Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 15th August 2022

The Microsoft roadmap roundup is a weekly summary of all the newly added items and changes within the Microsoft 365 roadmap, covering SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive and Microsoft Purview. Here’s all the new and updated Microsoft roadmap items from the past week:

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SharePoint
Teams
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Microsoft Purview

SharePoint

Includes updates for SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva.

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

🍾 LAUNCHED

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

🚂 ROLLING OUT

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

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – August 2022

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

Release – September 2022

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

Release – October 2022

  • Microsoft Viva: Display connected topics on people profile cards – Profile cards displayed through Outlook will display Topics associated to an individual. Roadmap ID: 88697
  • Microsoft Viva: Resolve topic name similarities – Allows users to select a topic among several when they share similar or matching names (disambiguation). Roadmap ID: 72183
  • Microsoft Viva: Support for types of topics – Support for categories or types of topics, such as projects, products or organizations. Roadmap ID: 72181

Release – November 2022

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

Release – March 2023

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

Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 8th August 2022

The Microsoft roadmap roundup is a weekly summary of all the newly added items and changes within the Microsoft 365 roadmap, covering SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive and Microsoft Purview. Here’s all the new and updated Microsoft roadmap items from the past week:

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SharePoint
Teams
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Microsoft Purview

SharePoint

Includes updates for SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva.

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

🍾 LAUNCHED

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

🚂 ROLLING OUT

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⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – August 2022

  • SharePoint: Private drafts for SharePoint pages and news – We’re adding the ability to create private drafts for pages and news posts. A private draft is visible only to the page author, the people the author chooses to share it with, and site admins. It’s great for creating and editing content that’s not ready for others to see except the people you want to collaborate with. Feature ID:85629
  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Recurring time booking for breaks, message catch up, and learning in Viva Insights – Users with a Viva Insights subscription will see invitations to enroll into plans to automatically book recurring time for learning, breaks, and message catch up in briefing email and Viva Insights app in Teams. Roadmap ID: 93424

Release – June 2023

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

Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 1st August 2022

The Microsoft roadmap roundup is a weekly summary of all the newly added items and changes within the Microsoft 365 roadmap, covering SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive and Microsoft Purview. Here’s all the new and updated Microsoft roadmap items from the past week:

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SharePoint
Teams
OneDrive
Microsoft Purview

SharePoint

Includes updates for SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva.

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

🍾 LAUNCHED

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

🚂 ROLLING OUT

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

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – August 2022

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

Release – September 2022

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

Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 25th July 2022

The Microsoft roadmap roundup is a weekly summary of all the newly added items and changes within the Microsoft 365 roadmap, covering SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive and Microsoft Purview. Here’s all the new and updated Microsoft roadmap items from the past week:

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Teams
OneDrive
Microsoft Information Protection

SharePoint

Includes updates for SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva.

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

🍾 LAUNCHED

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

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • SharePoint: Inline playback of videos in Hero web part – When users click to play a video in the Hero web part section of a SharePoint site, the video will play inline. This feature allows users to watch a video without being taken off the SharePoint page and allows users to browse or scroll through the other contents of the page while the video plays. Roadmap ID: 93351
  • SharePoint: Video collections page – SharePoint video collections pages make it easy to gather and display all of the videos from a SharePoint site collection in one place.  This feature is particularly helpful schools, universities and other organizations that tend to share videos in Teams channels. With this feature you will be able to create a tab in your Teams channel that links directly to a specific collection of videos. Roadmap ID: 93352

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – August 2022

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

Microsoft 365 monthly update – June 2022

The Microsoft 365 monthly update includes updates and recently recent features across all of Microsoft 365. Press a button to read about an individual technology or continue reading for more. You can take a look back at previous monthly updates here, plus take a look at our weekly roadmap roundup.


SharePoint

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

Inline playback of videos in Hero web part

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

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

Find out more: Use the Hero web part

Control vertical section reflow

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

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

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

Updated site logo management in SharePoint

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

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

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

Streamlining the multilingual user interface when editing team sites

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

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

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

Planner cards now appear within the team site activity feed

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

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

Find out more: Use the Site Activity web part

SharePoint 2013 Workflows migration assessment tool

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

Microsoft 365 Assessment tool.

Find out more:

The LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group site template

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

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

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


Teams

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

Government
Education
Front line workers

Teams chat embedded within Dynamics 365

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

Microsoft Teams chat embedded within Dynamics 365.

Find out more: Overview of Microsoft Teams integration

E-sign approvals fully embedded within Team Approvals

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

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

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

E-signature approvals on mobile – view & take action

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

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

DocuSign e-signature approvals in chats & channels

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

DocuSign eSignature for Approvals in Microsoft Teams

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

Open and edit PDF files in Teams

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

Find out more: Edit an Office file in Teams

Frictionless app re-install for users

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

Find out more: Roadmap ID: 87551

Multitasking panel for meetings on iPad

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

Multitasking panel for meetings on iPad.

Find out more: Use multitasking on your iPad

Meeting Chat Bubbles on iOS and Android

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

Meeting Chat Bubbles on iOS and Android.

Find out more: Introducing Chat Bubbles in Microsoft Teams meetings

Co-organizer meeting role

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

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

Disable chat write access for anonymous/ unauthenticated users

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

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

Find out more: Chat in meetings

Integrated CART captioning in meetings on Web

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

Integrated CART captioning in meetings on Web.

Find out more: Use live captions in a Teams meeting

Live Captions and transcriptions for Teams meetings on Web

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

Live Captions and transcriptions for Teams meetings on Web.

Find out more: Use live captions in a Teams meeting

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

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

Find out more: View live transcription in a Teams meeting

Usability improvements to notifications in meetings for Android

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

Usability improvements to notifications in meetings for Android.

