What's new in Microsoft 365 admin center preview

We're continuously adding new features to the Microsoft 365 admin center preview, fixing issues we learn about, and making changes based on your feedback. As the new admin center is getting built, you'll want to know about what's getting added, what's new, and what's being removed. Take a look below to see what's available for you today.

Want to know how to participate in the preview? Checkout About the Microsoft 365 admin center preview.

December 2018

  • Services & add-ins - In October we updated Settings > Services & add-ins with our new design style, but all of the settings pages were still in the classic style. This month, we've started updating the actual settings to the new design. Check out Bookings to see the new look.
  • User management - Manage username, alias, primary email address.
  • We've added two Home cards to the library. You can read their full descriptions in the library.
    • Intune Device enrollment
    • Domains
  • Recommendations - You might see a new recommendation pop-up in your admin center. Of course, you'll only see recommendations if we think it will benefit your organization. But don't wait until we show you the recommendation - you can add it from the card library.
    • Protect sensitive info - We recommend creating a data loss prevention (DLP) policy to detect when items containing sensitive info are shared with people outside your organization.

November 2018

  • The Search box is back! And we moved it slightly. 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.

  • We've added cards for the dashboard. Just go to the admin center and select Add card to see the new cards:

    • Office 365 Active users report - Monitor the usage of the Office 365 services you've purchased.
    • Office 365 software - Install or deploy Office 365 ProPlus software and see how many licensed users have activated it.
    • Azure Active Directory - Gives you quick access to common Azure AD tasks like self-serve password resets, customizing sign-in, and adding apps.
  • The Export users quick task has been added to command bar on the Active users page. Screen capture showing Export users on the command bar next to Refresh.

  • Purchase services has additional enhancements for November. And they are ALL good! To get there, go to Billing > Purchase services.
    Screen capture showing purchase services page with 3 new enhancements.

    1. At the top of the page, you can pivot between Business and Education plans. That will help you find what you're looking for.
    2. We added a search box so you don't have to scroll endlessly to find what you're looking for.
    3. Finally, we logically sorted the plans you can purchase into sections that you can expand and collapse. Don't need purchase any of the Office apps and services? Collapse that section and focus on Microsoft 365 plans.

October 2018

  • There's a new way to buy subscriptions in the Microsoft 365 admin center. Go to Purchase services to see the completely redesigned shopping experience that makes it easy to search, compare plans, and other great new features that helps make purchasing a subscription easier.
    Purchase services plan comparison in Microsoft 365 admin center preview

  • The Services and add-ins page has been updated to the new look and feel, but everything else works exactly the same. Of course, you should check out the command bar to see what new things you can do, like filtering and changing the list to compact view. In the navigation pane, go to Settings > Services & add-ins to check it out.
    Settings and add-ins page in Microsoft 365 admin center preview

September 2018

  • Home improvements The Home page has been completely re-done and we can't wait for you to try it out and see what you think. This is your personal Home page and you won't affect the Home pages of other admins in your organization.
    Screen capture: Microsoft 365 Admin Center Preview Home Page.

    • You can add, remove, and move home page cards around the Home page. Click + Add card in the top right corner to see which cards are available in the card library, and then drag them anywhere on the Home page. Don't like where it landed? Click and drag it to where you want it. You don't even have to save any more.

    • Take organization to the next level by grouping cards into sections. We've created two default sections for you: Basics and Devices and updates. Very soon, you'll be able to add, remove, and rename sections to design a Home page that works for you.

    • Most of the cards are informative and actionable, which means that you'll be provided with just-in-time information to help you do your daily tasks faster and smarter.

    • The navigation pane has been re-organized and you can customize it for your quick tasks. Just select Edit from the bottom of the navigation pane to start customizing.
      Microsoft 365 Admin Center Preview navigation pane

  • Billing You'll probably notice some of the biggest changes to the Microsoft 365 admin center in the Billing section. You can manage subscriptions and apps you've bought from Microsoft or another vendor, including new experiences for inventory management, order history, payment methods, and invoicing.

