Since the introduction of SharePoint in Office 365, it has become increasingly apparent that collaboration on a cloud platform makes the most sense. As we all know, in this crazy world of technology things change quicker than you can finish reading this article. It seems like only yesterday that we began our adventure into SharePoint 2013 and now the 2016 evolution of collaborative thinking has taken us into the world of the cloud. I call these changes the new “Modern” experience and in this article I address how it relates to the “classic” experience of SharePoint 2013. Let’s then list the top changes in the SharePoint Modern experience that address the gaps between SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint in Office 365.
When venturing into the SharePoint 2013 world, we experienced many growing pains as the product continued to mature. For instance, most of us were aware that Microsoft planned to deprecate both InfoPath for forms services and the SharePoint Designer development tool. While Microsoft announced that both will continue to work with SharePoint 2016 and will support future releases through 2026, they will not continue to develop and expand the capabilities of these products. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much in the promise of replacements for these “old” technologies from three years ago. This poses problems for architects and developers who rely on rapid development to serve their client. It also creates a fluid market for third-party products that bridge these expanding gaps. One of the biggest gaps in traditional SharePoint is the ease of combining data from various sources, from SQL databases to social portals in the One of the other areas of struggle when it comes to SharePoint is in the area of customized branding on sites. At Netrix, one of the most frequent requests for client engagements is in Intranet Portals. Our clients, especially when new to SharePoint, very often desire to “brand” sites according to very specific site designs and standards. We have successfully continued to work with the Netrix creative team to design the most visually appealing portals for our clients, but have also witnessed the pains of how user interface demands for UI/UX continue to rise with the inclusion of the many devices we use in the business world today—mainly laptops and tablets—and the struggle to have these elements look equally pleasing on these common devices. With the introduction of SharePoint in Office 365, it has become increasingly apparent that collaboration on a cloud platform makes the most sense. Below is a list of the top changes in the SharePoint Modern experience that address the gaps discussed above.
Microsoft is taking a one-stop-shop approach with everything involving your documents. The goal is for power users to more easily build their data and view that information. The Modern SharePoint Online document library provides a secure, cloud based location to store documents and files. The Modern library allows you and your co-workers to search more easily, work on documents together and access them from any device at any time. Adding files is as easy as dragging and dropping them from one location to another. Some of the benefits of the Modern SharePoint Online experience include:
While this Modern experience has a promising future, it’s still in the toddler stage (just starting to walk), and has a way to go before it can run. Here are a few items that still need to be addressed: