Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Upcoming changes to SharePoint Online Public Website !!!

I recently came across this Microsoft Knowledge base article on upcoming changes to SharePoint Online Public website which is quite important, As an Office 365 Administrator we need to know the recent changes a head and action since this change is related to the discontinuation of  SharePoint Online Public website feature starting this January 2015.

Most of the Large Organizations normally relay on other 3rd party website hosting providers and integrate with Office 365 service for public presence and there are still few Small and Medium size business Organizations who has adopted this feature and impacted by this change and such existing customers of this feature will continue to have access for another two years. New customers who subscribe to Office 365 after the changeover date won't have access to this feature. Moving forward, Office 365 customers will have access to third-party offerings that will enable them to easily integrate their public presence with their Office 365 service.

Microsoft team has clearly explained the background of this change along with the FAQs explained in detail in the below Knowledge base article, review the same and get ready for the change if you are one among the Organizations using this feature. Also  standby for more updates on the article and keep an eye on the ZDNet post referenced below updated by Microsoft veteran Mary Jo Foley for quick updates.

Access the MS Knowledge base here : Information about upcoming changes to SharePoint Online Public Website

ZDNet post : Microsoft confirms it is dropping Public Website feature from SharePoint Online


Microsoft team updated the Knowledge base article with list of Third Party web hosting companies partner with Office 365:


As stated in the article Microsoft team will still continue to evaluate and expand this list for customers in the mere future. Also Microsoft will support SharePoint Online Public Websites for existing customers who already have them for a minimum of two years after the changeover date of March 9, 2015. Customers fall under this, can opt to move to supported third party solutions either now or later within this support period.

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