Contents tagged with Office 365

  • What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2016-04-17

    Tags: Office 365

    Updates, updates and updates. This time around there's a great deal of clean up on the Office Roadmap. Mayhaps they are adding space for all the neat SharePoint things we expect to see next week at the SharePoint Future event.

    There's also a bunch of new stuff added to the In Development category, scroll down and learn something.

    Also worth noticing is that the Yammer team has started to catch up on the feedback they received over the last few years. I think that in just a few weeks they made more than they actually been able to do for years. Good job - now if you only could focus on some proper integration; with identities, search, threading and stuff that matters.

    Changes 2016-04-17

    Launched

    • Funnel Chart: New Funnel chart, rolling out for Excel 2016 and Excel for Windows Mobile first (new)
    • March Updates in Office Mobile Apps for Windows devices: Lots of updates for the Metro Office (new)
    • Project Online - Portfolio Dashboard: Really cool new Dashboard for Project Online (from in development)
    • Project Online - Portfolio Dashboard for iPad: As above, but for the iPad (from in development)
    • Public Folder eDiscovery & In-Place Hold: Compliance stuff for Public folders (from rolling out)

    Rolling out

    • Class Notebook: limit sharing and delition of section groups: blocks sharing from the Mac and iOS Apps cause it breaks the sharing model. Also moving section is blocked. And some "delition" stuff (new)
    • Content Search Export: export data (compliance) from mailboxes and SharePoint to your local machine (new)
    • eDiscovery Case Management, Hold & Permissions: More eDiscovery improvements (from in development)
    • Learning Tools for OneNote: GA for the Edu OneNote Learning tools (new, but was called Learning Tools for OneNote, which is moved to previously released)
    • New Yammer group experiences: We're starting to see some improvements to the Yammer service (finally), changing how you interact with groups (from indevelopment)
    • Office 365 Reporting Dashboard: I really like this new reporting dashboard in the new admin center, but can't wait for the PowerBI content pack (from in development)
    • Optimizing Yammer Inbox for Team Collaboration: More Yammer improvements. Did I read "mark group as read". Wow! (new)
    • Safety Tips for Office 365: warnings about suspicious e-mails (new)
    • Yammer Discovery Feed: Updates to the Yammer feeds to make it easier to discover new information (from in development)
    • Yammer Group UI Redesign: First big UX update since the Microsoft acquisition? (from in development)

    In Development

    • April Updates in Office Mobile apps for Android devices: Android App updates incoming (new)
    • April updates in Office mobile apps for iOS devices: And iOS (new)
    • April updates in Office Mobile Apps for Windows devices: And for you poor people who still are on this platform (new)
    • Bing Speller in Office Online: Office Online is now powered by Bing Spell Checker, brave! (new)
    • Chat while co-editing a document: direct access to Skype when co-authoring (new)
    • Classroom scale co-authoring in PowerPoint Online: improved scale in PowerPoint co-authoring (new)
    • Embed content into OneNote for iOS: embed stuff (Sway, Mix, videos) in OneNote for iOS
    • Embed content into OneNote for Mac: and on Mac (new)
    • Embed content into OneNote Online: and Online (new)
    • Embed Sways into Microsoft Classroom:  and some Sway embedding (new)
    • End of school year Class Notebook archive: Class Notebooks is getting a tremendous amount of improvements! (new)
    • Enhanced UML diagram support: Better UML support in …Visio? (new)
    • FastTrack | Box to OneDrive for Business Migration: Get yer files outta Box (new)
    • FastTrack | Power BI onboarding support: Onboard your E5 users faster (new)
    • Focused Inbox for Outlook for Windows, Mac and web: The Focused inbox is coming to Windows and Mac. It says "loved on iOS" - I'm not 100% agreeing on that one though. (new)
    • Improvements to Yammer notifications: Notifications; mobile and e-mail will be improved. (new)
    • Message Center improvements Spring 2016: Inline Bing translation, be careful! (new)
    • Office 365 Advanced Security Management - Alerting: Advanced threat detection alerts (new)
    • Office 365 Advanced Security Management - App Discovey Dashboard: Find out what other cloud services your organization is using. (new)
    • Office 365 Advanced Security Management - App Permissions: centrally block external apps from accessing your Office 365 tenant (new)
    • Office 365 Groups: guest access support: GUEST ACCESS IN GROUPS!!! NUFF SAID! (new)
    • Office Online accessibility: improvements for people with disabilities (new)
    • Offline Messages: Just look at that description, just mumbo jumbo. But this is about Skype Offline messages, cool! (new)
    • OneDrive for Business SharePoint Online Document Library Sync: Long awaited sync for SharePoint libraries (new)
    • OneNote: New special ink effects: LOL! Rainbow and Glitter ink. That's exactly what we need to be productive! (new)
    • Polls on Yammer iOS app: Reply to polls in the Yammer app, 'bout time (new)
    • PowerPoint Online Transitions and Animations: enhanced effects in PowerPoint Online (new)
    • Project Online - Financials: project level time-phased costs. Probably a super cool feature for Project peeps (new)
    • Project Online - Mobile apps for team members: Project Online Apps for iOS, Android and Windows Mobile! (new)
    • Send to Sway from OneNote: yup, send OneNote data to a Sway (new)
    • Skype for Business PSTN Conferencing with Toll Free numbers: Toll Free numbers to PSTN conferencing in Skype (new)
    • Smart Lookup in Office Online: Search in Bing from Office Online (new)
    • Upload local Outlook attachment to OneDrive & OneDrive for Business: Attaching files in Outlook 2016 can now directly upload to OneDrive (new)
    • Yammer Language Auto-detection: Yammer now detects language based on your browser setting. Hope you can change it though!! (new)

