Office 365 Roadmap

The Office 365 Roadmap lists updates that are currently planned for applicable subscribers. Updates are at various stages from being in development to rolling-out to customers to being generally available for applicable customers world-wide.

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@mentions make collaborating on email fast and easy. Simply type the @ symbol anywhere in the body of your email and start typing to pick the person you want to address. Once you pick the person you want to address their name is highlighted in the message in blue, helping them know they are being asked to take an action in your message.
These new client visuals are part of a large amount of work (both visual and internal) Microsoft has done to make Skype for Business 2016 more accessible so that it can be enjoyed by more people around the world.  One example of this effort is the slight variation in color changes which provides greater text-to-background contrast to empower those with low vision to more easily distinguish parts of the interface.  We also improved screen reader support, simplified keyboard navigation and made the keyboard focus easier to see in many places.  For more information on the overall goal of Microsoft to enable all users go to: https://www.microsoft.com/enable/
Adding support for 24 new languages which include Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Galician, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Kazakh, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian, Romanian, Serbian Latin, Serbian Cyrillic, Slovak, Slovenian, Thai, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese
With the new Compliance Administrator role you can grant people access to important compliance and security features in Office 365. The Compliance Administrator can perform tasks in the Compliance Center such as manage data loss prevention policies, device management policies, and view auditing reports.
Sign in and see what Delve can help you discover about the content and people around you in your organization – right from your Windows 10 desktop. Delve helps you stay in the know, powered by who you know and what they are working on. With this preview app for Windows 10, you’ll be notified about document updates, and get document suggestions that are relevant to your work. You can also find people and get back to your recent documents and attachments, all in one place – all in one app.
Export the results from one or more eDiscovery searches in a single export.  This naturally decreases the duplicated content when overlapping searches would return the same exact document in the same exact location.
Office 365 users can now embed Microsoft Forms into their Sways - letting them put in questionnaires, surveys or quizzes for viewers of their Sway. For corporations, it can solve as a good knowledge check after sending a Sway memo. For businesses, it can be a survey to customers within a Sway catalog. And for teachers, they can add a quiz for their students within a Sway lesson.
Teachers and students can embed Sways into Microsoft Classroom. Teachers can put in an interactive lesson for students to go though, students can submit their homework in Sway, and educators can post Sway newsletters for parents. 
(1) Excel on Windows PCs: Shape Recognition; (2) Excel on Macs: More functions (e.g. CONCAT, TEXTJOIN) and forecasting functions
Express Analysis is an Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery feature which allows organizations to quickly analyze a case and export the results.
FastTrack Center will provide a limited time offer to expand data migration services for SharePoint Online. This offer will provide migration from on-premises SharePoint Server 2013 to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. The details of the scope are under development at this time, additional details will be provided in future updates.
FastTrack Center will enhance the file migration services from the Box service provided by FastTrack. Migration of your data in the Box service to SharePoint Online Team Sites will be offered. This migration service will be available to customers with 150+ seats of eligible Office 365 plans.
FastTrack will be helping customers plan and implement SharePoint Online hybrid features for customers running SharePoint 2013 and 2016 on-premises for qualifying customers. Features include hybrid search, hybrid sites, hybrid OneDrive for Business and hybrid extranet sites.
FastTrack is expanding onboarding support to assist customers in the use of the Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) service capability.This service provides additional guidance to help customers understand ATP and configure key ATP capabilities. This will include guidance in the configuration of safe links and safe attachments.FastTrack provides direct engineering support to help you onboard.
FastTrack is expanding onboarding support for the Exchange Online Protection (EOP) service capability.Provides additional guidance to help customers understand the capabilities of EOP, guide the configuration of EOP, and understand how to operate with EOP.FastTrack provides direct engineering support to help you onboard.
OneNote will add ink replay capabilities (OneNote for Windows 10).
New Learning Tools from OneNote will help individuals with learning needs be able to use the product better and help them in education settings; including improved ability to read
Powered by Bing Maps, Maps in Excel enable users to create professional visualizations in just a few steps for work, home and school.
The Mark all as Read feature provides a way to quickly reset the Inbox count, (by marking all conversations as read), allowing users to work more effectively in Yammer. 
This update brings a fresh new look and feel to the Office 365 welcome page, and enables more consistent and unified experiences for work, education and home users across every device. This new platform also helps us respond to user feedback and deliver innovative new features at a faster pace than ever before.
The new Office 365 admin center makes it easier and faster for Office 365 admins to manage Office 365. At the same time, it provides admins with more control, more insights and more customization options. The preview has been available for several months and at the end of August, it will be complete and reach general availability.
New reports in the Office 365 usage dashboard. We continue to include more reports in the new admin center, including Office 365 groups, licenses used, Skype clients used and email clients used, to provide you with a complete picture of how your organization is using Office 365.
New reports in the Office 365 usage dashboard. We continue to include more reports in the new admin center, including mailbox storage, SharePoint activity, and OneDrive activity, to provide customers with a complete picture of how their organization is using Office 365.
Admins can filter receiving push notification for messages based on category: Stay Informed, Plan for Change, and Prevent and Fix Issue
Gain enhanced visibility and control into your Office 365 environment with the built in application discovery dashboard with Office 365 Advanced Security Management. 
Gain enhanced visibility and control into your Office 365 environment with the built in centralized control over applications that can access your Office 365 information with Office 365 Advanced Security Management. 
Office 365 reporting content pack for Power BI enables customers to combine their organization's Office 365 usage data with their organization's user information to provide richer insights into office 365 usage patterns. Customers could sign up for a limited preview in October.
We’ve implemented policy in Azure Active Directory that allows administrators to restrict group creation to certain users. This ensures that creation of Office 365 Groups through all endpoints can be given to selected users. The existing Exchange Mailbox policy only applies to creation in Exchange, Outlook, or the Outlook Groups mobile app.
We’re working on delivering a customizable classification system for Office 365 Groups that would allow separation of groups by policy type; e.g. unclassified, corporate confidential, or to secret. In this manner, your groups can exhibit the policies of other content in your organization. Extensible policy allows your organization to configure an endpoint that should be called whenever a group is created of changed where you can implement your own policies for group creation or change.
We’ll be exposing Office 365 Groups usage and engagement reports in the Office 365 Admin Center. You will be able to keep tabs on group creation rates as well as usage over time.
Guest access support will enable teams using Office 365 Groups to easily collaborate with external team members (members that are not part of their organization/tenant). Guest users will have access to all of the groups assets: inbox, files, calendar and notebook. We'll introduce a number of administration controls to help you manage guests in Groups.
We’re releasing scripts to migrate distribution lists (DLs) in Office 365 to Office 365 Groups. The scripts identify eligible DLs and migrate them to groups with the same SMTP address and display name.
You’ll be able to customize the usage guidelines for Office 365 Groups – to educate your users about best practices that help keep their groups effective and their content safe.
In an effort to make Office 365 communications more relevant, we are introducing new functionality in the Office 365 Message Center to allow individual admins to personalize their view. Based on feedback, we are implementing the ability to filter by service and translate messages into 45 different languages. Machine translation of communications and the ability to filter messages based on service allows you to ensure that notifications are relevant and clear. The default language is English, and this can be configured in the “Settings” gear at the top right of the Admin Center.
You’ve probably seen contact cards in Outlook. This update brings intelligent, Delve-like experiences to Office 365 apps (like SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business), right in the context of your work. When you hover over a person’s name or image, people cards expands to reveal contact information, organizational relationships and documents they have been working on.People cards have already begun to appear in Outlook on the web, and they are rolling out now within SharePoint Online team sites, document libraries, lists and OneDrive for Business. You, too, can access the same valuable information and insight through people within the SharePoint and OneDrive mobile apps. See a person’s name or photo, and simply click or tap to learn more about them and the work they do. People cards are within reach where you are working and will help you prepare and stay informed throughout your day.
Office 365 Planner, delivered via desktop browser will be fully accessible.
Provides IT Admins with the ability to view Office 365 ProPlus, Visio and Project activations as well as Last Activated Date and Device types (desktops (PC,Mac) and phones and tablets (Windows,iOS, and Android)).  Admins can further track users that are enabled but not activated.
We have released the Service Assurance Dashboard as part of the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center, which provides you immediate access to:Details on how Office 365 implements security, privacy and compliance controls including details of how third-party independent auditors perform audits to test these controls.Third-party independent audit reports including: SSAE 16 / SOC 1, SOC 2 / AT 101, ISO 27001 and ISO 27018.Deep insights into how we implement encryption, incident management, tenant isolation and data resiliency.Information on how you can leverage Office 365 security controls and configurations to protect your data.
Office 365 admins can set controls to throttle how much network bandwidth is used for OneDrive for Business sync.
We are updating the OneNote Class Notebook with additional features for back to school. First, we are updating the Class Notebook Add-in for OneNote as generally available in the Class Notebook app in Office 365 Education. Second, we are also updating the Class Notebook app in Office 365 Education with a number of top educator updates like rename student sections, enable student teacher-only section group, and lock the Collaboration Space.
We are excited to announce the launch of the new OneNote Staff Notebook API for Office 365! We made it possible to now create OneNote staff notebooks programmatically as well. What this means is that IT admins, Microsoft Education partners and others can automate the creation and updates of OneNote staff notebooks across a school or district. This allows for large time savings and efficiency for teachers, as well as school IT staff. Read the MSDN article on the OneNote Staff Notebook API for in-depth instructions.
Rainbow? Glitter? Gold? All new special ink effects with OneNote to express yourself in even more ways.
We are making improvements to all of the places you see people in Outlook on the web.Hover card in Mail, Calendar, and Groups:  Instant access to see who someone is and how you know them.People pane in Mail, Calendar, People, and Groups: Click on anyone to more deeply understand who they are, and get to content and people related to them without leaving your task at hand.Smart lists in People module:  We'll show you the people you're meeting or whose emails you've missed to help you tackle your work day.People module contact list: Manage your contacts with a streamlined, more efficient view.Better search in People module: Quickly find the right person - even if you misspell their name.
When moving mail to a folder using the "Move To" dropdown, you can now search for the destination folder.  The dropdown now features a search box in addition to the recently used folders.  After you move an email to a searched folder, it will be added to the list of recently used folder in the "Move To" dropdown.
(1) PowerPoint on Windows PCs: (a) Designer support for text; (a) Ink Replay; (2) PowerPoint on Macs: Trim audio and video files, trigger animation using a bookmark in media file
Office 365 Groups, OneNote, Microsoft Planner and Skype provide a simple and structured way for educators to collaborate in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).  
We are improving the performance of retrieving the Task by Day information (TaskTimephasedDataSet) from the Project Reporting OData service. Reading the Task by Day information from the Project Reporting OData service will be faster. To take advantage of this improved performance requires no action on the user.
Project Online will support the ability to assign a team task to both a team resource and an individual. Once a team member assigns a team task to themselves, the task will continue to remain visible to other team members. Other team members can continue to assign the task to themselves to report time and status. Additionally, Project Online will support assignments to multiple teams on the same task.
Your intranet in your pocket. The new SharePoint mobile app for Android enables access to sites, portals, documents, lists, people and beyond – all stored and managed in SharePoint Online. This new app is infused with intelligence from the Office Graph to help you navigate more quickly and smarter to sites, content and people that matter to you the most. The Sites tab takes you to your Sites, Recent sites and Followed sites where you can keep up with site activity, navigate using quick launch, or see recent files. The Links tab takes you to sites and portals programmed for everyone in the company. And a People tab, giving you access to the people you work with and visibility into what they are working on. And Search is available throughout with clean results filtered by sites, files and people. The SharePoint mobile app for Android supports both phone and tablet devices. Version 1 of this app is initially scoped at SharePoint Online. In the future, we do plan to support connections to SharePoint Server on-premises.
If you use the SharePoint app on iOS, you get the first look at the mobile experience of team news. When you tap the News tab, you will see a list of aggregated news using the intelligence of the Microsoft Graph from the sites you work in, the sites you follow and the sites your colleagues work in. SharePoint mobile on iOS gives you one place to catch up on the news from across your intranet. That’s your news in your pocket!
Your intranet in your pocket. The new SharePoint mobile app for Windows 10 enables access to sites, portals, documents, lists, people and beyond – all stored and managed in SharePoint Online. This new app is infused with intelligence from the Office Graph to help you navigate more quickly and smarter to sites, content and people that matter to you the most. The Sites tab takes you to your Sites, Recent sites and Followed sites where you can keep up with site activity, navigate using quick launch, or see recent files. The Links tab takes you to sites and portals programmed for everyone in the company. And a People tab, giving you access to the people you work with and visibility into what they are working on. And Search is available throughout with clean results filtered by sites, files and people. Version 1 of this app is initially scoped at SharePoint Online, and will focus on Windows 10 Mobile. In the future, we do plan to support a connection to SharePoint Server on-premises.
Over the years, customers use Lists for everything from tracking engineering bugs to managing event sessions or even to cataloging the t-shirt sizes of everyone on a team; a key tool for sharing data and building lightweight processes. The core of value and power of Lists goes unchanged. This update to SharePoint Online Lists brings a new user expereince, aligned to the look and feel to new modern document libraries experience. You'll first notice an updated top quick actions for commonly used Lists tasks. Lists, too, then become much more mobile friendly via modern mobile browser across devices, and a great experience when navigating Lists via the new SharePoint mobile app.
As more and more teams embrace the breadth of capabilities offered in SharePoint Online grows across team sites, Office 365 Video and portal sites, their content storage requirements are growing. To address this, we will increase the SharePoint Online site collection storage limit from 1 TB to 25 TB.
The new Skype for Business Mac client will be available for Preview stage 1 including meeting functionality.
General Availability (GA) for the new Skype for Business on Mac targeting October 2016.
The enhancements in this update include (1) Contact group management features for Office 365 / Skype for Business Server 2015 customers, (2) Contact tagging for status changes, (3) several improvements to meetings reliability, sign-in, and chat.
This feature is to help Office Online users dealing with .xls format work books at their company.  Once this feature rolls out, user will be able to open .xls workbooks in Excel Online.
Sway will reach Accessibility Level C for the web and Windows apps.
We recently added a new set of styles that give your Sways a more holistic and striking visual aesthetic. Apart from adjusting your color palette and font, you can now apply vibrant filters to the photos in your Sway—making for more visually impactful outputs. You can find the new styles by navigating to the Design pane and selecting from any of the styles on the top row.
Sway templates will be available on the redesigned My Sways page to help everyone get started with Sway.
Office 365 work and school users can embed Office 365 videos into their Sways. 
Unified experience for creating a DLP policy that can apply across Exchange Online, SharePoint, and OneDrive for Business
When attaching a locally saved file to an email in Outlook 2016, users will be able to automatically upload the file to OneDrive or OneDrive for Business to share as a cloud attachment. This is the same feature that is available today in Outlook on the web.
We are bringing customers into the Lockbox approval process for instances involving access to customer content. Use of the Customer Lockbox feature ensures that Microsoft engineer does not get access to the customer’s content without customer’s explicit approval. When the customer gets the request for access, they can scrutinize the request and either approve or reject it. Until the request is approved, the Microsoft engineer will not be granted access.  Customer Lockbox is available to commercial customers, and this roadmap item is specific to US Government (GCC).
PSTN conferencing from Microsoft will give Office 365 customers the option to purchase traditional dial-in capabilities for their Skype for Business meetings directly from Microsoft. PSTN Conferencing is available to commercial customers in eligible geographies, and this release is specific to US Government customers (GCC).
We  are adding 3 UML templates that comply with the latest industry standards:   UML 2.5.  Customers can now create:1)   a UML Component diagram to show components, ports, interfaces and the   relationships between them; 2) a UML Deployment diagram to show the   architecture of a deployment of software artifacts to nodes;3) a UML Communication diagram to show the interactions between lifelines that use   sequenced messages in a free-form arrangement. 
Visio Online Preview offers anywhere access to Visio diagrams in a web browser.  Users will be able to easily share their processes, floor plans, organizational structure and more with anyone across the organization.  For IWs who do not have Visio client installed, they can also view the diagrams in full fidelity from nearly anywhere.  Join Office First Release program to get access to Visio Online PREVIEW. 
Word on Windows PCs: (a) Tap
Paralleling the user experience on the Yammer web application, the group feed on mobile (currently iOS only) now includes two tabs called "New" and "All", making it easier for users to find, track and manage their conversations.
IT Admins will be able to restrict usage of the Yammer mobile app through an integration with Intune.
As Yammer achieves Tier-C compliance, it will be automatically activated in your Office 365 tenant, just like other Tier-C compliant services such as SharePoint or Exchange
Administrators will soon be able to manage the Yammer primary domain and network name directly from Office 365.  
O365 profile pictures will be synced to Yammer if a user does not have an existing profile picture in Yammer.  How it works: we will attempt to sync a photo from Office when:- an office mapped user has no existing Yammer photo- an office mapped user has previously been sync'd by our service (this keeps the photo updated from O365).
https://blogs.office.com/2016/09/27/new-outlook-partner-integrations-help-you-extend-your-email-capabilities/ Add-ins in Outlook 2016 for Mac will be rolling out—starting with Office Insider Fast. All existing add-ins for Outlook on the web and desktop—including Boomerang, Dynamics 365, Evernote, Giphy, Nimble, PayPal, Starbucks, Yelp, Uber, Wunderlist and Zomato—will be available as part of Office Insider Fast access.If you are interested in getting early access to add-ins in Outlook for Mac, join the Office Insider Fast program for Mac. You will need a valid Office 365 subscription to join this program
We’re improving the App Launcher experience by implementing a broad range of customization options for admins including the ability to hide/show a tile and pin apps to the launcher.
The Office apps are enterprise-ready. With Android M support for Enterprise and compliance with Android for Work, you can now use the Office Mobile apps in workplaces that require that compliance.
To accommodate customers who require very, very large archiving storage, you will be able to leverage an auto-expanding, highly scalable archiving. This allows you to take advantage of a truly bottomless archive without needing to call support or perform any manual steps. Through an update to our back-end architecture, we not only enabled auto-expanding archives, but also removed limits on the Recoverable Items store.
Connect to external dBASE database, and import or link to dBASE files.
MyAnalytics network insights will be updated to include the functionality to pin important people in your network. This will provide easy access to insights like collaboration time and response times to the most important people in your network including those contacts outside your organization.
Exclude duplicate messages from eDiscovery exports for Exchange data so that you can decrease the size of the export file. 
eDiscovery Export Reports allow you to get accurate statistics of your eDiscovery export prior to executing the export
Outlook enhances your travel experience and helps you keep track of package deliveries.
Excel on Windows PCs: (a) Ink Replay; (b) Support for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVGs); (c) "Shared with Me" tab in backstage
The Focused Inbox helps you focus on the stuff that matters most. Loved on Outlook for iOS & Android, now available on Outlook for Mac. Soon to be available on all Outlook endpoints.
When reading emails with image attachments, you now see big thumbnail previews, and you see thumbnails in the attachment well when composing an email, too. We also have an improved image side by side view, with improved load timing.
Microsoft Bookings makes managing online appointments easy for small businesses and their customers. With a few steps, a business owner sets up an online booking page which their customers can use to make appointments online, 24/7. Bookings helps business owners save time by reducing the amount of scheduling and re-scheduling of appointments, for both customers and employees. Bookings is available through First Release and will roll out to Standard Release tenants starting in October.
Office 365 Education includes Microsoft Classroom, a homepage where teachers can manage all of their classes and assignments online. Teachers can manage multiple class sections (like Biology A and Biology B), create or manage assignments and grading, collaborate with other teachers in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), and provide feedback to students with built-in Class Notebooks. In Classroom, students can collaborate with their teachers, their classmates, and access all the materials to be successful in the class even when they are absent. With Sway integrated, teachers can create interactive web-based lessons, assignments, project recaps, newsletters, and more—right from a phone, tablet, or browser— and even embed a quiz with the new Microsoft Forms. Students can access all their assignments on their mobile devices (Classroom app). Office 365 is now optimized for teachers and students along with an integrated platform with the aim of saving teachers time and improving student outcomes. This will be available for US customers only at the time of launch, withother countries added later.
Using the OneDrive mobile app you can seamlessly take a photo, convert it to a PDF, and store it in OneDrive for Business. This will come first to Android followed by iOS and Windows Phone.
Multi-factor-authentication (MFA) through integration of ADAL (Active Directory Authentication Library) streamlines sign on for the whole Office suite and layers security through the process in one single sign on.
MyAnalytics will start to send an introduction email to users when they first receive access to MyAnalytics. This email will provide information about what MyAnalytics is and how to access it.
The version of Outlook that is included in Office 365 Business Premium will now be able to access the Online Archive and Site Mailboxes as well as apply retention tags.
This is an early peek into the new Office 365 Admin Center Preview. The redesigned Office 365 Admin Center Preview is more intuitive and informative making it easier to complete your administrative tasks.This is a journey and as we continue to add more features and functionality, the admin experience will not only be more delightful to use, but also more insightful and scalable to meet more advanced needs.
Now you can change the color of your pages in OneNote for a more personalized experience.
Now you can change the color of your pages in OneNote for a more personalized experience.
Admins will soon have better visibility in how their Office 365 service is being used by their users. This set of reports will include detailed reports for email activity and Office ProPlus.
Customers who purchase at least 20,000 licenses for an eligible Office 365 plan have access to additional benefits from the FastTrack Center. This adds additional technical onboarding and migration capabilities to the FastTrack benefit. The benefit additions include:Core Onboarding:Core onboarding services additions include configuration guidance for geo-redundant Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) and AD FS client access policies for the service.Exchange Online service onboarding:Provide configuration guidance for the following:Setting up unified messaging with Exchange OnlineConfiguring coexistence between Exchange Online and legacy on-premises public foldersGuidance to remediate mail-enabled applicationsProvide guidance in creating a migration plan and grouping of mailboxes for migrationSkype for Business Online service onboardingProvide enhanced services for on-premises Lync and Skype for Business user migration.Office 365 ProPlus service onboarding:Guidance to deploy and configure Office Telemetry to help assess the use of business-critical Office documents and solutions.For more information, see the FastTrack Center additional benefit appendix in the FastTrack benefit for Office 365.
