onwards all documents, newly created or modified, in that library will be automatically labelled.

Find out more: Configure a default sensitivity label for a SharePoint document library

Forensic malware identification and extraction – General availability

Microsoft have anounced the general availability of malware identification and extraction capability. With this capability, using simple SharePoint PowerShell cmdlet administrators can find out what type of malware is present in a file that was marked as infected and extract that file from the site to perform further analysis. All this is possible without needing to elevate their access to the SharePoint or OneDrive site where the content is present.

Find out more: Built-in virus protection in SharePoint Online, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams

Migration Manager updates

Migration Manager was made generally available in 2019 and now enables you to migrate content from file shares, Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, and Egnyte. Several new features were announced during Microsoft Ignite 2022 and include: Bulk download reports, Migration filters, and Estimated time to migrate. All these new features are planned to be made generally available by the beginning of the calendar year 2023.

Find out more: What’s new in Migration Manager

SharePoint Migration Tool (SPMT) improvements

The SharePoint Migration Tool can help you migrate from on-premise server sources including SharePoint 2010, 2013 and 2016. Now you can streamline scan and migration jobs within one tool. Secondly, the page navigation flow is revamped to make it intuitive for you to manage your migration jobs and create migration-by scenarios.

Find out more: Release Notes: SharePoint Migration Tool (SPMT)

SharePoint data access governance (DAG) insights V1 – General Availability

The SharePoint team have announced that V1 of data access governance (DAG) insights feature is generally available. DAG insights empower you to discover top-100 and top-10,000 sites that matter the most among millions of sites you may have and monitor/validate/tailor sharing and access policies for those sites.

Find out more: Data access governance reports

SharePoint Tenant Rename – General Availability

The SharePoint team have announced the general availability of SharePoint Tenant Rename, for tenants with less than 10K sites. This allows you to rename your tenant’s SharePoint URL let’s say from contoso.sharepoint.com to fabrikam.sharepoint.com. In future, we are looking to expand this support to large tenants that have more than 10K sites.

Find out more: Change your SharePoint domain name

OneDrive Cross-tenant User Data Migration – General Availability

The OneDrive team have nnounced the general availability of OneDrive cross-tenant user data migration. With this capability you can now move users’ OneDrives across two tenants using a simple set of SharePoint PowerShell cmdlets. You can also move users’ mailboxes across tenants.

One another notable capability is, upon OneDrive move although the URL of the OneDrive has changed the sharing links to old URLs will continue to work! This is made possible by the cross-tenant redirect capability that ensures any hit to old URLs is redirected to new URL.

Find out more: Cross-tenant OneDrive migration


Teams

In Teams: Assign seats in together mode, pop out shared content, live translated captions, updated companion mode, call history, contact groups in calls app, M365 connected templates, PDF experience, suggested replies in group chat, video clip, delete/ rename files in a channel or OneDrive folder, calendar includes scheduling form, upgraded usage analytics for admins, app usage report update

Education

Assign seats in Together mode

Together mode makes meeting participants feel more like they’re in the same room during virtual meetings. With this latest innovation, meeting organizers and presenters can now assign seats to participants in Together mode.

Find out more: Now in public preview: Assign Seats in Together Mode

Pop out shared content into a separate window

Previously, you could pop out individual Teams chat conversation, meeting, and calling experiences into a separate in window to help streamline the workflow. We are now bringing the ability for users to also pop out shared meeting content in a separate window so you can see both shared content and meeting participants with ease.

Find out more: Now in public preview: Pop out shared content into a separate window

Live Translated Captions in Teams Premium

Live translated captions for Microsoft Teams delivers AI-powered, real-time translations from 40 spoken languages so meeting participants can read captions in their own language. This helps break down language barriers for your global meetings and calls to be productive and effortless.

Find out more: Use live captions in a Teams meeting

Updated companion mode for Android users

Microsoft have updated companion mode in Teams mobile to give in-room attendees quick access to engagement features like chat, live reactions, and Microsoft Whiteboard. We are making it easier to access meeting and device controls, like the ability to join a meeting, cast a PowerPoint, mute the room, turn room cameras on and off, and more. Here are some areas companion mode in Teams mobile makes hybrid meetings better:

  1. Users can use a single tap to join a meeting on both their device and Microsoft Teams Room.
  2. Users can easily access chat, participant list (see who’s in the meeting), live reactions, and raise hands to easily participate from the room
  3. Audio on the mobile device will automatically turn off to ensure echo doesn’t happen.

