Microsoft Ignite SharePoint Updates

Microsoft announced a multitude of SharePoint updates back in September at Microsoft Ignite.  This blog post highlights some of the biggest announcements related to SharePoint and Office 365 while also providing references to articles that provide deeper insight into the future of SharePoint.
Digital Transformation Statistics (2)

  • More than 300,000 organizations have SharePoint and OneDrive in Office 365, including 85% of the Fortune 500
  • More than 65% of all SharePoint seats are now online vs. 35% for on-premises licenses
  • Growth in active users was 90% in the last year alone
  • Customers are leveraging Microsoft investments in OneDrive, with 300% growth in file sync
  • Microsoft recognized as leader by analysts in six Gartner Magic Quadrants and Forrester Waves

— Source: Jeff Teper
Key AnnouncementsMicrosoft logo

  • Connecting the modern workplace with SharePoint and OneDrive
  • SharePoint Hub Sites new in Office 365
  • Skype for Business Integration with Teams
  • Deeper Integration between SharePoint and Yammer
  • LinkedIn integration with Office 365
  • Reinventing business processes in SharePoint and OneDrive
  • SharePoint 2019 is coming…

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  • A simple sharing experience across Office 365: The new sharing experience, powered by OneDrive, provides a consistent way to share files, to control who has access, and to clearly communicate and enforce security policies. Already available in Windows File Explorer, Finder on Mac, and on mobile and web, the unified sharing experience is coming soon to Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Securely share files with people outside your organization without an account: External collaborators can securely access files with a simple email-based identity verification process. We also provide administrators with controls over secure external sharing.
  • See who viewed shared files in OneDrive: Understand the reach and impact of the files you share with detailed information on who views and when as well as total viewers.
  • Web versions of Office open even the largest files faster than ever.
  • Co-authoring support in the desktop version of Excel for Office 2016: This brings real-time collaboration in Word, PowerPoint and Excel across Windows, desktop, web and mobile—coming to Mac in coming months—something possible only in Office 365.
  • New file thumbnails and previews: View the contents of 3-D images, Visio, Zip files, Dicom and more than 270 file formats with OneDrive on the web, mobile, and right inside File Explorer in Windows 10 with Files On-Demand.
  • Connecting existing sites to Office 365 Groups: Accelerate productivity by connecting an existing site to Office 365 groups. A group is created with a shared inbox for conversations, a shared calendar, Planner to manage tasks, and the option to connect a team in Microsoft Teams.
  • Deeper integration with Microsoft Team: You can preview all 270+ file types in Teams, and you can now more easily add SharePoint pages, including your team site’s home page, as tabs in Microsoft Teams.

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  • Build richer, more dynamic pages with new web parts: Your pages can include rich, dynamic content from across Office 365, now including Planner and Microsoft Forms. There’s a new file viewer web part that can display previews of over 270 file types. You can embed content from anywhere—including Twitter feeds, YouTube videos and Amazon book recommendations. And you can surface content from more than 100 cloud and on-premises sources using the connector web part.
  • Engage your audience with the new Yammer web part: In the coming weeks, we are releasing the new, mobile-ready Yammer web part that surfaces relevant conversations so you can foster engagement on any SharePoint page.
  • Promote news articles to reach people where they work: News articles already surface on site home pages, on the SharePoint home in Office 365, and in SharePoint mobile, which also features notifications. Now you can promote any news article in email or in Microsoft Teams. You can also use the SharePoint news connector to automatically post new articles to a channel in Microsoft Teams, to foster discussion of announcements and updates. Finally, you can collect several articles and send them to people as an e-mail newsletter.
  • Save news to read later, and catch up on news you saved: When you don’t have time to read a news post, you can save it for later in the SharePoint mobile app. The new Me tab lets you read the articles you saved. The Me tab also surfaces the recent documents you’ve worked on from across the intranet, so you can get back to work quickly.
  • Measure reach and impact with site and page usage: Usage, including views and likes, appear on each news article and page, and in the improved Site Usage page SharePoint has powered award-winning intranets for over a decade. To help you and your users build a better intranet, faster, we also announced the following:
    •  Microsoft Ignite UpdatesDrive consistency and usability with customized themes, site designs and page designs. You can manage the site theme and the layout of sites and pages. You can also empower users to create new sites based on your custom site designs, provisioned with a theme, pages, and layouts suited to the business requirements of the site.
    • Organize your intranet with SharePoint hub sites. SharePoint hub sites will let you bring together associated sites to roll up news and activity, to simplify search, and to create cohesion with shared navigation and look-and-feel. Because sites can be re-arranged as your needs change, SharePoint hub sites empower your intranet to evolve with your organization. SharePoint hub sites will come in early 2018, but we wanted to give you a sneak peek of the vision for this important next step.
  • SharePoint Migration Tool: Users or administrators can automate the migration of files from file servers and on-premises SharePoint document libraries to Office 365.

SharePoint Hub Sites

  • Microsoft: “a new building block of the intranet, to bring together related sites to roll up news and activity, to simplify search, and to create cohesion”

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Highlights of Hub Sites:

  • Create a cohesive set of related sites with shared navigation, look and feel
  • Roll up and present a consolidated view of news and activities
  • Create hub sites and associate team and communication sites
  • Access hub sites and associated sites with the SharePoint mobile app

Skype for Business and TeamsSkype for Business

  • Skype for Business will be integrated into TeamsTeams
  • Teams to become center of “intelligent communications”
  • Teams will be the core communication client in Office 365
  • New version of Skype for Business Server for on-premises customers in 2018
  • Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams Capabilities Roadmap released on October 24th

SharePoint and Yammeryammer logo

  • New mobile-ready web-part for integrating Yammer conversations into SharePoint Sites
  • Enriched preview and editing experience of SharePoint documents with Yammer
  • Building out default SharePoint file storage and OneNote services for Office 365 connected Yammer Groups
  • The ability to see Presence, as well as launch voice and video calls, straight from Yammer

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LinkedIn and Office 365
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  • Custom forms with PowerApps: Solution creators can build rich forms inside SharePoint that blend data from lists with over 160 online and on premises data sources. [October 2017]
  • Flow for OneDrive: Now, you can build and launch Flows directly from inside OneDrive to automate processes for your personal files.  [October 2017]
  • Column Formatter: Allow power users to add rich formatting and interactivity to data in SharePoint lists and libraries.  [October 2017]
  • Predictive Indexing: SharePoint automatically sorts, queries and indexes your information so it’s even easier to work with the largest lists and libraries.  [Now]
  • Flow Launch Panel: When a flow is launched, an inline panel prompts the user to enter information, that can then be used by the flow (e.g.  adding optional steps such as logging or alerting.) [October 2017]
  • Document / Item Review: A built in Flow allows you to route a document for review and feedback.  [December 2017]
  • Custom Approval Action: Build custom processes with Flow, to approve and publish content for libraries requiring formal check in and approval. [November 2017]
  • PowerBI & Forms web parts: Add simple forms and interactive data visualizations to any SharePoint page. [October 2017]
  • PowerApps web part: Add PowerApps to any SharePoint page. [December 2017]

SharePoint 2019

  • Preview is expected to arrive mid-2018TSI

  • Big bets on features:
    • Next-Gen Sync Client support
    • Modern UX throughout the product
    • Flow / Power Apps integration
    • Other SharePoint Online innovations