Every month, the Office 365 Admin Center gets some new updates and features to improve the overall experience. Conveniently, the Microsoft Office 365 team usually puts out a roundup blog post of all the new content for their product to show off every few months of what's new.
For August and July, we saw the addition of several setup guidelines and tools. Getting started with Office 365 can be a hassle for admins that are inexperienced or out of practice. In an effort to make this easier for everyone, the Office 365 team developed new automatic setup wizards to get you started.
Through the Office 365 set up wizard, you can add a domain, add users and share sign-in credentials, and set up your DNS records. The setup for adding users even includes sending an automated welcome email detailing how to start using the service, download the full list with their temporary passwords, and print that list for easier distribution.
The setup process for Office 365 will immediately begin after you purchase the product. Entering the Office 365 Admin Center will likely show you a banner at the top of the home page letting you know what steps you need to complete of the wizard still. A similar banner will also display for products you have purchased such as Visio, Project, or Office Pro Plus. Other setup guides have been created for services like Skype for Business, Azure Active Directory, and SharePoint.
Other additions to the Administration Center include:
- New "Admin Centers" card on dashboard
- Support for partner managed customers
- Message Center personalization
For more details on each of these, be sure to read the blog post from the Office 365 team.
The new features rolled out over the last month should have updated automatically. If it did not, attempt to manually update the product. Let us know what you think about the upgrades to the Office 365 admin center in the comments below.