What’s new for SharePoint – November 2023

November was a month of great updates for SharePoint and the applications that run on top of it. Microsoft Stream, which used to be an isolated application, is receiving a lot of new features soon and your videos and meeting recordings will be more interactive than ever before.

On the SharePoint side, there were also updates to the document libraries, which now allow you to access a prebuilt set of templates that will increase the productivity of your users while working within the intranet. The updates of the month were not only about existing products.

During Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft introduced SharePoint Premium, a new offering that will include the features from Syntex. Later in November, during the ESPC, Microsoft introduced SharePoint Embedded, a new headless CMS that will enable ISVs to build their apps on top of SharePoint, leveraging the security of the Microsoft 365 ecosystem.

What is new for SharePoint as a platform


Microsoft SharePoint Premium: A New Way to Manage Content with AI

Microsoft just announced SharePoint Premium, a new solution that leverages AI to transform content management and content experiences in Microsoft 365. SharePoint Premium is now in preview and will be generally available early next year.

SharePoint Premium builds on the success of SharePoint, the market leader in content platforms, and expands its capabilities to help organizations get more value from their content throughout the lifecycle.

SharePoint Premium


The Ultimate Guide to Templates in Microsoft 365: A Powerful Feature to Boost Your Productivity

Templates are one of the most useful features of Microsoft 365 that can help you create amazing content in less time and with less effort. Templates are pre-designed sites, documents, lists, libraries, or teams that you can customize to suit your needs.

In this series of articles, I will explain what each one of these types of templates is and how to create them to take advantage of the same structures over and over again. I will also share some tips and best practices to help you train your users to be more productive. Keep reading!

Microsoft 365 Templates


SharePoint and OneDrive: How to Create Shortcuts for Faster and Easier Collaboration

One of the challenges of working with digital documents is how to organize them in a way that makes sense for you. Different people have different preferences and habits when it comes to file management. Some like to create folders and subfolders for every project, topic, or category. Others prefer to keep everything in one place and use tags, filters, or search functions to find what they need. And some may use a combination of both methods or something else entirely.

Whatever your style, there is a feature that can help you access your SharePoint documents more easily and efficiently: OneDrive shortcuts. Shortcuts are links that you can create from SharePoint document libraries to your OneDrive. They allow you to create your own structure and organization for your files and folders, without affecting the original location or permissions of the documents. In this blog post, I will show you how to create shortcuts from SharePoint document libraries to your OneDrive and how to use them effectively.

OneDrive ShortCuts


Introducing document libraries templates in SharePoint

SharePoint is a powerful tool for managing and collaborating on documents, but sometimes it can be hard to create a document library that suits your needs. That’s why I’m excited to announce that SharePoint now has document libraries templates out of the box!

With document libraries templates, you can easily create a document library with a scenario relevant structure, metadata, and content types – all to save you time and maintain broader consistency across your content management organization.

Document libraries templates in SharePoint


What’s new for SharePoint – October 2023

SharePoint has undergone a remarkable transformation, what was once a standalone application has evolved into a powerful platform for a growing array of Microsoft 365 applications. In this monthly update, you’ll find the latest changes, starting with the refreshed landing experience for Viva Connections, which now boasts branding capabilities, announcement features, and enhanced layout options.

Additionally, you’ll learn more about the retirement of Microsoft Stream Classic and the promising announcements for its successor. The updates for Viva Connections, such as the ability to create more experience and consistent brand theming, are also on the agenda, along with the introduction of a search feature for Viva Connections on Android and iOS. These changes reflect the ongoing evolution of SharePoint and its expanding role in the modern workspace.

What is new for SharePoint as a platform


Get ready for the revamped Viva Connections news card

Microsoft Viva Connections has been a handy tool for keeping employees informed about corporate communications, and it’s just getting a much-needed update to make it even better.

The Top News Card, which many of us have relied on is getting updated, with more options, it virtually covers all of the scenarios an organization could face.

News Card in Viva Connections


Add Microsoft Teams chats to SharePoint

In today’s work environment, we’ve all witnessed the transformation of how we get things done. Work is all about collaboration, flexibility, and staying connected. Chances are you’ve heard that technology should be where you work, seamlessly integrated into your daily routine.

Microsoft understands this need and has made great improvements in that direction. While most applications were brought into Microsoft Teams, there is another exciting perspective worth exploring: bringing Microsoft Teams to your SharePoint intranet.

Microsoft Teams chat in SharePoint sites


How to send a SharePoint page by email using Viva Amplify

In a world where we’re often bombarded with AI advancements and Copilot updates, it might seem surprising that Microsoft is shaking things up with a new tool that lets you send SharePoint pages by email. We’ve all been using email for ages, so why invest in it now? Well, it’s simple – we’re all different, and we have our own unique ways of doing things.

Viva Amplify steps in to bridge the gap between SharePoint and the good old email. Instead of pushing us to switch gears to find information, it’s all about bringing the info to us, where we’re most comfortable – our inbox.

SharePoint pages by email


How to embed Microsoft Loop pages in SharePoint

Microsoft Loop is a game-changer in collaboration, communication, and information sharing within teams and across organizations. With its intuitive interface and robust capabilities, Loop has revolutionized the way we work together within Microsoft 365, enabling seamless content creation and management.

To bring collaboration to the next level and to take advantage of your intranet in this blog post I’m showing how you can embed Microsoft Loop pages in SharePoint pages.

Microsoft Loop in SharePoint pages


I've been working with Microsoft Technologies over the last ten years, mainly focused on creating collaboration and productivity solutions that drive the adoption of Microsoft Modern Workplace.