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MC408994: Private drafts for SharePoint pages and news

Updated October 6, 2022: We have updated the rollout timeline below. Thank you for your patience.

Updated August 4, 2022: We have updated the linked resources to provide additional information.

We’re adding the ability to create private drafts for pages and news posts. A private draft is visible only to the page author, the people the author chooses to share it with, and site admins. It’s great for creating and editing content that’s not ready for others to see except the people you want to collaborate with. This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 85629.

We’re adding the ability to create private drafts for pages and news posts. A private draft is visible only to the page author, the people the author chooses to share it with, and site admins. It’s great for creating and editing content that’s not ready for others to see except the people you want to collaborate with.

MC408994: Private drafts for SharePoint pages and news

When this will happen

This update will roll out to Targeted Release customers starting early August and to all customers by mid-November (previously mid-September).

How this will affect your organization

Authors of SharePoint pages and news will be able to create private drafts. When a private draft is created, only the creator and site admins can see the page (including from within the Pages library). The creator can then share the private draft with other people to allow them to access and edit the page. They will also have access to the assets associated with the page which are stored in the site’s assets library.

Like all pages and news posts, only one person at a time can edit the draft. When the draft is published, its permissions are reset and everyone in your organization who has access to the site will be able to view it.

What you need to do to prepare

You do not need to do anything to prepare for this update, but you may want to let your users know about these improvements.

Learn more

More information is available at Microsoft Support > Create a private SharePoint page or news post

Message ID: MC408994
Published: 03 August 2022
Updated: 06 October 2022
Cloud instance(s): GCC, GCC High, DoD, Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant)
Platform(s): Online, US Instances, Web, World tenant

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