Office 365 Roadmap

The Office 365 Roadmap lists updates that are currently planned for applicable subscribers. Updates are at various stages from being in development to rolling-out to customers to being generally available for applicable customers world-wide.

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Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery integrates Equivio machine learning, predictive coding and text analytics capabilities to reduce the costs and challenges that come along with sorting through large quantities of data for eDiscovery purposes.In today’s high volume data environment, the eDiscovery process for any given case could involve sorting through thousands of emails, text messages, instant messages and documents to find the small number of files that are most likely to be relevant.Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery reduces the volume of data by eliminating duplicate files, reconstructing email threads and identifying key themes and data relationships. Finally, it enables predictive coding, allowing users to train the system to intelligently explore and analyze large, unstructured data sets and quickly zero in on what is likely to be relevant.
Resource Managers can benefit from configurable color coded heatmaps to better predict the utilization of   their resource pool in Project Online. These heatmaps will also support seamless drill-down capabilities all the way down to individual resources and their assigned projects.
A new search query experience with searchable properties helps you scope your search results. Search on SharePoint properties such as content type, result type, shared with external users, and sensitive information type. Search on Exchange properties such as message type, sender, recipient, external recipients, folders, and domains.
Admins can now select the Office 365 services that send push notifications when there is a service incident. For iOS users, Apple Watch is now supported. Push notifications and their relevant messages can be viewed right from the Apple Watch.
Outlook for Android will sync a user's contacts to the native contacts application on Android devices. This will allow those devices to leverage the contacts for use in the native Contacts, Phone and Messaging apps.
Data Loss Protection (DLP) is a high-value enterprise feature that is well loved in Outlook. We are introducing DLP in Excel, PowerPoint and Word to enable real time scan of content based on a set of predefined policies for the most common sensitive data types (e.g., credit card number, social security number, and US bank account number). This capability will enable the synchronization of DLP policies from Office 365 in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, and provide organizations with unified policies across content stored in Exchange, SharePoint and OneDrive for Business. One additional benefit of DLP is the ability it affords IT administrators to have some oversight and help end-users in their organizations better and more knowledgeably manage sensitive information.
Exchange Online Protection will begin supporting outbound validation of Domain Keys Identified Mail (DKIM; see DomainKeys Identified Mail Signatures). DKIM is a method of validating a digitally signed message that appears in the DKIM-Signature header in the message headers. It ties an email message to the organization responsible for the message.
Maintain a single identity for Office 365 for easier management, while providing a consistent login experience for users just like any other Office 365 service. Using Office 365 identity, and choosing a federated identity for Office 365, means that your users can use single sign-on to access Yammer.
Yammer offers all customers a Data Processing Agreement with the European Commission’s standard contractual clauses for data processors, known commonly as the “EU Model Clauses,” through the Microsoft Online Services Terms (OST). Additionally, the standard HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (HIPAA BAA) for Microsoft enterprise online services is now available for Yammer customers.
FastTrack Center will offer data migration services from Google Drive as a new benefit provided by the FTC. Migration of your data in Google Drive to OneDrive for Business will be offered. The details of the scope detailed in the FastTrack Center Benefit Process description.
FastTrack Center is expanding the capabilities enabled as part of the onboarding service for Skype for Business to enable the new services. This includes onboarding guidance for PSTN Conferencing, Cloud PBX, Skype Meeting Broadcast, and PSTN Calling Plans (limited to US only). The details of these expanded onboarding benefits will be available in the FastTrack Center service benefit description.
New FastTrack Center onboarding for the Enterprise Mobility Suite workload of Azure Right Management (Azure RMS). FastTrack Center will begin offering Azure RMS as a workload covered by the FTC. All existing eligibility requirements will be maintained.
FastTrack Center onboarding support for Intune MDM-less MAM. FastTrack eligibility requirements remain consistent. The details of these expanded onboarding benefits will be available in the FastTrack Center service benefit description.
New FastTrack Center onboarding for the Office 365 workload of Project Online. FastTrack Center will begin offering Project Online as a workload covered by the FTC. All existing eligibility requirements will be maintained.
First Release for Current Branch; First Release for Current Branch for Business are two new builds of the Office client that are released each month so that admins can have a preview build of the Current Branch and Current Branch for Business to test and prepare for changes before they are rolled out broadly in their organization
OneDrive links pasted into the body of an email will appear with a rich preview and other useful metadata like 'last edited by'. It will also attach to the email as a cloud attachment and recipients will automatically receive view/edit permissions.
Searching in Outlook 2016 now leverages Office 365 and Exchange Server for simpler and more effective search. Outlook now provides Keyword & People suggestions as you type and surfaces up recent search queries.
In First Release now as of September. Likes is a new feature coming to Outlook on the web for Exchange Online business users.  Likes provides an easy solution to endorse a specific message within your inbox by clicking on the "thumbs up" icon within the message.  If a user "likes" your message, you are provided an alert and the history of "likes" is retained in the email message thread.
Mentions is a new feature coming to Outlook on the web as well as consumers on the migrated platform. Using the character @ within the body of a message will allow a user to add a name to the message.  @user will be added to the "To" line if not already present.  In addition, the Mentioned user will receive an @ flag in their inbox view to identify the messages they were Mentioned in.  Users will also have the ability to sort their messages to view the ones in which they were Mentioned.
Sway will soon switch to a per-user licensing model, so that organizations no longer have to choose whether to have Sway enabled for the entire organization vs. nobody at all. Access to use Sway can now be assigned to your organization’s users on an individual and group basis. When this change becomes effective, any organization that previously disabled Sway will have a period of time to re-disable it for all users on a per-user basis, or choose specific individuals for whom Sway should be enabled.
IN PUBLIC PREVIEW - Office 2013 Windows client modern authentication features have moved from private preview to public preview. This means that the program is easier to join and production support is included for participants. Modern authentication brings Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL)-based sign-in to Office 2013 Windows clients. This update enables IT administrators to configure new security scenarios for sign-in with Office 365.
The Azure Management Portal exposes group management events (creation, updates, membership changes, etc.) in the group audit report. In the future, these same events will appear in the Office 365 Compliance Center alongside other Office 365 events you’re used to tracking. This will give you a complete picture of the changes in your tenant over time.
We will be adding support for Office 365 Groups into the O365 compliance center.
Retention and Hold allow you to specify policies for how long to keep all groups content (protecting it from deletion, modification and tampering) and when to automatically delete it. eDiscovery allows you to search for specific content across all groups. Compliance features will apply to all groups' content: mailboxes, files, calendars and notebooks.
The regulatory compliance and business risk landscape is continuously evolving.At Microsoft, we appreciate our customers’need to understand the Office 365 architecture and compliance with regulations to help them evaluate moving to Office 365. We also know you need to understand how we keep your data secure on the service on an ongoing basis.To help with your assessment needs, we are announcing Office 365 Service Trust Portal (STP). 
OneNote Online got even better with the ability to record audio clips and insert files like photos and documents like pdf in your online notes.
Outlook has more Calendaring options than ever before. We’ve added the Persian calendar to Outlook’s family of non-Gregorian calendars.
PowerPoint Online continues to improve in the following ways. Better formatting, faster slide interaction & inclusion of more symbols. 
The Project Online content pack for PowerBI allows users to bring the Project Online data directly into PowerBI and provides out of the box dashboards and reports based on this data.  Users can also create their own custom reports and dashboards from within the PowerBI interface.For more information see this link.
Project managers, working in Project Pro for Office 365 can systematically place resource requests in order to build their project teams.  Soon thereafter, Resource managers working in Project Online will be able to view, modify, accept or reject those requests. Also, decisions made by Resource managers  will be available to Project Managers within Project Pro for Office 365 to review and plan accordingly. 
Set Automatic Replies for when you are traveling out of the office. Available for Office 365 and Exchange Server accounts in Settings.
Sway will allow Office 365 admins to control which 3rd party content sources (such as Flickr and Twitter) are enabled in the Insert tab for users in their organization.
Office 365 admins will be able to view Sway service health within the Service Health Dashboard in the Office 365 admin center.
As part of ongoing performance improvements and feature additions to Word Online, this month you’ll see the following: a) Image Resize handles: You can now resize images right in your document without having to use tools from the ribbon. Use the corner resize handles to maintain your picture’s aspect ratio. Use the mid-line resize handles to skew your picture. b) Plus there are improvements to list rendering, proofing, AutoSave UI and addition of more symbols. b) Performance improvements to co-authoring to allow more concurrent co-authors.
Enables customers to satisfy stringent SEC 17a-4 record retention requirements with advanced administrative controls for archiving such as restricting changes to archiving policies and preventing such policies from being turned off or removed.
Office for Android apps now support Android for Work.
The Office apps are enterprise-ready. With Android M support for Enterprise and compliance with Android for Work, you can now use the Office Mobile apps in workplaces that require that compliance.
Get started quickly with an easier Sign-in/Sign-up process. The Microsoft Account or Office 365 OrgID already configured on the device is now pre-populated to eliminate manual typing, so you can now sign-in with a tap.
Presenter view is now available in PowerPoint. It lets you show and present your slides like a pro.  View your presentation with speaker notes on your Android phone or tablet, but control what the audience sees when you project to a large screen*.
* An Office 365 subscription is required to use this feature
Apps for Project Pro for Office 365 will be able to write-back and update the project plan.
This feature will enable users to define a readable Project ID per Enterprise Project Type. On project creation, the Project ID will be auto generated.  The Project ID can be added to Project Center, Project Detail Pages (PDPs) and in reports.
The default theme is now “Colorful” (previously, the default theme was “White”). You can always change your theme by going to File   Account  Office Theme.
This new theme is designed to provide users with visual impairments who find overly bright displays unusable, with a more visually subtle background to work with in the apps.
Data Loss Prevention in Office 365 provides more than 50 Sensitive information types that you use out of the box. We will be expanding on this list with some more new sensitive information types.
Within the new Delve profile people experience, Office 365 users will be able to send Praise to their colleagues that will be publically viewable, promoting recognition. In addition, giving someone Praise triggers an email to their manager to promote awareness of their employees' supportive efforts. The Praise then feeds into the broader Delve experience and can be discovered by others who can click Like further supporting and promoting individual recognition within the company.
Designer, a feature that will essentially allow you to deliver beautiful and impactful presentations with little to no experience. With Designer it's like having a professional designer in the trenches with you, providing suggestions on layout and imagery placement, all with a few clicks of your mouse or swipe of your finger.
(Now in Private preview, with public preview targeted for Sep 2015) DLP in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business policy management will allow admins to create policies and take action if a sensitive document is detected. In addition, DLP in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business reports will allow admins to understand what DLP policies and rules matched within their organization.
Now Business Intelligence features are much easier to find in your Excel experience. If you’re using one of the BI feature (Power View, Power Pivot or Power Map) the rest will be turned on automatically for you. You can also turn on all the BI Features by going to Excel under File Options Advanced Turn on data analysis features, instead of File Options Add-Ins Manage “Com Add-ins” Go, which makes everything less time consuming
SharePoint Online & OneDrive for Business are adding support for First Release Select People, which exists currently for Exchange and Office 365 suite UI.  This means that users with First Release Select People enabled will now get many SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business updates before they roll out to standard release.
Higher DPI support for 250% and 300% so that your Office documents look great on larger screens.
This feature simplifies  resolving conflicts when coauthoring. You can choose between two versions of the conflicting slides, your changes or others' changes, instead of sifting   through the individual conflicts.
These changes bring together two key aspects of collaboration: who has access to a given document and who is currently working with you on the document. Now you can view both pieces of information in one place from the Share pane dialog box.
Math input control is now available in Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint. You can write math equations with a digital pen, a pointing device, or even your finger, and have the ink converted to a “typed” format.
