At Ignite 2016, we announced the SharePoint Online “team news” feature for modern team sites (learn more within the original blog post on blogs.office.com).
This post serves both as a reminder of what it is and provides details of the expected roll out plan starting today.
What is it?
SharePoint Online team news is how you keep up with and broadcast key events and accomplishments with other members of the team and extended stakeholders. You can use team news for things like trip reports, best practices, project updates, highlights of new documents and content, welcoming a new team member, sharing team goals and celebrating milestones.
You can easily and quickly create beautiful posts that are showcased on your modern team’s home page.
To add a news item, from within the News web part on the team site home page, click + Add to create a news article. Next, add content to the news post using the toolbox—a gallery of web parts—to add text, video, documents, quick links and more. When you’re finished, click Publish and the news article will be featured prominently on the team site home page within the News web part. And when you click See All, you’ll land on a dedicated News page that serves as the team’s news archive.
Today, team News will start rolling out to modern team sites in SharePoint Online for First Release tenants of Office 365. The News Headlines web part will automatically show up on the modern homepage as News (unless the home page was previously edited). With this rollout, all new Office 365 Groups will be created with the News web part on the home page. If you don’t see it in your sites, it hasn’t rolled out to your organization yet. Stay tuned!
And for the “news in your pocket” – in the next couple of weeks – the aggregation of team news will roll out as a new feature update to the SharePoint mobile app for iOS – personalized news. This update will include a new News tab to showcase news articles from the sites you work in, the sites you follow, and the sites your closest colleagues work in. Note that the news rollup functionality will appear as a new tab once team news becomes available for your organization. If you don’t see it yet, it will be coming soon!
And coming before the end of the year, we will roll out team news to all existing team sites by creating a News full-page experience - accessible as a link on team site left-hand navigation. Customers, too, will be able to create a new modern page, and can place the News web part on it, to then proactively assign this new page as the default home page of the team site.