Office 365 Roadmap
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
By improving the Yammer notification experience in both email and on mobile, Yammer notifications will become much smarter and easier to triage.
In addition to the general availability of Learning Tools for OneNote, we’ve added a new set of capabilities, including:Localized user interface—Localization of the Learning Tools toolbar in over 35 languages.Dictation—Four new dictation languages (Spanish, French, German and Italian).Color themes—Now includes new yellow, green, blue and pink, which have been specifically designed and tuned based on research.Switching reader languages—Improved the ease of switching between text-to-speech languages in the immersive reader.Multiple language support—Ability to read back multiple languages on one page, such as English, Spanish and French on the same page.Speech controls—Simplification of speech controls and a new menu for all of them.Easy download—Easy instructions to download more text-to-speech languages. This will depend on your Windows version.
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.
Message Center is the primary mechanism for the Office 365 teams to communicate with organizations, whether it is awareness of a new service or when action is required by the tenant admin. To ensure that communications are meaningful and relevant to every admin, Microsoft is adding translation capability. Using machine learning translation, notifications can be converted to dozens of different languages.
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.
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.
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.
Building on the scripts we’re releasing for DL migration, you will soon be able to migrate a DL to a Group directly from the Exchange Admin Center with one click! We’ve also rolled out a change to the Exchange Admin Center to help remind Office 365 administrators about the advantages of Office 365 Groups. When administrators begin to create a new Distribution Group, they’ll be taken to the Office 365 Group creation page and encouraged to create a group there. If administrators want to create a traditional Distribution Group instead, a link gives them quick access the Distribution Group creation page.
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.
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.
Beyond title and description, Office 365 Video will now track and display who uploaded the video initially. You, too, can associate various people who are in the video to enhance the discoverability of the video and highlight main speakers. This not only provides visual feedback on the player page, it also helps feed an additional layer of information to the Office Graph to inform other people about new content close to relevant people in their network.
Offline Messages for WindowsSendersPhase 1—sender support for Windows desktop usersPhase 2—sender support for other platforms to followReceiversMissed messages can be received on any platform using Skype for Business or email - Messages include links to download clients if needed
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.
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.
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.
The limit on the # number of site collections with Project Web App enabled, per tenant (currently set at 7) is being removed.
This feature will allow large files to be uploaded through the use of our SharePoint APIs in chunks. This will allow the files to be uploaded in multiple transactions to avoid timeouts and provide more reliability to your large file uploads.
The new SharePoint home page web experience enables you to easily get to, find and discover important sites and portals throughout your intranet – online, on-premises and everything in-between. Today, many Office 365 users use the "Sites" page – the 4th most clicked tile in the Office 365 app launcher. We are modernizing this experience and transforming it into a true home for SharePoint. What was the 'Sites' page is now the 'SharePoint home' and the “Sites” tile becomes the “SharePoint” tile - same logo, redesigned for a modern, responsive user experience. Clicking into the SharePoint Home displays the recent sites and portals you are most active in and following, recommended sites per the Office Graph, plus company-wide sites promoted by your company. From the SharePoint home, you, too, can create new sites - simple and fast. We’ve made huge improvements in the time it takes to create a site (targeting seconds to create), the flow & integrated value so that it naturally leads to the creation of an Office 365 Group in Azure Activity Directory (AAD), as well as establishing compliance controls for site classification.
Your intranet in your pocket, spanning Office 365 and on-premises SharePoint. The new SharePoint mobile app enables access to sites, portals, documents, lists, people and beyond – all stored and managed in SharePoint and SharePoint Online. You can also have multiple accounts, and can easily switch between them. 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 comes first to iOS, followed by versions for Windows and Android in H2 CY 2016.
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.
This document library update builds on the core value people have come to depend on for years, adding a new user experience and capabilities, designed to bring consistency for working on files throughout Office 365 while maintaining the full power of SharePoint document libraries. "Pin to top" helps increase visibility and discoverability for important items. You, too, can "add a link" to bring an item that is located outside the document library. To help you find and manage items, you can sort and filter columns, plus new, real time full-text search results appear directly in the document library experience, plus quick, inline metadata management. And finally, when the team needs to bring in files from OneDrive for Business, or publish files between document libraries, users can click Move to and Copy to move and copy files when they are needed in other locations across Office 365, without generating unnecessary versions of the same files.