    Cancelled

    • Yammer Group Administrator Onboarding
    • Yammer Group Inbox View

    Moved in to Previously released

    • Analyze Office 365 data with Equivio Zoom:
    • Android: Android for Work compliance with multi profile support:
    • Android: Deeper Integration with Outlook:
    • Android: Easy Sign-in, Sign-up:
    • Android: Presenter view:
    • Apps for Project Pro for Office 365 write support:
    • Archiving in Office 365 for 3rd-party data:
    • Auto Generated Project IDs in Project Online:
    • Capacity Management capabilities in Project Online:
    • Chart Support for Office for iPad:
    • Cloud PBX in Skype for Business:
    • Colorful Office theme:
    • Compliance Search Conditions:
    • Configurable push notifications for Office 365 Admin app:
    • Contact sync for Outlook for Android:
    • Dark theme:
    • Dark theme for Outlook 2016:
    • Data Loss Prevention (DLP) in SharePoint Online:
    • Data Loss Protection (DLP) for Office desktop:
    • Directory pictures in Outlook 2016 search suggestions:
    • DKIM Outbound for Exchange Online Protection:
    • DLP in SharePoint - Policy Management:
    • DLP Policy Tips in Office Clients:
    • Easy Enable for Data Analysis Add-Ins:
    • Embedded video in Universal app:
    • Enforce Office 365 Identity in Yammer:
    • EU Model Clauses and HIPAA BAA Availability for All Yammer Customers:
    • Events from email:
    • Exchange Online Protection- Zero Day auto-purge:
    • FastTrack | Data migration to OneDrive from Google Drive:
    • FastTrack | Skype for Business Onboarding Expansion:
    • FastTrack | Azure Rights Management Onboarding:
    • FastTrack | Data migration to OneDrive for Business from File Shares:
    • FastTrack | Data migration to SharePoint Online Team Sites from File Shares:
    • FastTrack | FastTrack Center services coming to smaller customers:
    • FastTrack | Improving Intune onboarding with MDM:
    • FastTrack | Office 365 ProPlus Upgrade Assistance:
    • FastTrack | Project Online Onboarding:
    • February Updates in Office Mobile Apps for Android devices:
    • February Updates in Office Mobile Apps for iOS:
    • February Updates in Office Mobile Apps for Windows devices:
    • First Release: Office 365 ProPlus and Office 365 Business:
    • First Release: Select People support for SharePoint & OneDrive for Business:
    • Group Updates feed and Direct Messages for Yammer mobile apps:
    • Higher DPI support for 250% and 300%:
    • Inline OneDrive attachment preview for Outlook on the web:
    • January Improvements in Excel 2016 for Windows:
    • January Improvements in Excel Mobile for Windows:
    • Keyword & People search suggestions in Outlook 2016:
    • Learning Tools for OneNote Preview:
    • Likes Coming to Outlook on the web:
    • Lync mobile release - Android:
    • Lync mobile release - Windows Phone:
    • Making it easier to share files and collaborate:
    • Manage Yammer licenses in Office 365:
    • Math Input Control:
    • Mentions Available in Outlook on the web:
    • Mobile offline files (read-only) for iOS:
    • Mobile PDF annotation support for iOS:
    • Morph for iOS:
    • Multiple timeline bars in Project Pro for Office 365:
    • Multi-select Attachments in Outlook 2016:
    • New capabilities on Yammer Android app:
    • New Chinese and Japanese Default Fonts:
    • New Forecasting Capabilities:
    • New Functions for Shorter Formulas:
    • New per-user licensing for Sway:
    • Next-generation OneDrive for Business sync client (PC & Mac):
