Office 365 Recap 2016

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I thought it would be interesting to have a look back at how Office 365 turned out this year with new features and developments.  This is a far from an exhaustive list but it includes some highlights by month.




  • Inking features added to Office for iPad and iPad Pro, Morph added to PowerPoint for iOS devices
  • Real-time co-authoring in PowerPoint Mobile for Windows and Real-time presence added to PowerPoint 2016 on Windows desktop
  • Office Insider builds became available on Mac




  • Yammer integrating with Office 365, rolled out to all eligible customers, covered by the Office 365 Trust Center
  • First Deferred Channel build became available for the Office 365 Client apps replacing branches -1509
  • Improved Delve people profile experience launched
  • Audit and reporting added for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business key activities
  • 10 GB file limit increased for Team Sites, Office 365 Groups and OneDrive for Business, as well as for videos uploaded into the Office 365 Video portal
  • Office 365 Groups integration with Outlook 2016
  • Ink for Windows tablets— using pen, finger, naturally write, draw and annotate in Word, Excel and PowerPoint Mobile



  • New Office 365 admin center launched
  • Skype for Business PSTN Conferencing available in more countries, PSTN Calling Preview outside the U.S.,“Project Rigel” announced 
  • New reporting portal in the Office 365 admin center
  • Office 365 Video improvements – Inc Video viewer statistics, better upload experience and capabilities, Easily insert a video into a SharePoint page or team site and New admin controls and management capabilities
  • Office 365 Connectors for Office 365 Groups




  • New usage reports for SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer and Skype
  • Safety Tips added to Exchange Online Protection
  • New home page experience for Office 365 users
  • Skype for Business Mac Preview announced
  • Yammer external groups released




  • The Future of SharePoint announcements - New SharePoint mobile app, a new SharePoint home in Office 365, modern team sites with Office 365 Groups, responsive page authoring and updates to document libraries and Lists
  • Copy from OneDrive to SharePoint, OneDrive iOS app with SharePoint access, new Discover view
  • Office 365 datacenters available in Canada
  • OneDrive app for Windows 10




  • Office 365 Advanced Security Management launched, is included in Office 365 E5 or as an add-on
  • Microsoft Planner General Availability
  • Modern document libraries in SharePoint rollout to all commercial customers worldwide
  • Office 365 Groups administration improvements
  • New version of the Office 365 admin app
  • New Deferred Channel June updates for the Office 365 client now available - 1602
  • SharePoint mobile app for iOS 'intranet in your pocket' is released




  • The new 'Office 365 Network' is launched
  • Microsoft Stream preview launched
  • Modern SharePoint lists launched including integration with Microsoft Flow and PowerApps
  • Researcher and Editor for Office 2016
  • New Zoom feature for PowerPoint
  • Focused Inbox for Outlook on Windows, Mac and Outlook on the web launched




  • Service Assurance Dashboard as part of the Office 365 Security and Compliance Center announced
  • Improved Outlook on the web people experiences announced 
  • Modern team site pages with web parts
  • Office 365 Groups and team sites integration
  • New site collection limit increased from 1 TB to 25 TB
  • Office 365 Secure Score Released to Public Preview



  • Microsoft Tech Community is launched, an evolution of the Office 365 Network
  • Office 365 local datacenters available in the United Kingdom
  • Guest access for Office 365 Groups introduced
  • New usage reports for SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Exchange Online
  • Office Lens comes to Windows 10 and adds Office 365 support
  • New LinkedIn Learning based Office training courses
  • SharePoint Microsoft ignite announcements including OneDrive sync preview for SharePoint Online document libraries, Team news, Preview of the SharePoint mobile apps for Windows 10 Mobile and Android
  • Outlooks for iOS and Android moves of Amazon AWS and becomes completely powered by Microsoft Cloud
  • Delve app for Windows 10 desktop and mobile released
  • Yammer is integrating with Office 365 Groups announced
  • Delve Analytics evolves into Microsoft MyAnalytics with further improvements
  • New Office 365 App Launcher announced
  • Tap feature in Word and Outlook 2016 announced
  • Yammer-based Office 365 Network community closed



  • Create Office documents directly from Yammer and co-author them with their team
  • eDiscovery Express Analysis and Export with analytics and view in Excel
  • Export Power BI report to PowerPoint Preview
  • Office for Mac adds Touch Bar support
  • General availability of Microsoft Flow and PowerApps
  • New Office 365 Reports - Active Users, Skype for Business clients used, Email clients used, Office 365 Groups activity
  • Preview of the Office 365 adoption content pack in Power BI announced
  • New Office 365 ProPlus Deferred Channel released - 1605
  • Preferred Practices guide for Office 365 ProPlus deployments released
  • Skype for Business 2016 new look and feel announced 
  • Skype for Business Mac became publicly available for download


November and December 


  • 30,000 members join the Microsoft Tech Community
  • Microsoft Teams released in preview
  • Real-time co-authoring available in PowerPoint on Windows desktops
  • Transform traditional attachments in Outlook 2016 into modern attachments
  • Shared with Me tab in Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2016
  • Visio being released for the web and iOS
  • Smart filters for SharePoint Modern Libraries and Lists
  • Default Mailbox size increasing for E3/E5 users from 50GB to 100GB
  • OneDrive admin center preview launched
  • Office 365 Productivity Library released


That is quite a list! I was very impressed with Office 365 this year, what with the Future of SharePoint and Microsoft Ignite events.  SharePoint especially, the execution of all the new features I think has been top notch.  The pace of change has been phenomenal and admittedly can be a challenge to keep up at times but this community makes it that bit easier and if more people frequent the Change Alerts space, all the better.

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Great summary. I'm getting a nose bleed from seeing how much stuff was introduced!

Impressive list! Thanks for sharing Cian!

Thanks @Andrew Gilleran and @Lana O'Brien.  


It just shows how far Office 365 has come over this year alone and how this is driving better productivity in organisations everywhere.

Nice work!