Find out more: Download the mobile app for Teams

Support of Transcription for Teams on VDI for Azure Virtual Desktop

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

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

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

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

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Find out more: Share content in a meeting in Teams

Front line workers

Updates app

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

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

Government

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Power Apps

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

Power Apps for Windows General Availability

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

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

Power Apps for Windows.

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

Dataverse Service Client General Availability

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

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

Find out more: Dataverse Service Client is now Generally Available

Dataverse experiences on Power Apps General Availability

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

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

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

Wrap for Power Apps General Availability

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

Wrap for Power Apps is now GA.

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

Modern Commanding General Availability

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

General availability of Power Apps modern commanding.

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

Canvas components/ component libraries general availability

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

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

Component library ALM support.

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

Updates to Power Apps portals

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

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

Power Platform developer tools May refresh

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

Single Sign-on (Early Capability).

Find out more: Power platform Developer tools May Refresh

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

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

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


Power Automate

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

Power Automate desktop update June 2022

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

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

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

Change owner of a solution flow

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

Change owner of a solution flow.

Find out more: Change the owner of a cloud flow

New URL make.powerautomate.com

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

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

13 new verified connectors

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

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

15 new independent publisher connectors

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

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

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

Application lifecycle management (ALM) updates

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

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

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


Power BI

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

Preview data is now available in the dataset details page

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

Tables preview partially selected.

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

Power BI June 2022 Desktop Feature Summary

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

Find out more: Power BI June 2022 Feature Summary

Updates to full report attachments for email subscriptions in Premium Gen2

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

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

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

SQL Server Reporting Services 2022 (Public Preview)

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

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

Find out more: SQL Server Reporting Services 2022

Enhanced refresh with the Power BI REST API generally available

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

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

BONUS – more updates!

4 New features in Forms for education

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

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

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

Improvements to the Office.com experience

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

Improvements to the Office.com experience.

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


Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 18th July 2022

The Microsoft roadmap roundup is a weekly summary of all the newly added items and changes within the Microsoft 365 roadmap, covering SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive and Microsoft Purview. Here’s all the new and updated Microsoft roadmap items from the past week:

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SharePoint

Includes updates for SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva.

  • Launched (4)
  • Rolling out (2)
  • In development (1)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • SharePoint: Planner cards appear within SharePoint team site home page activity feed – When you use connected Planner plans, task cards will appear on the related team site home page. Each task will appear in the site Activity feed (default web part commonly found in the bottom portion of the page) when it approaches its due date. Roadmap ID: 93273
  • SharePoint Syntex: Advanced Metadata Search supports new column types: multiline text and taxonomy – End users will be able to add the queriable multiline text and taxonomy columns from their library into the advanced metadata search. Roadmap ID: 93299
  • Microsoft Stream: Comment on a video or audio file in SharePoint and OneDrive – This feature builds on top of the already existing comments found in OneDrive and SharePoint Online but presents these comments with a new Office look and feel within the player. This feature allows users with view permissions to leave a comment and users with edit permissions to @ mention, which are both default changes in behaviour in terms of permissions for video and audio files.  Roadmap ID: 88521
  • SharePoint Syntex: Add extracted entities to open term set if no match found – Provides option to add entities extracted using a document understanding model to an open term set if no match to an existing term (or synonym) is found. Roadmap ID: 93230

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • SharePoint: Updated site logo management – With this update, we’re simplifying where you go to manage the site logo by centralizing it in the Change the Look header experience. Roadmap ID: 93231
  • Microsoft Viva: Inline suggestions available while composing an email or meeting invitation in Outlook on the web – While composing an email or a meeting invitation in Outlook on the web, users will see inline suggestions from Microsoft Viva Insights to help improve productivity and wellbeing. These complement the inline suggestions they already see while reading emails and meeting invites. Roadmap ID:93350

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – October 2022

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

Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 11th July 2022

The Microsoft roadmap roundup is a weekly summary of all the newly added items and changes within the Microsoft 365 roadmap, covering SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive and Microsoft Purview. Here’s all the new and updated Microsoft roadmap items from the past week:

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SharePoint

Includes updates for SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva.

  • Launched (4)
  • Rolling out (3)
  • In development (6)

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • SharePoint: Microsoft Lists calendar view conditional formatting – Items in a list’s calendar view can be color coded based on conditions or rules specified on the fields available in the view. These rules can be managed using the ‘Format current view’ section of the calendar view. Roadmap ID:93360
  • SharePoint: Site template history – View the history of any site templates applied to your site and related site script actions. Roadmap ID: 93186
  • Microsoft Viva: Briefing email for Government Community Cloud – The daily briefing email- a personalized, actionable briefing email from Microsoft Viva, automatically delivered to your Outlook inbox to help you start the day on track and stay on top of tasks, will be available for Government Community Cloud (GCC). Roadmap ID: 85681
  • Microsoft Viva: Pin external links to Topics – Users will be able to add external links to the “pinned files and pages” section of the topic pages instead of only Microsoft resources. These external links will be viewable and clickable from topic pages, cards, and answers. Roadmap ID:93204

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • SharePoint: Improvements to SharePoint pages authoring – Column reflow and RSS connector web part – Few changes to our reflow automation for two-column sections, control of vertical section reflow, and the RSS Connector web part will give more control to the users around the number of publications shown at a time and the number of articles shown per publication. Roadmap ID: 93243
  • SharePoint Syntex: Advanced Metadata Search supports new column types: multiline text and taxonomy – End users will be able to add the queriable multiline text and taxonomy columns from their library into the advanced metadata search. Roadmap ID: 93299
  • Microsoft Viva: New Settings page to configure all personal insights and experiences – The Config Settings page in the MyAnalytics dashboard allows users to customize working hours, set up focus plan, set quiet hours, set up delay delivery, and, when applicable, configure their team. We are introducing a new universal Settings page in the MyAnalytics web dashboard that will include settings for the daily Briefing email in addition to the existing controls. Access to select settings will be extended to all users that have licenses with the Exchange Online service plan. Roadmap ID: 88994

