Microsoft have introduced a surprise new Office 365 sign in experience for end users…however, this doesn’t appear to have been communicated to the community!
Normally, we would expect to hear about this sort of change from either the Admin Message Centre or see it on the Office 365 Road-map, but it’s totally out of the blue. We’ve put together the below to help you make a decision on whether to go with this new way of signing in or not.
When you open your browse and navigate to Office 365, you get a new message saying:
If you choose to “Try it now” two things will happen, first you’ll be directed to the new look login screen. This window looks different, but functions in the same way as the old screen. In fact, in our opinion, this screen is a little cleaner than the original log-in screen.
The second thing that happens is that your browser will be ‘locked into’ this new look sign-in experience for good. That’s right! Each time you use an Office 365 feature that requires a log-in, you will be presented with that new screen.
Microsoft have provided an option to return to the old style login, but this disappears in October!
For those of you who have taken time to put together a custom sign-in page, you’re out of luck; this screen seems to supersede your previous change. This means you will need to spend some time re-working your log-in page to work with this new design.
This is significant because in these days of distrusting browser pop-ups and un-announced changes, users will be rightly confused by this change.
It would have been nice to have a heads up about this, but this one must have slipped through Microsoft’s communication net.
The old sign-in experience will be replaced with the new sign-in experience in the last week of September when the feature is rolled out permanently.
Because this change was unannounced, we thought you would want to know.« Back to News and Opinion