What's new in the Office Roadmap - 2015-06-07

Tags: Office 365

Summer is almost here, and I'm currently in the air over Hungary after a short but great weekend in Budapest. And the Office team in Redmond and all around the world keeps on pumping out updates. This is the summary of what has changed since the last update in May.

If you're into compliance or a Vision fans, there's a great amount of new stuff added to the In Development category.

Changes 2015-06-17

Since the 15th of May the following items has been changed on the Office Roadmap.

Now Launched

  • Add external collaborators to your internal Yammer conversations: from In Development to launched. This is in my opinion one of the scariest updates in a long time. It allows anyone to add an external person to any internal discussion on Yammer. And this is, again, turned on by default.
  • Boards for Office Delve: Boards, the light-weight knowledge management solutions for Delve is now launched.
  • De-clutter your Inbox: Exchange Clutter is now launched and turned on by default on all tenants.
  • Delve (Codename Oslo) & Office Graph: No big news but Delve is now officially launched.
  • Disable OneDrive for Business sync for unmanaged PCs: actually a big thing. You can now, using PowerShell, makes sure that only your managed PC's are allowed to do the OneDrive sync (when it works - or turn it off for everyone and get rid of all those support requests….)
  • First Release to Select People: No more need to create separate tenants just for first release. Choose your champions wisely and let them be your guinea pigs.
  • Office 365 Groups: files improvements: the enhancements to work better with files in Groups are launched. Keep it coming!
  • Office 365 services hosted in Microsoft Australian datacenters: All them kangaroos are happy now with blazing fast 365! G'day mate!
  • Public Folder calendar and contact access in OWA: the title says it all
  • Share OneDrive for Business folders externally: Users can now share a folder and not just a document with external users. Directly to launched
  • Unified OneDrive API: The unified API for OneDrive is now launched, but don't mix this with the Unified Office 365 API. Sigh! The marketing people in the Office Group really need to work on a better way to name things…

Rolling out

  • Drive Shipping and Network Based Data Import for Office 365: Make your large scale migrations easier with Drive Shipping. From In Development.
  • Office 365 ProPlus user activation management: view and manage the activations from the Admin Center
  • Quarantine Message Body Preview: allow admins to see the message body while the message is in quarantine in order to make a better decision

In Development

  • Adding IRM Protection to Visio file: IRM support in Visio. Good stuff in my favorite Office client application.
  • Analyzing Office 365 data with Equivio Zoom: Ediscovery enhancements to the 365 suite using the Equivio Zoom, acquired earlier this year. More information.
  • Compliance Administrator Role: Another new feature that allows you to create a Compliance Administrator with access to just the Compliance center parts!
  • Compliance Search Conditions: Even more new compliance thingies that gives the compliance people a new and improved search experience.
  •  Compliance search enhancements: Perhaps the best compliance improvement in a while. This change removes some scale limitations and allows you to search all OneDrives and Mailboxes without configuring permissions explicitly on each site/mailbox.
  • Create and collaborate on Visio diagrams using Office-like experience: Woohoo, more Visio news. Support for dark themes, Delve and High DPI!
  • eDiscovery Case Management, Hold & Permissions: More compliance stuff. I actually can't interpret what this new thing is all about (MS folks - some copywriter job is needed on this…)
  • eDiscovery infix & Suffix Wildcards: Even better search capabilities in eDiscovery that should make all your compliance officers jump up and down in excitement.
  • Getting started experience in Visio: Starter diagrams and tips and tricks for all you Visio n00bs and architect wannabees.
  • Office 365 Admin App Updates: Push notifications for service incidents, good one! Also some group management and the option to view your bill.
  • Office 365 Message Encryption: End-user Triggered Encryption in OWA: Allow your end-users to encrypt messages directly from OWA
  • Rapid data connectivity in Visio: "one-step connectivity to Excel" - create data driven diagrams even easier and faster
  • Refreshed stencils and smart shapes in Visio: Plenty of updates to the stencils and shapes in Visio 2016. Big hugs to the Visio team!

Moved off the list into previously released

  • Bulk updates in Project Online
  • Change to the copy/paste behavior in the Outlook Web App
  • Changing support for LinkedIn in Outlook
  • Document deletion policies for OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online
  • Edit Office 365 profile details page update
  • Enhanced NDRs
  • Improvement's to Demand Management in Project Online
  • Increase Message Size limit to 150MB
  • Lync Web App Support for Mac and Windows Chrome users
  • More control over Sent Items for Shared Mailboxes
  • OneNote Class Notebook Creator
  • Option for Passwords to Never Expire
  • Skype for Business desktop application update

1 Comment

  • Anders Rask said

    Regarding external collaborators in Yammer: the way I saw this implemented at Ignite is, that the external parts will receive the conversations in their inbox. They are *not* allowed inside the Yammer network. Not so scary IMO as if they were allowed in.

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