Microsoft kicked off the keynote address at SharePoint Conference North America with a quick history reminder of the industrial revolutions of the past and noting we are undergoing the 4th revolution, Digital. There is a transformation of the way we work and operate thus creating a more inclusive and engaged workplace culture; an intelligent workplace.
There were several new capability announcements showing Microsoft’s commitment to the Intelligent Workplace.
- First up was SharePoint Home Sites. A landing page that connects the workplace using Microsoft Search and megamenu navigation. The news and content shared here is customized to each users role within their organization. Engagement on these landing pages are able to be powered by Yammer and Stream.
- Next was the announcement of New organization site design. The new organization site design, gives you a starter design to get you going fast. New layout options, like a vertical section, and new webparts provide additional design options to meet your needs with less development time.
- The theme of personalize content continued with the announcement of Your personal space on the intranet. Find what matters to you with the personalized navigation, relevant content, such as news, sites, and links, and My documents.
- SharePoint hubs limited raised to 2,000. In order to meet the needs of many organizations, hubs limit was increased from 100 to 2,000 providing more flexibility on organizing sites.
- Designs to inspire: Administrators can take advantage of the SharePoint Provisioning Service to automatically provision SharePoint Look Book designs to any tenant in the world. This gives an awesome opportunity to get familiar with the modern portals and to provide example structures which can be used anyway as preferred.
- Added new capabilities to the custom theme. Use a URL to upload logos in any format or file size, and benefit from an improved clarity of your logo. Plus the addition of SVG file support so logos looks amazing on any screen size.
- Prepare end users with an awareness campaign, leveraging SharePoint news. Sample posts will be available to get started and get the word out.