We’re improving the way Outlook on the web users interact with files in Office 365 Groups with a new files view that gives you access to all the files shared with the group such as files shared as email attachments, files stored in the group’s SharePoint document library, or files shared from OneDrive or other SharePoint document libraries.
By integrating Groups files (stored in a SharePoint document library and surfaced in OneDrive for Business) and Office Delve, users will be able to search content from both public and private groups they are a member of.
Your Office 365 profile represents you, who you know and what you and they are working on. Profiles are content-rich and actionable. You can start a Skype chat or call or email a colleague right from their profile page. To make it easier to know when to reach out, Delve now gives you a peek into what their day looks like by showing you the free/busy information from their Exchange Online calendar. And if they’re not in, Delve shows their out-of-office message.We made it much easier to edit your profile, to add value to how people discover you and your content. Listing projects, skills and education history to your profile is a great help to others who don’t know you yet. The updated profile editing experience makes it easier to keep your information fresh and updated with a few clicks and keystrokes.
Office integration is added back to the Next Generation Sync Client for OneDrive for Business including modern attachments, co-authoring, and more.
Using the OneDrive mobile app you can get view statistics on your files stored in OneDrive for Business. This will come first to iOS followed by Android and Windows Phone.
Outlook Customer Manager helps small businesses track and grow relationships with customers right within Outlook. It gives you a complete view of your interactions with each customer, helps you track tasks and deals in progress, and surfaces timely reminders – all next to your inbox where you need these.  Now stay on top of your customer relationships, without any need to install or learn separate tools. Included at no extra cost to Office 365 Business Premium subscribers, Outlook Customer Manager is a cloud-powered solution designed especially for the needs of small businesses, and includes a mobile app. Outlook Customer Manager is now rolling out to Office 365 Business Premium customers, starting with those opted into First Release and continuing worldwide in the coming months. Once it has rolled out to your Office 365 account, you will see an icon for it in the home tab in Outlook 2016 for Windows. Just click the icon to get started. Learn more at http://off365.ms/b1rBNY
The Outlook app for iOS & Android is now fully powered by the Microsoft Cloud for Office 365 customers! As the code for the Outlook app for iOS & Android was based on Microsoft's acquisition of Acompli, it previously leveraged cloud components that ran outside of Microsoft’s datacenters. While more than 40 million users and businesses have already adopted Outlook, moving these cloud components to run natively in Microsoft-run datacenters has been a top priority since launch. This move is now complete for Office 365 commercial customers. Moving fully into the Microsoft Cloud helps effectively address the legal, regulatory and compliance needs of Office 365 customers in industries like banking, government, public sector and healthcare. For Office 365 customers, the Outlook app is now fully delivered through Microsoft services that provide a strong commitment to security, privacy and compliance. 
First run experience (FRE) for on-boarding new Outlook on the web users.  Walks user through set up their preferred signature and theme.
OneDrive for Business links pasted into the body of an email will appear with a rich preview thumbnail and useful metadata like title, permissions, and description.   Supports preview of Word, PPT, Excell and PDF.
Clicking an inline image in the body of an email will open a side-by side experience with an image viewing pane on the left and a reading pane on the right.  This allows you to cycle through the attached images while taking action on the message in the right pane. 
Office 365 tenant admins can restrict specific users from creating new Plans (or Groups). Also, admins can enforce  naming conventions for Plan names, such as adding a prefix/suffix or enforce a list of blocked words.
PowerPoint on Windows PCs: (a) "Shared with Me" tab in backstage; (b) Support for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVGs)
Developers can find content and code samples that help them build great apps for Project Online. We will be rolling out content to http://dev.office.com/ and contributing code samples to the Office Developer GitHub: http://aka.ms/pppmapisamples.
Project Online mobile apps for team members will allow project participants to perform task level operations such as status updates as well as fill in timesheets.  These apps will be available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
As part of the removal of the "Other" option from Options menu in Outlook on the web, access to the Delivery Reports feature from Outlook on the web is no longer available. The Delivery Reports feature continues to be available from within Outlook. A replacement for this feature, that would be accessible via Outlook on the web, is under consideration for a possible future update. Yet, no commitment, nor future date for such an update, is provided at this time.
School Data Sync, which will be included in Office 365 Education, will mirror user profiles and class rosters from a Student Information System into Office 365.  It models classrooms within Office 365 as Groups and Group sites, so teachers can easily manage classes and class materials.  Our objective is to: help teachers save time by automatically creating groups and enabling single sign on to apps in the classroom help schools and districts save money by working with existing technology investments to reduce the time IT admins spend managing groups, troubleshooting, and auditing security help ISVs by providing a single, free, platform and API to connect their applications to SIS data help SIS providers by providing a single, free, platform API to connect to LMS and other classroom apps help increase school and student security and privacy by creating a single, secure source for identity and central control over which data gets shared and where.
PowerPoint for Android phones and tablets will add Shape Recognition capabilities in the Draw tab.
The team site home page offers an updated entry point to where team members get work done. It is the quickest way to find and showcase the most relevant and important content. Team members can pin the content right up front and see site and people activites showcasing the intelligence from the Microsoft Graph. Modern team sites will be integrated with Office 365 Groups where every group (new and existing) gets the full power of a SharePoint Online team site. We’ve made huge improvements in the time it takes to create a team site—targeting “seconds-to-ready.” And site owners can see how content is being used and trending analytics in the updated 'Site contents' page. Plus modern team sites look great when accessed via the SharePoint mobile app, too.
We’re pleased to announce that soon you’ll be able to create a site and a group for your team—right from SharePoint home in Office 365. The Create site wizard will create an Office 365 group as well as a modern SharePoint team site. You will even be able add members and classify the site along the way. And if you’ve ever waited for a SharePoint site to be provisioned in the past, you’ll discover this process will create the site in mere seconds.
Team news is how you keep up with and broadcast key events and accomplishments with other members of the team and extended stakeholders. You can use team news for things like trip reports, best practices, project updates, highlights of new documents and content, welcoming a new team member, sharing team goals and celebrating milestones.
We’ve made some changes to help you get around your notes. Check them out by turning on “Preferences General Enable experimental features” and let us know what you think!
We’ve made some changes to help you get around your notes. Check them out by turning on “Preferences General Enable experimental features” and let us know what you think!
We’ve made some changes to help you get around your notes. Check them out by turning on “Preferences General Enable experimental features” and let us know what you think!
Video Based Screen Sharing is the new and more efficient way to share your screen in Skype for Business Meetings. This release brings support to on-premises customers running Skype for Business 2015.
VBSS - Video Based Screen Sharing for Meetings.  Improves "see what I see" scenarios for meetings. Improved speed for the end user and improved sharing reliability for the meeting. Previously we had released VBSS for P2P scenarios. We are now broadening this feature to include meetings.
Visio on iPad provides access on the go to processes, floor plans, IT architectures, engineering plans and more.  Users will be able to explore real-world diagrams on iPad easily. Zoom out to the big picture, zoom in for the details in high fidelity, or filter by layers to get different visualizations of the same diagram.  Preview is available to a limited number of users on invitation basis.  Sign up now! 
Visio Online offers anywhere access to Visio diagrams via a web browser.  Users will be able to easily share their processes, floor plans, organizational structure and more  with anyone across the organization.  For IWs who do not have Visio client installed, they can then view the diagrams in full fidelity from nearly anywhere. 
Visio has a broad and powerful content ecosystem for users to tap into.  Now Visio Pro for Office 365 users will be able to search for 3rd party content  from trusted partners directly from within Visio.  We are incorporate various templates and sample diagrams across processes, network and education categories. 
Word on Windows PCs: (a) Editor; (b) Ink Replay; (c) Ink Editor; (d) Support for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVGs); (e) "Shared with Me" tab in backstage; (f) Shape Recognition; (g) Researcher
Office 365 Planner helps users efficiently organize their teamwork. Teams can create new plans, organize and assign tasks, set due dates and update status. Planner also offers the ability to attach documents to specific tasks, edit them together and have conversations around tasks. Planner’s visual dashboards and email notifications help keep everyone informed on the overall progress of their initiative
Improved on-boarding experience and sign up flow, allowing new users to get connected to their teams and groups in Yammer quickly. Other enhancements include a redesigned Yammer.com site (already completed), improved group discovery and group bulk adding.  
Advanced Data Governance in Office 365 will intelligently bring this information overload under control and support our customers’ ability to achieve organizational compliance.  By leveraging machine assisted insights we will help organizations stay compliant and reduce risk by finding and keeping what’s important while leaving behind redundant, obsolete and trivial content (ROT). 
Users will be able to assign a task to multiple team members in Office 365 Planner.
We’re pleased to announce that we’ll deliver a preview of real-time transcription and translation in Skype Meeting Broadcast by the end of 2016. Skype Meeting Broadcast in Office 365 lets you produce, host and broadcast meetings to large online audiences. These new services will provide live closed-captioning for presentations spoken in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese and German, and allow viewers to select their preferred language for captions. More languages will be released throughout preview.
When your IT department defines a set of relevant departmental templates in Azure Rights Management (RMS), you can access them from within the relevant Office apps using Information Rights Management (IRM).
Add support for 64-bit numbers (BigInt) as a new Access/Ace DataType. Users will be able to use the new Large Number datatype and import/link to a SQL Database (via ODBC) that has BigInt columns.
Improved spell checking powered by Bing.
Now use Excel to track, calculate and analyze Bitcoin data using native Bitcoin number formatting options. Feature is first being rolled out to Excel 2016 for Windows, Excel Online, Excel Mobile for Windows and Excel Mobile for Android.
Now use Excel to track, calculate and analyze Bitcoin data using native Bitcoin number formatting options. Feature is first being rolled out to Excel 2016 for Windows, Excel Online, Excel Mobile for Windows and Excel Mobile for Android.
Now use Excel to track, calculate and analyze Bitcoin data using native Bitcoin number formatting options. Feature is first being rolled out to Excel 2016 for Windows, Excel Online, Excel Mobile for Windows and Excel Mobile for Android.
Now use Excel to track, calculate and analyze Bitcoin data using native Bitcoin number formatting options. Feature is first being rolled out to Excel 2016 for Windows, Excel Online, Excel Mobile for Windows and Excel Mobile for Android.
Over several updates from July to December, we are adding several highly requested features for the calendar in Outlook for iOS & Android. These include creating and managing recurring meetings, forwarding events, adding Skype for Business links to new meeting invitations and viewing the free/busy information of your colleagues when scheduling a meeting.
Call Queues in Skype for Business Cloud PBX provide the ability to queue and route calls using a service operating in Office 365.  Callers hear custom greetings and music on hold and multiple routing options are available for flexible configuration.
Collaborate with anyone using PowerPoint Online. A whole classroom can work together in real-time on the same deck.
This update to the Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition provides for an automated update mechanism going forward, where any new updates to the software are automatically pushed from Office 365 and made available to the appliance, greatly simplifying administrative overhead of the software.
The Auto Attendant in Cloud PBX provides call treatment and routing to end-users in Office 365.  Includes support for multiple languages, voice commands and menu options for all size businesses.Call Queues provide a simple call queueing and routing capability suitable for help desk and other internal functions.