Message Center is joining the new Office 365 Admin Center Preview.  It will feature new in context viewing, the ability to rate messages and provide message specific feedback, read/unread status, ability to dismiss messages you've taken action on, and more.  It will roll out in stages and iterated on based on usage and feedback.
The translation features in Office (Whole Document Translation, Mini Translator, and Research and Reference Pane Translation) have all been improved such that communication with machine translation providers happens over an SSL connection.   The user is notified when content that they are translating is using a machine translation provider (e.g. Bing)..
Multi-factor-authentication (MFA) through integration of ADAL (Active Directory Authentication Library) streamlines sign on for the whole Office suite and layers security through the process in one single sign on.
We’ve improved the timeline view in Project Online so you can now have multiple timeline bars in a single view and you can set the date range for timeline bars so they can represent only a specific phase of your project.
In Project Pro for Office 365 you will be able to create multiple timeline bars within the Timeline view. You will also be able to set a custom date range for each timeline bar in order to just highlight a certain time period of the project in the Timeline view.
When receiving an email with multiple email attachments, Outlook 2016 users will now be able to multi-select attachments by holding Ctrl and clicking on individual attachments.
The Yammer Android app features new capabilities that boost team collaboration. The first capabilities to roll out are the ability to attach files from external file storage services such as OneDrive and Dropbox, and inline at-mentioning which uses Yammer’s type-ahead functionality to people and groups to address while users are composing a message, removing the need to at-mention them separately. Better photo-sharing and markup, which lets users attach multiple images at once and mark up the parts of the image they want to call out with their finger will roll out at a later date.
In Office 2016, existing Japanese and Simplified Chinese fonts have been updated with a Unified modern look and feel across the primary authoring apps: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook Mail and OneNote.
The time series forecasting sheet functions are used to predict future values based on historical data. For example, a monthly timeline with values on the 1st of every month or yearly timeline. For this type of timeline, it’s very useful to aggregate raw detailed data before you apply the forecast, which produces more accurate forecast results as well. In this preview, the following forecasting functions are available: Forecast.ETS() - Returns the forecasted value for a specific future target date Forecast.ETS.Confint() - Returns a confidence interval for the forecast value at the specified target dateForecast.ETS.Seasonality() - Returns the length of the repetitive pattern Excel detects for the specified time series
This is an early peek into the new Office 365 Admin Center Preview. The redesigned Office 365 Admin Center Preview is more intuitive and informative making it easier to complete your administrative tasks.This is a journey and as we continue to add more features and functionality, the admin experience will not only be more delightful to use, but also more insightful and scalable to meet more advanced needs.
OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client (NGSC) for PC & Mac brings improved reliability and performance as well as selective sync, support for large files up to 10GB in size and removes the 20,000 file sync limit.
Updates include:
- Zoom in and out while editing in a workbook
- Fill data automatically in worksheet cells with AutoComplete support
- Better formula searching by matching any formula that contains the search term
- Display and toggle outlines and groupings across rows in a workbook
Admins will soon have better visibility in how their Office 365 service is being used by their users. This set of reports will include detailed reports for email activity and Office ProPlus.
Office 365 admins will have an updated purchase domain experience available soon within the Office 365 admin portal. This will provide benefits to Office 365 admins including reduced billing complexity, reduced log-ins required, automated domain management including DNS configuration - all directly from Office 365 rather than third party providers.
Administrators can now create groups with rule-based memberships using the Azure Management Portal. Group membership is updated within a minute as users’ properties change. This allows easy management or larger groups, or the creation of groups that always reflect the organization’s structure.
Group naming policies allow users to self-organize, but allows control on the way that these groups appear in the corporate directory. Now naming policy also applies to the email alias created for groups created through Outlook, Outlook on the web, or the Outlook Groups mobile app.
Understand how Office 365 implements Information Security Management System (ISMS) to keep your data secure and highly available.  Gain insights into security and privacy controls implemented to safeguard your data.
We are adding Office 365 commercial services into the catalog experience of special segments such as Education, Government (Public), and Charity.  With this update our special segment customers will have the ability to purchase all of our commercial service offerings regardless of their segment. 
The Office 365 My account page is a centralized location for commercial users to view and manage all information regarding their Office 365 account. The my account page has several features that bring together previously available information: 1) My account landing page provides an overview of the my account page and central navigation, 2) personal info page (previously profile) pulls my profile information from Azure Active Directory, and is separate from the Delve profile feature, 3) the subscriptions page shows any user purchases applicable to the user, and the organization assigned licenses available to the user, 4) the app permission page displays all applications that have access to a user's Office 365 account - this information was previously available within OWA and/ or SPO settings, 5) Install status shows information on Office 365 installs that was previously available on the My Software page, and 6) the settings page is the updated location for the Office 365 immersive settings experience. 
With the recent launch of new security features in Office 365, such as Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), Data Loss Prevention (DLP) and Device Management, we are expanding the mission of the Office 365 Compliance Center, and in turn, are renaming it the Office 365 Protection Center. We’ve also redesigned the Office 365 Protection Center, with a new user experience that is more intuitive, informative, scalable and insightful. 
Office 365 settings experience will be updated to include contextual settings within the right hand pane of the Office 365 web experience. These contextual settings will include workload specific settings as well as Office 365 settings including theme and start page. The settings pane will include a search box to quickly search all settings, and a link to a full immersive settings experience that includes all Office 365 settings.
Office 365 user purchases is a new feature designed to enable users to get the software they need. Using this new feature an individual in an organization will be able to purchase and individually own a subscription to additional software including Office 365 Pro Plus, OneDrive for Business, Visio and Project available via the Office 365 store.
If an organization has Yammer enabled, video channel owners now have the ability to control the default Yammer group that conversations will go into when commenting on a video, or the option to disable Yammer comments all together for a channel. As a channel owner, go to a channel Channel Settings Yammer tab pick a default group or disable Yammer for the channel.
Pan and zoom while loading large charts/SmartArt
Designer, a feature that will essentially allow you to deliver beautiful and impactful presentations with little to no experience. With Designer it's like having a professional designer in the trenches with you, providing suggestions on layout and imagery placement, all with a few clicks of your mouse or swipe of your finger.
Morph makes captivating and beautiful motions with a few clicks of your mouse or swipes of your finger.  ANYONE can use Morph easily, no matter whether you dabble when it comes to creating presentations or get paid to develop high end professional slides.   Morph's core value is its ability to help you get the most out of PowerPoint's rich features, like animations and transitions, without needing to be a professional designer. 
Leverage Security Consideration Guide to quickly understand how to implement security features and controls available within Office 365.  This guide is designed to provide you with information on key security and compliance features to consider when adopting, deploying, and managing Office 365.
Using Compliance Search you can search and place holds on all public folders in your organization.
This feature increases the   number of default shape styles by introducing new “preset” styles in Word,   Excel, and PowerPoint.
Open up an Excel workbook within SharePoint quickly in read-only mode to quickly get to what matters most.
When you're working with people in a Word document, you can see text changes others are making as well as the location of their cursor within the document. Changes are displayed automatically as people use and update the document. This capability is available in documents stored on OneDrive for Business and Office 365 SharePoint sites.
Customer feedback around timeliness of communications at the onset of a service incident led to increased adoption of monitoring automation for SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online. Based on automated detection of a potential issue, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, and Lync Online services can automatically post an alert directly to affected customers’ Service Health Dashboard (SHD).  
As part of the removal of the "Other" option from Options menu in Outlook on the web, access to the Delivery Reports feature from Outlook on the web is no longer available. The Delivery Reports feature continues to be available from within Outlook. A replacement for this feature, that would be accessible via Outlook on the web, is under consideration for a possible future update. Yet, no commitment, nor future date for such an update, is provided at this time.
Customer will no longer see SharePoint generated emails for shared items getting incorrectly classified as spam.
Smart Lookup is available in Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint and helps you learn more about your content by bringing you precisely the right information in context of what you are reading or writing about. With information from a variety of sources like Bing Snapshot, Wikipedia, Bing image search and Oxford dictionary, you can do anything from a quick look up to a detailed exploration without leaving the Office application.  Smart Lookup can be accessed by right clicking a word or phrase, through the Review tab on the ribbon, or via the Tell Me box.
Insights is powered by Bing and uses the selected text and some surrounding content to get contextually relevant results.
This change now allows you to select multiple items in an Excel Slicer on a touch device. This is a change from prior versions of Excel where only one item in a slicer could be selected at a time using only touch input. You can also enter Slicer multi-select mode by using the new control located in the Slicer’s label.
In Project Online, team members can opt-in to receive email notifications. Team members will receive email alerts whenever a new task is assigned to them. They will also receive daily email reminders with a list of tasks that are upcoming or overdue.
Tell Me saves you the time you would normally use to look for a specific function within the Ribbon. You can type what you’re looking for in the Tell Me box at the top right corner of the Ribbon in Word, Excel,  PowerPoint, Outlook and Access, and with “word-wheeling”, which enables results as soon as you start typing, every keystroke refines the results so that you can click on what you’re looking for as soon as you see it. For example, when you want to mark your document as confidential, just type “confidential” or “confidential banner” and Tell Me will bring back the “Insert Watermark” command. When you click in the Tell Me box, you'll also see a list of the last five commands you ran from within Tell Me, saving you time getting to the feature you want to use.
Delve now incorporates links shared in Yammer so you can discover even more from across Office 365. Soon, Delve will also enable inline conversations so you can share and discuss any content in Yammer directly from within the Delve experience.
Office 365 customers on our premium Enterprise, Government and Education plans will receive OneDrive for Business unlimited storage. Specifically, this includes unlimited storage for individuals in organizations with more than five people subscribing to one of the following plans:
•Office 365 Enterprise E3, E4 and E5
•Office 365 Government E3, E4 and E5
•Office 365 Education
•OneDrive for Business Plan 2 and SharePoint Online Plan 2We will begin rolling out increased storage to these customers by the end of this month, starting with an automatic increase from 1 TB to 5 TB per user. We expect this rollout to complete by the end of March 2016. After this point, customers who want additional storage can request it as needed by contacting Microsoft support.Customers on all other Office 365 Enterprise, Business and standalone plans that include OneDrive for Business will continue to receive 1 TB of storage per user
Office 365 Planner helps users efficiently organize their teamwork. Teams can create new plans, organize and assign tasks, set due dates and update status. Planner also offers the ability to attach documents to specific tasks, edit them together and have conversations around tasks. Planner’s visual dashboards and email notifications help keep everyone informed on the overall progress of their initiative
Add-in only authorization policy for Project Online allows an add-in to request an access token tied to a specific application.  This would allow creation of add-ins which don't necessarily require a user.
Android: Quick Edit of email attachment and quick reply with Outlook
A new Archive button will be added to Outlook 2016 on Windows, allowing users to quickly move messages out of their inbox to a folder of their choice. The user will be asked to choose their Archive folder on first use of this feature. This update will make the Archive feature available on Windows, just as it is on  iOS, Android, Windows 10 Mobile and the web.   
Extends archiving support in Office 365 for 3rd-party data such as:Social - Twitter, Facebook, Yammer, LinkedIn, and many moreInstant Messaging - Yahoo Messenger, GoogleTalk, Cisco Jabber, and many moreDocument Collaboration - Box, DropBox, and many moreVerticals - SalesForce Chatter, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, and many moreSMS/Text Messaging - BlackBerry, MobileGuard, and many more
To accommodate customers who require very, very large archiving storage, you will be able to leverage an auto-expanding, highly scalable archiving. This allows you to take advantage of a truly bottomless archive without needing to call support or perform any manual steps. Through an update to our back-end architecture, we not only enabled auto-expanding archives, but also removed limits on the Recoverable Items store.
