3 recommended updates: Microsoft Teams for Linux

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Microsoft MVP Jasper Oosterveld on the updated SharePoint team sites 'Next steps' panel, the new Microsoft Teams client for Linux, and multiple upcoming updates to the SharePoint admin center.

Welcome back to 3 recommended updates, a new bi-weekly blog series where I bring you the latest and greatest from the world of Microsoft and Office 365.

I hope you enjoyed the last one—with my thoughts about the new SharePoint home sites, the ability to apply sensitivity labels in Microsoft Teams, and the retirement of Delve Blogs—and are ready for the eleventh installment!

3 recommended updates series:


In this release, you’ll find my opinion about the updated SharePoint team sites 'Next steps' panel; the new Microsoft Teams client for Linux; and multiple upcoming updates to the SharePoint admin center.

Without further ado, let's take a closer look at my 3 recommended updates you need to know about now.


SharePoint team sites 'Next steps' panel

I want to start off by giving Microsoft a huge compliment. They really upped their game around delivering a user-friendly experience with modern SharePoint. The user interface is clean, clear, and overall makes sense.

We'll expand on in-service help that appears at the top of a team site—giving relevant suggestions for next steps and actions based on what team members are doing.

Microsoft 365 Roadmap, Featured ID: 46832

There has also been a huge investment in providing tips and tricks for business users. One of these investments is the Next steps panel:

Next steps panel in SharePoint team sites.

How does this affect your users? The Next steps panel provides users with in-app, contextual suggestions to help them build a new SharePoint team site. To see the tips, click on the megaphone in the Office 365 suite header at the top of the screen.

Currently the four tips your user might see are:

  • Upload files
  • Add members
  • Post news
  • Add additional Office 365 Group apps

I haven’t seen that last tip in action, but I assume it's related to integrating Planner, Stream, and ideally Yammer.

Good to know:

  • There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. I would advise sending out an email (or other form of communication) to any of your employees assigned to targeted release.

Microsoft is gradually rolling this out to targeted release customers by mid-January 2020. The roll out will be completed worldwide by the end of February 2020.


Microsoft Teams for Linux

I'll be honest: I have never used Linux and probably never will.

This has nothing to do with Linux and everything to do with me. Linux never played a part in my life. I started with Windows 95 and never looked back—although there were definitely tough moments (Windows ME anyone?).

The Teams client for Linux will facilitate collaboration by extending capabilities like chats, meetings, and calling to people who are operating in a Linux environment.

Microsoft 365 Roadmap, Featured ID: 56219

That said, imagine travelling back in time ten years and telling hardcore techies Microsoft would be partnering with Linux. Nobody would believe you! A lot has changed since Satya Nadella took over from Steve Ballmer—as evidenced by the fact that we're seeing the release of a Microsoft Teams client for Linux.

Good to know:

  • The Teams client for Linux will facilitate collaboration by extending capabilities such as chats, meetings, and calling to people who are operating in a Linux environment.
  • The Teams client for Linux will also allow users to open and edit Office files in the Teams app.

Microsoft is releasing the client download in mid-December 2019.


Multiple updates to the SharePoint admin center

The modern SharePoint administration center is receiving a huge update!

Swap the location of a source site with another target site using the new Swap site button in the SharePoint admin center. Once swapped, the source site becomes the new SharePoint root site for your tenant.

Microsoft 365 Roadmap, Featured ID: 57309

The following capabilities are in the process of being added:

  • Replace root site: You'll be able to replace your root site with another site from the SharePoint admin center. The original root site is moved to a different URL and can be restored, if necessary. This feature will only be available for limited customers.
Replace your root site with another site from the SharePoint admin center.
  • Permissions panel: You will be able to see the site owners, members, and visitors. If it’s an Office 365 group-connected site, you'll be able to see the group owners, and add or remove additional site admins if needed.
  • People card: Hovering over the name of a user (on the Active sites list or in the details panel) lets you see details about them.
  • Additional site-level sharing settings: For all sites, you'll be able to limit sharing by domain, set the default sharing link type, and set default sharing link permission (previously, you could only do these tasks for classic sites on the classic site collections page). You'll also be able to make “Anyone” links expire. Additionally, the External sharing column is now included when you export your site list as a .csv file.
  • Navigation pane: The navigation pane will be customizable. You'll be able to hide items you don’t use or collapse the navigation menu to see more content on the page.
  • More features page: The “Classic features” page will be renamed to “More features,” and all classic features will be shown on the page so that you don’t need to click “More classic features” to see them.

The edit SharePoint site panel is also receiving a nice update:

Updated SharePoint site panel.

Good to know:

  • These updates will appear automatically for all global and SharePoint admins who work in the new SharePoint admin center. They change only the experience and the functionality available to you. They don’t impact your existing sites or settings.
  • Make sure other admins are informed about this coming change, and familiarize yourself with the new features when you see them.

Do you want to learn more? Click here to read the official Ignite 2019 announcements.  


This concludes my recommended updates for 2019

This is the last 3 recommended updates post of 2019! I want to thank all my friends at ShareGate for inviting me to their headquarters in Montreal this fall. Everyone made me feel right at home, and I was overwhelmed with all the support—definitely one the highlights of my career as a consultant.

I also want to thank you, the reader, for reading my blogs and watching my videos! I appreciate all the feedback. I can’t express enough how much this means to me. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I know, a bit cheesy, but what the heck! Just don’t tell anyone.

I am looking forward to another fantastic year of updates for Microsoft 365. As I've mentioned before, my focus is shifting towards compliance. A lot of exciting new features were announced at Ignite—from automatic and AI-driven labeling to finally being able to collaborate within encrypted Office files. I won’t forget my roots, so SharePoint will always be in my heart.

Until next year!


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