Some interesting summer news on the Office Roadmap this week. But first of all something that is not very cool at all; the Office roadmap URL has changed. I've used and linked to http://success.office.com/roadmap/, http://office.com/roadmap and http://success.office.com/roadmap/en-us but the only one that is working right now is http://success.office.com/en-us/roadmap/. Booh! Thou shalt not change URL's without redirects…
This is the detected changes in the Roadmap. If you use the newly released feature on the Roadmap that shows the Recently Updated Features, you will see that it states about 50 changed features, since we don't know their "algorithm" behind the feature, just ignore it and keep reading…
- Skype for Business Online: Lync in a new shroud is now officially launched…...
- Office 365 ProPlus user activation management: You can now manage your ProPlus activations directly from the admin center
- Office 365 Groups : improving visibility and management: The Office 365 Groups features are slowly rolling out and being launched on all tenants.
- Compliance Search: Some of the new compliance features announced just weeks ago as being in development are now launched.
- MDM for OneDrive for Business: was previously marked as launched but is now moved back to Rolling out…
- Office 365 Video - Embed: A long waited for feature is now rolling out.
- Office 365 Help pane: The new help feature is rolling out,
- Clutter for your inbox on by default: This is an important announcement that you need to inform your end-users about. Clutter will from now on be turned on by default!
- Skype Meeting Broadcast: Something that I really long for, being able to broadcast meetings with up to 10.000 viewers. New on the roadmap.
- PSTN Conferencing in Skype for Business Online: Huge deal, something that all our customers ask for. Unfortunately only in US to start with, like all interesting things. Product Group, if you need testers that's not still measuring stuff in feet and stones, then call me. New on the roadmap.
- Cloud PBX in Skype for Business Online: Dial out from Office 365! Wow! All them phone switches - watch out! My guess - US only! New on the roadmap.
- Drive Shipping and Network Based Data Import for Office 365: Another feature that is being rolled back on the roadmap, typo or buggy?
That was some nice additions and changes, right! Especially for all you Skype/Lync/UCM peeps!
No updates to the Office Roadmap today! But - a new huge feature to the actual Roadmap page that might make these posts obsolete
A new button has been added to the Roadmap page, called "Show only recently updated features":
Once you toggle the button it will show you only what has been updated since sometime (this is not specifically clear at the moment). Currently it only shows the last update from last week.
Good job Microsoft. No one would be happier than me if this messaging is getting better and I don't have to write these boring blog posts…
Updates to the Office Roadmap today as well.
Since yesterday, only one item has change, or rather been added to the Roadmap.
- Office 365 Settings pane: the unification of all Office 365 services continue (time to forget SharePoint, Exchange etc). A new Settings Pane is in the works that contextually adjusts the settings depending on where you are in Office 365.
More updates to the Office Roadmap! This time around we have a few interesting new additions to the roadmap.
This is what has been added to roadmap since the last couple of days. Notice that all of these are new things on the Roadmap.
- DMARC Support in EOP: DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance, http://dmarc.org/) in EOP. Directly to launched!
- OAuth and MFA for Outlook for iOS & Android: just as it sounds, the new ADAL based authentication is rolling out for iOS and Android
- Advanced administrative controls for archiving: Enables SEC 17a-4 record retention. Allows you to make sure that policies as such are not turned off or removed
- Skype for Business conversations in the web experience: This was shown in a video the other day. Nice additions to the web UX.
- Office 365 Domain Purchase Experience: a better experience to get your hands on and purchase new domains without any 3rd party services
- Office 365 Video - Embed: Allows videos to be embedded outside the video portal, for instance in a team site. But the big news here is that this allows Kiosk users rights to view videos.
- Office 365 Store: This update will make it easier for users to buy third party applications directly from within Office 365. Users will see a new "store icon" in the Waffle. Finally some updates to the pretty lame and boring Office store.
Moved off into the previously released
- Skype Developer platform
Summer is almost here, and I'm currently in the air over Hungary after a short but great weekend in Budapest. And the Office team in Redmond and all around the world keeps on pumping out updates. This is the summary of what has changed since the last update in May.