When your IT department defines a set of relevant departmental templates in Azure Rights Management (RMS), you can access them from within the relevant Office apps using Information Rights Management (IRM).
Browse and join Office 365 Groups right from within Outlook 2016. Previously, existing Groups were visible in Outlook, but in order to browse and join  new groups, a user needed to use Outlook on the web.
As Yammer continues the process of redesigning its user experience, Yammer is excited to announce the modification of its user profile picture. Previously, a person's photo was in a square format. But, moving forward, the pictures will now be rounded.This change will start as a/b testing over the next couple of months. Users will not have to do anything to their profile pictures as we go through this process. However, a small population of users who customize their photo to add distinguishing traits will need to be familiar with some technical details. For these users, we recommend that their new profile photos be at least 100x100 pixels and that they keep custom badges within the new circular format
New features in Office 365 based on the enterprise voice feature set in Lync Server and Skype for Business Server will enable Office 365 customers to eliminate traditional PBX systems for their users.  Customers will be able to either add on PSTN service or leverage existing current PSTN contracts, carrier circuits, and numbers or purchase to make and receive phone calls.Includes traditional calling features including Call hold, history & redial, transfer, forward, call waiting, simultaneous ringing, team calling, delegation, DND routing, tagging and static E-911.  Tenant Administrators will get great reporting including robust call detail records.
With the new Compliance Administrator role you can grant people access to important compliance and security features in Office 365. The Compliance Administrator can perform tasks in the Compliance Center such as manage data loss prevention policies, device management policies, and view auditing reports.
Dark theme improves the accessibility and readability of Outlook 2016 on overly bright displays by adding a full dark theme.
Power Query for Excel, which was a separate downloadable add-in for Excel 2013 and 2010, is fully integrated in Excel 2016. These capabilities, found under the "Get and Transform" section of the Data tab, provide an intuitive and consistent experience for discovering and connecting to a broad range of data sources, including tables in public websites, corporate data in databases and cubes, cloud-based sources like Azure, unstructured data like Hadoop, and services like Salesforce or use web-like searching to discover the data shared across your corporations. Use intuitive options to clean, shape and combine to fit your unique business needs. Missed a step? No problem. The easy-to-use editor allows you to go back and change and reorder your transform steps and quickly reuse them over other sets of data. With one click, refresh your connections so your workbook has the most up-to-date information across all your data sources.
Delve Analytics is a new set of capabilities coming to Delve for E5 customers, or as an add-on to E1/ E3 subscriptions. Delve Analytics will enable individuals and organizations to get time back and spend it more effectively. The capability leverages insights available within Office 365 communications and collaborations data to enable an Outlook add-in to understand reach and impact of emails, and a personal dashboard to provide personalized insights into time and relationships.
When searching for email in a mailbox connected to Office 365 or Exchange 2016, Outlook 2016 will show pictures from the company directory for any users surfaced in the search suggestions.
Currently in public preview; The ability to import data into Office 365 in a quick and easy manner has been a known constraint of Office 365, and a solution for this issue has emerged as a key request from customers. We are working on a solution that will allow quicker imports of data into Exchange Online Archive Mailboxes.  You will now be able to import Exchange Online data through PST files into the service without using third party tools.   Drive Shipping and Network Based Ingestion options will use Azure-based services to import data.  Over time we will be extending this to other data types across Office 365.
Organize your eDiscovery work into cases. Case permissions control who has access to the case, so team members can lock down sensitive activities that other investigators should not see.
Expand the scope of your compliance & eDiscovery search by searching on variations of words. For example *drive would find you results with SkyDrive or OneDrive. You can also use asterisks in the middle of a word or at both the beginning and end of a word such as o*drive or *drive*.
Events from email will take information from confirmation emails for a flight from a supported provider and automatically put it into your calendar, showing the most relevant information, automatically bloking the flight time, and setting a 3 hour reminder.
Support editing and refreshing of workbooks containing Power Views and inserting PivotTables.
Admins will be able to add phishing levels similar to how they set up their spam levels
The security mechanism that changes the message filter verdict and moves an unread email message after it has been delivered as appropriate. 
FastTrack Center (FTC) will offer an adoption planning assistance to help customers initiate the use of Office 365 once implemented. The activities will add to the existing onboarding activities already offered by the FastTrack Center. These capabilities are planned to be added to FastTrack Center benefits and will be subject to the FastTrack eligibility requirements.
FastTrack Center will offer data migration services from on-premises file shares as a new benefit provided by the FTC. Migration of your file share data to OneDrive for Business will be offered.
FastTrack Center will offer data migration services from on-premises file shares as a new benefit provided by the FTC. Migration of your file share data to SharePoint Online Team Sites will be offered. The details of the scope are under development at this time, additional details will be provided in future updates.
FastTrack Center (FTC) will offer upgrade assistance to help existing Office 365 ProPlus customers upgrade to the Office 2016 version. The activities will add to the existing onboarding activities already offered by the FastTrack Center. Activities will include remote assistance and tooling automation to ensure a smooth upgrade. These capabilities are planned to be added to FastTrack Center benefits and will be subject to the FastTrack eligibility requirements.
Yammer's Group Updates feed provides a simple workflow through relevant group content to help users catch up on urgent conversations and discover what others are working on. Users can navigate easily between the feed and their groups, as well as join groups they’re not already a part of, from the feed itself. We'll also be giving users quick access to individual messages via a dedicated Direct Messages section. Together, the Group Updates feed and Direct Messages replace the existing Inbox which did not break out group and individual content.The Group Updates feed and Direct Messages will come to Android first with iOS following shortly after.
Yammer integration with the Office 365 Group service managed by Azure Active Directory enables standard membership across Office 365.
When reading emails with image attachments, you now see big thumbnail previews, and you see thumbnails in the attachment well when composing an email, too. We also have an improved image side by side view, with improved load timing.
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for Mac will be available in Korean in November 2015.
In November 2015, all Lync Room System software will be updated to the Skype Meeting experience of Skype for Business. This updated user experience will be released as part of the November Cumulative Update.The update will work with Skype for Business Online as well as with both Microsoft Lync Server 2013 and Skype for Business Server 2015. The update does not require any IT Administrator intervention to enable. After the update it is not possible to revert back to the Lync Room System user experience, yet the user interaction will not be different from the original Lync Room Systems user experience.The updates will apply to the Lync Room System hardware of Crestron, Polycom and SMART Technologies.Microsoft will publish more guidance in October to support IT Admins to prepare for the transition and user awareness.
This will enable customers to treat Yammer licenses just like any other Office 365 product e.g. Exchange or SharePoint Online licenses. Customer will be able to uncheck the ‘Yammer Enterprise’ checkbox in the Assign Licenses page of the user.
This is an added feature to the mobile offline access and allows for users to easily make edits on pdf files with their iOS mobile devices.
Yammer is making a number of changes to the group experience to help users work more effectively in their groups. Up first, the new default landing experience returns users to the last group they visited, rather than the home feed, to to deliver continuity in their group experience. Inside each group, the new group destination shows all unread group conversations in a separate tab; dynamic indicators show when users have viewed these messages.Next up: each group will also provide an inbox view to show priority messages within the context of the group experience. Additionally, group admins will now have an onboarding process to help newly created groups off to a successful start.
Improved on-boarding experience and sign up flow, allowing new users to get connected to their teams and groups in Yammer quickly.
Updates this month have been focused on adding group administration. The initial functionality is focused on adding and editing membership of all existing Office 365 groups.
Admins can now opt into receiving push notification for messages that require some action from message center.
Admins can filter receiving push notification for messages based on category: Stay Informed, Plan for Change, and Prevent and Fix Issue
The Office 365 app launcher visual refresh will include additional end user customization updates including extending the user personal theme across the first party tiles and background color of the app launcher, as well as tile re-sizing capabilities, including a small, medium (current size) and wide tile option to accommodate a variety of personal preferences. Custom tiles will not be available for re-sizing or accept the personal theme set by users.
Office 365 Connectors bring useful information and content from 3rd party services into your Office 365 Group. Users can connect their group to services like JIRA, GitHub, Bing News, Twitter, etc., and get notified of the activity in that service. Developers can build connectors via incoming web hooks that generate rich connector cards.
Office 365 reporting content pack for Power BI enables customers to combine their organization's Office 365 usage data with their organization's user information to provide richer insights into office 365 usage patterns.
Office 365 custom themes will be updated to include more themes overall, the ability for a user to upload their own theme and an option to use Bing images as your theme. Note - tenant level customizations and enforcing org theme over user theme will be unchanged.
We’ve implemented policy in Azure Active Directory that allows administrators to restrict group creation to certain
users. This ensures that creation of Office 365 Groups through all endpoints can be given to selected users. The existing Exchange Mailbox policy only applies to creation in Exchange, Outlook, or the Outlook Groups mobile app.
We’re working on delivering a customizable classification system for Office 365 Groups that would allow separation of groups by policy type; e.g. unclassified, corporate confidential, or to secret. In this manner, your groups can exhibit the policies of other content in your organization. Extensible policy allows your organization to configure an endpoint that should be called whenever a group is created of changed where you can implement your own policies for group creation or change.
We’ll allow end users and administrators to undelete an Office 365 Group and its contents in one action.
To support administrators’ desire to keep their directories clear of stale or inactive content, we’re working on a policy that would expire inactive Office 365 Groups over a definable period of time.
Today, Office 365 Groups files consume from your organization’s SharePoint shared storage quota; team sites and groups share the same available capacity. We plan to deliver the ability to set quotas on groups’ underlying sites to help manage the consumption of shared storage by Office 365 Groups’ files.
We’ll be exposing Office 365 Groups usage and engagement reports in the Office 365 Admin Center. You will be able to keep tabs on group creation rates as well as usage over time.
Enables the ability to indicate that the member list of the Office 365 Group should be hidden from non-members. This is useful in schools for instance where class rosters can’t be exposed to other students/faculty in the school.
To protect users’ data on-the-go, we’re working on exposing the Outlook Groups mobile apps in Microsoft Intune as policy managed apps. 
Larger organizations use separate email domains to reflect different parts of their businesses. Office 365 Groups that are created by users in one domain will share that domain (as opposed to using a common domain across the tenant). Administrators now also have control to create groups in a specific domain of their choosing.
Administrators can now create Office 365 Groups with rule-based memberships using the Azure Management Portal. Group membership is updated within a minute as users’ properties change. This allows easy management or larger groups, or the creation of groups that always reflect the
organization’s structure. Dynamic membership for groups will require Azure Active Directory Premium licenses.
By integrating Office Delve & Office 365 Groups you’ll be able to stay on top of key activities happening across all the collaboration modalities used by the team & you’ll also be able to discover relevant groups.
We'll continue to innovate the user experience for Groups across Outlook on the web and the Outlook Groups mobile app to make it easier to use.
You’ll be able to customize the usage guidelines for Office 365 Groups – to educate your users about best practices that help keep their groups effective and their content safe.
The Office 365 help pane search functionality will be updated to include application results, and the help pane will also incorporate tell me functionality to provide quick access to settings, search and workload commands.
Microsoft is planning to host Office 365 services from a Microsoft datacenter in India. This is planned to launch by the end of CY 2015. Office 365 customers in India today will be able to migrate their tenant to this new datacenter once it launches. We will have additional information about Office 365 on the newly announced India datacenter closer to the time.
With End user triggered encryption in OWA, end users will be able to directly encrypt messages with Office 365 Message Encryption. Today, it can only be configured with Exchange transport rules by admins, but with this capability end users can encrypt messages directly from OWA using Office 365 Message Encryption
New Office 365 dashboard view in the Office 365 Admin Center. The dashboard will show trend and aggregate views of the Office 365 services. It will have the capability to drill down into the individual, detailed activity reports.
