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Microsoft Lists: What’s All The Hype About?

Honestly, I can’t really tell you, because although Microsoft claimed that Lists would be available in targeted release in late July, we still have yet to see it in our tenant. Let me step back a minute in case you haven’t seen all the marketing that Microsoft has been doing to push Microsoft Lists. Some of you may be saying what is Microsoft Lists?

According to Microsoft, “Lists is a Microsoft 365 app that helps you track information and organize your work. Lists are simple, smart, and flexible, so you can stay on top of what matters most to your team. Track issues, assets, routines, contacts, inventory and more using customizable views and smart rules and alerts to keep everyone in sync. With ready-made templates, you can quickly start lists online, on our new mobile app, and directly from within Microsoft Teams. And because it is part of Microsoft 365, you can rely on enterprise-grade security and compliance.”

The truth is Lists is the same old SharePoint lists re-branded with some new added features like templates that have “pretty” user interfaces. Don’t get me wrong, the new features seem like they will be helpful and will definitely enhance the user experience. I’m just annoyed that they are making it sound like they created this whole new thing  just to attract new business.

While we are talking about being annoyed – let’s talk about how Microsoft has been out in the public talking up Lists like crazy, but they have been pretty tight lipped in the Message Center. In fact, there was only one message back in early July, and it wasn’t the hyped up story that they are selling out in the world. With as hard as they are pushing it out in the wild, you would think there would have been much more communication about it in the Message Center. Silly me for thinking logically.

Long story short, if you are interested in learning more about Microsoft Lists, don’t ask us. We don’t know anything more than you can learn online. See the links below for what Microsoft has to say.

Announcing Microsoft Lists

A first Look at Microsoft Lists

What’s New in Microsoft 365 (August 2020)

The big news out of SharePoint is the death of SharePoint 2010 workflows ….along with the rebirth of SharePoint Lists as Microsoft Lists and Teams Planner as Teams Tasks. As if those announcements alone aren’t enough information to make you say ‘huh?’, we also have new Power Platform features coming to Teams, SharePoint is centralizing the management of hub visitor permissions, and it is time to start thinking about upgrading your apps to use Microsoft Graph.

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