September 26, 2017 - Jeff Teper, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft
As part of Microsoft 365, SharePoint and OneDrive connect the workplace with intelligent content management and intranets. Digital transformation is driving growth across Microsoft 365, SharePoint and OneDrive. Today:
Today at Microsoft Ignite 2017, we announced new innovations that further empower you to share and work together, to inform and engage people, to transform business processes, and to harness collective knowledge. In addition, we announced new capabilities for organizations to protect and manage data, and to build custom solutions with SharePoint, OneDrive, and Microsoft 365.
Let’s look at the highlights of the many innovations we unveiled today.
Microsoft 365 is built for teamwork, and SharePoint and OneDrive make it easy for you to work together. Every Office 365 group gets a site, so your group can share content, knowledge, and apps whether you work in Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Yammer, or on the site itself. And OneDrive lets you find and share your files—both your personal files and the files shared throughout Office 365—seamlessly across PC and Mac, browser and mobile devices. Today’s content collaboration announcements include:
OneDrive lets you preview more than 270 file formats on the web, on mobile, and in File Explorer with Files On-Demand
Share information with your team by adding a SharePoint page or news article as a tab in Microsoft Teams
OneDrive Files On-Demand, rolling out with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, takes it a step further, letting you work with all your files directly in File Explorer, without taking any storage on your device. This powerful new user experience removes adoption hurdles so that you can migrate files from home directories and mapped drives to Office 365, and users can continue to work with files seamlessly, in File Explorer and in any application on Windows 10. To help you move your files to the cloud, today we announced:
SharePoint sites and pages let you keep people up-to-date with news, and informed about product launches, campaigns, events, and policies. They’re the building blocks for an intranet that connects the workplace, supporting communication and fostering engagement. And today, it’s simple for any user to create beautiful sites and pages that are fast, beautiful, and natively mobile—so you can access them across PC and Mac, and mobile with the SharePoint app for iOS, Android and Windows phones.
We continue to innovate rapidly on sites, pages, and SharePoint news. These are some highlights of today’s announcements:
Create beautiful sites with dynamic content from across Office 365 and beyond, and foster conversation with the new, mobile-ready Yammer webpart
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:
A SharePoint hub site brings together associated sites, rolling up news and activity and defining shared navigation and look-and-feel
SharePoint lists and libraries let you gather and manage files and data and to streamline your business processes with custom forms, connections to other data sources, workflows, and custom mobile apps—all of which you can create more easily with PowerApps and Microsoft Flow. Together, these technologies empower business users to automate workflows and to create, connect and share business apps without writing any code, reducing dependencies on IT or software developers.
Today we highlighted important capabilities across SharePoint, PowerApps, and Microsoft Flow, including:
Create engaging custom forms for SharePoint lists with PowerApps
PowerApps and Microsoft Flow support many of the requirements of business process transformation in the cloud-first, mobile-first world, making them a worthy successor for many of the scenarios previously addressed with InfoPath and SharePoint Designer workflows.
Today we announced innovations across search, Yammer, and content services (also known as “enterprise content management”) that empower you to find content and people faster and discover relevant knowledge from across your organization, and to harness your organization’s collective knowledge by fully leveraging who you know and what they know.
Our vision of search in the enterprise centers on bringing you highly relevant and personalized search results, powered by Microsoft Graph, wherever you may be working. We’re infusing search and discovery throughout SharePoint and the rest of Microsoft 365, including:
Find what you need, faster, with personalized search results and a streamlined search results page in SharePoint
SharePoint powers content collaboration and content services (also known as “enterprise content management” or “ECM”) across Office 365, driving features that ensure content can be discovered, managed, and governed. We’ve talked about a number of features that enhance content management, including Flow in SharePoint and OneDrive, predictive indexing and queries that improve performance on even the largest libraries and lists, document review and approval flows, and synchronization of files encrypted with Information Rights Management. These additional features further enhance SharePoint content services in Office 365:
SharePoint and OneDrive, as part of Microsoft 365, deliver extraordinary business value while empowering administrators with the foundational capabilities and controls to protect business data and to manage content throughout its lifecycle. Today we announced the latest innovations for service and data governance, including:
We also announced the early preview of the new SharePoint Admin Center, designed to empower SharePoint administrators with significantly deeper levels of insight and control. The new Admin Center features:
Admins can manage all of their sites in Office 365 from the new SharePoint Admin Center
This morning at Microsoft Ignite we also announced our vision, strategy, timeline, and investment areas for SharePoint Server 2019 in addition our continued investment in SharePoint Server 2016 with Feature Pack 2.
SharePoint supports a robust developer experience and platform so you can tailor SharePoint to your organization’s needs. Last year, we introduced the SharePoint Framework, which lets you build responsive, engaging web parts using the latest developer tools and frameworks. With SharePoint Server 2016 Feature Pack 2, you can now build web parts with one toolset for both on-premises and Office 365. Today, we announced general availability of major new expansions that let you extend SharePoint and OneDrive in several ways:
To help you get started, new samples, controls, and solutions are also available via Patterns and Practices. To learn more about what’s new for building comprehensive integrations and experiences in SharePoint sites, files in OneDrive, and across Office 365, read the Office Developer blog.
Believe it or not, these are just the highlights of a massive list of announcements we made at Ignite today. You can learn even more by watching the recording of the keynote, which will be available shortly. Or you can dive deep into the details by reading these posts on the Microsoft Technical Community:
The innovations we’re driving in SharePoint and OneDrive are a reflection of the passion and the vision we share with you. That shared passion is reflected in the strength and vitality of our community, including our customers, MVPs, and a massive ecosystem of talented partners. When the community comes together, at events like Ignite, the energy is electric. We look forward to seeing you in person at SharePoint Saturdays, Microsoft Tech Summits, the European SharePoint Conference and other great events around the world.
And we look forward to joining the community in Las Vegas in May 2018, where we are sponsoring SharePoint Conference North America—a new, third-party event in Las Vegas. We will bring this annual SharePoint Summit to you, live and in person!
Until then, we will see you in the Microsoft Technical Community and on User Voice.
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