Wednesday, 28 February 2018

SharePoint Online Social Bar (Major Update)

New feature: SharePoint Online Social Bar

Major update: General Availability rollout started

Applied to: All customers

The Social Bar is a new Office 365 feature. This feature is scheduled to roll out to Targeted Release customers later this week, and it will be available for all organizations on April 1, 2018.


This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID: 23708.

[How does this affect me?]
The Social Bar will appear on all modern SharePoint Online pages with the exception of the home page of a site. It will give your users the ability to like a page, see the number of views, likes, and comments on a page, and see the people who have liked a page. This visibility will be available to anyone that has been granted access to view the page.
This feature will be launched default on. As administrator, if you wish to disable Social Bar for your organization, you can do so with the following PowerShell command:

To disable Social Bar on a tenant level:
Set-SPOTenant -SocialBarOnSitePagesDisabled $true

To disable social bar on a site level (for https://prepspo.spgrid.com site):
Set-SPOSite -Identity https://prepspo.spgrid.com -SocialBarOnSitePagesDisabled $true

[What do I need to do to prepare for this change?]
There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. Please click Additional Information to learn more.

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Monday, 8 January 2018

Mainstream support for SharePoint & Project Server 2013 will end in 4 months

Just a heads-up in case that you still have SharePoint environments running on SharePoint 2013:

Mainstream support for SharePoint 2013 will end on April 10th, 2018:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/search?alpha=sharepoint%202013

After this date only security fixes will be provided for SharePoint 2013. Regular hotfixes can no longer be requested.

If not already done we recommend to start planning the migration to SharePoint Server 2016 as soon as possible.

This is not the only thing to consider after this date: starting with April 10th, 2018 the required patch level to request support for SharePoint 2013 will also change.

Currently all patch levels starting with SharePoint 2013 SP1 are supported. Starting with April 10th, 2018 this will change. In order to request support from Microsoft after April 10th, 2018 the SharePoint server farm has be on a patch level of April 2017 CU or later. A year later, after April 10th, 2019, the SharePoint server farm has be on a patch level of April 2018 CU or later.

This change is outlined in the Updated Product Servicing Policy for SharePoint 2013 published on TechNet.

Below is a table which outlines the required patch level for SharePoint 2013 till end of the extended support phase:

SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Foundation 2013 Releases
Support End Date

Service Pack 1
4/10/2018

April 2017 CU – March 2018 CU
4/10/2019

April 2018 CU – all future CU
4/11/2023