Pow! Kicking off January 2023 with AI front and center.
In this episode, you’ll learn about all the following features and updates: Microsoft Feed, Planner integration with Viva Goals, extracting PDFs in OneDrive for Android, Microsoft Lists: Calendar week layout, Microsoft Teams @Everyone, Microsoft named a Leader in 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Insight Engines, Stream (Classic) sets to retire: February 15, 2024, and more.
And in the podcast, we chat with Bill Bär – Senior product manager (LinkedIn | Twitter) from the ‘content AI’ team focused on Search, Syntex, and a whole lot of AI. Bill shares insights into the design and value of Microsoft Feed – a smart aggregate of all sorts of things happening around – content, people, videos, reminders, actionable tasks, and more — coming to Outlook and the Office mobile apps.
All features listed below began rolling out to Targeted Release customers in Microsoft 365 as of January 2023 (possibly early February 2023).
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Microsoft 365: Microsoft Feed
Microsoft Feed provides users with a mix of relevant content from across Microsoft 365 that helps users discover and learn about people and interests relevant at work. The feed is personal to users and will show users content based on what’s likely to be most relevant to the current user at any given time.
Planner integration with Microsoft Viva Goals is here!
It’s time to connect your Viva Goals projects and key results to Microsoft Planner. This allows you to view your team tasks and update the relevant Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) in Viva Goals. As you update and complete your day-to-day plans and tasks in Planner, everything gets update and helps show progress in Viva Goals automatically.
For more information about Viva Goals, I encourage you to check out two articles: Make Your Goals a Reality with OKRs and New Capabilities from Microsoft Viva Goals and 4 goal-setting trends for 2023 and how Microsoft Viva Goals can help.
OneDrive for Android: Extract PDF Pages (Requires Microsoft Syntex)
Get ready to slice and dice your PDFs – saving them back to OneDrive. If this is you – or the value speaks to future you (encapsulating all the Syntex value), to split a PDF:
- Open any PDF file in OneDrive for Android.
- Click on the horizontal bar at the bottom upwards to expand the new menu.
- Tap Extract.
- Select the page(s) you want to split and the location of where you want the new PDF to be saved.
Note: This feature is available for licensed Syntex users in OneDrive in Microsoft 365.
Teamwork updates across SharePoint team sites, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams
Microsoft 365 is designed to be a universal toolkit for teamwork – to give you the right tools for the right task, along with common services to help you seamlessly work across applications. SharePoint is the intelligent content service that powers teamwork – to better collaborate on proposals, projects, and campaigns throughout your organization – with integration across Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, Yammer, Stream, Planner and much more.
Microsoft Lists: Calendar Week Layout
While creating a calendar view, users can now choose between month layout or new week layout to visualize their list information in a way that works best for them. There is a provision to create multiple calendar views – using both month and week layouts. Week Layout also supports all features from the month layout including the drag and drop operations to reschedule items and conditional formatting to color code items on the canvas.
Once you create the view, you can drag and drop items in a calendar to schedule, reschedule or unschedule them. You, too, can apply conditional formatting to color code items on the calendar.
Microsoft Teams @Everyone
Grab the attention of everyone in a chat quickly with @everyone, removing the hassle of mentioning each person’s name one by one or missing someone.
Like how users mention individuals in chat, users will now have the option for “Everyone” within their options for mentions. After typing @, users will see the same people results they see today, but a new option, “Everyone” will be available. By selecting Everyone and sending the message, a notification will be sent to all users in the group chat based on their selected notification settings. Users can adjust how they are notified within their Teams notification settings.
Note: In group chats with more than 50 users, we will alert the sender that their message will notify many users. This ensures that senders are fully aware of what will happen when they send a message with Everyone tagged.
Microsoft named a Leader in 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Insight Engines
In this new world of hybrid work, insight engines are our digital watercooler, our gateway to information, and Microsoft has now been named a leader in Gartner recently released 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Insight Engines.
According to the report, “Gartner defines insight engines as the ability to apply relevancy methods to describe, discover, organize, and analyze data. This allows existing or synthesized information to be delivered proactively or interactively, and in the context of digital workers, customers, or constituents at timely business moments.”
Gartner is a registered trademark and service mark and Magic Quadrant is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and are used herein with permission. All rights reserved.
Microsoft delivers two integrated solutions to address our customers’ broad insight engines’ needs, Microsoft Search available to customers of Microsoft 365 and Azure Cognitive Search available as a platform as-a-service with Microsoft Azure.
Whether you’re already a customer of Microsoft 365 or you’re a professional developer or data scientist, we hope that you can use Microsoft Search and Azure Cognitive Search services to build impactful AI-powered search solutions that solve complex problems and enhance customer experience.
On-demand video | Microsoft Viva panel discussion at #ESPC22
This is a conversation with Jeff Teper, Suzy Dean (CEO – Addin365), Richard Gifford (CIO Ordnance Survey), and Andreea Ailenei (PM – AgriiUK). They focused on some of the recent Viva announcements, how to approach planning and implementation, and some of the early wins at Ordnance Survey to improve their overall employee experience.
FYI | Stream (Classic) Sets Retirement Date of Feb 15, 2024
Microsoft will retire Stream (Classic) on February 15, 2024. As a part of the retirement process, certain parts of the service will retire sooner — unless you act. People will be blocked from uploading new videos on May 15, 2023, and will not be able to access Stream (Classic) at all after October 15, 2023, unless you delay these changes by using the new migration settings in Stream (Classic) admin center. The new migration settings will become available to you in February.
Stream (Classic)’s successor service, Stream (on SharePoint), is generally available as of October 2022. We recommend that you 1) begin using Stream (on SharePoint), 2) direct your users to upload videos into SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive, and Yammer, and 3) put a plan in place for migration.
Learn more: Review the Stream (Classic) retirement timeline plus the Stream migration overview documentation.
February 2022 teasers
Psst, still here? Still scrolling the page looking for more roadmap goodness? If so, here is a few teasers of what’s to come to production next month…
- Teaser #1: External file requests for SharePoint document libraries [Roadmap ID: 103625]
- Teaser #2: Microsoft Stream (on SharePoint): Create, view and share playlists [Roadmap ID: 109564]
… shhh, tell everyone.
Helpful, ongoing change management resources
- Follow me to catch news and interesting SharePoint things: @mkashman; warning, occasional bad puns may fly in a tweet or two here and there.
Thanks for tuning in and/or reading this episode/blog of the Intrazone Roadmap Pitstop – January 2023. We are open to your feedback in comments below to hear how both the Roadmap Pitstop podcast episodes and blogs can be improved over time.
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Stay safe out there on the road’map ahead. And thanks for listening and reading.
Thanks for your time,
Mark Kashman – senior product manager (SharePoint/Lists) | Microsoft)