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A week ago, European SharePoint Conference (ESPC) 2016 – the greatest SharePoint conference in Europe – required place in the Austria Center in Vienna. Many well-known loudspeakers from around the world, MVPs, and people from the Microsoft team shared their understanding and roadmap details about SharePoint and Office 365. After a thrilling week spent using the community, listed here are five of the most basic bits of news I collected from attending sessions through the event:

Dan Holme – Microsoft Director of Product Marketing, SharePoint – opened up the conference and demonstrated the brand new modern UI for OneDrive and SharePoint within the keynote. We could begin to see the mobile phone applications for action having a clean UI and straightforward discussing in addition to collaboration functionalities. Now you can easily mark a number of products as “offline available”, which starts an immediate download for your mobile phone. You may also take away the file from local devices as fast and store it to OneDrive for Business (or SharePoint). You may also see some useful statistics concerning the files within the library view, for example how frequently these were opened up.

Companies are now able to also promote links within the left navigation bar. A great method to share important links in every employee’s OneDrive for Business to be always current with latest news or policies.

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New OneDrive for Business experience of Office 365

Holme also shown the current UI in SharePoint Online, like the new SharePoint website landing page – which shows sites, files, and individuals associated with the worker. I was also capable of seeing the brand new library abilities for action. For instance, should you drag a product in one group to a different, SharePoint instantly updates the file’s metadata.

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Updates towards the modern UI in SharePoint Online

In the finish from the keynote, we saw the brand new Microsoft Teams, which is general obtainable in Q1 2017. Teams is comparable to Office 365 Groups, supplying a cooperation space with shared files, a group calendar, along with a forum to switch information. Furthermore, it provides a chat function and users can certainly start video conferences without requiring to leap between tools.

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Developers’ eyes were locked on screen when Microsoft Marketing Director Mike Ammerlaan demonstrated the SharePoint Framework, that was announced in August this season. He shown an integration having a custom web part, which collects data from various office locations and displays all of them with an associated status.

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A look at the SharePoint Framework

Additionally to creating SharePoint much more helpful for special company needs, this latest development also highlights the vibrant way forward for SharePoint like a platform and how it can be extended with custom features from developers.

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The way forward for SharePoint like a platform

This SharePoint Framework (also known as “SPFx”) was announced as developer preview for first tenants. Microsoft will ship SPFx to SharePoint on premises within the next twelve months, as Vesa Junoven, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, mentioned in the session later in the conference. My prediction is it includes Feature Pack 2 for SharePoint 2016, but we will have.

SPFx is mainly for “deep dive” development. However, lighter in weight development can be achieved using the new Microsoft Flow workflow engine coupled with PowerApps in addition to Power BI. By doing this, companies can easily create custom services that leverage information across all of their SharePoint and Office 365 ecosystem together with connected databases.

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New options in SharePoint development

The implemented logic may then provide easy-to-use applications for decision makers or simplify metadata tagging during file upload for finish users.

SharePoint 2016 Feature Pack 1, that can bring innovations in the cloud to on-premises deployments, would be a frequently discussed subject in a number of sessions. Seven new functionalities enhance the experience for 3 different user groups: information workers, IT managers, and developers.

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The most recent updates in SharePoint 2016 Feature Pack 1

The OneDrive for Business consumer experience had been discussed above. The custom application launcher provides quick access to central applications and sites inside a company. While using the this selection, managers can leverage the streamlined UI of SharePoint, but additionally promote custom destinations.

The greatest improvement for managers, however, may be the improved logic for MinRole deployments. Before, a minimum of eight servers were essential to utilize zero downtime patching. It was not achievable for smaller sized companies, which generally run no more than four servers. Now, you can engage in zero downtime patching with simply two redundant web front finish (WFE) servers and 2 redundant application servers.

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Improved logic for MinRole deployments

Another improvement is the opportunity to share metadata between cloud managed metadata services as well as an on-premises atmosphere. This can help organizations keep information management policies synchronized across hybrid environments.

With hybrid auditing, we are able to now track and monitor occasions from single place – within the cloud. Also, actions performed in Central Administration is now able to monitored. Companies using more than one farm administrator will like this selection.

Finally, developers now get access to a better and extended OneDrive for Business API to supply additional functionality to employees’ “personal” storage.

Whether it wasn’t obvious enough already, hybrid continues to be Microsoft’s primary emphasis for on-premises SharePoint. Although more features are actually on-premises SharePoint, most of them are only able to be utilized inside a hybrid infrastructure. Microsoft understands the benefit of getting on-premises or hybrid deployments, which other competitors cannot provide. Now, organizations can proceed to the cloud in their own pace but still access new, born-in-the-cloud features. This can be a massive difference from the couple of years back, when many purchasers were uncertain about the way forward for on-premises SharePoint. Hence, this latest approach is greatly appreciated by many people customers: “They took in to all of us!”

Microsoft remains dedicated to eliminating the fears some customers have round the cloud. Due to this, lots of efforts are entering adding new security measures for SharePoint. A few of the lately announced features cover information governance, for example deletion policies, secure exterior discussing, and knowledge loss prevention (DLP) policies with ideas to increase security awareness.

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DLP policies in SharePoint on premises

The greatest news is the fact that DLP policies finally began to operate in SharePoint on premises, because of an update that showed up in September. Before that, these actions were only capable of being transported out with the online engine. While securing content against compliance violations is type in online environments, companies thinking about relocating to the cloud may also take advantage of identifying sensitive data that endures premises. This really is frequently an essential step before a web-based migration.

However, while Microsoft emphasized the subject of security at ESPC, no additional features were announced. There’s a large interest in more versatility to recognize sensitive content, but additionally to do this whenever a breach is located. Automated file classification according to content, which will help with migrations and instantly enrich files with metadata, can also be difficult with native abilities alone.

Further information regarding SharePoint 2016 DLP abilities as well as their limitations are available within this blog publish.

I must close having a view to return of SharePoint. Using the announcement of general availability for SharePoint 2016, Microsoft mentioned this version would be the foundation for future enhancements. Many thought the approach could be much like Home windows 10 – one further major version, which is continuously improved. It was not entirely correct, as I discovered. SharePoint On the internet and on premises code isn’t yet fully converged. This can take several more years, however the target continues to be announced.

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The way forward for SharePoint and SharePoint Online

After this approach, we’ll have a significant release every 2 or 3 years. Due to this, we are able to likely expect a SharePoint 2018 or 2019. Before that, you may be excited for Feature Pack 2 in H2 2017. What additional features can we see then?

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SharePoint’s release pedal rotation continuing to move forward

Hopefully this provides a good overview concerning the news from ESPC 2016. For additional highlights in the event, join our #ESPC16 recap web seminar and discover everything about what you are able have missed in Vienna. We have your back with key training learned and major bulletins to ready for what’s next from Microsoft.

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