Back in April, we started rolling out a new Office 365 home page experience that provided a redesigned environment for commercial, education and home users to collaborate and work across every device. The update also delivered improved access to recent files and folders and introduced a new platform for faster delivery of innovative features.
These updates will greatly increase the ease of navigating the apps throughout the suite and help you access your frequent and recently opened documents. These changes started to roll out in December and will continue through early 2017.
Navigate to apps quickly
With Office 365 now available in 150 markets, there’s no such thing as a standard user. As we continue to expand the powerful Office 365 suite, we want to ensure each user has uninterrupted access to their favorite applications and services. The Office.com homepage now displays the most frequently used apps more prominently. Over time, Office 365 will learn and adjust this ordering based on your individual usage.
Get back to your online documents
We know that your best work can take time, so we improved access to your unfinished documents. Users will now see additional controls within the “Recent documents” list to let users filter by document type across Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Have a document that you go back to frequently? Pin it to the list so it’s always just a click away.
Know what’s coming up
We made it easier to see what’s coming up at a glance. Get an in-depth view of the day’s meetings and quickly respond to or join Skype for Business calls with one click. Enhanced people pictures help you build stronger connections with coworkers and help you keep track of your different teams and projects.
Stay on top of tasks
Create, view and complete tasks directly on Office.com that stay in sync across Outlook on all your devices. Need to add more details to a task? Double tap to open in Outlook Tasks to add additional details.
We’re constantly developing and improving the Office 365 experience, so be sure to let us know what you think! We read every piece of feedback that we receive as we work to make your Office 365 experience the best it can be.
—Tom Batcheler, @TomBatcheler, senior product marketing manager for the Office 365 team
Frequently asked questions
Q. Can I re-order or re-size the app tiles?
A. Office.com organizes the app tiles based on which apps are used most frequently. We do not currently offer the ability to re-order or re-size the app tiles. We are evaluating additional options to make app navigation even quicker.
Q. Will I be able to turn off the online documents, upcoming or tasks sections if I prefer not to see the content?
A. Office.com does not currently allow you to turn off this content. However, you can collapse the card containers to hide content that you do not want to see. We are evaluating additional customization, such as being able to turn on and off certain cards.
Q. Can I turn off or hide the install button?
A. These upcoming updates have no impact on the install button.