Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 28th February 2022

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Teams

  • Launched (10)
  • Rolling out (3)
  • In development (22)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • Microsoft Teams: Pin chat messages – Pin a Teams chat message to drive awareness and provide the chat members with quick access to important content. Pinning will help your team stay in sync on what’s relevant in a timely manner. Roadmap ID:82584
  • Microsoft Teams: Dynamic Emergency Calling for Work from Home for Teams VDI on Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 – This feature enables users on Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 on virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to make an emergency call while working from home. It will allow users to validate (and if necessary, edit) the address that will be communicated to emergency responders. Roadmap ID:83555
  • Microsoft Teams: Press to unmute for GCC-High and DoD – Introducing the capability to allow meeting participants to temporarily unmute by pressing Ctrl + Space (Windows) and Option + Space (macOS) to speak. Roadmap ID:83610
  • Microsoft Teams: Dynamic Emergency Calling for Work From Home for VDI – Citrix – This feature enables users on Virtual Machine to validate the address that will be communicated to emergency responders in the event that an emergency call is placed by an individual working from home. Roadmap ID:86810
  • Microsoft Teams: Meet now support for Teams Rooms on Windows – Teams Rooms on Windows are making an alignment for Meet now experience to Teams desktop replacing New meeting control on the Teams room console with Meet (aka Meet now). With Meet, users can start an ad-hoc meeting with a single tap and invite participants to it. This change is only applicable if the Teams rooms is running in Microsoft Teams only or Microsoft Teams (default) and Skype for Business modes. With this change, all P2P calling and group calling functionality is moved under calling application. Roadmap ID:89066
  • Microsoft Teams: Calling app update for Teams Rooms on Windows – Teams Rooms on Windows are making an alignment for calling experience to Teams desktop replacing Dial pad control on the Teams room console with Call. Calling app provides users functionality to dial PSTN calls where available as well as enable entry point for P2P Teams calls, group Teams calls and P2P federated user calls. This change is only applicable if the Teams rooms is running in Microsoft Teams only or Microsoft Teams (default) and Skype for Business modes. With this change, all P2P calling and group calling functionality that was previously under New meeting button is moved under Call. For customers that use SIP URI calling through Skype for Business, Enter SIP URI entry point is available in Microsoft Teams (default) and Skype for Business mode. Roadmap ID:89069
  • Microsoft Teams: Interoperability with Azure Communication Services – Use Azure Communications Services to deliver a better customer experience by easily connecting users of a custom-built app with users on Microsoft Teams via voice, video, or chat. Roadmap ID:70770
  • Microsoft Teams: Press to unmute – Introducing the capability to allow meeting participants to temporarily unmute by press Ctrl +Space (Windows) and Option + Space (macOS) to speak. Roadmap ID:83419
  • Microsoft Teams: Redesigned Teams Store – With the redesigned Teams Store, you’ll find a landing page optimized for ease of discoverability with rotating banners at the top that spotlight interesting apps and scenarios. You’ll also get intelligent recommendations – like featured apps and those popular amongst your colleagues. And editorial articles that surface collections of apps that address common scenarios from apps to get you started in Teams to those best for educators.  Updated app categories to make it easier to find the apps you’re searching for – from those built by your org and colleagues to those built for certain functions and industries. Roadmap ID:86186
  • Microsoft Teams: New default settings when opening Office files –  Users can set a default of browser, desktop or Teams when opening Office files (Word, Excel, and Power Point) that are shared in Teams.  The desktop setting can be selected, if the user has Office version 16 or newer installed and activated.  Please see roadmap ID 92946 for an update on the government clouds. Roadmap ID:82662

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • Microsoft Teams: Support of Live Caption for Teams on VDI for Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 – Teams users on Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 on virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) will be able to use live captions. Live captions display the text version of the audio during the call. Roadmap ID:85693
  • Microsoft Teams: List of the joined teams per user in Teams admin center  – Teams administrators can view the list of teams that a user has joined. Roadmap ID:87969
  • Microsoft Teams: Wired HDMI ingest for Microsoft Teams Rooms on Android – Support for wired HDMI ingest for sharing from a desktop. Roadmap ID:66357

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – February 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Career Coach – Job market trends – Faculty and staff license holders will now be able to view location-based job market trends from LinkedIn. Roadmap ID:89920

Release – March 2022

  • Microsoft Teams: Usability improvements to informational messages in meetings for iOS –         Notification drawer for in-meeting informational messages, so users can preview, collapse and clear all notifications with one tap. Roadmap ID:86957
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Usability improvements to informational messages in meetings for Android –         Notification drawer for in-meeting informational messages, so users can preview, collapse and clear all notifications with one tap. Roadmap ID:86958
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Career Coach – Student activity insights – Faculty and staff license holders will now be able to view insights for aggregated student activity insights in Career Coach. Insights include student skills, career interests, and progress on career-related activities in Career Coach. Roadmap ID:89921
  • Microsoft Teams: LinkedIn Integration in Teams – Users will be able to see LinkedIn profiles of their colleagues in 1:1 chat. The LinkedIn profile is available via the LinkedIn tab in the 1:1 chat panel.  Roadmap ID:89132
  • Microsoft Teams: Pinned apps for frontline workers – We are providing a tailored experience for frontline workers in Teams! With this feature users with an F license will get frontline worker apps such as Tasks, Shifts, Walkie Talkie and Approvals pinned out of the box. Organizations can further configure the apps pinned, but this feature provides a foundation for a Teams environment purpose-built for frontline workers. Roadmap ID:89924
  • Microsoft Teams: End-to-end encryption for one-to-one Teams calls for GCCH and DoD – End-to-end encryption is the encryption of information at its origin and decryption at its intended destination without the ability for intermediate nodes to decrypt. End-to-end encryption would be an optional mode of real-time media collaboration where one-to-one Teams calls between two parties would be end-to-end encrypted. Roadmap ID:89249
  • Microsoft Teams: Admins can pin message extensions – Admins can manage the pin order of messaging extensions in the compose experience. Roadmap ID:87506
  • Microsoft Teams: Export Teams list from Teams Admin Center – Administrators can export Teams list as a csv file from Teams admin center. Roadmap ID:85704

Release – April 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Teams device store in Teams admin center – Teams device store provides direct procurement through Teams admin center, where admins can discover, purchase and provision Teams certified devices. The functionality will be available to small and medium sized organizations in US and Canada. This will be extended to more customers in the future. Roadmap ID:91090
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: New default settings when opening Office files For Government clouds – Users can set a default of browser, desktop or Teams when opening Office files (Word, Excel, and Power Point) that are shared in Teams.  The desktop setting can be selected, if the user has Office version 16 or newer installed and activated.  Roadmap ID:92946
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Multi-Window support for VDI on Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 – Users on Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 on virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) will be able to view meetings and calls in separate windows from the main Microsoft Teams client. Additionally, meeting and call controls such as mute, video, chat, leave and others will now be located at the top of the meeting window so that they are always available and never block the underlying content. Roadmap ID:86548
  • Microsoft Teams: Multi-Window support for VDI for VMware – Users on virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)will be able to view meetings and calls in separate windows from the main Microsoft Teams client. Additionally, meeting and call controls such as mute, video, chat, leave and others will now be located at the top of the meeting window so that they are always available and never block the underlying content. Roadmap ID:85691
  • Microsoft Teams: New default for Teams notification style for DoD – Teams notification style will be defaulted to native notifications for new users. Currently the default style is Teams purple, with this change to native notifications the user will benefit from support for assist mode, action center, accessibility and more. Roadmap ID:86088
  • Microsoft Teams: Video filters – Before joining a meeting, you can use filters to subtly adjust lighting levels and smooth out facial features to customize your appearance. Roadmap ID:65944

Release – May 2022

  • Microsoft Teams: Background Blur for VDI on Azure Virtual Desktop/Windows 365 – Users on Teams on VDI on Azure Virtual Desktop/Windows 365 can blur their background in your video meeting and call.  Roadmap ID:92505
  • Microsoft Teams: Give Take Control for Teams on VDI for VMware – User on VMware will be able to give and take control during calls and meetings. Give control: If you want another meeting participant to change a file, help you present, or demonstrate something, you can give control to that person. You will both be in control of the sharing, and you can take back control anytime. Take control: To take control while another person is sharing, select Request control. The person sharing can then approve or deny your request. While you have control, you can make selections, edits, and other modifications to the shared screen. When you’re done, select Release control to stop sharing control. Roadmap ID:87558
  • Microsoft Teams: Give Take Control for Teams for VDI on Azure Window Desktop and Windows 365 – User on Azure Window Desktop and Windows 365 on virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) will be able to give and take control during calls and meetings. Give control: If you want another meeting participant to change a file, help you present, or demonstrate something, you can give control to that person. You will both be in control of the sharing, and you can take back control anytime. Take control: To take control while another person is sharing, select Request control. The person sharing can then approve or deny your request. While you have control, you can make selections, edits, and other modifications to the shared screen. When you’re done, select Release control to stop sharing control. Roadmap ID:87559
  • Microsoft Teams: Give Take Control for Citrix on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. – User on Citrix will be able to give and take control during calls and meetings. Give control: If you want another meeting participant to change a file, help you present, or demonstrate something, you can give control to that person. You will both be in control of the sharing, and you can take back control anytime. Take control: To take control while another person is sharing, select Request control. The person sharing can then approve or deny your request. While you have control, you can make selections, edits, and other modifications to the shared screen. When you’re done, select Release control to stop sharing control. Roadmap ID:87560

