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  • 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…

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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