Microsoft has unveiled a new cloud-first, mobile-first vision and roadmap for its SharePoint solution, as well as innovations that empower people, teams and organisations to intelligently discover, share and collaborate on content from anywhere and on any device. The company also announced general availability of SharePoint Server 2016, which includes new hybrid capabilities that enable on-premises customers to tap into the innovation via Office 365.
The announcements were made at Microsoft’s Future of SharePoint event, which took place in SanFrancisco yesterday. “For over a decade, our customers – including Booz Allen Hamilton, Coles and Marks and Spencer – have relied on SharePoint to power teamwork, to automate business processes, to create business applications and to build company-wide intranets,” said Jeff Teper, corporate vice president for the OneDrive and SharePoint teams, in a new blog post. “As a core part of Office 365, SharePoint provides content management and collaboration capabilities that are seamlessly integrated with the other applications people use every day to create and co-author documents, meet and work with their teams, brainstorm, analyse and make decisions… More than 200,000 organisations use SharePoint today and an extraordinary community of more than 50,000 partners and one million developers make up a US$10 billion solution ecosystem around SharePoint.”
Teper said that the roadmap for the solution spans across four areas of innovation: simple and powerful file sharing and collaboration on any device; the mobile and intelligent intranet, with modern team sites, publishing and business applications on your desktop and in your pocket; an open and connected platform that evolves SharePoint extensibility to embrace modern web development; and investments in security, privacy and compliance across Office 365.
“We are humbled by the extraordinary community of customers, developers, partners and enthusiasts whose input has contributed to the vision and innovations we delivered today,” Teper concluded. “On behalf of everyone on our team, I welcome you to the future of SharePoint: simple, intelligent and untethered. The future starts today.”
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