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New Release: Periodic Table of Office 365 version 1.0

Back in December, Niels Gregers Johansen and I rolled out the interactive version of the Periodic Table of Office 365. With multiple dynamic aspects — including responsive grouping, articles describing each application, and more language translations — it has proven to be more popular than we ever expected.

Click above for access. But please read below for update info.

Feedback is a big part of the product for us and our December release (and subsequent minor releases) were meant as a test to determine your business need and to prove to ourselves that an interactive version could be beneficial.

And you responded. We’ve heard from literally thousands of you who took the time to provide ratings, suggestions, praise, complaints, and… these beauties:

Eh’hem. Fair enough.

On the other hand, we have a 92% positive response to “this graphic meets my professional needs” and the word cloud visual for the answer to “What is one thing that is missing that could make the graphic better?” is rather striking. And rewarding.

With plenty of appreciation for the support, we respectfully disagree. There are numerous improvements and features that could upgrade the experience. With this version, we are providing the following updates in an effort to achieve that goal.

Improved User Experience

We’ve put the Office UI Fabric to work to streamline and modernize your experience. The ‘key boxes’ that took up almost a third of the width of the page are gone. Languages, embed code, credits, and “about” information can be found in the new navigation menu at the top of the page.

While this is a major upgrade visually, it also improves the experience for those who have embedded the Table in their websites, SharePoint pages, or Microsoft Teams tabs. The menu looks like it belongs. Because, well, it does.

Additionally, the description windows were spruced up and are no longer simple iframes. They are their own window, complete with a mini version of the Table to act as a map. To get back to the Table, simply click the map.

Filter by Office 365 license

Curious which apps come with Enterprise E3? Or maybe US Gov F1? You can now filter the table based on the major license types that Microsoft provides.

While this is generally useful when poking around, it’s most effective when you want a direct link to a certain language-license version. You can share the “correct” version of the Table directly with your colleagues or peers or embed it in SharePoint, Teams, or your website. No clicking around to find the Enterprise E3 Table in Norwegian; point directly to it.

Sources

You should be asking where we got the information on which apps come with which licenses. To be completely transparent, here are our sources. When changes occur on Microsoft’s end, we’ll update the Table.

Keep in mind that there are a lot of asterisks and footnotes in the sources, which we’ve very much simplified. For example, many features are listed as available in the US government cloud even though they truly aren’t yet; they’re coming soon.

We took a practical approach and tried to stick with a binary is-it-or-isn’t-it representation that’s true to the current state, not one that’s on its way.

The sources:

App-based license listing

On the other hand, sometimes you want to know which license is required to access an app. Click on an app’s box; near the description is a listing of all of the licenses that include that app. Premium apps like Dynamics 365 and Visio Online require an additional license, so they generally don’t display a license listing.

Advertising space

Like you, I hate ads. But this project hasn’t been free. We’re filling an empty space with sponsored content for Office 365-based applications, tools, etc. that want to help sponsor our work. We’ve used a number of premium services in the background to design, project-manage, build, and maintain the Table in web-app form. We hope you’ll appreciate the fact that for minimal intrusion, you retain access to great features and organized information.

If you’re interested in advertising your Office 365-centric app, tool, or service, please feel free to contact me via LinkedIn messenger. I’m happy to discuss metrics, pricing, and terms.

Wrap up

Access the updated periodic table here.

We’ve got more feature ideas for later releases, but we still depend on your feedback and suggestions! Make sure to provide feedback with comments based on this new experience. We have an internal roadmap that needs to be fleshed out and we could use your help in doing so.

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Matt Wade

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Microsoft MVP • Office 365 & Microsoft Teams specialist • NY→USVI→DC→NY