The blog of Wictor Wilén

  • What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2016-03-17

    Tags: Office 365

    I got some news for you. The Office Roadmap is updated, actually it was updated yesterday but I had other stuff to do. Let's jump right into the changes and look at them Groups thingies!!

    Changes 2016-03-17

    Launched

    • Dark theme for Outlook 2016: Somehow someone thought this was important. Personally I'm not a fan of the dark theme in Office, specifically not in Outlook - it looks all weird and funky since e-mails have a white background. (from in development)
    • Directory pictures in Outlook 2016 search suggestions: When searching in Outlook (on the desktop) you should see profile pics of people - I don't, and I'm on the Office first release branch… (from in development)
    • Learning Tools for OneNote: There are some new Learning tools in OneNote for people with learning needs. (NEW)
    • Office 365 Groups: dynamic membership: Dynamic membership in groups should be rolled out. Love the feature! You configure the dynamic membership in the Azure AD portal and it also requires Azure AD premium if you wondered (from rolling out)
    • Office 365 Groups: files quota management: File quotas for group - one of those things we waited for are here, anyone seen it by the way. The description still says "we plan to" - but it is marked as launched (from rolling out)
    • SharePoint Online uses Exchange Web Services to send mail: SharePoint alerts and mails are no longer marked as spam (from rolling out)

    In Development

    • Focused Inbox for Outlook for Windows, Mac and web: The focused inbox feature from the Outlook iOS/Android app will come to Outlook for Windows and Mac as well as web (NEW)
    • Message Center improvements Spring 2016: some filtering features and a new weekly digest e-mail incoming for the message center (NEW)
    • Office 365 Groups: guest access support: YES! YES! YES! FINALLY! (NEW)
    • One-click Archive: archive your stuff in Outlook if our using Outlook for Mac with a single click (NEW)
    • Outlook 2016 for Mac two step authentication: Modenr AuthN and two-FACTOR authentication for Outlook for Mac (NEW)
    • Upload local Outlook attachment to OneDrive & OneDrive for Business: automatically upload your attachments to OneDrive when sending e-mail using Outlook for desktop (NEW)

    Moved off into the previously released list

    • Skype for Business for Android

  • What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2016-03-03

    Tags: Office 365

    Ok, let me first start by saying that I might have overreacted in the last blog post about the roadmap. I still don't think it is ok to have this kind of chaos on such an important and official document/page. But stuff happens, we all know that (I've done some pretty serious dumba** stuff with my blog posts over the years).

    So back to the good news. We have an Office Roadmap update. And this time around it looks all fine! It's a bit long this time, due to stuff getting back to where they are supposed to be, but there are some really hidden gems in here. Have a nice read y'all.