Find out more: Mobile Sharing and Companion Experiences for Microsoft Teams Meetings

Detailed call history

Get a more comprehensive view of your call history to see how calls arrived, whether calls were transferred or forwarded, and how they were controlled once received. This detailed call history, combined with the ability to access call recordings and transcriptions from within call details, gives you the context you need to be efficient and productive.

Find out more: View your call history in Teams

Creation of Contact Groups in Calls App

Creation of Contact Groups is now available in the right rail pane of the Calls App. Users can now create new groups, and edit the membership of existing groups via the Calls App.

Find out more: Create, edit, or delete a contact group in Teams

Microsoft 365 connected templates

We are combining the best of Microsoft Teams templates with SharePoint site templates – into the same flow of creation. When you 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.

Find out more: Create a custom team template in Microsoft Teams

Adobe PDF experience

Tenant admins can set Adobe Acrobat as the default app in Teams admin center to view and edit PDF files in the Microsoft Teams. End-users can view, search, comment and annotate PDF files without an Adobe Acrobat subscription or an Adobe ID. This feature is in public preview.

Find out more: Adobe Acrobat as the default app

Suggested Replies in Group Chat

Instead of spending time typing a routine response to an incoming message, simply reply with one click by choosing a suggested response to your group chat. Suggested replies uses machine learning to generate responses that are most relevant to the conversation.

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

Video clip

You can now create short, lightweight, rich video clips allow you to express yourself, deliver a more personal touch and strengthen your connections. Simply record, send and view a video clip in chat. The recipient of the video clip can easily reply with a chat message or a video clip of their own. Generally available in desktop and will be in public preview in mobile by end of the year.

Find out more: Record a video clip in Teams

Delete or rename files in a channel and in your OneDrive folder in Teams

To rename or delete a file in a channel, go to the files tab and find the file you want. Then select More options (the three dots) on the file. To rename or delete a file from your OneDrive, select More at the bottom of the app, then select Files. Once you find the file you want, select the three dots and choose to rename or delete it.

Teams calendar now includes scheduling form pop-outs

In a Teams calendar, users will now be able to pop-out an existing meeting using the pop-up icon in a Teams calendar scheduling form. Users will be able to pop out the meeting and have it visible while creating a new meeting. This feature will allow users to view multiple meetings in separate windows while also being able to check their chats or edit their files without the need to switch apps.

Find out more: Manage your Teams calendar

Upgraded usage analytics for Teams administrators and users

Updates and improvements were made to Teams related usage report in the Microsoft 365 admin center (and corresponding graph APIs) to be more accurate and upgraded. Microsoft are bringing consistency across different reporting surfaces, updating the Teams admin center usage reports and end user analytics in Teams with same underlying data source as Microsoft 365 Admin Center Teams usage reports.

Find out more: Microsoft 365 admin center activity reports – Microsoft 365 admin | Microsoft Learn , Microsoft Teams analytics and reporting – Microsoft Teams | Microsoft LearnView analytics for your teams (microsoft.com), Microsoft 365 usage reports in Microsoft Graph | Microsoft Learn 

Enhancement to app usage report - support for Line of Business apps

An updated version of Teams app usage report with support for Line of Business (LoB) apps in alignment with Teams app usage in M365 admin center. The new enhancements includes the support for usage of Line of Business apps, Tenant level install trend, enhanced quality of metrics reported, tenant wide usage of Microsoft, 3rd party and LoB apps etc. These enhancements will help the admin measure the usage of the Teams app across their organization and to categorize them.

Find out more: Microsoft Teams app usage report

Education

These features are currently available for Teams for Education customers:

  • Education Insights – Student Support Card – New AI-based Student Support spotlight in Education Insights helps educators better support students before they fall behind.

