Microsoft’s product team has been tightly focused on delivering a top-notch experience that aligns to customer expectations.  

Over the past year, Microsoft has been working with dozens of customers in their preview program like Mott Macdonald, Arla Foods, Unilever, and Siemens Health. Project Cortex capabilities are starting to ship, beginning with taxonomy experiences and APIs, which are reaching all SharePoint customers this month. Project Cortex will go to production for some preview customers on August 1, 2020.

This week, Microsoft announced the following technical updates. These were developed as part of Project Cortex to modernize their Microsoft 365 taxonomy service, previously known as Managed Metadata Services. The updates include:


Tagging and filtering managed metadata columns

Updates to tagging and filtering content with terms are now generally available.  Microsoft's updated tree view makes it easier to navigate term sets and select terms.  You can also use the tree view to filter content with the full hierarchy of the term set.

Managing taxonomies in the SharePoint admin centre

The new term manager, with its modern experiences for creating and managing taxonomies, is now generally available. Available in the new SharePoint admin center, this new manager allows you to work with your pre-existing organization-wide term sets and create new sets easily.

Content type gallery

The new content type gallery is being released and will be generally available this week. The gallery uses a modern list view of content types in the content type hub, which lets you easily group on different columns and save custom views. The content type ID is also listed for custom coded solutions. Managing your existing enterprise content types and creating new ones is smoother with modern experiences.

Graph APIs

Microsoft is developing new Graph APIs to support operations on the taxonomy service. These APIs support listing and adding organization-wide term groups, term sets and terms. Listing and editing of most of the properties of these entities are also supported.

As Microsoft continue to get Project Cortex ready for launch, they are also working to ensure that we are ready to guide, support, and implement Cortex for our customers.  We look forward to sharing this exciting new technology with our customers as soon as it is available.

Moving Forward

The committed team at Proventeq breaks down silos by providing a highly effective experience for utilising and leveraging information that is stored in any system or diverse repositories. These systems include ECM, ERP, CRM, file-sharing services, network folders, SharePoint, and other repositories.

Customers trust Proventeq’s enterprise-grade product platform which delivers relevant answers, insights, and text analytics right from your stored or ineffective unstructured data sets. Contact us today to find out how we can help your organisation uncover key insights from your dark data.

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