Microsoft’s SharePoint Conference: what IC needs to know


At its annual SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas last month, Microsoft announced a stream of productivity-focused, cloud-hosted software and subscription services updates across its suite of products.

SharePoint Home Sites

SharePoint is getting Home Sites, dedicated landing pages on desktop and the SharePoint mobile app’s home view where employees can share and comment on articles, videos and other intranet materials. News published on Home Sites will be marked to indicate that it is official news.

SharePoint Homes Sites will be connected to the enhanced SharePoint Start Page, formally SharePoint Home, and will include improved navigation, activity insights, document views, and content saved for later.

The update comes complete with a search bar that provides one-click access to Microsoft Search, which quickly search through a number of data sources to answer commonly asked questions. Better yet, it also works across hundreds of third-party apps available in Teams and embedded solutions in the SharePoint Framework, with more integrations said to be on the way.

Here’s a full list of SharePoint’s announced features.


Yammer is introducing a new feature that will allow employees to ask questions and group admins to mark top answers in an attempt to cut down repetitive questions in group chats. To this end, Yammer groups can now enable a chatbot-like component that automatically responds to frequently asked questions.

In addition, Yammer’s Live Events feature has been streamlined and the Yammer conversations web part for SharePoint – which enables admins to embed fully interactive Yammer experiences into SharePoint pages, news articles and a SharePoint site – is now generally available.

Yammer will also now support rich text formatting and, as of the conference announcement, users can now include bold, italic, links, bullets, and numbers lists in messages.

Here’s a full list of Yammer announced features.

Microsoft Stream

Alongside Microsoft’s SharePoint and Yammer Updates, the tech giant also announced that Stream, its Office 365 component which allows users to upload and share videos with their work colleagues, has been improved on iOS and Android with respect to recording, uploading and sharing.

As well as the improvements to the service, users are also now able to insert polls, surveys, and quizzes into videos using Microsoft Forms.

Commenting on the developments, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Jeff Teper, said “Investments in performance, scalability, collaboration and intelligence are powering significant innovations for content collaboration across Microsoft 365. Our team listens closely and create capabilities that we hope, in turn, inspire you to transform your organisations with an intelligent workplace.”