    Changes 2016-03-03

    Launched

    • Android: Android for Work compliance with multi profile support: Office now supports Android for Work. (from rolling out)
    • Archive button in Outlook 2016: An archive button for archiving should be available (=launched) in the Outlook 2016 client. It isn't on mine at least. (from development)
    • Archiving in Office 365 for 3rd-party data: support for archiving information from external sources such as Tweetface, Chatter, BlackBerry, Dropbox. (from in development)
    • Auto Generated Project IDs in Project Online: The project id's again… (from rolling out)
    • Browse and join Groups in Outlook 2016: Another launched feature that I don't have in my Current Branch Outlook 2016. It looks like a great feature. (from in development)
    • Circular Yammer User Profile Pictures: Without further comments I'd like to quote this from the Yammer team: "Yammer is excited to announce the modification of its user profile picture". (My emphasis). (from in development)
    • Cloud PBX in Skype for Business: Watch out you old school landline phone operators (from in development)
    • Dark theme: aka developer theme. It would be cool but imo it looks awful since the e-mails, document backgrounds etc are all white so the dark theme doesn't work as well as in Visual Studio for instance (from rolling out)
    • Designer: The demo looks nice, it has never given me any advice on my PowerPoint decks though (from rolling out)
    • Easy Enable for Data Analysis Add-Ins: Power<View|Pivot|Map> at your fingertips in Excel (from rollin gout)
    • Embedded video in Universal app: Youtubein the OneNote universal app (new, directly to launched, but was actually rolling out before the mishap)
    • Exchange Online Protection- Zero Day auto-purge: I am impressed with all the small and large security and protection features the Office team adds (from in development)
    • FastTrack | Data migration to OneDrive for Business from File Shares: Onboarding center now offers file share migration (from in development)
    • FastTrack | Data migration to SharePoint Online Team Sites from File Shares: and they do it not only for OneDrive (from in development)
    • FastTrack | FastTrack Center services coming to smaller customers: and even if you're a small customer you get stuff for free (this one was launched, then gone and now launched)
    • FastTrack | Office 365 ProPlus Upgrade Assistance: and if you want help with your Office, that is for free too! (from in development)
    • Learning Tools for OneNote: There's two of them (new)
    • Learning Tools for OneNote: And here's the other one (also new)
    • Making it easier to share files and collaborate: The Share Pane in the Office client has been updated. It's a great feature that I use almost every day when collaborating with my colleagues (from rolling out)
    • Morph for iOS: It's the Morph animation (PowerPoint) on iOS - but what is more interesting is that I'm with the cool kids now sporting an iPhone so I actually care about new iOS features (more about that another day)
    • Multi-select Attachments in Outlook 2016: I thought you could do this before, but apparantley not. (from rolling out)
    • New Chinese and Japanese Default Fonts: a "Unified modern look" - wonder if they reinvented Mandarin as well? (from rolling out)
    • New Forecasting Capabilities: Some new really advanced Excel features, probably need a PhD in economics to use them (rom rolling out)
    • November Improvements in Excel Mobile for Windows: November(!) updates are here (from rolling out)
    • Office 365 Admin app - Push Notifications for Message Center filters: better control of your push notifications in the admin app (from in development)
    • Office 365 app launcher refresh: the new customizable app launcher is live. I like the idea but unfortunatley it only is customizable on half of the O365 services, so it doesn't make sense (from in development)
    • Office 365 Domain Purchase Experience: it's soo easy nowadays (from rolling out)
    • Office 365 Groups: naming policies for aliases: Some things here I really wonder about. This has worked since day 1 of Groups and the roadmap item points to an Exchange Technet article from 2012… (from rolling out)
    • Office 365 Groups: Outlook on the Web and Outlook Groups app user interface improvements: continued improvement of the Groups UX. I do hope that we see some of that UX trickel down to SharePoint for instance (from in development)
    • Office 365 help pane updates: better search with results from the applications and tell me support. Not launched in any of my tenants (from in development)
    • Office 365 Multi-Channel Catalog Support: the special segments (Edu, Gov etc) can now buy the commercial service as well (from rolling out)
    • Office 365 My Account updates: For me a very valuable page, but for normal end-users, this page is a bit to technical with app permissions and stuff (from rolling out)
    • Office 365 ProPlus Consumption Reports: A great new report to see how the ProPlus adoption goes (from rolling out)
    • Office 365 Video - Channel Recycle Bin: Never loose a video (from in development)
    • Office 365 Video - Deploy in US Government zone (GCC) & China datacenters: perfect for Mr Trump when he fiddle with his belly button in the oval office (from in development)
    • Office Online multi-user coauthoring in Yammer: I've complained about this one before - there should be no authoring in Yammer. Period. Btw, can you disable this, please? (from in development)
    • PowerPoint Designer - Desktop: The desktop edition of the PowerPoint Desighern (from in development)
    • PowerPoint Morph - Desktop: The desktop edition of Morph (from in development)
    • PSTN Calling in Skype for Business: was launched a month ago and back at launched
    • PSTN Conferencing in Skype for Business Online: was launched a month ago and back at launched
    • Quick Access Toolbar customization: Hmm, haven't you always been able to do this? (from in development)
    • Quick Shape Formatting: more shapes in Office (from rolling out)
    • Read-only mode for Excel: Another hmmm. "Open up an Excel workbook within SharePoint quickly in read-only mode to quickly get to what matters most." This happens all the time, don't it? (from rolling out)
    • Real time co-authoring in Word: We're getting there! (from rolling out)
    • Skype for Business One-time search notification: back at launched
    • Smart Lookup for Office: Sounds like the normal Research Pane in Office? (from rolling out)
    • Storage and file upload improvements for Sites and OneDrive for Business: 10GB file upload and minimum of 1TB of storage! (from in development)
    • Support for multi-selection of Slicer items using touch: Touch your Excel (from rolling out)
    • Tell Me: Ok, not new at all.. (from rolling out)

    Rolling out

    • Delve Analytics: Supercool Delve feature, E5 or separate subscription required (from in development)
    • Improved image attachment viewing in Outlook on the web: OWA is being more and more capable, when will we stop using the Outlook client? (from in development)
    • Office 365 Groups: multi-domain support: Was on my wish list last year. Good job! (from in development)
    • Office 365 Video - Analytics, phase one: Stats on your vids (from in development)
    • Office 365 Video - Improved upload experience: responsive and more intuitive upload of videos (from in development)
    • Office 365 Video - Insert video from SharePoint edit page ribbon: Awesome! (NEW)
    • OneNote Universal app: sign-in update: Only org id required for the universal app. Previously you needed an MS account for the first time setup (NEW)
    • OneNote Universal app: sign-in update: Such a good feature it is mentioned twice
    • OneNote Universal app: sign-in update: Such an awesome feature it is mentiond three times
    • Sites Tile Page Update - Recent and Suggested Sites: The Sites tile has recieved a well welcomed update (from in development)
    • Updated people profile experience in Office 365: Oh, I just love this new Delve profile page!!! More like this (NEW)
    • User Activity Reports: better auditing in SharePoint, now with view auditing as well. In the compliance center only though, not the SP auditing thingie (from in development)

    In development

    • Archive: An archive feature for Outlook 2016 for Mac (NEW)
    • Enhanced editor: Enchanced e-mail editor, similar to Word, for the Maclook (Outlook for Mac) (NEW)
    • FastTrack | Expanded language support: more language options for the onboarding center (NEW)
    • FastTrack | Power BI onboarding support: Get them PowerBI things on board (NEW)
    • New AutoCAD file format support in Visio: this is really cool. Visio will support the new AutoCAD formats including massive drawings. (NEW)
    • OFFLINE MESSAGES: Must be a superimportant feature since it is all caps. You will be able to send messages to people on Skype for Business even if they are not online.
    • Skype for Business Mac Preview: I wonder if this will make AC more happy, and get him on the beta program for it! (just a name change on the imte)
    • Sway *.sharepoint.com embed support:  title says it all (NEW)

    Cancelled

    • Office 365 Message Encryption: End-User Triggered Encryption in OWA: :-(

    Moved off the list into the previously released

    • Android: Deeper Integration with Outlook:
    • Android: Easy Sign-in, Sign-up:
    • Android: Presenter view:
    • Apps for Project Pro for Office 365 write support:
    • Colorful Office theme:
    • Configurable push notifications for Office 365 Admin app:
    • Contact sync for Outlook for Android:
    • Data Loss Prevention (DLP) in SharePoint Online:
    • DKIM Outbound for Exchange Online Protection:
    • DLP in SharePoint - Policy Management:
    • EU Model Clauses and HIPAA BAA Availability for All Yammer Customers:
    • Events from email:
    • FastTrack | Data migration to OneDrive from Google Drive:
    • First Release: Office 365 ProPlus and Office 365 Business:
    • First Release: Select People support for SharePoint & OneDrive for Business:
    • Higher DPI support for 250% and 300%:
    • Inline OneDrive attachment preview for Outlook on the web:
    • Korean language support:
    • Math Input Control:
    • Mobile offline files (read-only) for iOS:
    • Mobile PDF annotation support for iOS:
    • Multiple timeline bars in Project Pro for Office 365:
    • New per-user licensing for Sway:
    • Next-generation OneDrive for Business sync client (PC & Mac):
    • Office 2013 Windows client modern authentication public preview:
    • Office 365 ISO 27001 and 27018 Audit Report:
    • Office 365 local datacenter in India:
    • Office 365 Video - Yammer settings per channel:
    • OneDrive for Business Web UX refresh:
    • OneNote Online: Record Audio clips & Insert File:
    • Open OpenDocument files:
    • Pan and zoom while loading large charts/SmartArt:
    • Preview_Office 365 Customer Security Considerations Refrence Guide:
    • Project Online content pack for PowerBI:
    • Real time presence for PowerPoint:
    • Real Time presence in PowerPoint for desktop:
    • Red Alert Autoposting:
    • Set an expiry date for a guest share:
    • Skype Meeting Broadcast:
    • Sway admin controls over Insert tab content sources:
    • Sway recycle bin:
    • Task Notifications in Project Online:
    • Word Online: Improving feature capabilities:

  • What’s new on the Office Roadmap - 2016-03-01

    Tags: Office 365

    Spring is closing in, astronauts are returning from a year in space, the US has an election going on and there's update on the Office Roadmap.

    The roadmap mess saga continues…with Microsoft making even more fools out of themselves!!!

    Changes 2016-03-01

    Launched

    No new things are rolling out…instead they are rolling them back!

    Rolling out

    All of the following was previously Launched but are now rolling out instead. Microsoft, you need to think about how you update this page. The last month or so has been ver unreliable. Please, if you need help in managing a proper list of changes you have my contact details. Actually in Sweden there is a law that what you publish on your web site is what is included in the service/product/offering (not exactly the legal text) at the time of purchase…

    • Apps for Project Pro for Office 365 write support
    • Auto Generated Project IDs in Project Online
    • Data Loss Prevention (DLP) in SharePoint Online
    • Designer
    • DLP in SharePoint - Policy Management
    • First Release: Select People support for SharePoint & OneDrive for Business
    • Multiple timeline bars in Project Pro for Office 365
    • Next-generation OneDrive for Business sync client (PC & Mac)
    • Office 365 Groups: dynamic membership
    • Office 365 ISO 27001 and 27018 Audit Report
    • Office 365 Video - Yammer settings per channel
    • PowerPoint Designer - Desktop
    • PowerPoint Morph - Desktop
    • Preview_Office 365 Customer Security Considerations Refrence Guide
    • Red Alert Autoposting
    • SharePoint Online uses Exchange Web Services to send mail
    • Task Notifications in Project Online

     

    The following are the real changes

    • Delve People Experiences - Praise: this was launched but withdrawn back to in development, but now it is rolling out again.
    • Removal of Delivery Reports from Outlook on the web: the delivery reports feature are being removed (from in development)
    • Yammer service on by default: The Yammer Service is now on by default for most customers. Ya'll know what I think about that. Good luck Yammer. Good thing is that they fixed the licensing issue, so now you just remove the licenses from the users to prohibit Yammer. (from in development)

    In Development

    Here's a set of features that is also retagged, from Launched and Rolling out to In Development

    • Cloud PBX in Skype for Business
    • Events from email
    • FastTrack | Data migration to OneDrive for Business from File Shares
    • FastTrack | Data migration to SharePoint Online Team Sites from File Shares
    • FastTrack | Office 365 ProPlus Upgrade Assistance
    • Manage Yammer licenses in Office 365
    • Mobile PDF annotation support for iOS
    • Office 365 Groups: files quota management
    • Office 365 Groups: multi-domain support
    • Office 365 local datacenter in India: WHAT, this is from Launched!?!?! I smell something fishy here
    • Office 365 Reporting Dashboard
    • Office Online multi-user coauthoring in Yammer
    • PSTN Calling in Skype for Business
    • PSTN Conferencing in Skype for Business Online
    • Real time presence for PowerPoint
    • Real Time presence in PowerPoint for desktop
    • Skype Meeting Broadcast
    • Sway recycle bin
    • Azure departmental template availability: and this one was previously cancelled!?!?

    No longer on the list!?

