In May, Microsoft unveiled the future of SharePoint as the way to modernize intranet experiences and make collaboration smarter, more connected, and more effective. At a high level, Microsoft is working on four areas to reinvent productivity with SharePoint: collaboration, mobility, intelligence, and trust. At Ignite 2016, we provided an update on where we are in delivering on those promises.
The focus of the Office 365 Partner Community in November is on the innovations in SharePoint Online that come together as the mobile, intelligent intranet. In this post, I’ll provide you with an overview of the investments we’ve made in SharePoint Online. And, sign up for the next community call on November 3, where I’ll be joined by Mark Kashman, Senior Product Manager for SharePoint. Mark will talk about and demo the mobile-first, cloud-first updates for SharePoint and OneDrive.
This is the mobile and intelligent intranet, powered by SharePoint. Spanning on-premises and Office 365, it brings together the productivity of SharePoint Team Sites, the broadcast reach of publishing sites and portals, and the mission criticality of your most important business applications. It’s accessible from your desktop and your mobile devices, and powered by Microsoft Graph so information finds you, instead of you having to find information. The mobile and intelligent intranet is based on and integrated with the same value of Office 365 Groups for membership, Microsoft Graph for intelligence and personalization, and security and compliance for consistent policies and insights.
SharePoint Online team site home pages have been updated to give you immediate visibility into site activity and important documents, with quick access to Office 365 Groups, members, and all of your associated Office 365 apps. The Team News feature announced at Ignite 2016 will keep your team up to date and informed, and engage them with important or interesting stories. You can quickly create eye-catching posts like announcements, people news, and status updates that include graphics and rich formatting by using the new SharePoint publishing page built with web parts, which you can customize according to your customers’ needs. You can add documents, videos, images, and site activities, as well as a Yammer feed.
With the SharePoint Framework, partners can build custom web parts that will show up right in the toolbox. Every group will get a team site and every team site will get a group. That’s really important because there are no compromises or trade-offs about which way you do it. You get the same value either way when creating a team collaboration experience. Office 365 gives the group a shared inbox, calendar, OneNote notebook, a Planner for task management, and now, a full-powered SharePoint team site. The Office 365 Groups team site includes all of the updates made to SharePoint in recent months, including modern lists, support for Microsoft Flow and Microsoft PowerApps, modern document libraries, and an updated Site Contents page to help manage and evaluate the reach and impact of content in a team site.
If you are a SharePoint veteran like me, you’ll be impressed with how these new experiences are now mobile, responsive, and accessible by design. Microsoft has already released SharePoint Mobile apps on iOS and Windows that enable users to navigate sites, portals, document libraries, lists, and the ability to contact people. It’s possible to find content from anywhere across the intranet through the app. Users see site activities, including what’s been modified and added. A SharePoint Mobile app for Android will be coming out of beta soon.
The best way to learn more and better understand these experiences is to create a new team site, which will also give you an Office 365 group. We are rolling out an update to Office 365 users now to modernize the experience of site creation. From the Office 365 App Launcher in the web experience, click the SharePoint home tile, and then “Create Site.” The Create site wizard will take you through the simple setup process. Give your site a name, which also creates an Office 365 group with its own email address. You can add members to that group. Click “Finish” and you’re done. You now have a new modern SharePoint team site and the complementary Office 365 group, and can experience what’s new in SharePoint Online for yourself.
Partners with an Action Pack subscription or competency can use their internal-use rights licenses for Office 365 to provision and set up a new site and group.
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There are more than 200,000 organizations that use SharePoint. Now is a great time to consider joining the community of more than 50,000 partners, and 1 million developers, that contribute to a $10 billion solutions ecosystem around SharePoint.
In my next post, I’ll explore Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016, the hybrid capabilities it enables, and the partner opportunity. I will also cover recent updates to enhanced access and encryption controls, and site classification in SharePoint and OneDrive.
Sign up for the next community call on November 3, where I’ll be joined by Mark Kashman, Senior Product Manager for SharePoint. Mark will talk about and demo the mobile-first, cloud-first updates for SharePoint and OneDrive.
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