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  • 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

  • Renewed as Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 2016

    Tags: MVP

    I'm happy to just have recieved the e-mail that informs me that I'm renewed as Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), for the seventh time. This time it's in the Office Servers and Services category after last years change in the program. Previously I was awarded within SharePoint Server.

    MVP

    To be honest with you, the last few years has been well…average, but this year will be epic in the history of SharePoint, Office and Office 365! Looking forward to all the continued co-operation with Microsoft and my MVP peers.

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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