Are you ready for upcoming changes in SharePoint?

9th March 2017

Microsoft Reveals SharePoint’s Upcoming Plans for User Experience Improvements:

•    Improved end-user publishing and messaging, as well as some new creation tools
•    Search results will become more personalised from the SharePoint tile in Office 365. (like a search experience powered by the Office Graph)
•    Team News can now be created using the SharePoint Mobile application for iOS devices
•    The file limit for moving and copying files, presently at 50MB, will be expanded in a future release
•    The SharePoint team is working on introducing site analytics
•    Full page apps will have multicolumn layout support, making it easier for communication sites (that broadcast team information) to be created using templates

Microsoft retires SharePoint Online Public Websites

This will affect Office 365 users who use the SharePoint Online Public Websites for their own external company website.

“But I still need my public website!”

From February 2017 onwards, to keep your website, follow these instructions:
•    Log in to the SharePoint Admin Centre
•    Click Settings
•    Select the “I’d like to keep my public website until March 31, 2018” option

Note If you have a Small Business subscription you will need to contact Microsoft support.

•    Beginning May 1, 2017, anonymous access for existing sites will no longer be available. If you need more time to move your public website, you can postpone for up to one year (March 31, 2018). – select the postpone option by May 1, 2017.
•    On September 1, 2017, Microsoft deletes the public site files in SharePoint Online, so you will no longer have access to any of your public website files. You should backup all your files before September 1, 2017.
•    On March 31, 2018, Microsoft will delete all public sites that have been postponed.
What happens once your public website is deleted?

After September 1, 2017, you can recover your content through your Recycle Bin. To recover files from the Recycle Bin, follow these instructions.

SharePoint Framework reaches general availability—to build engaging web parts

Microsoft now announces the general release of the SharePoint Framework—allowing developers to build parts that are used by Office 365 users in their production environments.

SharePoint developers can now create completely new web parts. SharePoint Framework lets developers take advantage of up-to-date practices, tools and libraries to help them build more engaging, responsive, mobile-ready web parts at a rapid pace.

What is the SharePoint Framework?

The SharePoint Framework (SPFx) is a coding model that provides full support for SharePoint development, easy integration with SharePoint data and support for open source tooling. With the SharePoint Framework, you can use modern web technologies and tools to build productive experiences and apps on SharePoint that are responsive and mobile-ready from day one!

Product momentum

The SharePoint Framework was released to the Developer community to preview last August. They explored the building parts on offer and contributed code extension samples to the GitHub code repository to be openly used by the community.

What’s next?

•    The SharePoint framework will be rolled out to Office 365 tenancies
•    Microsoft will continue to make improvements based on community feedback
•    Improved compatibility across versions will be the main focus
•    On-premises support and new development scenarios
•    The launch of new SharePoint Framework extensions and capabilities

How to get started

Developers can learn more about building web parts and custom solutions with the SharePoint Framework at the Office Dev Center, leveraging code samples from the GitHub repository

Microsoft increase SharePoint’s Hybrid Taxonomy and Auditing capabilities

Microsoft launch the “hybrid taxonomy” feature for SharePoint Server 2016 and SharePoint Server 2013. The hybrid taxonomy feature helps with discovering information.

It brings an organisation’s taxonomy store to Office 365 enabling a single-source for creating and managing Terms, Term Sets and Groups through a single Managed, Metadata Service.

A new hybrid auditing feature is currently at the preview stage, to be launched later this calendar year. (a Feature Pack 1 item.) It pulls diagnostic log data into the Office 365 dashboard. Hybrid auditing is an optional feature that centralises log information, but it works across “hybrid” infrastructures, meaning that it works for organisations that use SharePoint Server on premises, along with SharePoint Online and Office 365 services.

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