In this Office 365 tutorial, we will discuss how we can set Targeted release or First Release in Office 365. The good thing in Office 365 is that we can receive new updates frequently.
What are Targeted Release or First Release in Office 365?
Microsoft does a proper testing and validation of any new release through different teams. All new features will be tested and validated by various team before it got released for public.
Features Teams -> Office 365 Team -> Microsoft -> Targeted Release -> Worldwide Standard Release.
See the fig below:
Targeted Release also previously known as First Release, done by few Office 365 customers who opted in for it. The updates apply to Office 365, SharePoint Online and Exchange Online, etc.
We can do the settings from the Office 365 Admin center.
Open Office 365 Admin center and then expand “Settings” and then click on “Organization profile” like below:
Then in the “Organization profile”, click on “Edit” on “Release preferences” like below:
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Then it will open the “Release preference” windows it will show below 3 options:
Standard release: Usually you will see this option selected by default in your Office 365 tenant. If this option selected this you and your Office 365 users will receive the latest updates when they are released broadly to all the Office 365 customers.
If you choose this option, then you and your tenant users will see the lastest updates before the product release broadly. You can test the features and give Microsoft feedback about the feature.
Targeted release allows admins, change managers, or anyone else responsible for Office 365 updates to prepare for the upcoming changes coming in Office 365. They can test and validate new updates before they are released to all the users in the organization.
Targeted release for entire organization
If you choose this option, then all users in your tenant will get the Targeted release experience.
Targeted release for selected users:
If you choose this option, you can define specific users, usually, power users, to receive early access to features and functionality.
Here choose “Targeted release for everyone” option like below and then click on Next.
Then it will ask for the confirmation message “Are you sure you want to change to First release for the entire organization?”, click on “Yes” like below:
Then it will show you the confirmation message like “Release preferences have been updated.”
This may take 24 hours to reflect.
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I hope this will help you to set Targeted release or First Release in Office 365 tenant.
I am Bijay from Odisha, India. Currently working in my own venture TSInfo Technologies in Bangalore, India. I am Microsoft Office Servers and Services (SharePoint) MVP (5 times). I works in SharePoint 2016/2013/2010, SharePoint Online Office 365 etc. Check out My MVP Profile.. I also run popular SharePoint web site EnjoySharePoint.com