Release – July 2022

  • Microsoft Teams: Delay delivery of chat messages  – You can send out a chat message in a time that is convenient to you, and the message will arrive to its destination at the time you scheduled. Roadmap ID:88281

Release – December 2022

  • Microsoft Graph: Teams Device management Graph APIs (Preview) – These APIs provide access to information about the Teams devices and options to manage them and enable easy integration with other workflows. Roadmap ID:90173
  • Microsoft Teams: Adobe Sign Integration in Approvals for GCC-High and DoD – There may be times when you need something approved and recorded with more formal attestation and adding signatures to the approval process is necessary. Simply choose Adobe Sign in the Approvals app and add the request details. Once submitted, signers are notified with an email and can easily review and sign. Approvals will keep track of the entire workflow right in context within Teams. Roadmap ID:81657

Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 21st February 2022

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Teams

  • Launched (5)
  • Rolling out (13)
  • In development (13)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • Microsoft Teams: Support Application screen sharing for Teams for VDI for Citrix – Citrix users on virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) will be able to share application during Teams meeting once the feature is available. This will help user to share an application instead of sharing a complete desktop screen. Roadmap ID:83116
  • Microsoft Teams: Enable third-party Teams app developers to test the in-product purchase experience within the Teams client – Third-party Teams app developers can now test the purchase experience of their Teams app directly from within the Teams client before making either app or offer available to the public. Roadmap ID:87354
  • Microsoft Teams: Share specific parts of the App to meeting stage – We have introduced new API’s within the Teams Client SDK that will provide developers the ability to share specific content within their app to the meeting stage from the app side panel experience. Roadmap ID:87799
  • Microsoft Teams: Group assignment of app setup policies – App setup policies allow apps to be pre-installed and pinned to the app bar by the admin. App setup policies can now be assigned to groups. Roadmap ID:88304
  • Microsoft Teams: Career Coach – edX learning content – Career Coach will now feature edX content, an online course provider, within the learning experience.   Roadmap ID:89918
  • Microsoft Teams: Music on Hold for Consult/Transfer – Music on Hold for Consult/Transfer scenarios ensures that users placed on hold will hear music while consultation and transfer occurs, ensuring that the caller knows that the call is still active. Roadmap ID:82957

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • Microsoft Teams: Local time added to people profile – You can easily find out the local time of the people you collaborate with by checking their profile card.   Roadmap ID:54254
  • Microsoft Teams: Pin chat messages – Pin a Teams chat message to drive awareness and provide the chat members with quick access to important content. Pinning will help your team stay in sync on what’s relevant in a timely manner. Roadmap ID:82584
  • Microsoft Teams: Dynamic Emergency Calling for Work from Home for Teams VDI on Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 – This feature enables users on Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 on virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to make an emergency call while working from home. It will allow users to validate (and if necessary, edit) the address that will be communicated to emergency responders.  Roadmap ID:83555
  • Microsoft Teams: New Lobby Setting: Only Invited Users join directly for GCC – A new lobby setting is coming to Teams Meeting Options. We are adding “People I Invite” as an option to the “Who can bypass lobby?” setting. Once enabled, only the participants invited by the organizer in meeting invite will be able to join the meeting directly. Everyone else will be sent to the lobby. Roadmap ID:86069
  • Microsoft Teams: Dynamic Emergency Calling for Work From Home for VDI – Citrix – This feature enables users on Virtual Machine to validate the address that will be communicated to emergency responders in the event that an emergency call is placed by an individual working from home. Roadmap ID:86810
  • Microsoft Teams: Admins can pin message extensions – Admins can manage the pin order of messaging extensions in the compose experience. Roadmap ID:87506
  • Microsoft Teams: Chat density  – Customize the number of chat messages you see on the screen. Use the compact setting to fit 50 percent more messages on the screen. Comfortable setting keeps the chat display as it is in Teams today.   Roadmap ID:88064
  • Microsoft Teams: New Fluent Emoji style coming to Teams emojis and reactions – Teams is joining M365 and Windows in updating all emojis and reactions to the new Microsoft Fluent emoji style, bringing users a more vibrant and expressive emoji experience. Roadmap ID:88277
  • Microsoft Teams: Education policy wizard – Multiple group support – Admins can now add up-to three groups, instead of one previously, of educators and staff for applying the specialized custom set of policies. Roadmap ID:90510
  • Microsoft Teams: Music Mode for Teams for GCC High and DoD – In music mode, we support up to 32 kHz sampling rate mono audio at 128 kbps, and optimize our internal audio processing settings for reproducing music with high fidelity. Teams will automatically adjust the audio bitrate based on the available bandwidth, going down to 48 kbps while still delivering good music quality. Roadmap ID:83520
  • Microsoft Teams: Hide your own video in Teams meeting – Currently, the user’s video is displayed at the bottom right corner of the meeting screen. This feature allows users to hide their own video during a meeting. This will help reduce distractions during the call while still having your video available for other participants. Roadmap ID:86370
  • Microsoft Teams: Meet now support for Teams Rooms on Windows – Teams Rooms on Windows are making an alignment for Meet now experience to Teams desktop replacing New meeting control on the Teams room console with Meet (aka Meet now). With Meet, users can start an ad-hoc meeting with a single tap and invite participants to it. This change is only applicable if the Teams rooms is running in Microsoft Teams only or Microsoft Teams (default) and Skype for Business modes. Roadmap ID:89066
  • Microsoft Teams: Calling app update for Teams Rooms on Windows – Teams Rooms on Windows are making an alignment for calling experience to Teams desktop replacing Dial pad control on the Teams room console with Call. Calling app provides users functionality to dial PSTN calls where available as well as enable entry point for P2P Teams calls, group Teams calls and P2P federated user calls. This change is only applicable if the Teams rooms is running in Microsoft Teams only or Microsoft Teams (default) and Skype for Business modes. Roadmap ID:89069

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – February 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Message action entry point for Workflows in Teams – Message based workflows are powerful for collaboration and efficiency. With message action based entry point, users can view/search for applicable workflows as well as trigger pre-configured workflows from the message action overflow menu. Roadmap ID:92453
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Message extension entry point for Workflows in Teams – Chat/Channel/Teams based workflows are a powerful tool for collaboration and efficiency. With message extension based entry point, users can view/search for applicable workflows as well as trigger pre-configured workflows from the message extension menu. Roadmap ID:92454
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Background Blur for VDI on Azure Virtual Desktop/Windows 365 – Users on Teams on VDI on Azure Virtual Desktop/Windows 365 can blur their background in your video meeting and call.  Roadmap ID:92505

Release – March 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Virtual Visits usage report in Teams Admin Center – The Virtual Visits usage report in the Microsoft Teams admin center gives you an overview of Teams Virtual Visits activity in your organization for Global Admins and Teams Admin. Customer can view detailed activity for virtual appointments scheduled through the Bookings app and the Microsoft Teams Electronic Health Records (EHR) connector. Roadmap ID:88792
  • Microsoft Teams: Co-organizer Meeting Role – Organizers will now be able to share control by assigning the new “Co-organizer” role to people they invite. Co-organizers will have almost all of the capabilities of the organizer, including management of Meeting Options. Roadmap ID:81391
  • Microsoft Teams: Support of Live Caption for Teams on VDI for VMware – Teams users on virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) will be able to use live captions. Live captions display the text version of the audio during the call. Roadmap ID:86070
  • Microsoft Teams: Forms Integration with Microsoft Bookings – Associate Forms templates to Booking services to send forms for data intake from attendees prior to joining a Booking appointment. Roadmap ID:87607
  • Microsoft Teams: New Tag Management Settings – This feature will update default tag management settings in the Teams Admin Center to include ”Team owners and members” and not just “Team owners.” You can still update this to only “Team owners” at the tenant level and override the default.  Roadmap ID:88318

Release – April 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Disable or Enable all Attendees’ Video for DoD – Ability in DoD to disable and enable videos for all attendees before or during a Microsoft Teams meeting. Roadmap ID:91665
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Disable or Enable a Single Attendee’s Video for DoD – Ability to disable and enable a single attendee’s video in a Microsoft Teams meeting. Roadmap ID:91666
  • Microsoft Teams: Call control with bluetooth headsets and speakerphones  –  Use device buttons to control call (answer, end, hold) from Bluetooth audio devices without needing a USB dongle when connected to a Windows PC running Teams desktop client. For many headsets and speakerphones, this will work without requiring any user action to enable other than pairing the headset or speakerphone with the PC. Roadmap ID:84309

