Office 365 Roadmap Update | 2020-51

Thirty-one features were added to the Office 365 Roadmap last week, December 14 – 20, 2020. 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.

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 for Windows: Send email from your proxy email address (alias)64123March CY2021Added: 15 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Outlook – Windows
Send email from a proxy email address or account alias rather than your primary email address. The alias email address will be preserved in the FROM and REPLY TO for the recipients.
Excel: Change Regional Format settings in Excel for the web66956December CY2020Added: 15 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Excel – Web
Regional format settings in Excel affect dates, currency, formula delimiters and more. If you are using your organization account, the default regional format settings in Excel for the web are the site regional settings of the host site where the Excel workbook is hosted. This feature enables you to change your regional format settings in Excel for the web. During your Excel for the web sessions, the regional settings will be overridden. Your preferences are stored using a third-party cookie. Your regional settings will only apply to your view of Excel workbooks – it will not affect how other people view these workbooks.
Outlook: Outlook on the web – Share to Microsoft Teams68909March CY2021Added: 15 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Outlook – Web
Send a copy of email messages or conversations, including attachments, into Teams chats and channels or start a Teams chat related to a specific email message. When sharing to Teams from Outlook on the web, a popup window will appear to confirm to which channel or person you want to share, you can also select whether you want to include attachments or not.
Excel: Switch Office themes automatically to match Windows 1068954December CY2020Added: 15 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Excel
If you are using Windows 10 in Dark Mode then Office can now switch themes to match automatically – just choose “Use system setting” as your Office Theme.
Microsoft Teams: Simplified Global Notification Settings for GCC-High and DoD70663March CY2021Added: 15 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams, GCC High, DoD
Government users can now configure and customize their notification settings through a newly designed notification settings section.
Forms: Default alert policies for phishing activities added to Microsoft 365 security and compliance center76911January CY2021Added: 15 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Forms
We are now adding Microsoft Forms’ phishing activities alert (for blocked forms and users due to confirmed and suspicious phishing) to the default alert policies in Microsoft’s Security and Compliance Center (SCC). If there is any user restricted from sharing forms and collecting responses from Microsoft Forms because of confirmed phishing activities, or any form identified/detected as phishing form, IT admins will receive an alert in the SCC Alert center.
Microsoft Teams: Simplified way to manage your channel notification settings for GCC77796March CY2021Added: 16 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams, GCC
Through the teams and channels list or from the channel header, the users can quickly manage their notification settings by the means of a new fly-out design. Users can turn on all activity on or off with a single click or diving deep into custom to set their preferred permutations.
Excel: Notes in Excel on the web61187December CY2020Added: 16 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Excel – Web
Create Notes to share and track important information in your online workbooks.
Excel: Use ink and highlighter to annotate in Excel on the web66260December CY2020Added: 16 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Excel – Web
Use ink and highlighter to naturally annotate over worksheets in Excel on the web.
Excel: AutoFill with touch screen in Excel for the web51826December CY2020Added: 16 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Excel – Web
You can now use AutoFill with touch screen.
Microsoft Teams: Add a shared calendar to a Teams channel for GCC, GCC-High and DoD68910February CY2021Added: 16 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams, Gov
Create and share a channel specific calendar for members to view events. Teams automatically creates a new post, which will appear in the activity feed, when a channel meeting is created. Any user who has notifications turned off will see the event only when they open the channel calendar.
Microsoft Teams: Add a shared calendar to a Teams channel68911January CY2021Added: 16 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
Create and share a channel specific calendar for members to view events. Teams automatically creates a new post, which will appear in the activity feed, when a channel meeting is created. Any user who has notifications turned off will see the event only when they open the channel calendar.
Microsoft Information Protection: Coauthoring in MIP labeled protected files (Preview)68913February CY2021Added: 16 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: MIP
Multiple authors can edit labeled and protected documents in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint simultaneously, frictionlessly, and with auto-save, as if they were regular documents.
Microsoft compliance center: Advanced eDiscovery Search tab is evolving to Collections tab68914February CY2021Added: 16 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: M365 Compliance
Now eDiscovery managers will see Collections in the top navigation of the Advanced eDiscovery solution in place of Search. Collections will provide an enhanced experience for collecting content for the case, including generating preview estimates and options for quickly collecting content directly into a new or existing review set.
Microsoft Information Protection: Upgraded data classification confidence levels68915January CY2021Added: 16 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: MIP
We are upgrading the confidence levels (match accuracy) from a numerical scale of 1 to 100 to three distinct levels: high, medium, and low. Each level reflects how much supporting evidence is detected along with primary element. A high confidence level looks for the most supporting elements and has the fewest false positives but the most false negatives, while a low confidence level has most false positives but fewest false negatives. All existing polices will automatically be migrated to these upgraded confidence levels.
