As an Office 365 admin, you sometimes find yourself in a situation when you’re not at your desk but you still want to act quickly. For example, if your CEO has forgotten their Office 365 password or an employee left the company, you want to take action right away. To help you in these situations and to easily stay up to date on the latest changes in Office 365, we developed the Office 365 admin app, which gives you access to all common admin features on the go.
Today, we are happy to announce a design update for the Office 365 admin app that will make it easier and more efficient for you to manage your service using the app.
More than just a tool for on-the-go
Since its first launch in November 2014, thousands of Office 365 admins have downloaded the app and use it to stay connected with their Office 365 environment on the go. It’s great to see how valuable it is to you! The app is available for Windows Phone, Android and iOS, and has a rating of 4+ stars across all platforms.
When we launched the admin app, it was intended to be a companion app for the Office 365 admin center. Today, the admin app is so much more. Based on your feedback, we have continuously added functionality. Over the last 12 months, we shipped almost 40 feature updates including push notifications, mobile device management and partner integration. We’re now at a point where the app can stand on its own, and we have many customers—especially small businesses—who use the app as their main administration tool.
A simple and intuitive design
From the first version of the app, design and usability was a main focus. The admin app has a very clean and simple interface that makes it easy to use on a variety of screen sizes. And with the new update (for those of you who pay attention to version numbers, it’s V3), we are further improving and modernizing the design and UX of the app.
Quickly find what you’re looking for—With all the new functionality that has been added, we want to make sure that you’re still able to quickly find the feature you’re looking for. With the update, we are introducing feature grouping to the app. Similar features, such as quick actions on the user card, are now categorized and displayed together in one card.
In addition, new quick links on the dashboard give you direct access to settings that you use on a regular basis, such as users, groups and billing.
Spot important information right away—The update also makes it easier for you to identify areas that need your attention. Information that is important to you and that you might want to take action on, such as blocked users, is now highlighted in the app.
One management experience across admin app and admin center—We also worked on aligning the design of the app with the design of the new Office 365 admin center. The app now uses the same color and icons, making it easier for you to move from one tool to the other.
Try the new version and let us know what you think!
The new version is available now for Windows Phone and Android, and will come to iOS in 1–2 weeks. If you don’t have automatic updates turned on, please go to your app store to download the updated version.
Please try the new version and let us know what you think by using the feedback tab directly in the admin app.
If you don’t have the admin app yet, you can download it at: Office 365 admin app.
—Anne Michels @Anne_Michels, senior product marketing manager for the Office 365 Marketing team