Microsoft Overhauls SharePoint Lists
The company has given its SharePoint content-organization feature a modern, more mobile-friendly look and feel.SharePoint users will soon have a new way of managing their lists, which considering the tool's popularity, may affect how many organizations collaborate on shared content. According to Microsoft's Chris McNulty, a senior product manager for the SharePoint group, more than 10 million SharePoint lists are in use across the company's cloud-enabled Office 365 productivity software platform. SharePoint lists are used to organize and collaborate on structured data on SharePoint sites. In an update, currently available in preview and rolling out to Office 365 First Release customers in early August, Microsoft is "delivering a modern list experience that looks great and is responsive, accessible and easy to use on any device," McNulty wrote in a blog post. "The modern SharePoint list experience will be automatically available to all existing classic SharePoint Online lists." Apart from a new, more streamlined interface that harkens to Microsoft's recent user experience (UX) work across Office, web services like Outlook.com and even Windows to an extent, the updated lists will allow users to make alterations in-place, such as adding columns and grouping data. Users also will gain the ability to view and edit item details without leaving a list, added McNulty.
The Quick Edit function supports bulk editing, allowing users to make changes to several items at once, thereby improving productivity, McNulty said. Finally, users will be able to append people, images and metadata tags to "enrich" static information contained in the lists.