The entire team at itgroove is feeling energized after Microsoft’s “Future of SharePoint” webcast. Many “oohs” and “ahs” were had – we even had a counter set up for every time Kelly gasped during the presentation (we counted six!).
We noticed a cool vibe during the webcast, with presenters wearing untucked shirts and sneakers. Microsoft is shifting their position from “suit and tie” to “business casual” – a smart move as millennials flood the workforce. Also of note was a Macbook, in plain view, up on stage – a truce, perhaps?
Microsoft made it clear that security is at the forefront, boasting that their Cloud is the safest place to store your data. They also announced a while back that two Canadian data centres will be built in 2016, and we are waiting with bated breath.
“We’ve got more data centers [for enterprise computing] than Amazon and Google combined”
-Jeff Teper, Corporate Vice President of OneDrive & SharePoint at Microsoft
Some changes I’m excited to see in the near future include:
- Everything powered by Office Graph, meaning an intuitive, integrated experience.
- Hybrid Search which searches both Cloud and On-Prem
- “Intranet in your pocket” – a SharePoint mobile app with full access to your SharePoint site, including analytics on individual files (such as how many views)
- Office 365 Sites tile renamed to SharePoint – long live SharePoint!
- Microsoft Flow and PowerApps baked into SharePoint
- Easier site creation for Team Sites and Publishing sites – including an option to indicate how sensitive your information will be
- Document libraries can now link to documents or whatever you like – including YouTube videos
- Drag-and-drop interaction with metadata in document libraries
- No more ribbon at the top! It will be replaced with a sleeker, more modern toolbar
- The ability to embed content with rich previews into pages (e.g. a PowerPoint presentation)
- Smart security – you don’t have to jump through hoops you don’t need to, but you can trust your sensitive information remains secure