M365 Changelog: Outlook Mobile: Removing the Sections view in the Feed tab

MC714181 – In the Feed tab of Outlook Mobile, Microsoft will remove the Sections view in the Feed tab, whose functionality and content can now be found in the vertical feed and elsewhere in the Outlook Mobile app.

When this will happen:

Standard Release: Microsoft will begin rolling out early March 2024 and expects to complete by late March 2024.

How this will affect your organization:

For users:

The Feed tab in Outlook mobile helps you discover and learn about people and interests relevant at work. The feed shows you a mix of content and activity from across Microsoft 365 to help you stay connected to your colleagues and informed about what’s happening around you.

For users who do not have the vertical feed enabled for various reasons, such as users in sovereign clouds (GCC and GCC High) and users in tenants where admins have turned off the feed, Microsoft will remove the Feed icon from the Outlook Mobile tab bar at the bottom of the screen. These users will stop seeing the old Sections view but can still find information as follows:

  • Meeting insights are in the vertical feed and in the Calendar in Outlook Mobile.
  • Received files and sent files are in the Files module in the Outlook Mobile Apps tab.
  • The People section is in the Contacts module in the Outlook Mobile Apps tab.

For admins: 

If admins have turned off the feed using Mobile Device Management (MDM), users will not see the Feed icon in the tab bar of Outlook Mobile. With this release, if admins turn off the feed, they will now turn it off completely and users will no longer see the old Sections view of the feed.

If an admin turns on the feed again, the Feed icon will reappear in the Outlook Mobile tab bar and users will be able to see the Vertical feed.

What you need to do to prepare:

To prepare for this update, Microsoft encourages you to learn more at: Deploying Outlook for iOS and Android app configuration settings in Exchange Online | Microsoft Learn on how to turn the feed on and off. Admins may want to notify their users about this change and update their training and documentation accordingly.

References

For admins: Deploying Outlook for iOS and Android app configuration settings in Exchange Online | Microsoft Learn

Blog: Overview of the Microsoft Feed | Microsoft Learn

End user Support: Discover and learn with Microsoft Feed – Microsoft Support

Screenshot: Section view on the left, vertical feed on the right:

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