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SharePoint goes Mobile with its New iOS App from Microsoft

Published: Jun 22, 2016  |   | 

SharePoint goes Mobile with its New iOS App from Microsoft
SharePoint has evolved as a great tool and is used by over 20,000 organizations to store, share, organize and access data. It is synonymous to intranet which helps employees to share and access files, data, news and more. This intranet portal has popular enterprise collaboration software which can be accessed by the employees only inside the company. Last month, SharePoint announced its latest version SharePoint 2016 with new hybrid capabilities and features like cloud-based search, app launcher, etc. that offers immense possibilities for businesses. Microsoft had announced earlier this year to make this software mobile, by releasing a fully fledged mobile application that can be accessed by the employees from anywhere, irrespective of the device they are using. Microsoft has released this app for bringing SharePoint-powered intranet portal to user’s tablets and smartphones. However, the app is currently released only for the iOS platform. It is available for free download in Apple’s app store. Employees can now access all enterprise documents via this intranet portal on their iPhones and iPads. This new mobile app gives employees complete visibility and quick access to enterprise resources, news and announcements, content and sites from their mobile device. It also helps them in having a view of what the other team members are working on. The app works with SharePoint Server 2013 or 2016 as well as SharePoint Online in Office 365. Employees need to sign in with their SharePoint credentials for using the app on their iPhone. It also lets employees switch accounts easily. The application has three tabs: Sites, Links and People. The Sites tab navigates the users to a list of sites that the employees frequently visit and follow and lets users view recent files and activity and all the content of the sites stored in it. The Link tab allows the employees see all the sites and portals of the company, as curated by the SharePoint administrators in Office 365. It gives them a list of important links that they can click on, to access whatever is relevant to them. The People tab lets employees browse through a list of coworkers and view each other’s profiles. It also gives visibility by showing what the colleagues are working on. This app also features a search tool that lets users find files, sites and people across the company’s sites, intranet and drive folders. This feature allows employees to locate resources by keywords and filter results. The Graph API from Microsoft lets employees see information that is most relevant to them based on how they work. This mobile app also links to other Office apps. The company is planning to add other features to the iOS version of this app such as support for cross-company news and announcements. The app will also be launched on both Android and Windows before the year end. The SharePoint mobile app for iOS is a leading step in the SharePoint mobile journey. Microsoft has ensured to continue developing enhancements to the app to make it more convenient for businesses. Semaphore Software is a leading software development company delivering extensive SharePoint development and customization services. Get in touch with us at info@semaphore-software.com to know more about our business possibilities.