This initial phase of video analytics will focus on giving content owners insights into how their videos are being viewed and trending patterns. Users will see aggregate data on how many people have watched their video(s), how long they are watching and what the drop-off rates are over time. Greater insights let you know what’s working, how and when.
If a video has been deleted from a channel, it is now possible to recover the video and restore it from the channel recycle bin. The channel recycle bin follows the same duration patterns as SharePoint Online recycle bin recovery times – 90 days. Hence it is possible to recover a video within 90 days of deletion.
It will be possible to select one of several auto-generated thumbnails to represent your video. Thumbnails come from throughout your video. You, too, will be able to manually upload your own graphic image to represent a video.
It will now be possible for more customers to access the Office 365 Video portal solution, as a part of Office 365 tenants in both Government Community Cloud (GCC) and for customers served out of the China datacenters.
It will be easier to upload videos into Office 365 Video, with greater end user confidence. We will introduce a more-centralized method for uploading videos, where you go to an upload center and select the desired channel destination for your video(s). You will also be able to view progress bars and enter tile/description while the video(s) are uploading. This new upload center will also use responsive design for ease of upload across devices.
Beyond title and description, Office 365 Video will now track and display who uploaded the video initially. You, too, can associate various people who are in the video to enhance the discoverability of the video and highlight main speakers. This not only provides visual feedback on the player page, it also helps feed an additional layer of information to the Office Graph to inform other people about new content close to relevant people in their network.
We’ll support uploading subtitle files in the webvtt format. You can upload a different subtitle file per different language. We’ll also do work to attribute the text in the subtitle file back to the original video so you can find videos from enterprise search based off what’s said in the video.
Office Online provides an immersive document collaboration experience inside Yammer. Co-author Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files uploaded to Yammer with other people using the immersive Office Online experience. Changes are automatically saved in Yammer where you have the ability to review the version history of each file and mark documents “Official."
We’re adding support for file names that contain ‘%’ or ‘#’ characters. Previously these were blocked for upload to OneDrive for Business. Additionally for all other blocked characters in filenames, OneDrive for Business will warn the user of a problem with their filename and provide them with the opportunity to rename the file to continue the upload. Finally, OneDrive for business will support filenames up to 256 characters in length. Together these changes will help users and organizations more easily adopt OneDrive for Business.
End users will be able to open and view OpenDocument files in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Mac.
Yammer is updating the inbox for teamwork by providing better structure and workflow. As part of this, we're organizing inbox messages by group, introducing group bulk actions with the ability to mark a group as read, replacing "Mark as Unread" with "Read Later" that lets users flag messages for follow up for better workflow, and showing unread messages and messages marked "Read Later" as separate tabs within the inbox. We're also separating direct messages from group conversations in the inbox. Finally, we're streamlining the inbox by removing duplicate content that have been viewed elsewhere.
In 2014, we announced a redesign of the end-user options menu within Outlook on the Web.  In the new Options menu, we added an "Other" link to an earlier version of end-user options. This “Other” link also gave users access to three options not accessible in the new options menu – Distribution Groups, Delivery Reports, and Site Mailbox settings. Distribution Groups has been added to the "General" group within the new options menu in Outlook on the Web. But, as part of the removal of the "Other" link, Delivery Reports and Site Mailbox settings pages are no longer available in Outlook on the Web.  Delivery Reports is still available from within the Outlook desktop client. A replacement for Delivery Reports, that would be accessible through Outlook on the Web, is under consideration for a possible future update, but no future date for such an update is available at this time. Site Mailboxes and the related app continue to be available in SharePoint.
Project Online will provide multiple PPM reports based on industry best practices, giving you visibility and insight into your portfolio of projects and resources.
Project Online portfolio dashboard for iPad will provide multiple PPM reports based on industry best practices, giving you visibility and insight into your portfolio of projects and resources.
PSTN calling gives Office 365 customers the option to give their users the ability to receive and make calls to traditional phone numbers from their Skype for Business clients.  This will be available for US customers only at the time of launch, with other countries added later.
PSTN conferencing from Microsoft will give Office 365 customers the option to purchase traditional dial-in capabilities for their Skype for Business meetings directly from Microsoft.  This will be offered initially in the US.
End users will be able to customize the Quick Access Toolbar in the top left of the screen in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, so that they can have quick access to frequently used features.
To help organizations better maintain data after employee accounts are disabled, admins will soon be able to assign a deleted user’s Sways to another owner (in bulk). This action can be completed by the admin within one month after a user’s Office 365 work or school account has been deleted. Tenant admins can specify a new owner, who will subsequently receive all of the deleted users Sways in his or her My Sways page.
Developers and end users will be able to add custom ribbon tabs to Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Mac.
Outlook for iOS & Android will be able to view, send files from and save attachments to OneDrive for Business in the Files tab. Today, Outlook works with OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, Google Drive & iCloud.
This feature will allow large files to be uploaded through the use of our SharePoint APIs in chunks. This will allow the files to be uploaded in multiple transactions to avoid timeouts and provide more reliability to your large file uploads.
SharePoint/OneDrive for Business file activity report will provide admins with more visibility into their users' file activities for SharePoint and OneDrive for Business.
The Sites page, when a user clicks on the "Sites" tile in the app launcher, will get improvements. There will be a new section on the page called "Recent sites" - giving you a list of Office 365 sites you've recently visited, plus an update to the query that drives the "Suggested sites" section of the page; this now will leverage the Office Graph to provide a great level of relevancy to the sites being suggested to users.
Users will now have the option to start an instant message, voice and/ or video conversation with one or several of your colleagues right from the productivity of your inbox, OneDrive for Business or calendar application. Conversations will provide you with real time, direct access to the information you need directly from your colleagues and persist across applications. SfB conversations will be available across Office 365 web applications via the persistent Skype icon on top navigation bar.
Later this year, we will replace Lync 2013 app with Skype for Business in the Google app store. Users will see the new Skype for Business UI after updating the app.
Built from the ground up for a reliable and robust experience, The new Skype for Business Mac client will be available for Technical Preview.
Skype Meeting Broadcast allows up to 10,000 people to view a broadcast of a Skype for Business meeting on the Internet.  This capability is useful for a variety of scenarios, including internal, organization-wide “Town Hall” style meetings and public webinars.  Broadcasts may be viewed live, or after the event. 
Free online meetings from Skype for Business that is easy to set up with a personalized meeting URL, helps team collaborate with screen share and is built for business with reliability and encryption.
This update will bring two key enhancements for Sites in Office 365, videos uploaded into Office 365 Video, and OneDrive for Business. First, you will be able to upload files greater than 2GB - up to 10GB - to both Sites' document libraries and OneDrive for Business. We, too, will provide a greater amount of default storage for Office 365 Sites usage (for documents and information); Office 365 tenants will now get 1TB + (500MB * # of E/A/G users); this calculation used to be 10GB + (500MB * # of E/A/G users).
An essential component of regulatory compliance for financial and related industries is the ability to review specific employee communications. We will be introducing a new feature called Supervisory Review that will give organizations the ability to define a subset of employee communications to be reviewed by a group of internal or external auditors. Supervisory Review will include both policy configuration and reviewer tools to perform supervisory review.
Sway will allow users logged in with Office 365 work/school accounts to embed documents and videos from within their Office 365 environment. This includes embeds of videos from Office 365 video as well as documents stored in OneDrive for Business, SharePoint sites, and Office 365 Groups OneDrive for Business sites.
Sway will start providing Sway users with analytics on their Sways, including view counts.
Sway will allow users to copy and paste one or multiple selected cards within the same Sway, or between Sways.
The Sway service will be run out of additional datacenters, improving data resiliency and geographical performance.
Office 365 admins will be able to audit the way Sway is used in their organization. Admins will have visibility into items such as who in their organization has created/edited Sways, who has changed the Share level of a Sway, and more.
Sway will provide users with a recycle bin so they can view which Sways they’ve deleted and recover them to My Sways if desired. Office 365 admins will be able to recover Sways on behalf of users who have deleted them from the recycle bin, for a period of time after deletion.
Sway will provide additional granular sharing options so users can share with specific individuals
Sway will allow users logged in with Office 365 work/school accounts to upload videos to Sway from their device as well as add videos stored in OneDrive for Business.
Sway will allow Office 365 work/school users to navigate and add content from SharePoint sites within the Insert tab.
Sway will allow Office 365 work/school users to publish to directly from within the app as long as external sharing is enabled for the organization.
User activity reports will allow you to audit SharePoint and OneDrive for Business user actions such as views, edits, deletes, downloaded files, and sharing of files. These reports will be available in the Compliance Center.
Discovery feed surfaces conversations users might miss from relevant groups, Updates in the Discovery feed clearly identify which groups the conversations come from and provide the ability to quickly navigate to and join the groups users are not already a member of straight from the feed. 
External Groups helps extended teams collaborate closely in Yammer. Users will be able to invite outside participants such as vendors, partners, and customers into a group in their Yammer network.
In order to help get newly created groups off to a successful start, Yammer is introducing a new onboarding experience for group administrators. When setting up a new Yammer group, group admins will be prompted to provide the right context and bring in the right people by writing a description, inviting members, and starting a conversation.
As part of the changes Yammer is making to to help users work more effectively in their groups, each Yammer group will show unread inbox conversations from that group. Inbox conversations are considered high priority because they are explicitly addressed to users who have either posted, been at mentioned on, replied to, or followed these messages. By showing inbox messages in each Yammer group, the goal is to make it easier for users to read and respond to their priority messages within the context of their group.
Yammer groups will have a greater sense of place and be more engaging with a full-width header, a cleaner look to focus attention on high impact activity and content, and a wider feed for team conversations. 
All key properties from Azure Active Directory users will be one way synchronized to Yammer.
We are evolving the OWA options page to help users find what they need more easily. These updates will see the removal of the prior OWA options page. A few specific items will no longer be available in the OWA options with this change. These include distribution list self-management, Site Mailbox management in OWA, and delivery reports. This update build upon the prior updates announced here.
Offering 1TB storage to OneDrive for Business users.
The Office 365 user profile page, aka "About Me," is getting a significant update. First, it will be more user friendly in its overall presentation and how it looks and responds across all devices. This update also introduces a new page authoring tool - that at first will be used to create stories within the company - then expand to enable creation of new types of dynamic pages. These stories and pages are created within the browser and have built-in hooks to add other Office 365 content (like documents from OneDrive for Business, videos from Office 365 Video and images a document library) in a seamless way. Finally, the new "About Me" page will highlight people and people search in a whole new way - from hierarchical views, to showing who people most closely work with, and even a method to send a kudo to a co-worker.
Add external collaborators--such as vendors, partners, and customers--to new conversations, existing conversations, and private messages from your Yammer network. 
You can deploy Solver, Euro Currency, & Analysis ToolPak add-ins in the language of their choice via Click-to-Run.
Office 365 navigation will be updated to help you find your apps and services more quickly. The new launcher will expand as you add more services, and will make it easier to access apps like Word Online, Excel Online, and PowerPoint Online.
Office 365 ProPlus provides thousands of configuration options via Group Policy and the Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run. Now administrators can choose to exclude applications from the Office 365 ProPlus suite, such as Access or InfoPath. Updates to the Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run will enable administrators performing push deployments of Office 365 ProPlus to exclude one or more applications during the initial Office installation, or add/remove applications to an existing installation.
Excel Online will support adding Apps for Office similar to the Excel desktop client.
This feature allows Apps for Office that are opened used in Excel Online APIs to take advantage of the Format.js APIs that are already present in the desktop client capabilities.
Automatic relationship detection is now available for everyone using Office 365. When you are building a Data Model PivotTable working with two or more tables with no relationships defined, you get a notification to run Automatic relationship detection. This will detect and create all relationships between the tables that are used for the Data Model PivotTable so that you don’t have to do any of the work yourself. Automatic relationship detection can also be run through the Relationship dialog.