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – July 2022

  • SharePoint: Updated site logo management – With this update, we’re simplifying where you go to manage the site logo by centralizing it in the Change the Look header experience. Roadmap ID: 93231
  • SharePoint: Video collections page – SharePoint video collections pages make it easy to gather and display all of the videos from a SharePoint site collection in one place.  This feature is particularly helpful schools, universities and other organizations that tend to share videos in Teams channels. With this feature you will be able to create a tab in your Teams channel that links directly to a specific collection of videos. Roadmap ID: 93352

Release – August 2022

  • 🆕 SharePoint: Content Type Deletion – Improved Error Messages – If you attempt to delete multiple content types from content type gallery which have dependencies on other lists/content types, you will get improved error messages that lists out the dependent resources. Roadmap ID: 93379
  • 🆕 Microsoft Viva: Viva Connections Customer Facing Analytics (Preview) – The customer facing analytics module will allow customers to understand the usage metrics for their instance of Viva Connections. and will help them gauge the health of their VC deployment. Roadmap ID: 93367
  • SharePoint: Automatically build visualization of list data with Power BI (Gov Clouds) – Enables list users to easily visualize their list data in a Power BI report. The initial report is auto generated. Users can also save that report so that future visitors to the list can view the report. Roadmap ID: 93221

Release – September 2022

  • Microsoft Viva: Quiet time settings in Teams and Outlook – To help create better boundaries and protect your personal time, later this year Viva Insights will offer the ability to configure quiet time to silence mobile notifications from Outlook and Teams outside your working hours as well as provide personalized insights on how well you are disconnecting. You will also be able to set quiet time directly from Teams and Outlook mobile. Roadmap ID: 85627

Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 27th June 2022

The Microsoft roadmap roundup is a weekly summary of all the newly added items and changes within the Microsoft 365 roadmap, covering SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive and Microsoft Purview. Here’s all the new and updated Microsoft roadmap items from the past week:

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SharePoint

Includes updates for SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva.

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

🍾 LAUNCHED

  • SharePoint: Section Templates for SharePoint Pages – When you add a new section to a page, you can select a blank template with popular image and text combinations for a quick start. Roadmap ID:88838
  • Microsoft Stream: Report a playback issue to Microsoft – This feature enables users with permissions to Microsoft Feedback to report technical issues to Microsoft on a video they’re playing and allows all users to access public help documentation about the video player from the same entry point. Roadmap ID:88932

🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • Microsoft Viva: Briefing email for Government Community Cloud – The daily briefing email- a personalized, actionable briefing email from Microsoft Viva, automatically delivered to your Outlook inbox to help you start the day on track and stay on top of tasks, will be available for Government Community Cloud (GCC). Roadmap ID: 85681
  • Microsoft Viva: First run experiences to introduce topic highlights in SharePoint pages and topic page editing – First Run Experiences for a user’s first encounter with topics and contribution. Visual cues appear to teach users how to interact with the topic highlights on SharePoint pages, how to edit and publish a topic page, and how to reference a topic using topic picker while authoring a SharePoint page. Roadmap ID: 93215
  • SharePoint: Planner cards appear within SharePoint team site home page activity feed – When you use connected Planner plans, task cards will appear on the related team site home page. Each task will appear in the site Activity feed (default web part commonly found in the bottom portion of the page) when it approaches its due date. Roadmap ID: 93273
  • SharePoint: Microsoft Lists calendar view conditional formatting – Items in a list’s calendar view can be color coded based on conditions or rules specified on the fields available in the view. These rules can be managed using the ‘Format current view’ section of the calendar view. Roadmap ID:93360

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – June 2022

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

Release – July 2022

  • SharePoint: Microsoft 365 connected templates – We are combining the best of Microsoft Teams templates with SharePoint site templates – into the same flow of creation. When we create a new team using a default template – for example the “Manage a Project” template, the project management channels and apps, and the connected SharePoint template gets applied automatically. Critically, the pages, lists, and Power Platform integrations are pinned as tabs in Teams automatically, and best of all these pages and lists are fully editable right in Teams.  Roadmap ID:82158
  • Microsoft Viva: New module powered by Viva Goals – Microsoft Viva Goals connects employees to your organization’s goals, helps them stay aligned at scale, and drives business results to empower people and teams to understand their impact. Use Viva Goals as a standalone web application or directly from inside Teams and our other integrations.  Roadmap ID:82188
  • SharePoint: Inline playback of videos in Hero web part – When users click to play a video in the Hero web part section of a SharePoint site, the video will play inline. This feature allows users to watch a video without being taken off the SharePoint page and allows users to browse or scroll through the other contents of the page while the video plays. Roadmap ID: 93351

Microsoft 365 monthly update – May 2022

The Microsoft 365 monthly update includes updates and recently recent features across all of Microsoft 365. Press a button to read about an individual technology or continue reading for more. You can take a look back at previous monthly updates here, plus take a look at our weekly roadmap roundup.


SharePoint

In SharePoint: Site template history panel, page section templates, calendar view item drag and drop, Mover.io to be retired, view & edit video/ file info in Stream, Inspiration Library in Microsoft Viva Insights

SharePoint site template history panel

The site template history panel is new to site settings for site owners to view the history of any site templates applied to their site, along with the ability to review related site script actions. Site owners simply go to the Site information panel and then select View template history.

Click into Site information and then click “View template history” to view all templates that have been applied to your site.

Section templates for pages and news

Authors of SharePoint Pages and News will now be able to access section templates from the plus menu in a new tab next to the sections tab. Users will be able to choose and add templates at the section level instead of just at the page level. Although users will still have access to blank sections, there are six templates to make section design easier and faster.

When adding a new section to your SharePoint page or news article, you can now use predefined section templates to save time and better organize your posts.

