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A new flavor of SharePoint

A new flavor of SharePoint

by: David Rubinstein

As I wrote in last week's newsletter, there was a kerfuffle in the SharePoint community over the new look of SharePoint Online document libraries. Part of the problem is with the way Microsoft announced the change-via a post in its Message Center.

For the uninitiated, Microsoft holds an annual MVP Summit, at which those in the community who have achieved that status get a "sneak peek? at the new things Microsoft wants to show them, with the caveat that they cannot discuss it. One of the goals of this event is for Microsoft to get feedback from these folks, which then (in theory) gets rolled into the bigger discussion of future features. So, oftentimes I hear from plain ol' regular SharePoint users that they were surprised by a change, and then an MVP will say, well, we were told about it months ago, so it's not really a surprise. It's a surprise to those who weren't told about it in nondisclosure meetings, and this particular update also seemed to be a surprise to some who were at the meeting.

Benjamin Niaulin, a regular speaker at SPTechCon, offered this exclusive take on the situation while looking at the change, what it means, and why the reaction. His opinion? Users must look beyond a SharePoint-only world, and there needs to be what he calls "a new flavor? of SharePoint to address today's needs and expectations.

If you haven't yet, mark your calendars for May 4, when Microsoft will hold an online event to discuss "The Future of SharePoint.? Based on conversations I've had, if you're "all in? with SharePoint, you won't want to miss it. Registration is free, and you can do it here.

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