A Personal Take on SharePoint's Latest Update

March 5, 2024
2 min read

As a frequent user of SharePoint Online, I'm always keen on enhancements that optimize my workflow. Today, I stumbled upon an upcoming update set to refine our search experience within the platform, particularly at the tenant root site. Let me walk you through this change from a personal perspective.

Starting from early April 2024, SharePoint Online is undergoing a subtle yet significant transformation in its search functionality. Specifically, when navigating through the "site search" scope, only results from the tenant root site will be displayed. This alteration promises to streamline our search queries, offering more targeted and relevant outcomes.

For someone like me, who often toggles between different sites and projects, this refinement is a breath of fresh air. No longer will I need to sift through an array of unrelated results when searching from the root site. Instead, I can expect precise outcomes tailored to the context of that specific site.

The timeline for this transition spans from early April to early May 2024, ensuring a gradual and seamless integration. This gives us ample time to adapt to the impending changes and explore the updated search functionalities at our own pace.

Now, you might wonder how this adjustment impacts your organization. Well, fear not. If your root site is designated as a hub or a Viva Connections home site, or if it's configured to display hub or tenant-wide results by default, this update won't disrupt your current search experience. You can continue navigating with ease, reaping the benefits of this enhancement without any hiccups.

However, if you're like me, and crave comprehensive search results, even from the root site, fret not. There's a simple solution. By tweaking the default search scope settings at the root site, you can still access tenant-wide results effortlessly. It's a small adjustment with significant implications, ensuring you have access to the breadth of information you need, precisely when you need it.

Click Changing the scope of search for more info about how to change the default scope behavior on a site. 

In conclusion, SharePoint's forthcoming update is not just about refining search algorithms; it's about empowering users like you and me to navigate the digital landscape with unparalleled efficiency. So, let's embrace this evolution, seize the opportunity to optimize our workflows, and embark on a journey towards enhanced productivity. After all, in the realm of technology, every update is an invitation to reimagine what's possible.

Thx for reading.

Rene Vlieger

Rene Vlieger

As a Microsoft 365 consultant, Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), I spend my days immersed in the world of cloud technology, assisting organizations on their transformative journey. My passion lies in enhancing productivity, fortifying governance, ensuring compliance, bolstering security measures, and fostering seamless adoption of new technologies.

In my role, I strive to be more than just a consultant; I aim to be a catalyst for organizational growth and evolution. By guiding businesses through logical steps, I help them ascend the maturity ladder, ensuring that every technological advancement is not just implemented but embraced wholeheartedly. But my commitment doesn't end there. I believe in the power of sharing knowledge, which is why I invest heavily in training sessions, workshops, and yes, even penning (or typing!) joint blogs. 

My Microsoft 365 knowledge includes Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive, Loop, Viva, Purview, Defender, Entra, Outlook, Whiteboard, Copilot, and Forms.