SharePoint news from Insight 2021

November 9th, 2021 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

The SharePoint Server Subscription Edition became generally available this week, Customers install it on their own server hardware, but Microsoft leases it via a subscription.

Microsoft documents on SharePoint Server Subscription Edition,  here.

Subscription-Based App Servers
Current SharePoint Server users can now only purchase the latest SharePoint Server products by subscription. There’s no “SharePoint Server 2022” product .

Expect future releases of Exchange Server, Skype for Business Server and Project Server products to be sold by subscription as Microsoft mentioned this shift of its new application server products to a subscription model last year in October

You can upgrade from SharePoint Server 2019 or SharePoint Server 2016 to the SharePoint Server Subscription Edition.

SharePoint Ignite Improvements
SharePoint Admin Center :

  • Ability to rename a SharePoint Online tenant URL name (preview).
  • OneDrive sync reports now support Mac devices.
  • IT pros can manage Teams and channel-connected team sites.
  • Migration Manager now has file scanning for Box online storage moves.
  • SharePoint Server workflows can be migrated to Power Automate directly.

For sensitivity labels are “more granular. It’s possible to use a label that requires multifactor authentication,. Microsoft is also previewing new “Data Access Governance rights” to monitor sharing activities.

SharePoint users are getting faster upload (5x) and download (10x) speeds, , presumably versus the SharePoint Online service. (

SharePoint Online stores 100 petabytes per month of data. Microsoft has more than 200 datacenters across 34 countries for its SharePoint Online service.)

Other new features include:

New SharePoint Site templates – for retail, healthcare, and non-profit

The latest update will bring three new SharePoint site templates to retail customers, non-profits, and healthcare organisations. All allow organisations to better track, manage information, and collaborate.

HRetail: The new retail management and store collaboration templates allow retail employees to manage the store operation more efficiently and foster a better collaboration environment.

Non-profit: The new volunteer centre template will allow organisers to point volunteers to one place to find key information, access learning materials, and connect with other volunteers.

Healthcare: The new healthcare collaboration template provides medical practices and healthcare agencies with a safe, secure way to share information that can help you provide better patient care and reduce operational costs.

Modern SharePoint site-level term store

An updated experience when creating and managing site-level taxonomy terms; which matches the previously updated, central term store in the SharePoint admin centre. This makes it easier to navigate taxonomies and to create and to edit terms when classifying and discovering Syntex and SharePoint content.

Edit images in SharePoint and OneDrive

Rotate, crop (both freeform crop and fixed aspect ratio crop) and flip your images – horizontally and vertically. This update also includes options to adjust the light and colour saturation of your images. Watch an image transform from muted colours and low contrast to richly coloured and stunning. Make those transformations easily with adjustments for brightness, exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, and colour saturation.

Calendar view in List web part

To build a mini-dashboard for an internal event or project schedule and to represent your list of information as a calendar use the latest SharePoint List web part in Microsoft 365 to display a list from your team or site on a page and to customise it with your own title, view, and even size.

It is a great visual tool for internal communications – especially when things are date-driven.

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