Digital Workplace Crusaders

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

OneDrive (without the Fat!)

One of the jewels of upgrading Windows 10 to the newly released Fall Creators Update is the introduction of OneDrive Files on Demand.

In a nutshell, you will be able to see all the files and folders you have on your OneDrive account in the cloud without the need to have all those files download and take precious space on your PC’s hard drive.

Want a file downloaded, right click and select “Always keep on this device”.

Want to free up some room, select a file or better yet a folder you know you don’t use very often and right click to select “Free up Space” 🙂

This is great, almost like having a cake, but none of the calories!

Miguel A. Tena

I’m an IT professional focused on workplace productivity. For over 12 years, I’ve worked with communications and HR professionals to empower people to work better together. My technical experience is in tools like SharePoint, Office 365, ThoughtFarmer, Slack and others.
I love business process improvement,  finding opportunities to apply Lean methodologies and automation. Once a process has been optimized, technology can make everything faster!
I’m keen on gamification and machine learning (artificial intelligence) to make work a joyful experienceI hope to write and provide more insights on these areas as learn more about these exciting topics.
I hope you find my contributions helpful, as we are on the same journey of workplace excellence!
Catch me on Twitter at @mikeware_tena