Office 365 Roadmap Update | 2020-31

There were forty additions to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, July 26 – August 1, 2020. In an effort to keep the weekly digest post from being extraordinarily long, I have separated the Office 365 Roadmap updates out again for this week.

Note: The Estimated Release dates listed below are subject to change. The direct link provided for each item can be used to determine if the estimated release date has been updated since the time of publication.

DescriptionFeature IDEstimated ReleaseDetails
Outlook on the web: More options added to “Insert Link” icon66197Q4 CY2020Added: 27 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Outlook – Web
We are adding more options to the “Insert Link” icon in Outlook. In addition to adding hyperlinks you will also be able to link to additional items such as suggested files and cloud locations.
Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection: Enabling export of security reports66360July CY2020Added: 27 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Office 365 ATP
We’re adding the ability to export many of our security reports, including, but not limited to: Threat protection status report, mail flow status report, top malware, spoof detections, top senders and recipients, Office 365 ATP file types, URL protection report, and more.
Microsoft Teams: Shift Schedule Assistance66609Q3 CY2020Added: 27 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
Shifts schedule assistance will alert managers if conflicts occur anywhere in the schedule and they will receive conflict warnings when approving schedule change requests.
Yammer: Send live event calendar invites66498Q3 CY2020Added: 28 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Yammer
Send a calendar event to all community members without leaving the event page in Yammer.
Yammer: Turn off commenting and QnA for live events66499Q3 CY2020Added: 28 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Yammer
Community admins will be able to turn off the comments, questions, and answers features for specific events in a community.
Yammer: Post on behalf of another user66500Q4 CY2020Added: 28 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Yammer
Post on behalf of, is a feature in Yammer which enables approved users to post on behalf of someone else.
Yammer: Moderate comments and QnA in live events66501Q4 CY2020Added: 28 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Yammer
Allows a producer of a live event in Yammer to moderate comments, questions and answers posted in a live event page before they are published and visible to everyone in the event.
Yammer: New immersive experience for live events66502Q3 CY2020Added: 28 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Yammer
A redesigned experience for live events in Yammer to ensure the video and event feed are optimized for desktop.
Microsoft Information Protection: Microsoft 365 Endpoint data loss prevention (DLP)66629July CY2020Added: 28 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: MIP
Endpoint data loss prevention (Endpoint DLP) extends the activity monitoring and protection capabilities of DLP to sensitive items that are on Windows 10 devices. Once devices are onboarded into device management, the information about what users are doing with sensitive items is made visible in activity explorer and you can enforce protective actions on those items via DLP policies.
Security and Compliance Center: Advanced Audit available in GCC, GCC-High and DoD66202Q3 CY2020Added: 29 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Office 365, Gov
The new Advanced Audit solution will be available to the Microsoft 365 Government cloud environments (GCC, GCC High, DoD).
Azure Information Protection: Microsoft 365 Government F3 GCC High and DOD environments are now backfilled with Azure Information Protection P166207Q3 CY2020Added: 29 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: AIP, Gov
This announcement is to confirm that starting 9/1/2020 we’re launching Azure Information Protection (AIP P1) in Microsoft 365 Government F3 SKUs for the GCC High and DoD environments. Azure Information Protection P1 cloud-based solution that enables organizations to classify and protect documents and emails by applying labels.
Microsoft Forms: Available in the Office Mobile App66631July CY2020Added: 29 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Forms
Microsoft Forms is a web app which can be accessed from browser on desktop or mobile devices. Office Mobile app is a single mobile app (iOS / Android) combines Word, PowerPoint and Excel with exclusive features. We are now integrating Forms into Office Mobile app then user will be able to open recent Forms and create new form from the Office Mobile app.
Outlook on the web: In-product notification of full inbox for Government clouds66709Q2 CY2020Added: 30 July 2020
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Outlook – Web, Gov
When a user reaches 90% of their inbox capacity, Outlook will show a message on the bottom left (down on the left nav or folder column) warning the user and linking to the settings where they can address this.
Microsoft Teams: New turn-in celebrations66558August CY2020Added: 30 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
After each successfully turned-in assignment, students can view a small congratulatory animation for their efforts.
Microsoft Teams: Apply policy packages using groups with Microsoft Teams Admin Center66559August CY2020Added: 30 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
Save time and reduce the complexity of managing groups of Teams users. Assign sets of policies directly to the group, using ranking to determine the priority of a given policy for the users within the group. This capability was previously made available using PowerShell and is now available within the Teams Admin Center.
Microsoft Teams: Anonymous grading and marking in Assignments66560August CY2020Added: 30 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
Bias and being able to identify students can have negative impacts on an educator’s ability to grade objectively. With anonymous grading, educators can elect to hide the names of the students whose work they are reviewing.
Microsoft Teams: Improvements to settings in Assignments66561August CY2020Added: 30 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
Educators will be able to set defaults for when assignments are due, where notifications of an assignment are posted, and more. Note – settings are class-specific.
Microsoft Teams: View all upcoming assignments in the Teams calendar66562Q3 CY2020Added: 30 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
Keep tabs on all of your student’s responsibilities and due dates by visualizing their assignments within the Teams calendar.
Microsoft Teams: Assignments user interface improvements for large classes66563August CY2020Added: 30 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
Improve the speed of viewing and creating assignments for classes of up to 200 students.
Microsoft Teams: Assignments improvements to support large file sizes and counts66564August CY2020Added: 30 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
Assignments will now support files sizes up to 500MB and more than 10 total attachments per assignment.
Microsoft Teams: Link thumbnail preview in Assignments66565August CY2020Added: 30 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
