Office 365 Roadmap Update | 2020-32

Thirty-three features were added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, August 2 – 8, 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
Microsoft Teams: Using Teams background images in non-optimized Virtual Desktop Infrastructure environments66707August CY2020Added: 03 August 2020
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Teams
Support for background images will be releasing for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environments.
Microsoft Teams: Updated meeting creation and expiration policies66921Q3 CY2020Added: 04 August 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
We are making changes to how Teams meetings and join links are accessible for meeting organizers who have had their scheduling capabilities revoked.
OneNote: OneNote in Teams for DoD66925Q4 CY2020Added: 04 August 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: OneNote, Teams, DoD
OneNote integration in Teams will be enabled for Department of Defense.
Microsoft Edge v. 85: Easier configuration and export of favorites for the “Configure favorites” policy66392August CY2020Added: 04 August 2020
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Edge
An admin can navigate to edge://flags/#edge-favorites-admin-export to enable the ability to export the structure of favorites in a JSON format. This enables a more efficient way of configuring a set of favorites to be provisioned for an organization to be used in the “Configure favorites” enterprise policy.
Yammer: New design for Yammer Discovery and Digest emails66695September CY2020Added: 04 August 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Yammer
We’re updating the design and making content enhancements to the Discovery and Digest emails in Yammer to align with the new Yammer that is now available.
Word: Transcription in Word for the Web59747August CY2020Added: 05 August 2020
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Word – Web
Whether you are a researcher, reporter, lawyer, teacher or anyone else who records and transcribes audio, you know how much time and effort it takes. Transcription in Word for the web enables you to easily record audio and transcribe directly in Word for the web. Transcription allows you to playback timestamped audio and you can quickly pull the whole transcript or specific quotes into your Word document.
Word: Voice Commands in Dictation for Word for the Web63644August CY2020Added: 05 August 2020
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Word – Web
Dictation enables you to use the power of your voice to conquer the blank page. Now you can use additional Voice Commands to structure, edit, and format your content using Dictation. Commands are based on the way people naturally speak so that you can capture your ideas easily. Try saying “delete that” or “start list”. You can even dictate a “smiley face”.
Word: Voice Commands in Dictation for Word for iOS63645August CY2020Added: 05 August 2020
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Word – iOS
Dictation enables you to use the power of your voice to conquer the blank page. Now you can use additional Voice Commands to structure, edit, and format your content using Dictation. Commands are based on the way people naturally speak so that you can capture your ideas easily. Try saying “delete that” or “start list”. You can even dictate a “smiley face”.
Word: Voice Commands in Dictation for Word for Android63646August CY2020Added: 05 August 2020
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Word – Android
Dictation enables you to use the power of your voice to conquer the blank page. Now you can use additional Voice Commands to structure, edit, and format your content using Dictation. Commands are based on the way people naturally speak so that you can capture your ideas easily. Try saying “delete that” or “start list”. You can even dictate a “smiley face”.
Outlook for iOS: Drag and Drop files into Outlook61176September CY2020Added: 05 August 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Outlook – iOS
Drag and drop files from apps such as OneDrive, Photos and Safari into Outlook on your iPad.
Microsoft Teams: Windows native notifications in Teams66742Q3 CY2020Added: 05 August 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams – Windows
Users can now chose to deliver Microsoft Teams notifications via Windows 10 native notifications.
Microsoft Teams: MacOS native notifications in Teams66743Q3 CY2020Added: 05 August 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams – macOS
Users can now chose to deliver Microsoft Teams notifications via macOS native notifications.
Microsoft Teams: Turn off text previews for chat notifications66744August CY2020Added: 05 August 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
Users can get more privacy by changing their settings to turn off message previews in chat notifications.
PowerPoint: Live Captions and Subtitles in PowerPoint for GCC and GCC-High66745Q3 CY2020Added: 05 August 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: PowerPoint
Live Captions and Subtitles enables presenters to turn captions or subtitles on in 60+ languages, while presenting in 10+ spoken languages with PowerPoint for Windows 10, macOS, and Web. Note this release is for our GCC and GCC-High tenants, and does not yet include DoD environments.
Whiteboard: Additional content types66757Q4 CY2020Added: 05 August 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Whiteboard
Participants in Teams and on Web can now insert additional content types such as shapes and diagrams.
Whiteboard: Presenter mode66758August CY2020Added: 05 August 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Whiteboard
The meeting organizer can put Whiteboard in “Present” or “Collab” mode. Present Mode makes all participants read-only and allows meeting organizer to enable collaboration later if needed.
Whiteboard: External access in Teams meetings66759Q4 CY2020Added: 05 August 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Whiteboard
Any guests, external or anonymous users in a Teams meeting can view and collaborate on the whiteboard during the meeting. They will not have continued access to the whiteboard after the meeting ends.
