SharePoint is quickly becoming the next big pop star of digital evolution. Soon, they’ll be belting the Broadway hit “Popular” across almost every office in the country. More than 85% of Fortune 500 companies now have SharePoint and in the last year alone SharePoint usage has grown by 90%.
With more users also comes the most exciting part of digital change, more advancements. At the SharePoint Virtual Summit last week, Microsoft announced a ton of new innovations that will be rolling out this year, improving integrations throughout Office365, Windows and Azure. Each change will push Microsoft closer toward its goal of enhancing the cloud experience and bringing that same experience to its on-premise users.
If you remember, Feature Pack 1 rolled out over the last year, updating the entire cloud community with advanced integrations and new capabilities. Feature Pack 2, which will begin later in 2017, will be the one to bring those capabilities on-premise and introduce a new, modern client-side development model. And with SharePoint 2007 nearing end of life (i.e. Microsoft will no longer fix the bugs in your system or provide tech support), we thought this would be a great time to catch up on some of those changes.
File sharing just got easier
OneDrive, which already lets you share files securely with anyone in or out of your organization, is getting a tune up. And by that we mean you can now share files within File Explorer on Windows 10 and Finder on Mac. You can also set restrictions on the file permissions you already granted and decide how long a link can provide access.
The power of web development is now in your hands
Starting this summer, organizations will be able to create dynamic sites, easily, using SharePoint. In a matter of seconds, you can customize layouts, drag and drop functional web parts like image galleries and Bing maps and even throw in a Yammer web part. So while your teams can continue functioning on team sites, your entire organization can now access important information and updates, effortlessly.
New milestones for PowerApps and Microsoft Flow
Also rolling out this summer will be the ability to create custom forms that move directly into your SharePoint list or library using Microsoft Power Apps. With no need for creating and writing code, teams can now be empowered to drive transformation. Along with forms updates, Microsoft Flow will now allow you to send any document for approval with a custom message. Its recipient will then be able to approve a request from an actual email message without leaving their inbox.
Search power redefined
Using machine learning and artificial intelligence you can now get more relevant search results even faster. They have also added people cards which allows you to learn about someone in a quick pop up and see what content they work on.