Release – May 2022

  • Microsoft Teams: Workspace Management – Workspace Management is a new feature within Teams Admin Center that provides an integrated view of Teams devices and peripherals based on their location, along with relevant insights. This capability provides IT admins the ability to manage connected devices, and monitor workspace health, utilization and conformance to standards at any location. Roadmap ID:88326

Release – June 2022

  • Microsoft Teams: Teams device management in DoD – Tenants in the DoD environment can also manage their Teams devices from the Teams admin center. Admins can now control the entire lifecycle of their Teams devices which include an increasing variety of supported device types – IP Phones, Collaboration bars, Teams displays, Teams Meeting Room devices. Roadmap ID:85264

Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 14th February 2022

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Teams

  • Launched (3)
  • Rolling out (4)
  • In development (7)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Graph API for Teams Export (Preview) – Enterprise Information Archiving (EIA) for Microsoft Teams is a key scenario for our customer as it allows them to solve for retention, indexing, e-discovery, classification, and regulatory requirements. Roadmap ID: 68731
  • Microsoft Teams: Cortana support expansion to additional languages in Microsoft Teams Rooms – Cortana will support additional languages on Teams devices that are set to different locale languages. The locale supported today are: en-us, en-ca, en-au, en-in, en-gb (US, Canada, Australia, India, Great Britain). Roadmap ID: 89162
  • Microsoft Teams: Admin notifications for Custom app submissions – When a developer submits a custom app for IT admin approval, admins will receive a notification in a dedicated Teams channel, so they can review and take next steps to publish the app. Roadmap ID:82512

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • Microsoft Teams: Support Application screen sharing for Teams on VDI for Citrix – Citrix users will be able to share application during Teams meeting once the feature is available. This will help user to share an application instead of sharing a complete desktop screen. Roadmap ID: 83116
  • Microsoft Teams: Changes to Microsoft Teams apps’ native permissions in the browser – In order to better secure Microsoft Teams third-party applications that request native device permissions – such as camera, microphone or location access – we will be requiring users to manually opt-in for these permissions per app in the Microsoft Teams web browser experience. We are already doing this on the Teams desktop and mobile clients.  Roadmap ID: 83656
  • Microsoft Teams: Shared templates between Teams and SharePoint – Team templates and SharePoint templates are now shared for specific use cases. Roadmap ID: 84724
  • Microsoft Teams: Mirror my video – Mirror my video feature provides the user the option to un-mirror their video and thereby have the same view as the other users(s) in the meeting. By un-mirroring their video, the user will see the text correctly. No more flipped text in backgrounds or while holding a small whiteboard while teaching primary school kids. This feature is helpful in gallery, large gallery, ppt-content only sharing, and ppt-live scenarios. Roadmap ID: 89015

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – February 2022

  • Microsoft Teams: Tags are available in DOD – Tags are available in DoD. Tags in Teams let users quickly reach a group of people without having to @mention or type out everyone. Roadmap ID: 81096
  • Microsoft Teams: Admins can pin message extensions – Admins can manage the pin order of messaging extensions in the compose experience. Roadmap ID: 87506

Release – March 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Call control with bluetooth headsets and speakerphones – Use device buttons to control call (answer, end, hold) from Bluetooth audio devices without needing a USB dongle when connected to a Windows PC running Teams desktop client. For many headsets and speakerphones, this will work without requiring any user action to enable other than pairing the headset or speakerphone with the PC. Roadmap ID: 84309

Release – April 2022

  • Microsoft Teams: Live Transcript in all available languages in Teams Meetings on Web – Live Transcript is now available in all available languages for web users of Teams Meetings. Roadmap ID: 84003

Release – May 2022

  • Microsoft Teams: Expanded Reactions – Expanded reactions allows users to apply any emoji as a reaction to chat messages! Pick from 800 plus Teams emojis to react the way you want. Feature ID:88080

Release – July 2022

  • Yammer, Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Stream for Business: Yammer Encoded Events powered by Microsoft Teams – Today in Yammer the video stream and production in a Live Event is powered by Stream. With this feature, all Live Events (production and the video stream itself, within Yammer) will be powered by Microsoft Teams. Roadmap ID: 82054

Release – August 2022

  • Microsoft Teams: Teams devices dashboard for device analytics providing health and usage metrics – Health and usage insights surfaced on a dashboard for Teams devices being managed through the Teams admin center including the ability to export and auto share the insights and set alerts on key metrics to be  notified when attention is required.  Roadmap ID:84533

How to find the internal name of list or library columns

This post is a guide on how to find the internal name of columns within Microsoft lists or document libraries in SharePoint.


In this post:

Intro
Option 1: list/ library settings
Option 2: sort or group by the column
Option 3: REST API request
Option 4: Microsoft Graph Explorer

Intro

Columns in Microsoft Lists/ SharePoint lists & libraries have two main names – their display name that you can see within the list or library and their internal name. Sometimes you may be required to use a column’s internal name (for example: when creating column/list view formatting). There are several ways to do this, depending on the column so take a look below for more:

NOTE: In the examples below I will be focusing on lists, but the same applies for document libraries.

Option 1: list/ library settings

This is by far the easiest way to get the internal name of a column. All internal custom columns, plus several of the out-the-box column names within lists or libraries can be found by heading to list settings and clicking on the column itself:

  • Press the cog > list/ library settings
Press list settings from the cog menu.
  • Scroll down until you see columns > select the column
  • The Field= end part of the URL in the browser will show you the internal name of your column (Modified By in my example)
Editing the column will show you the internal name of the column from the Field= part at the end of the URL .

Option 2: sort or group by the column

Some out-the-box columns don’t appear within list settings, but you can still get their internal name by either grouping or sorting based on the particular column. For example, the file size column is an out-the-box column that isn’t you won’t find in list settings. If you add this column to your list/ library view and sort you can get access to the internal name:

  • Click on the drop-down and press show/ hide columns
  • Select the column you wish to add > tick it > press apply
  • Select the drop-down next to your newly added column > either sort by or group by depending on what is available
    • For sorted columns – look for the sortField part of the URL to get the internal name of your column
URL example to find the internal name of sorted columns
  • For grouped columns – look for the groupBy part of the URL to get the internal name of your column
URL example to find the internal name of grouped columns.

Option 3: REST API requests

SharePoint has a REST API service that allows you to perform CRUD operations by using REST HTTP requests. There is much more information about the SharePoint REST service here, but you can use GET requests via the browser to return information as per your requirements.

In our example, we want to return all the internal column names from a given list. To do this we simply need to send a REST request to SharePoint as follows:

https://[YOUR SITE].sharepoint.com/_api/Web/Lists(guid'[YOUR GUID]')/Fields

This will return a huge wall of text, but if you CTRL+F and search for the name of your column or use a code editor you will find the internal name and display name:

Option 4: Microsoft Graph

You can also use the MS Graph Explorer to do something similar to a REST API request. The graph explorer allows you to create a run requests via an easy to use interface that also shows you the results. In our example I ran the following GET request via graph explorer:

https://graph.microsoft.com/v1.0/sites/[YOUR TENANT].sharepoint.com/sites/[YOUR SITE]/lists/[YOUR LIST]/Columns
Entering the above request in Graph Explorer will return you all the internal column names in your list.

Which allowed me to look through the response preview to find my file size column’s internal name:


Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 7th February 2022

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Teams

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

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • Microsoft Teams: Parent connection in Teams for Education – With Parent connection in Teams for Education, educators can easily connect and engage with the parents and guardians of their class using Teams chat. All parent and guardian data is provisioned using School Data Sync, saving educators and IT staff valuable time. Roadmap ID:83593
  • Microsoft Teams: Sensitivity labels for Teams templates – Sensitivity labels will be supported when creating teams with templates. This feature is no longer rolling out. Roadmap ID:84232
  • Microsoft Teams: Switch between multiple video cameras in Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows – Ability for participants in a Microsoft Teams Room to switch between multiple video cameras during a Teams meeting. Roadmap ID:85818
  • Microsoft Teams: Queue view for virtual visits scheduled in the Microsoft Bookings app – Real time updates to meeting state in a queue view for virtual visits scheduled in the Microsoft Bookings app. Roadmap ID:86718
  • Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Teams for Education Career Coach – Admin feature enabling – IT admin will have controls in Teams Admin Center for enabling new Career Coach features for their school. Roadmap ID:87995
  • Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Teams for Education Career Coach – Connection messages – Students can now select a message to include with their LinkedIn connection invitation to school alumni. Roadmap ID:87996
  • Microsoft Teams: Enable Cortana voice activation by default in out-of-box-experience of newly imaged Microsoft Teams Rooms – Cortana voice activation will be enabled by default on newly imaged Microsoft Teams Rooms solutions. If desired, IT Admins can adjust the setting to turn off voice activation at that time. Roadmap ID:89161
  • Microsoft Teams: Universal Actions and Refresh Support for User Sent Cards – Adaptive Cards v2 (ACv2) now known as Universal Actions for Adaptive Cards brings the bot as the common backend for handling actions and introduces a new action type, Action. Execute, which works across apps, such as Teams and Outlook. Roadmap ID:86746
  • Microsoft Teams: Configure your activity feed notifications – Users will be able to control the type of notifications that appear in their activity feed. Roadmap ID:88400
  • Microsoft Teams: Disable/Enable all Attendees’ Video for GCC-High – Ability in GCC-High to disable and enable video for all attendees before or during a Microsoft Teams meeting. Roadmap ID:80221
  • Microsoft Teams: Disable/Enable a Single Attendee’s Video for GCC High – Ability to disable and enable a single attendee’s video in a Microsoft Teams meeting. Roadmap ID:80224
  • Microsoft Teams: Call Merge for GCC – Call Merge gives end users the capability to merge their active unheld 1-1 call into another 1-1 call or another group call. This applies to Teams VOIP calls and PSTN calls. Roadmap ID:51127
  • Microsoft Information Protection: Changes in display of hierarchical sensitivity labels for Microsoft Teams – For hierarchical sensitivity labels, channel headers will only display the parent label instead of showing the child label. Roadmap ID:70566
  • Microsoft Teams: Approval templates – New out-of-the-box templates provide a repeatable structure for common approvals such as leave, expense reports, or overtime requests. Roadmap ID:70768
  • Microsoft Teams: Attachments to approvals – Attach files to approvals directly from OneDrive and SharePoint, or attach a generic link to content hosted outside of Microsoft 365. Roadmap ID:70787
  • Microsoft Teams: Markdown support in approvals – For approvals, use Markdown formatting in adaptive cards and the details view, to ensure all approvals are formatted correctly. Roadmap ID:70788
  • Microsoft Teams: Tags are available in GCC High – Tags are available in GCC High. Tags in Teams let users quickly reach a group of people without having to @mention or type out everyone. Roadmap ID:81091
  • Microsoft Teams: Offline access for files – Users can now access previously opened files even when there is no internet connectivity. Roadmap ID:81563
  • Microsoft Teams: Set Presence Status duration for Government clouds – Teams users will soon have the ability to change their presence for a specific period of time. Roadmap ID:68937
  • Microsoft Teams: New Offline Presence Status for Government clouds – Teams users will soon have the ability to change their presence to “Offline”. This will allow them to have full access to Teams while signaling to colleagues that they are unavailable. Roadmap ID:68939
  • Microsoft Teams: Focus or minimize shared content in a Teams meeting for Mobile – Teams mobile users now have more flexibility in how to view a meeting when content is shared, we added the ability to let phone/tablet users to minimize shared content to see people instead, or focus on content by hiding other’s videos. Roadmap ID:82958

🚂 ROLLING OUT

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

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – February 2022

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

Release – March 2022

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

Release – April 2022

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

Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 31st January 2022

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

Teams

  • Launched (14)
  • Rolling out (11)
  • In development (13)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • Microsoft Teams: Teams casting from mobile device to Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows – For quick ad-hoc sessions that don’t necessarily require setting up a formal meeting, people can use Teams casting to wirelessly connect to a Teams Room running on Windows, and display content from their mobile phone. Users can broadcast their screen and cast content stored on locally on their device or accessible via Office 365. Roadmap ID: 68739
  • Microsoft Teams: Role based Access scoping on devices category – This feature allows you to delegate admin roles to specific members. Roadmap ID: 70676
  • Microsoft Teams: Chat with Teams personal account users – Teams users will be able to chat with team members who are outside their work network and have a Teams personal account. This is expanding on external access capabilities, enabling Teams users to invite for a 1:1 or group chat any other federated Teams users using an email address or phone number and remain within the security and compliance policies of their organization. Roadmap ID: 88381
  • Yammer and Microsoft Teams: Customize branding & link previews – Microsoft Teams admins can customize the branding for the Yammer Communities app for Microsoft Teams to suit their Yammer network with their preferred app logos, naming, accent color, and more. with this Communities app for Microsoft Teams, users see a rich Yammer preview in chats and channel conversations when the user pastes a URL of a conversation from a public Yammer community. Roadmap ID: 82243
  • Microsoft Teams: Lower all raised hands for GCC-High and DoD – Meeting organizers and presenters will see an option to lower all raised hands from the participant pane. Roadmap ID: 83487
  • Microsoft Teams: Access files offline on mobile – The Teams mobile app now allows you to access files even when you are offline or in bad network conditions. Simply select the files you need access to, and Teams will keep a downloaded version to use in your mobile app. You will find all your files that are available offline in the files section of the app. Roadmap ID: 68750
  • Microsoft Teams: Lower all raised hands – Meeting organizers and presenters will see an option to lower all raised hands from the participant pane. Roadmap ID: 82643
  • Microsoft Teams: Teams Meetings Auto Recording – This feature allows users to auto record meetings by choosing auto record option in meetings options. Roadmap ID: 83054
  • Microsoft Teams and PowerPoint: Annotation support in PowerPoint Live in Teams and Slideshow – We are introducing virtual laser pointer and ink annotations so presenters can engage more with their audience by drawing attention or clarifying certain sections of the PowerPoint deck. Just as you would use a physical laser point in a room, PowerPoint Live allows you to effectively point at different places in the presentation so the audience can easily follow along what’s on the slide. Roadmap ID: 81966
  • Microsoft Teams: Dynamic view – Dynamic view automatically optimizes shared content and video participants in Teams meetings. New controls let you personalize the view to suit your preferences and needs, such as the ability to show shared content and specific participants side-by-side. Roadmap ID: 65943
  • Microsoft Information Protection: Data loss prevention for Microsoft Teams for DoD – Data loss prevention (DLP) capabilities in Microsoft 365 government clouds will be extended to include Microsoft Teams chat and channel messages, including private channel messages. If your organization has DLP, you can now define policies that prevent people from sharing sensitive information in a Microsoft Teams channel or chat session. Roadmap ID: 80375
  • SharePoint and Teams: updated Add a Team to a site wizard – Microsoft wants to make it easier to use the connected value of SharePoint and Teams. People use SharePoint team site home pages with dynamic web parts as mini-dashboards for group content: pages, news, links, documents, group activity and more – and it’s configurable. Choose the SharePoint content that you want to add as tabs in Teams when you first connect them via the “Add a Team” flow from your site. Roadmap ID: 46990
  • Microsoft Teams: Suggested replies for Android – Suggested replies in Teams chat uses assistive AI to create short responses based on the context of the previous message. Roadmap ID: 65954
  • Microsoft Teams: Suggested replies for iOS – Suggested replies in Teams chat uses assistive AI to create short responses based on the context of the previous message. Roadmap ID: 69740

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • Microsoft Teams: Parent connection in Teams for Education – With Parent connection in Teams for Education, educators can easily connect and engage with the parents and guardians of their class using Teams chat. All parent and guardian data is provisioned using School Data Sync, saving educators and IT staff valuable time. Roadmap ID: 83593
  • Microsoft Teams: Shared templates between Teams and SharePoint – Team templates and SharePoint templates are now shared for specific use cases. Roadmap ID: 84724
  • Microsoft Teams: Switch between multiple video cameras in Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows – Ability for participants in a Microsoft Teams Room to switch between multiple video cameras during a Teams meeting. Roadmap ID: 85818
  • Microsoft Teams: Pin your own video in Teams meetings – Currently, users can pin video feeds to increase the size of the desired video on their own screen. Now, we have expanded the ability for users to pin their own video on the stage as well. This way, users can also see their own video in the increased size on their screen. Roadmap ID: 86342
  • Microsoft Teams: Hide your own video in Teams meeting – Currently, the user’s video is displayed at the bottom right corner of the meeting screen. This feature allows users to hide their own video during a meeting. This will help reduce distractions during the call while still having your video available for other participants. Roadmap ID: 86370
  • Microsoft Teams: Updated companion mode for iOS users – For a better hybrid meeting experience, Teams users on their iPhone can use a single tap to join a meeting on both their device and Microsoft Teams Room. Audio on their device will be automatically turned off to ensure echo doesn’t happen. Furthermore, the landing experience on the iPhone will be optimized for engagement activities to make it easier to raise hand or react, chat, see all participants, and more. Roadmap ID: 87869
  • Microsoft Teams: App lists and banners in the app management page – The Manage Apps page today allows admins to manage apps in the tenant. Lists of apps and editorial banners aid the admin to find relevant apps for the tenant. Roadmap ID: 88305
  • Microsoft Teams: Enriching the App detailed page with more descriptive App information In Teams admin center – The app detail page will provide greater description for each app, including images and product videos. Roadmap ID: 88306
  • Microsoft Teams: Meet now support for Teams Rooms on Windows – Teams Rooms on Windows are making an alignment for Meet now experience to Teams desktop replacing New meeting control on the Teams room console with Meet (aka Meet now). With Meet, users can start an ad-hoc meeting with a single tap and invite participants to it. This change is only applicable if the Teams rooms is running in Microsoft Teams only or Microsoft Teams (default) and Skype for Business modes. With this change, all P2P calling and group calling functionality is moved under calling application. Roadmap ID: 89066
  • Microsoft Teams: Calling app update for Teams Rooms on Windows – Teams Rooms on Windows are making an alignment for calling experience to Teams desktop replacing Dial pad control on the Teams room console with Call. Calling app provides users functionality to dial PSTN calls where available as well as enable entry point for P2P Teams calls, group Teams calls and P2P federated user calls. This change is only applicable if the Teams rooms is running in Microsoft Teams only or Microsoft Teams (default) and Skype for Business modes. With this change, all P2P calling and group calling functionality that was previously under New meeting button is moved under Call. For customers that use SIP URI calling through Skype for Business, Enter SIP URI entry point is available in Microsoft Teams (default) and Skype for Business mode. Roadmap ID: 89069
  • Microsoft Teams: Add a group of approvers to your approval request  – Users are able to select Office 365 groups as approvers when creating a new approval request within the Teams Approvals App. Roadmap ID: 89108