    • Subscription management has been redesigned to give you a new inventory management experience for more product types including apps, software, and add-ins. It's now called Products & services to better reflect the support for new product types being added. You can now choose to have a card or table view of the products and services, and you can search and filter to quickly find what you're looking for.
      Products and services in Microsoft 365 admin center preview

    • It's now easier than ever to assign a product license to your users. Select your purchased product and then you can assign the product. You can also see which users have already been assigned a particular product.
      Product details from Billing in Microsoft 365 admin center preview

    • Switch plans is now called ** Upgrades ** and finally the subscription upgrades happen behind the scenes so you don't have to watch the upgrade complete. Lastly, there is no longer a license limitation on upgrades.

  • User management We've made a lot of changes to user management to help you get your work done faster. We've updated the ** Active users ** page and the user's details pane. Here's some of the more awesome changes:

    • There's a new design and new layout to the Active users page. Don't like the way the list looks? Select Change view (next to Filter) and you can change the list from Normal list to Compact list. Compact list is especially helpful if you've got a lot of users in your organization.
      Active users page in preview

    • The command bar (where Search lives) is dynamic and the list of actions will change depending on the number of users you've selected: no users, one user, or multiple users. You'll also see how many users you have selected next to Search.
      Microsoft 365 preview Active users command bar.

    • You can perform quick tasks like resetting passwords for single or multiple users directly from the list view.

    • The User's details and settings are now organized by the following tabs: Account, Devices, Licenses, Apps, Mail, and OneDrive. Previously, many of these settings were located across multiple screens.
      Users detail pane in the admin center preview.
      Curious to know how the classic admin center tasks map to the preview admin center? Check out User management later in this article.

You used to do it this way...now you'll do it this way

As we optimize existing features, that functionality may move to a different place in the admin center or if we've changed the name of the feature we'll include that information in this section. If the feature has been removed, we'll also let you know what the work-around or mitigation for that feature is.

Home page cards

We know that you used the Home page cards as one of the main ways to navigate around the admin center, so here's a breakdown of how the preview Home page cards map to the classic Home page cards.

Classic admin center Preview admin center
Active users
User management
DirSync
User management
Office Software
Office 365 software
Train your self
Training & guides
Setup guidance
Training & guides
Message center
Message center
Service health
Service health
Domains
Domains
Usage report
Office 365 usage report
Azure AD
Azure AD
Windows 10 upgrade
Windows 10
Device policies
Intune app policies
Device management
Intune device enrollment (coming soon)
Device actions
Intune device enrollment and Windows 10

The following cards aren't available in admin center preview, so here's how you can find those pages from preview.

Classic admin center Preview admin center
Support
In the navigation pane, select Support or the Need Help button.
Admin centers
In the navigation pane, select Show more, and then under Admin centers select All admin centers.
Security & Compliance
The Security & Compliance center can be found in the navigation pane under the Admin centers but also, we have two recommendation cards for data that's coming from the Security & Compliance center and you can easily navigate to the Security & Compliance center by clicking the header of those cards.
Suggested features
We're replacing the Suggested features card with more intelligent recommendations that will be displayed based on data about your organization. For example, if your users are connecting to your company data with their mobile phones, we'll suggest enrolling devices with Intune.
Business center
You can still get to the Business center from the Office.com home page.
Help users get started
Helping your users get started is being integrated with setup experiences and the setup guides. For example, if you complete the OneDrive setup guide, in the last step, you can email your end users a link to the training for OneDrive.

User management

Classic admin center Preview admin center
View > Add custom view
Filter > New filter
User details > Sign-in status
Select the quick action under the user's name: Edit sign in status
User details > Product licenses
User details > Licenses. In addition, on the Licenses tab you can't turn the apps, products or services off or on for a particular license.
User details > Product licenses > Turn off services, products, or apps for a user
User details > Apps. If you turn a service or app off, it is turned off for all licenses the user has - you no longer have to turn the feature off for each individual license the user has.
User details > Group memberships
User details > Account > Manage groups
User details > Roles
User details > Account > Manage roles
Office installs
User details > Account > Office activations
Reset password
Home > User management card > Select the drop-down menu > Reset password

OR

Users > Active users > Select at least one user > Reset password

Billing

Classic admin center Preview admin center
Billing > Subscriptions
Billing > Products & services
Switch plans
Upgrades