Microsoft Eliminates Some SharePoint Online Features

Courtesy of Kurt Mackie

Microsoft has killed off a few SharePoint Online features.

Notes and Tags were deprecated last month. In addition, a Tasks menu option was removed from the SharePoint Online menu, and the Tasks page is subject to removal after one year. The Sync to Outlook feature in SharePoint Online is also subject to removal by Microsoft, although it, too, will continue to work for a year’s time.

Microsoft’s announcements aren’t easy to spot. The one regarding the Notes and Tags deprecation can be found at this page. Microsoft’s notice about removing the Tasks page and the Sync to Outlook capability is buried in this support article. The announcements seem to have been made sometime in early September.

Late last month, Microsoft MVP and SharePoint expert Vlad Catrinescu pointed out that Microsoft was removing these features in a blog post. He noted that not all companies using SharePoint Online may have been quite ready for these changes. Microsoft’s recommendation is for organizations to use the Yammer enterprise social networking solution instead.

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