Office 365 – New features and updates in week 25 2016

22 May 2016

Updated feature: SharePoint Document Library Experiences

As previously announced, Modern libraries were rolled out to First Release tenants on June 7. As of today, and continuing over the next few weeks, we will be rolling this feature out world-wide. Modern libraries offer many UI enhancements, such as thumbnails; uploading and links; inline creation of custom view and columns; and pinning. Microsoft have replaced the Ribbon with a clean, responsive command bar. Finally, modern libraries are becoming the new experience for files saved in Office 365 groups.

The modern document library will be the default experience for all document libraries except as noted below. Some library customizations are not yet supported in the modern experience, and if we detect such a customization we will automatically redirect users to the classic experience. Second, libraries will have a new header control at the top of the page. For libraries in team sites, this header includes global navigation links. For libraries in Office 365 Groups, the new control no longer includes links to the group’s conversation, calendar, and member management, Instead, the new control will have a single link to the group’s conversation, from which users can navigate to calendar and member management.

The new experience will be on by default for all users starting June 22, 2016. We released the ability for tenant administrators and site owners to change that default on a tenant-wide or per-library basis, in advance of the rollout on June 7, 2016. Please click Additional information to learn more.


22 May 2016

Updated feature: Delve Analytics activation experience improvements

Delve Analytics is improving the activation experience by enabling licensed users in a way similar to other O365 features that turn on with license assignment. This reduces the time end users wait to see the experience after being assigned an Office 365 E5 or Delve Analytics add-on license. As part of this change:

  • Licensed users will begin to see experiences progressively, starting with a tour in 1-2 days and most experiences after 1-2 weeks.
  • The Delve Analytics activation button will be removed and you will no longer need to request access to Delve Analytics in order for your licensed users to begin using this feature.

In order to provide a Delve Analytics experience to your users all you need to do is assign an Office 365 E5 or Delve Analytics add-on license. Once the license is assigned, users will begin to see the experience as defined above.

Helpful hint: if you are planning a phased roll out of the Delve Analytics capability, you may want to license your users 1-2 weeks prior to your rollout date.

Review the Delve Analytics Guide for Office 365 Admins article, and ensure you understand the privacy implications for your organization. This will help you understand how data is used and presented in Delve Analytics, and the options that are provided to help you manage policy or legal considerations about privacy and employee data use that may apply to your organization.

If you don’t want to enable this feature for the users in your organization with an Office 365 E5 license you will need to uncheck this capability for them.

Please click Additional Information to learn more.


20 May 2016

New feature: Skype for Business user session data PowerShell Cmdlet

Get-CsUserSession PowerShell Cmdlet for Skype for Business is a new Office 365 feature. You’ll begin seeing this new feature immediately
This PowerShell Cmdlet enables all Skype for Business Online tenant admins to retrieve user session data. It exposes user activities and modalities including registration, Instant Message, Audio, Video, Application sharing, and conference events. Tenant admins can query for the activities of a specific user during a period of time for diagnostics and troubleshooting efforts. There is generally a 5-minute delay from the activity and the data being available.
You don’t need to do anything. Please click Additional Information to learn more.


20 June 2016

Delve Analytics: meeting insights

Delve Analytics Meeting Habits is a new Office 365 feature. You’ll begin seeing this new feature over the coming weeks within your Delve Analytics dashboard.

The Delve Analytics personal dashboard will be updated to include meeting habits in the detailed meetings view. These insights will help individuals understand behaviors that may impact meeting effectiveness, such as multi-tasking, double booking, after hours, recurring and long duration.

You don’t need to do anything. Please click Additional Information to learn more.


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