Showcases growth, innovations and customer success
Today, during the SharePoint Virtual Summit, we unveiled the latest innovations for SharePoint and OneDrive, including powerful integrations across Office 365, Windows and Azure. These developments build upon the vision we unveiled last year, and have been delivering on since, with innovations to reinvent content collaboration and usher in a new generation of mobile and intelligent intranets. We also showcased Office 365 customers who are using SharePoint to accelerate their digital transformation.
SharePoint continues to gain momentum
- More than 250,000 organizations and over 85 percent of Fortune 500 companies now have SharePoint as part of Office 365.
- In the last year, usage of SharePoint has grown 90 percent, content stored has grown 300 percent and more than 10 million new SharePoint sites have been created.
- More than 60 percent of SharePoint seats are now online, reflecting the value customers see with SharePoint in Office 365.
We unveiled many innovations across SharePoint and OneDrive. Here’s a look at the four headline announcements.
Share files directly from File Explorer on Windows and Finder on Mac
Building upon last week’s announcement of OneDrive Files On-Demand—which lets you work with all your files within File Explorer on Windows 10—we announced today that starting this summer you will be able to share Office 365 files directly from File Explorer on PC and Finder on Mac. The sharing experience has been simplified, so you can share a file or folder with specific people or send a link that enables anyone who needs access, inside or outside your organization. In addition, you can now control how long a link provides access, and you can easily view and modify the permissions you have granted. The new sharing experience is the same, whether you share on the web, in Explorer on Windows 10 and Windows 7, or in Finder on Mac.
Inform and engage employees with SharePoint communication sites
Communication sites can be created in seconds. You can configure the default web parts on your site’s pages to tell your story. You can customize page layout with new multi-column sections and drag-and-drop authoring with a range of richly functional web parts, including an image gallery, interactive Bing maps, videos from a Microsoft Stream channel and a new events web part.
Add the Yammer web part to a communication site to solicit feedback and foster conversation. Yammer adds a conversational layer to the intranet, so you can drive employee engagement and share best practices across the organization, right in the context of a communications site. To learn more about Yammer integration with SharePoint and other Yammer announcements made today, read “New in Yammer—building a more engaged and connected organization” and watch Updates to Yammer—integrating conversations into your SharePoint experiences.
Create custom SharePoint forms with PowerApps and automate approvals with Microsoft Flow
Find people, expertise and content with powerful, personalized search
Search results activate people cards, so you can learn at a glance about a person and the content they work on. One more click activates an extended view with richly detailed information from the user’s profile. These enhancements to search are rolling out over the next few months.
Showcasing customer success
The headline announcements I’ve shared here are but the tip of the iceberg. At the SharePoint Virtual Summit, we announced dozens of innovations that will help you accelerate your digital transformation in the year ahead. To learn more about the new capabilities across SharePoint and OneDrive, and the transformational outcomes they drive, read “New SharePoint and OneDrive capabilities accelerate your digital transformation.”
If you missed the event today, you can view the recording of the SharePoint Virtual Summit.