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


  • 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

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