Office 365 Roadmap Update | November 3 – 9, 2019

With all the news and announcements at Microsoft Ignite 2019, the natural result is a significant update to the Microsoft 365 Roadmap. There were 47 items added over the last week, so in an effort to keep the weekly digest post from being extraordinarily long, I have separated the Office 365 Roadmap updates out for this week.

Below are the items added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week…

DescriptionFeature IDEstimated ReleaseDetails
Outlook for Android: Visual cues for work and personal accounts56452December CY2019Added: 04 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Outlook – Android
Provides clear visual cues in across email and calendar experience when in either your work or personal accounts so that email and events are always created from the correct account.
Teachers get early access to class teams created with SDS57291December CY2019Added: 04 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
New class teams created with School Data Sync now allow Teachers time to prep and build their team before students join—clicking ‘Activate’ allows students in and signals the start of their collaboration in Teams.
Record, edit and personalize videos with Stream mobile app57297December CY2019Added: 04 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Stream
Easily create personalized videos including annotations, text and emojis directly from your Stream mobile app.
SharePoint lists – Expanded view57302December CY2019Added: 04 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: SharePoint
It’s subtle and powerful, a feature that gives you more visual space to see and dig into data. We’re introducing the ability to expand lists to fill the screen – to allow you to focus on what you’re doing and see more rows and columns at once. Click the expand button and see more, do more. One click clears the chrome of left-hand navigation and site header.
SharePoint – PowerApps integration with SharePoint libraries57303December CY2019Added: 04 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: SharePoint
Now, citizen developers configure and customize default document library forms with built-in PowerApps. You’ll be able to use PowerApps to build custom forms for document libraries, extending metadata-enriched experiences throughout SharePoint and Microsoft Teams.
SharePoint lists – Card view design formatting57304December CY2019Added: 04 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: SharePoint
SharePoint allows you to tailor your view for document libraries and lists by dragging the column header to a new location. Configure dynamic card views of your documents and data to adjust the view for what looks best.
SharePoint lists – Conditional formatting rule builder with new rich-text capabilities57305December CY2019Added: 04 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: SharePoint
You will have the ability to use If/Then logic to format rows and columns based on attributes like numerical, date, etc. to apply color formatting across SharePoint lists and libraries. You, too, will have greater flexibility for how your text appears within your items by using the enhanced rich text editor – to bold, color, underline, etc. more closely to how you wish your text to appear.
SharePoint lists – Alternate row formatting57306December CY2019Added: 04 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: SharePoint
Provide a cleaner, more visual view of your documents and data with column formatting that alternates every other row. Click into Format view, select your color preference for Odd and Even rows and watch it take effect in real time. Once you’re satisfied with how it looks – dare I say how it pops – click the Close button and know your data comes across intact with clarity and style.
SharePoint – lists and libraries web parts consume dynamic data57307December CY2019Added: 04 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: SharePoint
Let web parts talk to other web parts and your pages and experiences become more dynamic with data and interactive. You will be able to configure web parts to get or give their property values from other web parts, including updating those values based on what is selected. And now, both SharePoint List and Library web part can consume dynamic data from other source web parts.
SharePoint admin – Increased site collection limit: 2 million site collections per tenant57316December CY2019Added: 04 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: SharePoint
You know that thing we said about increased limits over time that match Microsoft 365 customer usage…? Well, here’s another. We know you may bring a lot of sites as you transition from on-premises, and then IT-managed self-service roll out in the cloud – this equates to a lot of sites to support everything from collaborative team sites, cross-company portals and document centers across disciplines. So, today, we announced support of a single tenant having up to 2,000,000 site collections across their Office 365 tenant. That’s up from the previous limit of 500,000.
Sensitivity labels for Teams, Office 365 Groups, and SharePoint Sites (public preview)57310November CY2019Added: 04 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Office 365 Groups, SharePoint, Teams
With a sensitivity label you can now associate privacy, external user access, and unmanaged device policies for Sites and Groups. Users can simply select a sensitivity label when creating or updating a Team, Office 365 Group, or SharePoint Site, and the right security policies will be automatically applied. Simple, seamless, and consistent labels experience across Microsoft 365 experiences. To learn more, check out this site. Public preview starts on Nov. 20th, 2019.
