SharePoint Comes To iOS

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Microsoft has just released its SharePoint mobile application for Apple iOS devices. Marketed as “your intranet in your pocket”, it’s the first mobile platform roll-out of Microsoft’s new SharePoint client experience.

With the new mobile app, that means users can access company news and announcements, people, sites, content and more from their mobile device. The app works with either SharePoint Online in Office 365 or SharePoint Server 2013 or 2016 in on-premises or hybrid scenarios.

The app features a Sites tab that lets you visit the SharePoint sites you frequent, so you can see recent activity, files, and access these files, lists, pages, and other content on those destinations.

The SharePoint mobile app for iOS is supported by Office Graph machine learning technology in the background. Office Graph uses Microsoft’s enterprise search technology, enabling access to people and resources within an organization.

With Office Graph support, the Sites tab in the iOS mobile app will show the user’s frequently visited sites, as well as associated documents and lists. The Links tab shows sites for general organizational access that were set up by the IT department. The People tab shows the contact “cards” of people within the organization that the user works with. The Search tab launches an enterprise search that’s “filtered by sites, files and people,”  and it also will check OneDrive folders.

Microsoft is planning to add future support in its mobile apps for “cross-company news and announcements.” That improvement will arrive “later this year.” Still to come from Microsoft are the mobile SharePoint client apps for Android and Windows. The mobile Android app is planned for arrival at the end of this month, while the mobile Windows app is coming later this year, as recently announced by Microsoft.

 

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