Today, June 1st 2016, Microsoft has started rolling out Changes for Office 365 SharePoint sites with the new updated UI. These changes reflect what was announced in the Future of SharePoint conference on 4th May 2016. Some of the known changes are – The ‘Sites‘ page is now the ‘SharePoint home’ and the “Sites” tile in Office 365 App launcher is “SharePoint” tile.
If you have signed-up for the First release in your tenant, you should see the message in your Office 365 Admin center now.
Below, let’s look at what has changed in terms of UI, and how it looks now.
Tile or App in App Launcher
The “Sites” tile becomes the “SharePoint” tile. Clicking into the SharePoint Home displays the recent sites and portals you are most active in and following, recommended sites per the Office Graph, plus company-wide sites promoted by your company.
The ‘Sites’ page is now the new “SharePoint home”.
Old Sites Home
New Sites Home
LINKS on New Sites Home Page
If you had custom promoted sites in classic view of the SharePoint Sites page, the Links section of the SharePoint home page is pre-populated with those sites.
NOTE : The pre-population of promoted sites in the Links list happens only once when the first user visits the new SharePoint home page. If you go back to classic view and change the promoted sites, the changes will not be reflected in the Links list on the SharePoint home page.
Creating New Site
From the SharePoint home, you, too, can create new sites – simple and fast. There has been huge improvements in the time it takes to create a site (targeting seconds to create), the flow & integrated value so that it naturally leads to the creation of an Office 365 Group in Azure Activity Directory (AAD), as well as establishing compliance controls for site classification.
Old Create Site
New Create Site
See more Sites by selecting See all
All Sites Page.
Site Contents Page (View all Site Content)
The new look for SharePoint Team sites is still pending.