The SharePoint 2013 release came with many new features that have created quite a buzz in the tech world, especially when it comes to mobile solutions. The new SharePoint mobile features include several innovations that are intended to make it easier to take your business with you wherever you go with a smartphone, tablet or other personal computing device. Optional applications are also available to download in order to enhance the user experience for individuals and teams within enterprises of all sizes and setups. It appears that many businesses and organizations are already making use of these beneficial SharePoint mobile solutions to enhance their productivity at all levels. Here are a few of the most talked-about features so far.
A New Browser Experience
An updated, optimized mobile browsing experience has truly enhanced SharePoint. Users can still use the classic view if they prefer the style of the 2007 and 2010 versions, but they also have the option of utilizing a contemporary view, which is served up in HTML5 format and compatible with iPhone iOS 4.0 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher and Windows Phone 7.5 or higher. The contemporary browser view offers a simplified navigation system for easy entrance to wikis, Web Parts, lists and document libraries.A Host of New SharePoint Applications
There are several new applications for MS Office, as well as new custom apps for a variety of specific uses. As far as Office apps go, there are new functions and features for viewing Excel, PowerPoint and Word documents in mobile browsers with the latest version, as well as a brand new Office Web Apps Server. The new SharePoint app server is a standalone product that provides new opportunities for members of private networks to utilize all the features of the Microsoft Office suite of products. When used with SharePoint 2013, the app server will allow a smoother user experience when accessing and working with documents on the go.
As far as the new custom SharePoint applications go, there are many options to choose from. Those who want to customize their user experience and the experience for members of their organizational team can create their own applications for a variety of mobile devices, including iOS, Android, Windows Phone and more.
New Device Channels, New Design Possibilities
The new device channels on the 2013 version are more flexible and customizable than ever before. Now it’s possible to use this enterprise content management system to publish one website with many different possible designs, depending on which device the end user is accessing the site on. This provides greater control over how your websites are viewed, which is especially important considering just how many people do the majority of their web surfing on mobile devices these days.
Notifications, Locations, Business Intelligence and More
Many of the new SharePoint mobile solutions are designed with convenience in mind, such as the new push notification service for Windows Phone users. This service makes it easy to set up notifications for device updates and site events, which are sent straight to the user’s phone as an additional service to the email alert feature. There are also new possibilities for geolocation utilizing Bing Maps, which is proving to be particularly useful for developing mobile applications. The SharePoint 2013 release also offers new features for viewing business intelligence content in platforms such as Excel and PerformancePoint, although only for certain devices, such as iOS and iPad.
At any rate, there is no denying the fascination with these new SharePoint mobile features. Many experts say these new developments didn’t come a moment too soon, as previous versions of SharePoint were not quite as mobile friendly.