Grid View Expansion
Microsoft is expanding the Teams grid view to 7×7, which will accommodate up to 49 participants at once on a single screen. They are also releasing Breakout Rooms in the fall which will allow meeting organizers to split meeting participants into small groups to enable ideation, brainstorming, learning, and discussions.
Recurrent Surveys with Teams
Creating recurrent surveys in Teams is now easier with new workflows for common scenarios like employee sentiment, employee issues and challenges, and employee health status. The new workflows include templates and the ability for users to choose frequency and set reminders for each Teams channel, making the surveys easy to get started and manage.
A simple but heavily requested feature is the addition of custom backgrounds within Teams. Users can now customize their background by uploading one of their own images or choosing one from the collections of backgrounds available online.
Making data more searchable
Microsoft is making data more searchable with connectors. Microsoft Search indexes all your Microsoft 365 data to make it searchable for users. With Microsoft Graph connectors, your organization can index third-party data hosted on-premises or in public and private clouds, so they appear in your Microsoft Search results.
Natural language queries across apps
Microsoft has been hard at work innovating in natural language across Microsoft 365 apps and services. In Microsoft Word, you can ask questions related to the document and get answers based on the contents of the document. In Outlook, short responses are suggested based on the context of the message. Next, Excel users can now perform an analysis by asking plain language questions. Finally, SharePoint users can now see an “At a glance” summary of a document’s content. All are now generally available.
Powerpoint Live generally available
PowerPoint Live for PowerPoint for the web is now generally available. This new feature helps presenters deliver a more personalized presentation experience to each audience member, enabling viewers to connect from their device and move through slides at their own pace, provide instant feedback with live reactions, and enable live subtitles in their preferred language. Additionally PowerPoint Presenter Coach is now available for mobile.
Money in Excel
Money in Excel provides users with an easier way to manage their finances. Money is a dynamic, smart template and add-in for Excel that allows you to securely connect your bank, credit card, investment, and loan accounts to Excel and automatically import your transaction and account information into an Excel spreadsheet.
New look for Yammer
In addition to Yammer’s new fluid UI, it’s design changes have many practical applications for users. Admins can now change the name and cover photo to reflect their organization’s branding. And to help keep the group focused on corporate communications, you can now restrict who can post, to prevent users from adding unrelated posts. Finally, you can host live events and announce questions, polls, and praise with notifications to the entire community—making it easier to share corporate updates, safety news, and other critical messages.
Polls in Outlook
Outlook users will soon be able to create a poll within Outlook without the need to find and install an add-in. Outlook on the web and Mac users will see this feature generally available in June, with Outlook for the Windows desktop app coming in July.
Verify documents are safe before opening them
Safe Documents, which automatically checks against known risks and threat profiles before allowing documents to open, is now generally available. This built-in feature helps secure your organization against malicious content while delivering a more seamless, productive experience for end users. Safe Documents is now available worldwide to all customers with Microsoft 365 E5 and E5 Security.
New Privacy settings for Microsoft Graph
A new set of privacy settings will be available this summer to provide the ability to configure the generation and visibility of Graph-derived insights, between users and other items in the Graph (such as documents or sites). These new settings will enable organizations to disable item insights for all users or just a subset of users.