Support for sensitivity labels with protection in SharePoint and OneDrive (public preview)57311November CY2019Added: 04 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: OneDrive, SharePoint
SharePoint and OneDrive now support sensitivity labels with protection i.e. Microsoft Information Protection-based encryption setting can be associated with a sensitivity label. The encrypted files are treated much like regular files and users can open and edit them in Office on the Web and get modern productivity experiences like co-authoring. You can govern these encrypted files with Data Loss Prevention (DLP) policies and eDiscovery too. To learn more, check out this site.
Microsoft Whiteboard integration with Microsoft Teams57293November CY2019Added: 04 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams, Whiteboard
Microsoft Whiteboard integration into Microsoft Teams will allow people to ideate and collaborate on a range of workplace scenarios, and enable people to bring ideas to life together, whether they’re in the same room or working remotely. Add a whiteboard to your next meeting by selecting via the share tray.
Outlook for iOS: Play My Emails50544November CY2019Added: 04 November 2019
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Outlook – iOS
Play My Emails on the go to get time back in your day. Cortana provides a voice forward, intelligent experience for reading new email in your focused inbox when you’re on the move or when your hands are busy doing other things. A new experience includes an optional touch interface designed to easily take action on important new emails or offers the option to respond with your voice.
Stream: Voice enhance57301Q2 CY2020Added: 04 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Stream
Voice enhance eliminates distracting background noise, so you focus on the person speaking, not what’s happening around them.
SharePoint admin – Migration manager57308Q2 CY2020Added: 04 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: SharePoint
The migration manager, now a key part of the SharePoint admin center (preview), helps orchestrate and simplify management of large-scale migrations. Admins can add and manage multiple migration machines to centrally orchestrate all migration activities. The new task view in the SharePoint admin center provides one location to create and monitor progress. For each task, there is a task detail pane to download reports and change settings for individual tasks – all centrally managed within the SharePoint admin experience.
SharePoint admin – Root site swap (now a task within the SharePoint admin center experience)57309Q2 CY2020Added: 04 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: SharePoint
Swap the location of a source site with another target site using the new Swap site button in the SharePoint admin center. Once swapped, the source site becomes the new SharePoint root site for your tenant. The previously designated root site automatically gets archived along with any subsites that may have existed.
SharePoint auto classification with sensitivity labels (private preview)57312Q2 CY2020Added: 04 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: SharePoint
Not only manual labeling, we are also expanding to automatically detect and label the sensitive files in SharePoint and OneDrive so that even if users forget or neglect to label the sensitive files the intelligent engine will catch the sensitive files. You can create an auto labeling policy in the Microsoft 365 Compliance Center selecting the rules you like to evaluate to determine sensitivity files with few clicks.
Information barriers (private preview)57313Q2 CY2020Added: 04 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: OneDrive, SharePoint
Not only in governance, we are also evolving our Compliance controls for highly regulated verticals like Finance, Healthcare, etc., FINRA like compliance regulations for finance vertical require controls in place to avoid insider trading between different department users in the organization. You can now achieve these advanced regulations with the Information Barriers scenario in SharePoint and OneDrive.
SharePoint admin – Improved edit panel to manage site settings57314Q2 CY2020Added: 04 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: SharePoint
We are releasing a new panel experience which will make it easier to view and manage more site properties, like how you would edit from within the site itself – through an edit pane that overlays the page you are working from. Select a site you wish to manage, and in the edit pane you will see several panels. The General panel displays a lot of the main site characteristics – and this is where you can rename the site name and URL. The Activity panel showcases site usage for file and people insights. The Permissions panel enables management of site admins, owners, members and visitors. The Policies panel provides visibility and access to manage site policies like external sharing, sensitivity labels and more. And finally, the Hub panel lets you know if the site is a hub site or associated to one.
SharePoint admin – Modern term store and terms analytics dashboard57315Q2 CY2020Added: 04 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: SharePoint
Use the updated term store to create and manage terms and term sets in SharePoint to enter data consistently. The new experience, within the SharePoint admin center, offers an enhanced set of analytics and make it easier to manage your company’s taxonomy and content types. And within the term store update, you’ll now find analytics to view insights related to the Term Store, to see the breakdown of regular and managed terms, general use of terms across your sites and apps, and any additional management suggestions to ensure healthy, useful managed metadata.
SharePoint admin – new SharePoint admin center home page57318Q3 CY2020Added: 04 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: SharePoint
When you first land in the SharePoint admin center, we want it to be both familiar and useful at a glance. The idea is to provide a familiar experience, taking a similar design approach as the Microsoft admin center. You’ll see more and more cards and graphs appear over time – so you can see insights on files, usage security, recommendations, training and so on. Better see what’s happening, and then take the appropriate action.
Dark Mode for OneNote 201657417November CY2019Added: 06 November 2019
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: OneNote
We are rolling out Dark Mode for OneNote 2016. This will be available for Office 365 subscribers and non-volume licensing Office 2019 customers. Dark Mode changes the app’s interface elements from light to dark. Using OneNote in this mode can improve readability in low light environments, increase legibility of the user interface as well as your notes, provide better contrast, and reduce eye strain. You might also use OneNote in Dark Mode simply as a personal preference. The choice is yours!
Public Preview of Fluid Framework for Office 365 customers56781November CY2019Added: 06 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Office 365
We announced Fluid Framework, a new technology and set of experiences that will make collaboration seamless by breaking down the barriers between apps. Over time, we expect these capabilities to light up in experiences across Microsoft 365, including within chat in Teams, mail in Outlook, portals in SharePoint, notes in OneNote, and documents in Office. In the coming weeks, check out the public preview of the Fluid Framework’s end user experience rolling out in your commercial tenant. To access simply login with your org-ID. Available in English (US) in worldwide environments only.
SharePoint – OneDrive – Teams – file upload limit to 100GB49368December CY2019Added: 07 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams
As requirements grow, so, too, must the content service that you depend on for your day to day content and files use. We are increasing the file upload limit in Office 365 to 100GB (up from 15GB). That means you can bring bigger files into SharePoint document libraries, OneDrive and Teams files – all based on the same, robust content store.
Search scoping controls with Microsoft Search57098December CY2019Added: 07 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Search
We’re adding support for more flexibility in Microsoft Search with SharePoint with support for search scoping controls in modern document libraries, lists for site, hub or organization wide.
Spelling suggestions in Microsoft Search57127December CY2019Added: 07 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Search
Spelling suggestions in Microsoft Search suggests plausible replacements for words that are likely to have been misspelled. If a user enters a word in a search query that appears to be misspelled, the search results page displays query spelling corrections. For example, if someone enters a query that contains the word “ampitheater”, the query spelling correction would be “amphitheater”.
Microsoft Search in classic SharePoint sites57131December CY2019Added: 07 November 2019
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Search, SharePoint
Microsoft Search in classic SharePoint sites brings the Microsoft Search experience to classic SharePoint sites and moves the search box to the application header in Office 365.
Custom results page template in PnP57133December CY2019Added: 07 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Search
Custom results page template in PnP, allows developers to develop and deploy custom results pages that can be presented from the Microsoft Search box.
Query alterations using SPFx for custom results page57135December CY2019Added: 07 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Search
Query alterations using SPFx for custom results page allows for query alterations in Microsoft Search for custom results pages with the SharePoint Framework.
Outlook on the web – new experience in DoD57431December CY2019Added: 07 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Outlook – Web, DoD
Following the roll out of the new experience for Outlook on the web, it will be made available for DoD level customers.
Microsoft Teams: “Colleague joined Teams” notifications57455December CY2019Added: 07 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
Connect with new team members faster. Users will receive a notification in their activity feed when a new colleague joins Teams for the first time.
Semantic search in Microsoft Search57063November CY2019Added: 07 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Search
With intelligent, natural language search capabilities in Microsoft Search via Bing, SharePoint, and Office.com, users experience improved search accuracy as the search engine can now understand a user’s intent and contextualize the meaning of the terms typed – leading to more relevant search results.
Acronym search in Microsoft Search57064November CY2019Added: 07 November 2019
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Search
Acronym search in Microsoft Search enables Microsoft Search users to discover Acronyms via Microsoft Search. Acronym search will initially be available to Bing prior to becoming available to additional Microsoft Search entry points such as SharePoint, Office.com, etc.