Whiteboard: Tab app in Teams66760Q3 CY2020Added: 05 August 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Whiteboard
Whiteboard will be available as a tab app inside Teams, making it even easy to pin a whiteboard to a channel.
Whiteboard: Per user licensing66761Q4 CY2020Added: 05 August 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Whiteboard
Tenant admins will be able to use licenses to enable or disable access to Whiteboard at an individual user level, instead of only at the global tenant level. These licenses currently exist in tenants today, but are not used for enablement.
Whiteboard: Australia GoLocal66762Q3 CY2020Added: 05 August 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Whiteboard
New whiteboards created by tenants in Australia will now be stored in local datacenters. Previously created boards will be migrated in future.
Whiteboard: Migrating previously created boards66763Q4 CY2020Added: 05 August 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Whiteboard
Tenants in locations that are currently storing new whiteboards in European datacenters will have previously created whiteboards migrated to European datacenters.
Whiteboard: Locking content66764Q2 CY2021Added: 05 August 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Whiteboard
Participants in Teams and on Web can lock content types on the board to prevent accidental movement or deletion.
Whiteboard: Attribution66765Q2 CY2021Added: 05 August 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Whiteboard
Participants in Teams and on Web can see who added content to the board.
Whiteboard: Additional facilitation features66766Q2 CY2021Added: 05 August 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Whiteboard
Participants in Teams and on Web will have additional facilitation features.
Whiteboard: Storage in SharePoint Online66767Q3 CY2020Added: 05 August 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Whiteboard
Whiteboard content will be stored in SharePoint Online.
Microsoft Teams: Device tagging functionality66922August CY2020Added: 05 August 2020
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Teams
As part of enhanced manageability, we are releasing Device Tagging functionality. It will enable IT admins to group specific set of devices with user generated Tags and perform actions on the same.
Word: Transcription in Word for the web with automatically individualized speakers65588August CY2020Added: 05 August 2020
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Word – Web
Transcription now separates out speakers as “Speaker 1”, “Speaker 2”, etc.! Whether you are a researcher, reporter, lawyer, teacher or anyone else who records and transcribes audio, you know how much time and effort it takes. Transcription in Word for the web enables you to easily record audio and transcribe directly in Word for the web. Transcription allows you to playback timestamped audio and you can quickly pull the whole transcript or specific quotes into your Word document.
OneNote: OneNote Feed in Outlook and Outlook on the web66203September CY2020Added: 05 August 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: OneNote
The OneNote feed allows you to easily access your notes in Outlook.com and Outlook on the web. The OneNote feed includes your Sticky Notes and recent OneNote pages so you can quickly reference them in Outlook. Use the search to find the note you are looking for. Have a quick thought while replying to emails? You can create a new Sticky Note in your feed right in Outlook.
OneNote: OneNote Feed in OneNote Online, OneNote 2016 and OneNote for Windows 1066204November CY2020Added: 05 August 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: OneNote
The OneNote feed allows you to easily access your notes in OneNote and Outlook including your Sticky Notes, recent OneNote pages, and Samsung Notes for Samsung users who are syncing to OneNote. You can easily share your notes by dragging and dropping notes into OneNote pages or your emails. Have a thought you want to capture? You can create a new Sticky Note right in your OneNote feed. The OneNote feed is available in Outlook.com, Outlook on the web, OneNote, OneNote for the web, and OneNote for Windows 10.
Microsoft Edge v. 85: Support for Microsoft Endpoint Data Loss Prevention (DLP)66325August CY2020Added: 05 August 2020
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Edge
Added native DLP controls to support Microsoft Endpoint DLP policies to prevent cloud egress, print, save to network or USB for sensitive files.
Microsoft Teams: Private Channels in Office 365 government tenants67199December CY2020Added: 07 August 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams, Gov
Limit which team members can see the conversation and content within a particular channel. You can right-size channel participation and exposure without having to create discrete teams to limit visibility.
Microsoft Teams: VDI support for VMWare Horizon66206August CY2020Added: 07 August 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
We are delivering an optimized audio, video, and screen sharing media experience for Microsoft Teams for VMWare Horizon for on-premises, cloud, and Azure-hosted Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environments.
Azure Active Directory: [Preview] AAD Application Proxy now supports the Remote Desktop Services web client66461August CY2020Added: 07 August 2020
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Azure AD
Azure AD Application Proxy now supports Remote Desktop Web Client. The Remote Desktop web client allows users to access Remote Desktop infrastructure through any HTLM5-capable browser such as Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, Google Chrome, Safari, etc. Users can interact with remote apps or desktops like they would with a local device from anywhere. By using Azure AD Application Proxy you can increase the security of your RDS deployment by enforcing pre-authentication and Conditional Access policies for all types of rich client apps.

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