Provides the ability for customers with Cloud PBX in Office 365 to have their Exchange Server 2013 or 2016 on-premises act as a repository of their voicemails.
These policies allow IT and security administrators to establish broad tenant policies, limiting access when needed to just a specific corporate network or location – and preventing access from unknown locations.  Our new conditional access policies also allow admins to restrict access to known, current apps and browsers using only modern authentication techniques.
Copy and move files between OneDrive and SharePoint in web experiences. We’re rolling out the ability to copy a file from OneDrive to a SharePoint document library. Later in CY17, we’ll add the ability to move a file as well.
Users will be able to customize Office 365 Planner background to reflect their brand or a general theme.
The ability to create your own sensitive information types that can be used in custom policies within the unified DLP experience (available across Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Office Client applications)
Power Query for Excel, which was a separate downloadable add-in for Excel 2013 and 2010, is fully integrated in Excel 2016. These capabilities, found under the "Get and Transform" section of the Data tab, provide an intuitive and consistent experience for discovering and connecting to a broad range of data sources, including tables in public websites, corporate data in databases and cubes, cloud-based sources like Azure, unstructured data like Hadoop, and services like Salesforce or use web-like searching to discover the data shared across your corporations. Use intuitive options to clean, shape and combine to fit your unique business needs. Missed a step? No problem. The easy-to-use editor allows you to go back and change and reorder your transform steps and quickly reuse them over other sets of data. With one click, refresh your connections so your workbook has the most up-to-date information across all your data sources.
Delve Analytics will start to send users a weekly reminder highlighting progress against goals and recommendations for improved time and relationship management.
Within the new Delve profile people experience, Office 365 users will be able to send Praise to their colleagues that will be publically viewable, promoting recognition. In addition, giving someone Praise triggers an email to their manager to promote awareness of their employees' supportive efforts. The Praise then feeds into the broader Delve experience and can be discovered by others who can click Like further supporting and promoting individual recognition within the company.
There is a world-wide effort to deprecate SHA1 based TLS certificates. In Exchange Online Protection, support for those certificates will end in mid Feb 2017. If your on premises servers are still using SHA1-based certificates after mid February, a secure TLS connection will not be possible between your servers and EOP. If you use Forced TLS for your connector for messages from EOP, none of those messages will be delivered. For messages from your on premises servers to EOP, no TLS connection means we will be unable to identify those messages as coming from you and will not be able to send them out to the internet. For any partner connectors with Forced TLS enabled, mail flow will stop to those partners if they also have a SHA1-based certificate.Please ensure that any SHA1-based TLS certificates are renewed to avoid any disruptions to mail flow
Metadata and sensitive data detection details of DLP policy matches will be available via the Management Activity API. This data feed enables incident management scenarios.
Expand the scope of your compliance & eDiscovery search by searching on variations of words. For example *drive would find you results with SkyDrive or OneDrive. You can also use asterisks in the middle of a word or at both the beginning and end of a word such as o*drive or *drive*.
Provides users the ability to edit posts after initial posting while maintaining the discussion thread history.
Now you can embed videos, Office Mix, Sway and more straight onto the OneNote canvas
Now you can embed videos, Office Mix, Sway and more straight onto the OneNote canvas
Now you can embed videos, Office Mix, Sway and more straight onto the OneNote canvas
Office 365 admin center will be updated to include OneDrive for Business user management
Excel on Windows PCs: (a) Maps (new chart type); (b) Built-in digital ruler; (c) Segment Eraser; (d) Support for 3D models; (e) Icon library of professional, high-quality vector-based icons; (f) Surface pen can manipulate object handles; (g) Surface pen button supports lasso selecting ink; (h) Personalized PivotTable Layouts; (i) Easier background removal during photo editing
Support editing and refreshing of workbooks containing Power Views and inserting PivotTables.
Admins will be able to add phishing levels similar to how they set up their spam levels
Office 365 Planner will support task assignment and collaboration with team members who are not a part of the tenant. This helps teams collaborate with their vendors and channel partners effectively.
Project Online is going to support sharing Project sites with external users and also provide an ability to license external users for appropriate participation in project management workflows.
FastTrack Center will offer file migration services from Dropbox to OneDrive for Business as a new benefit provided by the FastTrack Center. This migration service will be available to customers with 150+ seats of eligible Office 365 plans. Once available, please refer to the FastTrack benefit for Office 365 to review eligibility details.
FastTrack will offer enhanced guidance to plan and deploy Skype for Business Cloud PBX. This enhancement will be available to customers who are eligible for the FastTrack additional benefits. These enhancements provide guidance to implement the Skype Operations Framework methodology for Cloud PBX.
FastTrack will add onboarding and adoption planning assistance for Microsoft Teams. This expansion will add new FastTrack provided activities to help customer plan, onboard, and drive value with Microsoft Teams.
GigJam is a product coming to Office 365 later this year for people with a co-working mindset. It empowers you to spontaneously and ephemerally involve others in your work.  GigJam became available in Preview in June 2016 and is targeting general availability be the end of CY 2016.
Office 365 Tasks API supports programmatic access to the Planner task data
Now you can easily move from Evernote to OneNote without leaving your notes behind. Newly launched for Mac and available on PC.
As part of the on-going initiative to improve the Yammer onboarding experience, Yammer will improve the mobile sign-up experience, including enabling initial sign-up of Yammer on mobile for deskless workers.
Beginning January 2017, we will be rolling out a number of improvements to the private messaging experience on Yammer, as we combine Private Messages and Online Now (chat) into this single, simpler experience. Private messages will soon be readily accessed from the left navigation bar on the home screen, right below the list of groups.
Planner will have pre-configured custom buckets and tasks to enable PLC planning scenarios.
From the OneDrive app, Discover view uses the Office Graph to suggest relevant and trending files from Office 365. The Discover view suggests content that is most relevant for each person based on the work they are doing and the people with whom they engage.
From the OneDrive app, Discover view uses the Office Graph to suggest relevant and trending files from Office 365. The Discover view suggests content that is most relevant for each person based on the work they are doing and the people with whom they engage.
Office Lens iOS adding two accessibility features: ·Frame Guide so that blind, low-vision, and sighted users can have the same, positive photo capturing experience using Office Lens.·Learning Tools immersive reader which will improve the reading experience for both some low vision users as well as dyslexic and dysgraphic users: ·Read Aloud (reading text and simultaneously highlighting words)·Text Spacing (adjust the spacing between characters, words and lines by substituting with a different font that has larger spacing properties)·Font Size and Voice speed
OneNote Online has Learning Tools capabilities in new immersive reader:·Text Spacing (adjust the spacing between characters, words and lines by substituting with a different font that has larger spacing properties)·Syllabification·Read Aloud (reading text and simultaneously highlighting words)·Parts of Speech identification (verbs, nouns, adjectives, etc.)
Word for PC/desktop (2016 with Office 365) gets a set of Learning Tools capabilities. The following capabilities will be available with Word’s existing reading view (Read Mode):·Text Spacing (adjust the spacing between characters, words and lines by substituting with a different font that has larger spacing properties)·Syllabification·Read Aloud (reading text and simultaneously highlighting words)
Word Online has Learning Tools capabilities in new immersive reader:·Text Spacing (adjust the spacing between characters, words and lines by substituting with a different font that has larger spacing properties)·Syllabification·Read Aloud (reading text and simultaneously highlighting words)·Parts of Speech identification (verbs, nouns, adjectives, etc.)
Powered by Bing Maps, Maps in Excel enable users to create professional visualizations in just a few steps for work, home and school.
Powered by Bing Maps, Maps in Excel enable users to create professional visualizations in just a few steps for work, home and school.
Powered by Bing Maps, Maps in Excel enable users to create professional visualizations in just a few steps for work, home and school.
Skype for Business Meeting Migration Service is the automated process that will update a users meeting coordinates for their Skype for Business online meetings in Exchange online meeting requests after a migration to the cloud or a different region.
Microsoft StaffHub is a new app coming to Office 365 that connects Deskless Workers to the information they need to do their job for the day. StaffHub is currently in preview - find more information at http://staffhub.ms.
Microsoft Teams is the chat-centered workspace in Office 365.  It is a smarter way of working as an essential hub for your chats, content, people and tools to keep the team connected
Visio Viewer for iPad provides access on the go to processes, floor plans, IT architectures, engineering plans and more.  Users will be able to explore real-world diagrams on iPad easily. Zoom out to the big picture, zoom in for the details in high fidelity, or filter by layers to get different visualizations of the same diagram.
The ability from the OneDrive app to access your SharePoint Online files
The ability from the OneDrive app to access your SharePoint Online files
Office 365 Planner will deliver refined mobile web experience across platforms and will be available as a Windows Universal App.
MyAnalytics will start to send users a weekly digest email of insights derived from their MyAnalytics dashboard. This digest will include progress against goals, recommendations for how to improve progress and summary insights about the past week.
New reports in the Office 365 usage dashboard. We continue to include more reports in the new admin center, including SharePoint clients used, OneDrive clients used, and Yammer clients used, to provide you with a complete picture of how your organization is using Office 365.
Additional integration and reports from Azure Active Directory will be available.  AAD Identity Protection Center alerts will be visible (must have proper AAD license)AAD Identity risk scoring Option to force reset of users password as part remediating an alert
Advanced Security Management will receive ISO 27001 and SOC Type 2 certifications
Support for connecting to a security information and event management (SIEM) system
Office 365 reporting content pack for Power BI enables customers to combine their organization's Office 365 usage data with their organization's user information to provide richer insights into office 365 usage patterns.
Office 365 custom themes will be updated to include more themes overall, the ability for a user to upload their own theme and an option to use Bing images as your theme. Note - tenant level customizations and enforcing org theme over user theme will be unchanged.
Create and manage preservation and deletion policies that affect Office 365 Group mail and files in one step using the Security and Compliance Center
We’ll allow end users and administrators to undelete an Office 365 Group and its contents in one action.
To support administrators’ desire to keep their directories clear of stale or inactive content, we’re working on a policy that would expire inactive Office 365 Groups over a definable period of time.
Enables the ability to indicate that the member list of the Office 365 Group should be hidden from non-members. This is useful in schools for instance where class rosters can’t be exposed to other students/faculty in the school.
Administrators can configure a policy for appending text to the beginning or end of a group name and email address for groups no matter where a group is created (e.g. Outlook, Planner, Power BI, etc.). Administrators can also configure a list of specific blocked words that can’t be used in group names, and rely on the native list of thousands of blocked words to keep their directories clean.
Users will be able to access and use Office 365 Planner as native apps on their  iOS and Android devices.
The Office 365 Roadmap is moving to a new home, but the URL is not all that is changing! We are improving the experience on mobile devices and making it easier to quickly review details of roadmap items. By popular request, the items on the roadmap will also include a unique ID, which will be used in the Message Center communications as well. And don’t worry, we will redirect roadmap.office.com to the new site.
Office 365 Secure Score provides visibility into your security posture and how to improve it.
The Office 365 usage reporting APIs will enable customers to programmatically access the data from the usage reports in the new admin center and integrate it into custom applications like a company reporting portal.
Office Lens for Android will work with MSA and O365 Org Id. Now you can use scan your notes, business cards and more with your work and school accounts.
