At the Ignite conference in September 2017, Microsoft announced that the next wave of innovation will provide many new features. This includes more design control with layout and content expression, social engagement with promotion and commenting and likes. Added to this is visibility increase by using web parts which allow you to see how people use your content.
You can create communication sites in seconds.
Communication sites are easy to set up are perfect for many different activities. Activities such as internal cross-company campaigns, weekly/monthly reports and status updates, product launches and also events.
SharePoint now incorporates new web part with updated search and usability from the authoring toolbox. This will help pull content in from across Office 365. You can add files, videos, images, news, Yammer feeds and more. Just click the + sign and pick a web part from the toolbox to add content to your page. The toolbox itself has been updated to expand and more easily find the right web part by category/ search.
- Planner – View Planner plans inside SharePoint pages and news with visual Kanban task layouts and beautiful plan overviews.
- Microsoft Forms – Create your survey at forms.office.com, grab the final Share URL and display your surveys right within the SharePoint user interface. You can choose to show the results after the user submits the form, too.
- Group calendar – display your Office 365 group’s upcoming and past calendar meetings and events.
- File viewer – Beautifully, visually highlight over 270+ file types from within SharePoint pages and news article. This web part is an update (+ name change) to the Document web part. It continues to support embedding Word, Excel and PPT, and now renders PDFs, 3D models, medical images, and more.
- Twitter – bring in live tweets from chosen Twitter handles, specific collections or via search keywords. Show what’s being said externally with live context, right alongside the context of what’s being worked on internally.
- Spacer & Divider – simple web parts that give you the ability to add physical space between web parts, or a visual line in between.
- Yammer – The Yammer web part is out of preview and, when programmed, can showcase a Yammer group discussion. It looks great on the Web layout of SharePoint pages and news articles and when viewed within the SharePoint mobile app (iOS, Android and Windows Mobile).
- Image – You can pull in Bing Images that utilize the Creative Common license to enhance your pages and news (you are prompted to review the image licensing). You, too, can pull images directly from a specific document library. Once your images are on page, you can edit them inline with simple gestures like adjusting the ratio and cropping.
- Text – the rich text editor web part now gives you greater control for how your text appears. From the simple command bar within the web part, select the ellipses to display the broader set of choices in the edit pane, like font colors and highlights, plus table creation and editing.
- People – a new Descriptive display shows more profile information with room to add custom links and descriptions per person.
- Events – greater control of the preferred date range to show upcoming events, plus the ability to see each instance of recurring events.
- Highlighted content – Ability to choose from a specific document library as the source, more design and layout choices like Filmstrip and Masonry. Plus additional filtering mechanism to refine by document type and control metadata mapping. This influences the display of the search-based results within the web part.