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – February 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Career Coach – edX learning content – Career Coach will now feature edX content, an online course provider, within the learning experience. Roadmap ID: 89918
  • Microsoft Teams: Front row layout for Teams Rooms on Windows – Front row is a new layout for Microsoft Teams Rooms, designed to enhance hybrid meetings and provide in-room participants with greater context of what is happening across various aspects of the meeting. With front row, remote attendees are seen in the room at eye level and additional meeting experiences including chat, and a rostered view of participants with raised hands, are brought to the front of room screen. Roadmap ID: 89065
  • Microsoft Teams: New Tag Management Settings – This feature will update default tag management settings in the Teams Admin Center to include ”Team owners and members” and not just “Team owners.” You can still update this to only “Team owners” at the tenant level and override the default. Roadmap ID: 88318
  • Microsoft Teams: Chat density  – Customize the number of chat messages you see on the screen. Use the compact setting to fit 50 percent more messages on the screen. Comfortable setting keeps the chat display as it is in Teams today.    Roadmap ID:88064
  • Microsoft Teams: Share specific parts of the App to meeting stage – We have introduced new API’s within the Teams Client SDK that will provide developers the ability to share specific content within their app to the meeting stage from the app side panel experience. Feature ID:87799
  • Microsoft Teams: Embedded CART captioning support for Teams meetings for GCC-High and DOD – Teams meetings now support integration with real-time captioning providers and CART writers (Communication Access Real-Time Transcription) so that users who utilize CART captions can view the captions in the same window as their meeting. Roadmap ID: 83614
  • Microsoft Teams: Support Application screen sharing for Teams on VDI for Citrix – Citrix users will be able to share application during Teams meeting once the feature is available. This will help user to share an application instead of sharing a complete desktop screen. Roadmap ID: 83116
  • Microsoft Teams: Local time added to people profile – You can easily find out the local time of the people you collaborate with by checking their profile card.  Feature ID:54254

Release – March 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Text prediction for Teams mobile – Assistive AI predicts your answers and gives text suggestions, so you can finish phrases in one tap. Roadmap ID: 81573
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Forms Integration with Microsoft Bookings – Associate Forms templates to Booking services to send forms for data intake from attendees prior to joining a Booking appointment. Roadmap ID: 87607
  • Whiteboard: Additional facilitation features – Participants in Teams and on Web will have additional facilitation features. Feature ID:66766

Release – April 2022

  • Microsoft Teams: Up to 25K members per team in DoD – You can now add up to 25,000 members per team in DoD. Roadmap ID: 85338

Microsoft 365 monthly update – January 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

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Azure Active Directory Dynamic Groups for SharePoint audience targeting

Newly released support for dynamic groups gives you more control over how you target your SharePoint audiences. You can start to add them from the audience picker in the areas where targeting is supported in SharePoint, including navigation and selected web parts.

Marketing Members” is a Dynamic Group in AAD, used here to enable dynamic audience targeting for the main team site left-hand navigation.
Use dynamic groups in AAD to target audiences in SharePoint.

Find out more: Target navigation, news, files, links, and web parts to specific audiences

Search verticals are tabs on the search result’s page that show results of a specific type or from select sources. New support for custom verticals in Microsoft Search allows you to customize out of the box verticals for Microsoft Search and add new verticals based on your SharePoint content. 

Microsoft Search has two types of verticals, out of the box or default and custom verticals. The default verticals, such as All, Files, and People, create easy access to the most used search results.

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Custom “Department” vertical showing in search results within SharePoint.

Find out more: Manage search verticals

Improved lookup columns in Microsoft Lists

Lookup columns, a stable part of any SharePoint list for time immemorial – have been given a fresh coat of paint by way of the modern UI and can now be configured without going to the classic settings page.

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Lookup columns allow you to connect a list to a column from another list you have on your site.

Find out more: List and library column types and options

Manage Teams and channel connected team sites from in SharePoint admin center

Now, when you go to a teams-connected site in SharePoint admin center, you see all corresponding channel sites and can ensure that right optional security policies are inherited from the parent site. With this release, that means:

  • A new Teams view that filters the sites list to only sites that are Teams connected.
  • A new column identifying the site is connected to teams.
  • A new column identifying the team connected site has also
The Sharepoint admin center 'Active sites' page will include SharePoint team sites connected to various Teams channels (shared or private).
The Sharepoint admin center ‘Active sites’ page will include SharePoint team sites connected to various Teams channels (shared or private).

Find out more: Rich, secure content and collaboration for hybrid work – Ignite 2021 announcements

Markup Ink for Edit HVC (high-value Controls)

With markup(ink), users can draw and add notes on their photos to convey their messages and reveal the pattern and information perhaps unclear in an initial, surface look when self-teaching and even more important when sharing photos.

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Markup images/photos in OneDrive and SharePoint in Microsoft 365.

Find out more: Roadmap ID 88481


Teams

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Teams (Government)

Teams

Important update for the Microsoft Teams Android app

Recently, an Android operating system issue was encountered that had the potential to impact emergency calling. An investigation was conducted and found that the issue, which is caused by an unintended interaction between the Teams app and Android operating system, is only present on a small number of devices with the Teams app installed when the user is not logged in. Microsoft has collaborated closely with Google to resolve this unintended interaction.

Microsoft have released an update to the Teams app, which is now available to all Android users, that keeps the app from triggering the underlying issue in the Android operating system. Google also plans to roll-out an Android operating system update in January. Any Android users with the Teams app installed take the latest update (1416/1.0.0.2021194504) that has been published via the Google Play Store. Note that this may require user action if app auto-updates are not enabled.

Find out more: Important update for the Microsoft Teams Android app is now available

Order of raised hands

Now you can know the order of who to call on first to speak so that no participant is missed. Simply click on the Participants panel to see who raised their hand and in what order.

Sorted Raised Hands
See who has their hand raised in Teams meetings.

Find out more: Raise your hand in a Teams meeting

Teams meeting recording improvements

As well as shifting Teams meeting recordings to OneDrive and SharePoint to provide better control and sharing options, Microsoft have also added a number of improvements including:

  • Multi-speed playback – Now you can watch recordings at slower and faster speeds (0.5x up to 2x)
  • High-quality transcripts – Transcripts now have speaker attribution for meetings that have Teams Live Transcription turned on
  • Indexed recordings – Recorded meetings are indexed into easier-to-consume segments based on slide transitions
  • Auto-recording – Meeting owners can set meetings to automatically start recording
  • Auto-expiration – Coming soon, admins will be able to set a default number of days after which newly created Teams meeting recordings will be sent to the recycle bin.

Find out more: Record a meeting in Teams

Operator Connect Conferencing

Operator Connect Conferencing is now generally available. Using the same administrator interface as Operator Connect, this service allows tenant admins to add participating operator dial-in numbers to a Teams audio conferencing bridge. You can keep your existing contract with any of the participating operators or select from a list of partners within the Operators tab in the Teams admin center.

Operator Connect Conferencing.

Find out more: Bring your own operator for audio conferencing in Microsoft Teams with Operator Connect Conferencing

Add alt text to images in chat

Similar to adding alternative text in Outlook, you now can add descriptions to images in Teams chat messages by right-clicking on the image and selecting “Add alt text.” This enables people who use screen readers to understand the full content of your message, even if they can’t see the image.

Add alt text to images sent in chats.

Find out more: Send and read messages in Teams

End-to-end encryption (E2EE) option for one-to-one Teams calls

End-to-end encryption (E2EE) for Teams calls is now generally available. IT admins will have the option to enable and control the feature for their organization once the update has been received.

By default end-to-end encryption will not be available to all users within the tenant. Once IT has configured the policy and enabled it for selected users, those selected users will still need to turn on end-to-end encryption in their Teams settings.

One-to-one Teams call using end-to-end encryption
EE) for Teams calls is now generally available.

