Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 12th September 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.

  • Launched (3)
  • Rolling out (1)
  • In development (8)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • SharePoint: Content Type Deletion – Improved Error Messages – If you attempt to delete multiple content types from content type gallery which have dependencies on other lists/content types, you will get improved error messages that lists out the dependent resources. Roadmap ID: 93379
  • Microsoft Stream: Viewing Teams meeting recording transcripts for GCC High – You can see transcripts in transcript pane next to the video for Teams meeting recordings when Teams Live Transcript is also enabled. Video viewers can use the transcripts pane to find content most relevant to them and subsequently jump to any point in the video. Roadmap ID: 85647
  • Microsoft Viva: Viva Insights app in Microsoft Teams redesign and availability via Microsoft 365 app launcher on Office.com – The Viva Insights app in Teams is being redesigned to create a more intuitive and actionable experience for individuals, managers, and leaders. Additionally, the Viva Insights web homepage – discoverable via insights.viva.office.com as well as via the Microsoft 365 app launcher on Office.com – is being updated to match the app in Teams for simplicity and uniformity across surfaces. Roadmap ID: 93346

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • SharePoint: Configure navigation links to open in a new tab – With this update, you will be able to manage the experience for each navigation item to open in a new tab. Roadmap ID: 93318

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – September 2022

  • SharePoint: Admin center – updates for site creation settings – With this update you will have more control over whether users can create sites in your organization. Roadmap ID: 93427
  • SharePoint: People Web Part Medium Card – New medium card allows authors to input a short description accompanying a person’s photo. Roadmap ID: 98127
  • Microsoft Viva: Meeting category insights coming to the Viva Insights app in Teams – Meeting category insights can help you align time spent in meetings with your goals by giving you visibility into the categories of meetings where you spend your time. Roadmap ID: 93410

Release – October 2022

  • SharePoint on Stream: Inline playback of videos in SharePoint Highlighted content web parts for carousel and filmstrip layouts – When users click to play a video in a Highlighted content web part (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
  • 🆕 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

Release – November 2022

  • SharePoint on Stream: Inline playback of videos in SharePoint Highlighted content web parts for Grid, list and Compact layouts – When users click to play a video in a Highlighted content web part (grid, list or compact 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: 98092

Release – December 2022

  • 🆕 SharePoint: SharePoint server migration assessment – Before you move any site or list from SharePoint Server on-premises into Microsoft 365, it’s best practice to assess content and plan for the migration. The SharePoint Migration Tool (SPMT) will provide content assessment so cloud admins can best understand what content they have, decide what to migrate, and what to remediate. In this update, SPMT supports SharePoint Server migration assessment for versions 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019. Roadmap ID: 93440

Release – January 2023

  • 🆕 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

Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 5th September 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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Teams
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Microsoft Purview

SharePoint

Includes updates for SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva.

  • Launched (5)
  • Rolling out (2)
  • In development (6)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • SharePoint: Easily create Power Automate flows from built-in list templates – Lists ready-made templates are getting a boost. You can install Power Automate flows whenever you create a list from select list templates. The following templates will have reminder flows available to use as you create your list: Work progress tracker, Content scheduler, and Recruitment tracker.  Roadmap ID:88906
  • Microsoft Viva: Topic Management – Metadata – You’ll be able to sort ad filter on additional usage data in the topic center, including metrics, usage, quality, and more. Roadmap ID:88700
  • Microsoft Viva: Automatic topic relationships – AI suggests relationships between topics, and the topic page and card reflects these connections in the knowledge graph (first degree). Roadmap ID:88695
  • Microsoft Viva: Support bookmarks with topic answers in Microsoft Search – You’ll be able to see both bookmarks and topic answer cards in Microsoft Search if both exist and are relevant to your query. Roadmap ID: 88702
  • Microsoft Viva: Topics in Microsoft Search in Bing – Display topic cards in search results when Microsoft Search is invoked from a Bing search. Roadmap ID: 72180

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • SharePoint: New site templates for team sites – We are introducing 3 new SharePoint team site templates dedicated to helping you create sites for your IT helpdesk, crisis communication team, and new employee onboarding team. Roadmap ID: 93423
  • Microsoft Viva: A new app called Microsoft Viva Engage – Viva Engage gives leaders a new way to shape culture at their organizations by unlocking communication and engagement opportunities for everyone. Built on the foundation of Yammer, Viva Engage brings people together across the organization to connect with leaders and coworkers, find answers to questions, share their unique story, and find belonging at work. Roadmap ID: 93409

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – September 2022

  • SharePoint: People Web Part Medium Card – New medium card allows authors to input a short description accompanying a person’s photo. Roadmap ID: 98127
  • Microsoft Viva: Meeting category insights coming to the Viva Insights app in Teams – Meeting category insights can help you align time spent in meetings with your goals by giving you visibility into the categories of meetings where you spend your time. Roadmap ID: 93410

Release – October 2022

  • 🆕 Viva Insights: Schedule send suggestions (formerly delay delivery plan) available default on in Outlook with admin and user controls – Schedule send suggestions are currently available in the latest versions of Outlook on the web and Outlook for Windows to help schedule email delivery aligned with recipient work hours and minimize interruptions after-hours. Roadmap ID: 98128
  • 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

Release – November 2022

  • 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 – December 2022

  • Microsoft Viva: Simple topic segmentation – Create segments of topics based on sites and information architecture. Roadmap ID:88694

Microsoft 365 monthly update – July 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: Video collection page, one-time passcode change, nested security groups in AAD, flows from list templates, calendar view conditional formatting, review mode for Word documents, top ten SPFx solutions June 2022

Video collections page

Whenever people create a new site, the service auto-generates a static layouts page for video collections. This is a collection of all videos from the site’s document library. For now, to access this new page, you need to append /_Layouts/15/Video_Collections.aspx to the end of the site url. You can then edit and publish this page as you would any other, it will start appearing in the site pages as well.

The new video collections page in SharePoint Online.

more: SharePoint Roadmap Pitstop: July 2022

SharePoint/ OneDrive external sharing ‘One-Time Passcode’ email address change

To improve reliability for delivery of the one-time passcode e-mails that are sent as part of the external sharing flow, Microsoft will be updating the sending address for these mails from no-reply@sharepointonline.com to no-reply@notify.microsoft.com.

NOTE: If your organization is using Azure B2B Integration with SP in Microsoft 365, this change will not impact your organization. No other e-mails sent from OneDrive or SharePoint are being changed at this time.

Find out more: SharePoint Roadmap Pitstop: July 2022

a: “Nested” groups in Azure Active Directory (Public Preview)

The ‘memberOf’ component of dynamic Azure Active Directory, or Microsoft 365 groups allows you to “nest” groups within a group. The groups that define the membership of the dynamic group can be any group type represented in Azure Active Directory – user or device security groups, Microsoft 365 groups, and groups synced from on-premises, or a mix of all three. And, unlike existing nested security groups today, memberOf dynamic groups return a flat list of members, so can be used for licensing assignment and application assignment.

memberOf “Nested” groups allow you to create Dynamic-Group-A with members of Security-Group-X and Security-Group-Y. Members of the groups inside of Security-Group-X and Security-Group-Y don’t become members of Dynamic-Group-A.

Find out more: Create “nested” groups with Azure AD Dynamic Groups

Create Power Automate flows embedded within Microsoft Lists templates

To help improve automation of information, you now have the option to install pre-created Power Automate reminder flows whenever you create a list from select list templates: Work progress tracker, Content scheduler, and the Recruitment tracker.

You’ll be prompted to install the included Power Automate reminder flow after the list has been created. The reminder flow is an automated flow that runs on a schedule in the background, so it does not appear in the Lists menu, and you can further refine it using the Power Automate flow designer. With a Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 license, or a Power Automate per-user plan, you can create and use the reminder flow that is included with these select ready-made Lists templates.

Some list templates, such as the Work progress tracker shown above, come with flows that are automatically created when you create a list from that template.

Find out more: Create a business application from a list template

Calendar view conditional formatting in Microsoft Lists

Now you can better customize the calendar view by colour coding items based on conditions or rules. You manage the rules and colouring within the ‘Format current view’ in the top-right section of Calendar view.

Color-code list items as they appear within Calendar view when they meet certain rules by your design through conditional formatting.

Find out more: Create a calendar view from a list

Review mode for Word documents

When sharing a link to a document in SharePoint or OneDrive, you can assign someone to ‘Review Mode’ in the Share Dialog by using the new ‘Can Review’ option in the permission dropdown. They’ll then have access to review the document – to make edits with tracked changes intact and leave comments.

Select “Open in review mode only” when sharing Word documents to ensure the recipient can add comments or make edits that have tracked changes on by default.

