New Features of Office 365 Admin Center

Office 365 Admin Center draws closer to perfection with the roll out of 3 new features. The center now includes full support for mail-enabled security groups, the ability to create custom tiles and a custom help desk information and email apps management. Let’s dig a bit deeper and find what these new features have to offer to Office 365 users.

Office 365 Admin Center New Features

Custom Tiles, support for mail-enabled security groups, customized help desk, ability to manage email apps are some of the new features available in  Office 365 Admin Center. Let us take a look at them.

Support for mail-enabled security groups—The service now includes full support for mail-enabled security groups. To test the feature simply create a mail-enabled security group, chose ‘Groups’ and then Add a group.

For gaining control over the management of the group or edit members, filter to mail-enabled security group (optional) and click the desired group you would like to edit.

Create custom tiles— It is now possible to create custom tiles directly in the new admin center. The option for creating Custom Tiles is readily visible in the “My apps” list of each user and can be easily added to the app launcher.

For creating a new custom tile, select Settings, find Organization Profile option and then hit the Add custom tiles button for your organization. Alternatively, you can search for Custom tiles using the Search bar at the top.

Search bar

Offer a customized help desk— If you have the rights as an Office 365 admin, you can streamline user support by adding customized contact information to the help pane. With such an option available to hand users can just click the help icon to access the requisite information for getting in touch with your organization’s support.

For doing so, chose settings > Organization Profile and then select the option reading as ‘Provide customized help desk contact information.’ Doing so will add custom help desk information to the help pane.

Office 365 Admin Center Features

Manage email apps— You can now manage the apps users can use to access their Office 365 email directly from the user cards in the new admin center. To enable or disable this feature, click Users > Active Users and then select the user you want to edit. In the Email Apps section that displays on the screen, click Edit and turn off or on the apps.

manage email

Apart from the above changes, Office 365 Admin Center uses the same color and icons, making it easier for its users to move from one tool to the other. If you find any feature still missing and would like to have it in future updated version of the app, provide the feedback by clicking on the link at the bottom-right of the new admin center. Your feedback is appreciated and will developers improve the Office 365 Admin Center.


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