    • November Improvements in Excel Mobile for Windows:
    • Office 2013 Windows client modern authentication public preview:
    • Office 365 Admin app - Group functionality:
    • Office 365 Admin app - Push Notifications for Message Center:
    • Office 365 app launcher refresh:
    • Office 365 Domain Purchase Experience:
    • Office 365 Groups: auditing:
    • Office 365 Groups: dynamic membership:
    • Office 365 Groups: files quota management:
    • Office 365 Groups: naming policies for aliases:
    • Office 365 Groups: Outlook on the Web and Outlook Groups app user interface improvements:
    • Office 365 Groups: Support compliance requirements:
    • Office 365 help pane updates:
    • Office 365 ISO 27001 and 27018 Audit Report:
    • Office 365 local datacenter in India:
    • Office 365 Multi-Channel Catalog Support:
    • Office 365 My Account updates:
    • Office 365 Service Trust Portal:
    • Office 365 Video - Channel Recycle Bin:
    • Office 365 Video - Deploy in US Government zone (GCC) & China datacenters:
    • Office 365 Video - Improved upload experience:
    • Office 365 Video - Insert video from SharePoint edit page ribbon:
    • Office 365 Video - Video Viewer Statistics:
    • Office 365 Video - Yammer settings per channel:
    • Office Online multi-user coauthoring in Yammer:
    • OneDrive for Business Web UX refresh:
    • OneDrive for Windows Phone unified app:
    • OneNote Online: Record Audio clips & Insert File:
    • Pan and zoom while loading large charts/SmartArt:
    • Persian calendar support in Outlook 2016:
    • PowerPoint Designer - Desktop:
    • PowerPoint for iPad animations, themes, widescreen, backgrounds, and zoom support:
    • PowerPoint Morph - Desktop:
    • Preview_Office 365 Customer Security Considerations Refrence Guide:
    • Project Online content pack for PowerBI:
    • PSTN Calling in Skype for Business:
    • PSTN Conferencing in Skype for Business Online:
    • Quick Access Toolbar customization:
    • Quick Shape Formatting:
    • Read-only mode for Excel:
    • Real time co-authoring in Word:
    • Real time presence for PowerPoint:
    • Real Time presence in PowerPoint for desktop:
    • Red Alert Autoposting:
    • Resource Engagement Workflow in Project Online:
    • Set an expiry date for a guest share:
    • Set Automatic Replies in Outlook for iOS & Android:
    • SharePoint Online uses Exchange Web Services to send mail:
    • Skype for Business for Android:
    • Skype for Business One-time search notification:
    • Skype Meeting Broadcast:
    • Smart Lookup for Office:
    • Storage and file upload improvements for Sites and OneDrive for Business:
    • Support for multi-selection of Slicer items using touch:
    • Sway admin controls over Insert tab content sources:
    • Sway in Service Health Dashboard:
    • Sway recycle bin:
    • Task Notifications in Project Online:
    • Tell Me:
    • Word Online: Improving feature capabilities:

  • What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2016-04-18

    Tags: Office 365, Planner

    Here's some really big updates of the Office Roadmap this time around. Two major themes of this update, part from the now more or less traditional copy paste errors;

    Planner - the Planner team have tons of nifty and neat stuff coming our way.

    Edu - Microsoft is all in on school and Edu features at the moment!

    Check the "In Development" section - you will like it. Wonder how much more good stuff they are saving for the May 4th event!!

