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Introducing a new home page experience for Office 365 users

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Earlier this month, we began to roll out a new, more intuitive home page experience for Office 365 users. This update brings a fresh new look and feel to the Office 365 welcome page, and a range of new features for both administrators and users.

We’re constantly looking for opportunities to improve the way our users get things done. The new Office 365 home page enables more consistent and unified experiences for work, education and home users across every device. This new platform also helps us respond to user feedback and deliver innovative new features at a faster pace than ever before.

Simple, responsive design

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We’ve simplified how people access their Office 365 applications and documents. Now, when you log in to Office 365, you have immediate access to all your online applications and recent documents to help you get to what you need faster.

As part of this update, we’ve also taken the opportunity to add improved page responsiveness for a better, more consistent experience across all your devices. Office 365 lets you get your best work done, no matter what device you’re using, and the new home page will look beautiful on your phone, tablet, PC and Mac.

Tool tips

We want to make sure that our Office 365 users get the most out of their Office 365 experience. New tool tips help highlight new and unused features, including recently added applications and actions users need to take.

Seamless Office install

We’ve made it easier than ever for Office 365 users to get the latest version of their mobile applications and desktop software. Now, you can download and install Office on your device with one click from the home screen. We’ve also made it easier to install Office 365 mobile applications from your desktop. Simply choose the application you want to install, then send an email or an SMS to the device you want to install it on.

What’s next

Over the next few months, you’ll see the new home page replace the default log-in experience for Office 365 users. Let us know what you think! And don’t be surprised if we respond to your feedback. We read every piece of feedback that we receive as we work to make your Office 365 experience the best it can be.

—Tom Batcheler @tombatcheler, senior product marketing manager for the Office 365 team

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  1. Looks great! Are there any plans to be able to put some customized information on the home page in Office 365? For example, several customers I work with would like to put some custom Company information here, like a welcome screen from the IT-department and some customized links to some “Getting Started”-guides they have created. For example to the right of “Good Afternoon, Jonathan” in the screenshot above.

    • Hi Jonas,

      Thanks for the feedback! We’re actively looking for ways to help administrators personalize the Office 365 experience and are planning on rolling out updates soon that will help users ‘Get Started’ quicker. We definitely understand the need for administrators to customize this messaging and are currently exploring different ways this can be achieved. Look out for more to come over the next 2 months.

      Tom

  2. For our company we want a specific sharepoint site as a startpage for everyone? Is there a possibility to do this as administrator?

    • Hi Miranda,

      We currently offer end-users the ability to select their default start page. We have received several requests for admin control of this experience, and are actively evaluating different options for implementing this. Thanks for the feedback!

      Tom

  3. For the mobile view it would be good if the waffle button was visible to easily access apps rather than having to press the ellipsis button to access the waffle button. Apart from that looks great, also agree with views on further administrator options for custom starting page.

    • Hi Amit,

      Great feedback! We’re always trying to balance simplicity and practicality, while also supporting all device types. We’re planning on refining this experience over time, so expect to see some changes soon.

      Tom

  4. The only user experience that matters to me is the long promised teacher dashboard…that thing that Google has been doing for a couple of years now. Our IT guys have tattoos on their foreheads that it’s coming soon. If they weren’t such fanboys, we would have dropped you people and gone gafe.

      • Hi Roger and Jordi,

        We’ve looked into this, and there were a very a small number of tenants who were not able to access the new portal as expected after launch. We’ve identified the issue and have a fix in place to resolve it. Sorry you weren’t able to access this earlier. If you’re not seeing it today, you should see this become available for you over the next week.

        Thanks!
        Tom

  5. Whilst not an Office app, any chance of being able to add a link off to Azure portal in the app section?

  6. Great to see it’s also available to home users (who sign in to Office.com). A suggestion would be to not only show recent documents, but also upcoming appointments or unread emails.

    • Thanks for the feedback Remco! We’ve got a number of exciting features coming, including smart reminders and suggestions based on upcoming calendar appointments. Expect to see us enable new experiences over the coming months.

  7. So in the Waffle view above it shows Project as a software choice. Is Microsoft putting Project back in the lineup for Office? We have donated licenses for Project and was hoping Project would be added to our office 365 license we already pay for. Our donated licenses are 2010 and would love the updated version. Thanks Linda
    Girl Scouts of Colorado.

    • Hi Linda,

      The Project icon above refers to Project Online, Microsoft’s online solution for project portfolio management (PPM) that is not part of the standard Office 365 ProPlus suite. I’d recommend you have a look at our non-profit plans here: https://products.office.com/en-us/nonprofit/office-365-nonprofit-plans-and-pricing (Project is located at the bottom of the page) and check out great programs like TechSoup for more ways to access the latest versions of the software.

      Thanks
      Tom

  8. Glad to provide simple and responsive design page. And really hope it will be available on SharePoint sites!

    • Thanks for the feedback Shogo! Responsiveness and accessibility are fundamental to the way we approach the Suite User Experience for Office 365. Expect to see more changes like this across the board.

      Tom

  9. Can you make the waffle consistent in how new apps open? Some apps open in the same tab, some open in a new tab and you have to log in again.

    • This is great feedback, thanks Joe. All apps opened from the new home page open in a new tab. Please let us know if this is not the behavior you’re experiencing!

      Thanks
      Tom

      • Tom, apologies for replying to this message but whenever I click on Add Comment I am just taken to the top of the page. About a month ago whenever I log in to my university Office365 account, the formatting bar when you compose or reply to a message in OWA is at the bottom rather than the top of the window and there doesn’t seem to be any option of moving it. Is that part of the new design? Is there any way we can move it back to the top?

        Regards,
        Xristos

  10. The Office365 Message Center indicates that logged in users should be able to get to this new home page at https://office.com but that’s not working for me.

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