Microsoft Inspire, starting today, provides a forum for Microsoft and our partners to engage and develop plans to further our mission of empowering our customers to achieve more. Project Cortex is our newest endeavor to transform organizational productivity by connecting people with knowledge, insights and expertise.
With Microsoft Inspire offered as a free virtual event this year, we’re happy to share our latest news on availability, partners, and technical updates with everyone.
We’re excited by the ongoing customer engagement with Project Cortex. As we prepare for general availability, we’re happy to announce our next steps.
Our product team has been tightly focused on delivering a top-notch experience that aligns to customer expectations. One of our healthcare preview customers is eager to bring Project Cortex into production across their organization; noting:
“Cortex would have helped us identify procedural information much faster. When it comes to the treatment of pandemics, we already have workflows in our archives since that type of emergency management procedure has been thought of and written down.”
Over the past year, we’ve been working with dozens of customers in our preview program like Mott Macdonald, Arla Foods, Unilever, and Siemens Healthineers. Project Cortex capabilities are starting to ship, beginning with taxonomy experiences and APIs, which are reaching all SharePoint customers this month.
We’re happy to announce Project Cortex will go to production for existing private preview customers on August 1, 2020. You can expect additional details about general availability at Microsoft Ignite 2020.
The Microsoft Content Services Partner Program is our principal program to prepare and engage partners to deliver knowledge and insights solutions to customers, featuring Project Cortex. For 2020-21, the program will offer three partnership levels for accepted partners.
Here’s the timeline for partners to apply as new or renewed members of the Content Services Partner Program:
For more details on the CSPP application process, please see today’s blog post Microsoft 365 Content Services Partner Program – 2020 application announcement.
As we continue to get Project Cortex ready for launch, we’re also working to ensure that our partners are ready to guide, support, and implement Cortex for our customers. The following Charter partners from our Content Services Partner Program have met the requirements to be recognized as our initial set of launch partners.
We thank them and congratulate them on their achievement.
This week, we’re happy to also announce the following technical updates. These were developed as part of Project Cortex to modernize our Microsoft 365 taxonomy service, previously known as Managed Metadata Services. They’re being made available through all Microsoft 365 licensing plans for SharePoint content:
These updates help you find these features in the SharePoint admin center, under the ‘Content services’ node, and modernize the user experiences. Existing terms in the term store and content types in the content type hub are all available, to make the transition seamless.
Modern administration experiences are available for the organization-wide term sets and enterprise content types. In the future, these updates will also be made available to the site level term sets and content types.
Updates to tagging and filtering content with terms are now generally available. Our updated tree view makes it easier to navigate term sets and select terms. You can also use the tree view to filter content with the full hierarchy of the term set.
To learn more about filtering in SharePoint, please explore our documentation.
The new term manager, with its modern experiences for creating and managing taxonomies, is now generally available. Available in the new SharePoint admin center, this new manager allows you to work with your pre-existing organization-wide term sets and create new sets easily.
To learn more about taxonomies and managed metadata in SharePoint, and using the new experiences, please explore our documentation.
The new content type gallery is being released and will be generally available this week. The gallery uses a modern list view of content types in the content type hub, which lets you easily group on different columns and save custom views. The content type ID is also listed for custom coded solutions. Managing your existing enterprise content types and creating new ones is smoother with modern experiences.
To learn more about content types and the new experiences, please explore our documentation.
As mentioned at Microsoft Build, we’re developing new Microsoft Graph APIs to support operations on the taxonomy service. These APIs support listing and adding organization-wide term groups, term sets and terms. Listing and editing of most of the properties of these entities are also supported.
The taxonomy APIs will be available for preview in the beta version of Microsoft Graph by the end of July.
You can learn more about Project Cortex at the following sessions at Microsoft Inspire:
Thanks again. We’re excited by our news and hope you can join us this week and later this year at Microsoft Ignite.
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