Frontline workers

These features are currently available for frontline worker customers:

  • Approvals as a PDFs can be saved, printed and transferred – Approval creators will be able to save a completed approval request to a PDF file and have the option to print it. This feature will also allow customers to easily transfer their proof of approval as a PDF to another system or store as a file.
  • Approvals in integrated SharePoint Lists – List users will now be able to create and manage simple approval requests directly within integrated SharePoint Lists.
  • Assign Approvals to a Tag in Teams – For an approval assigned to a tag, the tag will expand and send to the correct members when the approval requestor hits submit.
  • Rich notes in Tasks field – Tasks will also support rich text support in the notes field, so you can include more detailed instructions with the help of rich formatting such as bold, italic, and underlined text, bulleted and number lists, and hyperlinks. Learn more about how to get started with Tasks in Teams.

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):

  • Enhancement to app usage report – support for Line of Business apps – An updated version of Teams app usage report with support for Line of Business (LoB) apps in alignment with Teams app usage in M365 admin center. This will help admins track all app usage metrics over time.
  • Music on hold for Voice over IP calls, consultative transfer, and call transfer for GCCH and DOD – Music on hold is available for Voice over IP (VoIP) calls placed on hold, as well as VoIP and PSTN placed on hold for a call transfer and consultative transfer.
  • Live Share SDK support for meeting extensions – Live Share is a new developer capability designed to transform Teams meeting apps into collaborative multi-user experiences without writing any dedicated back-end code. Support for meeting extensions in the Live Share SDK enables general-purpose collaboration features, including turn-key media synchronization to co-watch videos, inking, cursors and annotations in meetings.
  • Text prediction for Teams mobile in GCC-High and DoD – 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.
  • Connectors in GCC – Teams Connectors, which support webhook integrations, will be made available in GCC.
  • Firefox Meeting Support for Outgoing Screen Sharing – Extend outgoing screen sharing capabilities for Teams Meetings from the Firefox browser.
  • Updated companion mode for Android users for GCC, GCC-High and DoD – For a better hybrid meeting experience, we have updated companion mode in Teams mobile to give in-room attendees quick access to engagement features like chat, live reactions, and Microsoft Whiteboard. We are making it easier to access meeting and device controls, like the ability to join a meeting, cast a PowerPoint, mute the room, turn room cameras on and off, and more.

Power Apps

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Test Engine: An open platform for automated testing of canvas apps

Test Engine is an evolution of Power Apps testing tools. Test Engine builds upon the key use cases of Test Studio, but takes it in a new, powerful direction through open source collaboration and use of the Playwright browser testing platform. The goals of Test Engine are to provide customers with a robust testing platform for all types of Power Apps, and to make it super easy to integrate automated testing into your app development processes. 

This initial release supports the ability to author tests for Power Apps canvas applications, with plans to add support for model-driven apps, as well as enhanced tooling to facilitate integration into your CI/CD systems like GitHub and Azure DevOps. We welcome you to exercise this tool and give us feedback as we continue to build out the platform. 

Find out more: Power Apps test Engine

Azure AD Dynamic user membership group in Dataverse group teams support

Microsoft Dataverse supports Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) security and office groups, including the ability to differentiate Owners, Members, and Guests. To complete the full Azure AD group functionality, Microsoft have extended the Azure AD group support to include dynamic user membership group type.

The dynamic user membership type leverages business rules to manage the group membership. Group members are added/removed dynamically based on the business rules, eg where Department = “Sales” for all users from the Sales department.  Power Platform Dataverse authentication and authorization were extended to support this Azure AD group type. 

Find out more: Manage group teams

Content Security Policy for Power Apps now generally available

In September this year, Microsoft announced the public preview of Content Security Policy. When you turn on Content Security Policy for an environment, you can enable protection for clickjacking attacks for apps in that environment and receive policy violation reports to your custom reporting endpoint. You can control the Content Security Policy for Model-driven apps and Canvas apps separately.  

Content Security Policy for Power Apps is now generally available. It is recommended you turn on the Content Security Policy in production environments after testing your apps in a sandbox environment with this setting turned on. 

