On May the 4th 2016 Microsoft held their Future of SharePoint event. It presented all the new stuff which is on it's way for SharePoint and OneDrive (for Business). This post is about a break out session by Microsoft Mechanics, which highlights the new updates on its way for SharePoint in 2016. Scroll down to view the video (18:21 min), but I encourage to first read the summary. Big chances are coming. The first of which, is the update on the document libraries we reported on: New experience SharePoint Online Library.
SharePoint mobile app
There will be a SharePoint which brings the SharePoint online experience to the mobile phone. It has tabs for Links, Sites and People. All driven by OfficeGraph, Search and Office 365. It's fully responsive and shows the new SharePoint sites (nextgen portals) on your mobile device. Partners should be able to modify the mobile styling to match the client. Below are 4 screenshots of the new app.
1. Links: Links list
2. Sites: showing sites you've interacted with based on OfficeGraph
3. Responsive view of a site
4. People: Search and mobile Delve profile
The sites app in the app launcher has it's name finally restored, it's SharePoint!. With the name update the page will be updated too. The power of OfficeGraph will be added to show an overview of sites used frequently lately but also the some extra info. Everything has been moved around to provide more real estate for the "Frequent" sites. On the left we have the option to create a new site, the Following list to display Followed sites and recently modified.
2 screenshots below;
1. Sites overview:
2. Create site: New interface to create a team or publishing site.
Nextgen Sites & Page authoring
New updates to team and publishing sites will be added to SharePoint Online. These will be fully integrated with Groups and have a new look. Navigation options are still available on the left. The biggest change that's shown is the new page authoring. Well, not really new, but the Sway interface for authoring has been added. Have a look, as it works really well in Sway, it's intuitive for users. As you may notice, adding sections is not only for documents, texts, etc. You can add Power Bi , Office Form, Quick Poll, Power App and other add-ins directly to the page.
3 screenshots below;
1. SharePoint site: New portal. with a linked group, pages slider (news) and activity.
2. Page authoring: the Sway interface to edit pages
3. Search content roll-up app: roll up content
New Experience for Lists
Lists will get the same new experience update as the document libraries. Still the option to place list view sections on pages, but the list itself gets a new experience.
3 screenshots below;
1. New list experience: matching the new document library experience
2. Grouped view: Grouped view in document library
3. Search: search results in document library
IFTTT for SharePoint. Creating automated workflows for Office 365 and 3rd party web services. This way users can create, through an UI, workflows between your favorite apps and services to get notifications, synchronize files, collect data, and more. We can automate simply tasks. We start with the trigger, like "receive a new e-mail" after which the workflow can configured. For instance adding a condition (if received from user "X") and adding actions (set category to "X", save the attachment to OneDrive for Business and sent a notification via Slack).
1. Flow: creating a new flow
2. Services: connect web services to automate tasks
Microsoft Mechanics episode