SharePoint development is synonymous to business efficiency and software developer opportunity. Since its inception SharePoint has become a business platform that meets the different requirements of companies and organizations big and small, in all the four corners of the globe.
2017 FORECAST, CONTINUING SHAREPOINT IMPROVEMENTS
Without doubt, last year was the biggest year for the Microsoft business platform in quite some time. This was a welcome change for the SharePoint community from the years of benign neglect since Microsoft focused on Office 365. In 2016 however, all that changed. 2016 was termed as the ‘Year of SharePoint’, as Microsoft performed a series of critical announcements all through the year. Developing SharePoint apps has become a lucrative business for many people who are into software and website development. Now, with the five months down in 2017, there are two huge improvements to SP, together with anticipated announcements in the coming months.
Microsoft continues building on the progress of last year. Finally, it’s addressing how the SP Team Sites live alongside Office 365 Groups. Furthermore, it is making a major move on the development front through discarding a server-side approach as well as embracing client-side, open-source development framework. The two initiatives make up the main stories of the platform in early 2017, the SharePoint Team Sites and SharePoint Development Framework.
SharePoint Team Sites undergo several considerable re-modelling and will be the go-to location for team-based collaboration. The platform integrates with Office 365 groups, wherein each group has full power of an SP Online team website. The Team site content features news that’s related specifically to the teams, together with tailored content hand-chosen by Graph. Now, building new sites only takes a few second and could be directly done from SharePoint home. The new development framework, meant for development tenant users represent transition to contemporary client-side development. It moves away from .NET and based on open-source JS, together with develop tools support such as Gulp and Yeoman. The roadmap of Microsoft for SharePoint this year includes enhancements to mobility, collaboration, intelligence and trust.
Some of the anticipated improvements of SharePoint this year includes the following:
1. Continued enhancements/additions to the development framework when it comes to higher-end customizations.
2. More end-user friendly business apps that are based on Flow and PowerApps.
3. Continuous development with Office 365 and Graph Groups.
4. More extensive Web Parts for building out richer portals and custom pages.
5. Web parts inclusion in News items and Publishing Pages.
6. Increased responsively-designed mobile applications for all platforms, enabling users to navigate portals, websites, lists and document libraries.
7. Team Sites and portals performance enhancements.
8. Feedback-driven updates to lists, doclibs, pages, site applications.
9. Publishing websites.
10. Add-in enhancements.
The Team news feature gets accessed from the SP tile in Office 365 App Launcher. It delivers personalized news feed that’s based on a person’s active websites, the websites that they follow and suggestions from Microsoft Graph. Microsoft Graph is a search technology underlying different Office 365 services. Team news is only the latest user-friendly addition to the home page of SharePoint. With the team news addition, SP home evolves to a single, intuitive location to determine what is happening in all portals and websites, build new sites, perform enterprise-wide search and read all news around. Also, end users now could have some basic copy-and-paste enhancements. It is possible to paste tables from Word docs and keep the format images of the table embedded in a page or Office document, together with associated text now could be copied and pasted. Additionally, the page-loading performance has been enhanced for news contents.
When it comes to mobile apps, Microsoft also announced two enhancements. The enhancements would surface if the applications are newly installed, or if users could wait for a store update. Now, the mobile application for Android devices shows personalized team news through a News tab. It has been possible to see news on the devices for two months. However, now the team news would showcase personalized info that is based on Microsoft Graph. The SP mobile application for IOS device now enables users to make news, which could then be published and appear across home pages and on a team site of SharePoint. Moreover, Microsoft also plans adding a News tab to the application for Windows 10 Mobile, but there is no timeline announced as of yet. Security fixes were also being released.
The next seven months of this year would witness continues improvement of the business platform, making it a more collaborative one. It could integrate with the ever-growing family of products of Microsoft. The focus has shifted increasingly to knocking off barriers as well as making the Microsoft platform more user-friendly and accessible. Business could expect more efficiency and collaboration with the improvements implemented and will be implemented with SharePoint.