Find out more: Roadmap ID: 93400

Top 10 SharePoint Framework solutions June 2022

These are the most widely used solutions and their providers last month:

  1. Ichicraft Widgets: Your Digital Workplace – Ichicraft Widgets allows users to personalize their digital workplace in SharePoint or Microsoft Teams. It offers the user a canvas that can be filled with configurable widgets (blocks) that clearly display up-to-date and personalized information.
  2. Navigator 365 – Sharepointalist, Inc. – SharePoint & Teams content aggregation with search, grouping and filtering. 
  3. Cerkl Broadcast for SharePoint – Ensure your internal communications are seen with SharePoint push alerts and newsfeed. Cerkl Broadcast for SharePoint provides unique notifications to employees through your existing SharePoint.
  4. Employee Directory Plus – Support | HR365SharePoint Employee Directory Plus is free, fully featured 30 days trial for one office 365 tenant up to 999 users. Employee Directory Plus displays information of employees in the organization in visually manner.
  5. Image Map – APPS 365 LTD – Supercharge your processes and navigation by using any image to deliver interactive visual content. Create hotspot navigation with image maps.
  6. My Links – Dalikoo – My Links is a SharePoint app where you can add and manage your web links through an intuitive interface.
  7. HM Munich GmbH – Table of Contents – This Web Part helps you to create high-quality documentation. The Modern Pages are ideal for your documentation of content (as a kind of Wikipedia) in Office 365.
  8. Modern FAQ  – The Modern FAQ app provides users a better way to search for the answers to the questions they have in mind. It also helps the organizations to prepare the frequently asked questions, and answers categorized and presented in a readable format. 
  9. Qualtrics Feedback – Add a way for your employees to easily give you feedback from within Viva Connections. Easily add a card to your Viva Connections surface to allow your employees to give you feedback in their flow of work.
  10. Announcements Carousel – Compass365 – The Announcements Carousel by Compass365 allows you to display announcements in an automatic sliding carousel on your SharePoint team site. 

Find out more: Most used SharePoint Framework solutions from the Store – June 2022


Teams

In Teams: Forms enhancements for meetings, LinkedIn integration, remove call from history, call recording announcement, common area phone license updates, DECT device integration with SIP, Teams panels updates, automatic groupings for channel posts, UX updates for iPad, bulk removal for policy assignments, export API support for message reactions

Government
Education
Front line workers

ms enhancements in Teams meetings

Microsoft Forms is excited to introduce a number of new features and improvements to existing features within Teams meeting polls. Here’s a quick summary:

  • The “Forms” app within Teams is being replaced with a new app named “Polls” – making it much easier for people to find and add polls to their chats and meetings.
  • UI improvements to the poll suggestions pane, including the ability to:
    • Re-position the list of suggested polls from the bottom to the side pane
    • Provide an entry point in the polls portal page, where users can show/hide the side pane as needed
    • Provide the poll results view (previously, it only showed the voting view), which allows the poll creator to see how the poll will look to the meeting audience after it’s launched
  • You can now see a list of your recently created polls so that you can re-use your past polls created in new meetings and save time.
  • A new poll animation appears after people have entered a response, providing a dynamic confirmation that their votes have been successfully submitted.
  • A new poll question type, Rating, which allows you to provide feedback by rating on the scaled symbols.
  • We’ve improved the poll result view to be a more intuitive and easy-to-read experience, with enrichments such as color indication and dynamic results.
Microsoft Forms enhancements in Teams meetings.

Find out more: What’s New in Microsoft Teams | July 2022

LinkedIn integration

Use LinkedIn profiles, now integrated with Teams, to get to know your colleagues, connect directly and build deeper relationships. From Teams chat, channels, calls, or meetings, you will now be able to view your colleague’s LinkedIn profile, including their current role, past experiences, and other insights.

LinkedIn integration with Microsoft Teams.

Find out more: Use LinkedIn in Teams

Automatic groupings available for channel posts

When creating a message post in a team channel, users are now able to notify owners of the team all at once by mentioning “@Team Owners,” removing the need to mention team owners individually. “Team Owners” is automatically grouped and doesn’t require any manual maintenance.

Automatic groupings available for channel posts.

Find out more: Send a message to a channel in Teams

Remove a call from call history

Streamline your view with the ability to hide calls from your call history list on Teams for desktop and mobile. NOTE: Your call history is available if you have an Enterprise Voice or Business Voice license as part of your Microsoft 365 subscription.

Remove a call from call history in Microsoft Teams.

Find out more: View your call history in Teams

Call recording announcement played in your default language

Call recording announcements will now be played in your default language for Teams calls to or from a phone number. Both parties will hear the announcement in the same language, at the same time, for both standard and compliance recording scenarios.

Find out more: What’s New in Microsoft Teams | July 2022

Common Area Phone license enhancements

The Common Area Phone offering has been enhanced to serve a wider variety of scenarios for customers without increasing the price.

Find out more: What’s New in Microsoft Teams | July 2022

Spectralink Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) device integration with SIP Gateway

DECT devices from Spectralink have been integrated with SIP Gateway, allowing frontline workers to use Teams calling functionality on DECT devices to communicate with colleagues on the go. DECT device integration with SIP Gateway is available on the following compatible handset models from Spectralink:

  • IP-DECT 200/400/6500/Virtual IP-DECT/IP-DECT Base Station
  • Handsets 72xx/75xx/76xx/77xx

Find out more: Configure SIP Gateway

Microsoft Teams panels updates

Here is a summary of the recent updates to Teams panels:

  • Check out for Microsoft Teams panels
  • Extend room reservations for Microsoft Teams panels
  • Peripherals: Camera on/off feature
The new check out functionality in Teams panels.

Find out more: What’s New in Microsoft Teams | July 2022

Bulk removal for individual policy assignments

Admins can clean up individual policy assignments from users in bulk so that those users can inherit the correct policy either via a group policy assignment or global organization-wide default. Individual policies are always prioritized, in order to clean those induvial policies and make sure that users are getting the correct policy we created this procedure to clean them all in one operation.

Bulk removal for individual policy assignments.

Find out more: Assign policies to users and groups

Export API support for Teams message reactions

The Teams Export API allows organizations to support Enterprise Information Archiving (EIA) for Teams to solve for retention, indexing, e-discovery, classification, and regulatory requirements. Teams Export API also will now support Teams reactions (heart, thumbs up, laugh, surprised, angry, sad) on a message using the Export API. This is in addition to Teams Messages (1:1 and group chat), attachments (file links and sticker), emojis, GIFs, and user @Mentions.

Find out more: Export content with the Microsoft Teams Export APIs

Education

These features are currently available for Teams for Education customers:

Reflect is now a featured tab in your class team – To help foster social emotional learning in your class, we’ve updated Reflect to appear as a featured tab in each of your classes – just like Assignments or Grades! Get started with the updated version of Reflect in Teams.

Additional enhancements to Assignments and Grade Reports – The Insights team has been working to highlight student learning data in Assignments and Grade Reports in a richer, more informative, and easier to use format. Find out more: Changes to Assignments and Grades view in Insights

Summary Average Grade for Teachers – In the Gradebook for Assignments, you’ve been able to view a summary of all assignments and student grades for each course. Now, we added an average grade for each student, assignment, and all-up class view. As a teacher, you can change the date filter to see updated average grades for your selected date period. Find out more: What’s new in Teams

Adding Images in Assignment Instructions – A picture is worth a thousand words, and a GIF even more (some say). Now, you can embed pictures and GIFs into your Assignment instructions on both mobile and desktop to make them more engaging and easier to understand for students. Find out more: What’s new in Teams

Updated Video Options for Students and Educators – This last year we have added the ability to add Video recording to the assignments for both educators and students and added the ability to do Video Recording when given grades or feedback for an assignment. We have updated the video recorder to now support ink and images in your recording, and added options for Mirror recording and Audio recording. Find out more: Video in the Flow of Work

Challenging Words assignment improvements – Extend your students’ learning by creating a rigorous assignment from the most challenging words. When you navigate to Reading Progress reports in Insights, you can see which words students missed most frequently, select words from the passage, or additional challenge words recommended based on data from students with similar reading challenges. Find out more: create a challenge assignment from Insights.

Multi-select of words in Teacher Review – Save time with the ability to select multiple words to adjust the error category or mark as correct in bulk. Select any word, then from the dropdown choose Text tools then Select multiple words to manage several words at once. Find out more: What’s new in Teams

Improvements to Timed Passage –  Now, whenever a timed passage is set and the student doesn’t finish their reading in the allotted time, a small marker will show on the page and gray out the words the student didn’t reach. Find out more: What’s new in Teams

Create and Review Assignments on iPad and Android tablets – In the past, educators have been able to create and review Reading Progress assignments on Teams for Desktop PC, Mac and Web Browser, but not on Teams for iPad or Android tablets. Support for assignment creation and review on these two mobile platforms is now available. Find out more: What’s new in Teams

Frontline

Easily deploy frontline teams at scale – Administrators can deploy up to 500 teams with 25 users per team using one PowerShell command. This enables your organization to roll out teams at scale within a day so your frontline workforce can collaborate and be productive across different stores, locations, and roles. Learn more about deploying frontline teams at scale.

Device Test for virtual appointments – Device Test allows virtual appointment users to validate and configure hardware components before joining an appointment through Microsoft Teams. Users will be able to validate camera, microphone, and browser compatibility, as well as the internet connection at any moment before the scheduled appointment start time. Learn more about device testing.

Virtual appointment SMS notifications for UK customers – Now UK customers can send and receive SMS confirmations and reminders with a Teams Meetings link for any virtual appointments that are created from the Bookings app in Teams. Learn more about SMS notifications.

Government

These features are currently available to in multi-tenant cloud environments: US Government Community Cloud (GCC), US Government Community Cloud High (GCC-High), and/or United States Department of Defense (DoD):

Manage Meetings options for DoD  – Organizers are now able to modify the user experience or customize the safety and security settings for their Teams Meetings using the new “Meetings options” feature.

Large Gallery for Teams on VDI in government clouds – By default, Teams Meetings supports up to nine videos in Gallery. Now, using Large Gallery, users can view up to 49 videos at once in Meetings on virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). This is available for GCC and GCCH.

Together Mode for Teams on VDI in government clouds – Together Mode lets you see all your colleagues against a shared background, making you feel like you are all together in a virtual online room. This is now available in Meetings on virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for GCC and GCCH.


