O365 and SharePoint Update | January 2019

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A new year means 365 new opportunities. It also means some great new updates in the MSO landscape. We are really looking forward to the year and what this means for our O365 and specifically Sharepoint environments.
We are going to continue to broaden our solutions with SharePoint and PowerAutomate.

Let’s take a look at some the key updates this month…..

Resizing Images in SharePoint

Just when you thought SharePoint couldn’t get any better, it does with another feature update. This time, to the image web part. Users will be able to resize images right in the web part thanks to this latest update.

It’s now easier to resize images right in the SharePoint image web part.

Custom Search Results Pages for SharePoint Sites

Another SharePoint Site new feature that will be gradually be rolled out over next month is custom search results pages for SharePoint sites. This new feature will allow tenant admins or site owners to build custom results page. You can use open-source search web parts from the SharePoint Patterns and Practices community, or any custom web parts developed from the SharePoint Framework to build your page. However, you are limited to the modern navigation bar search box. Another limitation is that the custom search page and the SharePoint site must be on the same domain, although it can be in a different collection.

To get ready for this new feature, first you will need to create a custom search results page before you can enable its use. To do this, go to Site Settings > Site Collection Administration > Search Settings > then input the new page URL in the Results Page URL field.

A new feature for SharePoint sites – Custom Search Results Pages.

Enable a new custom search results page.

New Look Application in Office 365 app launcher and Office.com

At the moment, the apps shown in the Office 365 app launcher and the Office.com home page may not be the same. However, with this new feature, you will be able to see the same set of applications – defaulting to all launch apps. Admins can also pin up to three apps to the top of the Office 365 app launcher which will now also appear on the Office.com page by default.

If you want to pin a line of business apps to the Office 365 app launcher, you will need to configure it as an Enterprise Application in Azure Active Directory (AAD) first. To do this go to the AAD portal > go to the Enterprise applications – User settings > Scroll to Office 365 settings > add up to three default applications.

New features mean consistency with Office 365 app launcher and the Office.com home page.

Adding default applications has never been easier.

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