The Horizon: November 2023 

We might be approaching the end of an eventful year but that doesn’t mean things are slowing down in the Microsoft technosphere. There’s been huge amounts of buzz around announcements at Microsoft Ignite, which took place in Seattle and online earlier this month, with Copilot unsurprisingly grabbing the headlines… 

Microsoft extends Copilot extensibility

One of the big stories of Ignite was the announcement that organizations with Microsoft 365 can now opt-in to the public preview of plugin extensibility, meaning that we can start building, testing, and publishing plugins in your environment. 

Using Teams message extensions and Power Platform connectors, we’re now able to augment and further enrich app types that are already natively integrated into Microsoft’s ecosystem.

In addition, Microsoft have opened up the OpenAI plugin specification, effectively giving us the option to create a custom app that can also operate within the Microsoft ecosystem. 

Access external data sources with M365 using Microsoft Graph

If your co-workers regularly need to access external data sources, using Microsoft Graph connectors now allow you to securely import external content into Microsoft 365.  

Your colleagues will be able to find and share relevant information all in one place and better still, once you start using Copilot, it can interrogate more of your organization’s information, giving more relevant responses. 

Microsoft Search updates

Microsoft is constantly striving to improve the search experience and outcomes for its users and this latest set of updates will be welcome news if you use Workplace Search, Microsoft Search in Windows and the Edge address bar, Graph Connectors, and Search administration and analytics. 

Here are a few of the highlights: 

  • Unified search experience across Workplace Search whether you’re using Bing, SharePoint or 
  • Increased context information and functionality on Workplace Search results. 
  • Enhanced privacy labels and access settings in Bing search results. 
  • Microsoft Edge users can search for people, sites, files, and more directly from their browser. 

CollabDays New England

Search, in this case Microsoft Teams search, was a topic that came up when we attended CollabDays New England in Burlington last month.  

We had lots of great conversations with a bunch of interesting folks, including Microsoft’s Principal Program Manager for Dynamics 365 & Power Platform Hugo Bernier, as well as Microsoft MVPs Andrew Connell, Emily Mancini, and Beau Cameron to name but a few. 

We’ve shared lots of tips and tricks from the day in our blog, including how you can bag yourself a ‘Contoso’ branded t-shirt… You know you want one. 


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