Q2 Tech Insider Update: The Latest Enhancements to Microsoft SharePoint, Plus Other Product News

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The Q2 2021 Tech Insider Update hosted by JourneyTEAM delivered a preview of the latest changes, as well as a sneak peek into upcoming developments, for Microsoft SharePoint, and other Office 365 and Dynamics 365 applications. Delivered in a rapid-fire format, experts from JourneyTEAM demoed the updates and provided tips to help you determine how best to work the updates into your day-to-day operations.   

Here’s a brief look into the latest changes to SharePoint, Teams and other applications that complement SharePoint’s collaboration and communications capabilities: 

Microsoft SharePoint 

  • The SharePoint app bar now shows up by default.  
  • People Picker within SharePoint lists has been updated. 
  • Page analytics are now available at both the page and site level. 
  • There are now Microsoft Lists rules built on SharePoint. 
  • Lists and Libraries configuration capabilities have been updated. 
  • People cards for SharePoint lists and library web parts are now available. 
  • Microsoft 365 Compliance Center now has auto-apply retention labels.  
  • An immersive reader is now available for modern SharePoint pages and new posts. 
  • There is new integration between Power BI and Microsoft (SharePoint) Lists. 
  • New SharePoint site templates are available. 
  • *SharePoint Intranet Packages – a new service offered by JourneyTEAM: JourneyTEAM helps organizations set up intranets of all different types and sizes. Organizations can pick from three packages to get a launchpad in place. JourneyTEAM provides the tools to manage and configure your intranet from there. Contact us via the link at the end of this blog for more information. 


  • You can now share your emails and attachments to Teams from within Outlook.  
  • The history within Teams has updated to enable backward and forward navigation.  
  • If Meeting Details is enabled in your tenant, you can now download attendance lists and meeting recordings. 
  • The Meet Now feature in Teams now provides immediate access to the link, including from within Outlook. 
  • Approval templates in Teams are coming soon (current capabilities are ad hoc).  


  • Yammer now offers Live Events and New Conversation insights. 

Viva – Connections  

  • You can now serve up an intelligent SharePoint intranet from within the Teams client using Viva Connections. 

Viva – Insights 

  • The new Praise feature can provide you with reminders to show gratitude to your colleagues.  
  • The new Virtual Commute feature helps you to wrap up your day by removing completed tasks and preparing a list of those that are incomplete to prepare for tomorrow.  


  • Default alert policies for phishing activities are now available in the Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance Center.  
  • Shortened URL is now available for Forms sent to collect responses. 
  • Forms and quizzes now have text formatting. 
  • Improvements have been made to polls in Teams meetings. 


  • You can now add up to 25 tasks labels and colors in Planner and Planner for Teams. 
  • Tasks can now be moved between plans within the same Microsoft 365 group. 
  • The ability to create a task from a message in Teams, and move tasks to plans across Microsoft 365 groups, is coming soon. 


  • Roadmap reports can be added to the Power BI template. 
  • You can now create attachments on Tasks. 
  • Email notifications are now available in Project (for the web). 
  • You can now export a timeline to PDF. 
  • The ability to create a task from a Teams message, and move tasks to any of your plans, is coming soon. 

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement applications that have been updated include:  

  • Dynamics 365 Sales  
  • Dynamics 365 Marketing 
  • Dynamics 365 Field Service & Customer Service 
  • Dynamics 365 Business Central  

Microsoft Power Platform applications that have been updated include: 

  • Power BI 
  • Power Automate 

Lastly, Microsoft Admin Applications in Microsoft Office 365 and Cloud that were updated include: 

  • Azure AD 
  • Intune (now Unified Endpoint Management) 
  • Exchange Online  

See the complete Q2 2021 Tech Insider Update for a deeper dive into the most recent Microsoft updates HERE.


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Jenn Alba – Marketing Manager – 801.938.7816

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