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.

Note

Check out What's new in preview? for a list of the features we've released each 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 next to the Add card button.

  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

  • 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.

We added the Search box back in November. It's still at the top of the Home page, but it's now on the right-side of the page near the Add card button.
Screen capture explaining that the search box is located in the upper right-side of the Home page near add card.

How do I get back to the classic admin center?

Although you can switch to Preview from any page inside the classic admin center, in the Preview admin center you can only switch back to the classic admin center from the Home page. Navigate back to the preview admin center's Home page, and then switch the Preview on toggle to Off.
Screen capture: The Preview toggle from the Home page next to the Add card button.

How do I add cards to the Home page?

Select the Add card button at the top of the admin center Home page.
Screen capture explaining that the Add card link is located in the upper right-side of the Home page next to Search.

When the card library is open, drag the cards to the Home page.
Screen capture showing the cards that are available in the card library. This will vary depending on your licenses

The password reset button used to be on the Active user card. Where did it go?

It is still on the User management card, it's just a little hidden. Select the drop-down menu next to the Edit user button.
Screen capture explaining that the Password reset link is under the drop-down menu.

What happened to my custom views in Active users?

They are still there, we just now call them Filters. It's located at the far right of the page between Search and Change view.
Screen capture showing the open Filters menu with custom filters Contoso.com, contoso.ca, HR Department, and Executives as examples.

When you have a filter applied to your Active users list, where the link used to say Filters it now shows the name of the filter. In this example, the HR Department filter has been applied.
Scren capture showing the HR Department filter applied.

Note

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: