New “Waffle” Menu in Office 365

Another day, another change in Office 365 land!

This week the new waffle menu was made available to first release (first release allows Microsoft to push updates a bit faster on your tenant) users, I looked in my main tenant, and there it was, it all its glory!

It’s a quite clean take on the apps menu that will not only bring your “pinned” apps but also recent/new documents you’ve viewed.

The main benefits are:

  • Cleaner UI
  • Documents accessible from any area in Office 365
  • Pin/un pin certain Apps
  • Other enterprise apps can be added.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of not being able to unpin certain items, like Word or Excel, which honestly, being old school, I’m used to start from my desktop, not the web. Would be great to have full control over the menu.

A few also expressed privacy concerns over the recent documents viewed showing up while presenting to others, so keep an eye on what shows up there!

new waffle menu

Yummy Waffle image courtesy of Keith McDuffee under CC licensing