Find out more: End-to-end encryption for one-to-one Microsoft Teams calls now Generally Available

Dynamic E (emergency) 911 for US-based users

Teams Phone now supports dynamic E911 for U.S.-based users, allowing for auto-detection of their locations, or the ability to provide editable locations to alert personnel in the event of an emergency.

Administrators must enable the dynamic E911 policy for the user, and users must consent to location detection to enable. Users who have not turned on location detection can continue to add a dynamic emergency address manually.

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Dynamic E (emergency)911 for US-based users.

SIP Gateway

Customers who are looking to leverage their existing telephone hardware as they move to Teams Phone can use SIP Gateway to enable core Teams calling functionality on compatible SIP phone models from Cisco, Poly, Yealink, and AudioCodes. Supported core Teams calling functionality includes inbound and outbound calls, call transfer, meeting dial-in and dial-out, device-based “do not disturb,” and voicemail with message waiting indicator.

Find out more: Enable core Microsoft Teams calling functionality on compatible legacy SIP phones with SIP Gateway

Teams Rooms updates

Several updates for Microsoft Teams Rooms have been released this month, including:

  • Meeting room capacity notifications for Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows
  • Split video layout across multiple screens for Teams Rooms on Windows
  • Hot Desking on Teams display

Find out more: What’s New in Microsoft Teams | December 2021

New Microsoft Teams Store

Microsoft have rebuilt the Teams Store from the ground up, designing it with your needs as the priority – and centered around experiences that make discovering and installing apps them into your teams, chats and meetings simple.

Find out more: Explore the new Microsoft Teams Store and discover apps for work and collaboration

Teams (Government)

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

Breakout room managers’ support
By taking control from the breakout rooms management panel, appointed presenters will be able to perform breakout room operations as managers or meeting organizers and join rooms as a breakout room manager. Only participants who are named as presenters can be appointed as breakout room managers. Previously available in GCC, this feature is now coming to GCC-High and DOD.


Power Apps

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Power Apps portals : Support for Microsoft Dataverse choices columns (preview)

The Power Apps team have announced support for Microsoft Dataverse choices columns in Power Apps portals with version 9.3.11.x (Note : Updates are currently rolling out).

Choices control on a page allows users to select multiple options from a pre-configured list. Portals makers can design web pages with lists and forms that use the choices control to provide create, edit, and view experience for end users on this column type.

Support for Microsoft Dataverse choices columns.

Find out more: Configure choices column on portals (preview)

Visualize data in model-driven apps with Power BI (preview)

The Power Apps team have announced Power BI quick reports in model-driven apps in preview. This update combines the capabilities of Power Apps, Power BI and Dataverse in a seamless way to help you visualize and understand your data – with one click.

While charts and custom components allow you to create specific, custom visualizations in Power Apps, Power BI quick reports generate a report automatically based on the page context, combined with an understanding of underlying data types, with no prior set up required.

Visualize data in model-driven apps with Power BI (preview).

Find out more: Visualize data in model-driven apps with Power BI (preview)

Power Platform Developer Tools: November Refresh

The Power Apps team have announced the November refresh for the Power Platform CLI to1.10.4, plus the previously announced deployment settings support for connection references becoming generally available.

Find out more: What is Microsoft Power Platform CLI?


Power Automate

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27 new & updated connectors in Power Automate

The end of 2021 saw the launch of 27 new and updated connectors. The release included 11 new connectors and 16 updates, and all of these updates have been submitted by the owners of these APIs. Here are the 11 new connectors:

  • ArcGIS – The ArcGIS Connectors for Power Automate connects your automated workflows to resources from your ArcGIS Online subscription. The actions allow users to leverage their ArcGIS Online identities to geocode addresses, enrich data with demographics, perform point-to-point routing, get data or geometry from hosted feature layers, and create new feature layers. 
  • ArcGIS PaaS – The ArcGIS PaaS Connectors for Power Automate connect your automated workflows with the ArcGIS Platform. The actions allow users to leverage an API key to find address candidates, enrich data with demographics, and generate point-to-point routing.
  • Airmeet – Airmeet offers a virtual venue that allows your participants to navigate across multiple sessions, networking lounge, and exhibition booths to have meaningful interactions.
  • Spring Global – Spring Global enables users to serve with ease, monitor & control field execution, and leverage a single app with a 360° view for all.
  • Recorded Future V2 – Recorded Future integration with Microsoft Azure Sentinel helps to automatically detect risky IOCs and respond quickly with transparency and context.
  • Secure Message Delivery – The DataMotion Connector for Power Automate allows you to utilize DataMotion’s secure message delivery API within your workflows. 
  • Dynamics 365 Commerce – Ratings and Reviews – Dynamics 365 Commerce offers Ratings and Reviews as an omni-channel solution. 
  • Dynamics Fraud Protection – Dynamics 365 Fraud Protection (DFP) connector enables customers who use PowerApps Portal to run their business online to integrate with fraud protection.
  • Ideanote – With the Ideanote connector for Power Automate you can build automated innovation workflows that streamline the way you collect and manage ideas across your teams, your customers, and your company. 
  • Robots for PowerBI – Robots for PowerBI is a connector that allows DevScope PowerBI Robots clients the execution of simple actions like enable, disable, or execute Playlists configured in the application. 
  • Spinpanel – Spinpanel enables organizations to sell, deploy, manage, and automate Microsoft 365 and Azure solutions. 

Find out more: Ending 2021 with the release of twenty-seven new and updated connectors

Collaborative comments

Now, you can at-mention your co-workers in your comments and have others receive email notifications when you do so. As multiple users work on automating a business process, these capabilities will be critical in helping makers collaborate seamlessly and efficiently. We believe that these would result in helping build complex automations faster.

Collaborative comments in Power Automate.

Find out more: Add comments to actions and triggers

Power Automate Desktop update December 2021

Power Automate desktop (version 2.15) has been released and includes the following new features and updates:

  • The web and desktop recorders are now unified
  • Tenant picker is now supported in the console (Preview)
  • Create a copy of a desktop flow through the console
  • A new action ‘Recognize entities in text’ is now available
  • Syntax highlighting in scripting actions
  • Clear last error in action ‘Get last error’
  • Capture unexpected errors in action ‘On block error’
  • Save an Excel workbook in Binary format
  • Window element has been added as parameter in action ‘Send keys’
  • The Windows OCR engine is now supported in OCR actions
Create a copy of a desktop flow
Create a copy of a desktop flow through the console.

Find out more: Power Automate for desktop – December 2021 update


Power BI

In Power BI: On-demand load capabilities, asynchronous refresh, Hybrid Tables, Power BI feature summary, on-premises data gateway, data protection update, CustomData feature, Power BI app for Teams in US GCC, visualize data from Power Apps & Dynamics 365, Power BI APIs .NET SDK v4

On-demand loading capabilities for large models in Power BI

The Power BI team have announced on-demand load capabilities to further ensure highly performant and reliable large datasets. With the new capability, relevant data pages are loaded on-demand (paged-in to memory) during subsequent query or refresh. Evicted datasets are then made available for queries more quickly and reliably.

On-demand loading capabilities for large models in Power BI.

Find out more: Large datasets in Power BI Premium

Asynchronous refresh (public preview)

The Power BI team have announced asynchronous refresh capabilities for Power BI Premium, Power BI Premium per User, and Power BI Embedded. As Power BI becomes a superset of Azure Analysis Services, the asynchronous refresh REST API for Power BI brings built-in features for reliability, such as auto retries and batched commits.

Find out more: Asynchronous refresh now available in Power BI for public preview

Hybrid Tables in Power BI Premium (public preview)

The Power BI team have announced Hybrid Tables in Power BI Premium, which enables us in turn to announce an equally exciting and ground-breaking enhancement to incremental refresh – incremental refresh augmented with real-time data. Support of hybrid tables in Power BI Premium offers the following benefits:

  • Blazing fast performance in import mode
  • Latest updates from the data warehouse always included
  • Better resource utilization especially for very large datasets
  • Incremental refresh policies with real time support
Announcing Public Preview of Hybrid Tables in Power BI Premium.

Find out more: Announcing Public Preview of Hybrid Tables in Power BI Premium

Power BI desktop feature summary December 2021

This months feature summary includes a new Sparklines preview feature, several new Format Pane updates, e-mail subscription access via Admin API plus many more features:

Find out more: Power BI December 2021 feature summary

On-premises data gateway December 2021

The December update for the On-premises data gateway (version 3000.110.3) is out now.

Find out more: On-premises data gateway December 2021 update is now available

Power BI data protection updates

The Power BI team have announced the general availability of two new features: Mandatory MIP label policies and Default MIP label policies. Mandatory label policies enable organizations to ensure that MIP sensitivity labels will be applied to new content when it is created in or uploaded to Power BI.

Default label policies enable you to define a baseline level of protection to be applied to Power BI files and in the Power BI service. This capability is now generally available.

