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Microsoft Announces Major Domain Consolidation for Teams and Microsoft 365 Apps

Microsoft is consolidating its product experiences under a single domain, cloud.microsoft. This starts in June 2024 with Teams, Outlook, and Office 365.

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Microsoft has announced its domain structure changes are coming, aiming to consolidate its product experiences under a single domain, cloud.microsoft. The company last year revealed plans to migrate Microsoft Teams, Outlook, and Microsoft 365 applications to this unified domain, with the transition set to commence in June 2024. This move is part of Microsoft’s broader strategy to streamline user and developer experiences across its suite of products. The company has indicated that the new domain will exclusively host authenticated, user-facing product experiences, while microsoft.com will be reserved for non-product related content such as marketing and support.

Implications for Developers and Administrators

The transition to cloud.microsoft is expected to have implications for developers, particularly those involved in creating Teams apps. Microsoft has emphasized the necessity for developers to update their applications to ensure compatibility with the new domain. Applications that are not updated by the June 2024 deadline will continue to operate on the existing teams.microsoft.com domain, but this is not the desired outcome, as Microsoft aims to have all user-facing product experiences under the cloud.microsoft umbrella. Developers are advised to modify x-frame/CSP headers to allow for the new domains and update the TeamsJS client library to version 2.19 or higher, which supports a dynamic list of trusted domains. This preparation is crucial to avoid disruptions in service and to leverage the benefits of the unified domain structure.

Benefits and Future Directions

Microsoft asserts that the transition to a single domain for its product experiences will offer numerous benefits to both users and developers. By reducing domain fragmentation, the company aims to provide a more cohesive and streamlined experience across its various services. Additionally, the unified domain is expected to simplify the development and maintenance of applications within the Microsoft ecosystem, allowing for more efficient updates and security enhancements. While the initial focus will be on deploying new services on cloud.microsoft, existing workloads will migrate at a more gradual pace, taking into consideration the broader implications of such a transition.

As the June 2024 deadline approaches, Microsoft encourages developers and administrators to begin preparing for the shift. This proactive approach is essential for ensuring a smooth transition to the cloud.microsoft domain and for taking full advantage of the opportunities this consolidation presents.

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Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.