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  • What's new in the Office Roadmap - 2015-03-26

    Tags: Office 365, Yammer, Delve

    Here we go, another round of updates of the Office Roadmap. Don't we love them! And sometimes they roll out even before the roadmap is updated ;-)

    Changes 2015-03-26

    These are the change since yesterday.

    Now Launched

    • Office 365 Admin App Update: Directly to launched status

    Features now rolling out

    • Office 365 Groups: adding Like to Conversations: New stuff on the roadmap. Seems like the Office 365 (Exchange) team is building a whole new Yammer…
    • Notifications...Office 365 Notification Pane: (from development) This feature seems to cause some disturbance in the force. It's rolling out, but it seems like it is just half finished… It does not (at the time of writing this) work and the user experience is…confusing.
      Worth mentioning here is that it is rolling out for Groups to start with (something that was changed today as well from yesterday ;-)
    • Option for Passwords to Never Expire: (new on the list) Allows admin to use the UI to configure this rather than only PowerShell
    • Tighter Yammer Integration with Delve: (new on the list) More Yammer in Delve. Why not more Groups in Delve?

    Features now In Development

    • Office 365 Setup Wizard: (new on the list) The replacement for the basic and advanced setup options. The wizard will include migration from on-premises, Google Apps and more! Really neat!

  • What's new in the Office Roadmap - 2015-03-25

    Tags: Office 365

    Another day with some changes in the Office Roadmap, and some really interesting ones actually!

    New Office 365 Profile PageChanges 2015-03-25

    These are the changes since last time.

    Now launched

    • Compliance Center for Office 365: From rolling out. Now no one can be less compliant than anyone else, or…
    • Office 365 Groups Notebooks: Coming from nowhere direct to launched. Each Office 365 Group now has a OneNote Notebook.

    Features now rolling out

    • Edit Office 365 profile details page update: Another newcomer on the list, only this one didn't make it directly to production :).  By clicking on the Gears in the upper-right corner, choosing Office 365 Settings, then choosing Me you will (if your tenant has this feature rolled out) find the new responsive page (https://portal.office.com/profile)

  • SharePoint Online and Azure AD Dynamic Groups

    Tags: Azure AD, SharePoint Online, Office 365

    One very common requirement in SharePoint, and other portal solutions for that matter, is to have the possibility to target content to a dynamic audience of users and even secure information based on dynamic rules. Traditionally this has been done with Audiences in SharePoint. Audience is a dynamic set of users that is compiled, usually once a day, and at compile time the rules of the Audience is evaluated. A SharePoint Audience is used to target information, but cannot be used to protect content - ie as a security group.

    The Azure Active Directory released a new feature the other week, called Dynamic Membership, which is a very similar feature to the SharePoint Audience feature. But, does it work with SharePoint Online? Let's have a look!

    Enabling Dynamic Groups in Azure AD

    Delegated Group ManagementFirst of all we need to enable Dynamic Membership in Azure Active Directory. To do this you need to be an Azure AD admin and you must have Azure Active Directory Premium subscription, and also the administrator you're logging in with must have an Azure AD Premium license assigned to him. Once you have the licensing sorted out you need to enable Delegated Group Management. This is done in the Azure Portal under Azure AD > Configure.

    Creating a Dynamic Group

    When you've enabled the Delegated Group Management you can create a new group or configure an existing group in Azure AD. Remember if you change an already existing group to dynamic that group will loose all members. Click on the created or already existing group and choose the Configure tab. On that tab you can enable Dynamic Memberships. When you do that the screen changes into an interface where you can specify the rules; either through a simple guide or using a more advanced syntax.

    In the screenshot below you can see that we have a group called "CVP" (Corporate Vice Presidents) and we would like everyone with the term CVP in their title to be a part of this group. Click Save when you are done with your configuring of the dynamic group.

    Dynamic Memberships

    To create the group we can use most of the Azure AD attributes. Note that the SharePoint Online user profile specific attributes cannot be used, so there are still some reasons to use SharePoint Audiences.

    Group memberships are almost immediate. You might have to wait a minute or two when you do changes. There is no way to force a recalculation of the group (as far as I know).

    Does it work in SharePoint Online?

