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We are making some improvements to the Office 365 Roadmap (roadmap.office.com) and wanted to share it here first!

 

By popular request, we are introducing unique Feature IDs to roadmap items. These will be displayed on the Office 365 Roadmap website, and we'll include the relevant Feature ID in associated Message Center notifications. This is possible because we are also migrating the site from the Fast Track Center to products.office.com. (Don't worry, we will redirect the URL and provide you with the new one.) By changing platforms, we have greater control and flexibility with the roadmap website.

 

While moving the website, we're also taking the opportunity to refresh the interface and improve the mobile experience. It is familiar enough to be intuitive but different enough to be refreshing. We hope you like it.

 

The site transition will occur in early December, but no action is required in advance since we'll put a redirect in place. As soon as the new URL is defined, we'll share it as well.

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I like the new UX...are you going also to link the ID in the message center with the roadmap item?
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Please add RSS Feeds to Roadmap.

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+1 to this suggestion!
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looks very nice!
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Looks good, thanks for the heads up.  Pleased to see the service move away from FastTrack, which didn't seem the best fit.  

 

Correlating items via Feature IDs to the Message Center notifications is a good step.  Ultimately I'd like to see the roadmap be tenant-specific, though I appreciate the technical complexities around that.

 

Native RSS features would be a popular inclusion, some of us use unofficial alternatives to stay up to date, which does a great job but many people won't know about.

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Thanks for sharing.

Please make sure that the new ui does not do a Post back after every key stroke when trying to enter filtering criteria. That currently causes a horrible user experience.

 

Also, when will the Whats new Page in the O365 Admin Center get updated? It has not changed since June.

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Some nice improvements for sure.

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How about adding filters for Business, Education, and Government tenant "classes?"

What is pushed out to Business today, may be months or years coming to Education and / or Government. It would be useful to know what is coming my way in the near term for my tenant (Government). Right now the Roadmap is of little use to me due to the lag time (which can be years) when many features actually make it to my tenant.

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Juan Carlos Gonzalez Martin: We do intend to include the Feature ID on the roadmap as well as in the Message Center posts. It may take a little bit longer to build this into the Message Center after updating the Roadmap site, but it is a priority that we’re actively pursuing.

 

Vinod Poojary and Juan Carlos Gonzalez Martin: An RSS feed is a common request, and it is a feature that we’re seeking to deliver. I am working with the web team to define requirements and timelines. Although I’m optimistic that it is feasible in the short term, I will need to follow up before committing to timelines. Would you prefer an RSS for the Roadmap site or an RSS/export function from the Message Center?

 

Cian Allner: You’re absolutely right that we face very complex challenges in providing a per-tenant release roadmap. However, we are working hard to provide relevant information and controls that allow organizations to manage their users, their business, and their content appropriately. First Release/Select Users is one example of how we’re seeking to address the scenario. Your feedback is helpful – please keep it coming! – and we’re not done tackling this need. I would love pointers towards any other SaaS solutions that do a good job of this.

 

Dean Gross: Great feedback on the search. I’ll confirm with the team to ensue it’s considered. I will also reach out to the Admin Center team to learn more about the What’s New page.

 

Cary Siemers: Your suggestions are well aligned with our long term intentions. For full transparency, we need to upgrade the backend data base and publishing system in order to include all the necessary fields and data to accomplish this. That is in progress but taking a while. In the meantime, we do have an EDU filter on the roadmap, and I’ve started entering US Government (GCC) items with a “US Gov” tag. We can also start a separate thread to discuss. Coincidentally, the two areas that I cover within Office Product Marketing are change management and US Government.

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The Azure Portal has a What's New item pop up when I login that tells me about new updates. It is simple and effective.

 

PowerBI has a nice page at https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/powerbi-service-whats-new/

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Hi Dean,

the recently updated page is now updated. Thanks for being patient with us.

Thanks,

Anne

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Thanks for implementing and following up. Hopefully, this will stay on someones to-do list

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FWIW, I wrote about this topic today. I know that all of the U.S. contingent are happily contemplating turkey at present, but some of us have to work...

 

https://www.petri.com/microsoft-overhauls-office-365-roadmap

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Thanks for sharing, Tony! I think you captured the immediate plans and directional intention well. Hope you don't mind that I posted it to LinkedIn.

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We've encountered a scenario that required a change to schedule. The roadmap site migration is postponed for a few weeks, while we ensure the design is accessible to people of all abilities. Thanks for your patience!

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Do we have a list of roadmap items somewhere while site is in transition? I need to look at the roadmap items even if it is plain text.
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Good question, and I should have mentioned that... There is currently a live site issue affecting the roadmap website. It is currently broken but unrelated to the planned migration. We have devs engaged and troubleshooting and hope to have the site up again shortly.

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Ahh! Thanks @Brian Levenson - You have answered my post on a different thread as well :)  https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Office-365/Issue-with-Office-365-FastTrack-roadmap/m-p/43870#...

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The roadmap website has been fixed, and we are also expediting the transition to the new location. Thanks for the ongoing feedback!