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SharePoint news is a content distribution system that works across personal, team and organizational news. News articles and links can be composed on browser or mobile platforms, and are easily surfaced in portals, Microsoft Teams, email, Microsoft Search and more.   Rich new capabilities will empower communicators to keep groups, departments, and divisions up to date easily.

 

Let’s dive into each feature.

 

News – organize. Within the news web part, you can now organize your news posts to appear in custom order. This means you can highlight high-value content knowing it is more visible among articles published on a site. Learn more in our support article.

Organize.jpgFigure 1 Controlling the news display sort order

Authoritative news - News can come from many different sites. But you might have "official" or "authoritative" sites for organization news. When these sites are specified as organization news sources, posts from these sites are interleaved throughout all news posts displayed for users on SharePoint home in Office 365, or via the news tab in SharePoint mobile. They are distinguished by a color block on the title as a visual cue.  Admins can manage news sources using simple PowerShell commands, referenced below.

 

OrgNews.pngFigure 2 Site showing authoritative organization-wide news

News notifications from followed sites – Starting in March 2019, users that follow sites will start to get notifications for any news posted on those sites. They will also get notifications when people they work with posted news.  And soon, news notifications can be delivered over email as well.  It’s never been easier to stay up to date with information from key areas of your intranet.

 

Page templates.  You've created a great page, and you want to make it available for others to use as a starting point for their pages. Or, you need to create a page, but aren’t sure where to start.  Page templates can save time.   

 

Initially, we’ll ship three page templates – basic, text-centric and visual, as shown below.  You can also create your own templates from existing pages.  Once a page is saved as a template, it can be chosen from the Template gallery as users create pages and news.  Again, learn more in our support article.

 

Templates.pngFigure 3 SharePoint page templates

Try more and more of what SharePoint offers, and let us know what you think

We want to empower you and every person on your team to achieve more. Let us know what you need next. We are always open to feedback via UserVoice and continued dialog in the SharePoint community in the Microsoft Tech Community —and we always have an eye on tweets to @SharePoint. Let us know.

 

—Chris McNulty, senior product manager for Microsoft 365

 

FAQs

Q: When is this all being released?

A: Our goal is to release all the items to Targeted Release customers by the end of March 2019.

 

Q: How can administrators manage authoritative news sources?
A: Your tenant admin will need to add sites to the organization news list of sites using PowerShell.  Here are some helpful commands.

14 Comments
Valued Contributor
Great news Chris! A bit concerned that authoritative news is via PowerShell this puts more work on a tenant admin who no doubt will be unable to delegate this work!
Occasional Visitor

Can you target Events and/or Documents as well?  Or just News and Pages?

New Contributor

I see ability select page templates in my tenant but couldn't figure out how to save a page as template. Is the feature to save page as template released yet? Didn't see any note on Support page about how to create a template from an existing page either.

Occasional Contributor

Do we also have support for CSOM C#  as well as REST endpoints ? If yes, can you provide us the documentation links ? 

Contributor

What about audience targeting

Occasional Contributor

Page design, finally! :D

Contributor

"You can also create your own templates from existing pages. "

 

-> Where? Basic 3 templates are useless for us, need our own templates.  Can't seem to find it although my tenant is updated with all the updates in the blogpost.

 

No mention of target audiencing? would love that soon 

 

 

Valued Contributor
Audience Targeting was in the first version of this blog but has disappeared. Have asked elsewhere what happened but no response yet. Guess it’s been pushed back?
Occasional Contributor

@Chris McNulty I must say I am just slightly confused when it comes to the  News - organize feature.  I had thought it was meant to be part of a release that was completed end of January 2019.  I have it available in my 'test' tenant, where I am on target release, but can't yet see it in my production tenant (where I am also on target release).  It is a feature we have really been hanging out for with our intranet.  I guess I'll take this post to mean that it will be released by end of this month.

Conceptually, authoritative news looks good but its a shame I'm going to have to ask my Office 365 Admins to implement a change to designate sites as authoritative.  A front end control (in settings) would make this simpler, or somehow tie it to hub sites?

 

Really looking forward to Page templates

Regular Visitor

Maybe I missed it but did sticky headers get rolled out? 

Occasional Visitor

Great news … don't forget to release to your SharePoint 2019 on-premise customers.

Occasional Contributor

@jenn miozzo  - re sticky headers, target release users only seeing these in my tenant.  Guessing you'll be the same

Occasional Contributor

Disappointed to see more PowerShell. Front-end Y/N slider for admins would be infinitely preferable. Here our SPO Administrator has no authority to run PowerShell commands, that can only be done by a developer role and believe me the developer has better things to do than flick a switch to make something prettier/slightly nicer in SharePoint. It was annoying enough having to PowerShell on the hub site feature.

Regular Visitor

@Jenny Bruce 

thank you