Microsoft announces changes to and Office 365 app launcher

February 6, 2020

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Microsoft yesterday announced new updates to and the Office 365 app launcher. First, and the app launcher are now one experience, so you will find same set of apps in both the locations. Microsoft is also changing the way pinned applications work.

  1. Microsoft now offers controls in the Azure Active Directory portal that enable admins to pin up to three apps to and the app launcher. Any app added by an admin can be unpinned by the user at any time.
  2. Users need not manually pin apps to the app launcher because the system now automatically pins apps for you based on usage. Any app added automatically can be unpinned at any time.
  3. In the previous experience, apps were removed after they were unused for a certain period of time. In the updated experience, apps will remain until manually unpinned.

Microsoft is also bringing the ability for admins to group apps and customize the view of the Office 365 gallery that enables users to explore and learn about available applications.

Source: Microsoft

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