Microsoft is releasing a new SharePoint feature for global navigation experience called the SharePoint app bar. This is a new side panel that they are implementing across all SharePoint sites.
The SharePoint app bar is a significant release for Microsoft and will change the user experience and architecture for your normal SharePoint tenant.
You can find more information from Microsoft here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/SharePoint/sharepoint-app-bar
- Microsoft indicates this feature is still under development, but is currently scheduled to release in May 2021.
- You can find the latest on the status and release date from Microsoft here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=sharepoint%2Capp%2Cbar
- This feature has not yet been released by Microsoft. However, if you have enabled the "targeted release" feature, you will see this feature before its official release date. You can configure these settings in your admin center.
Disabling the SharePoint App Bar
Microsoft has provided a solution to disable this feature until October 31, 2021
- You can also disable this feature using custom CSS.