Enterprises around the world rely on Microsoft 365 to secure the content that matters most. Microsoft 365 offers industrial strength capacity and management for your critical enterprise content in the apps you use every day.
Today we’re pleased to announce that SharePoint Embedded, a new way to build custom content apps for enterprises and ISVs, is available for public preview. SharePoint Embedded offers a headless, API-only pattern to build content apps that integrate management capabilities like collaboration, security, and compliance into any app by storing content inside an enterprise’s existing Microsoft 365 tenant.
Enterprises can use SharePoint Embedded to power line of business apps, creating a unified and familiar experience for both app users and system administrators charged with managing these new apps. ISVs can use this same scalable and performant technology to deliver Microsoft 365 content management capabilities as part of every enterprise app they build. When an ISV adopts SharePoint Embedded, documents are managed within the end customer’s tenant. The ISV’s customers can leverage a robust and consistent content management system they already trust, including global security and compliance.
How it works
SharePoint Embedded is a new platform designed for use by both first-party Microsoft products and third-party apps created by any developer. Two of our newest apps, Microsoft Loop and Microsoft Designer are powered by SharePoint Embedded. Built on the same stack as SharePoint and OneDrive, SharePoint Embedded is highly scalable and performant, and designed for hyperscale use cases.
SharePoint Embedded Architecture
SharePoint Embedded accelerates your content management roadmap by enabling new capabilities for custom content apps:
• Extend advanced Microsoft 365 security and compliance to your app, such as audit, eDiscovery, Bring Your Own Key, and more • Leverage Microsoft 365 business continuity capabilities such as autoscaling, high availability, Microsoft 365 Backup, Microsoft 365 Archive, and disaster recovery. • Deliver Microsoft 365 collaboration to your customers, users, and guest users as part of your app, such as coauthoring in Word or PowerPoint. • Embed Microsoft’s trusted content management capabilities in your app, such as search, content preview, and version tracking. • Craft a custom user experience that puts your app in complete control of security, lifecycle, and management. • Harness the power of SharePoint Premium (e.g. document processing, eSignature, content assembly) in your app. • Add your content to search and the Microsoft 365 semantic index – the technology powering Copilot for Microsoft 365.
SharePoint Embedded introduces a new storage primitive, containers, that offers a highly scalable approach to managing content. Containers also enable a rich information and security architecture to meet the needs of the most demanding modern apps.
SharePoint Embedded builds on familiar Graph APIs, making it easy to adopt, and includes a flexible security model designed to meet the most demanding security requirements. And it’s fully integrated with the Microsoft 365 Admin Center and Microsoft Purview, allowing administrators to use familiar tools to manage content lifecycle, security, and compliance.
SharePoint Embedded in action
Microsoft is working with enterprise customers and ISVs around the world to deliver a flexible platform that works across industries and use cases – such as financial services, legal, healthcare, IT, and construction.
KPMG, a leading global provider of advisory and audit services, manages sensitive financial documents as part of its audit process. KPMG’s global customer base faces a wide variety of regulatory requirements, while its audit team requires the rich collaboration and real-time coauthoring capabilities provided by Office. SharePoint Embedded makes it easy to meet these needs.
"Documents are at the center of the KPMG audit methodology. SharePoint Embedded provides our global audit platform, KPMG Clara, with the secure collaboration capabilities our auditors require and powers the AI experiences we have and which we are expanding. All while ensuring our data remains secure and compliant with regulations and customer expectations. We are thrilled to take this next step in our long partnership with Microsoft."
-Thomas Mackenzie, Global Head of KPMG Solutions Group and KPMG US Audit Chief Technology Officer
Legal technology innovator Peppermint Technology is working with Pinsent Masons, recently named the Most Innovative Law Firm in Europe 2023 by the Financial Times, to deploy their next generation SharePoint Embedded-powered legal document management system.
"Peppermint Technology together with SharePoint Embedded goes beyond traditional document management,” says Tim Dale, Director of Knowledge at Pinsent Masons. "This modern approach uses AI-infused discovery and robust security measures to give an enhanced user experience within Outlook and Teams, turning a vast corpus of data into actionable insights."
Mike Walker, CTO at Peppermint Technology, adds, "The system not only secures our clients’ data but also makes it more usable to assist with gaining insights. It's not just about storing information but grounding it in a way that AI can leverage for a competitive advantage. This is a transformational innovation in legal tech."
SharePoint at ESPC23
If you’re at ESPC23 in Amsterdam this week, join us as we unveil the news in our day one keynote at 9am on November 28:
• Microsoft Opening Keynote 1 | “AI Transformation of Work” – Jeff Teper, President of Collaborative Apps and Platforms - Microsoft, with Omar Shahine, Adam Harmetz, Denise Trabona, Jason Moore, Miceile Barrett, and Michel Bouman.
SharePoint Embedded is available now for public preview, with general availability planned for mid-2024. It’s available under pay-as-you-go consumption terms, meaning you pay for the storage you use and the volume of API calls and data transfers – without the need for additional user licenses. (See additional pricing and availability details.)
Visit these resources to learn more:
• You can get details here on how to setup and activate. • Visit our terms of service page for additional details • Partners can learn more about applying to our Content AI Partner Program to get preview access to SharePoint Embedded and more. • Sign up for ongoing information about SharePoint Embedded, SharePoint Premium, and the rest of our content management solutions.
We’re excited to take the next step in helping you create the next generation of content apps, and we look forward to listening and learning more here on the Tech Community. Thanks.