Find out more: Content security policy

ESLint rules for Power Apps and Dynamics 365 now generally available

In July this year, Microsoft announced the public preview of ESlint rules for Power Apps and Dynamics 365. This brought the solution checker rules to your development environment, which helped you find and address issues in your JavaScript and TypeScript code directly in your VSCode before packing them into the solution file.

ESLint rules for Power Apps and Dynamics 365 is now generally available. It is strongly recommended you include the ESLint for Power Apps npm package in your development environment to improve the quality of your customizations and avoid packaging unsafe customizations to the solution.

Find out more: Use solution checker to validate your model-driven apps in Power Apps

Modernized Business Units

Microsoft have extended the business unit security model by allowing security roles from different business units to be assigned to a user/team. This allows a user/team to access data from different business units based on their security roles to support the Matrix data access structure vs the traditional hierarchical data access structure. 

User can update the Owning Business unit column to set the record’s ownership, and other users who are assigned with a security role from this Owning Business unit can access the record. User can also change the record ownership to another user without the need for the new record owner to have a security role from the record’s Owning Business unit. This reduces the operation overhead to manage and assign security role from different business units for easier collaboration while maintaining the high level of security compliance.  

Find out more: Matrix data access structure (Modernized Business Units)

Coauthoring in Modern app designer (Public Preview)

The Power Apps team have announced that Coauthoring is now available in most of the regions allowing fusion teams to build better apps faster. With coauthoring you can see who is working on the same app at the same time, and you can see their applied changes in real-time. You don’t need to worry anymore about your changes, because coauthoring helps you avoid the unintentional overwrite of each other’s changes.

Find out more: Announcing public preview of coauthoring in Modern app designer

Maker matching (Public Preview)

Connect with experienced makers in your organization to help you during app development! The virtual agent will also surface your organizations internal community channels and resources to help you stay connected. 

Find out more: Connect with other makers in your organization via maker matching, now in public preview!

Power Platform communication site template

The Power Platform team launched the Power Platform communication site template this month. The Power Platform communication site template is a SharePoint communication site that provides you with a starting point of content and page templates as you’re setting up your internal Power Platform wiki and hub site.

This communication site is designed to be the place where the Power Platform maker and user community within your organization can find the news and resources they need, including digital governance and compliance guardrails, upcoming events, success stories and more. 

Find out more: Create an internal Microsoft Power Platform hub

Power Apps Ideas now generally available

Power Apps Ideas are now generally available. Now you can easily write a Power Fx formula using natural language or examples.  

We know that Power Fx is a low code programming language, makes it possible for hundreds of millions of people with the Excel-like skills to add advanced logic to their apps. However sometimes it’s not easy to write a formula, even for the most experienced Power Fx users, as it may sometimes take a lot of time searching for, learning about and debugging complex formulas.  

Find out more: Announcing general availability of Power Apps Ideas

Modern command bar is on by default for existing apps in Canvas

The modern command bar will be enabled by default for all existing apps in Canvas in North America on 11/07/22. The new command bar not only has a modern look and feel, but is also designed to improve your authoring experience. It allows a seamless customization experience of editing common controls by dynamically displaying the common properties directly within the command bar. 

Find out more: Understand Power Apps Studio

Introducing the PDF function

In 2021, the Print function was released to accommodate scenarios where app users needed to print physical copies of a screen’s contents. We’re taking that concept a step further this month with our release of the PDF function.   

This experimental release unlocks many scenarios where app users need to send screen content. The PDF can be configured to include an entire screen’s contents or a specific part, and they can expand to include tabular data that extends beyond the visible area of the screen, extending onto multiple pages.   

Find out more: PDF function in Power Apps (experimental)

Teams link unfurling for canvas apps

The Power Platform team have announced the launch of link unfurling in Teams for canvas apps. Previously, when a user copied an app URL & pasted the link into a Teams message to send to colleagues, users would only receive the app’s full link or a shortened vanity URL. Additionally, a click on the app’s link would launch the app in a browser, forcing the user to leave Teams to view and use the app. Now, starting with canvas apps, the Power Apps app link will unfurl into an adaptive card from which recipients can directly add the app to Teams or open the app in a browser.

Find out more: Share apps using Teams

Read selected barcodes using your device’s camera

Scan barcodes – include QR, data-matrix, CODABAR, and more – on Android and iOS devices using the new experimental Barcode Reader control. This new control supports more types of barcodes and enables users to select which barcode in view to read instead of automatically reading the first detected barcode.  

Find out more: Barcode reader control in Power Apps (experimental)

Model-driven app form UI enhancements

Form UX enhancements target improvised data presentation. These include set of multiple small changes:

  • Light grey form-background and shadows are added to form sections to make it easier to visually navigate the page.
  • Forms now have consistent use of fonts and higher data density via reduced white space and removal of field dividers.
  • Also, quick view form labels are displayed on top instead of icons.

Find out more: Create and design model-driven app forms

Mobile commanding improvements

Mobile commanding improvements provide easy access to contextual commands when you’re using Power Apps mobile via opt-in settings. Delete and process commands are only displayed when they are relevant. Global injected commands such as Edit columns, Edit filters, and Show Chart have been moved from the main set of commands to overflow menu.

The command bar on Power Apps mobile for tablets is now located at the top like to the web app. This helps with more commands available to user utilizing the larger tablet viewport.

Find out more: Use model-driven apps on Power Apps mobile

Power Platform Developer Tools monthly release (September Refresh)

The Power Platform team have announced a new update for the month of October i.e., “September Refresh”. Those of you who have been following us already know of this trend, because the work our team does in the prior month gets released in the following month. Hence in October, we release the September Refresh. With that statement aside, here is what’s included in this release:

  • Integrating PRT, CMT, PD into the Power Platform CLI
  • solution export with “_managed” added to the name
  • Package deploy defaults to async for solution import
  • Admin commands update

Find out more: Power Platform Developer Tools monthly release (September Refresh)

Managed Environments now generally available

Managed Environments are now generally available. Enabling people with diverse technical and nontechnical skills to contribute to the development process through low-code tools has unlocked an explosion of apps. While low-code has accelerated companies’ abilities to innovate, it has also introduced new dimensions to scaling and managing your developer community.

Find out more: The future of low-code governance with Managed Environments for Power Platform


Power Automate

In Power Automate: 14 new verified, 10 independent publisher connectors, Power Automate Desktop update, automate document processing, Ignite 2022 updates

14 new verified, 10 independent publisher connectors released in September 2022

There were 14 new verified and 10 new independent publisher connectors released through September 2022 for Power Automate. Let’s take a look:

Verified connectors

  • Centrical – Brings together real-time performance management, personalized micro-learning, augmented coaching, and advanced gamification to personally guide employees and their managers to success.
  • ConsenSys Ethereum – A fully-managed proxy service that allows power apps and flows to integrate with the Ethereum blockchain and the Quorum Blockchain Services (QBS).
  • DQ on Demand  – A complete suite of functions providing you with easy access to a data quality marketplace through the Microsoft Power Platform. 
  • FactSet – Delivers superior content, analytics, and flexible technology to help more than 170,000 users globally and is continuing to open up its powerful workstation content and analytics with API access.
  • iManage Work – Industry-leading provider of document and email management solutions for knowledge workers.
  • IN-D Invoice Data Capture – IN-D Invoice Data Capture connector converts static documents (scanned, PDFs, screenshots, etc.) into usable information to fuel your business processes.
  • Power Assist – Elevate Digital’s Power Assist connector offers actions to manipulate data in familiar ways that are currently difficult or unsupported within Power Automate and Power Apps.
  • SmartCOMM Doc-Gen ap10-sb – Allows businesses more control over their business-critical customer communications. 
  • Talkdesk – Global cloud contact center leader for customer-obsessed companies. 
  • Tesseron ASM Ticket – This connector allows you to create, edit and search Tickets in your Tesseron ASM Instance.
  • Text Request – Text Request is a service to help businesses reach customers through texting and conversation management. Use
  • Tikit – Tikit is a Microsoft 365 Service Desk that matures with your Microsoft 365 technology adoption and revolves around the center of where you work every day – Microsoft Teams.
  • Vocean – Retrieve the insights gathered within Vocean for further use with programs already tightly involved in your organization. 
  • Yarado – Helps Power Automate users increase productivity, using RPA to connect users to processes outside the Power Automate environment