Microsoft Search Connectors57065November CY2019Added: 07 November 2019
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Search
Microsoft Search Connectors provide a set of out-of-the-box search connectors to allow for Microsoft 365 customers to connect Microsoft Search to disparate data sources outside of Microsoft 365. Microsoft Search Connectors will include the following connectors available within the Microsoft 365 Admin Center: Windows File Share; ServiceNow; MSSQL DB; Intranet websites; MediaWiki; ADLS v2; Salesforce and ingestion API.
People search on attributes in Microsoft Search57067November CY2019Added: 07 November 2019
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Search
People search on attributes available in Bing makes it easy for people to query someone’s name + title, for example, without having to remember their entire name and correct spelling.
Microsoft Search API in the Microsoft Graph57068November CY2019Added: 07 November 2019
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Search
The Microsoft Search API in the Microsoft Graph allows for developers to build custom applications the leverage Microsoft Search results.
Microsoft Search in Bing and Edge mobile applications57069November CY2019Added: 07 November 2019
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Search
With Microsoft Search in the Bing and Edge mobile applications (iOS and Android), you can now authenticate with your organizational account and search across information in Microsoft 365 and connected experiences with Microsoft Search.
Bing Enterprise Homepage with Microsoft Search57070November CY2019Added: 07 November 2019
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Search
The enterprise focused Bing Homepage with Microsoft Search experience offers company branding, Office content, quick links to top queries as well as company updates from their admin.
Bing industry news with Microsoft Search57071November CY2019Added: 07 November 2019
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Search
Industry news gives users a targeted set of news content specific to their company and industry. In addition, it offers access to news content for free, that would otherwise be behind a paid subscription wall, such as Wall Street Journal and more.
Power BI results in Microsoft Search57072November CY2019Added: 07 November 2019
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Search, Power BI
With Power BI results in Bing using Microsoft Search people at work can simply search for a report using a keyword and immediately view Power BI reports or dashboard results inline. For frequently used Power BI reports, users can submit a request to create a bookmark for a specific security group, title, and URL, and sample keywords to their admin. Once created, the bookmark will contain the tile/report embedded directly into the bookmark answer card for easy viewing.
Floorplan search in Microsoft Search57073November CY2019Added: 07 November 2019
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Search
Floorplan search in Bing with Microsoft Search allows people to pinpoint a colleague’s office visually on a floorplan based on engineering diagram data indexed by Microsoft Search.
Outlook on the web – personal calendar affects work availability54970Q2 CY2020Added: 07 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Outlook -Web
Outlook is making it easier for you to manage and protect your time across your work and personal life. As noted in Roadmap Item 54015, Outlook on the web allows you to connect your personal calendar so that you can view both your work and personal calendars in one place. Once you add your personal calendar, you will have the option to make it block time in your work availability. Don’t worry though: when others see your work availability (free/busy), your personal events will only appear as free or busy. Details of personal events, such as title and location, won’t ever be shown regardless of how you share your work calendar. This feature is currently in private preview.
Custom verticals and refiners in Microsoft Search57054Q3 CY2020Added: 07 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Search
New support for custom verticals and refiners in Microsoft Search allows you to customize out of the box verticals for Microsoft Search, add custom refiners, create new verticals for SharePoint and OneDrive, and create modern result types with modern display templates with adaptive cards for OneDrive and SharePoint content.
SharePoint and Teams – updated Add a Team to a site wizard46990December CY2019Added: 08 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: SharePoint, Teams
Microsoft wants to make it easier to use the connected value of SharePoint and Teams. People use SharePoint team site home pages with dynamic web parts as mini-dashboards for group content: pages, news, links, documents, group activity and more – and it’s configurable. Choose the SharePoint content that you want to add as tabs in Teams when you first connect them via the “Add a Team” flow from your site.
Microsoft To Do: push notifications for shared lists – AAD users56872December CY2019Added: 08 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: To Do
Customers who use list sharing in Microsoft To Do will begin receiving push notifications for activity in shared lists, such as task creation and completion.
Target communications in Microsoft Teams57651December CY2019Added: 08 November 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
Targeted communication allows team members to message everyone in a specific role at the same time by @mentioning the role name in a post. For example, you could send a message to all cashiers in a store or all nurses in a hospital.

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