Microsoft has confirmed that it plans to remove a Public Website feature from its SharePoint Online service offerings.
The notice, which came in an obscure December Microsoft support article, indicated that new SharePoint Online customers won’t get the feature if they sign up after this month. Existing SharePoint Online customers will see the Public Website feature disappear after two years. In its place, existing SharePoint Online customers will have the option of working with Microsoft’s partners, using “third-party” alternatives to the Public Website feature.
The Public Website feature was mostly designed for smaller and midsize organizations, providing a way for them to quickly establish a Web presence. Microsoft’s support article promised that the third-party alternative services to come will enable management of a “fuller online presence” with “more robust tools and solutions.”
One catch for current SharePoint Online customers right now is that Microsoft hasn’t announced which partnering companies will offer those alternatives. That information will be…click here to access the full article.