Introducing the new Office 365 App Launcher

Microsoft continues to expand the great set of online productivity tools available to Office 365 users, MS is committed to improving the experience that ties these services together. Microsoft is announcing a new version of the Office 365 App Launcher, which will provide improved discoverability to new and recently used apps, additional customization options and search across all the services and applications we use in the Microsoft Cloud. With one in seven people on the planet using Office, it’s important  that this new experience feel familiar while also improving access to mission-critical applications from across our organization.


New tabbed layout

The Office 365 App Launcher has always provided a simple, consistent experience to surface applications when and where you need them. Now, Microsoft is taking this one step further and helping bring the apps you use most front and center.

The new tabbed layout allows you to pin and organize tiles in a “HOME” section to provide fast, familiar access to your favorite apps from your Office 365 subscription, the Office Store, Azure apps, SharePoint apps, Line of Business apps and even custom tiles added by organization administrators.

Your company’s recently added apps also get their own “NEW” section, with badge notifications to let you know when a new app is available. Microsoft has also brought the “ALL” apps page directly into the App Launcher experience to give you quick access to your entire catalog of applications and search from anywhere within Office 365.


Resize, pin and organize tiles

Microsoft also expanded the core functionality of the App Launcher to allow you to resize and organize tiles. These features mirror the familiar look and feel of the Windows 10 Start menu to make switching between applications as seamless as possible. To further enhance the speed at which users can multitask, you can continue to pin up to three applications to the right side of the navigation bar.


Support for Office 365 themes

The redesigned App Launcher now supports Office 365 themes, including your company’s custom theme. Simply select an Office 365 theme from the Settings menu and see the color scheme reflected throughout the new experience.

Coming soon—access to recent Office documents

Microsoft is working hard on exciting new features for the Office 365 user experience. Over the coming months, you’ll see the ability to access your recent files from across Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote Online simply by clicking the icon’s ellipsis menu. This will help you pick up from where you left off more efficiently.


Written by Misha Hanin

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