The annual SharePoint Conference in North America just wrapped up in Las Vegas, and the hot topic was focused on making Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 more intelligent. This year’s theme was “The Intelligent Workplace” and the sessions did not disappoint.
LiveTiles was a proud sponsor at SPC19, and we were joined by Hyperfish and Wizdom, both LiveTiles companies, at our booth. Together we demonstrated the extensive features of our Intelligent Workplace Platform to SPC attendees, highlighting how we help organizations make their SharePoint and Office 365 experience more powerful, personal and intelligent. If you couldn’t attend, check out the 5 updates from SPC19 we captured that are going to revolutionize your workplace below.
1. The launch of Microsoft Home Sites
LiveTiles was announced at SPC19 by Jeff Teper as a Microsoft SharePoint Home Sites launch partner, one of only fifteen globally. Home sites aggregates corporate content – news, events, organizational updates and policies – and are designed to complement the existing communication and team sites. Some of the key features of Home Sites include an official site for corporate news, native mobile readiness and Microsoft integrated search, powered by AI.
2. Making it about your people with Microsoft Teams
Microsoft is investing heavily in Teams and it will continue to be the central communication platform. There were a number of Teams improvements announced at SPC19, as well as how organizations can leverage other Office 365 power applications within their SharePoint experience. The objective is to bring teams together and make the workplace intranet people-centric. One example: It’ll soon be possible to use PowerApps to build custom forms for document libraries in Microsoft Teams, which will further enhance collaboration. You can learn more about this improvement and other Teams announcements here.
3. Transitioning to the Intelligent Intranet to improve user engagement
Microsoft, like LiveTiles, has embraced the Intelligent Intranet for organizations. Empowering people at every level in an organization to engage with SharePoint and Office 365, Microsoft emphasized the importance of driving end user awareness. For example, Microsoft announced new layout options for site design, a more personalized SharePoint start page, and up to 2,000 hubs that enable teams to organization sites with more flexibility. These updates aim to satisfy users of SharePoint with an intuitive experience that leverages the power of AI.
4. Improving Search Capabilities within SharePoint
A big topic at SPC19 was on improving enterprise search and content intelligence. Expert Naomi Moneypenny spoke about the latest improvements to Microsoft Search and how Microsoft 365 comes together with SharePoint. A highlight is an exciting plan to roll out a Microsoft Search admin center, where admins can manage bookmarks, questions, answers and locations. You can read more about the new admin center in the Microsoft blog by Senior Product Manager Bill Baer here.
5. Introducing the Intelligent File Experience
Microsoft announced new updates to OneDrive to give organizations a more intelligent file experience. There are improved sharing and controls with OneDrive, including the availability of differential sync for all files to reduce network utilization, support for Windows Virtual Desktop and the ability to collaborate on files with people inside and outside the organization directly from OneDrive. Check out more OneDrive announcements here.
To find out how LiveTiles can help make your SharePoint experience more intelligent, request a demo today.