Mandatory label policies in Power BI – general availability

Find out more: Power BI Data Protection December announcements

CustomData feature is now generally available

The capability to pass custom data for row level security is now available in Power BI Premium, Power BI Embedded, and Power BI Premium per User. You can natively utilize the CustomData feature to add row filters that pass free text (strings) to leverage dynamic row level security in embedded reports, dashboards, and tiles. 

Find out more: The CustomData feature is now generally available in Power BI!

The Power BI app for Microsoft Teams now available in the US Government Community cloud

The Power BI app for Microsoft Teams is now available in the US Government Community cloud (GCC). This enables organizations in GCC to use Power BI as a data hub, enables users to find data without context switches, and to bring data into more collaboration to help make better decisions.

Screenshot of the Power BI app for Microsoft Teams in US Government Community Cloud
The Power BI app for Microsoft Teams is now available in US GCC.

Find out more: The Power BI app for Microsoft Teams is now available in the US Government Community cloud

Visualize data quickly from Power Apps and Dynamics 365 apps (preview)

There a new way to visualize your model-driven Power Apps and Dynamics 365 data stored within Dataverse. With a single click, Power BI automatically generates a set of visuals for you to explore and find insights within your data. This integration is great way to take advantage of the full power of the Power Platform.

Showing the Visualize this View button in the app bar of a Dynamics App
Visualize your data quickly from Power Apps and Dynamics 365 apps.

Find out more: Visualize your data quickly from Power Apps and Dynamics 365 apps (preview)

Power BI APIs .NET SDK v4

The new SDK version provides clarity on the properties of Power BI artifacts returned by various APIs and makes it easier to understand which properties are returned by each API. The new SDK version provides clarity on the properties of Power BI artifacts returned by various APIs and makes it easier to understand which properties are returned by each API.

Find out more: Announcing Power BI APIs .NET SDK v4


Dynamics 365


Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 24th January 2022

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

Teams

  • Launched (14)
  • Rolling out (1)
  • In development (13)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • Microsoft Teams: Introducing background effects on web – When you use Teams on the web, you can either blur your background or replace it entirely with the images provided in your video meeting or call. Note: Blurring or replacing your background might not prevent sensitive information from being visible to other people in the call or meeting. Roadmap ID: 85738
  • Microsoft Teams: Teams admin center – Sensitivity label support in Government clouds – Teams administrators can leverage existing sensitivity labels and assign them when creating new teams. Sensitivity labels assigned to teams help provide stricter security and compliance controls. Roadmap ID: 87968
  • Microsoft Teams: End-to-end encryption option for Teams 1:1 VoIP Calls – Teams will support an option to use end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for ad hoc 1:1 Teams VoIP calls, providing an additional option for conducting sensitive online conversations. Roadmap ID: 70780
  • Microsoft Teams: Dynamic Emergency Calling for Work From Home – This feature enables users to validate (and if necessary, edit) the address that will be communicated to emergency responders in the event that an emergency call is placed by an individual working from home. Roadmap ID: 82956
  • Microsoft Teams: Redesigned Teams Store – With the redesigned Teams Store, you’ll find a landing page optimized for ease of discoverability with rotating banners at the top that spotlight interesting apps and scenarios. You’ll also get intelligent recommendations – like featured apps and those popular amongst your colleagues. And editorial articles that surface collections of apps that address common scenarios from apps to get you started in Teams to those best for educators.  Updated app categories to make it easier to find the apps you’re searching for – from those built by your org and colleagues to those built for certain functions and industries. Roadmap ID: 86186
  • Microsoft Teams: Approvals eSignature DocuSign integration – To complement our existing Adobe Sign integration, users will now be able to choose DocuSign as their e-Sign provider when creating an eSignature request within Approvals. Admins will have the ability to turn off this connector within the Teams Admin Center. Roadmap ID: 81674
  • Microsoft Teams: Left navigation updates in Teams Admin Center – To make it easier to find Team’s features and navigate your Teams organization, we reorganized the left navigation based on user studies and customer feedback. Roadmap ID: 83320
  • Microsoft Teams: Teams Device Management in GCC-High – Customers who have tenants in the GCCH environment can also manage their Teams devices from the Teams Admin Centre. Admins can now control the entire lifecycle of their Teams devices which include an increasing variety of supported device types – IP Phones, Collaboration bars, Teams displays, Teams Meeting Room devices. Roadmap ID: 81503
  • Microsoft Teams: Real-time telemetry for meetings – New real-time telemetry for meetings enables IT Admins and helpdesk to troubleshoot problems during meetings or events for quick resolution. Roadmap ID: 70777
  • Microsoft Teams: Teams Multi-Geo Support – To help customers meet data residency requirements, Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo has been extended to include Microsoft Teams, allowing organizations to specify where their Teams customer data sits, down to the team and end user. Roadmap ID: 70783
  • Microsoft Teams: Templates for creation of a new Team – With templates in Teams, users can choose from a variety of customizable templates when creating a new team, helping them get started quickly. IT Admins can also create custom templates for their organization, allowing them to standardize team structures, preinstall relevant apps, and scale best practices. Roadmap ID: 71635
  • Microsoft Compliance center: Compliance capabilities for card content generated through apps in Teams messages – We are extending Microsoft 365 compliance capabilities to content generated through Teams apps. Roadmap ID: 68875
  • Microsoft Teams: Nokia Session Border Controller certification for Direct Routing – Microsoft has partnered with Nokia to certify that their SBCs work with Direct Routing. Roadmap ID: 68768
  • New channel files tab (GCC, GCC-High and DoD) – Microsoft are rolling out the new channel files tab experience to the government clouds. Roadmap ID: 65350

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • Microsoft Teams: Music Mode for Teams – In music mode, we support up to 32 kHz sampling rate mono audio at 128 kbps, and optimize our internal audio processing settings for reproducing music with high fidelity. Teams will automatically adjust the audio bitrate based on the available bandwidth, going down to 48 kbps while still delivering good music quality. Feature ID:83520

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – January 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Enable Cortana voice activation by default in out-of-box-experience of newly imaged Microsoft Teams Rooms – Cortana voice activation will be enabled by default on newly imaged Microsoft Teams Rooms solutions. If desired, IT Admins can adjust the setting to turn off voice activation at that time. Roadmap ID: 89161
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Cortana support expansion to additional languages in Microsoft Teams Rooms – Cortana will support additional languages on Teams devices that are set to different locale languages. The locale supported today are: en-us, en-ca, en-au, en-in, en-gb (US, Canada, Australia, India, Great Britain). Roadmap ID: 89162
  • Microsoft Teams: App lists and banners in the app management page – The Manage Apps page today allows admins to manage apps in the tenant. Lists of apps and editorial banners aid the admin to find relevant apps for the tenant. Roadmap ID: 88305

Release – February 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Updated Cortana iconography on front of room display and console in a Microsoft Teams Room – Update to the Cortana iconography that appears on the front of room display and console UI in a Microsoft Teams Room. Roadmap ID: 89102
  • Microsoft Teams: Pin chat messages – Pin a Teams chat message to drive awareness and provide the chat members with quick access to important content. Pinning will help your team stay in sync on what’s and relevant in a timely manner. Roadmap ID:82584
  • Microsoft Teams: Search in Teams Admin Center (Preview) – Admins can search for users, teams, pages and settings using a common search box in Teams admin center.  Roadmap ID:83671
  • Microsoft Teams: Sensitivity labels for Teams templates – Sensitivity labels will be supported when creating teams with templates. This feature is no longer rolling out. Roadmap ID: 84232
  • Microsoft Teams: Enable third-party Teams app developers to test the in-product purchase experience within the Teams client – Third-party Teams app developers can now test the purchase experience of their Teams app directly from within the Teams client before making either app or offer available to the public. Roadmap ID: 87354

Release – March 2022

  • Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Teams panels Check in notifications to Microsoft Teams Rooms – For Teams panels deployment with Microsoft Teams Rooms, when this feature is enabled, checking in on Teams panels will send a notification to the Teams Rooms front of room display to inform the people in the room that their meeting room reservation is over and others are waiting for the room outside. Roadmap ID: 86719
  • Microsoft Teams: Meeting room capacity notifications for Microsoft Teams Rooms on Android – Notification that appears on the front of room display alerting in-room meeting participants if the room is over-capacity based on the capacity defined in a room account. Only cameras that support people counting will support this feature. When a Teams panel is deployed outside a Teams Room that supports this feature, an alert will also be visible on the Teams panel, notifying people outside the room that it has reached capacity. Roadmap ID: 86730
  • Microsoft Teams: Expanded Reactions – Expanded reactions allows users to apply any emoji as a reaction to chat messages! Pick from 800 plus Teams emojis to react the way you want. Feature ID:88080

Release – April 2022

  • Microsoft Teams: User request flows for blocked apps – Enable users to discover Teams apps in the store and request approval from administrators. Roadmap ID: 84469
  • Microsoft Teams: Chat with self – Users can send themselves notes, messages, files and images/videos; helping them stay organized.  Roadmap ID:88066

Description column in SharePoint libraries – how to use

In this post we take a look at the description column that is available within SharePoint Online document libraries and how to make use of it.