Power Apps

In Power Apps: Managed environments, auto updates, app insights, find/ replace, review feedback, more components, Power Apps on Windows GA, embed an app in Teams, NFC/ markup support, Dependent assemblies for plugins, ESLint rules, formula columns in Dataverse, visualising views

Managed Environments (Preview)

This month Microsoft announced the preview of Managed Environments, a set of built-in governance capabilities that will simplify and automate IT administration of the Power Platform at scale. Managed Environments offers out-of-the-box simplicity with premium administration capabilities for low-code asset management at scale. It is designed to streamline governance, increase IT trust, and significantly reduce the burden on IT.

Simplify and streamline Power Platform governance with Managed Environments.

Find out more: Managed Environments overview (preview)

Auto updates for Power Apps & Dynamics CE (Preview)

The new feature allows automatic updates of third-party apps installed through AppSource, helping both ISVs and customers keep software up to date in a simple and controlled way, with minimal administrative overhead. Customers can control whether to opt-in to enable the feature and indicate which publishers are permitted to automatically update apps in their environment, providing flexibility to pause auto updates based on their needs.

Auto updates for Power Apps & Dynamics CE.

Auto app updates (preview)

Application insights generally available for Dataverse plugins

The Power Apps team have announced that Application insights is now Generally Available for Dataverse plugins. To ensure that you can monitor your production workloads anywhere in a trustworthy manner, Microsoft have enabled state-of-art monitoring solution built on the Azure Monitor ecosystem designed to help prodevs to diagnose plugin timeouts, create custom alerts and reports, monitor global usage, and automatically detect patterns and anomalies in the telemetry data using the built-in Smart Detection feature, thus helping you to keep it always available, reliable and performant.

Improve monitoring of Dataverse plugins using Application insights.

Find out more: Improve monitoring of Dataverse plugins using Application insights

Find and replace in the Power Apps Studio (Preview)

In July, the Power Apps team introduced the “Replace” capability to the Search Pane, now in  preview. This new addition to the Search Pane means you can now find and replace variables, collections, media, flow, formula content and more. This new pane allows you to be as broad or as granular with your search as you need – find all of the things you’re looking for in your canvas app or exactly the thing you are looking for.

Find and replace in the Power Apps Studio.

Find out more: Use the Search pane (preview)

Review feedback and ratings (Preview)

This feature is currently available only for model-driven apps as part of preview. The mechanism to capture feedback for the apps is completely managed by Microsoft and is compliant with all international privacy and security standards. The feedback is processed to generate satisfaction score of an app on a scale of 0 to 200 which is displayed to makers for their apps.

Review feedback and ratings from your users.

Find out more: What are app ratings? (preview)

Form customisation with more components

You can now add more components to your model-driven forms through the modern form designer! Try customizing the look and feel of your forms with custom components built by Microsoft or other providers available through the marketplace.

Customizing forms with even more components.

Find out more: Add, configure, move, or delete components on a form – Power Apps | Microsoft Docs

Find business data in Microsoft Search

Allow your Dynamics users to easily locate information from Bing.com, Office.com, and Sharepoint.com by enabling the Dynamics 365 connector. Make your Dynamics users more productive by eliminating switching apps to get to quickly needed business data.

Find your business data in Microsoft Search.

Find out more: Dynamics 365 results in Microsoft Search | Microsoft Docs

Power Apps on Windows generally available

Find all your canvas and model-driven apps in one place. Just sign in, choose an app, and you’re ready to go! Use your apps wherever you are with or without network thanks to offline support. It works just like it does on iOS and Android. With Intune for application management, you can manage the devices and people in your organization that have access to Power Apps on Windows.

Power Apps on Windows generally available.

Find out more: Install Power Apps for Windows – Power Apps | Microsoft Docs

Embed an app to Teams

Currently, customers can add their favourite apps to Teams by using the “Add to Teams” button at make.powerapps.com/apps. Now, they can launch their favourite canvas apps and pin these apps in Teams straight from the Web Player’s header. This capability prevents a user from having to leave the app context & return to make.powerapps.com/apps to add the app to Teams. 

Seamlessly add your apps to Teams.

Find out more: Embed an app in Teams – Power Apps | Microsoft Docs

Expanded support for NFC, and markup support in MR controls

The ReadNFC() function has been improved to return all records on the NFC tag as well as the identifier. These records and identifier make it easy to build Power Apps around asset tracking, inventorying, and attendance tracking.

The Markup in MR control enables users to paint 3D lines and draw arrows in context of physical space on top of a device’s camera feed. These mixed reality markups can be used during inspections, audits, walkthroughs and more to point out features of the environment and certain objects anchored in space.

Expanded support for NFC, and markup support in MR controls.

Find out more: Use the Markup in MR control in Power Apps – Power Apps | Microsoft Docs and ReadNFC function – Power Platform | Microsoft Docs

Dependent Assemblies for Plug-ins

This feature is designed to boost developer productivity by eliminating the overhead of using ILMerge to manually merge dependent assemblies. With dependent assemblies, rather than register an individual .NET assembly, you will upload a NuGet Package that contains your plug-in assembly AND any dependent assemblies. Unlike ILMerge, you can also include other file resources, such as JSON files containing localized strings.

Find out more: Dependent Assembly plug-ins (preview)

ESLint rules for Power Apps and Dynamics 365 (Preview)

The Power Apps team have announced the public preview of ESLint rules for Power Apps model-driven apps and Dynamics 365 CE. In 2019, Solution Checker launched helping customers analyze solution for any issues. The ESLint rules for Power Apps and Dynamics 365 takes this a step further, bringing these validations to your development environment to help you find and fix issues in your JavaScript code before being added to a solution. 

Announcing public preview of ESLint rules for Power Apps and Dynamics 365.

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

Formula columns in Dataverse (Preview)

Formula columns are based on Power Fx. Power Fx provides a much richer set of functions than were previously available with calculated columns, especially for text processing and also provides a lowcode way to perform app extensibility. Now you are empowered with the same capability inside Dataverse where you can express your business logic on top of existing columns and reference column from other tables.

As calculations are done at the Dataverse level, results can be seen and used in all Dataverse endpoints, including the Dataverse for Teams table view, canvas and model-driven Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI, the Dataverse APIs, to name just a few.

Dataverse for Teams Formula columns.

Find out more: Boost maker productivity inside Dataverse using formula columns!

Visualize views in Power Apps with Power BI generally available

The Power Apps team have announced that Power BI quick reports in Power Apps are now generally available. Power BI quick reports in Power Apps represent a seamless integration of Power Apps, Power BI and Dataverse into a single experience to enable every business user turn data into insights inside business apps. 

Power BI quick reports in Power Apps.

Power Automate

In Power Automate: Power Automate desktop update, two new bot actions, 44 new verified connectors, 19 new independent publisher connectors, pay-as-you-go, ideas

Power Automate Desktop – July 2022 update

The July 2022 update of Power Automate for desktop (version 2.22) has been released and can be downloaded here. Here is a roundup of all the new features and updates:

  • UI automation in a Citrix or RDP virtual desktop is now supported (Preview)
  • New datatable actions are introduced in Power Automate for desktop
  • Flow details are now available in the desktop console
  • Detailed release notes will now be available for each new version
UI automation in a Citrix or RDP virtual desktop is now supported (Preview).

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

Two new bot actions in Power Automate

The Power Automate team have announced two new bot actions that have been highly requested which will help take your flows a step further:

  • Update adaptive card messages in Teams – This action allows makers to update a Flow bot message which contains an adaptive card . Allowing you to make updates to reflect the latest changes in near real time to Microsoft Teams.
  • Trigger a flow when an adaptive card action is submitted – A new trigger that lets you collect inputs from multiple users across a group chat or channel. 
Update Adaptive card in a chat or channel message.

Find out more: Create advanced bot scenarios with Power Automate and Microsoft teams

44 New Verified Connectors released in June 2022

The Power Automate team launched a huge number of verified connectors in June 2022, including 44 new and 19 updates from different service owners. These connectors have solutions and tools for Content and Files, Productivity, Collaboration, Business Intelligence, IT Operations, Security, and much more. Here are just a few:

  • Azure AD App Registration – Azure Active Directory is an Identity and Access Management cloud solution that extends your on-premises directories to the cloud and provides single sign-on to thousands of cloud (SaaS) apps and access to web apps you run on-premises.
  • Azure AD Identity and Access – A connector for Azure AD Identity and Access. This connector will contain multiple actions to manage Azure AD Identity and Access.
  • Azure Communication Services Chat – Azure Communication Services Chat allows you to add real-time text communication to your cross-platform applications.
  • Azure Communication Services Email – Azure Communication Services Email allows you to send high volume transactional, bulk and marketing emails enabling Application-to-Person (A2P) use cases. 

Find out more: 44 New Verified Connectors and 19 Updates released in June 2022

19 New Independent Publisher Connectors in June 2022

The Power Automate team have announced that 19 new Independent Publisher connectors were published in June 2022. These connectors have solutions and tools for Human Resources, Social Media, Lifestyle and Entertainment, Data, Finance and much more. Here are a few examples:

  • BitlyIP by Troy Taylor Bitly is the most widely trusted link management platform in the world. By using the Bitly API, you will exercise the full power of your links through automated link customization, mobile deep linking, and click analytics.
  • DHL Shipment Tracking by Woong ChoiThe Shipment Tracking API provides up-to-the-minute shipment status reports. Users of this API can: Retrieve tracking information for shipments, Identify the Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) service provider involved with the shipment, Verify DPDHL is using the correct delivery address. 
  • Nationalize.io by Tomasz PoszytekNationalize.io predicts the nationality of a person given their name. Use the API for analytics, ad segmenting, demographic statistics etc. The API is free for up to 1000 names/day.
  • RegEx Matching by Mitanshu Garg This connector checks whether a text string matches a specified pattern.

