Take a look at some of the best bits for the improvements and enhancements to Microsoft 365 throughout February:
SharePoint Migration Tool updates
The SharePoint migration tool now supports migrating content types and managed metadata term stores for SharePoint Server 2013. Global tenant admin permissions are required to do so.
Also, many of the on-premises SharePoint web parts can be migrated into Microsoft 365. Examples being blogs, chart viewer, content search, list form, list view media plus many more.
You can now pretty much migrate every element of a SharePoint site that is most important to you such as web parts, pages and site navigation.
Find out more: full list of supported web parts
Find out more: new and improved features of the SharePoint Migration Tool
Drag and drop to re-order the left-hand site navigation
You can now re-arrange the order of your site navigation elements with a nice, user friendly drag and drop gesture. This removes the multiple clicks involved in he ellipsis, move up or down options of old. This new gesture also works for dragging/dropping into a sub-navigation location.
Bulk check in/out
This one I’ve been waiting for awhile for! You will soon be able to check in/out multiple files at the same time form the modern ribbon in a document library.
File signals or status icons are being added into SharePoint to add visual clues regarding the status of a file, such as check-out status, sharing, DLP blocks or missing metadata. This applies to modern lists and libraries.
A revamp of an old favorite, column totals and subtotals are coming to modern lists and libraries. These totals and subtotals are displayed in the footer. This is a welcome change from the old total count in classic views!
Add columns between columns and drag and drop
You can now insert new columns in place between existing in and modern list or library view, plus move a column around by simply dragging the header to a new location in the view.
Smarter file hover cards
The file hover card gives you a sneak peek into your most important files. Now, as soon as your hover over a file you will be able to see important stats like number of views, who’s viewed and who’s modified. This functionality is now being extended to almost all file types.
This new experience will also appear for files listed in your Shared by Me view.
Find out more: file hover cards are getting smarter and is now available for all file types!
Priority notifications and message delegation
Priority notification alerts will notify a recipient to an urgent message on their mobile and desktop devices and repeat the alert every two minutes for up to 20 minutes, until a response is received.
Also coming soon is message delegation. Message delegation enables a recipient to delegate messages to another colleague when they are unavailable.
Priority notifications are currently in private preview.
Find out more: New capabilities in Microsoft 365 empower healthcare professionals
Microsoft Authenticator allows you to receive security notifications for important events on your personal Microsoft Account. When you receive a notification, you can quickly view your account activity to take action if needed.
Microsoft Authenticator can be used to add two-step verification for added security if needed. It supports fingerprint, face ID or PIN authentication.
Find out more: Microsoft Authenticator app now sends security notifications
Links and resources
- The SharePoint Community Blog – SharePoint Roadmap Pitstop February 2019
- New in Microsoft 365 – Update for February 2019