Tuesday 16 August 2016

Office365 Modern SharePoint Lists, Microsoft Flow and PowerApps

SharePoint Online is continually evolving and I am trying to get to grips with it. Microsoft just released a post on the new SharePoint lists, Microsoft Flow and Power apps.

Modern SharePoint lists:
  • New interface on lists makes it easier for users to add columns and do bulk tasks. It is also easier to modify things like properties and metadata. Pretty rapid and will help end users.
  • When a list renders in the browser, a check is conducted to see how customised the list is. If it is felt the page would break due to compatibility issues (i.e the page is customised and the new modern view cant handle it) the page will revert to the old classic list view. I feel this is most needed and I had heard rumours they were going to do this and stops the change breaking your entire library.
  • You can create links to things outside the library easily. This could be a YouTube video for example. That's pretty neat.
  • Custom tool bar actions are still possible like the good old days.
  • Admins can apparently still default the list to classic view if they want and users can switch back to classic if they choose. I would like to try this out. MS have confirmed they have no intentions of removing classic mode soon. Perhaps they actually listened to their user base :)
Microsoft Flow and PowerApps:
  • Microsoft Flow aims to automate data exchange between systems.
  • An example would be that when an item is added to sales force, something happens in the document library. Its essentially another workflow tool which probably aims to replace SharePoint designer workflow. At face value it looks good and fairly straight forward. Will be interesting to get a good look under the hood.
  • There are extensions for Exchange, SQL, Dynamics, Salesforce, Google, Mail Chimp, Twitter, Wunderlist and more. 
  • Powerapps helps create apps for lists which work on any device, especially mobile apps. You hace open an app from the desktop on your iphone. Once again this is quite easy and looks really cool. We have to bare in mind that this is all taken from a Microsoft Article.
Defo worth checking out the Microsoft article and video

Have fun and never stop learning.


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