Find out more: 19 New Independent Publisher Connectors in June 2022

Power Automate pay-as-you-go (Preview)

The Power Automate team have announced pay-as-you-go for Power Automate. A easy way for users to only pay for what you use, giving you more flexibility to get started with Power Automate with low risk and then scale your investments over time based on the usage patterns.

Currently, admins must predict licensing needs in advance, purchase licenses and assign them to makers for them to start using premium features of Power Automate. While it works for situations where admins understand the licensing needs in advance, we’ve heard from customers that there are many scenarios where they don’t yet know their needs, or where they need to scale up/down usage.

Power Automate pay-as-you-go plan.

Find out more: Announcing public preview of pay-as-you-go for Power Automate

Power Automate Ideas

Between July 18 and July 20, 2022, Power Automate Ideas was migrated to 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.powerautomate.com/


Power BI

In Power BI: New license purchase/ management via AppSource, metric visual, desktop feature summary, data in space, improved Power BI in Excel

Purchase and manage licenses of licensed visuals through Microsoft AppSource

You can now purchase and manage licenses of licensed visuals through Microsoft AppSource. Now, when you look at licensed visuals in AppSource, you can see all the available licensing plans for each visual. Licensed visuals are visuals marked with price tag “Starts at Free” and has the “Plans + Pricing” tab.

You can now purchase and manage licenses of licensed visuals through Microsoft AppSource.

Find out more: Introducing a new way to purchase licensed Power BI visuals and manage licenses through Microsoft platforms

Metric visual (Preview)

The Metric visual is now available in preview in the Power BI Service. You can now include individual metrics instead of the entire scorecard and create report pages showcasing metrics alongside other visuals, in the context of the rest of the report data.

You can either create a new metric or add a metric from an existing scorecard as a visual in the report.

Find out more: Metric visual is now available in preview

Power BI desktop feature summary July 2022

The July 2022 update for Power BI desktop is out now and includes Error Bars general availability, Metric visuals, Datamarts updates and much, much more!

Power BI desktop feature summary July 2022.

Find out more: Power BI July 2022 Feature Summary

Data in space

Data in space is a new Power BI Mobile feature that uses augmented reality to create spatial anchors in the real world and attach Power BI data to them, so that data can be connected to the physical environment it describes. Using Data in space, you can connect your business data to your real-world scenarios, such as facility management, manufacturing, or retail.

Data in space is a new Power BI Mobile feature.

Find out more: “Data in space” in preview: Now Power BI can be truly everywhere

Improved Power BI Experience in Excel

The Power BI team have announced several improvements to the Power BI experience in Excel that will help business users easily search data artifacts (including Power BI datasets and Power BI datamarts) and uncover better data insights all inside a spreadsheet environment.

Better Search in User-Friendly Interface for Power BI in Excel.

Find out more: Improved Power BI Experience in Excel

BONUS – more updates!

Viva Sales

Microsoft Viva Sales reimagines the selling experience, giving salespeople AI-driven insights and data automation right in the flow of work. Sellers will be able to automatically capture, access, and register data into any customer relationship management (CRM) system. Enriched with data from Microsoft 365,

Introducing Microsoft Viva Sales.

Learn more about Viva Sales announcement.

Bookings with me

With Bookings with me in Outlook, you can create, customize, and share a personal Bookings page where people can book time with you based on your personal preferences. Start customizing your Bookings page in the web calendar by clicking on Create bookings page.

Bookings with me in Outlook.

Find out more: Bookings with me

Improvements to Office.com

The newly designed Office.com sign-in and sign-up page greets you with a modern entry point to get your day started on the web. We are introducing a new onboarding experience that helps you understand how to better use and engage with Office. Additionally, with the new Create experience, you can access new creation templates in a single location.

Improving the Office.com experience.

Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 29th August 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.

  • Launched (3)
  • Rolling out (1)
  • In development (5)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • SharePoint: Video collections page – SharePoint video collections pages make it easy to gather and display all of the videos from a SharePoint site collection in one place.  This feature is particularly helpful schools, universities and other organizations that tend to share videos in Teams channels. With this feature you will be able to create a tab in your Teams channel that links directly to a specific collection of videos. Roadmap ID: 93352
  • Microsoft Viva: Extended language support – Support for topic identification from content authored in additional languages. Roadmap ID: 72186
  • Microsoft Viva: New Settings page to configure all personal insights and experiences – The Config Settings page in the MyAnalytics dashboard allows users to customize working hours, set up focus plan, set quiet hours, set up delay delivery, and, when applicable, configure their team. We are introducing a new universal Settings page in the MyAnalytics web dashboard that will include settings for the daily Briefing email in addition to the existing controls. Access to select settings will be extended to all users that have licenses with the Exchange Online service plan. Roadmap ID: 88994

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • Microsoft Viva: Viva Insights app in Microsoft Teams redesign and availability via Microsoft 365 app launcher on Office.com – The Viva Insights app in Teams is being redesigned to create a more intuitive and actionable experience for individuals, managers, and leaders. Additionally, the Viva Insights web homepage – discoverable via insights.viva.office.com as well as via the Microsoft 365 app launcher on Office.com – is being updated to match the app in Teams for simplicity and uniformity across surfaces. Roadmap ID: 93346

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – September 2022

  • 🆕 SharePoint on Stream: Inline playback of videos in SharePoint Highlighted content web parts for carousel and filmstrip layouts – When users click to play a video in a Highlighted content web part (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 on Stream: Inline playback of videos in SharePoint Highlighted content web parts for Grid, list and Compact layouts – When users click to play a video in a Highlighted content web part (grid, list or compact 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: 98092
  • 🆕 SharePoint: People Web Part Medium Card – New medium card allows authors to input a short description accompanying a person’s photo. Roadmap ID: 98127
  • 🆕 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

Release – November 2022

  • 🆕 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

Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 22nd August 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 Purview

SharePoint

Includes updates for SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva.

  • Launched (1)
  • Rolling out (0)
  • In development (7)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • Microsoft Viva: Inline suggestions available while composing an email or meeting invitation in Outlook on the web – While composing an email or a meeting invitation in Outlook on the web, users will see inline suggestions from Microsoft Viva Insights to help improve productivity and wellbeing. These complement the inline suggestions they already see while reading emails and meeting invites. Roadmap ID:93350

🚂 ROLLING OUT

N/A

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – August 2022

  • Microsoft Viva: Recurring time booking for breaks, message catch up, and learning in Viva Insights – Users with a Viva Insights subscription will see invitations to enroll into plans to automatically book recurring time for learning, breaks, and message catch up in briefing email and Viva Insights app in Teams. Roadmap ID: 93424

Release – September 2022

  • SharePoint: Configure navigation links to open in a new tab – With this update, you will be able to manage the experience for each navigation item to open in a new tab. Roadmap ID: 93318

Release – October 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Briefing Email Favorite and Snooze Preferences – Personalize your daily briefing emails via ‘favorite’ and ‘snooze.’ Favorited contents will be prioritized, and Snoozed contents will be deprioritized in your future briefing emails. Roadmap ID: 93392
  • 🆕 Microsoft Stream: Stream tile in M365 app launcher enabled for GCC-H and DOD – Stream tile in M365 app launcher will be enabled for GCC-H and DOD and users will be able to use the Stream tile to go to the Stream Start Page on office.com. The Stream tile will be visible for GCC-H and DOD tenants having the SharePoint service plan enabled. Roadmap ID: 98096
  • 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

Release – March 2023

  • Microsoft Compliance Center: Expanded support to search and export items in SharePoint and OneDrive for Business Recycle Bin in Advanced eDiscovery – Traditionally, when a site is on hold, the files in the Recycle Bin would be stored in the Preservation Hold library.  In cases when a site is not on hold, there is no way to search or export items in the Recycle Bin.  The eDiscovery and SharePoint Online teams are making architectural changes that will make the Recycle Bin (both first-stage and second-stage Recycle Bins) in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business searchable and exportable by eDiscovery Managers.  That means organizations can search and export items in the Recycle Bin regardless of whether a site is on hold or not. Roadmap ID:67092

Release – June 2023

  • SharePoint: Mobile App (Android) for GCC/GCCH/DoD – Access all lists you own and that have been shared with you – all on the go. You’ll be able to create new lists, edit list items and easily share with other people. Roadmap ID: 93192

Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 15th August 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 Purview

SharePoint

Includes updates for SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva.