If you're into compliance or a Vision fans, there's a great amount of new stuff added to the In Development category.
- Add external collaborators to your internal Yammer conversations: from In Development to launched. This is in my opinion one of the scariest updates in a long time. It allows anyone to add an external person to any internal discussion on Yammer. And this is, again, turned on by default.
- Boards for Office Delve: Boards, the light-weight knowledge management solutions for Delve is now launched.
- De-clutter your Inbox: Exchange Clutter is now launched and turned on by default on all tenants.
- Delve (Codename Oslo) & Office Graph: No big news but Delve is now officially launched.
- Disable OneDrive for Business sync for unmanaged PCs: actually a big thing. You can now, using PowerShell, makes sure that only your managed PC's are allowed to do the OneDrive sync (when it works - or turn it off for everyone and get rid of all those support requests….)
- First Release to Select People: No more need to create separate tenants just for first release. Choose your champions wisely and let them be your guinea pigs.
- Office 365 Groups: files improvements: the enhancements to work better with files in Groups are launched. Keep it coming!
- Office 365 services hosted in Microsoft Australian datacenters: All them kangaroos are happy now with blazing fast 365! G'day mate!
- Public Folder calendar and contact access in OWA: the title says it all
- Share OneDrive for Business folders externally: Users can now share a folder and not just a document with external users. Directly to launched
- Unified OneDrive API: The unified API for OneDrive is now launched, but don't mix this with the Unified Office 365 API. Sigh! The marketing people in the Office Group really need to work on a better way to name things…
- Drive Shipping and Network Based Data Import for Office 365: Make your large scale migrations easier with Drive Shipping. From In Development.
- Office 365 ProPlus user activation management: view and manage the activations from the Admin Center
- Quarantine Message Body Preview: allow admins to see the message body while the message is in quarantine in order to make a better decision
- Adding IRM Protection to Visio file: IRM support in Visio. Good stuff in my favorite Office client application.
- Analyzing Office 365 data with Equivio Zoom: Ediscovery enhancements to the 365 suite using the Equivio Zoom, acquired earlier this year. More information.
- Compliance Administrator Role: Another new feature that allows you to create a Compliance Administrator with access to just the Compliance center parts!
- Compliance Search Conditions: Even more new compliance thingies that gives the compliance people a new and improved search experience.
- Compliance search enhancements: Perhaps the best compliance improvement in a while. This change removes some scale limitations and allows you to search all OneDrives and Mailboxes without configuring permissions explicitly on each site/mailbox.
- Create and collaborate on Visio diagrams using Office-like experience: Woohoo, more Visio news. Support for dark themes, Delve and High DPI!
- eDiscovery Case Management, Hold & Permissions: More compliance stuff. I actually can't interpret what this new thing is all about (MS folks - some copywriter job is needed on this…)
- eDiscovery infix & Suffix Wildcards: Even better search capabilities in eDiscovery that should make all your compliance officers jump up and down in excitement.
- Getting started experience in Visio: Starter diagrams and tips and tricks for all you Visio n00bs and architect wannabees.
- Office 365 Admin App Updates: Push notifications for service incidents, good one! Also some group management and the option to view your bill.
- Office 365 Message Encryption: End-user Triggered Encryption in OWA: Allow your end-users to encrypt messages directly from OWA
- Rapid data connectivity in Visio: "one-step connectivity to Excel" - create data driven diagrams even easier and faster
- Refreshed stencils and smart shapes in Visio: Plenty of updates to the stencils and shapes in Visio 2016. Big hugs to the Visio team!
Moved off the list into previously released
- Bulk updates in Project Online
- Change to the copy/paste behavior in the Outlook Web App
- Changing support for LinkedIn in Outlook
- Document deletion policies for OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online
- Edit Office 365 profile details page update
- Enhanced NDRs
- Improvement's to Demand Management in Project Online
- Increase Message Size limit to 150MB
- Lync Web App Support for Mac and Windows Chrome users
- More control over Sent Items for Shared Mailboxes
- OneNote Class Notebook Creator
- Option for Passwords to Never Expire
- Skype for Business desktop application update
SharePoint Team Sites are dead, there you have it! The era when SharePoint Team Sites was the king of SharePoint and web based collaboration are over. SharePoint Team Sites are dead, I said it again. Ok, you might think this is a link bait, a scam or something else - it's not. This is how I foresee the future of online collaboration in SharePoint Online/Office 365.
