#Microsoft365 – I’m pretty sure this will be one of my shortest blog posts, but seeing as I listed it in “Microsoft 365 Day 6: Microsoft Apps, Add-ins & Services Glossary” it’s worth the mention. Let’s take a look at the SharePoint Newsfeed.

For previous posts in my #Microsoft365Challenge go to the index page.

The SharePoint Newsfeed web part appears on the landing page of the ‘not so modern’ Team Site templates. The purpose of these would be to have conversations and stay current with other posts etc. Think micro-blogging. In all honesty – I have never used the Newsfeed and always remove it when a site is created as I prefer Discussion Boards. I have seen clients use this to post a message to a team / department when a new site is created. Below you’ll see the web part on my team site landing page.

The new modern team site does not have this Newsfeed anymore. I can however still access it through the Office 365 admin center. Below you’ll see the modern look and feel and the News web part.

As soon as I add News the layout changes. This is not what I consider ‘two way communication’ anymore as was the case with the Newsfeed.

The new Communication Site templates also allows for the “Article type” Newsfeed:

When it comes to sharing information and ‘having conversations’ there are quite a few apps / services available to enable better collaboration / communication:

  1. Skype for Business
  2. Office 365 Groups
  3. Microsoft Teams
  4. Yammer

On the 31st of May 2017, Microsoft announced that the SharePoint Newsfeed will no longer be available for Windows and iOS mobile devices. Read more…

Customers should consider adopting Yammer as their primary social application. There is a Yammer mobile app for all platforms. Click here for more information about Yammer.

Yammer is therefor the preferred tool of choice to replace the Newsfeed. I know they are only referring to mobile devices in the above article, but I am convinced Newsfeed will not be available much longer.

I absolutely love Microsoft Teams, but do agree that Yammer works great for larger audiences to share news and allow for feedback / replies:


Purpose of this blog challenge:

I will write 365 blogs in 365 days around Microsoft 365. I did a similar challenge with Office 365, blogs can be found here. I won’t just be talking about the new Microsoft 365 subscription model. I will be sharing any news, tips and tricks around Office / Office 365 / Windows / Mobility and Security. And let’s not forget all the great new Apps & services available.  A lot of what I’ll share on Office and SharePoint will also be applicable to none “Office 365” versions.

Feel free to #AskBraam if you have questions or would like me to write about a specific topic. I’ve created a Flow to monitor Twitter for the #AskBraam hashtag and will try my best to incorporate any questions into the blogs, or answer them directly on Twitter. This is a “Learning through Sharing” approach to teach my pet sheep about Microsoft – read more on this here.