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Categories: Office 365

June 22, 2020

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(Updated) Feature Update: Office.com home page layout and navigation

From Microsoft Corporation

MC213423, Stay Informed, Published date: May 15, 2020

To ensure the best possible experience for our users, we are delaying some of our deployments to reduce the amount of change flowing into the services. Please see the updated roll-out timeline below

We are updating the layout and application navigation for the Office.com home page and the Office app in Windows 10 based on customer feedback.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 64019

When this will happen

  • We will roll out this new experience to Targeted Release customers in mid-June (previously early June).  
  • We will roll out this new experience to Standard Release customers in late June (previously mid-June)
  • The rollout will be complete late July (previously mid-July).

How this will affect your organization

Currently the top section of the Office.com home page is comprised of a ‘Start new’ option(for creating new documents) and a horizontal list of core applications.

This horizontal top bar is being moved into a vertical navigation bar on the leftside of the page to improve usability. This update has no impact on Office.com or Office app functionality.

Current Office.com layout

The current Office.com home page layout

New Office.com layout

The new Office.com home page layout
What you need to do to prepare

If your organization has training material that references the traditional Offiice.com layout, you may want to make adjustments to reflect the new layout. 

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