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Office 365 Update: SharePoint Online list templates are gaining modern support

SharePoint Online Asset Library, Wiki Page, Promoted Links, and Form Template lists now have improved page performance, responsiveness, and accessibility, instead of being limited to classic mode. You’ll begin seeing these updated features in the coming days.

How does this affect me?
Creating modern experiences for these list types brings them in line with many other SharePoint Online elements that have been updated recently, allowing more team sites to take advantage of improved consistency and page performance, responsiveness, and accessibility.

If you wish, you can choose to remain in classic mode for these lists in advance of the rollout by adjusting your settings.

We’ll be gradually rolling this out in the beginning of February, and the roll out will be completed by the end of February.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?
There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. Please click Additional Information to learn more about this feature and reverting to classic mode.

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Office 365 Update: Additional web parts for SharePoint Online modern pages

Planner, Office 365 Connectors, Twitter, Kindle Instant Preview, and auto alt-text are new Office 365 web parts that can be added to SharePoint Online modern pages. We’ll begin rolling this feature out in the next few days.

This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID: 21048, 21051, 26303 and 26306.

How does this affect me?
Planner and Office 365 Connectors both require a group connected site, so they will only appear in the toolbox on a group connected team site. They are not yet available on communication sites.

Auto alt-text is only available in the Image web part and in English for this initial release.

We’ll be gradually rolling this out to Targeted Release customers in early February, and the rollout will be completed in the coming months.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?
There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. Please click Additional Information to learn more about these and other new SharePoint Online features.

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Office 365 Update: New SharePoint Online Admin Center experience

In early February, we’re introducing a new SharePoint Online Admin Center experience. This is a new Office 365 feature. This feature will run in-parallel with the current experience.

This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID: 24246.

How does this affect me?
The new SharePoint Online Admin Center will be accessible through a link available within the existing SharePoint administrative experience, allowing both the existing and new experiences to run side-by-side for backwards compatibility and purposes of parity.

This feature will begin rolling out to Targeted Release organizations in early February, and we plan to complete the rollout to Targeted Release in early March. Standard Release organizations should expect to see the feature begin rolling out in mid-March, with full rollout completion by mid-April 2018.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?
There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. Please click Additional Information to learn more about the new SharePoint Online Admin Center experience and other new features.

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Office 365 Update: File Move in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

File Move is a new Office 365 feature. With File Move, you can now move files between locations in Office 365—including personal files and shared sites–while preserving the full fidelity of version history and document metadata.

This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID: 25694.

How does this affect me?
The new feature gives team members across your organization the ability to move files while preserving version history and metadata, and unlocks scenarios for file and content management. Users are prompted to accept or cancel before moving files to any location that doesn’t support a file’s custom metadata.

The File Move feature will begin rolling out to Targeted Release organizations starting January 29, 2018, and will begin rolling out to Standard Release organizations in the coming months.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?
You don’t need to do anything, but you may consider updating your user training and notifying your helpdesk. Please click Additional information to learn more.

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Office 365 Update: OneDrive for Business File Hover Card

OneDrive for Business File Hover Card is a new Office 365 feature. With File Hover Card, as soon as you hover your mouse over a file you will be able to see file details such as access stats like number of views, who viewed, and who modified. Owners of files stored in OneDrive for Business will also be able to view this information.

This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID: 23760.

How does this affect me?
The File Hover Card quickly displays file access statistics that help you gain valuable insights into who in your organization has accessed Office files that you’ve shared. In OneDrive for Business, when hovering over a file you’ll be able to see total views, the number of colleagues who’ve viewed, and the list of colleagues who’ve viewed. In SharePoint Online document and page libraries, you’ll be able to see the number of views and number of colleagues who’ve viewed files and pages.

Another aspect of this feature allows file owners the ability to see if their colleagues have viewed their files. This feature is only available when files are stored in OneDrive for Business. This setting is on-by-default. If you wish to hide the viewer list, as administrator, you can turn this feature off in your Admin center settings before it becomes available to users across your organization.

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Office 365 Update: SharePoint news – aggregation into Microsoft Teams chat

SharePoint news – aggregation into Microsoft Teams chat is a new Office 365 feature. We’ll begin rolling this feature out in the next few days.

This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID: 21045.

How does this affect me?
It is possible to publish news articles within team sites, and when you configure a new connector for a Microsoft Teams channel for the group, you’ll see each published article automatically flow into the chat workspace as a new thread of the discussion. This helps with both awareness of team news, plus it helps as a discussion starter for topics being pushed as important news to all team members.

We’ll be gradually rolling this out to customers starting late January.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?
There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. Please click Additional Information to learn more.