    • Allow/Deny list external sharing domains
    • Bitcoin Currency Format Support
    • Embedded video in Universal app
    • Expiring Yammer Announcements
    • FastTrack | Expanded language support
    • Improvements to Outlook Add-in Store
    • Intune Mobile Application Management and Conditional Access for Skype for Business
    • Morph for iOS
    • Office 365 Groups: guest access support
    • Office Delve updated profile experience: this one I know for sure is launched
    • OneDrive for Business Web UX refresh
    • Removal of Delivery Reports from Outlook on the web
    • Search on Yammer iOS app
    • Set an expiry date for a guest share
    • Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition
    • Skype for Business One-time search notification

     

    SERIOUSLY! IS THIS A BAD JOKE!? Microsoft, are you trying to wear me out and messing this up just because you can't handle the truth…

  • What’s new on the Office Roadmap - 2016-02-14

    Tags: Office 365

    Updates! Updates! Updates! Yup, that would happen if Stevie B was still in the house rocking the Office Roadmap. Another round of updates, this time it looks like a fixup of the mess that happended last time. So some things are reported as NEW in here, but they aren’t really new, they just disappeared for a week or two…

    Changes 2016-02-13

    Launched

    • Apps for Project Pro for Office 365 write support: If you’re building Apps, sorry Add-ins, you can now do write back for Project Apps/Add-ins (from Rolling out)
    • Auto Generated Project IDs in Project Online: more control of the ID’s generated in Project (from Rolling out)
    • Cloud PBX in Skype for Business: Enterprise voice is now live (from In Development)
    • Data Loss Prevention (DLP) in SharePoint Online: DLP features in SPO is now Launched, from Rolling out
    • imageDesigner: The new Designer feature in PowerPoint should be in your desktop application by now (from rolling out)
    • DLP in SharePoint - Policy Management: It says private preview only and public in september 2015, we’re already way beyond that, so I guess nobody bothered update the text. Anyways - this is a great feature that allows you to control DLP and actions, triggers, reports etc for SharePoint Online and OneDrive. (from ROlling out)
    • Events from email: Exchange Online will now automatically detect flight information (just like Cortana) and automatically block the time in your calendar (from In development). Note: this feature is ON by default but can be turned off.
    • FastTrack | Data migration to OneDrive for Business from File Shares: File share to OneDrive FastTrack is live. (from in development)
    • FastTrack | Data migration to SharePoint Online Team Sites from File Shares: File share to Team Sites is also live (from In development)
    • FastTrack | FastTrack Center services coming to smaller customers: Great change for smaller customers, minimum number of seats are now 50 for FastTrack, instead of 150. (NEW)
    • FastTrack | Office 365 ProPlus Upgrade Assistance: FastTrack for Office (from in development)
    • First Release: Select People support for SharePoint & OneDrive for Business: SPO and OD4B is now first release enabled (from rollingout)
    • Mobile offline files (read-only) for iOS: Offline support for the OneDrive app (from rolling out)
    • Mobile PDF annotation support for iOS: Another great feature on IOS and not on Windows Phone (I’m just waiting for Satya to can this huge failed experiement). (from rolling out)
    • Morph for iOS: Support for the new Morph PowerPoint animation on IOS (and not Windows Phone) (NEW)
    • Multiple timeline bars in Project Pro for Office 365: I think this is one of the things that changes every time on the roadmap, it’s probably a huge deal for the Project people. (from rolling out)
    • Next-generation OneDrive for Business sync client (PC & Mac): NextGen (LOL) sync engine is now fully launched. I sure hope they don’t think that this is a finished product!!! (from rolling out)
    • Office 365 Groups: dynamic membership: Dynamic memeberships for Office 365 Groups. This is really awesome. It requires Azure AD premium though. (from Rolling out)
    • Office 365 Groups: files quota management: support for file quota managment for the Office 365 Groups SPO sites (from In Development)
    • Office 365 ISO 27001 and 27018 Audit Report: Some new reports in the Service Trust Portal, I’m not sure if they are new or just updated. Not that descriptive information (From Rolling out)
    • Office 365 local datacenter in India: The 365 datacenter in India has opened its doors for tenants. Check your Message Center for information about when you are being moved (from In Developemnt)
    • Office 365 Video - Yammer settings per channel: This new settings allows you to specify a Yammer Group for the Video Channel or even better you can disable it. (from rolling out)
    • Office Online multi-user coauthoring in Yammer: Co-authoring in Yammer! When will they implement a feature that allows you to NOT store documents in Yammer? Prolly never. (from In Development)
    • OneDrive for Business Web UX refresh: New UX in OneDrive for Business. It’s a great addition and I’m looking forward to see this new concept coming to other parts of SPO
    • PowerPoint Designer - Desktop: This is exactly the same feature as above “Designer”. (from rolling out)
    • PowerPoint Morph - Desktop: The Morpth animation on the desktop edition of PowerPoint. I actually like it (from rolling out)
    • Preview_Office 365 Customer Security Considerations Refrence Guide: I’m not 100% sure on what this exactly is, but it’s a new “Security Consideration Guide” linked to the Service Trust Portal. Gotta find it and read it (from Rolling out)
    • PSTN Calling in Skype for Business: US only, call real phones from Skype. (from in development)
    • PSTN Conferencing in Skype for Business Online: conferencing dial in option, US only so far (from in development)
    • Real time presence for PowerPoint: You can see in real time who’s editing the same doc as you in PowerPoint (I guess this is for online, and the next one for desktop). (from in development)
    • Real Time presence in PowerPoint for desktop: see above (from in development)
    • Red Alert Autoposting: automatic detection of issues in Office 365, about time (from  rolling out)
    • Set an expiry date for a guest share: This one has jumped back and forth from rolling out and launched. But I have yet not seen it in any tenant!
    • SharePoint Online uses Exchange Web Services to send mail: SharePoint e-mails should no longer be spam (from rolling out)
    • Skype for Business One-time search notification: First time a user does a search in S4B they will get a help message (NEW)
    • Skype Meeting Broadcast: Skype Meeting Broadcast is launched! Love it! (From in development)
    • Sway recycle bin: Get yer Sways back (from in development)
    • Task Notifications in Project Online: notifications from project, title says it all (from rolling out)