Drilling up and down time groups and other hierarchical levels of your data is a common action in data analysis. This preview makes it easier for you to perform these actions with two new updates. Time groups are now automatically detected and created when you add rows of time fields to your PivotTables. Also, you can now drill up and down your data hierarchies directly from your PivotCharts visualizations, allowing you to explore deeper in your data right from your charts and graphs.
In the Beta release, the AAD Connect wizard provides a guided experience for integrating a single Active Directory forest with Windows Azure Active Directory. In upcoming versions, we plan support multi-forest scenarios.
Azure AD reports will allow you to audit Office 365 user logins and admin actions in your directory such as creation of new users or admins, password resets, deletion of users and other admin actions.  The link to these reports will be available in the Office 365 admin center under auditing.
Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) integration for Click-to-Run installations enables better network traffic management by lowering the download priority for Office updates when other protocols are being used on the desktop.
A board is a representation and collection of content that’s related to a topic. Users can visit and create boards in Delve. Users can add any content that they see in Delve to a new or existing board, get suggestions based on boards they've used recently and see existing boards created by others. Users can follow boards to get updates or share a board with others in their organization who they think the board will be useful for. Boards don’t change permissions, so people will only be able to see content in the board that you already have access to.
Workflow creators in Project Online can bulk update project custom fields with a single service request. Previously, each custom field update required a separate service request. This results in much faster transition between multiple demand management phases.
We are updating the behavior when pasting mixed content (e.g. text and images) into the compose email form in OWA. Depending on the type of mixed content, OWA may only be able to paste one of the two types of content. Previously when this happened, OWA prioritized the image and pasting mixed content would result result in just the image being pasted (with no text). From customer feedback, we are adjusting this behavior to now paste all the text, but leave out the image. The user will have to individually copy in the image separately. We believe this is a better choice when we are unable to paste the entirety of the mixed content, and is also consistent with how other webmail services handle this situation.
We are no longer supporting connecting to LinkedIn within the Microsoft Outlook Social Connector in Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010 & 2013. Customers who want information about their contacts from LinkedIn should download the LinkedIn for Outlook app from the Office Store. The LinkedIn app is supported in Outlook 2013 & OWA.
Click-to-Run is a streaming and virtualization technology that makes it very easy to install Office products at scale at big enterprises, thereby putting the latest and greatest Office in the hands of end users quickly. Some gaps such as necessary security updates, bug fixes and meeting compliance requirements have been addressed, making the experience of running Click-to-Run easier.
We are adding capabilities to help you control some aspects for the mailbox Clutter feature. These include the ability to exclude selection communications from Clutter, enabling items such as corporate communications to bypass the Clutter model. It also adds controls to provide customer controlled sending identity for communications from the Clutter feature, such as controlling the sending name and applying a corporate identity to improve trust in the messages. The round of updates also provides admin controls to assign a specific retention tag for the Clutter folder.
Clutter will become on by default for all users in tenants where the Clutter feature is available. As Clutter becomes on by default, it will introduce an enhanced user experience providing a concise way to stay informed of messages being moved to the Clutter folder. Users will continue to have the option to set their own preference. Additionally a PowerShell cmdlet will be made available to enable administrators to turn off the Clutter feature on behalf of users ahead of Clutter being enabled by default.
The Office 365 Compliance Center is one place to manage compliance across Office 365 for your organization. You can define central policies that apply across your data in Office 365, such as preserve policies that keep content in SharePoint and Exchange indefinitely or for a set time period. Links to existing SharePoint and Exchange compliance features bring together the compliance capabilities across Office 365.
Enhanced search capabilities in the Office 365 Compliance Center allow you to search all mailboxes in your
organization, removing previous scale limitations. You can also search all SharePoint and OneDrive for
Business locations without configuring permission on each site and without
providing access to all of the content.
Cortana in Windows 10 will be now able to connect to Office 365 to help you accomplish more at work. You can configure this integration between Cortana and Office 365 through the Office 365 admin center. For more info, please check here.
Visio incorporates Office experience innovations such as dark themes, Delve, Tell Me and High DPI support to accommodate various diagram creation and collaboration needs. in Preview as of Aug 2015
Create and edit comments in your workbooks, when using Excel Mobile for iPad
All customers will now have the capability to create custom themes for their end users. This includes a clickable custom logo and customizable colors for top navigation bar, menu icons and text and the Office 365 logo.
The custom tile feature will provide the capability for an Office 365 tenant admin to quickly create an app tile from any public website, intranet or team site and push it to the my apps page of all users within their tenant. Users will then be able to add this app to their app launcher for quick access to a top site for their organization.
A new SharePoint Online admin center feature that allows admins the ability to show or hide "Newsfeed/Yammer," "Sites" and "OneDrive for Business" for their users' Office 365 navigation bar experience.
Improved data entry and navigation for Excel for iPad, using both the hardware and formula keyboard with support for edit, enter, and point modes.
Data loss prevention for SharePoint Online will help to identify sensitive data stored in SharePoint content libraries. With this capability, you will be able to perform eDiscovery searches for sensitive content in these SharePoint libraries. Sensitive content detections will be stamped/available in the FAST index for query and integration with search and classification results can be easily exported.
The Clutter feature is a separate folder where lower priority email appear. These items are removed from the standard inbox view so that the user can focus on the higher priority messages in the inbox.
Enabled Office 365 Commercial customers can defer regular feature updates while only receiving monthly security patches, allowing time for testing and validation against critical line-of-business apps, add-ins and macros.  This update approach is called Current Branch for Business and will deliver feature updates and bug fixes a few times a year.
Delve (Codename Oslo) is the first experience to use the power of the Office Graph. Delve is a new way to search and discover content across Office 365 based on personalized insights. Delve will be available as a Windows 8 app, on mobile devices, and integrated in the Office 365 web experience. Office Graph is an underlying technology and a suite-wide intelligence fabric that will help you discover content and make new connections. The Office Graph analyzes signals and applies machine learning. Personalized insights are built up for each user, based on their behavior, their relationships to content, topics and one another. Content and signals are captured from Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Yammer.
Office 365 customers who use federated sign-in can now use DirSync with password hash sync as a backup in case there is a failure with any part of the on-premises identity provider. In case of failure you can reconfigure the Azure AD tenant from federated to standard in a matter of hours to enable sign-in.
Office 365 customers who use federated sign-in can now use DirSync with password hash sync as a backup in case there is a failure with any part of the on-premises identity provider. In case of failure you can reconfigure the Azure AD tenant from federated to standard in a matter of hours to enable sign-in.
Admins will be able to block users from syncing their OneDrive for Business files to unmanaged PC's (PC's that are not domain-joined).
Exchange Online Protection will begin supporting outbound validation of Domain Keys Identified Mail (DKIM; see DomainKeys Identified Mail Signatures). DKIM is a method of validating a digitally signed message that appears in theDKIM-Signature header in the message headers. It ties an email message to the organization responsible for the message.
We are enabling the detection of Windows FCI content classifications for Office documents in Exchange Online. This includes the full range of FCI content classifications, from automatic to manual content tagging. For example, you will be able to create an Exchange transport rule (ETR) that is able to detect the FCI classified Office document as Protected Health Information, and apply appropriate action to prevent disclosure.Support for Same feature in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business will be included in DLP in SPO rollout
DMARC support will be added to EOP service
Enhanced document collaboration in Outlook Web App allows a user to open a document from email and edit the document side-by-side with the original conversation using the Office Web Apps. The user can then reply to the original conversation with an edited version of the document automatically attached to the response. The document can either be physically attached to the original email or stored in OneDrive for Business.
Document deletion policies for OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online will allow the ability to easily delete documents by creating policies which can be assigned to site collection templates, individual site
collections, and OneDrive for Business.
You can now search a maximum of 10,000 mailboxes and an unlimited number of SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business sites in a single eDiscovery search query. However, if you specify the specific sites to search, the limit is 100 sites.
The new edit profile details page experience will be available for Office 365 users via the portal web experience. You can access the new  experience via the gear in the top right of the navigation bar Office 365 settings Me. The new experience will include additional features including updated web design while in edit mode, responsive page layout on smaller devices, and quick link to change your profile photo.
The ability to set-up automatic email reminders for meetings and other calendar events in Outlook Web App.
End users can access their quarantined messages directly and release messages to their inbox. Previously, only admins had this capability.
Bulk mail admin UI that enables admins to treat bulk as spam based on BCL values. This will allow different bulk mails to be treated differently based on the level of bulk spam confidence
Mail protection reports will include a more interactive reporting experience for Exchange Online and Exchange Online Protection admins. For e.g. when you click a report link, a new window opens and displays an interactive chart with summary level information. In addition, When you click a point on any report chart that is older than 7 days, a link to request an extended detailed report appears. When you create an extended report from a chart, you can specify the information you want and whether you want to be notified when the report is completed. You can further view the status of your extended report requests on the pending or completed queries page.
Over the next several months NDRs generated by Office 365 will be enhanced to make it easier to understand and fix many message delivery problems. To start, they'll look better, friendlier, less intimidating to end-users. They'll explain the problem and cause in simple, everyday language, with clear steps the sender can take to try to fix the problem. Enhanced NDRs will include an "at-a-glance" delivery status graphic that summarizes the cause of the problem and where it needs to be fixed (sender side, recipient side, or by Microsoft support
engineers). A "More Info for Email Admins" section will provide an in-depth explanation of the problem and solution, and will include expanded technical details, often with a link to a Web-based article for in-depth information. And while the original message headers, in their mono-spaced typeface and primitively word-wrapped magnificence, will still appear at the bottom of the NDR, we'll also expose them in a formatted table, making it
easier to follow the message's server to server hop path and more quickly spot problems between hops.
The speed of eDiscovery search queries against large numbers of mailboxes is improved by 10x and the reliability of these searches has also been improved. This allows the 5,000 mailboxes in a single query limit to be increased to 10,000.
Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection is a new filtering service that provides protection against sophisticated attacks with new capabilities such as Safe attachments and Safe Links. More details can be found at
The limit of Exchange Online Public Folder count will be increased from 10,000 folders to 100,000 total folders. Full hierarchy sync has been improved to the point where it can scale linearly as folder count grows within the environment. There have also been storage optimizations which will provide better performance when accessing public folders.
The new Exchange Transport Rule Generate Recipient Notification action can be used to send a custom email notification to message recipients when a message matches the conditions of a transport rule.
ExpressRoute for Office 365 allows Office 365 customers to establish a private managed connection between their network and Microsoft datacenters. Customers can get premium connectivity that is like having an on-premises datacenter and enjoy the benefits of predictable performance and guaranteed availability from a single networking agreement with one service provider. ExpressRoute for Office 365 is planned to be generally available in the third quarter 2015.
External collaboration settings have been consolidated into one place in the Office 365 Admin Center for admins to enable the access of their SharePoint sites and Exchange calendars with external organizations. In addition, admins can also enable their users to communicate with people outside of their organization using Lync.
FastTrack for Office 365 will provide a new customer success service. The service will help you discover Office 365 and plan for a successful rollout. You can collaborate with partner and Microsoft teams to help you evaluate, onboard, and drive adoption of Office 365. You will engage with service via the Microsoft FastTrack portal.
You can request help to setup Office 365 directly from the admin center. Every new customer with an eligible purchase of Office 365 over 150 seats is entitled to email migration and remote onboarding provided by a regional Microsoft FastTrack Center. You can now start the engagement with the FastTrack Center from your Office 365 admin center.
