What’s new for SharePoint – March 2023
Today, I’m excited to dive into a new topic and explore the latest updates for SharePoint that were announced in March 2023.
The latest SharePoint updates bring a range of exciting features that are designed to further enhance its capabilities and functionalities. These updates aim to address some of the most pressing challenges faced by organizations today, including the need for improved collaboration, information management, and security.
In this blog post, you will take a closer look at some of the new features and enhancements that SharePoint has introduced, and how they can benefit businesses of all sizes. So, let’s dive in and explore the latest SharePoint updates!
New List Templates with Approvals
Microsoft is introducing two new list templates with the Approvals app integration. With this change, Microsoft Lists templates, specifically Travel Requests with approvals and Content Scheduler with approvals, will begin to leverage integration with the Approvals app in Microsoft Teams.
The new list templates will automatically appear on the Create list from the template screen. This is an optional feature that users can leverage by using one of the two new list templates.
Site Sharing will use Azure B2B Invitation Manager for External Sharing
The SharePoint Site sharing experience will now use Azure B2B Invitation Manager when new external users are invited, instead of the SharePoint Invitation Manager.
People centric search in SharePoint and Office.com to GCC and GCC-H environments
People centric search is a pattern that lets you zoom in on a person to view, explore, and search the enterprise graph around them. This has the dual purpose of enabling you to find content through people, and to understand people through their content. When you pick a person, you will be able to search through their work; however this will only include items that you already have permissions to view or modify.
New Tenants as of March 31 will have Azure B2B Integration with SharePoint enabled by Default
Microsoft is making some changes to the default configuration for new tenants for Azure B2B integration with SharePoint & OneDrive.
Starting March 31, 2023, new tenants will have Azure B2B Integration with SharePoint & OneDrive enabled by default.
New SharePoint site templates
Microsoft is introducing 3 new SharePoint site templates dedicated to helping you create sites for your portal home site, to provide guidance and assets for your brand, and a template powered by Microsoft Syntex for your Accounts payable team.
Users will be able to benefit from the ability to browse, preview, and apply site templates to a new or existing SharePoint site. Users can select a site template that meets organizational business objectives and best fits the site goal while ensuring a higher level of consistency throughout their organization. They can then review pre-populated content and customize the site to address their needs. This feature will be on by default with no admin control.
Combine Two or More PDF Files with Merge PDFs action in OneDrive for Android and for iOS
Microsoft Syntex users can soon combine PDF files into one PDF file with the Merge PDFs action in OneDrive for Android and iOS. The Merge PDFs action lets you quickly combine multiple PDF files into a new PDF file stored in SharePoint or OneDrive.
Improving the Page Authoring Experience
Microsoft is releasing new improvements to the Page authoring experience in SharePoint. These new improvements should help reduce clutter, increase productivity, and add more value for users when editing a page.
Upload videos using the Stream mobile app
This feature will allow users of the Stream mobile app to upload videos from their mobile device to Stream (on SharePoint).
Microsoft Lists Applied Filters
As you add and adjust filters to narrow or expand what appears in the current list view, you’ll now see which filters have been applied. And you can remove them without going back into the column filter pane. You do this now in the top-left portion of the list.
Recent SharePoint admin actions
With the recent actions panel, you can track progress of site setting changes you made from the Active sites page. A premium version of this feature is offered as part of Microsoft Syntex – SharePoint Advanced Management. The premium version allows you to review your most recent actions in the SharePoint admin center up to the last 30 days. Starting in the beginning of March, this feature will be rolled out to all organizations. You can try this feature by selecting “Your recent actions” on the Active Sites page in the SharePoint admin center.
Content Assembly – Choose Fields in Modern Templates to Create Document Library Columns
We will be rolling out the ability to map fields of a modern template to library columns in Microsoft Syntex Content Assembly.
Users will see a new “Select from managed metadata term set/term” option as an input source while creating placeholders in modern templates.
Create Pages and News from the SharePoint app bar
With this update, users will soon be able to start creating pages and news as an action from the SharePoint app bar. This means that no matter where users are in SharePoint, they can jump right into the creation process and stay in the flow of work.
This new feature allows users to create pages and news from the SharePoint app bar. Users will be able to select the Create command on the app and then select an option from SharePoint News post or SharePoint page, in addition to the SharePoint sites, Microsoft Lists or the Office files (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote) that are currently available.