    Rolling out

    • Embedded video in Universal app: When pasting a YouTube, Vimeo or Office Mix Video in OneNote (the Universal app only) you can directly in OneNote check out the video. Sounds cool, couldn’t verify since it doesn work… (NEW)
    • Manage Yammer licenses in Office 365: I’m should just shut up on this one since there are to many sensitive people that would sacrifice their kids for this emabarrasing service. You knwo what, you can unassign licenses now for Yammer and it just removes the Tile from the Waffle. Users can still go to Yammer. Epic failure!!! (from in developemnt)
    • Office 365 Groups: multi-domain support: One more of my requested features for Office 3365 Groups are now being rolled out (from in development)
    • Office activationsOffice 365 ProPlus Consumption Reports: awesome reports for Office, including Visio and Project, activations (NEW)
    • Office 365 Reporting Dashboard: the new admin portal will contain a highly customizable reporting center (from in development)
    • Search on Yammer iOS app: No comments… (NEW, well it was there, then it wasn’t and now it’s back)

    In Development

    • Allow/Deny list external sharing domains: white/blacklisting of external sharing domains. A welcome addition (NEW)
    • Bitcoin Currency Format Support: fire up your Azure VM’s to mine some bitcoins (NEW)
    • Delve People Experiences - Praise: This is one of the features that is actually being rolled back from In development. This is a good thing. I hope they add features so that you can control the Praise experience; that is turn it on/off, and also that you can delete Praises from an administrative side (from rolling out)
    • Expiring Yammer Announcements: This should reduce the number of unread items in your Yammer inbox (NEW)
    • FastTrack | Expanded language support: the additions of simplified chinese, Thai and Vietnames to the FTC (NEW)
    • Improvements to Outlook Add-in Store: an in-client experience for finding Apps/Add-ins for Outlook. Great new feature (NEW)
    • Intune Mobile Application Management and Conditional Access for Skype for Business: More control of Skype for Business on mobile devices (NEW)
    • Office 365 Groups: guest access support: My number one feature I’m waiting for for Groups. When finally launched I see no single reason whatsoever to use Yammer. (NEW)
    • Office Delve updated profile experience: The profile part of Delve will be improved over the next few months (NEW)
    • Removal of Delivery Reports from Outlook on the web: Delivery Reports will no longer be a part of Outlook on the web (who uses that anyways!?) (rolled back from Rolling out)
    • Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition: Connect your on-premises Skype for Business to the PBX/PSTN in Office 365! (NEW)
    • Yammer service on by default: I complained about this stupid idea previously and now they moved it from Rolling Out to In Development! Not going to do a sarcastic comment this time, but if that is true that someone reconsidered this change it is a good thing for all enterprises that would like to control what their users use and what not to use. (From Rolling out)

    Cancelled

    • Azure departmental template availability: Yup, it’s being cancelled over and over again (from in development)

  • What’s new on the Office Roadmap - 2016-02-01

    Tags: Office 365

    Here we go again! The Office team keep a steady pace of updates coming to the Office Roadmap. This time it’s a bit weird, but we have a lot of things being rolled back!? Also I noticed that the site was down today for maintenance. So, is this just a DR solution and they lost data or have they just messed things up? I smell that someone actually MANUALLY updates this list, but hey, they can’t be that crazy, can they?

    Anyhow - this is NOT how a roadmap/changelog should work. Microsoft, you customers tries to listen to what you do, but this is just not acceptable. Last week I told a customer it was launched, and now it’s not….FIX THIS. Scrap this Roadmap site and make proper changelog - if you don’t know how, go ask your colleagues in the Microsoft Graph team and ask them how they do it.

    Changes 2016-02-01

    Launched

    Nothing new launched this time around.

