The Future of SharePoint is Now

Posted by David Rubinstein on Apr 5, 2017 12:20:21 PM

SPTechCon Austin wrapped today, and attendees are leaving with the latest knowledge about SharePoint and Office 365, third-party offerings and the state of hybrid/cloud adoption.

After a pre-conference workshop day Sunday that touched on topics such as modern application development, content migration and building productivity solutions in Office 365, SPTechCon kicked off on Monday with a keynote from Microsoft senior product manager Mark Kashman. His topic was "Reinventing Content Collaboration – The Future of SharePoint is Now!”

A hot topic of discussion these days is digital transformation, and Kashman talked about the things Microsoft is delivering to help organizations get there. “Digital transformation is going mainstream. The pervasive access to new digital services changes every aspect of business—shaping growth, disrupting industry landscapes, and providing the catalyst for new business models, products, services, and experiences for businesses to transform themselves into digital businesses. And you, the user, are at the center. We are continuously delivering on this vision with SharePoint, OneDrive for Business, and Office 365—the most complete, secure cloud productivity service.”

He went on to talk about how productivity more and more is enhanced by collaboration. “Employees now work on nearly twice the number of teams than they did five years ago. Mobile and remote is the new normal, extending far beyond the four walls of an organization. To get work done, teams need an easy way to self-organize, stay connected on-the-go, and tap into the network of stakeholders both inside and outside of their company.”

Kashman also discussed Microsoft Graph, a tool for helping individuals find work and colleagues that are relevant to the work they are doing, to help people focus, prioritize and work smarter.

On the product feature side, Kashman demonstrated a new News feed, drawn from the all Team sites a user is active in, in a native iOS application. The feed also shows up in SharePoint Home in Office 365. This feature was released a few weeks ago.

He also gave a roadmap of features still to come in 2017, including more Web Parts for SharePoint Server 2016, a new Communications site type that enables one-to-many announcements. Kashman described it as sitting between a Team site and an organization’s intranet for communication. Flow and PowerApps will be integrated more broadly across Office 365 applications and author analytics will be available to see how posts and shares are doing.

Microsoft will talk about all this and more at the SharePoint Virtual Summit on May 16. More information can be found here.

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