Today is May 4th, or Star Wars day, and also the date for The Future of SharePoint announcements from Microsoft. I knew that many of my friends, colleagues and people I follow on social media would blog about the event during the webcast, as well as their thoughts on the new and shiny things for SharePoint, OneDrive for Busines and Office 365.
So, while I love writing I also seem to be a bit too busy to do it properly this time of the year. My company’s fiscal year ends on April 30th, so there’s some housekeeping that needs to be done so that we can sign off and close the books for last fiscal year.
As a service to the community but also as a bookmark for myself, I decided to instead collect all the useful blog articles and announcements on one page. I hope this helps other busy IT professionals to quickly get to the essentials of today’s announcements.
Office Online Server, the successor to Office Web Apps Server is now available (to Volume Licensing users only, for now – so no MSDN download option).
SharePoint and the mobile intranet – Microsoft’s PR take on the mobile app and modern user experience.
SharePoint 2016 is now generally available – not a surprise after March announcements, but still good to get this in writing.
The SharePoint Framework is a new model for developers to build UI elements for SharePoint Online, based on Open Source tooling and fresh frameworks.
Satya Nadella’s vision for the future of SharePoint on Youtube.
SharePoint and Flow introduction.
PowerApps and SharePoint introduction.
The new SharePoint Framework introduction on Channel 9.
Security, Privacy and Compliance for SharePoint and OneDrive for Business on Channel 9.
Articles and content by MVP’s, news sites and the community
Randy Drisgill’s take on the announcements.
Business Insider’s semi-tech overview of today’s announcements.
Wictor Wilén’s run-down on the new SharePoint Framework.
Sharegate’s Benjamin Niaulin on the SharePoint roadmap.
Waldek Mastykarz’s in-depth article on SharePoint Framework and using it with SPCAF tooling.
Sanna Pehkonen’s recap of DevKitchen and the SharePoint Framework.
Microsoft Cloud Show podcast on the topics.
I work with Azure and frequently write about my experiences. I’m a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, ex-MSFT. Based in Helsinki, Finland.