Office – Office 365 administrators can now manage the ‘What’s new” user experience (preview)

As you know, since the introduction of the Office Click-to-Run (Office C2R) installation methods, Microsoft has been improving communication to raise awareness of what is coming/new after your Office installation has been updated.

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Until now, Office 365 administrators did not had much control on managing this “What’s new” feature.

Well, good new, such management capability is now being in preview (you will need to have set at least your administrators accounts to use ‘Targeted release’).

If you are already set for Targeted release and use the new admin center, you will see the new management option under the Settings\Settings\Services blade called Office‎ What’s New management Preview

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From there you will be able to manage if the “What’s new” button is showing up (default) or will be hidden for every new/improved feature

There is no global setting (yet ?) to globally manage it

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You can see the list of all “What’s new” for the past 6 releases.

If you want to hide a feature from the What’s new, just click the Hide button, or rolling back to display it the Display button

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You can also select multiple features at once by using the check box shown on the left of the feature and then use the top Hide/Show button

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When you choose to change the default visibility, a right panel is showing up, summarizing the feature(s) you are going to hide/show, you will then need to confirm the action by hitting the bottom button Hide from users or Show to users depending of the action you wants to do

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Benoit Hamet
Benoit Hamet
Benoit is working on Microsoft collaborative technologies He has been awarded as MVP for more than 12 years Currently MVP on Office 365 after being awarded on SharePoint (2011-2012) and Windows client & server (2002-2007) Speaker at various Microsoft events (TechDays, TechNet seminars) and Quest Software He works on on-premises (Active Directory, RADIUS/NPS, Exchange, Skype for Business, SharePoint, SQL, Terminal Server, Windows client and Windows Server) or online (Azure, Intune, Office 365, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business Online, Teams) technologies