Microsoft is introducing a number of changes to Office 365 in the web to simplify and personalize the user experiences for you.
The new Office 365 app launcher will begin rolling out the week of November 6. The new app launcher is personalized and will help users open and switch between the apps they use most. The apps that users see are still based on the licenses their admin has assigned. However, the redesigned main view now emphasizes the most used applications across Office 365. It also highlights additional apps relevant to your users. For example, teachers and students will see education-specific apps.
Check out the video to prepare for the change: Introducing new Office 365 web experiences.
Can I pin admin custom tiles to the main view of the launcher for my organization?
- Admins will continue to have the ability to add custom tiles to share line-of-business (LOB) apps, sites, and URLs with their organization. However, they will only show in the main view if pinned by an end-user.
- The All view is optimized for search and there’s a new grouping at the top of this view called Admin selected apps for admin custom tiles so that users can easily discover them.
Will all my users see the same apps they do today?
With the new app launcher, a user’s main view will include a default set of apps, plus any apps the user opened in the last couple of days for First Release customers. Beyond First Release, a user’s main view will include any apps a user has utilized in the last 30 days in addition to their new defaults. From the All view, users can also easily pin any app, including admin custom tiles, to the main view of their launcher.
What happened to the Mail, Calendar, People and Tasks tiles?
Will my users’ apps highlighted in the main view keep changing based on their use?
After your users see the new launcher for the first time, apps in the main view will stay the same, unless a user chooses to customize their apps or an administrator adds or removes licenses. If you have difficulty finding an app, click All your apps and search or look through the alphabetized list of apps available.
Do apps open the same as they do today?
The apps in the launcher will open in different tabs, so a user should not expect the browser Back button to always take them where they were.
Are there additional resources to help me prepare?
Yes. We’ve created a ~5 minutes Microsoft Mechanics video to explain the new Office 365 app launcher experience, as well as the new Office 365 gallery and changes to www.office.com. Additionally, you can listen to our archived Microsoft Ignite session where we go into more depth on the new experiences and the customer challenges they are designed to help.