Office 365 continuously delivers product innovations – like new email or collaboration capabilities – as they become available. To help you best manage how you embrace new feature updates to your Office 365 subscription, we give you the choice to either follow our Standard Release process or opted into the First Release program for a select set of significant updates to the service. First Release includes a selection of enhancements to the Office 365 user experience for SharePoint Online and Exchange Online. Tenants that opt into First Release will receive new qualifying feature update a minimum of two weeks before customers on Standard Release.
Based on your feedback we’re adding a new “Select people” option to First Release.  With this newly added option, you can select a set of users to participate in First Release. These users will receive updates before the rest of your organization, giving you time to prepare for changes. Additionally, First Release originally offered a selection of feature experiences for customers wanting early access to Office 365 updates. We started with new experiences, including Office Delve, Office 365 Video, Office 365 Groups and the app launcher.  While having faster access to these new capabilities has been beneficial, you have asked us to roll out more changes through First Release. Starting with Exchange Online, we are delivering more changes to First Release customers before going to the rest of Office 365 customers.
When a customer first downloads and begins to use Office for iPad there will be more prompts to guide them along their first run experience.
With Format Background you can choose to change your slide background to a solid color or to a picture that is saved on your computer. After you format the background of your slide, you can use the Apply to All option to apply the background of the current slide to all the other slides in your presentation.
Generic Top Level Domains (gTLD) can now be added directly from your Office 365 Admin Center. Over 1,300 new gTLDs are now supported.
Visio diagramming can be   intimidating for someone who is new to Visio and not used to the rich set of   tools offered. The Getting Started experience now makes the Visio canvas more   inviting by providing a select set of pre-crafted starter diagrams which will   help the users in some of the very core scenarios for that template. In   addition, there are some tips provided with the diagram which help the users   in editing and completing their diagram creation experience. Using Visio is   easier than ever.
Group Search allows users to search for conversations and content within a specific Yammer group, directly from the group's description box.
Groups is a cross-suite experience unifying people, conversations, calendars, and content across Office 365, enabling seamless collaboration across applications. Rolling out first to Outlook Web App and OneDrive for Business. Creating a Group in Office 365 will automatically provision a conversation feed, calendar, and file storage so members can easily collaborate with each other. Groups are open by default but can be made private if necessary, enhancing discoverability and sharing.
Outlook used to download a month of email on smaller devices. Outlook 2016 includes an improved sync slider to control how much data is synced to the device, with additional values including 3 days, 7 days, 14 days.
We made Yammer threads more visually appealing and easier to navigate in the form of expanding cards for our Yammer apps for iOS and Android.
Through effective use of demand management workflows in Project Online, you can decouple project site creation from project publishing. This results in Project advancing to the next stage in the workflow much faster.
Viewing and editing your profile on Yammer apps for Android and iOS (iPhone and iPad) gets a revamped experience. Now you have consistent profile functionality across these devices, optimized carefully to provide a natural experience that is true to the essence of each mobile OS.
Currently Exchange Online users maximum message size is hard coded to 35MB Send, 36MB Receive (with 25MB shown as published default).  This feature will allow a tenant administrator to allow customized maximum message size settings between 1mb and 150mb for a single mailbox, multiple mailboxes, and the default for new mailboxes.
By default, the recoverable items quota is set to 30 GB for all users. We are now increasing the Recoverable Items Quota to 100 GB for all users placed on In-Place Hold or Litigation Hold.
Visio files now offers Information Rights Management (IRM) features, which provide persistent online and offline protection of e-mail messages and attachments, documents and diagrams. Now you can protect sensitive information such as confidential product information, financial and sales process visuals, research and patent information and customer or employee data that live in Visio diagrams. Because people can now access their files from just about anywhere, large amounts of potentially sensitive information can suffer from information leakage can be a serious threat to organizations. To help prevent information leakage, protect your Visio diagrams with the new Information Rights Management (IRM) features.
When an admin opens a Support Request, the system will check to see if there are any related service incidents.  If so, it will share the Service Health Dashboard messaging and advise admin on current status.
JSON Light is a new MSOData serialization format that minimizes the metadata, and therefore total bytes, sent in a response to SharePoint's REST services. This is based on the OData 3 standard.
Previously blocked keyboarding scenarios in Excel for features like Pivot Tables and Slicers are now accessible, providing a more robust Excel feature set for all.
Now enjoy easy access to the Visio Shape Panel using your keyboard. F6 cycles into the shape panel, TAB cycles through the different sections of the shape panel. Arrow keys allow users to navigate between the individual elements. Ctrl + TAB will allow users to quickly switch between STENCILS and SEARCH views.
This update adds new two features; Media Resiliency and Conversation History, as well as additional support for Apple OS X Yosemite.
Lync for Mac now supports Enhanced 911 (E911) functionality with location awareness. Additional improvements for the user experience included dynamic selection of a video camera while in a meeting and better file/picture transfer in IM and desktop sharing
Lync Mobile brings Gallery View to the iPad for you to enjoy the full Lync Meeting experience while conferencing with more than one person. The Gallery View supports up to four live video streams and can be seen both in landscape and portrait orientation.
We are delighted to announce the release of Lync online active user activities report which provides abundant user level activity information. This is a customer requested report to enabling checking Lync Online service usage on a per user basis, and is a useful tool for assessing end user adoption.We are rolling out this new report and customers will begin to see this new report in Office 365 administrator portal ( beginning in January, 2015. It will take several weeks to roll out to worldwide customers.
The Lync Online client devices report tells you how many users in your organization have used one
specific type of device to take part in peer-to-peer or conference in a
specified month. The metrics in this report are available through
PowerShell Cmdlet: Get-CsClientDeviceReport, RESTFul WebService API:
CsClientDeviceMonthly as well as a graphical report in Office 365 admin center for client devices.
When joining a Lync meeting, users with Chrome set as their default browser will see a message instructing them to copy the Lync meeting URL, open Safari or Firefox and paste the meeting URL into the new browser window in order to start the Lync meeting. Microsoft is working on an update for Lync Online Chrome users to join meetings using Lync Web App.  The Lync Web App will launch in a separate window where users can proceed with the usual steps to join the meetings. This new Lync Online launch experience will be the same for both Mac and Windows users using any browser as default.
Outlook Web App will undergo a major user interface update, with a redesigned message list, reading pane and compose experience. New features will be introduced, including Sweep, Undo, and many more.
This release is an update to Office 365 sign-in for Yammer and gives admins the ability to unify suspension rights . For instance, when an user is deleted in Office 365 they will automatically be suspended in Yammer.Please note, these changes will only affect mapped users in networks that meet the requirements to receive Office 365 sign-in for Yammer.
MAPI over HTTP is a new transport used to connect Outlook and Exchange. It is the long term replacement for RPC over HTTP connectivity (commonly referred to as Outlook Anywhere). MAPI/HTTP removes the complexity of Outlook Anywhere’s dependency on the legacy RPC technology. Update 1/5/2015 - roll-out continues into January 2015 for select regions, target roll-out completion for Q1 CY2015.
Clutter helps you prioritize the most important email. Clutter looks at what you've done in the past to determine the messages you’re most likely to ignore. It then moves those messages to a folder in your Inbox called Clutter, which is available on any device. From Outlook 2016, you can more easily move items to Clutter with the 'move to Clutter' command. This command will also educate the Clutter service on your preferences for future mail.
The match subdomains feature enables you to send and receive emails on subdomains of a provisioned domain (a.k.a. Accepted Domain) in Office 365.
We’re delivering a comprehensive solution for MDM with OneDrive for Business and Office. Our plan focuses on an end-to-end Intune-based solution which provides the most complete MDM solution across both OneDrive and Office on iOS and Android.
PowerPoint for iPad can play back media in a presentation and you can insert videos and media to make your presentation more vibrant.
The Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider program expands capabilities for cloud Partners, including the ability to directly provision customer subscriptions and provide one monthly bill for both Partner and Microsoft services
The mobile device management (MDM) for Office 365 offering, which is specifically designed to help protect Office 365 data across phones and tablets. MDM for Office 365 delivers a subset of the capabilities provided by the full Microsoft Intune service.
Easily attach Office documents in Outlook 2016. When selecting 'Attach', a list of most recently accessed files will be available for attaching in a dropdown list, without having to dig through File Explorer. Files in OneDrive, OneDrive for Business or SharePoint will be shared as a link instead of as a traditional attachment, thereby enabling collaboration on one copy of a document. You have the option to share cloud files as an “Edit” or “View only” links without having to separately navigate to the file share to set permissions.    
Emails can be sent as the shared mailbox itself or on behalf of it by members who have proper permissions. This change will allow newly created shared mailboxes to retain a copy of emails sent from the mailbox by default. You will no longer have to figure out which mailbox member sent an email as the shared mailbox or on behalf of it.
My apps will provide a location for all apps that your organization has a license for, and any that are added to Office 365 by your organization. From the my apps page, you will be able to launch and manage apps, including pin and up-pin to the Office 365 app launcher.
Backscatter spam occurs when a spammer spoofs your email address and sends it to a random person on the Internet. The random person’s mail server accepts the email message and then later discovers it can’t deliver it. There are a few reasons why this occurs:The random person’s mailbox is fullThe random person’s mail server rejects spamThe random person’s email address does not existWhen that happens, the random person’s mail server sends a bounce message (non-delivery receipt, or NDR) back to the sender saying “Sorry, I could not deliver this message.” However, instead of sending it back to the spammer who sent the message, the mail server sends it back to you.You then receive this NDR in your mailbox indicating that the message “you” sent could not be delivered. But rather than being informed “your” message bounced, you say “Why am I getting bounces for a message I never sent?” Often times, these bounces contain spam.Exchange Online Protection is improving its backscatter spam detection with Boomerang - a technique originating in which using cryptography  and checks to see if a message did originally originate within the service, or is spam. If valid, the message is delivered to your inbox. If backscatter, the message is marked as spam.This will ensure the backscatter NDR bounces stay out of your inboxes, but legitimate NDRs get delivered.
The following new chart types are available. They are particularly good for visualizing financial or hierarchal information and for revealing statistical properties in your data: Financial: Waterfall, Statistical: Histogram, Pareto, Box and Whisker, Hierarchical: Treemap and Sunburst
The Yammer iOS app features new capabilities that boost team collaboration.Better photo-sharing and markup—Lets users attach multiple images at once and mark up the parts of the image they want to call out with their fingerAttach files from external file storage services—Lets users find and attach files stored on external services such as OneDrive and Dropbox, as well as files stored in Yammer and on the mobile device.Inline at-mentioning—Yammer’s type-ahead functionality suggests people and groups to address while users are composing a message, removing the need to at-mention them separately.Search and invite coworkers by email—Searching by name or email enables users to find existing members and invite new members to join Yammer from their Yammer mobile app. 
A new cipher order will be enabled for Exchange Online Protection, which prioritizes more secure ciphers.
Outlook for iOS and Android can now use built-in MDM for Office 365 or Microsoft Intune to secure email data on mobile devices.
Our largest update to Power BI since it was first introduced in February. Features now available in preview include dashboards, mobile app for iPad, out-of-the-box connectors for popular SaaS services, highly requested new visualizations, and live connectivity to SQL Server Analysis Services. These features will be available to preview in the US in late December, with broader availability throughout 2015. Existing Power BI customers will find a preview option appear in their existing Power BI sites, if your are not currently a Power BI customer you can access the free public preview by visiting
We're excited to announce another wave of Yammer localization updates in web, mobile, email notifications and Success Center, bolstering our earlier announcement from June 2014. The Yammer web client and Success Center now support 28 languages. The Yammer mobile apps supports 25 languages in iOS/Android, 26 languages in Windows Notifier and 28 languages for localized email notifications. These updates help Yammer connect more people globally, breaking down silos and enabling them to work like a network.
Outlook now uses Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL)-based authentication for Exchange Online mailboxes in Office 365, replacing the previously used basic authentication method. This new sign in method enables new benefits for IT including OAuth for Office 365 and support for multi-factor authentication.
