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It’s time to stay in the loop with SharePoint mobile app for Android

17 May

Have you ever wondered why millions of the SharePoint users are not connected to the service via a mobile app? Simple, Microsoft hasn’t released one. And as a result, a user needs to settle for working through a browser instead.

Now, SharePoint plays a crucial role in almost 41% of organization’s overall enterprise content management (ECM) and document management (DM) environments. And as people increase to work, the Sharepoint development company will require creating apps for their users to access everything including their SharePoint content from their cell phones and tablets.

SharePoint-Mobile-App

The good news is Microsoft recently announced that mobile apps are already in works for iOS, Android, and windows 10 Mobile. According to the company, the SharePoint mobile app will incorporate sites, links, people and search tabs. Basically, a bunch of features that lets you navigate through much of the content you are accustomed to seeing your PC. Moreover, these mobile apps come as part of a broader shift to reinvigorate SharePoint.

Here in the following post, you will come across certain pointers that you need to know about the SharePoint app released by Microsoft this year.

Experience varies depending on the OS system

The app for iOS has already been released since June 21, 2016. Version 2.0 was released on October 27, 2016. And since the version has been out several months ago, it carries more functionalities and features than any other windows or android version. The windows and android apps are still on their first release and the company is completely attentive to all feedback on how to improve the apps.

One of the major drawbacks for Android and Windows users is that the app only supports users who have an Office 365 subscription. A team of SharePoint developers is working on adding support especially for the on-premises versions of SharePoint 2013 and 2016. Besides, the company has made switching between the app and phones browser seamless after signing –in for once.

Best is always yet to come

The SharePoint mobile apps are relatively new and maybe the company hasn’t yet offered all the functionality users hoped for. But in future, Microsoft will be adding those functionalities as soon as it adds support for on-premises deployments to their SharePoint apps.

Here I would like to mention a few concrete ways through which you can influence upcoming improvements in the app:-

  • Add and vote on issues in the SharePoint development company forums especially thread including information regarding the SharePoint app.
  • Shake your phone or tablet to give feedback, screenshots, and logs

Accessing sites from your mobile browser has become as seamless as possible

Even if you don’t have enough storage in your device for another app, accessing sites from your mobile browsers becomes effective and efficient. The SharePoint app is already well-developed for iOS which means you will get the same for Android and windows.

Some of the 3rd party SharePoint apps include :-

  • SharePlus- SharePoint Mobile
    • Version 2.0.528
    • 100K+ downloads
    • Supports Office 365 and SharePoint Servers 2007, 2010, 2013, and SharePoint Foundation 2010 and 2013.
  • SPConnect SharePoint
    • Version 1.02
    • 50,000+ downloads
    • Supports Office 365 and SharePoint Servers 2010, 2013, and 2016
  • Filamente Lite: SharePoint App
    • Version 1.6.1
    • 1,000+ downloads
    • Supports Office 365 and SharePoint Servers 2007, 2010, and 2013
  • Colligo Briefcase for Android
    • Version 1.0.2.129
    • 500+ downloads
    • Supports Office 365 and SharePoint Servers 2010, 2013, and 2016

You can still use your mobile browser

The app in experiences between operating systems is drastically different right now. Not everyone uses iphone, so there is a scope for the SharePoint development company to offer a similar experience to the non-iphone users.

Meanwhile, you can settle for accessing SharePoint development from whatever browser you have on your phone or tablet. Just don’t forget to enable the mobile browsers to view especially if you are using SharePoint server 2013.

Is the SharePoint app secure?

Microsoft says the app is completely secure. In fact, it may quite interest you to know that the security credentials of the SharePoint app are released by the SharePoint development company. Although, AAD, NTLM, and FBA. SAML authentication isn’t available in the SharePoint apps yet MDM and MAM will make the app secure enough in the eyes of IT without hindering user experience.

So this is it! Keep watching the space to know more!

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