  • Launched (4)
  • Rolling out (2)
  • In development (7)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • SharePoint: Predictable API rate limits and app quotas – We are working on publishing API rate limits and quotas for applications integrated with SharePoint and OneDrive. Applications quota and consumption information will also become available through APIs which applications can consume and manage the rate limiting. Roadmap ID: 93182
  • SharePoint Syntex: Responsible AI guardrails for Image Tags (editable column and feedback UX) – “Tags” column changes from read only to a new editable “Image Tags” column so that customers can add and remove tags at their discretion.  It also incorporates a way for users to provide feedback on the quality of AI generated tags from within the details pane. Roadmap ID:88708
  • SharePoint Syntex and SharePoint: Add taxonomy columns from modern library views – Allows users to add taxonomy columns directly to library views in modern SharePoint and Syntex libraries. Roadmap ID:88828
  • Microsoft Viva: New module powered by Viva Goals – Microsoft Viva Goals connects employees to your organization’s goals, helps them stay aligned at scale, and drives business results to empower people and teams to understand their impact. Use Viva Goals as a standalone web application or directly from inside Teams and our other integrations.  Roadmap ID:82188

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • SharePoint: Automatically build visualization of list data with Power BI (Gov Clouds) – Enables list users to easily visualize their list data in a Power BI report. The initial report is auto generated. Users can also save that report so that future visitors to the list can view the report. Roadmap ID: 93221
  • SharePoint: Automatically build visualization of library metadata with Power BI (Gov Clouds) – Enables customers to visualize the metadata in a document library in a Power BI report. They can also save that report so that future visitors to the document library can view it. Roadmap ID: 94090

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – August 2022

  • Microsoft Viva: Extended language support – Support for topic identification from content authored in additional languages. Roadmap ID: 72186

Release – September 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: App type support in the Store for Viva Connections – Improved filters and badges in the SharePoint Store to support Viva Connections ACEs. Users can easily identify and find adaptive cards that work in Viva Connections Dashboard. Roadmap ID: 98090

Release – October 2022

  • 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: Resolve topic name similarities – Allows users to select a topic among several when they share similar or matching names (disambiguation). Roadmap ID: 72183
  • Microsoft Viva: Support for types of topics – Support for categories or types of topics, such as projects, products or organizations. Roadmap ID: 72181

Release – November 2022

  • Microsoft Viva: Viva Connections Customer Facing Analytics (Preview) – 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 – March 2023

  • Microsoft Lists: Commenting (iOS) – Bringing web commenting experience to Lists iOS mobile app. Add/delete a comment on list items to collaborate and share better. Roadmap ID: 70705

Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 8th August 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.

  • Launched (1)
  • Rolling out (0)
  • In development (3)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • OneDrive and SharePoint: Access your Teams standard and private channel files – When you navigate to a site in SharePoint or OneDrive, you’ll be able to access the files stored in the Teams standard and private channels associated with that site. Roadmap ID: 88911

🚂 ROLLING OUT

N/A

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – August 2022

  • 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. Feature ID:85629
  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Recurring time booking for breaks, message catch up, and learning in Viva Insights – Users with a Viva Insights subscription will see invitations to enroll into plans to automatically book recurring time for learning, breaks, and message catch up in briefing email and Viva Insights app in Teams. Roadmap ID: 93424

Release – June 2023

  • 🆕 SharePoint: Migrate SharePoint Server 2019 to SharePoint in Microsoft 365 – Migrate classic content as well as modern content from SharePoint Server 2019 to SharePoint in Microsoft 365, now supported in SharePoint Migration Tool (SPMT). Roadmap ID: 93408

Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 1st August 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 Purview

SharePoint

Includes updates for SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva.

  • Launched (2)
  • Rolling out (4)
  • In development (4)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • SharePoint: Updates to channel site to display site permissions – Every team in Microsoft Teams is connected to a team site in SharePoint. This is also true for private channels in Teams. Each private and shared channels is connected to its own unique team site. This update includes the display of the site permissions panel and updates to the site sharing options for channel sites.  Roadmap ID:93240
  • SharePoint: Create from the SharePoint app bar – Now you ‘ll be able to start creating sites, files, and lists as an action from within the SharePoint app bar. This means, no matter where you are in SharePoint you can jump right into the content creation process and stay in the flow of work.  Roadmap ID:82160

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • Microsoft Viva: Topics in Yammer – Preview – Display topic highlights and access topic cards in Yammer conversations. Roadmap ID: 72184
  • Microsoft Viva: New module powered by Viva Goals – Microsoft Viva Goals connects employees to your organization’s goals, helps them stay aligned at scale, and drives business results to empower people and teams to understand their impact. Use Viva Goals as a standalone web application or directly from inside Teams and our other integrations.  Roadmap ID:82188
  • SharePoint: Easily create Power Automate flows from built-in list templates – Lists ready-made templates are getting a boost. You can install Power Automate flows whenever you create a list from select list templates. The following templates will have reminder flows available to use as you create your list: Work progress tracker, Content scheduler, and Recruitment tracker.  Roadmap ID:88906
  • SharePoint: Content Type Deletion – Improved Error Messages – If you attempt to delete multiple content types from content type gallery which have dependencies on other lists/content types, you will get improved error messages that lists out the dependent resources. Roadmap ID: 93379

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – August 2022

  • 🆕 SharePoint: Admin center- updates for site creation settings – With this update you will have more control over whether users can create sites in your organization. Roadmap ID: 93427
  • 🆕 SharePoint: New site templates for team sites – We are introducing 3 new SharePoint team site templates dedicated to helping you create sites for your IT helpdesk, crisis communication team, and new employee onboarding team. Roadmap ID: 93423
  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Recommendations to send praise in Viva Insights – Praise recommendations coming in the Viva Insights app in Teams will surface pre-populated suggestions to send praise based on signals such as collaboration activity. Roadmap ID: 93421

Release – September 2022

  • SharePoint: Microsoft 365 connected templates – We are combining the best of Microsoft Teams templates with SharePoint site templates – into the same flow of creation. When we create a new team using a default template – for example the “Manage a Project” template, the project management channels and apps, and the connected SharePoint template gets applied automatically. Critically, the pages, lists, and Power Platform integrations are pinned as tabs in Teams automatically, and best of all these pages and lists are fully editable right in Teams.  Roadmap ID:82158

Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 25th July 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 Information Protection

SharePoint

Includes updates for SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva.

  • Launched (5)
  • Rolling out (2)
  • In development (3)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • Microsoft Compliance center: Information Governance: Optimized behavior of deleted files with multiple versions in SharePoint – SharePoint Online items with multiple versions and a retention label now move to the Preservation Hold Library as a single file containing all versions when deleted. Roadmap ID:82062
  • SharePoint: Updated site logo management – With this update, we’re simplifying where you go to manage the site logo by centralizing it in the Change the Look header experience. Roadmap ID: 93231
  • Microsoft Stream: Add chapters to help viewers find the right part of a video – Users with edit access to a video uploaded to SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams, and Yammer can now add chapters to help viewers identify information in the video. For each chapter you can specify a point in time in the video and title of that chapter which will show up in the table of contents side pane for the video as well as on the video timeline. Roadmap ID: 88525
  • Microsoft Stream: Improve audio quality with Noise suppression for Stream (on SharePoint) – Noise suppression helps both creators and viewers isolate speech from ambient noise, music, and other sounds, making voice more intelligible. Noise suppression significantly reduces ambient noise, bringing more clarity to speech in videos. Roadmap ID:88949
  • OneDrive: Large folder delete in OneDrive and SharePoint Document Libraries on web – Users will be able to delete large folders (10k items) on OneDrive and SharePoint Document Libraries on web.  Roadmap ID:88979

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • 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
  • SharePoint: Video collections page – SharePoint video collections pages make it easy to gather and display all of the videos from a SharePoint site collection in one place.  This feature is particularly helpful schools, universities and other organizations that tend to share videos in Teams channels. With this feature you will be able to create a tab in your Teams channel that links directly to a specific collection of videos. Roadmap ID: 93352

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – August 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Viva Insights app in Microsoft Teams redesign and availability via Microsoft 365 app launcher on Office.com – The Viva Insights app in Teams is being redesigned to create a more intuitive and actionable experience for individuals, managers, and leaders. Additionally, the Viva Insights web homepage – discoverable via insights.viva.office.com as well as via the Microsoft 365 app launcher on Office.com – is being updated to match the app in Teams for simplicity and uniformity across surfaces. Roadmap ID: 93346
  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: A new app called Microsoft Viva Engage – Viva Engage gives leaders a new way to shape culture at their organizations by unlocking communication and engagement opportunities for everyone. Built on the foundation of Yammer, Viva Engage brings people together across the organization to connect with leaders and coworkers, find answers to questions, share their unique story, and find belonging at work. Roadmap ID: 93409
  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Meeting category insights coming to the Viva Insights app in Teams – Meeting category insights can help you align time spent in meetings with your goals by giving you visibility into the categories of meetings where you spend your time. Roadmap ID: 93410

Microsoft 365 monthly update – June 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: Inline playback of videos in Hero web part, control vertical section reflow, updated site logo management, streamlining the multilingual user interface, Planner cards in activity feed, SharePoint 2013 Workflows migration assessment tool, LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group site template

Inline playback of videos in Hero web part

When you create a Communication site, the Hero web part is included on your page by default. It is pre-populated with default content that you change to display your own images, text, pages, links, documents, or videos. When someone clicks to play a video in the Hero web part section of a SharePoint site, the video will now play inline. No launch out of your established context, watch inline, return, browse, and continue to scroll through the other contents of the page uninterrupted.

When you add a video to a Hero web part on a communications site, it now plays inline (no longer launching out to the video’s Stream page).

Find out more: Use the Hero web part

Control vertical section reflow

Currently the vertical section in pages goes to the bottom of the page when viewed on smaller screens. We’re adding the ability for page authors to control this reflow and choose whether the vertical section goes to the top or bottom of the screen when the screen is condensed to a smaller size.

When you click to edit a vertical column, you’ll now see a new option to have the vertical column appear on the top or bottom when the full page resizes to a single column on smaller devices or low resolutions.

Find out more: Add sections and columns on a SharePoint modern page

Updated site logo management in SharePoint

The SharePoint team are centralizing the management of your site logo. To update or manage your site logo, you will now exclusively visit the Header panel under the ‘Change the Look’ settings. Site owners will be able to navigate to the ‘Header’ panel from the ‘Change the Look’ settings, and then scroll to the bottom of the panel where the site logo options will be located. 

Control all header options within the ‘Change the Look’ settings.

Find out more: Change a site’s title, description, logo, and site information settings

Streamlining the multilingual user interface when editing team sites

This new release includes other improvements to the navigation and site title editing experience for users whose preferred language differs from the site’s default language:

  • Additional language information is available when editors update navigational labels, site descriptions, footers, and the site’s name.
  • The new language information displays even if multilingual settings have not been enabled for the site.
  • When editors change site content that is not in their preferred language, it will modify the label instead of creating a translation.
  • Additional information appears in tool tips next to the content that’s being edited to confirm the language.
Streamlining the SharePoint multilingual user interface when editing team sites.

Find out more: Create multilingual communication sites, pages, and news

Planner cards now appear within the team site activity feed

Now, when a team member assigns a task to you within a plan, beyond the Planner user interface, a card will show up on your site activity feed if you are within two days of the due date. Timely tasks are visible when you need to see them.

When a task in Planner nears its due date, it will appear to your view in the team site activity feed.

Find out more: Use the Site Activity web part

SharePoint 2013 Workflows migration assessment tool

The SharePoint team have developed a new, open-source Microsoft 365 Assessment tool – available to help you identify and evaluate your existing use of SharePoint 2013 workflows within your tenant and generating a Power BI report to help plan your migration of 2013 workflows to a modern workflow orchestration service.

Microsoft 365 Assessment tool.

Find out more:

The LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group site template

In celebration of Pride month in June, the SharePoint team have created a LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group site template.

LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group site template once deployed as a site within your tenant.

Find out more: New cultural site template: Pride Month (June 2022)


Teams

In Teams: Teams chat in Dynamics 365, e-signatures on mobile, e-sign approvals, Docusign e-signature approvals, open/edit PDFs, frictionless re-installs, co-organiser meeting role, disable chat write access, multi-tasking panel for iPad meetings, chat bubbles iOS/Android, CART captioning/ live captions & transcriptions on web, Android usability improvements, VDI updates

Government
Education
Front line workers

Teams chat embedded within Dynamics 365

By embedding Teams chat within Dynamics 365, Teams users can now seamlessly exchange ideas and collaborate directly and in context right in the workflow. You’ll be able to link existing or new chats to your Dynamics 365 records, such as sales opportunities and service cases, for convenient access for all participants.

Microsoft Teams chat embedded within Dynamics 365.

Find out more: Overview of Microsoft Teams integration

E-sign approvals fully embedded within Team Approvals

Users can now seamlessly create, view, review and e-signature approval requests that require a signature right from Teams. This update removes the need for users to log into each e-sign provider website. The login process has also been improved with users no only needing to login every 30 days.

E-signature approvals on mobile – view & take action.

Find out more: Create an e-sign approval in Teams

E-signature approvals on mobile – view & take action

Users can now easily action e-signature approval requests from any mobile device. As a recipient users can view or review them, as a creator they can edit or cancel them.

Find out more: Create an e-sign approval in Teams

DocuSign e-signature approvals in chats & channels

Users can now create DocuSign e-signature requests directly from the compose extension within a chat or a channel maintaining the context for the request. When users review the request, any updates will be shown in the adaptive card in the chat or channel meaning users respond faster as they understand the context of the request.

DocuSign eSignature for Approvals in Microsoft Teams

Find out more: Accelerate Time to Approval with DocuSign eSignature for Approvals in Microsoft Teams

Open and edit PDF files in Teams

You can view and edit Adobe Acrobat PDF files right in Teams, removing the need to open another window which disrupts your workflow. This setting is in private preview and IT administrators can set Adobe as a default setting through the Teams admin center.

Find out more: Edit an Office file in Teams

Frictionless app re-install for users

Users will be able to find the apps they use regularly via app flyouts, and just @mention their favourite bot to start using it seamlessly in a new chat/team. This capability will ensure that regularly used apps show up first and that the user doesn’t have to install them every time.

Find out more: Roadmap ID: 87551

Multitasking panel for meetings on iPad

iPad users will have an updated Teams mobile meeting experience via a multitasking panel. Users will see a collapsible right panel during meetings, which enables richer experiences such as chat alongside the ongoing meeting, faster roster views, and more.

Multitasking panel for meetings on iPad.

Find out more: Use multitasking on your iPad

Meeting Chat Bubbles on iOS and Android

Chat bubbles are now available for iOS and Android users. When chat bubbles are enabled, chat messages appear on the mobile screen where you can preview the two most recent messages. You can temporarily turn them off in the current meeting by tapping on the snooze icon. Otherwise, you can also turn them off permanently by tapping on Don’t show chat bubbles on the More Actions (…) menu.

Meeting Chat Bubbles on iOS and Android.

Find out more: Introducing Chat Bubbles in Microsoft Teams meetings

Co-organizer meeting role

Organizers can share control by assigning the new “co-organizer” role to up to 10 meeting attendees. Co-organizers have most of the same capabilities as the organizer, including management of Meeting Options. Limitations of the co-organizer role include an inability to create and manage breakout rooms, manage meeting recordings, and view or download attendance reports. Organizers can add co-organizers through Meeting Options. Only invitees within the same tenant as the organizer are eligible for the co-organizer role.

Find out more: Add co-organizers to a meeting in Teams

Disable chat write access for anonymous/ unauthenticated users

IT administrators can disable chat write access for non-federated users and unauthenticated users who join Teams meetings through a shared link. This provides an added layer of security, especially in the financial sector where chat messages can be used as part of a data security breach.

Disable the chat write access via PowerShell using syntax [-MeetingChatEnabledType = Enabled, Disabled, or EnabledExceptAnonymous]. You can also do this through the admin portal under Chat in Meetings policy > Turn it on for everyone but anonymous users. This setting can be applied to a subset or all tenant users. Once this is set by an IT administrator, a meeting organizer cannot override this setting through meeting options.

Find out more: Chat in meetings

Integrated CART captioning in meetings on Web

Web users can view captions coming from a CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) provider within the Microsoft Teams meeting window instead of a secondary window. Users can follow along with what is being said without having to choose between the captions and presentation.

Integrated CART captioning in meetings on Web.

Find out more: Use live captions in a Teams meeting

Live Captions and transcriptions for Teams meetings on Web

Real-time captioning and transcription are now available for web users in Teams meetings in 27 spoken languages. To enable, click on the More Actions menu […] and select Turn on live captions and/or Start transcription. Web users can see who is speaking along with what’s being said during and after the meeting, making meetings more inclusive and easier to follow. 

Live Captions and transcriptions for Teams meetings on Web.

Find out more: Use live captions in a Teams meeting

Additional spoken languages available for Live captions and transcriptions for Teams Meetings

Microsoft have added six more spoken languages for live captions and transcriptions, including Czech, Thai, Hebrew, Portuguese, Vietnamese, and Turkish. Speakers of these languages will be more comfortable in a meeting, enabling a more inclusive environment.

Find out more: View live transcription in a Teams meeting

Usability improvements to notifications in meetings for Android

Microsoft have added a notification drawer, which users will see at the top of their screen for in-meeting system messages. Users can preview, collapse, and clear all notifications with just one tap using the Clear All button. This helps reduce distracting clutter on your mobile device while you’re in a meeting.

Usability improvements to notifications in meetings for Android.

Find out more: Download the mobile app for Teams

Support of Transcription for Teams on VDI for Azure Virtual Desktop

Transcription is available on VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) for Azure Virtual Desktop users. Live transcription allows you to follow conversations alongside the meeting video or audio in real time, promoting inclusivity for participants who are deaf/hard of hearing or different levels of language proficiency. After a meeting, the transcript file is automatically saved in the chat tab for that meeting.

Give and Take Control for Teams on VDI for VMware and Azure Window Desktop 

Give and Take Control for Microsoft Teams is now available on VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) for VMware and Azure Window Desktop. Give and Take Control allows a meeting participant to control the presenter’s shared content during screensharing. A presenter can give control of the shared content to another meeting participant to take actions such as present or modify files. Both the presenter and the meeting participant have control of the sharing. The presenter can take back control at any time.

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A meeting participant can request control while another participant is sharing content. The participant sharing content can approve or deny the request. When the requester has control, they can make selections, edit, and make other modifications to the shared screen.

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Find out more: Share content in a meeting in Teams

Front line workers

Updates app

Updates in Teams is an out-of-the-box app that enables users to create, submit, and review all their updates, check-ins, and reports in the flow of work. These can be recurring processes that happen on a regular basis, like a weekly update, store opening, or facility inspection. They can also be in the moment updates that might be needed at any time, like a shift handoff, maintenance request, or incident report.

Find out more: Updates in Microsoft Teams allows users to create, submit, and review employee updates

Government

These features are currently available to in multi-tenant cloud environments: US Government Community Cloud (GCC), US Government Community Cloud High (GCC-High), and/or United States Department of Defense (DoD):

Suggested Replies on mobile for Government Clouds – Quickly respond to an incoming message by tapping one of the three suggested reply options. Suggested replies in Teams chat uses assistive AI to create short responses based on the context of the previous message.

Sensitivity labels for Teams templates for GCC – Sensitivity labels are supported when creating teams with templates in GCC. Sensitivity labels allow Teams administrators to protect and regulate access to sensitive organizational content created during collaboration within Teams.

Manage meeting options – Organizers can modify the user experience by using the new Meeting Options to customize their meeting safety and security settings. Meeting Options can be accessed in the Teams meeting invitations details in Outlook and Teams Calendar. Available in DOD.

Attendee restriction to remove another attendee from chat – Only meeting organizers can remove an attendee from chat. If a user has an attendee role from the participant roster, they will not be permitted to remove other attendees from the chat window. Available in GCC.

Channel owner(s) can delete meeting chat messages within channel meetings – Currently, Teams channel owner(s) are unable to delete chat messages in the meeting chat window. Now, IT administrators can enable Owners can delete sent messages and assign this Messaging policy to a user or group of users. Once this is completed, channel owner(s) see this option on Member Permissions through Manage Teams > Settings. Available for GCC. Learn more.

Anonymous meeting join across clouds  – Join meetings in other clouds anonymously from your Teams desktop app. Previously, if you wanted to join a meeting hosted in a cloud different from your tenant’s, you were directed to use the Teams web experience. Now, GCC and GCC-High users will be able to join meetings in Commercial, GCC, DOD, and GCC-High clouds from their desktop, enabling an improved meeting experience. Available in GCC and GCC-High. Learn more.

Music Mode – High-fidelity music mode enables Teams users to experience richer sound experiences when sharing non-speech content such as live music, songs through other applications, or medical signals during a virtual appointment with a physician. High-fidelity music mode enables significantly improved audio quality in Teams calls and meetings. Available in DOD. Learn more.

Presenter mode: Controls to move and resize presenter video – There is a new enhancement to the Presenter mode feature. Now, a presenter can choose whether to show up on the left or right side of the content and resize their video feed while automatically adjusting content size accordingly. This can be applied to all modes on Desktop or Window sharing, including standout, side-by-side, and reporter. Available in DOD.

Integrated Communication Access Realtime Translation CART captioning in meetings – You can now view captions coming from a CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) provider within the Teams meeting window instead of a secondary window. Follow along with what is being said without having to choose between the captions and presentation. Meeting organizers and participants can enable CART captions from their meeting options. Available in GCC-High. Learn more.

Usability improvements to notifications in meetings for Android and iOS – A notification drawer, which you will see at the top of your screen for in-meeting system messages, allows users to preview, collapse, and clear all notifications with just one tap using the Clear All button. This helps reduce distracting clutter on your mobile device while you’re in a meeting. Available for GCC.

Improved meeting support in Firefox browser – Firefox browser users now experience the full audio and desktop and window screen sharing support in Teams meetings. Available in GCC.

Large Gallery Teams Meetings on Web – Web users can change the Teams meeting layout to Large Gallery. With Large Gallery, you can see up to 49 participants in a single screen, enhancing your overall virtual meeting experience. Available in DOD.

Together Mode in Teams Meetings on Web – Web users can change the Teams meeting layout to Together mode. In Together mode, participants are digitally placed in a shared background, making it feel like they are sitting in the same room with everyone else, even when participants are remote. Available in DOD.

Give and Take Control for Teams on VDI for VMware and Citrix – Give and Take Control for Microsoft Teams is available on VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) for VMware and Citrix. Presenters are able to give control of their shared content to other meeting participants, allowing them to take actions such as presenting or modifying files. The presenter and the meeting participant both have control of the sharing and the presenter can take back control at any time. 

Support of Live Caption for Teams on VDI for VMware – Live captions are now generally available in Teams on VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) for VMware. Teams on VDI for VMware can detect what’s being said and who is saying it with real-time captions. See use live captions in a Teams meeting on how to get started. Available in GCC.

Multi-window support for Teams for VDI for Azure Virtual Desktop, Windows 365 and Citrix – Teams multi-window support is available for VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) for Azure Windows DesktopWindows 365, and Citrix. Multi-window capability allows users to pop out chats, meetings, or calls into separate windows to help streamline their workflows.

Dynamic Emergency Calling for work from home on VDI for VMware – Dynamic Emergency Calling is now enabled for Teams on VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) for VMWare, allowing users to make emergency calls (E911) while working from home. It also lets users validate (and if necessary, edit) the address that emergency responders receive. Learn more how to configure dynamic emergency calling. Available GCC and GCC-High.

Support of Transcription for Teams on VDI for Azure Virtual Desktop – Transcription is available on VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) for Azure Virtual Desktop users. Live transcription allows you to follow conversations alongside the meeting video or audio in real time, promoting inclusivity for participants who are deaf/hard of hearing or have different levels of language proficiency. Available in GCC and GCC-High.

Bots in GCC-High – GCC-High customers will be able to build and deploy bots in their Microsoft Teams environment through Azure bot Service. This release supports custom, line-of-business bots.


Power Apps

In Power Apps: Power Apps for Windows GA, Dataverse Service Client GA, Dataverse experiences GA, Wrap GA, modern commanding GA, canvas components/ component libraries GA, portals update, developer tools refresh, command line updates v1.15.x

Power Apps for Windows General Availability

The Power Apps team have announced the general availability (GA) of our new Power Apps application for Windows. With Power Apps for Windows you can find all your canvas and model-driven apps including your Dynamics 365 apps and use them online or offline just like you can on iOS and Android! You can configure model-driven apps to work automatically offline by creating an offline profile. For canvas apps, you can use the LoadData/SaveData functions to create a seamless offline experience.

With the new Power Apps for Windows, you get device capabilities like camera, microphone, file picker, barcode scanning, geo-location and many others.

Power Apps for Windows.

Find out more: Announcing general availability of Power Apps for Windows

Dataverse Service Client General Availability

The Power Apps team have announced that the Dataverse service client is now Generally Available for developers to use. Dataverse Service client has been in preview for a while, which is why the team can provide developers with a Generally Available version of this SDK. This new Dataverse Service Client SDK has the following capabilities, which enables the community to extend the value of their applications:

  • Cross platform SDK based on .net core.
  • Removed Dynamic Dependencies
  • Works with the Dataverse Web API
  • Targets cloud only Dataverse instances.

Find out more: Dataverse Service Client is now Generally Available

Dataverse experiences on Power Apps General Availability

The Power Platform team announced the general availability of new data focused experiences for Dataverse, including:

  • Updated list of tables: An updated the list of tables to make it simpler to find what you need with extensive support for filtering, sorting, search and have provided some key pivots on this list.
  • Table hub: When you open a table, you’ll see a hub layout giving you an overview of the table with its properties and grouped links for related table components (like forms, views or columns).
  • Table designer: When you need to dive into the full data set, you can edit the table in a full-screen experience that gives you access to all the data in the table.
  • Create an app quickly: Now that you have found or built your table, it is just one-click away to create a new modern app over that table, whether you’re on the table hub or in the full-screen experience.
  • What’s using this table: You can select a command on the table hub to view the list of apps and flows that are using this table.
  • Columns, data types and formats: Focused on columns as they are key to storing meaningful data – the majority of columns created are text, whole number or date/time so these are all readily available in a single-click.
  • Choice columns: Enhanced management of these column types to make it easy to sort, drag/drop reorder, set colors and get access to all the other properties of the choice, including support for extending out-of-the-box Status Reasons.
Table hub in Dataverse.

Find out more: Announcing general availability of our new Dataverse experiences on Power Apps

Wrap for Power Apps General Availability

Wrap for Power Apps – empowering makers to create secure, custom-branded, standalone Android and iOS enterprise mobile apps with Power Apps – has reached general availability (GA). Wrap for Power Apps is the next step, integrating low-code enterprise apps with Power Apps mobile technology to produce secure (Intune managed) enterprise mobile apps with rich native mobile experiences and seamless end-to-end branding suitable for customer-facing frontline worker scenarios.

Wrap for Power Apps is now GA.

Find out more: Announcing general availability of wrap for Power Apps

Modern Commanding General Availability

The Power Apps team have announced modern commanding with Power Fx is now generally available (GA). Modern commanding provides a maker friendly low-code/no-code experience for customizing model-driven app command bars – with the first ever in-product command designer and the ability to use Power Fx (or JavaScript) for expressing business logic.

General availability of Power Apps modern commanding.

Find out more: Announcing the general availability of Power Apps modern commanding

Canvas components/ component libraries general availability

The Power Apps team have announced the general availability (GA) of canvas components and component libraries. Canvas components enable low code/no-code developers to build reusable UX components using default Power Apps controls as core building blocks. These custom components can then be shared across app screens or multiple apps both within and across Power Apps environments.

Makers can now package their apps and component libraries inside a single or multiple solutions and import them into a different environment. If a canvas app is using a component library, it is now tracked as a solution dependency. ALM support ensures that the dependency relationship is maintained in the target environment and any further library versions imported via solutions can deliver the updated components to the app. 

Component library ALM support.

Find out more: Announcing the general availability of canvas components and component libraries

Updates to Power Apps portals

With the announcement of Power Pages, several capabilities within Power Apps portals are now been optimized, or depreciated. Changes include: OAuth 2.0 implicit grant flow, list OData feed, Portal content editor and more.

Find out more: Important upcoming changes and deprecations in Power Apps portals

Power Platform developer tools May refresh

The Power Platform team have announced the release of a new update (Version: 1.16.5+gba7d6a4) for the Power Platform Command line. This refresh comes with capabilities ranging from support for single sign-on to things like showing whether solutions are managed or unmanaged when listing out the solutions.

Single Sign-on (Early Capability).

Find out more: Power platform Developer tools May Refresh

Power Platform Command Line: New Updates (April Refresh) v1.15.x

This month’s refresh of the Power Platform commend line includes updates to solution commands, packaging and administration improvements.