    Rolling out

    • Apps for Project Pro for Office 365 write support: Rolled back from Launched!
    • Data Loss Prevention (DLP) in SharePoint Online: Rolled back from Launched!
    • DLP in SharePoint - Policy Management: Rolled back from Launched!
    • Multiple timeline bars in Project Pro for Office 365: Rolled back from Launched!
    • Next-generation OneDrive for Business sync client (PC & Mac): Rolled back from Launched!
    • Office 365 Video - Yammer settings per channel: Rolled back from Launched!
    • Red Alert Autoposting: Rolled back from Launched!
    • Task Notifications in Project Online: Rolled back from Launched!
      Yammer service on by default

    In Development

    • Azure departmental template availability: was cancelled last week
    • Cloud PBX in Skype for Business: was launched last week
    • Manage Yammer licenses in Office 365: was rolling out last week
    • Mobile PDF annotation support for iOS: was launched last week
    • Office 365 local datacenter in India: well, do you have a datacenter in India or don’t you!?!?
    • PSTN Calling in Skype for Business: Was launched…
    • PSTN Conferencing in Skype for Business Online: was also launched…
    • Real time presence for PowerPoint: was rolling out
    • Real Time presence in PowerPoint for desktop: was rolling out
    • Skype Meeting Broadcast: was launched
    • Sway recycle bin: was launched

    Things that just is a mess and a big questionmark

    • Allow/Deny list external sharing domains: was listed as in development last week but don’t exist no more…
    • Bitcoin Currency Format Support: and I just spent tons of money on Godizilla machines to mine some bitcoins…
    • Expiring Yammer Announcements: looks like they don’t expire after all, but hey ho, they are experimenting with Mark stuff as read in the inbox - the biggest improvement in this service for three years - AND THEY DON’T PUT THAT ON THE ROADMAP!!
    • FastTrack | Expanded language support: was iun development
    • OneDrive for Business Web UX refresh: was launched
    • Search on Yammer iOS app: was rolling out
    • Set an expiry date for a guest share: that explains why I didn’t see this last week, it is NOT launched
    • Skype for Business One-time search notification: magically disappeared from the previously released list!

     

    Let’s keep an eye on that roadmap, I have a feeling something will happen soon again…

  • What’s new on the Office Roadmap - 2016-01-26

    Tags: Office 365

    Time for some updates on the Office Roadmap again, these updates was actually published yesterday, but since writing these blog posts isn’t what pays for the bread on my table I needed to do other stuff before writing this.

    Last week the location of the Roadmap changed and today there seems to be some issues with the site; you can now find it at https://fto365siteprod.azurewebsites.net/roadmap.

    There are some real highlights here and as usual some Yammer funkiness…

    Changes 2016-01-26

    Now Launched

    • Apps for Project Pro for Office 365 write support: write-back support for Project Pro Apps/Add-ins (from rolling out)
    • Cloud PBX in Skype for Business: Enterprise voice features is now live (from in development)
    • Data Loss Prevention (DLP) in SharePoint Online: The DLP features are now “done”. (from rolling out)
    • DLP in SharePoint - Policy Management: More SharePoint DLP (from rolling out)
    • Mobile offline files (read-only) for iOS: Mobile offline support for the OneDrive iOS App. Thanks Microsoft for caring for us still using the (dying?) Windows Phone platform (new)
    • Mobile PDF annotation support for iOS: edit PDF files on iOS (from in development)
    • Multiple timeline bars in Project Pro for Office 365: Project is getting even more advanced (from rolling out)
    • Next-generation OneDrive for Business sync client (PC & Mac): the so called next-generation sync engine is now rolled out. Such a disaster, the situation is no where near better. Sigh! (from rolling out)
    • Office 365 local datacenter in India: Office 365 is growing like crazy! (from in development)
    • Office 365 Video - Yammer settings per channel: small and good change to the Yammer and Video portal integration. The Yammer team is shaping up and really focusing on what’s important, well they fix stuff that we asked for for ages. (from rolling out)
    • OneDrive for Business Web UX refresh: The new OneDrive for Business experience is rolled out fully (new)
    • PSTN Calling in Skype for Business: US only PSTN calling (from in development)
    • PSTN Conferencing in Skype for Business Online: US only PSTN conferencing (from in development)
    • Red Alert Autoposting: certain alerts are now autoposted from the serivce to the Service Health Dashboard. Cool! (from launched)
    • Set an expiry date for a guest share: This is AWESOME news. Finally we have expiry dates on external shared files. But, I cannot see this in my tenants… (NEW)
    • Skype Meeting Broadcast: Time to broadcast your meetings, Skype Broadcast is here. (from in development)
    • Sway recycle bin: Now, you never get rid of your Sways that you throw away (from in development)
    • Task Notifications in Project Online: opt-in for even more notifications (from rolling out)

    Rolling out

    • Manage Yammer licenses in Office 365: you can now manage Yammer licenses and enforce that users have licens (ie, turn Yammer off) (from in development)
    • Real time presence for PowerPoint: live Skype presence in PowerPoint Online (from in development)
    • Real Time presence in PowerPoint for desktop: same as above but for the desktop client (from in development)
    • Search on Yammer iOS app: Whaddya need search for? Somebody didn’t read the memo. (NEW)

    In Development

    • Allow/Deny list external sharing domains: this is a very long anticipated feature that should have a top prio imo (NEW)
    • Bitcoin Currency Format Support: Native Bitcoin support in Excel on all platforms (NEW)
    • Expiring Yammer Announcements: THIS IS THE WAY to solve unread messages in Yammer. I’m cleary using Yammer wrong (NEW)
    • FastTrack | Expanded language support: The onboarding center will support more languages (NEW)
    • Office 365 Groups: guest access support: External sharing in Groups – oops another nail in the Yammer coffin. LOVE IT! (NEW)
    • Yammer service on by default: Ooops, this was rolling out and now rolled back (from rolling out)

    Cancelled

    • Azure departmental template availability: a cancellation that I don’t understand really. Isn’t this already launched and working??

