Microsoft announces new features for SharePoint and OneDrive

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At its annual SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft announced that it is adding new features to SharePoint and OneDrive for Business.

The company began its presentation with the announcement of SharePoint Home Sites which it describes as “employee experiences” that integrate with the mega-menu in SharePoint intranet portals. These landing pages allow employees to share and comment on articles, videos and other internal materials based on their role and permissions either from their desktop or via SharePoint's mobile app's home view.

SharePoint Home Sites are connected to the enhanced SharePoint Start Page which was previously known as SharePoint Home. The new Start Page features improved navigation, activity insights across sites, document views and content users have saved for later.

Users will also be able to find files, contacts, org charts, internal sites, conversations, locations, tools and answers to common questions using a new search bar that provides one-click access to Microsoft Search. The search bar works with hundreds of third-party apps available in teams as well as with embedded solutions built with the SharePoint Framework.

Differential sync for OneDrive

While differential sync is currently available for Office 2016 files stored in OneDrive for Business, Microsoft announced that the feature will be available for all file types in OneDrive later this year.

Differential sync is essentially the ability for software to sync only the parts of files that have been changed to the cloud as opposed to entire files. This helps organizations save time as they don't have to wait for an entire file to be uploaded and it also helps increase productivity.

OneDrive on the web also now allows customers to preview over 320 files types and this even includes 360-degree images and AutoCAD DWG files. Now that OneDrive has support for comments on non-Office files, Collaborators can now amend any of those file types with notes.

Finally Microsoft announced that its business video service Stream has been improved on iOS and Android with better recording, uploading and sharing. Employees can also now insert polls, surveys or quizzes directly into videos using Microsoft Forms.

Via VentureBeat