Welcome to June 2019 – you made it. And so glad to see you here. We’ve got a lot of change management info to share with you from this last month. This is the all-inclusive recap for all things SharePoint and related technology, plus the Intrazone Roadmap Pitstop: June 2019 podcast episode – a bonus monthly audible companion to help answer, "What's rolling out now for SharePoint and related technologies into Microsoft 365?"
To answer that question, listen and scroll below (info, links and screenshots galore) to stay informed on what features and updates arrived this past month - plus a few teasers of what's to come:
In this podcast episode, I, too, talk with Kaleem Rahman (LinkedIn), product manager on the Yammer engineering team who focuses on supporting customers, to better aid knowledge creation and consumption throughout their organization. We discuss the new Yammer Q&A capabilities, the design behind it and a few teasers of what will come next in this space. In the end, you’ll see why I marked all his answers as best response to my questions 😊.
All the features listed below began rolling out to Targeted Release customers in Office 365 as of June 2019 (possibly early July 2019).
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Yammer Q&A features
Now it’s easy to categorize a Yammer post as a question. Denoted by unique styling, questions help people identify general discussions from those that require a response. Once the question is posted, the author or any group admin can also now mark the best response as a best answer. This makes knowledge more discoverable. The collective knowledge significantly improves when communities offer places where people can get questions answered.
New Yammer files in Office 365 groups will be stored in SharePoint
Yammer is rolling out changes to file storage for files uploaded to Yammer in Office 365 connected Yammer groups. Formerly, all files uploaded to Yammer were stored in Yammer cloud storage. Once your organization gets these changes, all new files uploaded through Yammer in Office 365 connected Yammer groups will be stored in the group's default SharePoint document library. These files can still be accessed from within Yammer.
Digital assets can help you tell a more dynamic story, which is why SharePoint pages already support images and logos from web search, file upload, and site assets. Organization assets lets you register one or more document libraries via PowerShell as a special source for images, such as photos and logos, across all sites. The Organization assets libraries are available when you add images to page headers, galleries, or other web parts.
Record and upload videos with the Stream mobile app and share anywhere
Now you can upload existing videos from your camera roll or other online services like OneDrive, right from your mobile. And record new videos from within your mobile app in a secure, compliant way with the built-in video capture capability.
SharePoint hub sites limit raised to 2000
SharePoint hub sites provide an important building block for your intranet. They are the "connective tissue" you use when organizing families of team sites and communication sites together. A hub site (most commonly created from a communication site) brings together numerous other sites, and now the number of hub sites you can create in your tenant has increased.
As announced at SPC19, the number of SharePoint hubs that you can create per tenant will go up from 100 to 2000.
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 powers teamwork – to better collaborate on proposals, projects, and campaigns throughout your organization – and is integrated with Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, Yammer, Stream, Planner and much more.
Adobe Document Cloud now integrates with SharePoint and OneDrive
Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Document Cloud and Adobe Sign are standalone document applications in their own right, but because they deeply integrate across a number of Microsoft 365 products - the files continue to stay in SharePoint and OneDrive, you keep the benefits of unified management and governance for content.
Adobe Document Cloud also now supports single sign-on with Azure Active Directory, dramatically simplifying log-in and avoiding the need to manage multiple account sign-in. That means you'll have the major capabilities to work with PDF files on the web and in the context of SharePoint, like inline commenting and drawing.
Microsoft Search comes to OneDrive
Microsoft Search is an intelligent, enterprise search experience from Microsoft that applies the artificial intelligence technology (AI) from Bing and deep personalized insights surfaced by the Microsoft Graph, to make search more effective for you, increasing productivity and saving you time, it’s just a click away, across all of your applications, your desktop, and your browser.
And now it comes to OneDrive. A new search box appears at the top of the page in the OneDrive suite header and provide a consistent place to access the search functionality making it easy to discover all files and folders.
On-hover file cards - inside Look for .docx file types
When you hover you mouse over a Word doc file name, you'll see the new File Card experience, and now you will see a 'Time to read' estimate. In addition, via 'At a glance' and alongside file activity information, you will be able to see key sentences from within the Word document - all before truly committing to opening it.
Configure OneDrive to automatically sync your SharePoint team site shared libraries
OneDrive team site automount is now rolling out. This feature offers administrators the ability to automatically connect and synchronize specific SharePoint team site document libraries as part of a OneDrive deployment. To help configure a team site to sync automatically, we’ve provided a new group policy (“Configure team site libraries to sync automatically”) for admins to deploy; to be clear, these are the document libraries within group-connected team sites that appear under the “Shared libraries” list within a person’s OneDrive user interface.
SharePoint and Teams: you can now tell if a SharePoint document library folder is connected to Teams channel
It's easier to tell which folders within your library have an associated Teams channel - especially if you recently groupified and teamified a previous classic team site. That means the chat capability associated to it is visible and actionable right from within the SharePoint user interface. And SharePoint helps users understand that some actions, like delete or rename of a channel-connected folder, need to happen through the Teams app.
Microsoft To-Do is now available on Mac for your daily task management needs. If you’ve already been using our app on Android, iOS, Windows, or web, then the Mac app will feel very familiar. Sign in and all your tasks will be waiting for you, ready to be checked off.
Psst, still here? Still reading? If so, here’s a few teasers of what’s to come to production next month…
… shhh, tell everyone.
Thanks for tuning in and/or reading this episode/blog of the Intrazone Roadmap Pitstop – June 2019 (blog/podcast). We’re 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 roadmap -- and thanks for listening and reading.
Happy Summer monthing,
Mark Kashman – senior product manager (SharePoint/OneDrive | Microsoft)
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