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SharePoint Online Public Websites to be discontinued


On March 9, 2015, Microsoft made changes to the SharePoint Online Public Websites feature by removing the ability to create a public website after the changeover date of March 9, 2015. Customers who used this feature before March 9, 2015, were provided continued access to the feature for a minimum of two years. New customers who subscribed to Office 365 after the changeover date of March 9, 2015, don’t have access to this feature.

Moving forward, Office 365 customers have access to industry-leading third-party offerings that let them have a public website that provides a complete online solution and presence.

As part of the evolution of the Office 365 service, Microsoft periodically evaluate the capabilities of the service to make sure that we’re delivering the utmost value to customers. After careful consideration, Microsoft concluded that for public websites, Office 365 customers would be better served by third-party providers whose core competency is public websites. Therefore, Microsoft have made the difficult decision to discontinue the SharePoint Online Public Website feature so that they can focus our efforts and investments on delivering capabilities in Office 365 that will bring more value to Microsoft customers.

You can migrate your SharePoint Online Public Website to a partner website. For more information, see Switch from using a SharePoint Online public website to a partner-hosted website


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