Announcing new capabilities with Office Lens for iOS:Multi scanning; scan multiple images in a row and save/send as a seriesRotate scanned images3D touch feature to change modesMulti scanning and rotation features are top-two requests in User Voice
Now you have the power of a scanner right in your pocket! Office Lens will crop, format and improve your notes/whiteboard/business card capturing abilities. Office Lens will work with MSA and O365 Org Id.
Office Online apps can be used more easily by students with disabilities – Visually impaired, hearing impaired, keyboard navigation
We’re adding support for file names that contain ‘%’ or ‘#’ characters.
OneDrive for Business users will be able to share folders using guest and anonymous links. Currently they can only use restricted links after explicitly sharing a folder.
This feature allows users who have folders shared with them from other OneDrive for Business users to be able to take those folders offline in the same way they can take their own files and folders offline today.
The ability to sync SharePoint document libraries, including Office 365 groups, is added to the Next Generation Sync Client (NGSC). NGSC will also sync OneDrive for Business Shared Folders.
This allows IT Administrators to easily transfer ownership of Class Notebooks to other teachers if a teacher leaves the district, or for other reasons.The Class Notebook will be migrated and all permissions we be re-provisioned for the new owner
Now you can share a notebook directly from the OneNote for Windows 10 app to work together with others
Now you can open password protected sections right in OneNote for Android
OneNote is now smarter about natural grouping points of your pen strokes. You can double tap on an ink stroke to grab the word. Triple tap, and OneNote will grab the line or group of ink around a word. You can also right click to group or ungroup a set of strokes. Or use keyboard shortcuts to do all of this too. Useful in organizing and rearranging your inked notes.
Now you can record audio notes on Windows mobile
Rainbow? Glitter? Gold? All new special ink effects with OneNote
Yammer is updating the Inbox for teamwork by providing better structure and workflow. As part of this, we're organizing inbox messages by group, introducing group bulk actions with the ability to mark a group as read, replacing "Mark as Unread" with "Read Later" that lets users flag messages for follow up for better workflow, and showing unread messages and messages marked "Read Later" as separate tabs within the inbox. We're also separating direct messages from group conversations in the inbox. Finally, we're streamlining the inbox by removing duplicate content that have been viewed elsewhere.
This allow you to access files stored on Microsoft's  OneDrive for Consumer cloud storage when sending attachments in Outlook on the web. This feature will come with an admin switch for companies that do not want to give users access to personal file storage.
Provides a quick view of what is next in your day based on your calendar.  Above the inbox, you will see a listing of what the next meeting is.  Clinking on the meeting gives you meeting details as well as actions like accept, reschedule and decline.   Clicking on Agenda gives you the same actions you would get in the calendar such as join the meeting in Skype.
In 2014, we announced a redesign of the end-user options menu within Outlook on the Web.  In the new Options menu, we added an "Other" link to an earlier version of end-user options. This “Other” link also gave users access to three options not accessible in the new options menu – Distribution Groups, Delivery Reports, and Site Mailbox settings. Distribution Groups has been added to the "General" group within the new options menu in Outlook on the Web. But, as part of the removal of the "Other" link, Delivery Reports and Site Mailbox settings pages are no longer available in Outlook on the Web.  Delivery Reports is still available from within the Outlook desktop client. A replacement for Delivery Reports, that would be accessible through Outlook on the Web, is under consideration for a possible future update, but no future date for such an update is available at this time. Site Mailboxes and the related app continue to be available in SharePoint.
At the top of the reading pane, will have a chevron that allows you to see all attachments within a thread.  The user can take actions on the attachment such as view, download or open.  Clicking on the attachment will open in a side-by-side view.
Today, modern attachments are shared by default with "recipients can edit" access and you can switch to "recipients can view" access before you send your mail.  With this update, you'll also be able to switch to other access levels such as "anyone can edit" and "anyone in my organization can edit.” 
Today, when a user adds an ODB modern attachment, there's no indication before sending that sharing with their recipients will work. We're adding Sharing Tips to fix this by adding tips that warn you if sharing with your recipients will not work and provides a suggested action.  In addition, Outlook will use the best URL for your situation - in most cases the Company sharing link. 
Helps you easily provide available times for a possible meeting within an email.  Within an email reply, can bring up your calendar and graphically drag and drop slots you currently have available on your calendar.  These are then shown as a availability card in your email.
Outlook on the web has long provided the ability to perform Sweep actions on a per user basis. We are adding the ability to select multiple users by message and perform any Sweep action from the Sweep dropdown on the multiple selection.
(1) PowerPoint on Windows PCs: (a) Quickstarter; (b) Built-in digital ruler; (c) Segment Eraser; (d) Support for 3D models; (e) Icon library of professional, high-quality vector-based icons; (f) Surface pen can manipulate object handles; (g) Surface pen button supports lasso selecting ink; (h) Easier background removal during photo editing; (2) PowerPoint on Macs: Support for playing back a Summary Zoom, Section Zoom or Slide Zoom already in a presentation
Creatively express yourself with in PowerPoint Online with enhanced slide effects, transitions and animations.
In Project desktop client, you will now be able to differentiate your timeline bars by using labels to give them descriptive names.  Additionally, check marks and colored progress bars in timeline view will show how far along you are with each task.
Project Online OData service will now include modification dates for several entities such as tasks, resources, engagements, assignments etc.  These changes will provide better insights into when something inside your projects gets updated, thereby enabling richer reports.
An enhancement to the PSTN Calling service from Microsoft, customers will be able to search for, acquire and use in their tenant service numbers including both Toll and Toll-Free.  This will allow for auto attendants and call queues to be directly dialed using numbers designed for high volume.
Send to Sway from OneNote – did you jot your notes or discussion in OneNote or OneNote Class Notebook and now want to turn them into a school report or team presentation? The OneNote and Sway teams are working to enable you to send all your work from OneNote to Sway within Office 365. With just a few clicks and finishing touches, you’ll be able to transform your notes into a web-based interactive presentation.
We're adding enhancements to the Service Health Dashboard in the Office 365 admin center: Tell us about issues—If you are impacted by an issue that is not showing up on your Service health dashboard, the Tell us feature will provide you with a quick and easy way to let us know.
We're adding enhancements to the Service Health Dashboard in the Office 365 admin center: Stay informed through your preferred channel—The new Service health dashboard will enable you to sign up for notifications via text and/or email so that you can monitor the service and track issues through the channel you prefer.
We're adding enhancements to the Service Health Dashboard in the Office 365 admin center: Access user level details— You will also be able to access a full list of impacted users to enable you to drive more targeted communication and support.
We're adding enhancements to the Service Health Dashboard in the Office 365 admin center: Check the health of your users— On-demand user health checks will allow you to check end user health by running a test against our service. User Monitoring will enable you to proactively monitor specific users and to find out about possible health issues affecting those users right away—often before they might even notice them.
Enabling client-side web parts that take full advantage of the SharePoint ecosystem, but are developed by using client-side JavaScript based templating technologies. We will first ship this set of client-side web parts: image / image carousel, embedded video, ListView, document hook); this will be able to included in pages built with the new SharePoint Framework.
A new user experience (UX) development framework for SharePoint Online that consists of JavaScript libraries and modern REST endpoints that enable 1st and 3rd party developers to create client-side applications on top of SharePoint sites. These applications use JavaScript templeting framework (e.g. REACT / Angular) and interact with the site through Modern REST APIs to build beautiful experiences such as List Views, Team Site Capabilities (e.g. Video Portal) etc..
Unlock the Webhooks development scenario through the Microsoft Graph. These WebHooks set of APIs allow developers to get notified with changes from SharePoint lists and document libraries in a performant and reliable way.
We’re pleased to announce that we’re ahead of schedule with our inaugural Feature Pack for SharePoint Server 2016. Feature Pack 1, available in November, brings several enhancements driven by recent innovation in Office 365 and feedback from you on UserVoice, including:Logging of administrative actions performed in Central      Administration and with Windows PowerShell.Enhancements to MinRole to support small environments.A new OneDrive for Business user experience.Custom tiles in the SharePoint app launcher.Unified auditing across site collections on-premises      and in Office 365.Unified taxonomy across on-premises and Office 365.OneDrive API 2.0.Unlike previous versions of SharePoint, release-to-manufacture (RTM) did not define the end of innovation, but the beginning. As we continue to develop SharePoint Server 2016, we’ve paid close attention to customer feedback, trends in content management, team collaboration, user experiences across devices, and how the cloud can be blended into existing on-premises scenarios in new and compelling ways. Feature Packs allow us to accelerate delivery of cloud-first features to our Software Assurance customers (where noted) of SharePoint Server 2016 outside of the traditional 2- to 3-year release cadence.SharePoint Server 2016 and the coming FP1 enable hybrid scenarios across on-premises and Office 365 online. You can enable hybrid search, connected experiences with OneDrive for Business, Delve, Yammer and Office 365 Video, and now with FP1 you can perform a unified audit and take advantage of a unified taxonomy. For more information on other SharePoint and Office 365 hybrid scenarios, see hybrid.office.com.There is no cost associated with Feature Pack 1; however, some features of Feature Pack 1 are limited to Software Assurance customers where noted in this post.
Phase 3 of PSTN conferencing expansion, planned for June 2016.  Will reach approximately 80 sell to countries and 100 dial-in countries. 
Support for a Multi National Corporation tenant to have users be distributed across multiple Data centers for Skype for Business Online in the Multi-Tenant environment to provide better media quality by reduced latency.
Free online meetings from Skype for Business that is easy to set up with a personalized meeting URL, helps team collaborate with screen share and is built for business with reliability and encryption.
Smart recommendations to turn on DLP based upon the sensitive information you’re storing in OneDrive and SharePoint.
Lookup or research on Bing with contextually relevant results, directly from your document.
Now you can bring the power of the internet right into your OneNote, easily get more information on a topic with smart lookup
An essential component of regulatory compliance for financial and related industries is the ability to review specific employee communications. We will be introducing a new feature called Supervisory Review that will give organizations the ability to define a subset of employee communications to be reviewed by a group of internal or external auditors. Supervisory Review will include both policy configuration and reviewer tools to perform supervisory review.
When an Office 365 work or school account is disabled, admins can reassign the user's Sways to other owners. This can be done in bulk and up to a month after the account has been deleted. All reassigned Sways will show up in the new owner's My Sways page.
Office 365 admins will be able to audit how Sway is used in their organizations. They will have visibility into who has created/edited Sways, changed sharing options for Sways, and other user actions.
Sway users can now copy paste cards while composing a Sway, making it easier to duplicate text, multimedia, and styles in their document.
The Sway service will be run out of additional datacenters, improving data resiliency and geographical performance.
Sway will allow users logged in with Office 365 work/school accounts to upload videos to Sway from their device as well as add videos stored in OneDrive for Business.
Office 365 work and school users will be able to publish Sways directly to Docs.com, as long as external sharing is enabled for their organization.
Sway will allow Office 365 work/school users to publish to Docs.com directly from within the app as long as external sharing is enabled for the organization.
Office 365 Planner will support templates. Teams can leverage pre-built templates, or create their own, for reuse across Plans.
Teams will be able to display and share key milestones on a timeline view.