Microsoft Information Protection: Copy and edit built-in info types and other improvements68916January CY2021Added: 16 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: MIP
Delivering on a common request, you can now copy built-in sensitive info types and edit the copied versions to fine-tune them to for your organization. Also, when creating a custom info type, you’ll notice an improved user interface and new capabilities. Highlights include the ability to use validators (like a Luhn check) for regular expressions and additional checks to help refine detection, including options for excluding text, defining starting and ending characters, and more.
Microsoft Teams meeting recordings saved to OneDrive & SharePoint for GCC-High and DoD70664March CY2021Added: 16 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams, GCC High, DoD
Ability to save Microsoft Teams meeting recordings to OneDrive and SharePoint for improved sharing capabilities, basic governance, automatic retention labels, go local, bring your own keys and, more that comes from recording video files and storing them in SharePoint and OneDrive.
Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Email entity page70665January CY2021Added: 16 December 2020
Status: Rolling out
App/Service: Microsoft Defender for Office 365
Email entity page brings a new look to your email investigations, designed to provide a 360 degree view of an email. These updates eliminate the need to traverse multiple experiences to view email details. The email entity page will contain information in parity with existing email details flyout in protection.offfice.com from Threat Explorer, along with new information regarding authentication and detections, a revamped email preview capability for cloud mailbox emails, and detonation details for related files or URLs.
Microsoft Information Protection: Data classification analytics for GCC-High and DoD70666March CY2021Added: 16 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: MIP, GCC High, DoD
Data classification capabilities in Microsoft 365 compliance center help you get a holistic understanding of the sensitive data in your digital estate and related user activities. Overview shows you the locations of your digital content and most common sensitive information types and labels present. Content Explorer provides visibility into amount and types of sensitive data, and allows you to filter by label or sensitivity type to get a detailed view of locations where the sensitive data is stored. Activity Explorer shows activities related to your sensitive data and labels, such as label downgrades or external sharing that could expose your content to risk.
Excel: iPad Fluent redesign – Ribbon header and commands71348January CY2021Added: 16 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Excel
The Fluent Design System brings a more coherent, productive experience to customers.
Excel: Ink editor support in Excel Online71436December CY2020Added: 16 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Excel
Pen Tool to help you handwrite to enter data and make quick edits to your data.
Excel: 3D Model Support in iOS59909February CY2021Added: 17 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Excel
Add 3D models to your Excel worksheets, adjust their size and position, and change their rotation.
Office app: New Ink Toolbox for iPhone and iPad67356February CY2021Added: 17 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Office app – iOS
New visual improvements to the ink experience in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Microsoft 365 on iOS.
Excel: Paste options in Excel for the web51388January CY2021Added: 18 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Excel – Web
Now get all the Paste Options right where you paste your content.
Outlook on the web: Extension of suggested replies worldwide68919January CY2021Added: 18 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Outlook – Web
We are rolling out suggested replies to customers worldwide in the following languages: Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and German. Suggested replies will appear if people are having a conversation in any of those languages.
Microsoft 365: License management in the Microsoft 365 Admin app68920February CY2021Added: 18 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: M365 Admin app
In the next release of the Admin app, license management will be added, enabling you to manage licenses from your mobile or tablet device. As a part of this feature, you’ll be able to: View all products and licenses for your organization with details such as the number of purchased and available licenses and expiration dates; Buy more or remove licenses based on current usage and needs; Assign or release licenses; and View and download detailed invoices.
Microsoft Information Protection: Auditing and Analytics in Office apps70542January CY2021Added: 18 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: MIP
Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) will now send user label activity data to the Audit Log and Activity Explorer for admins to search and review.
Microsoft Teams: Block Downloads for Teams meeting recordings on OneDrive and SharePoint70543February CY2021Added: 18 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Teams
All users with view-only permissions of a Teams meeting recording uploaded to OneDrive & SharePoint will now be blocked from downloading the recording by default.
Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Improvements to Alerts and Hunting70544March CY2021Added: 18 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Microsoft Defender for Office 365
We’re releasing a number of updates to alerts and hunting, including: Extending data retention for Threat Explorer and Real-time detections from 7 days to 30 days for trial tenants, after which you will be able to search for data for 30 days. We’re also expanding export limits for email records in Threat Explorer and Real-time detections from 9990 to 200,000. And, we’re introducing Alert ID to hunting experiences: Going forward you will able to filter for exact messages which were associated with an alert. From Alert, you will be able to navigate to a filtered view of Explorer (filtered by Alert ID), to see the relevant messages.
Excel: Import data from dynamic arrays76297February CY2021Added: 18 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Excel
You can now import, shape and refresh data from dynamic arrays in the current workbook.
Excel: Power Query Data Types Tutorial67390December CY2020Added: 18 December 2020
Status: In development
App/Service: Excel
Learn how to create data types using Power Query.

One thought on “Office 365 Roadmap Update | 2020-51

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.