August has brought only a few minor changes to the Microsoft Search roadmap.
Users see the same search results, no matter where they are across Microsoft Search in Bing, SharePoint and Office.com in all native verticals (All, Files, Sites, Images, Messages, People). A coherent, consistent search experience is one of the most important important factors for good user adoption.
Rolling out since March 2023.
Microsoft Search Answers Analytics (Feature ID: 124910)
Did I mention we’re super excited about this one?
Microsoft Search Answer Analytics will provide insights into how editorial content like Bookmarks, Acronyms, and Q&A are performing within the organization. This feature was very awaited by our clients and customers (and ourselves as well!), and we cannot wait to see it in production!
Rollout date shifted from July 2023 to Aug 2023.
Rollout starts in Aug 2023.
Connected content will be seamlessly integrated into Microsoft Search mainline search results (Feature ID: 115489)
Results from remote repositories indexed with Microsoft Graph connectors are shown in the main search results. Users can then use pagination to browse through the results, including connected content, or use the LastModified- and FileType- filters to refine their search for connected content. Admins can decide how (interleaved, or Result Cluster) and which connected content will appear in the All-tab. There will be no need any more to map a connection to a custom vertical.
See also Feature #93336 (Microsoft Graph connector results in the “All” vertical).
Rolling out since May 2023.
Microsoft Graph Connectors in GCCH (Feature ID: 124991)
A very important update for government organizations: Microsoft Graph Connectors that allow to index third-party content into Microsoft Graph to enable intelligent experiences like Microsoft Search will be available in GCC-High environments.
Rollout starts in September 2023.
Message vertical in Office.com now available in DoD (Feature ID: 148181)
Looking for a message, but you can’t remember whether it was in Teams or Outlook? Search for it in Office.com and then go to the Messages Tab. You’ll get both Teams and Outlook messages in the list of results. Now available for DoD!
See also Feature #117389 (Message vertical in Office.com for GCC and GCC-H)
Rollout started in July 2023.