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.
The SharePoint Online 'Site contents' page is being redesigned to help site owners, members, and visitors understand the activities occurring within the site, provide visibility on top-viewed content, a site map, and site tips. Think of this as site-level activities and analytics. The new Site contents page provides clear access to add lists, document libraries, subsites and apps. There, too, are now quick buttons to access common actions and deeper site settings, plus you have the ability to return to "Classic SharePoint" which maintains access to previous "Site Contents" user interface.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.Hunt Groups provide a simple call queueing and routing capability suitable for help desk and other internal functions.
Automatic transcription and translation of audio in a Skype Meeting Broadcast. This was publicly demonstrated in the Enterprise Connect keynote -- see playback around minute 36 at http://aka.ms/eclive.Preview will include English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and German.
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).
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 September, 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.
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.
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.
Users will be able to customize Office 365 Planner background to reflect their brand or a general theme.
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.
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
Office 365 admin center will be updated to include OneDrive for Business user management
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
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.
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.
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
Word, Excel and PowerPoint will add ink replay capabilities (Win32).
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.
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.
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
Office 365 Planner will deliver refined mobile web experience across platforms and will be available as a Windows Universal App.
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 SharePoint clients used, OneDrive clients used, Yammer groups and Yammer clients used, to provide you with a complete picture of how your organization is using Office 365.
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.
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.
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.
Office 365 Planner, delivered via desktop browser will be fully accessible.
Users will be able to access and use Office 365 Planner as native apps on their iOS and Android devices.
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 365 Secure Score provides visibility into your security posture and how to improve it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Lookup or research on Bing with contextually relevant results, directly from your document.
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.
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).
Delve Analytics is a new set of capabilities coming to Delve for G5 customers, or as an add-on to G1/ G3 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. Delve Analytics is already available for commercial tenants, and this roadmap item is specific to 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).
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.
Yammer integration with the Office 365 Group service managed by Azure Active Directory enables standard membership across Office 365.
IT Admins will be able to restrict usage of the Yammer mobile app through an integration with Intune.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
FastTrack Center will offer file migration services from the Box service as a new benefit provided by the FastTrack Center. Migration of your data in the Box service to OneDrive for Business will be offered. This migration service will be available to customers with 150+ seats of eligible Office 365 plans.
FastTrack Center will offer data migration services from on-premises file shares as a new benefit provided by the FTC. Migration of your file share data to OneDrive for Business will be offered.
FastTrack Center will offer data migration services from on-premises file shares as a new benefit provided by the FTC. Migration of your file share data to SharePoint Online Team Sites will be offered. The details of the scope are under development at this time, additional details will be provided in future updates.
The FastTrack Center is expanding the number languages customers can receive assistance in. This change adds Simplified Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese as available languages. The FastTrack Center will now provide assistance in these languages.
FastTrack Center remote services will be available to customers with 50 or more seats of eligible Office 365 products. This change reduces the seat requirement from 150, making the FastTrack Center available to more customers. FastTrack Center assistance will be requested by the customer via the in-product request option or via the FastTrack site for the newly eligible customers with less than 150 seats.
FastTrack Center onboarding support for Intune MDM-less MAM. FastTrack eligibility requirements remain consistent. The details of these expanded onboarding benefits will be available in the FastTrack Center service benefit description.
FastTrack Center (FTC) will offer upgrade assistance to help existing Office 365 ProPlus customers upgrade to the Office 2016 version. The activities will add to the existing onboarding activities already offered by the FastTrack Center. Activities will include remote assistance and tooling automation to ensure a smooth upgrade. These capabilities are planned to be added to FastTrack Center benefits and will be subject to the FastTrack eligibility requirements.
Power BI onboarding support will be provided by the FastTrack Center service. This service will include support for onboarding customers who purchase the Office 365 Enterprise E5 plan or a stand-alone Power BI plan. This will include the FastTrack Center core onboarding activities as outlined in the FastTrack Center benefit description.
FastTrack for Office 365 will provide a new customer success service. The service will help you discover Office 365 and plan for a successful rollout. You can collaborate with partner and Microsoft teams to help you evaluate, onboard, and drive adoption of Office 365. You will engage with service via the Microsoft FastTrack portal.
