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New admin support features

  • Intelligent self-serve solutions – Receive help from personalized self-serve solutions through an improved search experience, powered by machine learning. Solutions will keep improving as you use them and will draw from an ever-increasing repository including but not limited to service health dashboard, support articles, and diagnostic wizards.
  • Callback scheduling – Receive support directly from Microsoft on your schedule with the ability to request a call from support at a specific time. Add attachments and notes to your support ticket to provide context.Callback feature.png

     

  • User-defined language and time zone – Currently the language and time zone are based on the browser and tenant level settings. Moving forward admins will now be able to specify these preferences at the time of case creation.
  • User-defined case severity – Define the severity of your issue (for Premier customers, A/B/C and for Unified, critical/non-critical) to quickly receive the appropriate level of support. Sev A/Critical is limited to Phone cases as this provides you with the fastest option to address the issue at hand. This is only available to Premier and Unified customers.
  • Full page ticket and case communication history – Review past cases along with all email communication between admins and support agents. Search and filter for cases up to one year old. To access full page ticket history, leverage the left navigation pane support option and then “View Support Requests.”Ticket history .png

     

  • Updated Service Request view – Visualize where you are at in the life cycle of the service request.updated service request view.png

     

  • Case History export – Export all cases that were created in the past year.

Timing

The new support experience has already started rolling out as part of the new Microsoft 365 Admin Center, with more features available in the coming weeks. To get the latest Admin Center experience, ensure that you’ve opted into the Preview experience using the toggle in the top right corner of your Admin Center home page.

Tell us what you think and stay connected

Your feedback is extremely important to us and the Microsoft 365 roadmap. Tell us what you think of these new support features using either the “Feedback” button in your Microsoft 365 Admin Center or the comment section below.

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3 Comments

Glad to see some of these features, and glad to see common sense brought back. Now if you can give us a way to bypass the useless first step of the wizard ("intelligent" is the last thing I would call it) and a full-fledged editor control, preferably on a full screen instead of a tiny nav pane, it would be awesome :)

 

And while we are on the severity/SLA topic - can you please make sure that the correct information is reflected in both the portal and documentation? For example, if I try to open a support ticket from the portal, I get information like "response within 5 hours", while this document clearly states "no commitment" or "next day". I appreciate that there are other factors involved, such as severity of the issue or the type of SKU/support contract the tenant has, but still.

Contributor

Microsoft support has been awful for a while now. I'm talking about "premier" support, which is not cheap. Response times are not met and the quality of engineers has been very poor.

I'd like to see that improved over some admin site "AI and machine learning".

Microsoft
It would be great if this information was also documented in the Admin Help Center https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/admin/admin-home?view=o365-worldwide