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    55 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Bill Blais commented  · 

    UPDATE: just found the Word-specific uservoice request for the same issue here:
    https://word.uservoice.com/forums/271331-word-for-the-web/suggestions/7309773-add-track-changes-to-word-online

    I am an 'First Release' user in my tenant and 2 weeks ago I stumbled across Track Changes functionality in the Review ribbon in Word Online while editing a doc with a coworker! And it worked as expected (color changes, strikethroughs, named edits, etc.)! I was thrilled! It wasn't available for any non-First Release users, but that was fine.

    Now, however, it's gone. I wish I'd taken a screenshot to prove my sanity, but I checked and our sysadmin hasn't changed any O365 settings. Anyone else experience this?

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    10 comments  ·  General » Users, Photos, Contacts  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Bill Blais commented  · 

    This I think might be more what the original suggestion was describing: The 'Add New' button disables well before the 100 limit when using at least some Likert scale questions.

    A workaround is possible (the button re-enables after either deleting 'statements' in the likert scale(s) or creating single-entry likert scales first and then going back and adding 'statements' after all the other questions have been added), but it is VERY confusing.

    Our use case from this morning: A survey starting with 18 3-statement likert scale questions (counting as 72 questions). Only an additional 8 short text entry questions were able to be created (totalling only 80) prior to the 'Add New' button disabling on us. Deleting several of the 'statements' in the various likert questions re-enabled the button, allowing the creation of the required additional 11 questions (totalling 91). Once these additional questions were added, we were then able to go back and add the necessary statements back to the original likert questions we'd removed them from (because the final total was still under 100).

    Apart from the distinctly confusing experience in general, the above workaround also caused absolute havoc with the underlying Excel sheet (Form was connected to OneDrive, in this case). Because of the way Forms 'builds' the data output in Excel, the columns for the original deleted 'statements' were still present while the re-added 'statements' appeared at the end of the output making it near impossible to map the data. Duplicating the form eliminated the 'deleted' fields, but did not fix the rest of the ordering (in fact, it added more confusion, grouping some like-named fields together for no apparent reason).

    Would love for the Add New button to do the math properly and even a visual indicator that increments with each question so the creator/editor can see clearly what the current count status is.

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    37 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Bill Blais commented  · 

    Nice catch, Ryan Sims! Thanks for sharing! I'll be using that, now.

    Interesting side note: compact view still enforces grouping for some other 'Sort' choices (From, Size, Importance), but not Date or Subject (the latter of which makes sense). I'm generally okay with this, as I use the others more intentionally and the headers usually help, but I can also see value for removing them, so the answer really still is just to give users the options explicitly -- and, while I'm at it, I would suggest separating the 'Filter' from the 'Sort'. Unnecessary clicks.

    Just to finish that thought, the non-compact views group on all 'Sort' options except Subject (again, which makes sense).

    Anyhow, not sure if the group-less compact view is new and an indication of progress here, but here's hoping.

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    411 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We see two patterns in this feedback thread and are addressing them now. The first pattern is that users want AutoSave OFF. The second pattern is that the Template scenarios are problematic with AutoSave.

    To address turning AutoSave OFF, we have implemented these capabilities:

    1. To avoid accidental edits by others, the owner of a file can set it to Always Open Read-Only. This can be done by setting the file to open in Read-Only Recommended (File > Info > Protect Document/ Workbook/ Presentation > Always Open in Read-Only) or by Sharing the file without allowing others to edit (File > Share > People with the link can edit > Uncheck the “Allow Editing” box).

    2. Users can turn AutoSave OFF for a file. While a document is open, clicking the AutoSave toggle turns AutoSave OFF for the current document for that user. The next time the same…

    Bill Blais commented  · 

    Agree with Gabriel Smoljár, particularly #2. No reason just opening a document should change the modified date. Very confusing.

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    64 comments  ·  Office 365 Admin » Apps and App Launcher  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Bill Blais commented  · 

    Totally agree.

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    Bill Blais commented  · 

    Is there really no official response to this yet (nearly a year and more than 800 votes later)? It seems like a no-brainer 'switch' to add, but maybe there's more to it (to play devil's advocate)? Either way, some response/explanation would be great.

