About Microsoft 365 admin center preview

The new Microsoft 365 admin center is built for IT teams as a simplified way to manage your Microsoft 365 and Office 365 services. The admin center provides a tailored experience based on the unique needs of your role or organization, improves efficiency for everyday tasks, and provides actionable insights that help you make data-driven decisions to deliver a better experience for your users.

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Check out What's new in preview? for a list of the features we've released ecah month.

The Microsoft 365 admin center is the common entry point for all Microsoft 365 and Office 365 admins and can be accessed at https://admin.microsoft.com. Specialist workspaces, like Security or Device management, allow for more granular control. For more information about how the admin centers will work together, see What about the specific types of IT roles and other workspaces like Security, Device Management, or Exchange? later in this article.

As new features become available in the Microsoft 365 admin center, you'll be able to opt-in to the preview and share your feedback with Microsoft so that we can continue to improve the admin experience. If you opt-in to the preview, there will be no impact to your users, and you can switch back to the classic admin center at any time.

Participate in the preview

We would love for you to participate in the Microsoft 365 admin center preview so you can prepare for change and give us feedback.

Switch to preview and back again

The preview is available to all Microsoft 365 admins, you can opt in by selecting Try the preview toggle located at the top of the Home page.

  1. From top-right corner of any page in the classic admin center, select Try the preview. From the Home page, you turn it on through a toggle. On all other pages, just select the link.
    Screen capture: The Preview toggle from the Home page in Microsoft 365 Admin Center preview.

  2. It may take a minute for the page to refresh.

  3. Give Microsoft feedback about your experience by selecting Give feedback right next to the Need help? button at the bottom of every page. Tell us what you like and what we could do better. In addition, you may get pop-up surveys from time-to-time asking about your overall impressions or a particular experience that's newly released.

  4. You can also give feedback at the end of this article by clicking Was this information helpful?

  5. Switch back to the classic admin center by navigating back to the preview admin center's Home page, and then switch the Preview on toggle to Off.

Frequently asked questions

Don't see your questions answered here? Go to Was this information helpful? at the bottom of this page and ask your question.

Can I do everything in the preview that I can do in the classic admin center?

Yes. The preview is fully functional and has all the capabilities of the classic admin center.

Which Microsoft 365 plans are available to trial or buy?

Microsoft 365 is a complete, intelligent solution that includes Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security that empowers everyone to be creative and work together, securely. The following Microsoft 365 subscriptions are available in the admin center for you to try or buy now:

  • Microsoft 365 Business

  • Microsoft 365 Enterprise E3

  • (Coming soon!) Microsoft 365 Enterprise E5

For more information, see Try or buy a Microsoft 365 subscription.

I found a bug or I want to request a feature enhancement. How do I let Microsoft know?

We love to hear from you! Reporting bugs and sharing feedback helps us make the Microsoft 365 admin center better. To give feedback, click the Feedback button on the bottom of the page and use the form to send us your thoughts. Select the checkbox and confirm your email address if you want someone from the Microsoft 365 admin center team to follow up on your comments. We can't promise to follow up on every piece of feedback, but we're going to try!

You can also give feedback from outside of the admin center on our UserVoice forum. You can use this page to make feature suggestions that can be voted on by other forum users: UserVoice forum for admin center preview.

In user management, why are assigning licenses and enabling apps & services functionality now seperated?

In the classic admin center if you wanted to prevent a user from using an app or service that they were licensed to use, you had to turn that app or service off for every assigned license that included that app or service. Microsoft received feedback that this was confusing, because the admins thought that they had turned off the service.

In Microsoft 365 admin center preview, we fixed that issue. Now if you turn a service or app off, it is turned off for all licenses - you no longer have to turn the feature off for each license the user has.
Sceen capture showing the side-by-side comparison of the Licenses and Apps tabs in the user details pane.

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When an app or service is enabled for a user, we'll turn that service on in an eligible assigned license. Admins can no longer control which apps are associated with a particular user-assigned license.

What about the specific types of IT roles and other workspaces like Security, Device Management, or Exchange?

The Microsoft 365 admin center is the common entry point for all teams and roles managing Microsoft 365. The experience, information, and controls are tailored and customizable for each admin and role. Additionally, specialist workspaces allow for deep, granular control. These specialist workspaces include SharePoint, Teams & Skype, Exchange, Security, Compliance, Device Management, and Azure Active Directory. You can find the specialist workspaces from the navigation pane in the Microsoft 365 admin center at https://admin.microsoft.com.

Updating all of the admin centers to have a coherent experience will take awhile, but you can learn more about the admin centers we've already started to makeover: