We presented the Microsoft 365 updates and news from Microsoft Inspire 2020 in the July 22 meeting of the Project Cortex Office Hours series. We walked through the technical updates announced at Inspire, including tagging and filtering managed metadata columns, managing taxonomies in the SharePoint admin center, and creating and managing enterprise content types in the new content type gallery. We also discussed the current plan for Project Cortex availability. We told you about the Project Cortex launch partners and how partners can join the Microsoft 365 Content Services Partner Program.


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Recording - July 22: Microsoft Inspire updates

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Presentation - July 22: Microsoft Inspire updates

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Inspire 2020 announcements

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Q & A

Thank you for all your questions during the Microsoft Teams live event. Even if we don’t answer them on the air, we use your questions to inform our Project Cortex FAQ and technical documentation.

A selection of questions and responses from the Q&A portion of the meeting follow.

Q: Are there any updates on naming, pricing, or licensing?

A: We’ll planning for general availability of Project Cortex later this year. We’ll be making an announcement later this year where we’ll disclose naming, licensing and packaging information.

Q: When will the content type association to modern library [go to] GA [general availability]?

A: We’re planning to GA this feature this quarter.

Q: Do you also have a timeline for when the content type gallery will be able to push content types to SharePoint hubs?

A: The content type push is a Project Cortex feature and will light up with Project Cortex. If you have an enterprise content type, you’ll be able to specify one or more hub sites you’d like to associate with it. For example, if you have a legal issues hub site, then you can associate content types of a legal nature to that hub site in the content type gallery interface in the Content Center. Not only will the content type be pushed to that hub, but it’ll also be pushed to the other sites that join or get associated with that hub. The push also comes in when you create new libraries based on that enterprise content type.

In addition, because we have a new content type API, we’re working on releasing a new site script action in this quarter. That will allow you to reference an enterprise content type, and through site design, apply it to hubs and other sites where that site design is running.

Further down the roadmap, we’re working to make the discovery of enterprise content types more available to end users and site owners.

Q: How to create special content types for forms processing for scanned documents, images, etc.?

A: The creation of special content types for forms processing is part of the content management subsystem. We have an engine for structured document processing (for forms, purchase orders, etc.) and another engine for processing unstructured documents.

See Dan Holme’s Inspire session (IDB155): Grow your practice with knowledge and insights innovations in Microsoft 365 for a demo showing how you can use AI to automatically capture, recognize, and tag content coming through the system.

Q: What's the non ISV partner monetization opportunity for Project Cortex?

A: There are a lot of partner opportunities – for non ISVs and ISVs – for Project Cortex. At Microsoft Ignite 2020, we’ll share more on the economic benefits and typical implementation cycles.

A key opportunity is migration. Although Project Cortex works on content that’s outside of Microsoft 365; we know that the best benefits come by getting content into Microsoft 365. This opportunity includes information architecture, transformation, and migration.

Another opportunity is around adoption and change management. That is, helping organizations create a business plan to develop a knowledge-centric culture. This could include benefit analysis, implementation planning, guidance training, change management, and adoption planning to help transform the organization.

Because Project Cortex is based on establish Microsoft patterns, using things such as the Microsoft Graph API and SharePoint framework, there are opportunities for partners to customize and integrate those knowledge experiences in topic cards and topic pages. You can also help organizations take advantage of the enriched metadata available on the content services side to leverage the Power Platform and partner tools to drive additional value to customers.