    Changes 2016-04-18

    Launched

    • Class Notebook Add-in for OneNote with LMS Connection: this seems like a big investment area for the Office team. I wish I had this when I want to school! More info here. (from in development)
    • Configurable push notifications for Office 365 Admin app: exactly what the title says (back from previously released)
    • Contact sync for Outlook for Android: sync with native contacts application. (back from previously released)
    • DKIM Outbound for Exchange Online Protection: more secure e-mail! (back from previously released)
    • EU Model Clauses and HIPAA BAA Availability for All Yammer Customers: (back from previously released)
    • FastTrack | Data migration to OneDrive from Google Drive: (back from previously released)
    • FastTrack | Adoption planning assistance: get to the cloud even better now with adoption planning assistance (from in development)
    • First Release: Office 365 ProPlus and Office 365 Business: (back from previously released)
    • Inline OneDrive attachment preview for Outlook on the web: (back from previously released)
    • Learning Tools for OneNote Preview: Just a name change and also a duplicate.
    • Lync Room Systems User Experience Update to Skype for Business: Hmm, this is about a change that is about to happen in November 2015… (from in development) 
    • March Updates in Office Mobile Apps for Android devices: the normal admin app updates for Android (from in development)
    • Modern Attachments for Skype Meetings: A new thing on the roadmap and an awesome feature! Attachments in meeting invites will be pre-loaded into the actual meeting!
    • Multi-Tier Cloud Standard for Singapore: New and without any comments.
    • New per-user licensing for Sway: (back from previously released)
    • Office 2013 Windows client modern authentication public preview: (back from previously released)
    • OneDrive for Business Windows 8.1 Support for Next Generation Sync Client: Finally the NGSC can be used on Windows 8.1. (from in development)
    • OneNote for iOS updates: Apple Pen support and more (new)
    • OneNote Online: Record Audio clips & Insert File: (back from previously released)
    • Project Online content pack for PowerBI: (back from previously released)
    • Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition: Get some PBX and PSTN going on in Office 365 (from in development)
    • Sway admin controls over Insert tab content sources: (back from previously released)
    • Sway for iOS: Seamless account switching: Can't get enough of Sway in iOS - get some more accounts and just switch back and forth (new)
    • Sway in Windows: Easily get to the most recent or pinned Sways from the Windows Jump List: MRU list in Sway for Windows (new)
    • Sway Navigation: Choose the way you view a Sway: consume Sways the way you want; switch between horizontal and vertical. (new)
    • Word Online: Improving feature capabilities: (back from previously released)

    Rolling out

    • Android: Easy Sign-in, Sign-up: (back from previously released)
    • Android: Presenter view: (back from previously released)
    • Apps for Project Pro for Office 365 write support: (back from previously released)
    • Colorful Office theme: (back from previously released)
    • Data Loss Prevention (DLP) in SharePoint Online: (back from previously released)
    • Delve People Experiences - Praise: Praise is now once again rolling out, from being In Development for a while. Let's see what governance controls we get this time around (from in development)
    • DLP in SharePoint - Policy Management: (back from previously released)
    • First Release: Select People support for SharePoint & OneDrive for Business: (back from previously released)
    • Higher DPI support for 250% and 300%: (back from previously released)
    • Math Input Control: (back from previously released)
    • Microsoft Classroom Preview: Edu subscriptions are now equipped with a homepage for teachers where they can manage classes and assignments (New)
    • Microsoft Forms Preview for Office 365 Education: This is really cool! A new forms engine are taking shape. Starting for Edu subscriptions only though. (New). Please take a look at Office 365 MVP Alex Pearces blog post on the topic.
    • Multiple timeline bars in Project Pro for Office 365: (back from previously released)
    • New AutoCAD file format support in Visio: the AutoCAD file format support improvements is rolling out (from in development)
    • New home page experience for Office 365 users: Another new feature! A new home page for Office 365. (new)
    • Next-generation OneDrive for Business sync client (PC & Mac): (back from previously released)
    • Office 365 Groups: ability to update privacy type: you can now change the privacy type of groups (new)
    • Office 365 ISO 27001 and 27018 Audit Report: (back from previously released)
    • Office 365 ProPlus Consumption Reports: (this feature is rolled back from launched)
    • Office 365 Video - Yammer settings per channel: (rolled back from launch)
    • One-click Archive: simplified archive managmenet (from in development)
    • OneDrive for Business Deny List of File Types for Sync: you can now actively block certain file types for OD4B  (from in development)
    • OneDrive for Business Pause Sync: The pause sync feature is rolling out (from in development)
    • Outlook 2016 for Mac two step authentication: MFA for Mac (from in development)
    • Pan and zoom while loading large charts/SmartArt: (back from previously released)
    • Preview_Office 365 Customer Security Considerations Refrence Guide: (back from previously released)
    • Red Alert Autoposting: (back from previously released)
    • School Data Sync Preview: The Edu suites are getting even more cool stuff. Now, a new sync engine for classes and rosters from "Student Information Systems" (new)
    • Task Notifications in Project Online: (back from previously released)

