Microsoft 365 Community Conference Recap - Spring 2024

A couple of weeks ago, the Microsoft 365 Community Conference took place, offering a deep dive into the latest advancements and future directions for Microsoft 365. The central theme of the conference was the transformative influence of Copilot on the entire Microsoft 365 ecosystem.

Copilot Studio

One of the significant announcements was the full availability of Copilot Studio. Previously available on a limited basis, Copilot Studio is now accessible to more users, although not all functionalities are fully operational yet. This tool allows users to start building Copilot-driven solutions. However, it’s important to note that the licensing requirements can be costly. Each user involved in creating with Copilot Studio needs a license, priced at $200 per month, which can add up quickly for larger teams.

Roadmap - SharePoint Sites

The roadmap for SharePoint Sites was another highlight. There have been numerous updates, including new options for section backgrounds and the ability to change image shapes. The introduction of the brand center further supports this goal by offering more flexibility in how content is displayed. Additionally, the upcoming feature of pages co-authoring will allow multiple users to work concurrently on the same page, enhancing collaboration. However, these options emphasize the need for governance committees to ensure pages are streamlined and aligned with organizational branding.

Roadmap – OneDrive and Microsoft Lists

For OneDrive and Microsoft Lists, there is an exciting update that combines Microsoft Forms with custom Lists, now available in some tenants. The team dives further into the new functionalities. Listen in for a more detailed overview of this valuable addition to the range of options available for collecting and storing information efficiently.

Roadmap - Advanced content management

Advanced content management, originating from Microsoft Syntax or SharePoint Syntax, also received attention. These enhanced content management tools are framed as essential in the context of Copilot. The conference also introduced a new signature capability, Microsoft’s version of DocuSign or Adobe Sign, which will further streamline document management processes.

Roadmap - Platform and Extensibility

The platform and extensibility roadmap highlighted the ongoing development of the SharePoint framework. This framework has become increasingly robust and modernized, making it more accessible to average developers by incorporating common web development tools.

Overall, Copilot and AI were the focal points of the conference, showcasing how these technologies are trickling down into collaboration and content management. As these innovations continue to evolve, it will be fascinating to observe their impact on enhancing productivity and streamlining workflows within the Microsoft 365 ecosystem. Please reach out to our team if you want to dive further into any of these topics on a future Ask Sympraxis session.

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