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Microsoft is preparing to roll out the new SharePoint Online as a part of Office 365. As a result of this initial phase of the SharePoint Online service update, you may be affected by some of the design changes. Below is a consolidated list of items with pointers to documented fixes and posted workarounds:
In addition to the above items, there are several known issues previously posted here that Microsoft is working on to resolve in real-time. These issues are not broadly impactful and most have a corresponding knowledge base (KB) article with posted manual solution steps.
Note that you will not yet have access to the new SharePoint features or the new user interface. Rather, during this preparation phase, you will only see the new enhancements to the Office Web Apps as we previous communicated here. In addition, we’d like to reiterate Office 365 no longer supports Internet Explorer 7 (IE7).
Some CRM Online customers are also impacted within this phase of the SharePoint Online service update. Please review the in-depth blog post that articulates the recommended “list component” fix here.
The web-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote let you view, edit, and work together on Office documents from nearly anywhere. With the latest update, you’ll get more editing and formatting controls, co-authoring support across the web apps, and expanded device support—including editing from tablets.
Learn more about the new features in Office Web Apps.
Why is SharePoint Online conducting this planned maintenance?
We are releasing a service update to SharePoint Online, one of which you will see right away, the other of which will take some time.
First, we want you to have access to many of the new features from Office Web Apps (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) that you can see today in the preview of the next version of Office and described above.
Second, this service update prepares Office 365 for a service upgrade coming in 2013 that will deliver new features and new functionality, including broader support for mobile phones and tablets, a unified experience in the browser, social networking, and more.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for the service update?
You may be affected by some of the design changes coming with the update, however. Learn more on the Office 365 Technical Blog.
If you use Internet Explorer 7 or Safari 4.x, you should upgrade to a modern browser.
Other than the new features in Office Web Apps, will I see any other changes with this update?
Will I experience any issues or outages during the planned maintenance?
You may experience three distinct issues as we roll-out this service update.
What kind of issues might I experience after the planned maintenance?
In rare cases, customers with highly-customized deployments may experience some issues detailed in this knowledge-base article.
When will my SharePoint online content be read-only?
This could happen at any time during the roll-out period listed in the email we sent you--at any time of day, and any day of the week. Unfortunately, we can't tell you when this will begin and end.
We realize this is a less than ideal experience, and we are working on improving predictability and notification for future SharePoint Online service updates.
The update period isn't a good time for me. Can I have the update rescheduled?
We regret that we can't reschedule this update for you.
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is this why i cant sign in to my office?
Microsoft writes, "Unfortunately, we can't tell you when this will begin and end." Why? This doesn't sound like sound change management. Please explain, as I am having to explain this to dozens of collection administrators, hundreds of site owners, and thousands of end users, and the huge "anytime" window doesn't seem to square with our employee-productivity goals.