Microsoft Mobilizes Intranets With New SharePoint iOS App
The company follows up last month's SharePoint Server 2016 debut with a companion app for Apple iOS devices.Microsoft wants mobile workers to take their SharePoint-powered intranets with them. The Redmond, Wash., software giant launched its cloud-inspired SharePoint Server 2016 document management and team collaboration software last month, pledging at the time to release companion mobile apps in the near future. Today, the iOS version of the SharePoint app is available in the Apple App Store, announced Mark Kashman, senior product manager for Microsoft SharePoint. "The new SharePoint mobile app helps you keep your work moving forward by providing quick access to your team sites, organization portals and resources, and even a view into what the people you work with are working on," he wrote in a June 21 blog post. "And this new app is infused with the intelligence of the Microsoft Graph, which applies machine learning to activity in Office 365 to connect you to the relevant documents and people around you." Microsoft Graph employs machine learning to analyze Office 365 users, content and communications to drive new, more collaborative experiences. In the Delve search and discovery app, for example, Graph is used to automatically discover files, conversations and updates that pertain to a user's role and current projects, prominently surfacing important information using a card-based interface.
The SharePoint app's enterprise search functionality is powered, in part, by Microsoft Graph. In addition to ferreting out fellow co-workers and content from SharePoint team sites, OneDrive for Business folders and intranets, the app can generate recommended content lists based on Graph's analysis.