    Moved off into the previously released list

    • Skype for Business One-time search notification

  • What’s new on the Office Roadmap – 2016-01-14

    Tags: Office 365

    Hello and welcome back to an awesome new year – 2016 is here and we have our first Office Roadmap update. First things first; the Office Roadmap URL has changed. Ye olde Roadmap siteThe new home for the Office 365 Roadmap is: http://fasttrack.office.com/roadmap. As usual when it comes to changes on the Office level - the communication is kinda poor. Ye olde URL just now gives you an error. Didn’t someone think about having a redirect or something from success.office.com to the new home at fasttrack.office.com. Anyways, let’s take a look on what has changed since the last post in December.

    Changes 2016-01-14

    Now Launched

    • Inline OneDrive attachment preview for Outlook on the web: this really nice feature, which makes Outlook on the web more and more attractive than it’s big brother Outlook not on the web (aka outlook.exe). From rolling out

    Rolling out

    • Auto Generated Project IDs in Project Online: “Just” a name change on this one. From “Unique Project IDs in Project Online”
    • Next-generation OneDrive for Business sync client (PC & Mac): Live MeshThe new amazing, working, fast and exciting OneDrive for Business sync client is rolling out. Isn’t this great? I can hear the angles crying of joy. NOT! Well it is a new sync engine, it’s based on the OneDrive for consumer sync engine instead of old Groove. And yes, we have selective sync. But that’s it. The OneDrive for consumer sync engine isn’t that fast, I still have errors and collisions, I knew people who lost files. AND we still need the Old-generation sync client to sync SharePoint sites, other than OneDrive. Oh, this is new on the Roadmap.
    • Yammer service on by default: No description of this one. But from the title you can see that Yammer is enabled by default. Personally I do think that this is stupid. No services, unless they are security or compliance, should be turned on by default. Espeially now when I see more and more customer considering not going for Yammer. I guess they are trying to survive. New on the roadmap.

  • Summing up the year of 2015 and embracing 2016

    Tags: Personal

    Wow, 2015 has been one really interesting year for me! For the 9th year I will do my summary post (here’s the olde ones:  2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006).
    2015 started really cool with me joining Avanade here in Sweden and boosting the Collaboration efforts. It is an incredible team we have here and some amazing customers and opportunities ahead and I don’t regret this move for a second. And now in December I internally switched role to an even more interesting position – Nordic Digital Workplace Architect. Avanade has really understood what a Digital Workplace is and I’m really looking forward to focusing even more on this. Enough of Avanade talk, but if you’re interested in working in the front line of the future Digital Workplace and with us, contact me!

    Writing

    Over the years I’ve done less writing about technical stuff, partly because I’m not that deep into this as I once was but mainly due to the fact that I’ve been bored about what has happened in this space over the last few years. BUT – as you will notice within a few months, things are happening! *wink, wink*

    This year I started a new series of blog posts called What’s new on the Office Roadmap. It’s a direct result of Microsoft being unable themselves to communicate their plans. The current roadmap site is despite all the feedback a disgrace. I’ve logged and blogged 31 changes since March – which is awesome, there are some really nice things coming and I do look forward to seeing this running in my clients tenants. Office 365 is killing the competition now when it comes to collaboration and productivity.

    The most read articles, from this year is:

    Speaking

    Also this year I’ve been invited to speak at conferences. Actually I’m invited to way more conferences than I can speak at, which is cool. Thank you! You can find all my presentations at this page

    MVP

    For the sixth time I was awarded the Microsoft MVP award. Thanks Microsoft. I love the interaction we now have with the SharePoint and Office 365 teams!!!

    Predictions

    Last year I didn’t have any specific predictions more than 2015 would be about services. I think we’ve seen this happen; Windows 10 is almost like a service, Office 365 is expanding more than ever, Azure is kicking some serious butt.

    What about 2016? I think 2016 will be mainly two things:

    • Microsoft will be cool again. I’m not talking about ninja cats or things. Microsoft is once again driving and inventing the future. Microsoft is doing a lot of things right at the moment (well except for Windows Phone, 2016 might be the last year unless they do something revolutionary)
    • It’s all about the users. Users doesn’t care about tech, well at least not the majority. The users choose the servvice, technology, product, app, hardware they like – coporate policies or not, IT departments just have to understand that. Consumerization of Enterprise IT has been  on the wall for some time and next year it will happen.

    Happy new year

    Happy new year to all my followers and readers. 2015 was great but 2016 will be awesome. I haven’t been this excited about what is going to happen since…I don’t know when.

  • What’s new on the Office Roadmap – 2015-12-18

    Tags: Office 365

    A christmas update to the Office Roadmap! It looks like Microsoft has abandoned their bi-weekly update schedule and is now updating whenever they can (please, I got a job to do!). This time it’s a few new thingies but mostly a clean up of old released stuff.

    Happy holidays everyone!