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    7 comments  ·  Office 365 Admin  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    195 comments  ·  Office 365 Admin » Apps and App Launcher  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Bill Blais commented  · 

    Thanks, Ilija, for finding that reference! I suppose that explains it (depressingly), but it would be nice to have the admin response here at least match (even if it is a big thumbs down to users).

    Bill Blais commented  · 

    I just tried looking for the Roadmap entry described in Barbara Feldon's "Working On It" comment, but it's not there anywhere. I see a few references to the app launcher, but none reference the kind of customization discussed here, that I can see. Am I missing something?

    Bill Blais commented  · 

    As this is the only related thread with an official response to date, here are some related improvement suggestions below:

    Allow users more control over current 'required' tiles - https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/264636-general/suggestions/32195359-allow-better-customization-on-new-app-launcher-a

    Allow tenants to set up initial tiles -- https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/264636-general/suggestions/13875528-control-default-tiles-in-app-launcher

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    5 comments  ·  Office 365 Admin  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Bill Blais commented  · 

    Totally agree! Even just the 3 apps was a huge user benefit. Now it's completely gone with no replacement or explanation, so now user's see it as a bug ("Hey! I lost my navbar! What did my IT team just do?")

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    70 comments  ·  Office 365 Admin » Exchange Admin  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Bill Blais commented  · 

    Or at least allow users to disable it. See also this tech community thread about privacy issues:

    https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Office-365/New-App-Launcher-and-privacy/td-p/107579

    Yes, it's possible to manually remove individual items, but that feels like a really untenable option in real-world scenarios.

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    5 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Bill Blais commented  · 

    For what it's worth, I also found this related post which has the most votes and seems to be where the most feedback is:

    https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/273493-office-365-admin/suggestions/8544421-allow-the-admin-to-pin-custom-tiles-to-the-app-lau

    Bill Blais commented  · 

    As an example of my comment below regarding initial -- but not permanent -- customization by tenant, see this request:

    https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/264636-general/suggestions/13875528-control-default-tiles-in-app-launcher

    Bill Blais commented  · 

    Agreed. I understand starting with a default set of supposedly 'most used/wanted', but the user should have final say over which ones they do or don't use. At the very least, this option should be something each tenant should have the right to implement or not. Some tenants may want certain items required, particularly for custom apps, but allow users to choose the rest.

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    14 comments  ·  Office 365 Groups  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Bill Blais commented  · 

    Agreed, and I think it comes down to real-world use, not engineering desire.

    Specific use case:
    A) User wants to use Word, they click the 'Word' button
    B) User wants to use OneDrive, they click the 'OneDrive' button
    C) User wants to access a Sharepoint site, they click the 'Sharepoint' button
    D) User wants to access Teams, they click the 'Teams' button
    E) User wants to access a Group, they have to be taught to click Outlook > scroll down to bottom > wait for Groups to populate > click the desired Group

    I understand that Groups don't have the same 'separation' that the other apps do, built as it was, but 'E' above is really unsupportable. Even a basic Groups-only listing that this proposed Groups button would link to would be immensely helpful for end-users. Yes, you can search in Outlook for groups only, but this is not intuitive.

    Perhaps if Groups were labelled everywhere (from the outset) as 'Outlook Groups' instead of 'Groups', the connection and access might be more clear to general users, but they aren't so it isn't.

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    7 comments  ·  Office 365 Groups  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Bill Blais commented  · 

    Totally agree. This is the core problem for my users.

    There's a related suggestion linked below, but the above suggestion's seemingly simple Outlook 2016 fix would eliminate the problem for us (and presumably any other environments split between the online and local clients).

    - https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/286611-office-365-groups/suggestions/9532698-allow-calendar-appointments-to-be-created-without?page=2&per_page=20

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    8 comments  ·  Office 365 Groups  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    3 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Bill Blais commented  · 

    For what it's worth, the following suggestion is a duplicate of this. Can an admin please merge?

    https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/264636-general/suggestions/8384520-allow-users-to-choose-whether-characters-are-autom

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    10 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Bill Blais commented  · 

    For what it's worth, the following suggestion is a duplicate of this. Can an admin please merge?

    https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/264636-general/suggestions/10366713-please-add-an-option-to-turn-off-automatic-emotico

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