Microsoft has launched a version of the firm's SharePoint collaboration software for iOS, effectively allowing iPhone users acces to their company’s intranet.
The iOS app provides access to a company’s internal sites, content, portals and people through the intranet supported by SharePoint.
“The new SharePoint mobile app helps you keep your work moving forward by providing quick access to your team sites, organisation portals and resources, and even a view into what the people you work with are working on,” the SharePoint team wrote on the Office blog.
“And this new app is infused with the intelligence of the Microsoft Graph, which applies machine learning to activity in Office 365 to connect you to the relevant documents and people around you.”
The SharePoint iOS app comes with a range of features, including a Sites tab to see recent activity, files and assets on a regularly visited site, and the ability to link to other apps in the Office portfolio.
Other features include the ability to search across intranet, portal and Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business, aided with smart recommendations served by Microsoft Graph.
A People tab allows app users to see what their colleagues are working on in the SharePoint environment as well as to find those colleagues.
The SharePoint iOS app can work with on-premise, cloud and hybrid deployments, meaning that it should have the flexibility to function in the IT infrastructures of many different types of business.
Microsoft’s move is a continuation of the firm's ‘mobile first, cloud first’ strategy that embraces access to data and cloud services for business workers when out of the office.
It also demonstrates how Microsoft is happy for its software to run on rival mobile platforms.
This is arguably a way for Microsoft to reach as large an audience as possible even if it potentially diminishes the appeal of Windows-based mobile devices.
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