New features in Office 365 based on the enterprise voice feature set in Lync Server and Skype for Business Server will enable Office 365 customers to eliminate traditional PBX systems for their users.  Customers will be able to either add on PSTN service or leverage existing current PSTN contracts, carrier circuits, and numbers or purchase to make and receive phone calls.Includes traditional calling features including Call hold, history & redial, transfer, forward, call waiting, simultaneous ringing, team calling, delegation, DND routing, tagging and static E-911.  Tenant Administrators will get great reporting including robust call detail records. This roadmap item is specific to Office 365 US Government (GCC).
The ability to import data into Office 365 in a quick and easy manner has been a known constraint of Office 365, and a solution for this issue has emerged as a key request from customers. We are working on a solution that will allow quicker imports of data into Exchange Online Archive Mailboxes.  You will now be able to import Exchange Online data through PST files into the service without using third party tools.   Drive Shipping and Network Based Ingestion options will use Azure-based services to import data.  Over time we will be extending this to other data types across Office 365. Drive shipping is currently available to commercial tenants, and this roadmap item is specific to US Government (GCC).
Office 365 US Government Community is designed for US Federal, State, Local, and Tribal entities, as well as contractors that hold gov data. Services and applications are released once they are compliant with FedRAMP Moderate, IRS 1075, and CJIS requirements, and Microsoft is proud to introduce the E5 suite of productivity services for the Office 365 US Government Community cloud. "G5" includes Advanced Threat Protection, Customer Lockbox, Advanced eDiscovery, Power BI Pro, MyAnalytics, Cloud PBX, and PSTN Conferencing, each of which can also be purchased as an add-on to G3.
Microsoft Teams is the chat-centered workspace in Office 365.  It is a smarter way of working as an essential hub for your chats, content, people and tools to keep the team connected. Teams will be available in Office 365 US Government Community (GCC) once it meets the compliance commitments of the offering.
MyAnalytics is a new set of capabilities coming to Delve for G5 customers, or as an add-on to G1/ G3 subscriptions. MyAnalytics will enable individuals and organizations to get time back and spend it more effectively. The capability leverages insights available within Office 365 communications and collaborations data to enable an Outlook add-in to understand reach and impact of emails, and a personal dashboard to provide personalized insights into time and relationships. Delve Analytics is already available for commercial tenants, and this roadmap item is specific to US Government (GCC).
Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery integrates Equivio machine learning, predictive coding and text analytics capabilities to reduce the costs and challenges that come along with sorting through large quantities of data for eDiscovery purposes.In today’s high volume data environment, the eDiscovery process for any given case could involve sorting through thousands of emails, text messages, instant messages and documents to find the small number of files that are most likely to be relevant.Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery reduces the volume of data by eliminating duplicate files, reconstructing email threads and identifying key themes and data relationships. Finally, it enables predictive coding, allowing users to train the system to intelligently explore and analyze large, unstructured data sets and quickly zero in on what is likely to be relevant.This is the release of Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery for Office 365 US Government Community (GCC).
Office 365 Planner helps users efficiently organize their teamwork. Teams can create new plans, organize and assign tasks, set due dates and update status. Planner also offers the ability to attach documents to specific tasks, edit them together and have conversations around tasks. Planner’s visual dashboards and email notifications help keep everyone informed on the overall progress of their initiative. Planner will be available in Office 365 US Government Community (GCC) when it meets the compliance commitments of the offering.
As the amount of open data grows, the key is turning it into actionable insights that lead to higher-quality decisions. Yet analyzing the skyrocketing quantity of information can be an overwhelming task. Microsoft Power BI is designed to help customers overcome this challenge by making it simple to transform vast amounts of data into rich visuals that can be examined from multiple perspectives. By reviewing data in visual form, governments can more easily identify critical patterns that move their communities forward. This release is specific to the Office 365 US Government Community (GCC), and Power BI is also available as a standalone subscription.
PSTN calling gives Office 365 customers the option to give their users the ability to receive and make calls to traditional phone numbers from their Skype for Business clients.  This will be available for US customers only at the time of launch, with other countries added later. This roadmap item is specific to Office 365 US Government (GCC).
(1) Word on Windows PCs: (a) Built-in digital ruler; (b) Segment Eraser; (c) Large-screen page view; (d) Support for 3D models; (e) Icon library of professional, high-quality vector-based icons; (f) Surface pen can manipulate object handles; (g) Surface pen button supports lasso selecting ink; (h) Easier background removal during photo editing; (2) Word on Macs: (a) Hyperlinks retained when converting to PDF; (b) Customizable background for Focus Mode
Yammer activity data will be integrated and accessible via Office 365 Management APIs.
In order to help get newly created groups off to a successful start, Yammer is introducing a new onboarding experience for group administrators. When setting up a new Yammer group, group admins will be prompted to provide the right context and bring in the right people by writing a description, inviting members, and starting a conversation.
As part of the on-going initiative to improve the Yammer onboarding experience, Yammer will add group bulk adding for administrators.
As part of the on-going initiative to improve the Yammer onboarding experience, Yammer aims to improve group discovery for users by A/B testing different UI elements to finetune the optimal user experience.
One of the most important initiatives this fiscal year is the launch of Yammer and Office 365 Groups which will make it easier than ever for users to collaborate and be more productive in team settings, as well as across the organization.  This is a major undertaking and involves first architecting the back-end so Yammer can plug into the Office 365 suite, and then integrating with each of the other workloads.  Yammer's complete integration will take significant development efforts and will be rolling out over time.  In the initial launch, all Yammers networks that have enforced O365 identity, in a 1:1 state (one Yammer network to one O365 tenant) will be provisioned via AAD (Azure Active Directory) with integrated access to a SharePoint team site, a SharePoint document library, a OneNote notebook and Planner for task management.  
As part of the on-going initiative to improve the Yammer onboarding experience, Yammer will introduce an interactive tutorial experience for users when they first get started on Yammer.
Yammer will leverage Skype's rich audio video communication capabilities.
Add-in only authorization policy for Project Online allows an add-in to request an access token tied to a specific application.  This would allow creation of add-ins which don't necessarily require a user.
This will block users from sharing Class Notebooks from inside the Mac and iOS Apps as that breaks the class notebook sharing model. Also we are blocking moving section groups in a Class Notebook as that also breaks the Class Notebook permission model.
Yammer announcements will be set to automatically marked as read after 10 days. Users can still search and see the announcements in the group and their Inbox, it just won't be shown as an unread item in their Yammer Inbox.
With End user triggered encryption in OWA, end users will be able to directly encrypt messages with Office 365 Message Encryption. Today, it can only be configured with Exchange transport rules by admins, but with this capability end users can encrypt messages directly from OWA using Office 365 Message Encryption
Office 365 user purchases is a new feature designed to enable users to get the software they need. Using this new feature an individual in an organization will be able to purchase and individually own a subscription to additional software including Office 365 Pro Plus, OneDrive for Business, Visio and Project available via the Office 365 store.
Project Online Financials will allow you to work with time-phased cost data and can be used to manage costs, benefits and forecasts, at a project level. 
As part of the changes Yammer is making to to help users work more effectively in their groups, each Yammer group will show unread inbox conversations from that group. Inbox conversations are considered high priority because they are explicitly addressed to users who have either posted, been at mentioned on, replied to, or followed these messages. By showing inbox messages in each Yammer group, the goal is to make it easier for users to read and respond to their priority messages within the context of their group.
This feature will allow any student or teacher leaving the district to easily transfer Class Notebooks from Office 365 Education/OneDrive for Business to a consumer/personal OneDrive.  This feature will be surfaced in OneNote Online to allow any device to access the web and use it.  The equivalent of "packing up your books" and copying the content to another location.
Offering 1TB storage to OneDrive for Business users.
The Office 365 user profile page, aka "About Me," is getting a significant update. First, it will be more user friendly in its overall presentation and how it looks and responds across all devices. This update also introduces a new page authoring tool - that at first will be used to create stories within the company - then expand to enable creation of new types of dynamic pages. These stories and pages are created within the browser and have built-in hooks to add other Office 365 content (like documents from OneDrive for Business, videos from Office 365 Video and images a document library) in a seamless way. Finally, the new "About Me" page will highlight people and people search in a whole new way - from hierarchical views, to showing who people most closely work with, and even a method to send a kudo to a co-worker.
Add external collaborators--such as vendors, partners, and customers--to new conversations, existing conversations, and private messages from your Yammer network. 
You can deploy Solver, Euro Currency, & Analysis ToolPak add-ins in the language of their choice via Click-to-Run.
Enables customers to satisfy stringent SEC 17a-4 record retention requirements with advanced administrative controls for archiving such as restricting changes to archiving policies and preventing such policies from being turned off or removed.
Admins can determine a list of domains that their users can share with or a list of those that they can’t share with.
Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery integrates Equivio machine learning, predictive coding and text analytics capabilities to reduce the costs and challenges that come along with sorting through large quantities of data for eDiscovery purposes.In today’s high volume data environment, the eDiscovery process for any given case could involve sorting through thousands of emails, text messages, instant messages and documents to find the small number of files that are most likely to be relevant.Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery reduces the volume of data by eliminating duplicate files, reconstructing email threads and identifying key themes and data relationships. Finally, it enables predictive coding, allowing users to train the system to intelligently explore and analyze large, unstructured data sets and quickly zero in on what is likely to be relevant.
Office for Android apps now support Android for Work.
Android: Quick Edit of email attachment and quick reply with Outlook
Get started quickly with an easier Sign-in/Sign-up process. The Microsoft Account or Office 365 OrgID already configured on the device is now pre-populated to eliminate manual typing, so you can now sign-in with a tap.
Presenter view is now available in PowerPoint. It lets you show and present your slides like a pro.  View your presentation with speaker notes on your Android phone or tablet, but control what the audience sees when you project to a large screen*. * An Office 365 subscription is required to use this feature
Use your mouse or trackpad to write, draw, and highlight with the tools on the new Draw tab, OneNote for Mac's top feature request
Office 365 navigation will be updated to help you find your apps and services more quickly. The new launcher will expand as you add more services, and will make it easier to access apps like Word Online, Excel Online, and PowerPoint Online.
Office 365 ProPlus provides thousands of configuration options via Group Policy and the Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run. Now administrators can choose to exclude applications from the Office 365 ProPlus suite, such as Access or InfoPath. Updates to the Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run will enable administrators performing push deployments of Office 365 ProPlus to exclude one or more applications during the initial Office installation, or add/remove applications to an existing installation.
Excel Online will support adding Apps for Office similar to the Excel desktop client.
This feature allows Apps for Office that are opened used in Excel Online APIs to take advantage of the Format.js APIs that are already present in the desktop client capabilities.
Apps for Project Pro for Office 365 will be able to write-back and update the project plan.
Updates include:Word: Tables built for touch: Working with tables got easier! Touch controls let you resize rows and columnsExcel:  Open CSV files: You can now open comma separated values (.csv) text filesInsert and Edit SmartArt (tablet). Support loading shared Workbooks, files with Hidden workbooks and more.PPT:  Create columns of text.: Split a block of text into easy to read columnsSuperscript and subscript: format your text with superscript and subscriptShared: Commands at your fingertipsEdit with speed! Have quick access to commands that make sense in the moment. 