    In Development

    • Android: Deeper Integration with Outlook: (back from previously released)
    • Assign a task to multiple individuals in Office 365 Planner: Yes! Been waiting for this. Really cool to see the next wave of Planner features being built (new)
    • Class Notebook add-in for OneNote on Mac: More class and Edu features (new)
    • Class Notebook API enhancements: Specific class notebook API's - I think we can see Microsoft aiming in really hard on schools and Edu right now (new)
    • Custom backgrounds in Office 365 Planner: Branding of Planner site (new)
    • Delve Analytics: Hmm. Delve Analytics is now back at In Development from Rolling out.
    • Embed content into OneNote: Embed videos, sways etc in OneNote (3 copies of the same item, new)
    • Events from email: (back from previously released)
    • External (Guest) user access in Office 365 Planner: More Planner goodies (new)
    • General Availability of Office 365 Tasks API: Access to Planner via the Microsoft Graph I presume (new)
    • Improved image attachment viewing in Outlook on the web: was previously rolled out
    • Integrating Office 365 Planner with Professional Learning Communities (PLC): a combo of learning/Edu and Planner - this must be the theme of this big update of the Roadmap (new)
    • Korean language support: (back from previously released)
    • Manage Yammer licenses in Office 365: (rolled back from rolling out)
    • Mobile experiences in Office 365 Planner: mobile web experience for Planner AND a Windows Universal App (new)
    • Mobile PDF annotation support for iOS: (back from previously released)
    • Office 365 Groups: expiring groups: just a name change from "expiring inactive groups" to "expiring groups"
    • Office 365 Groups: multi-domain support: rolled back to in development
    • Office 365 local datacenter in India: (back from previously released)
    • Office 365 Message Encryption: End-User Triggered Encryption in OWA: was previously cancelled (someone been fatfingering again)
    • Office 365 Planner accessibility: accessbility improvements of Planner (new)
    • Office 365 Planner Apps for iOS and Android: Awesome - Planner Apps are coming our way (new)
    • Office 365 Reporting Dashboard: was rolling out
    • Office Lens iOS feature updates: Improved Office Lens features (new)
    • Office Lens now available for Windows 10: Office Lens UWP (new)
    • OneDrive for Business Recent Files to Sway: get your OneDrive stuff into Sway more easuer (new)
    • OneNote Class Notebook teacher transfer: More Edu goodness (new)
    • OneNote collaboration: share a notebook in Windows 10: easier sharing in the Windows 10 OneNote app (anyone actually using that in favor of the real OneNote app??) (new)
    • OneNote Grouped inking: ink improvments, very welcome (new)
    • OneNote Universal mobile: audio recording: not only take notes during the meetings, record it with your Windows Phone (new)
    • Open OpenDocument files: (back from previously released)
    • Optimizing Yammer Inbox for Team Collaboration: Yammer inbox improvments. Funny they mention a "Mark all as read" (the most requested feature) and say "no, you don't need that, you need a read it later button". Sigh. (new)
    • Plan creation restriction and Naming policy: Funny they didn't have this one in to start with given the feedback about this on Office 365 Groups. (new)
    • Preview of PSTN Calling for UK: We're getting there, US and now UK (new)
    • Professional Learning Community Groups: "Professional Learning Communities" - seems like a big deal. Groups, Skype, Planner and OneNote together. (new)
    • Real time presence for PowerPoint: (back from previously released)
    • Real Time presence in PowerPoint for desktop: (back from previously released)
    • Sites Tile Page Update - Recent and Suggested Sites: back in development after being rolled out for a while.
    • Skype for Business App SDK: Native iOS and Android SDK's for Skype! Cool! (new)
    • Skype for Business for Android: (back from previously released)
    • Skype For Business Mac: "We are designing a new Skype For Business Mac client to replace the Lync for Mac 2011 client." (new)
    • Skype for Business Mac Client Preview: They will not only build it, they will build a preview (new)
    • Skype Meeting Broadcast: (back from previously released)
    • Smart Lookup with OneNote: I guess a Bing search in OneNote. (new)
    • Sway recycle bin: (back from previously released)
    • Templates in Office 365 Planner: WOW. Just wow! Some really funky Planner templates are coming our way (new)
    • Timeline view in Office 365 Planner: And a timeline view. Go Planner! (new)
    • User Activity Reports: back from rolling out