Team Sites are based on a decade old construct in SharePoint. They allow a great flexibility and extensibility for the end users, but…
…it requires a lot of training
…it drives a lot of support
…it drives a lot of consultancy hours (yes, I am/was one of those)
…historically upgrades are extremely expensive
…[fill in your own here]
…do the end-users really need that much power?
So, what's a better option then? I'd say Office 365 Groups! Office 365 Groups has a lot of the features that we lack in Team Sites and it offers the simplicity that end-users requires from Team Sites in 95% (just made that figure up, but you get the point) of the cases.
Office 365 Groups combines the best of the Office 365 services in one single place, and Office 365 Groups have done something the SharePoint team haven't ever achieved doing with Team Sites - integrate with the Outlook client. Office 365 Groups is a mash-up of:
- An Exchange Online Inbox - that is you can send e-mail to the group. This is a killer feature in online collaboration. Yes, SharePoint 2013 had the Team Site Mailbox but we all know that feature didn't scale and to be frankly it sucked.
- A SharePoint Online Document Library - all we need to share documents, what better tool for that than a SharePoint document library. Offline sync, version history, web-based editing with Office Online, sharing, recycle bin etc etc. Using SharePoint for what SharePoint originally was designed for…
- An Exchange Online Calendar - a real calendar (compared to the one in SharePoint)
- A OneNote Online Notebook - OneNote, nuff said
- Conversations - yea, conversations and discussions and likes and what not (not based on Yammer, thank you very much).
As you can see Office 365 Groups uses the best tools available in the Office 365 service for a specific purpose. It all integrates and works extremely well in the web based user interface and you can offline sync the documents and work with it in the Outlook 2016 client.
Office 365 Groups also aligns very well with the NextGen Portals, Microsofts attempt to build killer solutions in Office 365. One of those NextGen Portals are Delve which helps you discover new and relevant information. Shortly Delve will start to recommend Office 365 Groups for you (announced at Ignite 2015) and Office 365 and the Office Graph will also be extended with really interesting collaboration analytics between groups (another awesome Ignite demo). We also will see a Office 365 Groups App for mobile devices (see public roadmap), Office 365 Groups will be integrated to CRM Online and more…
The extensibility story for Office 365 Groups has just started. Unfortunately we are not allowed to modify content types and such in the document library (see wish list below). But Office 365 Groups has made it into the new Microsoft Graph/Unified Office 365 APIs and Azure AD Apps.
For management of Office 365 Groups the story did not start well last fall, but we're continuously seeing new improvements. Such as the new naming policies for groups etc. I like it!
Yes, there are exceptions and some rough edges here and there (see my wish list below) - but overall this is something your organization should adapt as soon as possible. It will take you one step closer the digital (modern) workplace and into the future of online collaboration!
Office 365 Groups wish list
Here are a couple of things that I think should be top priority for the product team. If and when these "issues" are solved I think we have a pretty robust and future-proof solution.
- Supported management of the Document Library, so that you can for instance modify/add the content type and/or templates. We really need this for enterprise content management.
- Some extensibility hooks for customizations
- Better management of the Groups e-mail address
- A task list
- Integration with Azure AD Dynamic groups
- Notifications/events when groups are created or group creation approval
- Better discoverability, a better "Groups Portal"
- An Everyone group - so that we get an All company feed and once and for all can shut Yammer down
Both Build and Ignite has passed and we finally have the first update on the Office Roadmap in a month. It's quite a few new interesting things in the pipe this time and but no new Yammer features :)
Since the 15th of April the following items has changed on the Office Roadmap.
- Change copy/paste behavior in the Outlook Web App: brand new updates directly to production. Changing how mixed content (images and text) are pasted in OWA.
