Microsoft 365 Updates: September

As we covered in our recent 2-part blog series, creating an evergreen framework is crucial to ensuring your employees are kept up to date with the latest updates from Microsoft 365. However, evergreen framework or not, we’re back with our monthly M365 updates blog to summarise the best new features from the Microsoft roadmap. Enjoy!

1. Content from camera now launched in Teams

What’s new:

This option enables users to stream content directly from physical artefacts such as whiteboards and documents in a legible way. During a Teams call, users will be able to access the projection options simply by clicking Share > Content from camera.

Why is this important?

Users will be able to set up a laptop, with the whiteboard in view, or set up a document camera over a paper/book and project their content, (live or static) to their desired audience.

When is it coming?

Start late September

Completing by early October

2. SPO View in File Explorer available in Microsoft Edge

What’s new:

Starting in Microsoft Edge Stable version 93, you can enable the “View in File Explorer” capability on SharePoint Online for Modern Document Libraries. For this experience to be visible and work for your users, you will need to enable the Microsoft Edge policy “Configure the View in File Explorer feature for SharePoint pages in Microsoft Edge” and update your SharePoint Online tenant configuration.

Why is this important:

By default, there will be no impact to your organisation. By default, the “View in File Explorer” menu option will not be visible to Admins and End Users on the SPO Modern Document Library interface. It is recommend using the OneDrive sync app to sync SharePoint files with your computer, rather than using “View in File Explorer”.

When Breakout Room managers join the meeting, they will see the Breakout Rooms icon in toolbar.

When is it coming:

Start early October

Completing by early November

3. Reply to specific chat message in Teams Desktop

What’s new:

Microsoft Teams Desktop users will receive the long awaited ability to reply to specific messages in chat from the message actions menu. This will help bring more context into conversations. This feature has already been available on the iOS and Android apps.

Why is this important:

Users have already been able to do this on mobile apps but will now be able to use this feature on Microsoft Teams Desktop as well. No action required. Once available users will be able to use this feature on their Desktop client.

When is it coming:

Start mid-September

Completing by early November

4. OneDrive: New Command Bar

What’s new:

With this update users will be able to easily identify the right file and access primary commands. The new simplified view will permit users to focus on the content while at the same time being visually pleasing.

Why is this important:

Users who interact with the OneDrive/SharePoint web viewer will easily find primary commands they usually interact with.

When is it coming:

Start mid-September

Completing by late-September

5. New SharePoint hub to hub associations 

What’s new:

This release will add the ability to associate a SharePoint hub site to another hub site to expand search results across multiple hubs in your organisation. This will enable users to discover relevant content when searching on any sites related to the associated hubs.

Why is this important:

SharePoint administrators will be able to associate hubs to other hubs in the SharePoint admin center. When you associate hubs, there are no visual changes to the user experience except for when users search for content. When searching for content, users will see a breadcrumb path that will display the name of the hub site where content is located.

When is it coming:

Start mid-September

Completing by late-October

6. SharePoint Navigation Switcher

What’s new:

This feature update will bring users a new navigation option feature for SharePoint team sites. Team site owners will be able to switch the team site navigation orientation from vertical to horizontal. Additionally, site navigation visibility can be turned off completely. 

Why is this important:

For SharePoint team sites, users will see a new option when you navigate to Settings Change the Look > Navigation. In the navigation panel, users can choose to show or hide the site navigation. If users decide to display the site navigation, then they’ll be able to choose either a vertical or horizontal orientation.

When is it coming?

Start early September

Completing by late-November

7. Viva Connections (Public preview) is rolling out

What’s new:

Viva Connections, part of Microsoft Viva, is your gateway to a modern employee experience. The Viva connections app incorporates a customisable dashboard, the feed, and relevant resources all in one experience in the Microsoft Teams mobile app.

Why is this important:

This Public preview release includes the ability to:

  1. Set a SharePoint home site from the SharePoint admin center
  2. Create, author, and manage a dashboard from the home site
  3. Use Video news links to communicate announcements
  4. Use the new Dashboard and Feed web parts on the home site
  5. Brand the Viva Connections app for the desktop and mobile experiences for Android and iOS

When is it coming:

Start early September

Completing by late-September

8. Microsoft Forms: New Mobile Friendly Experience for Form Creation/Analysis

What’s new:

Form designers who create forms and analyse results from Mobile will now have a much more mobile friendly experience that is optimized for their device, making Forms even easier to use. This will be available to New forms and Existing forms in the browser first and then a few weeks later in the Office Mobile app.

Why is this important:

Form creation/analysis was already possible on mobile, but now will be more user friendly/intuitive/efficient to use.

When is it coming:

Forms on the web: We expect to begin this rollout in early October and expect the rollout to be completed by late October.

Forms in the Office365 Android and IOS app: We expect this rollout to begin in mid-November and expect the rollout to be completed by late November.

9. Microsoft Forms: Manage and organise your forms and quizzes now

What’s new:

This new Forms feature release will allow users to manage and group all forms and quizzes as desired and in their own way, to efficiently archive and categorise their forms into collections.

Why is this important:

End users in your organisation will be able to easily archive and manage their own personal forms into different collections which will allow them to work more productively and feel more in control of their personal content.

When is it coming:

Start late September

Completing by late-November

10. New people-centric search features coming to Microsoft Search

What’s new:

People-centric search is rolling out to Microsoft Search. This update will allow people in your organisation to find content through people, and understand people through their content.

Why is this important:

There is no impact as a result of this change. Once rolled out, individuals in your organisation will be able to easily find content through people they work with. Users will only need to click on people suggestions in the search box and a results page will take them to a people centric view, in which they can add query terms to further refine their search.

When is it coming:

Start late September

Completing by early October

We release a monthly Microsoft 365 updates blog at the end of each month. Read last month’s blog here.

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