Microsoft 365: Idle session timeout for Microsoft 365 (I)!

Until now, SharePoint Online was the only Microsoft 365 workload were we had the possibility to configure an idle session timeout as a mechanism to govern/control how long users are inactive in the service. To move forward, Microsoft has just released (currently in preview) an idle session timeout setting that applies to the following Microsoft 365 workloads (In the future it’s expected more workloads will be added):

  • Outlook Web App
  • OneDrive for Business
  • SharePoint Online (SPO)
  • and other start pages
  • Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) on the web
  • Microsoft 365 Admin Center

In order to configure this new setting, we have to access the Microsoft 365 Admin Center and then go to Settings –> Org settings –> Security & Privacy. In this section we will find the Idle session timeout (Preview) setting that is disable by default. When we enable it, we can choose the inactivity period that will apply to corporate users so they will be signed out:


Once the Idle session timeout has been enabled, the user experience when the inactivity period is reached will be as follows:

Screenshot: Prompt letting you know that your session is about to expire. Select Stay signed in so you don't get signed out of Microsoft 365 web apps