What New Microsoft 365 Features are Planned for Release December 2019?

One of the great things using a subscription service like Microsoft 365 or Office 365 is that you get all the newest updates included with your subscription. You’re never left behind wishing you had the latest version with the cool new features.

Being that Office 365 is used by more than 180 million monthly active users and is the most popular cloud software in the world by user count, Microsoft is always working to keep one step ahead of its competitors, which means regular feature updates to make the platform even more helpful.

So, what’s on the horizon?

We’ve taken a look at the Microsoft 365 Roadmap to see what new features are coming soon, and just in time for the holidays there are a slew of new features planned to roll out in December of 2019.

Wait? Don’t you mean Office 365 Roadmap?

Yes, and no. If you haven’t heard yet, Microsoft recently brought out another level to their cloud services packages which is a level up from Office 365. It’s called Microsoft 365 and it includes:

  • Office 365
  • Windows 10
  • Microsoft Intune (mobile device management)
  • Advanced security features

So, when we talk about Microsoft 365 features, many of them are also for Office 365, since it’s inclusive in the new package.

Let’s see what’s currently in development and due for release in December.

New Features Coming to Microsoft (and Office) 365

From audience targeting to “do not disturb” features, there’s something for everyone in the feature updates that are planned for release at the end of 2019. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect.

SharePoint Sites Audience Targeting in Site Navigation

Customise the navigation menu of your SharePoint sites based upon the people and groups that are visiting. Do you have clients in different industries? Then instead of serving up the navigation to your page for paper industry solutions to a client in the textile industry, you can give them each navigation that speaks directly to their needs.

Outlook (Android): Time to Leave Notifications

How would you like your Outlook calendar item to not only remind you when your meeting is but also tell you when you need to leave based upon how much traffic there is?

This new feature is like having a personal assistant that makes sure you’re never late. It’s powered by Cortana and will send a notification of the time to leave for your meeting based upon your current location, traffic, and whether you’re driving or taking public transportation.

Email Notification from the Service Health Dashboard

Your Microsoft 365 admins will love this next feature. Instead of having to continually check the Service Health Dashboard, they’ll be able to sign up for email notifications that will help them monitor the system and track any issues.

Microsoft Stream Screen Recording and Editing

Microsoft Stream is the corporate video sharing service in Office 365 and it’s going to get a feature that’s going to be very helpful when you’re doing any type of training on software or web applications.

You’ll be able to use it to quickly create screen recordings and then apply some light edits before uploading them.

Autoapply Retention Labels by Content Type and Metadata

When it comes to document retention automations, you’re going to have more capabilities to designate which retention policies are attached to file. You’ll gain the ability to use content types, taxonomy, or any document metadata column for application of automatic retention and record management labels.

Outlook (iOS): Do Not Disturb Settings

Suffering from alert overload? iOS users will get the ability to set time and work/personal situations for when you do or do not want to receive notifications or email reminders, allowing you to block out some uninterrupted quality time.

Personalised Onboarding in OneDrive for Business

You’ll be getting some help from Microsoft when you’re introducing new employees to your OneDrive file storage and sharing application.

When users log in to OneDrive for the first time, they’ll be presented with some scenario-related questions about their workflow. Based upon their answers, the app will give them a tailored onboarding experience.

Save for Later in OneDrive for Business

So many files, so little time. Another feature coming in OneDrive for Business is the ability to “Save for Later” files that are shared to you and those in Shared Libraries.

If you want to keep the file easily retrievable later, you can bookmark it and it will be put in a “Saved for Later” list that you can easily access later to jump to it quickly.

Real Time Presence in Microsoft Teams

It’s always a balance between being available for a quick chat and being occupied with something else. A new Real Time Presence feature in Teams will increase the accuracy of your status so colleagues know when to reach out and when to wait until you’re free.

Get the Most Out of your Microsoft Office 365

Are you taking full advantage of all that Microsoft 365 and Office 365 have to offer? Elevated Technology can help you fully utilise Microsoft tools to improve productivity and efficiency.

Contact us for a Microsoft consultation and take your workflow to the next level. Call 1300.463.538 or reach out online.