What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2015-11-05

Tags: Office 365

Office Roadmap updates again! This time I'm reporting this from the MVP summit in Redmond. A couple of new and exciting things added to the In Development list!

Changes 2015-11-05

Now Launched

  • Clutter for your inbox on by default:  For tenants/users that have the Clutter feature it will from now on be on by default
  • Create and collaborate on Visio diagrams using Office-like experience: Visio is getting even sexier with dark themes, Delve and High DPI support
  • FastTrack | Providing the customer success service: Get Microsofts help to start your Office 365 experience
  • Getting started experience in Visio: Visio n00b improvements
  • Information Rights Management (IRM) protection now added for Visio files: We now have direct support in Visio to protect our most valuable assets
  • Keyboard access for Shape Panel in Visio: use F6 to work faster in Visio
  • Optimized file picker in Outlook on the web: Pretty soon OWA will be favored over Outlook
  • Outlook for Android opens IRM protected emails: Really important feature rolled out for Android
  • Quick data linking in Visio: Make your Visio diagrams rock
  • Refreshed stencils and smart shapes in Visio: New and slick stencils for architecture draqwings
  • SharePoint Online will start to transition to using TLS to send email securely in our datacenters: internal service change but a really important one
  • Sway for Windows Document Import: Something with Sway
  • Yammer to use Azure Media Services for Video Encoding: Ooops, a Yammer update

Rolling out

  • Compliance Search Conditions: Improved Compliance search is rolling out
  • Delve People Experiences - Praise: The Praise features is now rolling out in the Delve experience.
  • FastTrack | Project Online Onboarding: FTC will now start onboarding Project projects
  • Inline OneDrive attachment preview for Outlook on the web: Awesome new OWA features
  • Mentions Available in Outlook on the web: Another of the social features are now in OWA
  • Office 365 detailed usage reports: Even more detailed reports are rolling out. I can't wait to see how we can use this to improve the adoption rate
  • Office 365 My Account updates: The new My Account page gives you great details and control of you Office 365 accounts
  • OneNote Online: Record Audio clips & Insert File: New OneNote features are being rolled out. New on the Roadmap
  • PowerPoint Online: Ongoing improvements: New on the road map and it promises to make formatting better, include more symbols and faster slide interaction
  • Word Online: Improving feature capabilities: Also new on the road map. Improvements in Word that includes image resize handlers, improved autosave and more, but most interestingly a lot of improvements in co-authoring performance

In Development

  • Delve Analytics: Brand new addition on the road map and a really cool one. For E5 customers (or E1/E3 with an add-on) you will get awesome analytics on how you organization collaborates
  • FastTrack | Data migration to OneDrive from Google Drive: New option get the h**l out of Google Drive
  • FastTrack | Data migration to OneDrive for Business from File Shares: New FastTrack migration option from file share to users OneDrives
  • FastTrack | Data migration to SharePoint Online Team Sites from File Shares: Same as above but for Team Sites (Groups?)
  • FastTrack | Improving Intune onboarding with MDM: FastTrack will support Intune when doing onboarding.
  • Multiple timeline bars in Project Online: I have no idea how this is supposed to work but it looks like you can add heatmaps and other stuff… (was previously called New Timeline view in Project)
  • Project Online content pack for PowerBI: Bring Project Online data directly into PowerBI. Sounds neat
  • SharePoint/OneDrive for Business file activity report: Admin reports that allows you to see what your users do in SharePoint and OneDrive for Business


Moved off into the Previously released list

  • Inline Service Health for Support Request Creation
  • Proactive notification of Outlook version - weird, this is moved from In Development! Did it ever roll out?

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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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