Office 365 Roadmap Update | December 1 – 7, 2019

With numerous updates for Yammer, Exchange Online, Outlook, Teams, Excel and Forms, the December 1 – 7, 2019 roadmap update has been separated from the normal Office 365 Weekly Digest post.

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

DescriptionFeature IDEstimated ReleaseDetails
Natural Language Queries in Ideas in Excel for the Web54632December CY2019Added: 03 December 2019
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Excel – Web
Ask a question of your data using natural language query in Ideas in Excel for the web. Ideas will populate with formulas, charts, or PivotTables that help you glean insights from your data.
Natural Language Queries in Ideas in Excel on Windows54633December CY2019Added: 03 December 2019
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Excel – Windows
Ask a question of your data using natural language query in Ideas in Excel on Windows. Ideas will populate with formulas, charts, or PivotTables that help you glean insights from your data.
Natural Language Queries in Ideas in Excel for Mac54634December CY2019Added: 03 December 2019
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Excel – Mac
Ask a question of your data using natural language query in Ideas in Excel for Mac. Ideas will populate with formulas, charts, or PivotTables that help you glean insights from your data.
Outlook for Windows: Administrator notification of Outlook incidents58085January CY2020Added: 03 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Outlook – Windows
Microsoft 365 tenant administrators will be notified about Outlook incidents affecting their users with a new Outlook for Windows right side panel notification.
Outlook on the web – progressive web app59250December CY2019Added: 04 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Outlook – Web
Outlook on the web can be installed/added as a progressive web app in Chromium based browsers.
Outlook on the web – new experience in mobile browsers59334December CY2019Added: 04 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Outlook – Web
We are releasing the new Outlook on the web experience to mobile browsers. Similar to the new Outlook on the web on PC, users accessing Outlook in mobile browsers will see a new experience. You can opt out by switching a toggle in Settings.
Introducing Multilingual Support for Government59343December CY2019Added: 04 December 2019
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Forms
Multilingual support is now available for GCC. With Multilingual Support, the form designer can add multiple language versions, which allows respondents to choose their preferred language. All responses will then be stored in a single form for easy analysis.
Introducing File Upload59344December CY2019Added: 04 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Forms
A type of question that allows responders to upload files, such as Office documents, images, and video, to their answers. These uploaded files are safely stored in your SharePoint or OneDrive for you to access with ease. With file upload, you can, for example, create a recruiting form that collects resumes or a photography competition form that requests images.
Add additional participants to meeting chats59386December CY2019Added: 04 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
Today in private meeting chat threads, user don’t have functionality to easily add more participants to chat. This feature will add an entry point “Add participants” in the meeting chat header and users who are already part of the chat thread will be able to add more users to the meeting chat using this feature. This functionality currently exist in group chat and it will work exactly the same way as group chat.
Outlook for iOS: Search results presented in a tabbed view53118Q2 CY2020Added: 04 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Outlook – iOS
Keyword search results presented across All, Mail, Contacts and Events tabs.
Outlook for iOS: Top results53120Q2 CY2020Added: 04 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Outlook – iOS
The best 3 results from your keyword search is presented on the top of Search in Outlook in addition to results in chronological order.
Outlook for Android – Top results53299Q2 CY2020Added: 04 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Outlook – Android
The best 3 results from your keyword search is presented on the top of Search in Outlook in addition to results in chronological order.
Pinned conversations in Yammer communities52551Q2 CY2020Added: 04 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Yammer
Community managers (admins) can now pin a conversation to the top of the feed. Help orient users by pinning a welcome message, sharing best practices, or extend the longevity of announcements by pinning polls, praise, and questions.
Customize All Company community branding52554Q2 CY2020Added: 04 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Yammer
Customize the All Company feed to bring your organization’s unique branding and culture into the default Yammer community. One of the top UserVoice requests, new All Company capabilities like cover photos and read-only conversations mean you can use this prominent community to land key messaging, welcome new members, promote company-wide initiatives, or even just reinforce company values in the only community that all Yammer users belong to.
Community cover photos in Yammer52555Q2 CY2020Added: 04 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Yammer
New community branding gives you the power to style your community your way. Upload a cover photo to show off your community’s identity, share a campaign, or publicize a community event.
Close a conversation in Yammer52556Q2 CY2020Added: 04 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Yammer
Along with pinning, we’re also giving community managers the ability to close conversations. Use this to share messages as read-only, steer feedback to an alternative location, or prevent further responses to discussions.
Improved Network Branding59281Q2 CY2020Added: 04 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Yammer
The new Yammer homepage will inherit the Office 365 suite navigation and allow network admins to upload a company logo that gets displayed on the web and in the mobile apps.
New Publisher for Yammer Web App59282Q2 CY2020Added: 04 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Yammer
We are expanding the use of announcements so you can have the same reach with polls, questions, or praise. We’re making improvements for gifs, videos, link previews, and file attachments to make sharing content simple.
Attach recently used files in Yammer59283Q2 CY2020Added: 04 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Yammer
When attaching files to a Yammer post, we’ll display your three most recent files using the Office graph.
New Yammer Home Feed59319Q2 CY2020Added: 04 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Yammer
A new, personalized discovery feed powered by AI connects you with conversations from across the organization and prioritizes the conversations that are most relevant to you. We’ve overhauled conversation styling and added colorful framing and iconography that distinguishes questions and best answers. New treatments for praise and polls also show beautifully in the feed whether you’re on a mobile app or in the browser. The Feed is powered by machine learning and designed to help you keep a finger on the pulse of the company and discover trending conversations.