You can request help to setup Office 365 directly from the admin center. Every new customer with an eligible purchase of Office 365 over 150 seats is entitled to email migration and remote onboarding provided by a regional Microsoft FastTrack Center. You can now start the engagement with the FastTrack Center from your Office 365 admin center.
Updates include:- Auto-Save: We save your changes as you go, but you’re still in control. You can turn it off if you want.- Version History: All is not lost! Go back to view or restore an earlier version of your presentation.- Collaborative Authoring (for Word and PPT): Work with others at the same time on your presentations.- Fill Handles (for Excel): Automatically fill a range of cells by dragging a Fill handle.
Updates include:- Box works with Office: Your file storage options are growing! Now store and access your Office files on Box.- Discover More Office Apps: Word, Excel and PowerPoint now make it easy for you to discover and quickly install all the Office apps available for your device.- Save Your Slideshow Annotations (for PPT): Now keep the annotations and drawings you create during slideshow and presenter view.
Updates include:- Annotate with ink (for tablet only): Use your pen or finger to write, draw, and highlight with the tools on the new Draw tab.- Pin files to start: Pin your favorite files to the Start menu to keep them handy.- Convert a table to a range (for Excel): Work with your data the way you want. Easily convert a table into plain rows and columns when you need more flexibility and customization.- Grouping and outlines (for Excel): Get to the right level of detail. Now you can expand or collapse grouped rows and columns.
Office 365 continuously delivers product innovations – like new email or collaboration capabilities – as they become available. To help you best manage how you embrace new feature updates to your Office 365 subscription, we give you the choice to either follow our Standard Release process or opted into the First Release program for a select set of significant updates to the service. First Release includes a selection of enhancements to the Office 365 user experience for SharePoint Online and Exchange Online. Tenants that opt into First Release will receive new qualifying feature update a minimum of two weeks before customers on Standard Release.
Based on your feedback we’re adding a new “Select people” option to First Release. With this newly added option, you can select a set of users to participate in First Release. These users will receive updates before the rest of your organization, giving you time to prepare for changes. Additionally, First Release originally offered a selection of feature experiences for customers wanting early access to Office 365 updates. We started with new experiences, including Office Delve, Office 365 Video, Office 365 Groups and the app launcher. While having faster access to these new capabilities has been beneficial, you have asked us to roll out more changes through First Release. Starting with Exchange Online, we are delivering more changes to First Release customers before going to the rest of Office 365 customers.
First Release for Current Branch; First Release for Current Branch for Business are two new builds of the Office client that are released each month so that admins can have a preview build of the Current Branch and Current Branch for Business to test and prepare for changes before they are rolled out broadly in their organization
SharePoint Online & OneDrive for Business are adding support for First Release Select People, which exists currently for Exchange and Office 365 suite UI. This means that users with First Release Select People enabled will now get many SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business updates before they roll out to standard release.
When a customer first downloads and begins to use Office for iPad there will be more prompts to guide them along their first run experience.
With Format Background you can choose to change your slide background to a solid color or to a picture that is saved on your computer. After you format the background of your slide, you can use the Apply to All option to apply the background of the current slide to all the other slides in your presentation.
Visio diagramming can be intimidating for someone who is new to Visio and not used to the rich set of tools offered. The Getting Started experience now makes the Visio canvas more inviting by providing a select set of pre-crafted starter diagrams which will help the users in some of the very core scenarios for that template. In addition, there are some tips provided with the diagram which help the users in editing and completing their diagram creation experience. Using Visio is easier than ever.
Group Search allows users to search for conversations and content within a specific Yammer group, directly from the group's description box.
Yammer's Group Updates feed provides a simple workflow through relevant group content to help users catch up on urgent conversations and discover what others are working on. Users can navigate easily between the feed and their groups, as well as join groups they’re not already a part of, from the feed itself. We'll also be giving users quick access to individual messages via a dedicated Direct Messages section. Together, the Group Updates feed and Direct Messages replace the existing Inbox which did not break out group and individual content.The Group Updates feed and Direct Messages will come to Android first with iOS following shortly after.
Groups is a cross-suite experience unifying people, conversations, calendars, and content across Office 365, enabling seamless collaboration across applications. Rolling out first to Outlook Web App and OneDrive for Business. Creating a Group in Office 365 will automatically provision a conversation feed, calendar, and file storage so members can easily collaborate with each other. Groups are open by default but can be made private if necessary, enhancing discoverability and sharing.