Independent Publisher connectors

  • Connpass by Miyake Hideo – Using the connpass, you can search and collect information about IT workshops and events.
  • Fantasy Premier League by Joe Unwin – Fantasy Premier League stats, events and league information.
  • HTTP Garden by Troy Taylor – Gardening for every Hyper Text Transfer Protocol response status code. Provides an image for each status code.
  • Mapbox by Simone Lin – Mapbox allows you to access its navigation, location search and static map generation services to create interactive/static maps in your application.
  • Mockaroo by Rick Wilson – Mockaroo can be used to generate realistic sample data to help test applications.
  • Near Earth Object Web Service by Troy Taylor Near Earth Object Web Service (NeoWs) is a service for near earth asteroid information.
  • Owlbot by Troy Taylor – Owlbot searches the internet to index information and making them accessible. 
  • PrexView by Troy Taylor – PrexView makes it simple to convert your data to different formats. 
  • USGS Earthquake Hazards by Troy Taylor – The United States Geological Survey (USGS) monitors and reports on earthquakes, assesses earthquake impacts and hazards, and conducts targeted research on the causes and effects of earthquakes. 
  • You Need A Budget by Troy Taylor – You Need A Budget (YNAB) allows you to build a personal application to interact with your own budget or build an application that any other YNABer can authorize and use.

Find out more: New ways to innovate with AI and Microsoft Power Automate | 10 New Independent Publisher Connectors in September 2022

Power Automate for desktop – October 2022 update

Automate for desktop (version 2.25) has been released. Let’s take a look at some of the updates:

  • Multiple selection of flows is now available in the console
  • GA of UI automation for desktop apps in a Citrix or Microsoft RDP virtual desktop

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

Automate Document Processing end-to-end with AI Builder

At Ignite 2022, the Power Automate team shared advances in Intelligent Document Processing as well as new AI capabilities that will allow you to automate more scenarios with better performance, using Power Automate and AI Builder:

  • Unstructured Document Processing
  • Improved accuracy and language support with Azure Form Recognizer 3.0
  • Multi-page Tables
  • Multi-Line Tagging
  • Feedback Loop
  • Governing and sharing models
Multi-Line Tagging with AI Builder

Find out more: Automate Document Processing end-to-end with AI Builder

AI and Power Automate updates from Microsoft Ignite 2022

At Ignite 2022, the Power Automate team shared some exciting innovations for Microsoft Power Automate, empowering makers and pro-coders with new ways to automate and scale enterprise-wide with AI, including:

Describe it and let AI build it – Creating flows is the foundation of Power Automate, and now you can describe what you want to automate in a sentence, and an AI-based copilot will build your flow in seconds.

Format data by examples – Now, we’ve made this super simple for users by allowing them to format data by examples. Like what we’ve done with Power Apps Ideas (preview), we’re bringing this similar experience to Power Automate, powered by PROSE.

Advancements in AI Builder – Document processing has been the most frequently used feature in AI Builder due to how mundane and time consuming the nature of processing documents can be. We are pleased to share that we are improving the experience even further with our newest feature updates to Intelligent Document Processing.

Automate through conversation with Power Virtual Agents – Starting November 10, 2022, a new bot authoring experience will automatically turn on in preview for users. This new experience unifies the sophistication of low-code and pro-code capabilities, which is a fusion of the Microsoft Azure Bot Framework Composer and Power Virtual Agents’ bot building experience. Pro-code and low-code users can build together with multi-authoring and commenting capabilities, while taking advantage of the latest functionalities, such as Power Fx and code views.

Automate SAP with reimagined connect and new solution – Microsoft announced details about the enhancements that have been made to the SAP ERP connector that support SAP system connectivity to Power Platform and the ability for a flow maker to work with SAP’s complex application program interfaces (APIs) within Power Automate flows.

Automate natively in Excel Online – The Power Automate team are integrating Power Automate natively into Excel Online, letting you create custom flows using pre-built templates, tailored to what you can accomplish with Excel. Excel Online now has an “Automate” tab in the ribbon. 