Find out more: Make designing SharePoint pages easier with section templates

Microsoft Lists: Calendar view item drag and drop

Now it’s easy to reorganize list items in a calendar view. Users will be able to reschedule items – changing the date – by dragging and dropping them from one day to another, or by pulling an item from the ‘Unscheduled’ pane that appears on the right, within Calendar view.

Easily drag and drop list items when in Calendar view. Moving items updates the Date column to the date you drag to.

Mover.io legacy website to be retired

On July 1st, 2022, Microsoft will be retiring the legacy Mover tool’s ability to migrate from Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, and Egnyte. If you are currently in the middle of a Mover migration, you may continue using Mover until you finish your migration. However, you will not be able to create new moves. FastTrack led migrations are not impacted at this time.

The Microsoft Migration Manager now has the ability to move files and folders from third-party storage providers into Microsoft 365. This is Microsoft’s recommended tool for file migrations to OneDrive, SharePoint, and Teams.

Find out more: Mover.io retirement timeline

View and edit of video and/or audio file information in Stream

Now it’s even easier to adjust things like title, description, and thumbnails for people who have owner permissions for a video or audio file.

  • About will enable users, with edit permissions, to add and edit a title/description on their video or audio file. Viewers will be able to see this information along with non-editable fields like upload date, owner name, filename, and area path.
  • Custom thumbnail, located in Video Settings, will allow users with edit permissions to change the default thumbnail by uploading an image or selecting a frame from the video. This custom thumbnail will be used throughout Microsoft 365.
You can also add and/or update the thumbnail of a video or audio file.

Find out more: Current features and upcoming roadmap for Microsoft Stream (on SharePoint)

Inspiration Library in Microsoft Viva Insights

The Inspiration library is a new feature available in preview through the Viva Insights app in Teams. It turns insights into action with access to curated content and best practices from top sources like Harvard Business Review and Thrive.

The Inspiration library turns insights into action with access to curated content and best practices from top sources like Harvard Business Review and Thrive.

Find out more: 3 ways to meet new hybrid expectations with Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365


Teams

In Teams: Choose your own status for a meeting, Mandatory Comments for Approvals App, Data export within Approvals App, additional language support for suggested replies, Together mode for everyone, brightness/ soft-focus video filters, VDI improvements, Direct Guest Join for Teams Rooms on Android, Horizontal participant gallery, enhancements to app usage report/ activity log

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Education
Front line workers

Choose your own status for a meeting

Organizers and participants of Teams meetings can choose a Calendar Show As status feature such as free, busy, or OOF to reflect their status for scheduled meetings. In addition, organizers can select private meeting functionality, which will allow users to hide meeting details from other users when their calendar is shared.

Choose your own status for a meeting.

Find out more: Change your status in Teams

Mandatory Comments for Approvals App

Teams admins and approval template creators can enable mandatory comments for when an approver responds to a request. Team admins can go through the Teams Admin Center under Managed Apps and select the corresponding setting.

Mandatory Comments for Approvals App in Teams.

Find out more: Teams Approvals app availability

Data export within Approvals App

Through the approvals app, you can now export your personal approval data easily into an Excel file within a selected time period.

Data export within Approvals App.

Find out more: Teams Approvals app availability

Additional language support for Suggested Replies for mobile

Suggested replies are now supported in Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, French, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Italian, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Norwegian, Russian, Korean, Czech, Danish, Turkish, and Polish. The auto replies are on by default but can be turned off.

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

View Together mode for everyone

Together mode creates a virtual shared space in which attendees feel like they are sitting in the same room. Now, meeting organizer and presenters can start Together mode for all of a meeting’s participants. Previously, this view could only be enabled for your own personal view.

To enable this feature, simply check the Select Together Mode for Everyone option after you choose a scene. All meeting participants can then join this immersive experience together. This is currently only available for Teams Desktop users.

View Together mode for everyone.

Find out more: Select Together Mode for everyone

Adjust brightness and soft-focus video filters

Enhance the video quality when lighting is poor by turning on the Adjust brightness filter. You also can use Soft focus to apply a subtle smoothing effect. Both filters are now available before joining meetings, as well as during meetings. Simply navigate to the device settings to enable these filters. Currently, Soft focus is not available for EDU tenants.

Adjust brightness and soft-focus video filters.

Find out more: New Microsoft Teams Filters Enhance Personal Appearance in Video Meetings

VDI improvements

Multi-window support for Teams for VDI for Azure Virtual Desktop, Windows 365 and VMware – Teams multi-window support is available for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for Azure Windows DesktopWindows 365 and VMware. 

Background Blur for VDI on Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 – Background blur effects are now available for VDI on Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365. Users on Teams for VDI on Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 can make meetings more personalized and avoid unexpected distractions by applying background effects. 

Give and Take Control for Teams on VDI for Citrix – Give and Take Control allows a meeting participant to control the presenter’s shared content during screensharing. 

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

Direct Guest Join for Microsoft Teams Rooms on Android

Zoom meetings can now be joined directly through Microsoft Teams Rooms on Android devices. To use this feature, simply schedule a new meeting on Zoom or forward an existing meeting to your Microsoft Teams Room, and it will appear on the calendar. Click on “Join” from your Teams Rooms device to enter the meeting.

At this time, support is limited to controls such as camera and microphone, but additional functionality will be integrated in the future. Supported devices are currently the Poly Studio X30 and Poly Studio X50, with support for additional device manufacturers coming soon. 

This feature is available as part of the May 2022 update (App version – 1449/1.0.96.2022051102).

Find out more: What’s new in Teams devices

Horizontal participant gallery

To increase the flexibility of the meeting stage, the orientation of participant video feeds can be displayed horizontally and located below the meeting stage when content is shared, or participants are spotlighted. You can change the location of the participant gallery through the layout chooser experience on the Teams Rooms console.

Horizontal participant gallery for Teams Rooms.

