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SharePoint for iOS

25 Jul

A new way of reaching intranet content on smart devices is SharePoint on iOS. It keeps the work moving forward via fast access to team sites, company portals and resources.

SharePoint on iOS is a new way of reaching intranet content on devices. One could download and install the application from the app store on a device. After logging into the SharePoint Online or SharePoint Server, one could navigate SharePoint websites, see links to the sites the company has marked as important, check out profiles of people and search for people, documents and sites.

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THE SHAREPOINT MOBILE APPLICATION

The new SharePoint mobile app helps keep the work moving forward through providing fast access to the team websites, resources and organization portals and even a look into what persons you work with are working on. This new app is infused with the Microsoft Graph intelligence, which applies machine learning to an Office 365 activity to connect to pertinent documents and the people around. The SharePoint mobile application works with SharePoint Online in Office 365, SharePoint Server 2013 and 2016 on-premises and hybrid environment. Upon launching the app on an iPhone, there will be a prompt to sign in with the SP credentials. The SP mobile app allows easy switching between accounts.

The mobile app of SharePoint also links to other Office applications. For instance, when clicking an Office document in Recent files pivot, it would take directly into the corresponding Office mobile application. In the same way, when accessing a SharePoint document library within a team website, one would be taken into the OneDrive mobile application for iOS to see, share, discover and manage files that are stored across Office 365.

NEW UPDATES

Recently, SharePoint on iOS got an update with Team News and Personalized News that bring the application to version 2.0. In addition to small bug fixes and application stability enhancements, there are other changes to SharePoint on iOS.

TEAM NEWS

For SharePoint Online, news that were created on team sites would be available on both the web and in the SharePoint application. The feature enables reading on status updates, important documents, trip reports and many more. Take note that the news functionality currently is being rolled out in the online service of SharePoint.

PERSONALIZED NEWS

Personalized news bring news from the websites one is working in, the websites that one follows and the sites the closest colleagues work in. Keep in mind that the personalized news function would appear as a new tab as soon as team news become available for the company.

FOUR MAIN USER INTERFACE AREAS

The release of iOS is the first of the mobile app releases. It provides four major User Interface areas.

PEOPLE TAB

The People tab offers the visibility as to what the people that one works with is working on. Find and browse colleagues in your network. Tap on a particular person to view their contact card and to determine or know what they work on and who they are working with that’s based on the powered intelligence by Office 365.

SEARCH TAB

The SharePoint mobile application offers search throughout with clean results that are filtered by files, websites and people. When doing a search in the SP mobile app, one connects via full enterprise search, thus one could find people and content from across the intranet, SP team websites, organization portals and OneDrive for business folders.

SITES TAB

The Sites tab takes one to a list of websites frequently visited, as well as sites followed. Click on a website to see recent activity, files and the website’s assets, such as lists, documents, sub-sites, pages and more. One could also share the website. When clicking on a team site, one immediately will see how the SP mobile application renders the site elements natively beautifully and rapidly.

LINKS TAB

The Links tab leads to the portals and websites programmed for everyone in the company to see. These are curated by the SharePoint admin from the SP home in Office 365. Mobile-designed and responsive portals would shine through in the application. Microsoft too invests in responsive design as a top priority to make sure all new experiences are responsive and mobile by default.

MOBILE APP KEY FEATURES

The SP mobile application brings key features form the popular enterprise collaboration to smart phones, namely the iOS for easier time of accessing things such as company bulletins, SharePoint apps and shared workspaces on the go. This is vital for Microsoft, because launching a mobile application makes the platform more relevant for a workforce that is increasingly attempting to access work data on their phones.

WHAT’S NEXT

The SharePoint mobile application for iOS is only the first step on the SharePoint mobile journey. People are excited to continue building on what the platform has started. They will continue to deliver improvements to the application, like support of cross-company announcements and news.

Great news for organizations far and wide is the availability of SharePoint on iOS from the Apple app store.

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