Key Updates include:Word: View differentiation: Show Page borders and fishbowl when opening into or switching to Print Layout. Reflow - Reset zoom - Be smarter about default zoom level to alleviate view confusion. Shared: Commands at your fingertips: Edit with speed! have quick access to commands when you work with shapes and graphics
Updates include:Word: Tables built for touch.Excel: Support loading CSV files, files with hidden workbooks, files with invalid sheet names, shared workbooks and more. PPT: Create columns of textShared:  Commands at your fingertips(Phone only. W/P only.  Mobile Contextual Toolbar) ,Smart Lookup Enable format painter for SmartArt. 
A new Archive button will be added to Outlook 2016 on Windows, allowing users to quickly move messages out of their inbox to a folder of their choice. The user will be asked to choose their Archive folder on first use of this feature. This update will make the Archive feature available on Windows, just as it is on  iOS, Android, Windows 10 Mobile and the web.   
Extends archiving support in Office 365 for 3rd-party data such as:Social - Twitter, Facebook, Yammer, LinkedIn, and many moreInstant Messaging - Yahoo Messenger, GoogleTalk, Cisco Jabber, and many moreDocument Collaboration - Box, DropBox, and many moreVerticals - SalesForce Chatter, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, and many moreSMS/Text Messaging - BlackBerry, MobileGuard, and many more
This feature will enable users to define a readable Project ID per Enterprise Project Type. On project creation, the Project ID will be auto generated.  The Project ID can be added to Project Center, Project Detail Pages (PDPs) and in reports.
Automatic relationship detection is now available for everyone using Office 365. When you are building a Data Model PivotTable working with two or more tables with no relationships defined, you get a notification to run Automatic relationship detection. This will detect and create all relationships between the tables that are used for the Data Model PivotTable so that you don’t have to do any of the work yourself. Automatic relationship detection can also be run through the Relationship dialog.
Drilling up and down time groups and other hierarchical levels of your data is a common action in data analysis. This preview makes it easier for you to perform these actions with two new updates. Time groups are now automatically detected and created when you add rows of time fields to your PivotTables. Also, you can now drill up and down your data hierarchies directly from your PivotCharts visualizations, allowing you to explore deeper in your data right from your charts and graphs.
In the Beta release, the AAD Connect wizard provides a guided experience for integrating a single Active Directory forest with Windows Azure Active Directory. In upcoming versions, we plan support multi-forest scenarios.
Azure AD reports will allow you to audit Office 365 user logins and admin actions in your directory such as creation of new users or admins, password resets, deletion of users and other admin actions.  The link to these reports will be available in the Office 365 admin center under auditing.
Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) integration for Click-to-Run installations enables better network traffic management by lowering the download priority for Office updates when other protocols are being used on the desktop.
Basic Chat in Skype for Business Online allows instant messaging between users.  Entry point is a Skype icon within the mail experience.  * Note that this is not available in the Dedicated instance of Skype for Business.
A board is a representation and collection of content that’s related to a topic. Users can visit and create boards in Delve. Users can add any content that they see in Delve to a new or existing board, get suggestions based on boards they've used recently and see existing boards created by others. Users can follow boards to get updates or share a board with others in their organization who they think the board will be useful for. Boards don’t change permissions, so people will only be able to see content in the board that you already have access to.
Browse and join Office 365 Groups right from within Outlook 2016. Previously, existing Groups were visible in Outlook, but in order to browse and join  new groups, a user needed to use Outlook on the web.
Workflow creators in Project Online can bulk update project custom fields with a single service request. Previously, each custom field update required a separate service request. This results in much faster transition between multiple demand management phases.
"Busy on Busy" is a feature that allows Skype for Business Server customers to configure users such that when they are on the phone or in a meeting someone who calls them will receive a busy signal instead of presenting the call to the end-user.
Resource Managers can benefit from configurable color coded heatmaps to better predict the utilization of   their resource pool in Project Online. These heatmaps will also support seamless drill-down capabilities all the way down to individual resources and their assigned projects.
We are updating the behavior when pasting mixed content (e.g. text and images) into the compose email form in OWA. Depending on the type of mixed content, OWA may only be able to paste one of the two types of content. Previously when this happened, OWA prioritized the image and pasting mixed content would result result in just the image being pasted (with no text). From customer feedback, we are adjusting this behavior to now paste all the text, but leave out the image. The user will have to individually copy in the image separately. We believe this is a better choice when we are unable to paste the entirety of the mixed content, and is also consistent with how other webmail services handle this situation.
We are no longer supporting connecting to LinkedIn within the Microsoft Outlook Social Connector in Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010 & 2013. Customers who want information about their contacts from LinkedIn should download the LinkedIn for Outlook app from the Office Store. The LinkedIn app is supported in Outlook 2013 & OWA.
We are adding chart elements to Office for iPad: customize charts by adding or removing chart elements such as titles, legends, axis titles and more in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad.
This new free add-in for the OneNote desktop  is designed to help teachers save time and be even more efficient with their Class Notebooks. The add-in includes page and section distribution, quick review of student work, and easier access to the Class Notebook app. We are newly launching the Preview for Mac and are currently available for PC.
Teachers can create and grade assignments in your Class Notebook that show up in their Learning Management System (LMS) or the new Microsoft Classroom. We are announcing over 25 partners that have committed to working with OneNote, with nine going live today and many more coming soon in future updates to the add-in. To see the current list of committed education partners, please visit our new OneNote Education Partners page. In addition to assignment and grading integration, based on feedback we’ve heard from teachers, we have many other improvements to make their lives a little bit easier.
We are adding the following Class Notebook APIs for Public Preview:1) Ability to create "Teacher-Only" section groups in a Class Notebook that only the teacher can see2) Class Notebook permissioning APIs, including - Collaboration space "lock-down" (read-only) - Ability to create sections in the collaboration space that are assigned to specific students for small group work - Ability to hide specific sections in the collaboration space from other groups of students - Ability to make all sections in the collaboration space read-only other than the section you are assigned to by the teacher - Ability to create "turned-in sections" for each student private notebook where the teacher can give feedback on the work but the student can only read, but not change
Click-to-Run is a streaming and virtualization technology that makes it very easy to install Office products at scale at big enterprises, thereby putting the latest and greatest Office in the hands of end users quickly. Some gaps such as necessary security updates, bug fixes and meeting compliance requirements have been addressed, making the experience of running Click-to-Run easier.
New features in Office 365 based on the enterprise voice feature set in Lync Server and Skype for Business Server will enable Office 365 customers to eliminate traditional PBX systems for their users.  Customers will be able to either add on PSTN service or leverage existing current PSTN contracts, carrier circuits, and numbers or purchase to make and receive phone calls.Includes traditional calling features including Call hold, history & redial, transfer, forward, call waiting, simultaneous ringing, team calling, delegation, DND routing, tagging and static E-911.  Tenant Administrators will get great reporting including robust call detail records.
We are adding capabilities to help you control some aspects for the mailbox Clutter feature. These include the ability to exclude selection communications from Clutter, enabling items such as corporate communications to bypass the Clutter model. It also adds controls to provide customer controlled sending identity for communications from the Clutter feature, such as controlling the sending name and applying a corporate identity to improve trust in the messages. The round of updates also provides admin controls to assign a specific retention tag for the Clutter folder.
Clutter will become on by default for all users in tenants where the Clutter feature is available. As Clutter becomes on by default, it will introduce an enhanced user experience providing a concise way to stay informed of messages being moved to the Clutter folder. Users will continue to have the option to set their own preference. Additionally a PowerShell cmdlet will be made available to enable administrators to turn off the Clutter feature on behalf of users ahead of Clutter being enabled by default.
The default theme is now “Colorful” (previously, the default theme was “White”). You can always change your theme by going to File   Account  Office Theme.
The Office 365 Compliance Center is one place to manage compliance across Office 365 for your organization. You can define central policies that apply across your data in Office 365, such as preserve policies that keep content in SharePoint and Exchange indefinitely or for a set time period. Links to existing SharePoint and Exchange compliance features bring together the compliance capabilities across Office 365.
Enhanced search capabilities in the Office 365 Compliance Center allow you to search all mailboxes in yourorganization, removing previous scale limitations. You can also search all SharePoint and OneDrive forBusiness locations without configuring permission on each site and withoutproviding access to all of the content.
A new search query experience with searchable properties helps you scope your search results. Search on SharePoint properties such as content type, result type, shared with external users, and sensitive information type. Search on Exchange properties such as message type, sender, recipient, external recipients, folders, and domains.
Admins can now select the Office 365 services that send push notifications when there is a service incident. For iOS users, Apple Watch is now supported. Push notifications and their relevant messages can be viewed right from the Apple Watch.
Outlook for Android will sync a user's contacts to the native contacts application on Android devices. This will allow those devices to leverage the contacts for use in the native Contacts, Phone and Messaging apps.
When using Content Search Export to identify the data you need, you can export that data to local computer. You can export the results from searching tens of thousands of mailboxes, and export up to 100GB of data in a single export. The Export feature includes new advantages such as maintaining the metadata when SharePoint documents are downloaded, no additional permissions setup required, and two factor authentication support.
Cortana in Windows 10 will be now able to connect to Office 365 to help you accomplish more at work. You can configure this integration between Cortana and Office 365 through the Office 365 admin center. For more info, please check here.
Visio incorporates Office experience innovations such as dark themes, Delve, Tell Me and High DPI support to accommodate various diagram creation and collaboration needs. in Preview as of Aug 2015
Create and edit comments in your workbooks, when using Excel Mobile for iPad
All customers will now have the capability to create custom themes for their end users. This includes a clickable custom logo and customizable colors for top navigation bar, menu icons and text and the Office 365 logo.
The custom tile feature will provide the capability for an Office 365 tenant admin to quickly create an app tile from any public website, intranet or team site and push it to the my apps page of all users within their tenant. Users will then be able to add this app to their app launcher for quick access to a top site for their organization.
A new SharePoint Online admin center feature that allows admins the ability to show or hide "Newsfeed/Yammer," "Sites" and "OneDrive for Business" for their users' Office 365 navigation bar experience.
This new theme is designed to provide users with visual impairments who find overly bright displays unusable, with a more visually subtle background to work with in the apps.
Dark theme improves the accessibility and readability of Outlook 2016 on overly bright displays by adding a full dark theme.
Improved data entry and navigation for Excel for iPad, using both the hardware and formula keyboard with support for edit, enter, and point modes.
Data loss prevention for SharePoint Online will help to identify sensitive data stored in SharePoint content libraries. With this capability, you will be able to perform eDiscovery searches for sensitive content in these SharePoint libraries. Sensitive content detections will be stamped/available in the FAST index for query and integration with search and classification results can be easily exported.
Data Loss Prevention in Office 365 provides more than 50 Sensitive information types that you use out of the box. We will be expanding on this list with some more new sensitive information types.
Data Loss Protection (DLP) is a high-value enterprise feature that is well loved in Outlook. We are introducing DLP in Excel, PowerPoint and Word to enable real time scan of content based on a set of predefined policies for the most common sensitive data types (e.g., credit card number, social security number, and US bank account number). This capability will enable the synchronization of DLP policies from Office 365 in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, and provide organizations with unified policies across content stored in Exchange, SharePoint and OneDrive for Business. One additional benefit of DLP is the ability it affords IT administrators to have some oversight and help end-users in their organizations better and more knowledgeably manage sensitive information.