Find out more: Power Platform Command Line: New Updates (April Refresh) v1.15.x


Power Automate

In Power Automate: Power Automate desktop update, change flow owner, make.powerautomate.com, new connectors, ALM improvements

Power Automate desktop update June 2022

The June 2022 update of Power Automate for desktop (version 2.21) has been released with the following updates:

  • More data types are now supported for input and output variables
  • Desktop flows can now be triggered via an external link
  • Java automation in SWT framework applications
  • New screen for editing the selectors of a UI element
More data types are now supported for input and output variables.

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

Change owner of a solution flow

You can now reassign a solution flow to a new owner from the Power Automate portal. This feature enables owners, co-owners, and admins to change the owner of a solution flow to enable business continuity when the original owner is switching teams or leaving the organization.

Change owner of a solution flow.

Find out more: Change the owner of a cloud flow

New URL make.powerautomate.com

The Power Automate team have announced that https://flow.microsoft.com will become https://make.powerautomate.com. You will automatically be redirected to the new Power Automate URL when you try to visit the old URL.

Find out more: Coming soon to makers everywhere: make.powerautomate.com

13 new verified connectors

In May 2022, the Power Automate team launched 13 new verified connectors and 14 updates from different service owners. Let’s take a look at some of the new connectors:

  • Alkymi – Alkymi transforms enterprise workflows by placing machine learning and automation technology into the hands of business users, turning operational data headaches into a source of efficiency.
  • Cascade – Cascade is a cloud-based strategic planning and execution platform for teams to plan, execute, measure, and adapt their strategy all in one place. 
  • Cyberday – Cyberday splits chosen security frameworks (e.g. ISO 27001, NIST CSF, ISO 27701) down to prioritized security tasks and guides you in implementing them directly inside Microsoft Teams.
  • DomainTools Iris Enrich – The DomainTools Iris Enrich API supports high query volumes of domain name attributes including Whois, DNS, SSL certificate, and risk scoring elements to help build out the needed context for appropriate disposition of indicators. 
  • DomainTools Iris Investigate – The Iris Investigate API delivers dozens of domain name attributes on every result including Risk Score, DNS, Whois, SSL, and more. 
  • Exasol – Exasol’s analytics database delivers next-level performance, ease of use and choice of deployment for diverse analytics use cases. 
  • InQuba Journey – inQuba Journey offers a deep understanding into your customer journeys across channels and the ability to guide customer behaviour using real-time and personalised interventions.
  • My Acclaro – My Acclaro is a portal that streamlines translation workflows for your enterprise from order creation through review.
  • Progressus Advanced Projects – Use Progessus Advanced Projects connector to make OData calls to Progresssus Advanced Projects data.
  • Tribal – Tribal Edge modules, such as Tribal Admissions, provide staff and students the tools they need to succeed in the world of education.
  • TuxMailer – TuxMailer is a tool for email validation and marketing services.
  • Uber Freight – Uber Freight is a logistics platform providing 24/7 access to truckload freight with instant quoting + booking, price transparency, and real time visibility.
  • Vineforce – The Vineforce Power Automate Connector helps you build workflows by automating task creation and notifications triggered by actions in your favorite productivity apps.

15 new independent publisher connectors

In May 2022, the Power Automate team launched 15 new independent publisher connectors. Let’s take a look at some of the new connectors:

  • Aviationstack by Troy Taylor – The aviationstack API was built to deliver accurate data about global flights both in real-time as well as for historical flights.
  • BIN Checker by Troy Taylor – Checks and verifies BIN (Bank Identification Number). Available for both credit card and debit cards.
  • CDC Content Services by Troy Taylor – Content syndication allows CDC to offer web content to other sites and applications. Media, topics, and organizations data is available.
  • Lit Ipsum by Troy Taylor – Lit Ipsum is a dummy text generator for web designers and developers. As an alternative to boring old Lorem Ipsum generators, it chooses passages from copyright-free literature courtesy of the Gutenberg Project.
  • NHTSA vPIC by Troy Taylor – The NHTSA Product Information Catalog Vehicle Listing (vPIC) Application Programming Interface (API) provides different ways to gather information on Vehicles and their specifications.
  • OpenAI by Robin Rosengrün – OpenAI is an artificial intelligence research laboratory. The company conducts research in the field of AI with the stated goal of promoting and developing friendly AI in a way that benefits humanity as a whole.
  • ProPublica Campaign Finance by Troy Taylor – The Campaign Finance API includes information about electronic filings, which are submitted to the Federal Election Commission on nearly every day of the year. ProPublica Congress by Troy Taylor – Using the Congress API, you can retrieve legislative data from the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Library of Congress.
  • ProPublica Nonprofit Explorer by Troy Taylor – ProPublica Nonprofit Explorer provides summaries of 3 million tax returns from tax-exempt organizations and see financial details such as their executive compensation and revenue and expenses.
  • Reachability by Troy Taylor – Check reachability of any site/webpage from any country in the world.
  • Sessionize by Nanddeep Nachan – Sessionize is the smart way to manage Call for Papers, Speakers and Agenda for your conference.
  • Storm Glass by Paul Culmsee – The Storm Glass API allows you to fetch weather data for any coordinate on the globe in a simple, programmatic way using conventional HTTP requests.
  • Udemy by Nanddeep Nachan – The Udemy helps one to get the information about Udemy learning courses.
  • WorldTime by Andras Fordos – A simple API to get the current time based on a request with a timezone.
  • XSOAR by Landon Chelf – Provides the ability to submit content to XSOAR integrations when using instance.execute.external to expose integration instances over HTTPS. Tested to work with the Generic Webhook integration.

Find out more: 15 New Independent Publisher Connectors in May 2022

Application lifecycle management (ALM) updates

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is the end-to-end lifecycle management of applications and automations, considerations like governance, development, and maintenance. Based on your feedback, Power Automate has two categories of enhancements that are improving the ALM story:

  1. Solution cloud flow improvements
  2. Core ALM improvements
Making application lifecycle management (ALM) easier in Power Automate.

Find out more: Making application lifecycle management (ALM) easier in Power Automate


Power BI

In Power BI: Preview data in dataset details page, Power BI Desktop Feature Summary, email subscription updates for Premium Gen2, SQL Server Reporting Services 2022, Enhanced refresh Power BI REST API GA

Preview data is now available in the dataset details page

The dataset details page helps you explore, monitor, and leverage datasets. When you click on a dataset in the data hub, a workspace, or other place in Power BI, the details page for that dataset opens. A new feature – preview data, lets you select data from dataset’s tables on the side panel. If you do not see a side panel, click on “Show tables” from the action bar.

Tables preview partially selected.

Find out more: Preview data is now available in the dataset details page

Power BI June 2022 Desktop Feature Summary

In this month’s desktop feature summary is the announcement of the general availability of the new Format Pane, error bars and information protection updates, table navigation improvements, Connect to datamarts, plus lots more!

Find out more: Power BI June 2022 Feature Summary

Updates to full report attachments for email subscriptions in Premium Gen2

There are several updates coming to email subscriptions that use full report attachments, including:

  • Extending full report attachments to 50 pages
  • Full report attachments in the Premium Gen2 metrics app
  • Deprecation of full report attachment in the original version of Power BI Premium

Find out more: Updates to full report attachments for email subscriptions in Premium Gen2

SQL Server Reporting Services 2022 (Public Preview)

This release introduces the public preview of SQL Server 2022 Reporting Services (SSRS).  In this new release of SSRS, Microsoft have done lots of accessibility work to make sure we are empowering people to achieve more. It includes enhanced Windows Narrator support, security enhancements, performance improvements, bug fixes, and reliability updates.

Reminder of features being removed with the next release of SQL Server.

Find out more: SQL Server Reporting Services 2022

Enhanced refresh with the Power BI REST API generally available

Enhanced refresh with the Power BI REST API (formerly asynchronous refresh) from public is now generally available in Power BI Premium, Power BI Premium per User, and Power BI Embedded. As noted in the public preview announcement, this feature not only eliminates the need for synchronous client connections to perform a refresh, but also unlocks enterprise-grade refresh capabilities. 

Find out more: Enhanced refresh with the Power BI REST API is now generally available

BONUS – more updates!

4 New features in Forms for education

The Microsoft Forms team have updated creating, editing and tracking experiences for educators, here are 4 new features:

  1. Quickly create a form/quiz for your daily workflow – With this feature, teachers can quickly select and create templates including feedback surveys from students, daily workflow requests forms and assessment quizzes based on different needs through forms.office.com. 
  2. Convert paper tests into online ones – You can now import and convert paper tests into Microsoft Forms by using our latest “Smart convert” functionality. 
  3. Quiz is fully supported across all devices, including mobile – Whether you are creating a Form or Quiz from scratch, want to edit an existing one, or want to analyze the results, now you can do this fully end-to-end across your various devices.
  4. Keep track and remind non-response people by one click – If you want to share a form or quiz directly to your class or anyone in your organization, you can easily use the invitation channel. 
Convert paper tests into online ones.

Find out more: 4 New features in Forms for education | June 2022

Improvements to the Office.com experience

Microsoft have announced an improved Office.com experience with updates that will allow users to create, share, and collaborate all in one place with their favourite apps. A new sign-in and sign-up page greets you with a modern entry point to get your day started on the web. Additionally, with the new Create experience, you can access new creation templates in a single location.

Improvements to the Office.com experience.

Find out more: From Viva Sales to new Office experiences—here’s what’s new in Microsoft 365