The hidden power of the Office 365 admin center

The Office 365 admin center is easy to use for both IT admins and non-IT portal administrators. Microsoft has made a point of putting all the high-end aspects of Office 365 administration (such as the billing, support, and basic user creation) front and center, while burying the in-the-trenches IT capability.

Oh, and Microsoft has transformed the ugly duckling that was the version 1.0 admin center into the more-polished swan that is the current version. Figure 1 shows the old admin center; Figure 2 shows the new one.

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Figure 1: Office 365 admin center’s first version clearly needed some sprucing up.

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