Office 365 Update: Office 365 App launcher

We’re updating the Office 365 app launcher. We’ll begin rolling the update out to first release in mid-October.

This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID: 20465.

The new Office 365 app launcher is a personalized and simple way to help your users open and switch between the apps they use most.

How does this affect me?
The apps your users see in the new app launcher are still based on the licenses you have assigned. However, the redesigned main view now emphasizes the most used applications across Office 365. It also highlights additional apps relevant to your users. For example, teachers and students may see education-specific apps.

With the new app launcher, any additional apps that aren’t already pinned by default, and a user has opened in the previous 45 days, will be automatically added to their main view. After the first time your users see the new launcher, apps in the main view will stay the same, unless a user chooses to customize their apps or an administrator adds or removes licenses. If you have difficulty finding an app, click “All apps” and search through the alphabetized list of apps available.

We’ll gradually roll this out to First Release customers starting in mid-October, and the roll out to the rest of the world is expected to complete early 2018.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?
You don’t need to do anything, but may consider updating your user training, and notifying your helpdesk. Please click Additional information to view the Admin overview video and other resources.

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