- DLP in Office 365 to protect Externally classified content: from rolling out
- Edit Office 365 profile details page update: now fully launched
- Enhanced NDRs: from In Development
- Increase Message Size limit to 150 MB: from In Development
- Lync Web App support for Mac and Windows Chrome users: from Rolling Out
- MDM for OneDrive for Business: From Rolling Out
- Office 2013 client update to support passive authentication using SAML: from Rolling Out
- Office 365 Groups : Dynamics CRM integration: A brand new feature to Office 365 Groups! And it's a good one. This new feature in CRM allows you to create Office 365 Groups to collaborate with team members that don't have access to CRM. Read more here.
- Office 365 Groups: adding Like to Conversations: from In Development
- Partner Admin Center New Customer List Filters: from Rolling Out
- Recommend OneDrive for Business for Large Attachments: from In Development
- First Release Select people: directly to production. One of the best new enhancements, announced at Ignite, that allows you to have First Release per user instead of per tenant.
- Office 365 Groups : files improvements: new on the roadmap. Necessary improvements to Office 365 Groups, now if only content types were available in groups…
- Office 365 Notification Pane: did they do this properly this time?
- Office 365 Video Update: HTML5… we listened to your feedback…
- SharePoint Online storage usage model: from in development, allows you to have "Auto" quotas
- SharePoint Online uses Exchange Web Services to send mail: new kid on the block, will improve how the shared items e-mails are sent and perhaps not being classified as spam
- SharePoint Online will start to transition to using TLS to send email securely in our datacenters: perhaps not the most exciting new feature, but a good one. Also a feature that will be available on-premises in SharePoint 2016
- Skype for Business Online: from in development - just ye ole re-branding of Lync.
- Save to OneDrive for Business: from in development. Save to OD4B directly from OWA (Outlook Web App, not Office Web Apps). (Updated since the original post)
- Custom Tiles: a new and highly requested feature. Once this one is rolling out you will be able to add links to the App Launcher
- Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection: Something new that will make all your Exchange admins excited. Read more.
- Inline Service Health for Support Request Creation: new feature that supposedly should help you not submitting requests to Microsoft.
- Office 365 Groups: mobile app: The roadmap doesn't have much to say on this feature, but I guess the title says it all. Oh, did I hear someone say that Team Sites are dead?
Update since the original post: "We'll be delivering a mobile app that surfaces Outlook Group conversations and files across iOS, Android and Windows Phone by the end of 2015. "
- Organization support card: new feature that allows you to add you own contact support details in the help pane of Office 365
- Proactive notification of Outlook version: admins will now know if you are lazy and don't update Outlook…
Moved off to the list into Previously released
- Clutter control and admin capabilities
- Compliance Center for Office 365
- DKIM Outbound for Exchange Online Protection
- Exchange Transport Rule: Recipient Notification Action
- Improved Yammer thread visuals with Card View for iOS/Android
- Lync Online Active User Activities Report
- MAPI over HTTP for Outlook 2013 and Exchange Online
- New preview features for Power BI
- Office 365 Admin App Update
- Office 365 Groups Notebook
- OneDrive for Business Sync for Mac
- Outlook Web App options update
- Removing Deleted Items Retention Period
- RMS support for document libraries
- Sign-In Page Branding and Self Service Password Reset
- Skype for Business desktop application update
- Touch Design Enhancements for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business
- Yammer groups prioritization
- Yammer support for Android Wear devices
Since the 26th of March, these are the changes. Quite a few of them…
- Bulk Updates in Project Online: Directly to launched status
- Improvements to Demand Management in Project Online: Another Project thingie, directly to launched
- Changing support for LinkedIn in Outlook: LinkedIn connections in Outlook no longer supported, another that went directly to launched
- Clutter Control and admin capabilities: from rolling out
- Document deletion policies for OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online: A really interesting and important feature, now live
- Lync Online Active User Activities Report: previously rolling out
- MAPI over HTTP for Outlook 2013 and Exchange Online: one of the oldest things on the roadmap now rolling out
- More control over Sent Items for Shared Mailboxes: from in development
- New preview features for Power BI: from rolling out
- Option for Passwords to Never Expire: new on the list the last time, but now launched
- Removing Deleted Items Retention Period: from in development. This one is a huge one!
