SharePoint Online has come a long way since its inception, and Microsoft is constantly working to improve the platform and provide new features and capabilities to users. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the future of SharePoint Online and what you need to know to stay up-to-date with the latest developments.

Continued Investment in SharePoint Online

Microsoft has made it clear that it will continue to invest heavily in SharePoint Online, with a focus on improving the user experience, enhancing collaboration and productivity, and providing new tools and capabilities for developers.

Modern User Interface

SharePoint Online’s modern user interface is a key focus for Microsoft, with ongoing updates and improvements being made to provide users with a more intuitive and seamless experience. This includes improvements to the mobile experience, with a focus on making SharePoint Online more accessible on the go.

Integration with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams has become an increasingly popular collaboration tool, and Microsoft is working to integrate SharePoint Online more closely with Teams. This includes the ability to embed SharePoint Online content directly within Teams, making it easier for users to access and collaborate on SharePoint content from within Teams.

Improved Analytics and Business Intelligence

SharePoint Online is already a powerful tool for business intelligence and analytics, but Microsoft is working to enhance these capabilities further. This includes improvements to Power BI integration, as well as new features such as SharePoint Syntex, which uses machine learning to automatically classify and tag content in SharePoint.

Focus on Security and Compliance

As more organizations move their data and workflows to the cloud, security and compliance are becoming increasingly important. Microsoft is investing heavily in this area, with ongoing improvements to SharePoint Online’s security and compliance features. This includes the ability to apply sensitivity labels to SharePoint content, as well as new compliance features such as Communication Compliance and Insider Risk Management.

Increased Use of AI and Machine Learning

Microsoft is investing heavily in AI and machine learning across its entire platform, and SharePoint Online is no exception. In addition to SharePoint Syntex, Microsoft is working on other AI-driven features such as content recommendations and automatic tagging.

Hybrid Deployments

While many organizations have fully embraced the cloud and migrated all of their SharePoint content to SharePoint Online, there are still many organizations that have a mix of on-premises and cloud-based SharePoint environments. Microsoft is working to make it easier for these organizations to manage hybrid deployments and move content between on-premises and cloud-based environments.

New Development Tools

SharePoint Online has always been a popular platform for developers, and Microsoft is continuing to invest in new development tools and capabilities. This includes improvements to SharePoint Framework, which allows developers to build custom web parts and other SharePoint components using modern web development techniques.

SharePoint Online is a powerful platform that is constantly evolving to meet the needs of organizations of all sizes. With ongoing investments in the user experience, integration with other Microsoft tools, and new features and capabilities such as AI and machine learning, SharePoint Online is set to become an even more powerful tool for collaboration, productivity, and business intelligence in the years to come. As a SharePoint user, it’s important to stay up-to-date with the latest developments and take advantage of new features and capabilities as they become available.

Adnan is six time Microsoft MVP (Since 2015) with over 16 years of extensive experience with major expertise on SharePoint, SharePoint based development, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams, .Net Platform and Microsoft BI. He is currently working Sr Microsoft Consultant at Olive + Goose. He is MCT Regional Lead for Pakistan Chapter since 2012. He is working on SharePoint for past 12 years and worked on different intranet/intranet solutions for private & govt. sector majorly in United states and Gulf region and have experience of working with multiple Fortune 500 companies. He is a trainer, technology evangelist and also speaks in community forums.

Leave a Reply