Microsoft has unveiled a number of mobile- and cloud-friendly changes to its SharePoint business platform, including the release of a new mobile SharePoint app.
Apple iOS users will be first to get the app. With rollout due in June, followed by versions for Windows and Android devices later in the year, Microsoft said.
Collaboration on the go
Speaking via a video on Microsoft’s official Office blog, CEO Satya Nadella said the latest updates are designed to continue advancing productivity and business processes.
“We are continuing to advance SharePoint and OneDrive and the entire Office 365 service in ways that make productivity even more collaborative, intelligent, mobile and trustworthy.”
Jeff Teper, corporate vice president for Microsoft’s OneDrive and SharePoint teams, added in a blog post that, with the new general availability of SharePoint Server 2016, Microsoft has updated its previous offering with a “cloud-inspired” infrastructure, new compliance and reporting capabilities to protect business-critical and navigation and library improvements to bring the user experience in line with that of Office 365.
Microsoft is offering a free trial download of SharePoint Server 2016 to users who want to evaluate the new platform before deciding to buy it.
The ongoing updates focus on four goals: file-sharing and collaboration on any device; enabling a mobile and intelligent intranet; extensibility to modern Web development; and attention to security, privacy and compliance across the entire Office 365 ecosystem.
Further updates due
Other SharePoint updates set to roll out this quarter include the ability to copy from OneDrive on the Web to SharePoint; a new SharePoint home in Office 365; and “intelligent discovery” of documents from both SharePoint and OneDrive. Additional features set to be released later in the year include new document analytics capabilities in OneDrive; integration of SharePoint sites and Office 365 Groups; new granular access controls; and the ability to bring your own encryption keys.
First released in 2001, SharePoint is an enterprise-focused platform within the Microsoft Office server suite that includes support for content and document management, workflow management, social networking and other applications.
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