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What’s rolling out soon for SharePoint: June 2020

SharePoint and Microsoft 365 is what Adepteq do best. Here are the new SharePoint features coming that we are very excited to share with you.

Build your intelligent intranet on SharePoint in Microsoft 365 and get the benefits of investing in business outcomes. Reducing IT and development costs, increasing business speed and agility, enhancing the dynamic, personalised and welcoming nature of your intranet.

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Acronym answers are now available with Microsoft Search in SharePoint
Users often run into unfamiliar acronyms and abbreviations used by their organisation or team. Terms that are specific to organisations or teams might be new to people who move from one team to another, those who work with internal partner teams, or are new to the organisation.

Acronym Answers allows Search administrators and editors to create definitions for commonly used acronyms to help people discover their meaning. 

Microsoft Search Acronyms

Search administrators can set up editorial acronyms on the Acronyms tab in the Microsoft Search admin center. You can add acronyms from any internal site or repository to the admin center.

You can now enable the communication site experience for classic SharePoint team sites
This optional SharePoint feature allows SharePoint admins and site owners to enable the modern communication site experience on any classic team site that meets the requirements, including the root site.

A SharePoint communication site is a great tool for sharing information with others in your organisation. Now, classic team sites can enjoy the benefits of modern communication sites. A modern home page, full with horizontal navigation, and improved capabilities to share news, reports, statuses, and other information in a more visually compelling way.

Classic to Communication Site

Teamwork updates across SharePoint team sites, OneDrive and Microsoft Teams

Microsoft 365 is designed to be a a universal toolkit for teamwork. Giving you the right tools for the right task, along with common services to help you seamlessly work across applications. SharePoint is the intelligent content service that powers teamwork. Enabling you to better collaborate on proposals, projects , and campaigns throughout your organisation. With integration across Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, Yammer, Stream, Planner and much more.

Improving the Quick Edit experience for SharePoint lists and libraries
Quick Edit is a mode that allows you to make bulk updates and add list or file items quickly within lists and document libraries

Quick Edit

One example of the updated Quick Edit experience: the “New” button appears so you can enter information via the input form while in Quick Edit.

  • Save a view in Quick Edit: That’s right, you can save a view in Quick Edit for any SharePoint list or document library. Note: when a user saves a view in Quick Edit, the list or document library will always render in quick edit for easy inline editing.
  • Expanding the default Quick Edit view from 30 items to 100: You will now see 100 items per page in a SharePoint document library or list when using Quick Edit. Majority of lists are greater than 30 items and less than 100 reducing the need to page through items. A nice data-driven outcome based on real customer use.
  • Create all column types directly from Quick Edit: You’ll be able to create all the same column types when you need to start tracking additional information without needing to leave Quick Edit.
SharePoint Features - Quick Edit Add Columns

Create column types directly from Quick Edit

  • View and edit items in forms inside of Quick Edit: Get full visibility on all information per list or file item by viewing it’s form (instead of scrolling to the right on the row).
SharePoint Features - Quick Edit View Edit Forms

View ad edit items in forms inside of Quick Edit

  • “New” button on the command bar: Alongside adding a new role below the last, you can now click the New button to add a new item or file – the same “New” experience when not in Quick Edit.
Updated hyperlink and date column editors
When you add a hyperlink and text to an item or add or update it’s date and time, you’ll have a much better experience doing it. These simple updates save you time, and simply look and work better.
SharePoint Features - Fluent List Date Picker

The new, inline Fluent Design date picker experience for a Date column in a list

Bulk edit your list items and file properties in the form
You can now select multiple items and edit their list items or document properties at once in the form. A big time saver.
Lists Bulk Edit

Once you select multiple items on a list, you will see it reflected in the form where is says “Edit 3 items”. You are  shown the fields that can be bulk edited.

Connect web parts to consume dynamic data
Dynamic filtering allows you to filter the contents of a list or library web part on a page, depending on a value selected in another list or library web part on that same page. Think of one being a source and the other being a way to visualise the item details. A nice way to build quick productivity apps in conjunction with SharePoint pages.

Connected Web Parts

The List web part on the left is connected to the Document Library web part on the right

Updating sharing links that block downloads for PDF’s, images and audio files
Today, you can create sharing links that block the download of Office files. This sharing link allows recipients to read the file, but not download it.

SharePoint Features - Block Download PDF

Select Block download when adjusting sharing settings, now on Office files, PDFs, images and audio files.

The latest update expands the list of supported file types to include PDF files, images, and audio files. The experience of create a “read-only/download-blocked” sharing link is unchanged; you must uncheck “Allow editing” for the “Block download” toggle to appear.

Note: admins can control whether the “block download” setting appears only for Office files or whether it will allow additional file types by editing the BlockDownloadLinksFileType setting in the Set-SPOTenant or Set-SPOSite PowerShell cmdlets. The options are “enable for only Office files” or “enable for all supported files” (now the new default).

Microsoft has also announced the SharePoint Starter kit v2 is now available to developers.

Related technology

PowerPoint Presenter Coach on Android
Last year, the virtual Presenter Coach released to PowerPoint for the web. It is now generally available for Android devices – both in the PowerPoint app and in the new Office mobile app.

This feature uses AI to help you hone your public speaking skills by providing on-screen guidance on your pacing, use of inclusive language or profanity, and noting use of filler words and culturally insensitive phrases. At the end of each session, it also provides a detailed report with metrics for additional practice.

Simply open any presentation – especially those stored in OneDrive, SharePoint or teams. Tap on the “three dots” more actions menu, tap “rehearse with coach,” and tap “start rehearsing”. Download either the PowerPoint Android App or the Office Mobile App, so you can experience coaching on-the-go! Note: Present Coach will be available for iOS in the coming months.

Temporary increase to 20k attendees for Live Events in Yammer
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced this temporary limit increase would be enabled for Microsoft 365 live events to help better support customers through July 1st, and now will continue to support until October 1st 2020.

Yammer Live Events

Create live events and have them show up directly in Yammer where viewers can participate in live discussion while watching.

Live events hosted in Teams, Stream and Yammer can be up to 16 hours in length and 50 concurrent events. Additionally, you can reach out to the Microsoft live events assistance program to host live events up to 100,000 attendees.


We would be happy to explain these SharePoint features in more detail and how they could benefit your organisation.

Adepteq are experts in developing and deploying SharePoint solutions, alongside training and on-going support. Call us on 0800 644 365,  email or complete our Contact Form.

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