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New SharePoint Home Page

New SharePoint Home Page

Well designed SharePoint systems have clear navigation that you can use to quickly get to the site that you need. Even with this, sometimes it would be nice to have a quick route into the last site that you visited, or to be able to create a list of favourites for your own use.The new Office 365 Sites Home Page gives you exactly this. However organised (or not!) your organisation’s SharePoint environment is, the home page will help you get to the sites that you use most.It uses a combination of sources to give a pretty good collection of sites that you should be interested in. As with many of the innovations that are happening in Office 365 at the moment, it is the Office Graph that drives much of this content – intelligently gathering knowledge of where you visit and who you work with to provide useful information.SharePoint Home Page

The Home Page presents:

  • Following – the top five sites that you are following, with a link to ‘see all’. From this ‘See all’ link you can quickly stop following sites, making it easy to keep this list organised. SharePoint stop following
  • Recent – Sites that you have recently visited. Clicking ‘See all’ takes you to a page where you can quickly add sites to your favourites.
  • Featured Links – Sites that the administrator has made available to the whole organisation. This gives a quick way to set up a SharePoint top level menu system if your organisation is using SharePoint in an unstructured way – for example by making use of Team Sites and Groups without building a SharePoint homepage or menu system.
  • Frequent – sites that you are using frequently.
  • Suggested – this uses the Office Graph to select sites that you might be interested in, based on your patterns of work.
You will notice that all of these sites have the ‘favourites’ star available. You can also add a site to your favourites list from the menu bar of any site page by clicking ‘Follow’.Add to favouritesThe Office 365 road-map is very much geared towards user experience – making it easier for users to do everyday tasks and increase productivity. Do keep your users informed of these new changes so that they can keep up to date as the tools evolve over time.
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