What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2015-12-09

Tags: Office 365

More updates on the Office Roadmap! This time around just a few ones but also some interesting things to notice. But before we list the updates let's take a look at the actual roadmap site that has received an update which should make it easier for you to filter and find out what's new.

Office Roadmap filters

This is a very welcome update and could possibly make the roadmap site useful, but I'm sad to say unless they have a proper change log. I'm not going to bother that much but instead rely on my own blog :-)

So what's new…

Changes 2015-12-09

Now Launched

  • First Release: Office 365 ProPlus and Office 365 Business: Allow users of your organization to enjoy the first release program of Office is now launched. I really recommend reading this article about the Office update branches. (New)
  • PowerPoint Online: Ongoing improvements: better formatting etc is now launched (from rolling out)
  • Word Online: Improving feature capabilities: almost same as above, more cool Word online features rolling out in a steady pace (from rolling out)

Rolling out

  • First Release: Select People support for SharePoint & OneDrive for Business: The SharePoint team and OneDrive team has finally jumped aboard the First Release train (New)
  • Message Center in Admin Center Preview: the new admin center receives more updates, this time time focused on the Message Center. Looks good! (New)

In Development

  • Office 365 Admin app - Push Notifications for Message Center filters: Configurable Push Notifications for the Admin App. Good stuff (New)
  • Office 365 Groups: creation policy in Azure Active Directory: Las week this new feature popped up in the Rolling out category, turns out it is not. I guess Microsoft don't want to scare the AD admins, we all know they are a bit sensitive, aight! (from Rolling out)

Other interesting finds…

When stuff is to old to be on this list they are moved into the previously released category or if stuff is cancelled they are moved into the Cancelled bucket.  Two items has mysteriously disappeared from the Cancelled list, just if they never ever existed - wonder why? This happened once before, with "Forms on SharePoint Lists" in April. Well, we shouldn't speculate to much, it's likely normal clean up…

  • Document Conversations for OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online
  • Evolving the Outlook Web App options page

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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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