Updates include:
- Find and Replace support
- See count of results when using the Find bar
- Fill Handle support to copy cells and fill series
- Use Table Styles for easy formatting
- Load workbooks set as Read-Only Recommended
- Load workbooks set in formula view
Updates include:
- Open a workbook to the last active worksheet and cell
- Search when filtering in tables
- Improvements in supporting hyperlinks in cells
- Dialog for custom number formatting
The SharePoint APIs will soon support the OData v4 standard for all of the APIs.
Office 2013 rich client applications currently use the MS Sign-in Assistant to log into Office 365. This only supports the WS-Trust protocol and is not usable with any identity providers that require passive authentication with web page redirects such as WS-Federation and SAML/P. This feature is to enable Office rich client applications to work with third party Identity Providers and to work with the Windows Azure Multi-Factor Authentication implementation.
The Office 365 Admin App will be significantly updated with new features and a new user interface.The updates include:New dashboard view that provides an overview of the service status, the number of unlicensed users, new messages and active support requestsUser management capability such as adding, editing and disabling users as well as the ability to reset passwordsImproved service communications by integrating Message Center and simplifying the service health viewAbility to monitor active service requests The app will be available across Windows Phone, iOS and Android.
Admin app updates include the followingSupport for logging into multiple Office 365 tenantsUpdated settings page
Updates this month are focused around improving visibility, providing more control and improving access to support. Push notifications for service incidents will enable you to receive an alert at the beginning of each service incident and convenient access to additional service incident details. In addition, admins now have more granular control over what Office 365 services are enabled when assigning licenses and lastly, admins can now raise a support request ticket on the go right from the app.
The dashboard experience has been simplified for the new business plans to highlight only the most used tasks including setup, adding new users, resetting passwords and managing subscriptions.The complete set of settings and tools are accessible from the left navigation menu.
Updates this month are focused on providing more settings and surfacing more information for Office 365 IT admins. More control is available as Sway can now be enabled/disabled from the Office 365 Admin Center. This setting is only available if Sway is available to the tenant. Better visibility through proactive notifications. If you use DirSync, you will now be notified if there are provisioning issues. Errors will surface right on the user list. In addition, it will be easier to see who is receiving the invoices and renewal reminders as the contact details are now clearly listed in the billing menu. Lastly, UI enhancements such as the addition of more modal windows have been added to help the admin stay in context during the workflow when completing administrative tasks.
The horizontal sub-navigation menu will be integrated with the left navigation menu in the Office 365 Admin Center. Admins can now preview all the sub-navigation menu items from the left navigation menu before selecting the desired menu item and loading the related web page. This will speed up the navigation experience by eliminating unnecessary web page loads.
A new Office 365 plan for businesses of up to 300 users. Includes the full Office desktop applications - Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Publisher, with 1TB of OneDrive for Business cloud storage to access, edit and share your documents across your Windows PC, Mac, iPad, Windows tablet and smartphone.
A new Office 365 plan for businesses of up to 300 users. Includes the core Office 365 cloud services – business class email and calendaring, Office Online, online meetings, IM, video conferencing, cloud storage and file sharing, Yammer and much more.
A new Office 365 plan for businesses of up to 300 users. Includes the full Office
desktop applications - Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Publisher, with 1TB of OneDrive for Business cloud storage to access, edit and share your documents across your Windows PC, Mac, iPad, Windows tablet and smartphone.  Also includes the core Office 365 cloud services – business class email and
calendaring, Office Online, online meetings, IM, video conferencing, Yammer and
much more.
Office 365 FastTrack OnboardingService BenefitComingfall 2014, FastTrack will become the Office 365 onboarding benefit includedwith new Office 365 purchases*. As part of FastTrack, customers willreceive personalized assistance from a Microsoft onboarding expert ensuring theservice is ready to use. FastTrack will provide tools for current stateassessments, identity management, domain configuration, and provisioning ofOffice 365 workloads including Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Office 365 Pro Plus,and Yammer. Best practices and guidance, coupled with direct remoteassistance, support, and engagement from Microsoft enable quick and efficientonboarding to Office 365.*minimum seat purchase of eligible SKUs apply.
Dynamics CRM now integrates with Office 365 Groups bringing sales team together to collaborate even more effectively by having the relevant people, conversations meetings and content directly in context of the opportunity.
We are delivering the following improvements to the Office 365 Groups files experience: ability to open a document in either Office Online or Office desktop; ability to share a file with others; ability to rename, copy or delete a file. Additionally deleted files now support the Recycle Bin mechanism available in SharePoint Online.
We are delivering the following improvements to the Office 365 Groups experiences: group membership can easily be viewed in
Outlook 2013 similar to Distribution Group card; Group calendar provides the group availability by rolling up the availability of each member; elimination of the subscriber limit in conversations; support distribution groups naming policies for Group creation; introduction a new set of cmdlets to manage groups.
Notebook enables teams to capture, compile, and share information within your Office 365 Groups experience. You'll find the notebook In the '...' menu in the group header, and you'll be able to jump right into the notebook from any of our other groups experiences.
We're introducing "Like" social gesture to Office 365 Groups conversations in Outlook Web App (OWA). The Like action enables end users to acknowledge or endorse a message from their colleagues in the Group conversation. A tally of Likes are displayed in the Group's Conversation in OWA. When a Like happens on a message you posted, you see a notification in the Office 365 Notification Pane.
We'll be delivering a mobile app that surfaces Outlook Group conversations and files across iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Power BI’s collaboration capabilities leverages Office 365 Groups to provide a central location for teams to work together.  It enable teams to collaborate together on the same collection of Power BI Dashboards, Reports, and Datasets.  
The new Office 365 help pane feature will include several capabilities including What's new, help content and help search. The "What's new" new feature discovery component will provide users the ability to contextually discover and see how-to information about recently introduced capabilities. The Office 365 help pane will be available across apps in the Office 365 web experience.
With Office 365 for Government, Microsoft is able to support customer compliance with IRS 1075. IRS 1075 provides guidance to ensure that the policies, practices, controls, and safeguards employed by recipient agencies adequately protect the confidentiality of Federal Tax Information (FTI) and related financial tax return data.
In the upcoming Office 365 ISO 27001 audit, Office 365 will be including the ISO 27018 Privacy controls in their assessment. Inclusion of these new controls in the ISO assessment will further help Office 365 validate to customers the level of protection Office 365 provides to protect the privacy of customer data.
With our Android, iOS apps for Office 365 Message Encryption, users will be able to view their encrypted messages easily through the app on their devices. They can view all their previous encrypted messages using the app at same time by single login.
With the one time passcode feature, Office 365 Message Encryption users will be able to choose whether they want to use a Microsoft account or a one time passcode to view their encrypted message.
A new persistent navigation bar across Office 365 services simplifies navigation and bringing system alerts, reminders and new mail notifications cross suite. The updated navigation bar will dynamically scale to accommodate different display widths. If the display is wide enough, all menu items will be visible. If the display is narrow, the additional menu items will automatically be added to the more menu (ellipsis). “My profile” controls will now be accessed via your photo which can be easily edited from any Office 365 service.
The new notification pane will provide end users with a single place to catch up on all system events (i.e. system alerts like password expiration, new emails, calendar reminders and eventually group likes) and will be available across apps in the Office 365 web experience. In order to access this new feature, a user simply clicks on the top right notification icon to open the notification pane. In the first phase the functionality will be limited to Office 365 Groups mail notifications and the icon will appear as multiple team members in the top nav bar. 
Office 365 ProPlus user activation management allows administrators to view and manage Office 365 ProPlus activations on PCs or Macs directly from the Office 365 Admin Center 
Office 365 is planning to launch Office 365 services from Microsoft datacenters in Japan in December 2014. Each datacenter will service Office 365 customers with a business address in the same country. After the launch of Office 365 services from these datacenters, all new tenants with a business address in the service area will be created in that datacenters. New Office 365 datacenters in Japan and India will replicate data across datacenters in a single country only. Office 365 customers creating new subscriptions in Japan and India datacenters or who are moved to those datacenters will have the following data stored at rest only in that country (1) Exchange Online mailbox content (e-mail body, calendar entries, and the content of e-mail attachments, and (2) SharePoint Online site content and the files stored within that site. Existing customers located in the serviced countries can also take advantage of the new Office 365 datacenters. We will move all existing customers in the service area to the new Office 365 datacenters.
Microsoft is releasing Office 365 services from Microsoft datacenters in Australia in 2015. This new Office 365 region will host customers in Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. After the launch of the new Office 365 region, all new tenants with a business address in the service area will be created in those datacenters. Existing customers located in the serviced countries can also take advantage of the new Office 365 datacenters. We will move all existing customers in the service area to the new Office 365 datacenters while sticking to the current SLA. Customers will get six weeks advance notice of their move date. More information about the tenant moves is published at
The setup wizard will support more options for migrating data to Office 365 including data from IMAP/POP email providers such as Google Apps.
Admins no longer have to choose between the basic and advanced setup options when setting up their Office 365 environment. The Office 365 setup wizard replaces these two options and guides admins through the Office 365 setup experience. The wizard supports migrating data from Microsoft Exchange server and integrating with the simplified domain setup experience released earlier.
With Office 365 sign-in for Yammer, users can access Yammer with their Office 365 credentials and work across Office 365 applications with ease. Office 365 users will be able to seamlessly access Yammer from their Office 365 navigation bar, providing immediate access to their existing Yammer account. Office 365 sign-in for Yammer will follow a phased roll-out between December 2014 and March 2015, shipping to Office 365 customers with the following criteria:Yammer Enterprise is activated in a network’s Office 365 Admin Center; andYammer single sign-on (SSO) is not enabled.
First Release Customers only. Will roll out to everyone by late July.
The Office 365 store will make it easy for Office 365 users to acquire, manage and use third party applications directly from within their Office 365 web experience. Users will start to see an Office Store icon within the app launcher in the top navigation bar. The icon takes users to a special version of the Store, in which applications registered at the tenant level of Office 365 (via Azure Active Directory) appear atop the page for rapid installation into the user's MyApps page of Office 365. Only free apps will be available to start, and First Release customers will see the feature first, and all others by late July.
WW rollout started March 2015 and completed July 2015  - deployment to GCC targeted H2 CY2015. Office 365 Video is a secure, company-wide destination for video upload, sharing and discovery, and smooth playback across devices - all powered by Windows Azure Media Services. More here in the corresponding blog post: The deployment to GCC SKUs is targeted  for H2 CY 2015.
Videos can now be played outside the Office 365 Video portal by embedding individual videos into a team site. You simply click the "Embed" button on an Office 365 Video player page, go to a team site in edit mode, click "add embed, hit save; now there is inline playback within the team site. This update, too, will enable Kiosk licensed users to get use rights to view videos embedded in a team site outside of the Office 365 Video portal; note, Kiosk workers would still not have use rights directly in the Office 365 Video portal itself. WW rollout July 2015 completed - deployment to GCC targeted H2 CY2015.
WW rollout started April 2015 - deployment to GCC targeted  H2 CY2015. Office 365 Video went into First Release (FR) on 11/18/14. This update will both move Office 365 Video to the broader worldwide production environment, beyond FR customers, and bring new updates for increased mobility and improved performance. For mobility, Office 365 Video will now have a companion iPhone app in the App Store, responsive Web pages across the video portal for access across devices of all sizes (PC, Mac, Android and iOS), plus extend video playback to non-Flash capable devices via our new HTML5-based player from Azure Media Services. We, too, have taken user feedback to enable more refinement for some of the admin controls available to portal and channel owners.
This feature will enable the Office App Store in new markets, including availability for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet. The new market are, Russia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, and Brazil.
