Microsoft says there are a load of SharePoint Online features in the pipeline, including how the tool integrates with Microsoft 365. The good news is many of the improvements will be in the form of real new features for users.
Microsoft says many tools could arrive as early as December, but some are extending further into the SharePoint Online roadmap.
Perhaps the most noteworthy addition is a new site performance page. Available to editors and owners of SharePoint websites, the page provides a ranking system based on color (red to green like traffic lights) to show the “health” of a page.
“Page health measures page performance which impacts the viewing experience and the page's ability to engage viewers and serve its purpose.”
Microsoft is also adding a “My Feed” section to Web Part on SharePoint Online. This taps into Microsoft Graph to show data on chats and videos from Microsoft 365. Each user sees an individual customized feed based on their documents.
“This web part shows a mix of content from across Microsoft 365, based on what's likely to be most relevant to the current user at any given time.”
Sticking with Microsoft Graph, Microsoft has released new connectors for SharePoint Online sites. This allows users to search connections across software, including solutions not from Microsoft. Ten new connectors are available:
- Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2
- Azure DevOps
- Azure SQL
- Enterprise Web sites
- Microsoft SQL Server
- File share
- Oracle (preview)
- Salesforce (preview)
More Microsoft 365 Tools
Microsoft wants users to see information more easily in emails with attachments. As such, the company now summarizes Word attachments in three bulleted paragraphs. This allows users to see the relevance before needing to open the file.