Introducing a SharePoint app bar that features global navigation

Your SharePoint modern communication and team sites will soon feature the SharePoint app bar which provides quick access to customizable global navigation as well as other intranet resources. The SharePoint app bar makes important content and resources easily accessible for users on these sites, regardless of where they might be in SharePoint.

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Retirement of support for external XSLT files in DataFormWebPart and its subclasses

To enhance data integrity and improve the overall reliability of the service, we are retiring support for external XSLT file references for the DataFormWebParts and its sub-classes (e.g. XsltListFormWebPart, XsltListViewWebPart).

This retirement affects only classic SharePoint pages.

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Add Microsoft Teams to your SharePoint team site

SharePoint group owners can already quickly add Microsoft Teams to a SharePoint team site in order to enhance communication and content collaboration. We’re now making it easier to integrate SharePoint content whenever a group owner adds Microsoft Teams to an existing SharePoint team site.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 46990

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OneDrive admin center settings are coming to the SharePoint admin center

The OneDrive and SharePoint admin centers are converging into one, providing you with holistic control as we streamline the admin experience.

This feature is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 65911.

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SharePoint to support lightbox for images

SharePoint pages will soon support a lightbox for images, making it possible for end users to easily see a larger version of an image.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70669.

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Adding taxonomy columns for modern SharePoint library views

This new feature gives users the ability to add taxonomy columns directly to library views in modern SharePoint libraries. Previously, users had to create managed metadata columns from within More options in the Add column experience.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 70609

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OneDrive/SharePoint Send link to Outlook sharing option is being retired

Previously we had rolled out this change and disabled the ability to share a link directly in Outlook. We have restored the functionality to ensure customers have time to educate and prepare their users as appropriate. We will be moving forward with this change as outlined below. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Users will soon be unable to share a link directly via Outlook with the sharing option in OneDrive and SharePoint. Customers still have the ability to copy a link to their clipboard; they will now need to paste that link directly into an Outlook message.

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Send SharePoint pages to Yammer

We are adding the ability to share SharePoint pages to Yammer communities and to make it easier to create Yammer posts, questions, polls, and praises directly from a SharePoint page.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66183 

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SharePoint web part toolbox updates

Microsoft is updating the web part toolbox to make it easier for page authors to find and use web parts on their pages and news posts. We have added categories, a toggle to switch between a grid view and list view, web part descriptions in list view, and a section for the user’s most frequently used web parts.

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Changes to private Content Delivery Networks (CDN)

A content delivery network is a temporary cache storage location designed to optimizethe user experience by providing static files like images, JavaScript, stylesheets, and font files directly from cache locations closest to the user.

In SharePoint Online there are two primary CDNs that are available to handle your static files. One CDN is public and manages JavaScript, stylesheets, and font files. The other CDN is private and is designed to manage images. The public CDN will remain unchanged at this time and should be enabled to handle your JavaScript, stylesheets, and font files, subject to approval by your compliance, security, and privacy teams.

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