Renaming of Groups to Communities in Yammer59345Q2 CY2020Added: 04 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Yammer
Community is the driving force of Yammer, and to better reflect the purpose and role of Yammer within Microsoft 365, we’re renaming Yammer groups to communities.
Pin your favorite communities in Yammer59346Q2 CY2020Added: 04 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Yammer
Pin your favorite Yammer communities to the left navigation bar for fast access.
Microsoft Teams – Number Normalization Rules59410December CY2019Added: 07 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
Tenant administrators often need to change the callee or caller number for inbound/outbound numbers in order to ensure interoperability with SBCs. A Number Translation Rules policy can be used to alter these numbers. The policy can translate either callee or caller number to a desired format. Policy can then be applied using PowerShell in inbound and/or outbound directions.
Outlook on the web – room feature card59430December CY2019Added: 07 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Outlook – Web
You will be able to see room features and details in the room card in Outlook on the web. This feature uses the same data used for room filters in Set-Place which admins can set in PowerShell.
Teams-Outlook Email Integrations57389January CY2020Added: 07 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams, Outlook
Teams-Outlook Email Integrations make it easy to share information between email and chat with three new features: Share email to Teams – Share an email from Outlook, including any attachments, to a channel or chat in Teams. Share conversation via email – Share a Teams conversation via email without leaving the app. Reply to missed activity emails – See the latest messages and respond to Teams missed activity emails from within Outlook.
OneNote integration in Teams (GCC, GCC High)57708Q2 CY2020Added: 07 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams, OneNote
Users will have the ability to add a OneNote notebook tab to their Teams channels.
Reply-All Storm Protection59440Q3 CY2020Added: 07 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Exchange Online
When a Reply-All mail storm happens in your organization it can disrupt business continuity and even cause unexpected throttling of your organization’s mail flow within Office 365. While Exchange Online has several features designed to help prevent Reply-All storms (e.g. Distribution List (DL) allowed sender lists and recipient limits) that reduce the severity and impact of reply-all storms, they can still happen, especially if the DLs haven’t been locked down tightly. Reply-All Storm Protection in Exchange Online will detect when a Reply-All storm is happening (or likely to happen) and will temporarily block users from replying to everyone on the thread. During this “cool down” period the service will send anyone who tries to reply to everyone a bounce message (or NDR) that effectively tells them to not try to reply all to the message. The temporary block will be active for several hours, usually enough time to dampen end-user enthusiasm to reply to the thread, and thus curtail the storm before it gets started or before it gains much momentum.
Support for Plus Addressing in Office 36559441Q4 CY2020Added: 07 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Exchange Online
Plus Addressing is a great way to quickly create custom (or disposable) email address based off your standard email address, by simply adding a ‘+’ suffix string to an existing email address in Office 365. Plus Addressing support in Office 365 is also a great way to more easily manage your Inbox, and even track mail like marketing and sales campaigns.
Message Recall in Exchange Online59438Q4 CY2020Added: 07 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Exchange Online
The Outlook for Windows Message Recall feature is extremely popular with users, yet it doesn’t always work so well. Part of the problem is that the recall is client-based, and the recall can only happen if the recipient also uses Outlook. With millions of users with mailboxes in Office 365, we’re now able to improve upon that feature by performing the recall directly in the cloud in Office 365 mailboxes, so it doesn’t matter which email client the recipient uses, the recall takes place in their Office 365 mailbox, and when their client syncs their mail, the message is gone. While there are still some conditions where the recall still won’t happen (like the message being read by the recipient), moving the recall to the cloud significantly improves the recall success rate. Additionally, we’ll now also offer an aggregate message recall status report, to make it simpler to see for whom the recall succeeded and for whom it failed.
Securing SMTP Authenticated Submissions – Per Mailbox and By Default59439Q4 CY2020Added: 07 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Exchange Online
We’re kicking off a multi-phased effort to better secure SMTP authenticated submissions. SMTP authenticated submission is commonly used by applications or devices (printers, scanners, etc.) to submit email into the Office 365 service. It only requires login credentials, and doesn’t support modern authentication. So this leaves any account that’s using SMTP authenticated submission more vulnerable to abuse and hacking than accounts that exclusively use the other protocols that do support modern authentication. Last year we introduced Remote PowerShell cmdlets to disable SMTP authenticated submission for your entire organization or for individual mailboxes, and recently we released a switch in the Exchange Admin Center (EAC) to toggle it off for individual mailboxes. In Q2 CY2020 we’ll start to disable it for existing Office 365 organizations who aren’t using SMTP Authenticated Submission at all, and starting in Q4 CY2020 we’ll start to judiciously disable it for existing organizations in Office 365 who have it enabled for some mailboxes, working closely with them to transition away from this less secure protocol while ensuring the continuity of their critical business email workflows.
Send from proxy addresses (aliases) from OWA59437Q4 CY2020Added: 07 December 2019
Status: In development
App/Service: Exchange Online, Outlook – Web
The ability to send email from a proxy address (aka alias) other than the sender’s primary SMTP address is useful in multiple scenarios, such as mergers and acquisitions when you need the to send from multiple branded domain names, or sending on behalf of a team or department, like info@contoso.com. And of course, having the FROM and REPLY TO boxes preserve that alias when the recipient sees it is just as important. So to kick-off our journey to provide you and your users with the flexibility to send email using alias, we’re excited to announce that soon Outlook on the web (aka OWA) will natively support the ability to choose the sender or FROM from a drop-down list right within the compose pane. And when the recipient receives that message, the FROM and REPLY TO will show that alias, regardless where the recipient’s mailbox happens to live.

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