This update will improve the recommendations algorithm for the Office App Store to be more precise and more relevant in the apps recommendations that it presents to users.
This update will remove the need for customers to sign-in when adding a free or trial SharePoint app to their Office 365 experience.
Office Online provides an immersive document collaboration experience inside Yammer. Edit Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files uploaded to Yammer using the immersive Office Online experience. Changes are automatically saved in Yammer where you have the ability to review the version history of each file and mark documents “Official."
Office Online will increase the speed with which the Office desktop apps are launched from within Office Online.
With Office Online previews in Yammer, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and PDFs uploaded to Yammer can be viewed with Office Online. This allows documents to be beautifully rendered with Office Online directly in the context of all relevant Yammer conversations.
Microsoft PowerView is now added as a reporting option for an Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) cube connection. Just connect your Excel spreadsheet to an OLAP cube and select to view this data in your workbook as a Power View Report. In PowerView you can now build reports with KPI’s, hierarchies, calculations and table data coming from the OLAP cube.
With our new OneDrive app on Android you can now access both your personal and work accounts. This is the first example of how we’re creating a single, unified OneDrive experience that holistically addresses what people, businesses, and IT need. Because people are increasingly using the same devices and apps to get things done at work and at home, the ability to store and share files in the cloud is essential on both fronts.Users can now get to their personal or work files, easily share with family or coworkers, and ensure that they’re never without the files that matter to them – all from a single app. Your personal and work accounts are kept separate, and OneDrive makes it clear when you’re accessing your work or personal files. So you don’t need to worry about accidentally backing up your photos to your work account.
In April 2014, we made a set of announcements related to OneDrive for Business, one of which was the availability of OneDrive for Business storage for all Office 365 ProPlus customers as part of their ProPlus subscriptions. Customers that add Office 365 ProPlus after December 1st, 2014 will automatically get OneDrive for Business provisioned as part of their ProPlus subscription. OneDrive for Business will begin rolling out to existing Office 365 ProPlus before the end of 2014, we expect all Office 365 ProPlus customers will have OneDrive for Business before the end of January 2015.
Mac OS X will get a standalone desktop sync client application that enables desktop syncing between a user's OneDrive for Business folder in Office 365 and his or her computer.
The OneNote Class Notebook Creator sets up a shared notebook for a class. It creates two public sub-notebooks (or section groups) for the class and one for each student. Each student’s is shared with the teacher; synchronization enables student work and teacher feedback to be exchanged automatically, with no email or other action.This app should be added to your school web site by a tenant administrator. It will then only be used during notebook creation. Activity thereafter occurs in OneNote.
The OneNote Class Notebook Creator sets up a shared notebook for a class. It creates two public sub-notebooks (or section groups) for the class and one for each student. Each student’s is shared with the teacher; synchronization enables student work and teacher feedback to be exchanged automatically, with no email or other action.This app should be added to your school web site by a tenant administrator. It will then only be used during notebook creation. Activity thereafter occurs in OneNote.
OneNote for Android is releasing in the Nokia Store for Nokia X devices.
OneNote for Android features a new UI with the familiar Office Ribbon to help you be more productive on your Anrdoid devices. Additionaly, now you can take handwritten notes on your Android tablet with a stylus.
Three updates: First, It makes OneNote for iPhone a standalone experience with the ability to create new notebooks and sections. This means that you can now create a notebook, share it with others, and get on the same page - all from the convenience of an iPhone. Second, It dramatically improves the look and feel of OneNote on iOS 7 making note taking and navigation of your notes much more fluid and efficient. Third, we've added Office Lens to OneNote for iPhone. Similar to Office Lens on OneNote for iPad, this popular feature turns your iPhone into a pocket scanner so you can use it to take pictures of things like receipts, or whiteboard notes. Then, with Office Lens you can trim, enhance and makes pictures more readable. Best thing is, images are automatically synced to OneNote, and if your picture includes printed text, OneNote can recognize the text with optical character recognition (OCR) so you can search for words in the image.
Now you can add files from your favorite cloud storage service to OneNote on your iPhone or iPad. We added support for adding, changing and removing section passwords from any Apple device. On iPhone, you can now rearrange your pages. In OneNote for Mac you can now open and sync notebooks stored on SharePoint Server.
Adding top requested features to OneNote for iPad and iPhone: OneNote for iPad and iPhone will support inserting Office documents, PDFs, video/audio files, opening with a double-tap, and easy sharing with AirDrop. OneNote for iPad and iPhone will let you lock or unlock password-protected sections created in OneNote for Windows. OneNote for iPad and iPhone will be able to add a PDF printout to any page and then take notes on it in OneNote. OneNote for iPad and iPhone will let you move pages and sections around your notebooks to get them organized the way you want. OneNote for Mac will let you share a page as email, just email the page and the formatting will stay the same as in your notebook. OneNote for iPad and iPhone will better copy and paste text from other apps while keeping the formatting you expect. Lastly, you will be able to create and sync notebooks from OneDrive for Business along with OneDrive.
Now you can add files from your favorite cloud storage service to OneNote on your iPhone or iPad. We added support for adding, changing and removing section passwords from any Apple device. On iPhone, you can now rearrange your pages. In OneNote for Mac you can now open and sync notebooks stored on SharePoint Server.
This update will enable OneNote for Mac to open, create, and edit Notebooks stored in OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online.
OneNote Staff Notebook, like OneNote Class Notebook, is an app for Office 365 that lets an education staff leader quickly set up a personal workspace for every staff member or teacher, a content library for shared information and a collaboration space for everyone to collaborate—all within one powerful notebook. With a Staff Notebook, administration and staff can save time, become more organized and collaborate more effectively. 
Improvements to user flow when adding attachment.  Allows user to check a box to automate steps, instead of being presented with each option each time you upload a file.Asks and remembers your preference when saving attachments from both the cloud and local files.   You can save as copies, which will not receive updates if stored in the cloud, a physical document, which will receive updates if stored in the cloud or as cloud links.Can change your preference under Preference-General- Attachments.
Some customers have the need to set their users' password expiration policy to never expire. Previously, admins had to resort to PowerShell to accomplish this. With the release of this feature, admins can now simply check the checkbox and their users' passwords will never expire.
A Project Web App (PWA) admin can now configure if a Project Site gets created for any new project. If teams do not plan to use the Project sites, turning off this feature can greatly improve the time it takes to create and publish a project. This also allows users to move from one Project Detail Page to the other faster. Also, with the option to turn off Project Site creation for any project, customers can now manage up to 5000 (previously 2000) projects per any site collection within Project Online.
By turning off the Task List Sync for enterprise projects, you will find that publishing a project is much faster. It will also help you navigate to the next Project Detail Page faster and generate your latest project status report lot quicker. This option can be accessed from the Connected SharePoint sites page.
Organization admins will have the opportunity set custom support contact information including email, website, phone number and a line of text that will be visible to users within the new help pane in the Office 365 web experience.
Know which devices and browsers your users are using. The operating system and browser reports provide you with summary and user access views of the types of operating systems and browsers accessing your Office 365 environment.
Outlook for Android will be able to open, read and reply to Information Rights Protected emails. It will also respect permission set by the send. For example, if 'Do Not Forward' is set, the Forward command will be disabled.
Microsoft Outlook, now available for iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets.
Outlook for iOS can open, read and reply to Information Rights Protected emails. It will also respect permission set by the send. For example, if 'Do Not Forward' is set, the Forward command will be disabled.
The new Outlook for Mac includes: better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements, a new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs, online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail, Master Category List support and enhancements delivering access to category lists (name and color) and sync between Mac, Windows and OWA clients, Office 365 push email support for real-time email delivery, faster first-run and email download experience with improved Exchange Web Services syncing.
Outlook Web App options are updating to enable contextually-aware options from the Gear menu and a new options tree, letting you more easily see and access available options and options specific to the area of OWA you are currently using.
A native mobile app on Android phones that offers the same email, calendar and contact functionality you get in Outlook Web App, but with additional capabilities that are only possible through native integration of the app with the device.
Partners who have the Partner Admin Center will have the ability to filter their customer list to display the most recently viewed customers or customers that have been manually flagged. This is useful for Partners that manage a large customer list.
The Office 365 Partner admin app will bring several of the capabilities available in the Partner admin center portal to a mobile app experience. This includes the ability to view  your customer list, view a customer's service health, view a customer's service requests and change user passwords. The mobile admin app will be available for Windows Phone, Android and iOS.
Picture crop and reset in Office for iPad.
Updates to Outlook for iOS & Android including PIN lock, improvements to remote wipe, IMAP support, the ability to toggle conversation view, customize swipe gestures and more.
When you use time field groups or other hierarchical groupings of fields in your PivotChart, you can now take advantage of drill down buttons that, with one-click, let you toggle across different levels of your PivotChart’s data based on the hierarchical structure.
Excel Field List, used for adding fields to Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts, now supports search functionality so that you can quickly find the fields you are looking for in longer lists.
PivotTable interactivity in Excel for iPad will allow opening an Excel spreadsheet that has a PivotTable, selecting data, visualizing the results, and saving the PivotTable back.
Withfiltering in Power Map, use familiar Excel filter controls to uncover moreinsights from your 3D geospatial visualizations. When using filters, you canadjust the amount of data shown, toggle between different categories or simplysearch and select specific values for more targeted analyses.Custom Mapsextends all the features of Power Map so you can tell rich and interactivestories using any map type. Simply choose an image – like building floor maps,the human body, public transit routes, and system architectures - and Excelwill guide you through transforming your data into visualizations that can beexplored and shared.
Power Map for Excel is now available for all Office 365 subscriptions that include Excel.
In Power View, you can now apply predictive forecasting, and hindcasting, when visualizing and exploring your data. Forecasting in Power View utilizes built-in predictive forecasting models using exponential smoothing to automatically detect seasonality in the data to provide forecast results from a series of data. Explore forecast results by adjusting the desired confidence interval or by adjusting outlier data to see how they affect results. You can also hindcast to see how Power View would have predicted the present and recent past based on older data.
This feature will enhance the performance and telemetry of apps for Office in PowerPoint, Excel, and Word Online. The improvements are specifically around extra-details activation, usage latency telemetry, and general performance improvements.
This Preview feature will enabled some users to see pre-configured apps in the Word Online ribbon for better exposure and visibility of the apps in the Office interface.
This update will make DL membership & BCC searchable for users placed on In-place Hold.
Improvements in workflow, reducing the number of steps, and connecting with ease to printers. These improvements will be available for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad.
Customer DNS records are now automatically checked for potential issues. If potential issues are identified, admins are notified and actions are proposed. Subscribers with GoDaddy hosted domains have the option to have Office 365 automatically update the DNS records. For all other DNS hosts, admins will be provided with the correct DNS records and instructions on how to correct them. A confirmation screen will notify the admins once all issues are corrected.If custom DNS records are used in the tenant, admins are provided with the option to turn off the DNS records check to eliminate the error notifications.
This feature will proactively notify admins when their users are connecting using an out of date Outlook client.  An email will be sent to admins that provides the symptoms of degraded user experience when using out of date client and guidance on how to get the current Outlook client. 
Producer controls allow you to control all aspects of a Skype Meeting Broadcast. Decide who can be part of the broadcast, choose the video stream(s) shared, and control which content is available to the attendees.
You can now benefit from up to 7 site collections with Project Web App (PWA) within any Project Online tenant.
Enables users to propose a new time in response to a calendar invite in Outlook Web App.
Easier ways to provide feedback for Office for iPad from within the app experience.
Users will be able to access Public Folder calendars or contacts from Outlook Web App as favorites. This makes the calendar and contacts accessible in OWA just as Public Folder messages are today.
Adds capability to allow end users to add or remove public folders in OWA.