Microsoft Ignite – Day Two: Long live SharePoint
Yesterday the Keynote and many of the sessions I attended were heavily focussed on ‘Microsoft Teams’. This technology is very interesting and I think it will really add value and benefit many of our enterprise clients. However, this led me to wonder, where does this leave SharePoint?
Today, I’ve been to a number of lectures that demonstrate that Microsoft have definitely NOT forgotten about SharePoint. If you don’t believe me just ask Jeff Teper (CVP – Office, OneDrive and SharePoint).
Furthermore, to show there is much more to come in this space there will be a dedicated SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas May 2018.
In this post I will cover an overview of the announcements on the new templates, features, enhancements, web parts, the SharePoint roadmap and related technologies. Please note some of the features discussed are in preview or released next year, see the relevant roadmap image for further details.
Hub Sites bring together related team sites and communication sites. Released in Q1-Q2 next year, here are some of the features that we can expect to see being deployed:
Communication sites are specifically designed for internal company-wide initiatives, campaigns or events. Allowing organisations to distribute their message quickly and efficiently, communication sites will provide configurable templates for the sites and pages that can be created directly through the SharePoint home panel. Here’s the best of what we can expect to see:
Throughout day two of Microsoft Ignite, there was also a significant number of enhancements that were announced for the SharePoint Platform:
New SharePoint App for iOS and Android
Microsoft have also announced a further move in the right direction for mobile users with the announcement of a new SharePoint App for iOS and Android users. This will include:
One MAJOR detractor to moving to the Cloud has been issues with Data Residency. Microsoft have now finally addressed this with the introduction of Multi-Geo into Office 365:
Content can now be housed in a selected Region or Country to meet compliance requirements in:
Multi-Geo is now available in: Australia, Asia-Pacific, Canada, European Union, India, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom, USA
Future plans for Multi-Geo include: France
Microsoft have also announced some new features for OneDrive, including the ability to:
There have also been some exciting updated in the world of PowerApps forms:
Exciting times ahead for SharePoint
As you can see there is an explosion of exciting new features across the board. All of these latest features released by Microsoft can be used in conjunction with a bespoke intranet built on Office (Fresh) or within a Collaboration focussed project to create a hugely rich Digital Workspace for enterprise organisations.
Vast numbers of organisations have invested heavily in migrating to SharePoint over the years, so the good news is it’s here to stay and just getting better and better. Hooray for that.
About our author
Head of Solutions Architecture | Content and Code
Alex is the Head of the Solutions Architecture team at Content and Code. He has been working with SharePoint for the last eleven years. Most recently, Alex is specialising in Office 365 and related technologies with a particular interest in designing and architecting Digital Workspaces and automating business processes for a range of enterprise clients.”
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