Last month, Microsoft had announced that its intranet service SharePoint, would be getting some major features in the coming months. True to its word, the company announced today that the team collaboration tool will now be available for mobile, starting with iOS.
The SharePoint app is currently available for iPhone and iPad users as a public release. The Redmond giant says that apps for other platforms including Android and its very own Windows will be out later this year. The iOS app in itself is very user-friendly and feature-rich.
The app will allow you to access all your team sites, organization portals and resources. Not just this, it even provides you with a view into what the people you work with are working on. Microsoft says that the app is powered by the intelligence of the Microsoft Graph, helping it learn and from your activities and enhance your experience even further.
The mobile app will apparently work with SharePoint Online in Office 365, SharePoint Server (2013 and 2016) on-premises and your hybrid environment.
Microsoft’s tagline for the new app is ‘your intranet in your pocket’ which is very true considering the feature set and services SharePoint for iOS provides. You no longer have to login to your computer to access company news and announcements, people, sites, content and anything else.
The SharePoint app comes in with a Sites tab that takes you to a list of the sites you visit frequently and sites you’re following. Each site will constitute of its recent activity, recent files and the site’s assets (documents, lists, subsites, pages and more). The app will also allow you to share a site.
You also get a Links tab that takes you to sites and portals programmed for everyone in your company to see. Another important feature is the the People tab that gives you visibility into what the people you work with are working on.
Finally you have the all important Search feature that provides clean results filtered by sites, files and people.
Though the app isn’t a beta version, Microsoft says that it is open to suggestions and feedback. This can be done via in-app Shake, UserVoice, and Twitter posts to @SharePoint and @Office365.