This feature is available as part of the May 2022 update (App version – 1449/1.0.96.2022051102).

Find out more: What’s new in Teams devices

Education

These features are currently launched, or rolling out to Microsoft Teams for Education customers:

Reading Coach –  Reading Coach builds on Reading Progress by identifying the five most challenging words for each individual student and presenting those words with tools to support the learner in practicing independently.

Setting Language or Locale for a Reading Progress passage – Microsoft have now added an Edit Language feature to make changing a language or locale from, for example, French (France) to French (Canada), as easy as a couple of clicks.

Fifteen new auto-detect languages – Microsoft have announced that we have added support for fifteen new auto-detect languages in Reading Progress, bringing our total to 116. To see the full list of supported languages, please visit this site.

Assignments and Grades support for up to 1000 students – The Assignments and Grades features, Teams has now added support for classes up to 1,000 students and has updated the functionality to allow educators to return all submissions to their students, without needing to wait for the work to be complete.

Rubrics updated for Educators & Students on mobile devices – With this new upgrade, you can now create and edit rubrics directly from your mobile devices, and students can more easily read rubrics on their mobile devices, as well.

Apps Support in Grading Pane – Microsoft have now updated the Grading pane in Assignments to also support apps. This allows the educator to launch the app directly from the Grading pane if there is work the student has done within that particular app. Whenever there is an app added to an assignment, it will now be shown in the Grading pane.

Improved Educator Dashboard navigation – To create an easier entry point for drilling into this student data and reports, Microsoft have created a more intuitive navigation bar to the Insights tab app. To learn more, please check out this video.

Moodle LMS integration with M365 – In addition to integration with Canvas and Blackboard, Microsoft has now partnered with Moodle to deliver more seamless integrated learning experiences. Microsoft Teams Classes LTI and Teams Meeting LTI apps are now available within Moodle.

Find out more: What’s New in Microsoft Teams for Education | June 2022

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 Defence (DoD):

Together Mode in Teams Meetings on Web – Web users are now able to change the Teams meeting layout to Together mode by clicking the more options ellipsis […] in their meeting control bar. With Together mode, participants are digitally placed in a shared background, making it feel like you’re sitting in the same room even when you are apart. Available in DOD.

Anonymous meeting join across clouds – Join meetings in other clouds anonymously from your Teams desktop app. Previously, if you wanted to join a meeting hosted in a cloud different from your tenant’s, you were directed to use the Teams web experience. Now, DOD users will be able to join meetings in Commercial, GCC, and GCC-High clouds from your desktop, enabling an improved meeting experience. This feature leverages your existing Allow anonymous users to join meetings settings. If you already have these settings configured, no additional changes are required. Available in DOD. Learn more.

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

Mirror my video – You no longer have to see the text in your video flipped. Imagine a primary school teacher with a small whiteboard in hand, or you have a virtual background with text in it. While the meeting audience sees the text correctly, you see the text flipped. By providing you with the option to un-mirror, you will be able to see the text correctly. Go to your Device Settings and toggle off “Mirror my video.” Available in GCC-High and DOD.

Music Mode – High-fidelity music mode enables Microsoft Teams users to experience richer sound experiences when sharing non-speech content such as live music, songs through other applications, or medical signals during a virtual appointment with a physician. High-fidelity music mode enables significantly improved audio quality in Teams calls and meetings. The optimized experience in Teams applies to signals captured by microphones, as well as audio played while sharing an application or desktop. Available in GCC-High. Learn more.

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

New default settings when opening Office files For Government clouds – Users can set their default preference as Browser, Desktop, or Teams when opening Office (Word, Excel, and Power Point) files that are shared in Teams. Desktop setting can be selected if the latest Office clients are installed and activated. The process of updating default settings is fairly simple. Learn how to set it up here.


Power Apps

In Power Apps: Express Design, Power Pages, RTE for portals, Power Platform command line updates, modern app designer GA, Access migration GA, new data sources for the virtual connection provider

Express Design

The Power Apps team have announced the preview of express design in Power Apps: the ability to instantly generate low-code apps directly from design files and images. Power Apps express design is like an AI-powered co-pilot helping create apps alongside you. Here’s how it works:

  • Get going with a variety of content types: Start with a paper form, PowerPoint, PDF, a screenshot of a UI from a legacy app, or even a picture of a hand-drawn app that you’ve sketched out on paper. Or point to a design file in Figma. 
  • Advanced AI will scan your file: Using cognitive AI models that are trained to recognize common application elements, Power Apps will automatically generate an app with a working user experience and data schema in Microsoft Dataverse.
  • Tune the model to get exactly what you need: From the AI-generated starting point, make quick inline adjustments. Need a dropdown control, or maybe a date picker? No problem.
  • Seamlessly connect to all of your data: Easily adapt and configure the application using low code. Use more than 675 prebuilt connectors to integrate with your existing systems including SAP, Salesforce, and SQL.
  • Add as many screens as you like: If you want to add more screens to the app, simply upload additional files, or create them easily in the low-code Power Apps Studio.

Find out more: New: turn images and designs into apps using AI-powered express design

Power Pages (Preview)

The Power Apps team have announced the preview of Microsoft Power Pages, the fifth product in the Microsoft Power Platform family. Power Pages empowers anyone, regardless of their technical background, with an effective platform to create data-powered, modern, and secure websites.

In addition to being low-code, Power Pages extends far beyond portals former capabilities to enable organizations of any size to securely build websites with exciting new aesthetic features such as a versatile Template Hub, Design Studio, and other advanced capabilities for customization with pro-dev extensibility.

Find out more: Announcing the preview of Microsoft Power Pages

Rich text editor for Power Apps Portals

Rich text editor (RTE) can now be used with Power Apps portals starting with version 9.4.3.x. This feature provides the following capabilities:

  • Use the control with your text fields and allow your portal users to author and view rich formatted content.
  • The rich text editing capabilities are powered by the same code component that is available for Power Apps.
Announcing rich text editor for Power Apps portals.

Find out more: Announcing rich text editor for Power Apps portals

Power Platform command line updates (April refresh) v1.15.x

Here are the new and updated features as part of the April refresh of Power Platform command line:

  • Solution command updates – In this release pac solution unpack and pack will also unpack Canvas apps using the parameter –processCanvasApps.
  • Packaging updates – The packaging construct within Power Platform allows a user to bundle multiple solutions into a package and can be deployed all together as one unit.
  • Administration improvements – For the administration commands, you can now create, update, and delete Microsoft Teams environments.

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

Power Apps modern app designer general availability

The Power Apps team have nnounced the general availability of the modern app designer, enabling a seamless, intuitive way to build robust model-driven apps with Dataverse grids, forms, and custom pages with just a few clicks. The modern app designer is now the default designer for model-driven apps and is at full feature parity with the classic designer.

Announcing the general availability of the Power Apps modern app designer.

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

Access Migration to Power Apps and Dataverse general availability

Microsoft Access users can migrate their data into Power Apps and Dataverse. Customers who have the current or monthly channel for Microsoft 365 and Office can update their Microsoft Access to build 16.0.15128.20248 or later to make use of the Dataverse Connector and migration tool.

The Access migration tool and connector provided within MS Access streamlines the process of migrating tables, relationships, and data with setup taking just a few minutes, and migration handled for you.

The workflow of migrating data from Access to Dataverse, with synchronous usage by Access forms and Power Apps.

Find out more: Access Migration to Power Apps and Dataverse is released to General Availability

New data sources for the Virtual Connection Provider

The Power Apps team have announced they are adding Excel and SharePoint to the virtual connection providers for virtual tables. Virtual tables connect to existing data outside of Dataverse allowing Power Apps and the Power Platform to treat it like local data. If you have a list that stores all of your product data in SharePoint, a virtual table lets you access that data within an app and also provide relationships between Dataverse tables and the SharePoint lists. 

Virtual Table Components.

Find out more: Announcing New Data Sources for the Virtual Connection Provider


Power Automate

In Power Automate: New capabilities for AI Builder, Power Automate pane, process advisor updates, restore deleted flow, doubled chatbot coverage, 14 new verified. 36 independent publisher connectors, desktop update May 2022, bulk resubmit & cancel for cloud flows

New capabilities for AI Builder

Announced during Microsoft Build 2022, the following new and upcoming capabilities are coming to AI Builder:

  • Unstructured document processing: Microsoft are expanding Intelligent Document Processing (IDP) capabilities for Power Automate by adding support for unstructured document processing.
  • Model performance metrics for structured documents: A re-designed and re-structured document model page to include a global accuracy score.
  • General availability of Image Classification: Now generally available, Lobe is a free, easy-to-use app from Microsoft that helps you build image classification models on your own computer.
  • To improve transparency of AI Builder credits and facilitate capacity management, the Power Platform Licensing guide has been updated to include individual credit consumption rates for each AI Builder scenario.
  • AI Builder learning and training materials have been updated in the AI Builder in a day Lab. New training courses come complete with sample code and data sets to get you started building your first AI models easily.
  • Text Recognition: Support for up to 164 languages. The pre-trained model allows you to extract printed or handwritten text from images, such as photos or street signs and products, as well as from documents.
  • AI Builder is now available in South Korea
Extracting key-value pairs from a contractual agreement.

Find out more: Exciting new capabilities for AI Builder

Power Automate pane in Power Apps

The new Power Automate pane in the Power Apps Canvas Studio is now available. Without leaving your app, you can now create, edit, view, or add an already built flow from the Power Automate pane.

Introducing the new Power Automate pane in Power Apps.

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

Process advisor updates

Take a look at the following new and upcoming capabilities are coming to process advisor:

  • Seamlessly generate Cloud flow Insights: With a few easy clicks, you can visualize your flow’s performance, identify bottlenecks and optimization opportunities, and monitor for business drifts.
  • Easily onboard data with Templates: With templates like Azure Dev Ops, Power Apps and Desktop Flows you can now visualize and manage the processes that are central to running your organization in a matter of clicks.
  • Visualize your process and act with deeper insights: With the new time analysis report you can drill down into time bottlenecks to understand the root cause and take the best action to optimize and automate your process.
  • Collaborate to amplify impact from learnings: For data processes, the viewer role grants the invited user read access to the process analytics and the ability to invite others with the viewer role. Recording-based processes have roles focused on managing recordings.
  • Get to Insights faster with Auto generated grouping: Process advisor now supports auto creating activities from the recording.
Easily onboard data with Templates.

Find out more: Discover exciting new experiences and capabilities in process advisor

Restore deleted flow

The Power Automate team have announced the capability to restore a flow (outside of a solution) with the latest version of the PowerApps Administration cmdlet. As an admin, you can now use PowerShell to restore a flow you deleted or on behalf of someone in your company without having to file a support ticket with Microsoft.

Restore-AdminFlow -EnvironmentName Default-55abc7e5-2812-4d73-9d2f-8d9017f8c877 -FlowName 4d1f7648-ad60-4871-91cb-b77d7ef3c239
 //To view examples: Get-Help Restore-AdminFlow -Examples

Find out more: Restore deleted flows with PowerShell

Doubled Power Virtual Agent chatbot content coverage

The Power Virtual Agents chatbot in the left navigation of the web site can answer even more of your questions! With this update, if the chatbot cannot find the answers to the questions you asked, it now provides a dropdown with all the topics and scenarios in Power Automate for you to get help from. 

Doubled Power Virtual Agent chatbot content coverage.

