Introducing the dynamic Periodic Table of Office 365

First, I’ve got to say thanks. Since launching the Periodic Table of Office 365 back in May 2017—the second-most popular of the infographics I’ve produced, beat out by my Intro to Office 365 Groups, interestingly—it’s been viewed almost 50,000 times across LinkedIn and my blog. It’s been translated into three other languages. It pops up at conferences across the world. And I’ve seen it in many intranets to help with internal Office 365 adoption.

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Most fun for me has been the passersby at events like Microsoft Ignite or SharePoint Saturdays who (kudos to them for even knowing who I am) introduce themselves to me with a, “Hey, you’re that ‘periodic table’ guy, right? Love that thing!” It’s really gratifying.

The graphic as you have known it was originally made in Photoshop after a caffeine-fueled Starbucks session where I gave myself a goal of “explain Office 365 in a visual way for everyday people”. I think I came pretty close.

But updates are slow. Translations even slower. Photoshop is finicky and I’m a perfectionist. Worst yet, there’s no way to ensure people who are using it are getting the updates when I publish a new version. The infographic needed an upgrade to make my⏤and your⏤life easier.

And I was lucky enough to find someone who could help. The last couple months, Niels Gregers Johansen—a skilled Danish Office 365 admin and consultant who’s way more technically savvy than me—and I have been working diligently to create a web-based version of the Periodic Table, one that’s dynamic, easy to update, simple to get translated, and always current.

We think we’ve done that.

Modern approvals in Office 365 with Power Automate and Microsoft Teams
Today we’re announcing the new dynamic Periodic Table of Office 365, complete with three more languages (Danish, Dutch, and French); clickable app boxes with further info on most apps with links to important resources (more to come soon); a responsive, window-filling design; and a robust feedback mechanism.

It’s also embeddable. This is by far its greatest win: you can embed the page as an iframe in your blog, your website, even your intranet (SharePoint included!). Embedding ensures you’re always displaying the current version. No need to check in with my blog to be sure.

So take it for a spin, see what you like, figure out what you don’t, and leave us some candid feedback. Oh, and if you’re fluent in a language that’s not represented and would like to provide a translation, let me know. It requires about two hours from you to translate then review the draft before we publish it.

Wade, M. (2017) Introducing the dynamic Periodic Table of Office 365 – icansharepoint. [online] Available at: [Accessed 6 Dec. 2017].

Reproduced under permission from Matt Wade

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