Using Microsoft SharePoint to orchestrate your team’s work could soon be a lot more enjoyable thanks to several software upgrades.
Online collaboration (opens in new tab) and the work-sharing platform has revealed it’s working on a series of new site templates, a move it says should make using team sites clearer and more intuitive.
The new standards include websites for the IT help desk, crisis communications team and new employee onboarding team, covering several key milestones for all businesses.
SharePoint site templates
At his entrance to official Microsoft 365 roadmap (opens in new tab), the change is reported to be in progress now. However, it has an expected release date of August 2022, which means users may experience the new website templates relatively soon.
SharePoint web users around the world will be able to enjoy the new templates, but we’ll stay tuned for specific release date information.
The update comes as Microsoft strives to ensure that all Office 365 programs provide the efficiency and productivity boost workers need as more companies embrace hybrid work.
This includes adding improved voice dictation (opens in new tab) for apps like Outlook and Word, allowing users to dictate documents, emails and more using their voice.
But the company has also introduced information barriers to Microsoft 365 (opens in new tab)where organizations can restrict communication and collaboration between specific groups of users for both business and security purposes.
SharePoint Online, Microsoft Teams and OneDrive for Business support the new tool, with administrators able to set policies that allow or prevent communication between groups of users. Using information barriers in SharePoint Online and OneDrive can prevent unauthorized collaborations such as adding a member to a site, accessing a site or content, sharing a site or content, or searching a site.
The updates hope to make customers appreciate the value of Microsoft’s services after the company recently introduced price increases for Office.
The move, which was the first increase since the launch of Office 365, saw prices rise across the board, with consumers and business users affected.