Automate with embedded experiences – WorkFusion and DocuSign are joining the Cloud Embed program for Power Automate. Cloud Embed allows independent software vendors (ISV) to embed Power Automate directly into their user experience (UX).

Scale with the hosted RPA bots – Hosted RPA bots allow you to run unattended RPA at scale and is fully hosted in the cloud. It’s easy to setup your hosted RPA bots, just provide a few parameters: Just give it a name, the maximum number of parallel bots allocated to this group, which base image and account to be used and you’re all set.


Power BI

In Power BI: Power BI feature summary, Power BI Ideas site updates, on-premises data gateway, submetric roll ups, Ignite 2022, cross-tenant dataset sharing, Power Query SDK for VS Code, development history for deployment pipelines,

Power BI October 2022 Feature Summary

This month’s update includes updates to features like Power BI metrics, Modeling, Deployment pipelines, and more.

Find out more: Power BI October 2022 Feature Summary

Power BI Ideas site improvement updates

Several enhancements have been made to the Power BI Ideas site, including:

  • Search for related ideas during new idea creation
  • Enable personal MSA accounts

Find out more: Power BI Ideas site improvement updates

On-premises data gateway October release

The Power BI team have announced that we have just released the October update for the on-premises data gateway (version 3000.146.10).

Find out more: On-premises data gateway October release

Submetric roll ups in Power BI Metrics

The Power BI team have announced a much anticipated release in the Metrics experience: With submetric roll ups, it’s easier than ever to aggregate your metric values so you can spend less time crafting multiple scorecards and connections, and more time analyzing your performance.

With the release of current and target roll ups, you can set automatic aggregations of your submetric values to show in your parent metric. You can select from aggregation types of sum, average, min and max values.

Find out more: Announcing submetric roll ups in Power BI Metrics


Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 12th December 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 Purview. 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.

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  • In development (6)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • Microsoft 365 admin center: Targeted Release for GCC, GCC High and DoD customers – GCC, GCC High and DoD customers will be able to opt-in to Targeted Release and get early access for OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online, Outlook for the web and Microsoft 365 Admin Center features. Roadmap ID: 93055

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • Microsoft Viva: Viva Connections 1st party apps for Desktop and Mobile available in GCC – Viva Connections desktop and mobile experiences are now available in GCC. Roadmap ID: 101152

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – January 2023

  • 🆕 SharePoint: External File Request in SharePoint Document Library – With the file request feature in SharePoint Document Library, you can choose a folder where others can upload files using a link that you send them. People you request files from can only upload files; they can’t see the content of the folder, edit, delete, or download files, or even see who else has uploaded files. Roadmap ID: 103625
  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Schedule send suggestions from Viva Insights in Teams chat – To encourage adoption of healthy collaboration habits, Viva Insights will display actionable recommendations to align message delivery in Teams chat to recipient work hours. Schedule send suggestions will be automatically displayed for those who compose 1:1 chats in Teams desktop and web after-hours. With just one click, users can schedule chat message delivery to be at the start of recipient work hours and minimize work-related interruptions during personal time. Roadmap ID: 98159
  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Sharing praise with others – With updates coming in January, users with Viva Insights subscriptions who send praise will have the ability to share a copy of the praise with others. Shared recipients will be notified via Teams and can see praise details in the Microsoft Viva Insights app in Teams. Roadmap ID: 106122
  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Automatic Topic Relationships available in GCC – The ability for AI to suggest relationships between topics will be available for customers in our Government Clouds. These suggested related topics appear on the topic card, page and answers.  This is already available for standard worldwide customers. Roadmap ID: 106765
  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Microsoft Planner Integration – Connect Viva Goals projects and key results to Microsoft Planner. Roadmap ID: 108865
  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Meeting prep inline suggestions coming to Outlook with Viva Insights – Users with a Viva Insights subscription will receive inline suggestions in Outlook to book meeting preparation time. Meeting invite recipients will receive the inline suggestions if the meeting is between 30 and 60 minutes long, it has fewer than 12 attendees, it is not recurring, and the user has time on their calendar for prep time. Roadmap ID: 109590

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