The Clutter feature is a separate folder where lower priority email appear. These items are removed from the standard inbox view so that the user can focus on the higher priority messages in the inbox.
Enabled Office 365 Commercial customers can defer regular feature updates while only receiving monthly security patches, allowing time for testing and validation against critical line-of-business apps, add-ins and macros.  This update approach is called Current Branch for Business and will deliver feature updates and bug fixes a few times a year.
Delve (Codename Oslo) is the first experience to use the power of the Office Graph. Delve is a new way to search and discover content across Office 365 based on personalized insights. Delve will be available as a Windows 8 app, on mobile devices, and integrated in the Office 365 web experience. Office Graph is an underlying technology and a suite-wide intelligence fabric that will help you discover content and make new connections. The Office Graph analyzes signals and applies machine learning. Personalized insights are built up for each user, based on their behavior, their relationships to content, topics and one another. Content and signals are captured from Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Yammer.
Delve Analytics is a new set of capabilities coming to Delve for E5 customers, or as an add-on to E1/ E3 subscriptions. Delve Analytics will enable individuals and organizations to get time back and spend it more effectively. The capability leverages insights available within Office 365 communications and collaborations data to enable an Outlook add-in to understand reach and impact of emails, and a personal dashboard to provide personalized insights into time and relationships.
The Delve Analytics personal dashboard will be updated to include meeting habits in the detailed meetings view. These insights will help individuals understand behaviors that may impact meeting effectiveness, such as multi-tasking, double booking, after hours, recurring and long duration.
The Delve Analytics Outlook add-in will be updated with a new entry point, new design and improved charting for read stats. The add-in will now be included in the Outlook ribbon, on the far right next to the store icon within the add-ins section. The new vertical design will highlight read stats on the mails you send helping you see patterns of what works and what doesn't. As well as people stats on the mails you receive to help you learn more about your email relationships with stats like volume of email, read rates and response times.
Designer, a feature that will essentially allow you to deliver beautiful and impactful presentations with little to no experience. With Designer it's like having a professional designer in the trenches with you, providing suggestions on layout and imagery placement, all with a few clicks of your mouse or swipe of your finger.
When searching for email in a mailbox connected to Office 365 or Exchange 2016, Outlook 2016 will show pictures from the company directory for any users surfaced in the search suggestions.
Office 365 customers who use federated sign-in can now use DirSync with password hash sync as a backup in case there is a failure with any part of the on-premises identity provider. In case of failure you can reconfigure the Azure AD tenant from federated to standard in a matter of hours to enable sign-in.
Office 365 customers who use federated sign-in can now use DirSync with password hash sync as a backup in case there is a failure with any part of the on-premises identity provider. In case of failure you can reconfigure the Azure AD tenant from federated to standard in a matter of hours to enable sign-in.
Admins will be able to block users from syncing their OneDrive for Business files to unmanaged PC's (PC's that are not domain-joined).
Exchange Online Protection will begin supporting outbound validation of Domain Keys Identified Mail (DKIM; see DomainKeys Identified Mail Signatures). DKIM is a method of validating a digitally signed message that appears in theDKIM-Signature header in the message headers. It ties an email message to the organization responsible for the message.
Exchange Online Protection will begin supporting outbound validation of Domain Keys Identified Mail (DKIM; see DomainKeys Identified Mail Signatures). DKIM is a method of validating a digitally signed message that appears in the DKIM-Signature header in the message headers. It ties an email message to the organization responsible for the message.
We are enabling the detection of Windows FCI content classifications for Office documents in Exchange Online. This includes the full range of FCI content classifications, from automatic to manual content tagging. For example, you will be able to create an Exchange transport rule (ETR) that is able to detect the FCI classified Office document as Protected Health Information, and apply appropriate action to prevent disclosure.Support for Same feature in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business will be included in DLP in SPO rollout
(Now in Private preview, with public preview targeted for Sep 2015) DLP in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business policy management will allow admins to create policies and take action if a sensitive document is detected. In addition, DLP in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business reports will allow admins to understand what DLP policies and rules matched within their organization.
DLP Policy Tips in Office Clients will allow end users in the rich desktop office clients (Excel, Word, PPT) to view notifications when working with sensitive information in the context.
DMARC support will be added to EOP service
Enhanced document collaboration in Outlook Web App allows a user to open a document from email and edit the document side-by-side with the original conversation using the Office Web Apps. The user can then reply to the original conversation with an edited version of the document automatically attached to the response. The document can either be physically attached to the original email or stored in OneDrive for Business.
Document deletion policies for OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online will allow the ability to easily delete documents by creating policies which can be assigned to site collection templates, individual sitecollections, and OneDrive for Business.
The ability to import data into Office 365 in a quick and easy manner has been a known constraint of Office 365, and a solution for this issue has emerged as a key request from customers. We are working on a solution that will allow quicker imports of data into Exchange Online Archive Mailboxes.  You will now be able to import Exchange Online data through PST files into the service without using third party tools.   Drive Shipping and Network Based Ingestion options will use Azure-based services to import data.  Over time we will be extending this to other data types across Office 365.
Now Business Intelligence features are much easier to find in your Excel experience. If you’re using one of the BI feature (Power View, Power Pivot or Power Map) the rest will be turned on automatically for you. You can also turn on all the BI Features by going to Excel under File Options Advanced Turn on data analysis features, instead of File Options Add-Ins Manage “Com Add-ins” Go, which makes everything less time consuming
Organize your eDiscovery work into cases. Case permissions control who has access to the case, so team members can lock down sensitive activities that other investigators should not see.
You can now search a maximum of 10,000 mailboxes and an unlimited number of SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business sites in a single eDiscovery search query. However, if you specify the specific sites to search, the limit is 100 sites.
The new edit profile details page experience will be available for Office 365 users via the portal web experience. You can access the new  experience via the gear in the top right of the navigation bar Office 365 settings Me. The new experience will include additional features including updated web design while in edit mode, responsive page layout on smaller devices, and quick link to change your profile photo.
The ability to set-up automatic email reminders for meetings and other calendar events in Outlook Web App.
Play your favorite YouTube, Vimeo, or Office Mix videos in OneNote! Paste the link into a note, grab some popcorn, and enjoy the show.
End users can access their quarantined messages directly and release messages to their inbox. Previously, only admins had this capability.
Maintain a single identity for Office 365 for easier management, while providing a consistent login experience for users just like any other Office 365 service. Using Office 365 identity, and choosing a federated identity for Office 365, means that your users can use single sign-on to access Yammer.
Bulk mail admin UI that enables admins to treat bulk as spam based on BCL values. This will allow different bulk mails to be treated differently based on the level of bulk spam confidence
Mail protection reports will include a more interactive reporting experience for Exchange Online and Exchange Online Protection admins. For e.g. when you click a report link, a new window opens and displays an interactive chart with summary level information. In addition, When you click a point on any report chart that is older than 7 days, a link to request an extended detailed report appears. When you create an extended report from a chart, you can specify the information you want and whether you want to be notified when the report is completed. You can further view the status of your extended report requests on the pending or completed queries page.
Over the next several months NDRs generated by Office 365 will be enhanced to make it easier to understand and fix many message delivery problems. To start, they'll look better, friendlier, less intimidating to end-users. They'll explain the problem and cause in simple, everyday language, with clear steps the sender can take to try to fix the problem. Enhanced NDRs will include an "at-a-glance" delivery status graphic that summarizes the cause of the problem and where it needs to be fixed (sender side, recipient side, or by Microsoft supportengineers). A "More Info for Email Admins" section will provide an in-depth explanation of the problem and solution, and will include expanded technical details, often with a link to a Web-based article for in-depth information. And while the original message headers, in their mono-spaced typeface and primitively word-wrapped magnificence, will still appear at the bottom of the NDR, we'll also expose them in a formatted table, making iteasier to follow the message's server to server hop path and more quickly spot problems between hops.
Maximize Outlook on your screen to view multiple messages or invitations side by side.
Yammer offers all customers a Data Processing Agreement with the European Commission’s standard contractual clauses for data processors, known commonly as the “EU Model Clauses,” through the Microsoft Online Services Terms (OST). Additionally, the standard HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (HIPAA BAA) for Microsoft enterprise online services is now available for Yammer customers.
Events from email will take information from confirmation emails for a flight from a supported provider and automatically put it into your calendar, showing the most relevant information, automatically bloking the flight time, and setting a 3 hour reminder.
The speed of eDiscovery search queries against large numbers of mailboxes is improved by 10x and the reliability of these searches has also been improved. This allows the 5,000 mailboxes in a single query limit to be increased to 10,000.
Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection is a new filtering service that provides protection against sophisticated attacks with new capabilities such as Safe attachments and Safe Links. More details can be found at http://blogs.office.com/2015/04/08/introducing-exchange-online-advanced-threat-protection/
The security mechanism that changes the message filter verdict and moves an unread email message after it has been delivered as appropriate. For example, if a message is delivered to your inbox and later found to be spam, Zero-hour Auto Purge moves that message from the inbox to the spam folder; the reverse is true for messages misclassified as spam. 
The limit of Exchange Online Public Folder count will be increased from 10,000 folders to 100,000 total folders. Full hierarchy sync has been improved to the point where it can scale linearly as folder count grows within the environment. There have also been storage optimizations which will provide better performance when accessing public folders.
The new Exchange Transport Rule Generate Recipient Notification action can be used to send a custom email notification to message recipients when a message matches the conditions of a transport rule.
ExpressRoute for Office 365 allows Office 365 customers to establish a private managed connection between their network and Microsoft datacenters. Customers can get premium connectivity that is like having an on-premises datacenter and enjoy the benefits of predictable performance and guaranteed availability from a single networking agreement with one service provider. ExpressRoute for Office 365 is planned to be generally available in the third quarter 2015.
External collaboration settings have been consolidated into one place in the Office 365 Admin Center for admins to enable the access of their SharePoint sites and Exchange calendars with external organizations. In addition, admins can also enable their users to communicate with people outside of their organization using Lync.
FastTrack Center will offer data migration services from Google Drive as a new benefit provided by the FTC. Migration of your data in Google Drive to OneDrive for Business will be offered. The details of the scope detailed in the FastTrack Center Benefit Process description.
FastTrack Center is expanding the capabilities enabled as part of the onboarding service for Skype for Business to enable the new services. This includes onboarding guidance for PSTN Conferencing, Cloud PBX, Skype Meeting Broadcast, and PSTN Calling Plans (limited to US only). The details of these expanded onboarding benefits will be available in the FastTrack Center service benefit description.
FastTrack Center (FTC) now offers adoption planning services to help customers initiate the use of Office 365 and drive value from the service. The activities will add to the existing onboarding services already offered by the FastTrack Center. These capabilities are detailed in the FastTrack Center Benefit for Office 365 (http://aka.ms/ftcbenefit).
New FastTrack Center onboarding for the Enterprise Mobility Suite workload of Azure Right Management (Azure RMS). FastTrack Center will begin of