Recently, we had a discussion with a previous customer about the feasibility of a migration from their current collaboration environment to Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud platform. It was made quite clear during the conversations that any potential migration would not be undertaken until sometime – probably about a year – in the future.
One of the issues with this and planning for a migration this far in advance is that the Office 365 platform is likely to change in that time frame, especially as SharePoint – where a lot of the content would be stored – is currently going through a transition period from its “classic” to “modern” design. For anyone who is not aware of the evolution of Office 365 and the changes SharePoint has gone through already then this should help.
This raised the question “Well what is Microsoft’s plan for Office365?”. To answer that question I have decided to write a quarterly blog to cover the updates that will affect our migrations and potential customers taken directly from the road map for Office 365, beginning with the changes that are scheduled to be rolled out by the end of this year.
- Yammer tab in Microsoft Teams – The ability to add a Yammer tab to Microsoft Teams will allow Easier access to Yammer communities
- Yammer Conversations web part for SharePoint – New web part to add a fully functional native Yammer feed to any modern SharePoint site.
Integration between Yammer and SharePoint/Teams will be important to us going forward as it could remove the need to use the “classic” discussion board app for conversation style content.
SharePoint & Microsoft Teams
- SharePoint and Teams: connect site to a Team in one click – Further SharePoint integration with Microsoft Teams, if you’re group-connected team site is not connected to a chat-based hub for teamwork, then it’s just one click of the new Connect to Teams button in bottom-left corner of your site that gets you one.
This is quite a major change as now a Team and SharePoint site can be closely integrated which will allow SharePoint pages to support part-to-part communications allowing you to easily build composite apps that can also be surfaced in Teams. Soon you’ll be able to add a SharePoint list as a tab in Teams, so you can share data with your group, as well as custom solutions built as SharePoint Framework web parts. You’ll also be able to add Teams apps to SharePoint sites, bringing a breadth of apps to your intranet.
- Broadcast news and announcements across the organization- This feature was supposed to be released in the summer of 2018 so I won’t hold my breath
- @mentions in page comments – When viewing a news article within the SharePoint mobile app, you can now directly @mention a person from within your organization and they will be notified – aka, drawn into the article and your response to further engage on what’s happening around you.
- SharePoint pages: custom thumbnails and descriptions – You will now be able to choose both a new thumbnail and page description within page details: Previously, modern pages would automatically select the first image and generate a description for a page to use in search, highlighted content, and SharePoint News. Now you can customize these components to further manage how they appear in various places to your viewers.
- SharePoint web part: personalized web parts – Give a personalized experience to your site and page visitors – so they see the content that is theirs, and meant for them to experience. When using personalized web parts, people will see their recent sites, their recent documents and news tailored for them. You can personalize any page or news article. When you add a personalized web part to the page, it is aware of who is signed in and gives them a unique, relevant experience to the content and information you are promoting to them.
- SharePoint organizational news: ordering of news articles -Within the News web part for SharePoint sites, there will be a new capability to decide what order the news appears in when viewers land on the page highlighting news articles. Now you will be able to highlight high-value content more easily knowing it is most and/or first visible among the breadth of news being published within a site.
- SharePoint web part: YouTube embeds
- Enrich your private chat experience with screen sharing – You can now share your entire desktop or a specific window directly from a private chat session. You can even let them take control to collaborate on content together.
For a full list of features on the roadmap you can visit this link.
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