Microsoft Borrows From SharePoint Server for Cloud-Based Intranets
The company ports two SharePoint Server 2013 features to its cloud-based counterpart to provide a better search-driven navigation experience.Microsoft has issued an update that brings search-based navigation capabilities from the on-premises version of SharePoint to intranets based on SharePoint Online, the company's cloud-based business collaboration platform. "Now we've enabled two features that previously were available only in SharePoint Server 2013—the Taxonomy Refinement Panel Web Part (TRPWP) and faceted navigation," announced the company in an Aug. 22 blog post. The features follow the March release of group cache functionality for the service's Content Search Web Part (CSWP), which speeds up page load times. CSWP generates query-based pages as users browse a SharePoint site instead of displaying static content. "By configuring the query, you can change both the number of items that are shown in the CSWP, and also which content is shown," explained Mark Kashman, senior product manager for Microsoft SharePoint, in a statement. "For example, you can configure the query so that the CSWP will show nine list items from a particular list, or the last six documents the visitor created in a document library." Now, Microsoft is expanding on SharePoint Online's capabilities by borrowing two features from SharePoint Server 2013.
The new TRPWP is similar to SharePoint's Refinement Web Part (RWP), in that they both filter content on a given page. "But the TRPWP differs from the RWP in two ways: the filters it uses are the categories from the site's navigation, and it can display category-specific editorial content," informed Microsoft's SharePoint team.