There is a description column available in modern SharePoint document libraries. This description column comes out of the box when you create a new document library, or when you add/remove columns from the existing Shared Documents library that comes with every Team/ SharePoint site.

The problem

The description column exhibits some very strange behaviour. First of all, when you try add it to a library view it does not appear within the properties pane, nor is it a column you can add via edit “columns”.

When adding the properties column to document library views you are not able to edit the column.

If you add the column into a document library view and switch to edit in grid view mode, the column becomes read only meaning you can’t add anything into any of the cells within the library.

If you try to edit the column via edit in grid view the cells within the library are read-only.

The solution

This is more of a workaround than a solution as this appears to be a bug rather than desired behaviour. If you make the column mandatory, then optional it seems to do the trick! To do this:

  • Left-click on the Description column heading > column settings > edit
  • Press more options > set require that this column contains information to yes
  • Press save
Set the Description column to required, then optional to enable editing.
  • With this setting changed, when you edit your document library in grid view now you are able to enter data into the Description field
Once you have made the Description column required, you are able to add data via grid view.
  • Go back to edit the Description column settings and switch off require that this column contains information to make it optional

Add Description column to properties pane

Although the above will allow you to add data to the Description column, it will not add the Description column into the properties pane. You can get the Description column to appear by adding it to the default content type in the document library. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Press the cog > library settings
  • Under general settings > advanced settings
  • Set allow management of content types to yes
  • Press OK
Set allow management of content types to yes in the document library.
  • Scroll down to content types > select the document content type
  • Press add from existing site or list columns
Press add from existing site or list columns to add the Description column to the Document content type.
  • Ensure the Description column is selected > press add
  • Press OK
Add the Description column into the Document content type.

Go back to your document library, select a document and open the properties pane. You will now see the Description column is displayed in the properties pane, as well as being an editable field when you press edit all.

Bonus! History lesson and give your feedback

This description column appears to be a rather recent addition to all tenants, making it’s appearance in summer 2021 with the advent of Microsoft Lists. I went back to SharePoint 2010 just to double-check and sure enough the Description column was not present!

Out of the box SharePoint 2010 document library with no description column.

I’ve added a new item to the Microsoft feedback portal (UserVoice replacement) in the hope this gets addressed by the SharePoint product team so if you could upvote it that would be great!


Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 10th January 2022

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

Teams

  • Launched (11)
  • Rolling out (7)
  • In development (11)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • Microsoft Teams: Teams device management for Surface Hubs – Administrations will be able to setup, manage, and monitor their Surface Hubs through the Teams admin center.  Roadmap ID:84536
  • Microsoft Teams: Teams meetings roster update for Teams Rooms on Windows – The updated meeting roster (viewable on the Teams Rooms console) more closely aligns with the experience available through the Teams desktop app, and includes capabilities like participant grouping, sort roster by raised hand, integrated user search. Roadmap ID: 84578
  • Microsoft Teams: Dynamic view on single and dual displays for Teams Rooms on Windows – New controls let you personalize the view to suit your preferences and needs, such as the ability to show shared content and specific participants side-by-side or to view content or people only. Roadmap ID: 85811
  • Microsoft Teams: Room video fits to frame for Teams Rooms on Windows – Conference room video fits to frame by default and provide a full view of the room on Teams desktop app. Users can choose to fill frame for room video as needed. Roadmap ID: 85813
  • Microsoft Teams: Support for large meeting controls for Teams Rooms on Windows – Ability for a Teams Room on Windows to join a large meeting as a presenter or attendee. Based on the role assumed by the Teams Room, appropriate meeting controls are made available to presenters for meeting moderation and for attendees. Roadmap ID: 85814
  • Microsoft Teams: Lock meeting support for Teams Rooms on Windows – Ability to lock a meeting, preventing additional participants from joining. Users attempting to join a locked meeting will be informed that the meeting is locked. Roadmap ID: 85815
  • Microsoft Teams: Live reactions for Teams Rooms on Windows – Ability to view live reactions sent by participants in a Teams meeting on the front of room display in a Teams Room. Room users can also send reaction from center of the room console. Roadmap ID: 85817
  • Microsoft Teams: Pin multiple video streams in Teams Rooms on Windows – Ability to pin multiple video streams (up to 9 participants) simultaneously during a Teams meeting. User can select which participants to pin from the center of room console. Roadmap ID: 85819
  • Microsoft Teams: Presenter mode support in Teams Rooms on Windows – Ability for presenter mode views to appear on the front of room display in a Teams Room. Presenter mode is a feature in PowerPoint Live that helps you customize how your video feed and content appear to the meeting audience. Roadmap ID: 85820
  • Microsoft Teams: Spotlight multiple video streams for Teams Rooms on Windows – Ability to Spotlight multiple video streams (up to 7 participants) simultaneously during a Teams meeting. Users can select which participants to pin from the center of room console. Roadmap ID: 85822

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • Microsoft Teams: Transcription for 1:1 Calls – Transcription captures the text version of your Call and saves it for later use. This can be enabled via the control bar within the Call window. Feature ID:68774
  • Microsoft Teams: Introducing background effects on web – When you use Teams on the web, you can either blur your background or replace it entirely with the images provided in your video meeting or call. Note: Blurring or replacing your background might not prevent sensitive information from being visible to other people in the call or meeting. Roadmap ID: 85738
  • Microsoft Teams: Queue view for virtual visits scheduled in the Microsoft Bookings app – Real time updates to meeting state in a queue view for virtual visits scheduled in the Microsoft Bookings app. Roadmap ID: 86718
  • Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Teams for Education Career Coach – Admin feature enabling – IT admin will have controls in Teams Admin Center for enabling new Career Coach features for their school. Feature ID:87995
  • Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Teams for Education Career Coach – Connection messages – Students can now select a message to include with their LinkedIn connection invitation to school alumni. Feature ID:87996
  • Microsoft Teams: New guest user usability improvements enabling pending invitation decline and show/hide guest tenant list from Teams app account setting – A guest user can now leave an org from Teams app account settings. A guest user can also choose to hide/show guest tenants from the Teams account settings. Feature ID:88430
  • Microsoft Teams: 1:1 VOIP and PSTN Call Recording and Transcription In Call App V2 – 1:1 VOIP and PSTN Call Recording and Transcription will now show in the Calls App, in the “call details” panel.  This feature permits users to view call recordings and transcriptions for both PSTN and VoIP calls.  Users have the option to delete call recordings, removing them from the call history in “call details” panel. If there are multiple recordings of a call, each call recording will appear in a list in call history, in the “call details” panel.  Roadmap ID:83497

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

January 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Shared templates between Teams and SharePoint – Team templates and SharePoint templates are now shared for specific use cases. Roadmap ID: 84724
  • Microsoft Teams: Expanded Reactions – Expanded reactions allows users to apply any emoji as a reaction to chat messages! Pick from 800 plus Teams emojis to react the way you want. Feature ID:88080
  • Microsoft Teams: Roaming bandwidth control – Admins will now be able to set a bandwidth control policy to disable video calls when users are working in bandwidth constrained areas – this protects the reliability of the connection, automatically just based on where the users are located.  Once users return to a location with better bandwidth, their video calling is restored. Initially two settings from the Teams Meeting Policy will be included – AllowIPVideo, and MediaBitRateKb. Roadmap ID: 89064

February 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Approvals PCF controls for Power Apps – Developers are able to plug in Approvals PCF controls when creating a new Power App. Roadmap ID: 89105
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Pinned apps for frontline workers – We are providing a tailored experience for frontline workers in Teams! With this feature users with an F license will get frontline worker apps such as Tasks, Shifts, Walkie Talkie and Approvals pinned out of the box. Organizations can further configure the apps pinned, but this feature provides a foundation for a Teams environment purpose-built for frontline workers. Roadmap ID: 89924
  • Microsoft Teams: User request flows for blocked apps – Enable users to discover Teams apps in the store and request approval from administrators. Roadmap ID: 84469

March 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Give Take Control for Azure Window Desktop on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – Users on Azure Window Desktop will be able to give and take control during calls and meetings. Roadmap ID: 87559
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Give Take Control for Azure Window Desktop on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – Users on Azure Window Desktop will be able to give and take control during calls and meetings. Roadmap ID: 87559
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Give Take Control for Citrix on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – Users on Citrix will be able to give and take control during calls and meetings. Roadmap ID: 87560

April 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Give Take Control for VMware on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – Users on VMware will be able to give and take control during calls and meetings. Roadmap ID: 87558

May 2022

  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Check out for Microsoft Teams panels – From a Microsoft Teams panel, users can “check out” of a room with the touch of a button, ending the room reservation and returning the room back to the room inventory. Roadmap ID: 88047
  • 🆕 Microsoft Teams: Extend Room reservations for Microsoft Teams panels – From a Microsoft Teams panel, users can extend their existing meeting room reservation. The reservation can only be extended if the room is available during that time. Roadmap ID: 88643