SharePoint & 365 What’s Coming in 2021?

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SharePoint & 365 2021

Microsoft SharePoint in 2021

SharePoint Success Site

The SharePoint Success site is a new look book template from Microsoft that builds upon other sites such as the Microsoft 365 Learning Pathways. It is designed to help organisations that are looking to rollout SharePoint improve the quality and impact of the sites they are designing.

SharePoint Success Site

Here you can get a free SharePoint Success template.

We can help deploy this as part of our SharePoint Intranet and Consulting Services.

SharePoint Home Site App – Teams

This will provide organisations greater integration with SharePoint from Microsoft Teams. This will also remove the issue with the global navigation not appearing within Teams which has been a major limitation. This will involve promoting a communication site to a home site for this functionality to work.

Microsoft Teams Home App

More details on this announcement can be found on the Microsoft Tech Community Blog.

SharePoint Spaces

Launched at the end of 2020 but will be improved over the coming year. This platform will provide organisations the opportunity to provide mixed reality experiences in Modern SharePoint Sites. This could be for virtual tours, training, classroom or providing a creative way to demonstrate products and services.

Get more details on SharePoint Spaces.

SharePoint Syntex

This new product set is an enterprise product set designed to provide Machine Learning and AI to assist with automated classification and protection of content within SharePoint.

This product set will streamline organisations that are manually manipulating and classifying data and metadata or using a third-party product to achieve this.

SharePoint Syntex | Microsoft 365

SharePoint News Improvements

News / Publishing

Improvements to the News & SharePoint panel asking users to complete missing fields prior to publishing and allowing for further automations with Power Automate once complete.

New template functionality is also being included with the ability to set a new default news/page template for sites.

News Digest Improvements

Auto News Digest – Building upon the manual News Digest functionality this feature will automatically email organisations with updates to the news articles that have been posted within SharePoint.

News Banner and Logo improvements are also being added to the News Digest functionality to allow further customisation to this. Much simpler than emailing yourself the News Digest and editing it first! See User Voice on this subject.


Mac Improvements

A host of new features are coming for Macs on OneDrive including:

  • SSO & Conditional Access for OneDrive on Mac
  • Files on Demand is coming out of beta and becoming GA

Differential Sync

This feature will streamline the amount of data that is being synced and will allow for differential sync for all file types.

Comments on non-office documents

Within SharePoint & Teams web application you can now provide comments to non-Office files from OneDrive. This is already launched and you can read more on how to use this.

OneDrive Comments

Microsoft Teams in 2021

There is a host of new features coming to Microsoft Teams this coming year as Microsoft invests heavily into the new platform. Just a selection of these include:

Teams Custom Layouts

This will build on the blur and change background features to allow users to create more immersive presentations with themselves transposed into the scene.

Microsoft Teams Custom Layouts

Meeting Recap

A very exciting feature that will provide a lot of productivity gains allowing a summary of the meeting, who attended, who did not and shared files, recordings and chat. This will also include automated actions in the future too.

Enhanced Integrations

Enhanced integrations with the PowerApps Power Platform and SharePoint:

  • Approvals
  • Power Automate App
  • Power BI

More Details

You can see What’s New in Microsoft Teams from Microsoft’s announcement page.


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