Thumbnail preview gives students a quick preview of a linked resource before clicking through to the material.
Microsoft Teams: View assignments across all classes66566August CY2020Added: 30 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
Using the Assignments app from the Teams left rail, students can view all of their upcoming or previous assignments. Students can also filter by category, see the due date & assigned value of the assignment and more.
Microsoft Teams: Presenter mode for Microsoft Whiteboard in a Teams meeting66568July CY2020Added: 30 July 2020
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Teams
Meeting organizers now have the option to present the contents of their digital whiteboard without meeting participants having the ability to edit the contents.
Microsoft Teams: Early Class Access API66569August CY2020Added: 30 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
This API provides administrators with: 1) Control to decide whether new class teams will be “locked” for early educator access or immediately available for student access. 2.) Visibility into which newly-created classes have or have not been activated by educators. 3.) The ability to activate classes on behalf of their educators.
Microsoft Teams: Teacher-led team creation66570August CY2020Added: 30 July 2020
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Teams
This feature allows admins to create Office365 groups for classes based on the student and teacher roster information but gives educators the choice of whether or not they want a team to be created for their class. This grants them more flexibility and prevents class teams from being automatically created and turned on if they aren’t needed.
Microsoft Teams: School data sync (SDS) automatic team creation66571August CY2020Added: 30 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
Automatically bulk-create both Office 365 Groups and class teams for educators via SDS. Even though classes are created automatically, educators maintain control over when students are admitted and can view class content.
Microsoft Teams: Language support for Assignments66573August CY2020Added: 30 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
Additional supported languages to include: Croatian, Estonian, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Slovenian, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.
Microsoft Teams: Hard audio mute66575September CY2020Added: 30 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
Gives meeting organizers the ability to mute one to many meeting participants while removing the muted participants’ ability to unmute themselves.
Microsoft Teams: GradeSync to OneRoster API66576August CY2020Added: 30 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
With this API, grades entered in Assignments can be automatically pushed to a OneRoster-compliant school information system (SIS).
Microsoft Teams: Together mode for GCC, GCC High, DoD66716Q3 CY2020Added: 30 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams, Gov
Together mode uses of AI segmentation technology in meetings to digitally place participants in a shared background, making it feel like you’re sitting in the same room with everyone else.
Microsoft Teams: Large Gallery view (Preview) for GCC, GCC High, DoD66717Q3 CY2020Added: 30 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams, Gov
We will soon bring Large Gallery view to Microsoft Teams, providing a new way to view video up to 49 participants at once on a single screen (7×7). We will begin rolling out the feature to production with the new multi-window experience in late June and target full availability by the end of August. In order to take advantage of this new view, users will need to turn on the new multi-window meeting experience once made available.
Office 365: Updated Office.com Home Page for GCC, GCC High, DoD66739Q3 CY2020Added: 31 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Office 365
We are updating the layout and navigation of Office.com and the Office App in Windows 10 to improve the usability based upon customer feedback. Users will find their documents front-and-center, and will be able to access their applications within a more organized page structure.
Microsoft Edge v.86: Kiosk mode privacy features are now available63970August CY2020Added: 31 July 2020
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Edge
Starting with Microsoft Edge version 86 we are enabling kiosk mode features that will help enterprises around the privacy of user data. The features will enable experience such as clear the user data on exit, delete the downloaded files and to reset the configured start experience after a specified amount of idle time.
Outlook on the web: Project MOCA (preview)66198August CY2020Added: 31 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Outlook – Web
Project MOCA in Outlook is a new way to organize items such as emails, tasks, links, files in a visual way. Items are synced across Microsoft 365.
Microsoft Edge v.86: Single Sign On (SSO) now available for Azure Active Directory (AAD) accounts on down-level Windows66331August CY2020Added: 31 July 2020
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Edge
A user signed in on Microsoft Edge on down-level Microsoft Windows (7, 8, 8.1) will now get automatically signed into websites that are configured to allow single sign on with Work or School accounts (e.g.: sharepoint.com, office.com, bing.com).
Microsoft Edge v.86: Single Sign On (SSO) now available for Microsoft Account (MSA) on MacOS and down-level Windows66332August CY2020Added: 31 July 2020
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Edge
A user signed in on Microsoft Edge on either MacOS or down-level Microsoft Windows (7, 8, 8.1) will now get automatically signed into websites that are configured to allow single sign on with Microsoft accounts (e.g.: bing.com, office.com, msn.com, outlook.com).
Microsoft Edge v.86: Group policy to enable Microsoft Edge UI to test sites in Internet Explorer mode66333August CY2020Added: 31 July 2020
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Edge
Starting with Microsoft Edge 86, administrators can enable a UI option for their users to load a tab in Internet Explorer mode for testing purposes or as a stopgap for users until sites are added to the site list XML through group policy.
Microsoft Edge v.86: Remove HTML5 Application Cache API66334August CY2020Added: 31 July 2020
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Edge
The legacy Application Cache API enabling offline use of web pages is being removed from Microsoft Edge. Web Developers should review the Web.Dev documentation for information on replacing use of the Application Cache API with Service Workers. Requesting an AppCache OriginTrial Token allows sites to continue to use the deprecated Application Cache API until Microsoft Edge v90.
Microsoft Edge v.86: Automatic profile switching on Windows 7, 8, 8.166335August CY2020Added: 31 July 2020
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Edge
Extend the automatic profile switching currently available in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 to down-level Windows (Windows 7, 8, 8.1).
Microsoft Teams: Using Teams background images in non-optimized Virtual Desktop Infrastructure environments66707August CY2020Added: 31 July 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
Support for background images will be releasing for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environments.

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