A taster of what is coming in 2017 for SharePoint
The short version? More things, prettier things, better things and a growing trend for Microsoft providing apps to solve the business problems people used to develop in SharePoint (StaffHub, Teams et al)
The longer version? Now what gets you excited might depend on what you are interested in or using SharePoint for, hopefully our heading below will draw you to the most relevant area.
So 2016 gave us the modern team site (O365). In 2017 the same is coming for publishing. You will be able to easily created beautiful responsive publishing sites.
These pages will use out of the box and custom web parts developed using the new SharePoint Framework.
Office 365 custom themes will be updated to include more themes overall, the ability for a user to upload their own theme and an option to use Bing images as your theme.
Document Management & Compliance
Copy and move to SharePoint
Copy and move files between OneDrive and SharePoint in web experiences. In CY17, Microsoft add the ability to move an copy files between a greater range of locations.
Mobile Scanning for OneDrive for Business
Using the OneDrive mobile app seamlessly take a photo, convert it to a PDF, and store it in OneDrive for Business. This will come first to Android followed by iOS and Windows Phone.
Office 365 Groups preservation and deletion policy
Create and manage preservation and deletion policies that affect Office 365 Group mail and files in one step using the Security and Compliance Center
Scanning – Office Lens iOS feature updates
New capabilities with Office Lens for iOS. Multi scanning; scan multiple images in a row and save/send as a series. Rotate scanned images3D touch feature to change modes.
OneDrive for Business SharePoint Online Document Library Sync
The ability to sync SharePoint document libraries, including Office 365 groups, added to the Next Generation Sync Client (NGSC). NGSC will also sync OneDrive for Business Shared Folders.
Ok so not strickly speaking SharePoint but interesting because it provides the sort of solution that many people have tried to create before in SharePoint.
Microsoft StaffHub is a new app coming to Office 365 that connects Deskless Workers to the information they need to do their job for the day. StaffHub is currently in preview – find more information at http://staffhub.ms.
FastTrack | Dropbox to OneDrive for Business Migration
FastTrack Center will offer file migration services from Dropbox to OneDrive for Business as a new benefit provided by the FastTrack Center. This migration service will be available to customers with 150+ seats of eligible Office 365 plans.
SharePoint Online – Webhooks on SharePoint Document Libraries
Unlock the Webhooks development scenario through the Microsoft Graph. These WebHooks set of APIs allow developers to get notified with changes from SharePoint lists and document libraries in a performant and reliable way.