Find out more: Doubled Power Virtual Agent chatbot content coverage

14 new verified and 36 new independent publisher connectors released in April 2022

In April 2022 there were 14 new verified connectors and a record breaking 36 new Independent Publisher connectors were published in April:

Verified connectors

  • App Power Forms – he easiest way to include external stakeholders in your business processes.
  • Autodesk Forge Data Exchange – connect design and make data between Revit and the tools of your choice.
  • BuildingMinds DigitalTwin Core – empowers customers to build a resilient and data-driven future for their real estate businesses.
  • CyberProof Actions – next generation incident management and response platform for building Security Operations Centers (SOCs).
  • IA-Connect JML – easy and robust automation solution for your Joiner, Mover, Leaver processes.
  • Jedox OData Hub – the world’s most adaptable planning and performance management solution.
  • Knowledgeone RecFind6 – RF6Connector, was designed specifically to integrate RecFind 6’s powerful EDRM functionality with SharePoint On-premises and Online
  • Lansweeper App For Sentinel – Integration of Lansweeper app on the MS Sentinel Platform implements the investigative actions.
  • nunify – nunify is a DIY Event Tech & Event App Builder Platform.
  • Replicon – self-driving professional services automation solution that uses advanced technology to analyze real-time data,
  • Revelation helpdesk – create and update items in your helpdesk such as tickets.
  • TrueDialog SMS – integrate text messaging (sending & receiving) into your business processes in a couple of clicks.
  • Verified – Automated and integrated solutions for e-signing enables smoother sales processes.
  • YakChat – Add SMS to your automated flows with the YakChat Power Automate Connector. 
  • Datamotion – bridges Power Automate’s capabilities with our secure message delivery API functionality.
  • SurveyMonkey – automate critical workflows for a wide range of use cases and flow feedback data into key business apps.
  • Timeghost – includes the option for users to set up time tags and project tags.

Independent publisher connectors

Power Automate for desktop update – May 2022

The May 2022 update of Power Automate for desktop (version 2.20) has been released. Take a look at some of the new features and updates below:

  • All types of clicks are now supported in browser automation
  • A timeout value is now available for all browser automation actions
  • Tabular data extracted from a PDF file can now maintain their structure
  • Enhanced experience in the console for users with limited permissions
  • GA of ‘Display custom form’ action
All types of clicks are now supported in browser automation.

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

Bulk resubmit and cancel for cloud flows

Now you can go to the Run history page, select the runs you would like to resubmit or cancel in the ribbon, and resubmit or cancel the runs. That’s it! Once you have resubmitted or canceled the flow run, you will be able to see your canceled and successful resubmitted flow runs.

Resubmitting or canceling your flows is easy.

Find out more: Introducing bulk resubmit and cancel for cloud flows


Power BI

In Power BI: On-prem data gateway, Power BI May 2022 feature summary, Report Server May 2022, ExecuteQueries REST API, automatic aggregations, Composite models on SQL Server Analysis Services, datamart, SQL Server 2022 Analysis Services CTP 2.0, Power BI integration for PowerPoint, Goals becomes Metrics, Exportable Formatted Data Tables (Preview), Action bar for interactive reports, SandDance Power BI Custom Visual updates, New Power BI Known Issue page, New data source and gateway management experience

On-premises data gateway May 2022 update

The Power BI team have announced the release of the May 2022 update for the On-premises data gateway (version 3000.126.8).

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

Power BI Desktop feature summary – May 2022

Updates include the general availability of Canvas zoom and Data point rectangle select features, Field parameters and Error bars for columns and line combination charts new preview features, plus lots more.

Find out more: Power BI May 2022 Feature Summary

Power BI Report Server feature summary – May 2022

This May 2022 update brings a new version of Power BI Report Servery with a host of new & improved features, including:

Reporting

Other

Multi row card selection.

Find out more: Power BI Report Server May 2022 Feature Summary

ExecuteQueries REST API general availability

The ExecuteQueries REST API is now generally available. By using this REST API, you can query datasets in Power BI from practically any modern environment on any platform, as long as you can authenticate with Azure Active Directory (AAD) and construct a Web request. 

Find out more: Announcing general availability of the ExecuteQueries REST API

Automatic aggregations general availability

Automatic aggregations is now generally available. By using automatic aggregations in Power BI Premium, you can unlock cloud-scale data volumes for interactive analysis. The fundamental idea is to import data into the dataset only at the aggregated level while leaving the detail data at the source to minimize data duplication. 

Announcing general availability of automatic aggregations.

Find out more: Announcing general availability of automatic aggregations

Composite models on SQL Server Analysis Services

You can now create composite Power BI models by connecting to SQL Server 2022 Analysis Services tabular models. SQL Server 2022 is available now for public preview and when you upgrade or deploy tabular models to SQL Server 2022 Analysis Services. This DirectQuery connection becomes available in Power BI Desktop starting with May 2022 release. Existing or new tabular models hosted on SQL Server 2022 Analysis Services can be joined with other data in Power BI Desktop to create a composite model.

Composite models on SQL Server Analysis Services

Find out more: Composite models on SQL Server Analysis Services

Datamart in Power BI (Public Preview)

Datamart in Power BI is a new self-service capability included with Power BI Premium that enables users to uncover actionable insights through their own data without any help from IT teams. For the first time, we are empowering everyone with the right-sized ability to build a relational database for analytics using no code experiences for workloads up to 100GB, without compromising enterprise security and governance demands. 

Datamart in Power BI (Public Preview).

Find out more: Announcing public preview of datamart in Power BI

What’s new in SQL Server 2022 Analysis Services CTP 2.0

The public CTP 2.0 of SQL Server 2022 is now available at aka.ms/getsqlserver2022. This public preview includes the following enhancements for Analysis Services tabular:

  • Power BI support for SQL Server 2022 Analysis Services tabular models as a DirectQuery connection for composite models
  • Improved MDX query performance
  • Improved resource governance
  • Query interleaving now includes short query bias with fast cancellation

Find out more: What’s new in SQL Server 2022 Analysis Services CTP 2.0

Power BI integration for PowerPoint

The Power BI team have announced the preview of Power BI data storytelling in PowerPoint. The team are thrilled to be shipping an add-in that lets you add Power BI reports and bookmarks to your slides and enjoy the delightful interactive experience of Power BI inside your presentations. 

