SharePoint Going Mobile
Written by Alex Armstrong   
Thursday, 05 May 2016

At the same time as announcing the general availability of SharePoint Server, Microsoft has announced a new app, SharePoint Mobile, that will be on iOS by the end of June and Android and Windows 10 Mobile later this year.


The new SharePoint mobile app is designed to allow users to access and stay connected to the content on their business intranet while on the go.

In this video SharePoint principal engineer, Andy Haon walks through the key elements of navigating sites and portals, and accessing important content, information and people in the new cloud-focused, mobile-first landscape.



Alongside the new apps, Microsoft is also providing access to SharePoint Online document libraries in OneDrive mobile apps, and the ability to copy from OneDrive to SharePoint. Microsoft is also planning to release a One Drive Universal Windows app by the end of June.

According to the SharePoint road map unveiled at yesterday's Future of SharePoint event in San Francisco, other file sharing and collaboration capabilities rolling out this quarter are: 

  • Access to SharePoint Online document libraries and Office 365 Group files from the OneDrive mobile app.

  • Intelligent discovery of documents from both OneDrive and SharePoint.

  • Copy from OneDrive to SharePoint in the OneDrive web experience.

Microsoft Flow, a new tool for businesses to create automated workflows that connects services like Twitter, Slack, Google Drive, Dropbox, and Office 365, is going to be integrated into SharePoint by the end of the year, together with PowerApps.

The PowerApps service, which is designed to allow business users and business analysts to create custom native, mobile, and Web apps that can be shared simply across their organizations has recently gone from limited review to public preview.  Examples of apps users can create using PowerApps include simple cost estimators, budget trackers, and site-inspection reports. 

For developers, Microsoft has announced the SharePoint Framework, a page and part model that enables fully supported client-side development, with easy integration to the Microsoft Graph and support for open source tooling. It will be released to Office 365 customers in First Release this summer. Web parts built with the framework can be added to modern pages and experiences and to existing pages.

According to Jeff Teper, Microsoft's corporate vice president for the OneDrive and SharePoint teams, writing on the Office Blogs:

The SharePoint Framework is an evolutionary step in SharePoint extensibility that delivers a new client-side rendering framework leveraging open source JavaScript technologies. The client-side development framework will allow developers to use modern JavaScript and web templating frameworks across cloud and on-premises SharePoint.

The SharePoint Framework embraces the tools, frameworks and open source initiatives that developers rely on today, and it extends the scope of solutions that can be built on SharePoint, in the cloud and on-premises.

Looking further ahead, the third quarter of 2016 is expected to bring: 

  • The Files API on Microsoft Graph
  • SharePoint Webhooks (preview)
  • Client-side web parts for existing pages (preview)

 Followed by the end of 2016 with: 

  • The Sites API on Microsoft Graph
  • SharePoint Webhooks (GA)
  • Custom sites on the SharePoint Framework




More Information

The Future of Sharepoint

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