Now Rolling out
- About Me Update and New Authoring Tool: Big news yesterday on the Office Blogs. From In development.
- Lync Web App support for Mac and Windows Chrome users: from in development. Everyone is now invited to the party!
- MDM for OneDrive for Business: Another great OneDrive feature now rolling out
- Mobile Device Management: Changed name from "Mobile Device Management for Office 365" to "Mobile Device Management". From In Development.
- NDR backscatter protection: more Exchange goodies, new on the list
- Office 365 Groups: improving visibility and management: new on the list. Finally some improvements in this feature for enterprises. We might not need to turn it off at every client anymore.
- Public Folder calendar and contact access in OWA: from in development
- Skype for Business desktop application update: New Skype for Business is now rolling out since yesterday.
- Evolving the Outlook Web App options page: OWA is evolving. New on the list
- Improved image attachment viewing in Outlook Web App: OWA team is on fire. New on the list
- Optimize File Picker in Outlook Web App: Keep it coming OWA team! New on the list
- Recommend OneDrive for Business for Large Attachments: Go OWA! New on the list.
- Save to OneDrive for Business: Speechless! New on the list
- Storage and file upload improvements for Sites and OneDrive for Business: Yay! Let's upload those big video files… New on the list
- Office 365 Groups: adding Like to Conversations: Ooops. This was just rolling out the other week - back to the drawing board?
- Office 365 Help pane: A new and better way to introduce features for the end-user. I like it. New on the list
- Office 365 Notification pane: Another Ooopps. This was also previously Rolling out, with mixed feelings in the community. Better make it work and look good before launching…
- Task Notifications in Project Online: Another new Project thingie
Moved off the list into Previously released
- eDiscovery Center Scale Increase
- My apps for Office 365 app launcher
- Office 365 Admin Center for Business
- Office 365 ISO 27018 Privacy Compliance
- OneNote Staff Notebook for Education
- Outlook for iOS & Android
- Partner admin mobile app
- PIN lock and other updates for Outlook for iOS & Android
- Quarantine Bulk Release
- RMS Departmental Templates
No longer at the list at all
- Forms on SharePoint Lists - bye bye, for good?
Phew! Good Job Microsoft!
It's just less than three weeks until the SharePoint Evolution Conference 2015 has kicked off - and I'll be there speaking. The Evolution Conference is by far the most important and interesting conference when it comes to SharePoint - online and on-premises. The lineup of speakers are incredible - no other conference will ever get this assembly of crew from all around the world. And in this case this really is "no marketing, no bullshit" (thanks AC & CJ). The sessions and their content is out of this world, ranging for hard-core developer stuff, to nitty gritty infrastructure details to well-polished shoes and ties type of stuff. If you're in this business - you should be there! Go register, there is till a couple of more slots available.
I'm truly honored to be invited once again to speak and this time I'm closing in on the pain threshold with four sessions, all of them very demo focused.
Building solutions with Office Graph: This is going to be a fun session where me and my good buddy Waldek Mastykarz will go through the Office Graph, the service feeding the Delve application, with a nice set of demos and inspirational apps.
SharePoint Online, Office and Azure better together: One of my favorite sessions, it is. This is a session that I've done for a couple of years but it changes every single time. It's about how you can leverage the Azure services for your Office and SharePoint Apps. Since the Azure services are constantly evolving the demoes are constantly re-written.
Building rich search experiences Apps for SharePoint: Another session that I'll do with Waldek. This is going to be fun. It will be full of demos of Search related stuff. Things that you very easy can do to improve your SharePoint search experience and impress on your boss.
Azure Virtual Machine Automation for SharePoint admins and developers: You're like me and fed up with carrying around a big ass laptop just so that you can run virtual machines. Fear no more. In this session I'll show you how to easy and fast build out SharePoint environments for test, dev and production in Microsoft Azure.
See you there!
Aprils fools day and for the sixth time I have been awarded with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) recognition for SharePoint Server.
Dear Wictor Wilen,
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2015 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in SharePoint Server technical communities during the past year.
Thank you Microsoft, my employer and those in the community that still gives me the kicks in contributing on- and offline.