  • What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2016-03-28

    Tags: Office 365

    Here's some more updates on the Office Roadmap. A couple of days late due to me being offline and chasing bunnies and chickens. Highlights of these updates are the awesomeness going on in the Office 365 Video team and also that the OneDrive sync team is back!

    Changes 2016-03-28

    Launched

    • Class Notebook Add-in for OneNote: The Class Notebook add-in for Onenote is released. (NEW)
    • February Updates in Office Mobile Apps for Android devices: Android apps received some updates with auto-save and collab authoring in Word and PowerPoint (NEW)
    • February Updates in Office Mobile Apps for iOS: And iOS got some as well with Box integrations (NEW)
    • February Updates in Office Mobile Apps for Windows devices: And Windows Phone did too (these users can be counted on one hand nowadays); inking and Excel updates was on the menu (NEW)
    • Office 365 Admin app - Group functionality: Group admin options in the admin app, nice but for me the UX works fine with 10-15 groups, imagine an enterprise with thousands (from in development)
    • Office 365 Admin app - Push Notifications for Message Center: Get them push notifications from the admin app and always know when there is Office 365 issues. Great! (from in development)
    • Office 365 Admin app for Windows 10: The Windows 10 Universal App for Office 365 is here. Currently in Beta, but (NEW)
    • Office 365 Video - Choose Your Own Thumbnail: A great video addition (from in development)
    • Office 365 Video - Improved upload experience: easier to upload videos, one step forward to a real video internal Youtube (from rolling out)
    • Office 365 Video - Insert video from SharePoint edit page ribbon: use videos in your SharePoint sites (from rolling out)
    • Office 365 Video - Upload your own subtitle files: Wow! Awesome addition to the video portal! (from in development)
    • Office 365 Video - Video Viewer Statistics: I like this, but I'd like to see better overall statistics. Right now its a copy paste job from many sources (NEW)
    • Office 365 Video - Yammer settings per channel: about time, and the best thing is that you can turn the Yammer integration off! (back from previously launched)

    Rolling out

    • Manage Yammer licenses in Office 365: To Yammer or not to Yammer - that is no longer the question, but up to you! (from in development)
    • Office 365 Reporting Dashboard: This new reporting dashboard is awesome! (from in development)
    • Search on Yammer iOS app: giggles, not commenting on this one (NEW)

    In Development

    • Allow/Deny list external sharing domains: long awaited feature (NEW)
    • Bitcoin Currency Format Support: Bitcoins is back( NEW, well it was here before but disappeared for a while)
    • Delve People Experiences - Praise: Prais feature is now back in development (from rolling out)
    • Expiring Yammer Announcements: Instead of fixing the read item count issues (any of them) the Yammer team thinks, hey let's focus on something else instead… (NEW)
    • Improvements to Outlook Add-in Store: better in-Outlook experience when getting Add-ins (NEW)
    • March Updates in Office Mobile Apps for Android devices: RTF support for Android devices and SmartArt editing (NEW)
    • March Updates in Office Mobile Apps for Windows devices: RTF and Sway features in the WinPhone apps (NEW)
    • OneDrive for Business Deny List of File Types for Sync: Allows admins to deny certain file types (NEW)
    • OneDrive for Business Pause Sync: looks like the OneDrive sync team is back from the coffee break (NEW)
    • OneDrive for Business Shared folder Sync: sync someone elses folder (NEW)
    • OneDrive for Business SharePoint Online Document Library Sync: The end of groove.exe? (NEW)
    • OneDrive for Business Windows 8.1 Support for Next Generation Sync Client: Anyone still on 8.1, slackers! (NEW)

  • 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.

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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