    Changes 2015-12-18

    Now Launched

    • Analyze Office 365 data with Equivio Zoom: the eDiscovery features now allows you to integrate Equivio machine learning capabilities. This is some cool stuf that I need to experiment with. The compliance and eDiscovery fetaures of Office 365 is just getting stronger and stronger. (From in development)
    • FastTrack | Improving Intune onboarding with MDM: Get on board the Office 365 train even faster with improved Intune onboarding stuff (from in development)

    Rolling out

    • Office 365 Protection Center: The Compliance center is renamed to Protection Center. A very good move since the features of the Compliance center is expanding so much. Also a new and improved UI is on the way. (New)
    • Removal of Delivery Reports from Outlook on the web: Delivery reports of mail will be removed from OWA. It will remain in the Outlook client though. I don’t mind if they kill of this feature totally. It’s just annoying and since you can always decline to send a delivery report it has no purpose. (new)
    • Unlimited storage for OneDrive for Business: Unlimed, limited, unlimited…the story goes on. Read the full post here. That post is written by the Office chieftain Jeff Teper, compared to previous OneDrive posts, so it might be true… (from in development)
    • Work Management in Office 365: Planner is rolling out to all First Release customers. Wohoo. Note that it is a preview rolling out. More info. (from in development)

    In Development

    • Manage Yammer licenses in Office 365: Yammer licensing on a per user bases. I interpret that as we can turn off Yammer for most of our users. This is not a new thing or changed thing, just a rename of the title and description.
    • New Yammer User Onboarding and Sign Up Experience: Yet another of the things we complained about for years are now being fixed in Yammer. Somehow I think the Yammer team are feeling how they slowly are being drowned and now finally with the last bits of air they have are trying to get their head over the surface, trying to survive… (new)
    • Office 365 Groups: Outlook on the Web and Outlook Groups app user interface improvements: A better UX for Groups – very welcome, especially for large organizations (new)
    • Real time presence for PowerPoint: No description available (new)
    • Real Time presence in PowerPoint for desktop: No descriotion available (new)
    • Skype Meetings: This one is interesting. “Free online meetings from Skype for Business…”. What does this mean? At least I can set up meetings using Skype today…Anyone? (new)

    Moved off into the Previously Released list

    • Add-in deployment via Click-to-Run
    • Automatic Relationship Detection
    • Automatic Time Grouping
      Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) integration for Click-to-Run
    • Click-to-Run manageability gaps addressed for IT pros
    • Clutter for your inbox on by default
    • Create and collaborate on Visio diagrams using Office-like experience
    • Create and Edit Comments in Excel Modile for iPad
    • Custom Tiles
    • Deferred Updates
    • ExpressRoute for Office 365
    • FastTrack | Providing the customer success service
    • FastTrack | Request Service Onboarding
    • Getting started experience in Visio
    • Improved sync slider and lean storage footprint on small devices in Outlook 2016
    • Information Rights Management (IRM) protection now added for Visio files
    • Keyboard access for Pivot Tables and Slicers in Excel
    • Keyboard access for Shape Panel in Visio
    • Mark emails as Clutter in Outlook 2016
    • Modern Attachments in Outlook 2016
    • New and Modern Charts
    • New capabilities for Yammer iOS app
    • October 2015 Improvements in Excel Mobile for Windows
    • October 2015 Improvements in Excel Online
    • Office 365 Groups: mobile app
    • Office 365 Help Pane
    • Office 365 Notification Pane
    • Office 365 Video
    • Office 365 Video – Embed
    • Office 365 Video Update
    • OLAP Connection Support in Power View
    • Optimized file picker in Outlook on the web
    • Organization support card
    • Outlook for Android opens IRM protected emails
    • Outlook for iOS opens IRM protected emails
    • PivotChart Drill-Down Navigation (this one was never on the list previous to this)
    • PivotTable Field Search
    • Producer controls for Skype Meeting Broadcast
    • Purchase & Subscriptions Experience Refresh
    • Quick data linking in Visio
    • Real-time Co-authoring in Skype for Business
    • Real-time Yammer group activity indicators
    • Refreshed stencils and smart shapes in Visio
    • Search Refiners in Outlook Web App
    • SharePoint Online will start to transition to using TLS to send email securely in our datacenters
    • Skype for Business for iOS
    • Smart Rename in Power Pivot
    • Subscription Management Experience refresh
    • Support for small screen portrait layouts in Outlook 2016
    • Sway for Windows Document Import
    • Top teacher-requested features added to OneNote Class Notebooks
    • UserVoice coming to Outlook on the web
    • Video Based Screen Sharing
    • Yammer for Apple Watch
    • Yammer Next Group Notifications
    • Yammer to use Azure Media Services for Video Encoding

  • What’s new on the Office Roadmap–2015-12-11

    Tags: Office 365

    Third update in about a week on the Office Roadmap, and just as the last update this one isn’t that big. A couple of “fixes” and two new things

    Changes 2015-12-11

    Rolling out

    • Multi-select Attachments in Outlook 2016: This was “Launched” a couple of weeks ago, but now it’s not. Perhaps a new category – “Rolling Out”? (from Launched)
    • Public Folder eDiscovery & In-Place Hold: Compliance search on public folders. Wasn’t public folders dead? (from In Development)

    In Development

    • Office 365 Connectors: One of my absolute favorite new features as of lately. I blogged about this one a couple of weeks back. Keep an eye on this one peeps! (new)
    • Yammer user profile update from Azure AD: “All key properties from Azure Active Directory users will be one way synchronized to Yammer. “. I quoted it directly. So, is this a one way, as in one time, or can you override the profile properties? At least they are listening on stuff we asked for years ago… (new)

About Wictor...

Wictor Wilén is the Nordic Digital Workplace Lead working at Avanade. Wictor has achieved the Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) - SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) - SharePoint  and Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) - SharePoint 2010 certifications. He has also been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for seven consecutive years.

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