Over the past two years since the release of Office 365 we have been working diligently to improve our communications with customers on changes that impact the Office 365 environment. By providing more targeted and timely communications we can ensure you are aware of changes and updates to the service well in advance and are prepared when changes do take place.
Today we are adding Message Center, a new admin feature for communications. Message Center will help inform Office 365 admins about new features and actions they need to take to keep their Office 365 service running smoothly.
Message Center is an in-product experience that complements the service alert emails that administrators currently receive to help keep customers up to speed on critical communications. Message center goes beyond the information provided in service alert emails, including information about new features coming to the service.
Tour of the Message center
This is an example of the Message Center homepage. Message Center is available as a new link on the left side of the admin portal. You can see a list of important items, links to detailed information and visual indication of items that require administrator action.
When you click on the details link you are provided with more information on the specific action that administrators need to take and timeframes for those changes.
This is our first release of the Message Center. Over time we’ll continue enhance the experience by adding new features. Some items on our list include delivering communications in your preferred language and information that is specific to just your organization.
Stay tuned for more improvements to Message center and let us know what you think in the comments!