Power BI integration for PowerPoint.

Find out more: Tell a story with your data. Announcing the all-new Power BI integration for PowerPoint.

Goals in Power BI is becoming ‘metrics’ and is moving to general availability

Now generally available, metrics in Power BI (feature formerly known as ‘goals’) along with a ton of new features to make scorecarding in Power BI even more effective.

Power BI metrics.

Find out more: Goals in Power BI is becoming ‘metrics’ and is moving to GA!

Exportable formatted data tables (Preview)

The Power BI team have announced the public preview of a low-code web authoring experience for exportable formatted data tables.  You can use the formatted table feature to create paginated reports in any modern workspace, including workspaces that aren’t in a Power BI Premium capacity. 

Exportable Formatted Data Tables (Preview).

Find out more: Exportable Formatted Data Tables (Preview)

Action bar for interactive reports in the Power BI tab for Microsoft Teams

The Power BI tab in Microsoft Teams is getting a new action bar for interactive reports. The action bar enables users to use all the capabilities they have for interactive reports in the service when they’re added to channels, chats, or meetings as tabs in Microsoft Teams. 

New action bar for interactive reports in Microsoft Teams.

Find out more: Announcing: Action bar for interactive reports in the Power BI tab for Microsoft Teams

SandDance Power BI Custom Visual updates

SandDance is a data visualization tool developed by the VIDA (Visualization and Interactive Data Analysis) team at Microsoft Research and is available as a custom visual for Power BI. The VIDA team has made significant updates to the SandDance 2019 custom visual. The team have enhanced the ability to deliver richer and more compelling data-driven stories, both by adding support for Power BI bookmarks and making significant improvements to the rendering capabilities.

Find out more: SandDance Power BI Custom Visual updates

New Power BI Known Issue page

Microsoft have recently launched a new Power BI Known Issues page. This is an example of our continued effort to increase users’ confidence in our transparency, awareness of issues, and dedication to improve customers’ success.

Find out more: Power BI Known Issues page

New data source and gateway management experience

The Power BI team have announced a new data source and gateway management experience in Power BI! The team recently replaced the “manage gateway” experience with a new interface, making it easier to manage your gateways and data sources. With this new experience, you also get the ability to manage and create the Vnet gateway and use the recently released additional security roles.

New data source and gateway management experience.

Find out more: New data source and gateway management experience


Microsoft 365 roadmap roundup – 20th June 2022

The Microsoft roadmap roundup is a weekly summary of all the newly added items and changes within the Microsoft 365 roadmap, covering SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive and Microsoft Purview. Here’s all the new and updated Microsoft roadmap items from the past week:

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SharePoint

Includes updates for SharePoint, SharePoint Syntex and Microsoft Viva.

  • Launched (0)
  • Rolling out (4)
  • In development (7)

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🚂 ROLLING OUT

  • Microsoft Viva: Topics in Teams – Add topics to chat messages and display topic cards in Microsoft Teams. Roadmap ID:72189
  • Microsoft Viva: Pin external links to Topics – Users will be able to add external links to the “pinned files and pages” section of the topic pages instead of only Microsoft resources. These external links will be viewable and clickable from topic pages, cards, and answers. Roadmap ID:93204
  • SharePoint: Multilingual User Interface Streamlining – The SharePoint multilingual feature is expanding to include team sites. This new release includes other improvements to the navigation and site title editing experience for users whose preferred language differs from the sites default language. Roadmap ID:93332
  • Microsoft Stream: Add chapters to help viewers find the right part of a video – Users with edit access to a video uploaded to SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams, and Yammer can now add chapters to help viewers identify information in the video. For each chapter you can specify a point in time in the video and title of that chapter which will show up in the table of contents side pane for the video as well as on the video timeline. Roadmap ID: 88525

⌛ IN DEVELOPMENT

Release – June 2022

  • 🆕 SharePoint: Inline playback of videos in Hero web part – When users click to play a video in the Hero web part section of a SharePoint site, the video will play inline. This feature allows users to watch a video without being taken off the SharePoint page and allows users to browse or scroll through the other contents of the page while the video plays. Roadmap ID: 93351
  • Microsoft Viva: Automatic topic relationships – AI suggests relationships between topics, and the topic page and card reflects these connections in the knowledge graph (first degree). Roadmap ID:88695

Release – July 2022

  • 🆕 SharePoint: Improvements to SharePoint pages authoring – Column reflow and RSS connector web part – Few changes to our reflow automation for two-column sections, control of vertical section reflow, and the RSS Connector web part will give more control to the users around the number of publications shown at a time and the number of articles shown per publication. Roadmap ID: 93243
  • Microsoft Compliance center: Information Governance: Optimized behavior of deleted files with multiple versions in SharePoint – SharePoint Online items with multiple versions and a retention label now move to the Preservation Hold Library as a single file containing all versions when deleted. Roadmap ID:82062
  • Microsoft Viva: Display connected topics on people profile cards – Profile cards displayed through Outlook will display Topics associated to an individual. Roadmap ID: 88697
  • SharePoint: Easily create Power Automate flows from built-in list templates – Lists ready-made templates are getting a boost. You can install Power Automate flows whenever you create a list from select list templates. The following templates will have reminder flows available to use as you create your list: Work progress tracker, Content scheduler, and Recruitment tracker.  Roadmap ID:88906

Release – August 2022

  • Microsoft Viva: Resolve topic name similarities – Allows users to select a topic among several when they share similar or matching names (disambiguation). Roadmap ID: 72183