    The final test - can I now use this dynamic group in SharePoint Online (Office 365). The answer is YES! The newly created dynamic security group is immediately available for usage in SharePoint Online.

    Dynamic Groups in SharePoint Online

    Summary

    Dynamic Groups in Azure AD is a really great feature. We can use it in SharePoint Online, Office 365 and even our custom applications to provide a better way to control security or target information. Although it requires you to have an Azure AD Premium subscription this is just one those small features that should make you consider that upgrade!

  • What's new in the Office Roadmap - 2015-03-19

    Tags: Office 365, Yammer, Exchange Online

    Some small but interesting additions on the roadmap today.

    Changes 2015-03-19

    New stuff on the roadmap

    • Yammer support for Android Wear devices: (Directly to Launched) Yammer on your wrist! Ok, where's the Microsoft Band app?
    • Enhanced NDRs: (In Development) Microsoft will now help you understand the cause and reason of NDRs in a much easier way.
    • ExpressRoute for Office 365: (In Development) You want your own redundant fat pipe to the Office 365 Data Centers - then this is your feature. Will be launched this fall.

  • What’s new in the Office Roadmap – 2015-03-13

    Tags: Office 365, SharePoint Online, Yammer, Exchange Online, OneDrive

    RoadmapIt’s not easy to keep up on what is happening in the Office and Office 365 world. Everything is changing so fast. Fortunate for us Microsoft and the Office product group has created the Office Roadmap site (http://office.com/roadmap) with all (almost at least) the details on what is in development and rolling out etc. It became quite famous the other week when the new forms solution went from In Development to Cancelled.

    Unfortunately it is quite hard to stay up to date on what’s changing in the Roadmap, and until Microsoft provides us with better details with regards to this, I thought that I could help out. Actually a while back I built a PowerShell script that automatically notifies me of any changes to the Roadmap – and why keep that a secret?

    I’ll try to blog the changes as soon as I discover them, and I’ll add my personal thought on the change…

    Changes 2015-03-13

    (Sorry, about the wrong date at the first edition of this post...)

    These are the changes as of today and I divide them into a couple of sections

    New stuff on the roadmap

    • AzureAD sync for Yammer: (In Development) We’re getting there
    • Clutter for your inbox on by default: (In Development) I don’t generally like stuff turned on by default, but this might be an exception
    • Office 365 ProPlus user activation management: (In Development) looking forward to this!
    • OneNote Staff Notebook for Education: (Launched) Brand new addition to the roadmap
    • Quarantine Message Body Preview: (In Development)

    Now launched

    • Exchange Transport Rule: Recipient Notification Action: From In Development
    • Improved Yammer thread visuals with Card View for iOS/Android: From In Development
    • OneDrive for Business Sync for Mac: Wonder if we’ll see the OD4B app on the fancy watch?
    • Outlook Web App options update:
    • PIN lock and other updates for Outlook for iOS & Android: directly to launched
    • Quarantine Bulk Release: Another direct to launch feature
    • RMS support for document libraries: From In Development, awesome stuff!
    • Touch Design Enhancements for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

    Features now rolling out

    • Compliance Center for Office 365: Went from In development to rolling out
    • DLP in Office 365 to protect Externally classified content: Now rolling out
    • eDiscovery Center Scale Increase: Went directly from In development to Launched
    • Partner Admin Center New Customer List Filters: From In development.
    • Partner admin mobile app: From In Development
    • Workload-specific admin roles: From In Development. This is the best news this time! Finally!
    • Yammer groups prioritization: From In Development

    Other changes

    • SharePoint Online storage usage model: Moved from Rolling Out to In Development?

    Moved off the list, into the previously released bucket

    • Enhanced Bulk Mail Protection for Exchange Online Protection
    • Group Search in Yammer
    • Groups in Office 365 for Outlook Web App and OneDrive for Business
    • New wave of Yammer web and mobile language localization updates
    • Office 365 IRS 1075 Compliance Support
    • Office 365 Message Encryption- Apps for iOS and Android
    • Office 365 services hosted from Microsoft Japan datacenters
    • Office 365 sign-in for Yammer
    • OneDrive for Business for Office 365 ProPlus subscription plans

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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