SharePoint enhancements arriving on the fourth quarter of 2017

03 Jul

Microsoft provided an updated roadmap for SharePoint and SharePoint development on the fourth quarter of this year. Microsoft in general is working on four areas to ‘reinvent’ productivity with the platform, such as mobility, collaboration, trust and intelligence. The approach holistically is to allow one to discover, share and collaborate intelligently on content anytime, anywhere and on any device of choice.


The Team News feature for the business tool, announced at Ignite now is at the ‘first release’ test stage. It rolled out to ten percent of the first release of Microsoft participants. Users make Team News in a Team Site and the content could be consumed in a browser. Team News also is coming to mobile phone apps. It will arrive in an update to iOS application first before being implemented in other mobile operating platforms. It could consume all the News across various Team Sites, based on the activity of users or machine learning. The feature Intelligent People Cards has been released and now is in the Lists and Document Libraries. It could be accessed via the Outlook Web App, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online. It uses the Microsoft search technology for showcasing content on what people are working on.

Also released are the SharePoint Mobile Apps for Android and Windows. The mobile app for Windows 10 now is in the Windows Store. The Android version would be coming soon. In the SharePoint development process, still to come in the fourth quarter are feed-back driven updates and next generation sync for Team Sites, rapid Site creation as well as the release of the SharePoint Framework for developers all over the world. Now, OneDrive for Business has a new Discover Tab and People Card. The next generation sync client gets better at syncing OneDrive for Business files. However, the sync efforts of Microsoft had a tough start two years ago. Microsoft announced at Ignite that it would be possible to sync Document Libraries and SharePoint Online sites by the end of this year. Additionally, sync could address the platform on premises further down the line.

During the first half of this year, Microsoft planned on delivering enhancements to Publishing Sites. The ability for users to create Publishing Sites easily would be coming early part of next year. Web parts would be coming to Publishing pages and News Items. Creating new sites and uploading content would be easier. Also, portals and Team sites would have some performance-tuning improvements. With over 100 million active users monthly, Office 365 offers the most intelligent, secure and intelligent service for collaboration and communications. SharePoint plays an integral role in Office 365, empowering clients sharing and managing content, apps and knowledge to build a workplace that is more connected. Microsoft plans on releasing Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server on premises in November.

It would bring a new UI for OneDrive as well as the custom App Launcher. Moreover, it would support more hybrid capabilities, like a unified taxonomy and auditing capabilities. It would add IT admin controls and a few new developer capabilities around the framework. As clients transition towards the cloud, there would be tremendous SharePoint adoption. In the past year, SharePoint usage has grown 90 percent, stored content ballooned to 300 percent and more than ten million new SP websites were created. More than 60 percent of SharePoint seats now are online, which reflect the value that customers see with the platform in Office 365.

OneDrive enables sharing files with anyone in a secure manner, in or outside the organization. The deep Office integration powering rich co-authoring, lets one collaborate on the files shared with others in real-time. Furthermore, it allows access to all Office 365 files as well as files shared by individuals, organization and teams, regardless of whether one is using a Mac, PC, Android or iOS device or a Windows phone. Starting in summer, Office 365 files could be directly shared from File Explorer on a personal computer and Finder on Mac. The Sharing experience was simplified, thus a file or folder could be shared with specific persons or send a link, which enables anybody needing access, inside or outside the company. Additionally, how long a link could provide access could be controlled and it is easy to modify and view permissions granted. The Windows 7 or Finder new sharing experience is the same, whether sharing on the web, in Windows 10, Explorer, on Mac.

The innovations illustrate Microsoft’s commitment to reinvent productivity so teams and an organization could achieve more. These days, customers who use SharePoint are showcased, such as Avanade, DBS, Fourlis and Shire that uses SharePoint and OneDrive to achieve more. More and more customers are sharing their success stories with the coming new features for business platform.

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