M365 Changelog: Files Hub retiring from the new Outlook for Windows

MC678067 – Microsoft will be retiring the Files Hub from the new Outlook for windows starting mid- October 2023. The Files Hub is a location where all attachments and files received by a user are aggregated and can be accessed through the paperclip icon from the leftmost vertical app bar in the new Outlook for windows.

When this will happen:

Microsoft will be gradually rolling this out to our enterprise users starting in mid-October 2023 and expect to complete by late November 2023.

How this will affect your organization:

Users will no longer be able to access the Files Hub when this change is implemented.

What you need to do to prepare:

Instead of using the Files Hub, Microsoft recommends using our other files centric experiences: the “Has files” filter in the message list or the upcoming “Files” tab within search results.

Differences to be aware of in the experience:

  • In addition to supporting classic attachments like the file hub, the file tab shows up any file you have access to including cloudy and classic files and files shared on Teams.
  • Unlike the file hub, you can only access the file tab once you have searched for something; there is no browse mode.
  • The file tab currently will not support filtering the files, though Microsoft is actively working to add this feature.
  • The file tab will not support photos.