SharePoint mobile app updates – find and discover people, content, and answers while on the go

August 28, 2018

SharePoint brings the power of AI direct to your mobile device – to unlock discover-ability, provide smoother navigation and cleaner aesthetics. In the in-between moments at work, save time and prioritize without hunting through the ever-growing quantities of information. Cut to the chase – find and discover people, content and answers while on the go.

We are excited to release a new design of the SharePoint mobile app – one based on your feedback. The goal is to help you get to the content you care about via the new Find tab – with fewer taps. Plus, this update brings an improved news layout and quick access to recent content.

SP-mobile_Find-tab_blog-graphic_001.pngThe Find tab, coming to the SharePoint mobile app, uses AI to help you find people, content, and answers to your questions while on the go. Left-to-right: 1) the Find tab on an iPhone, 2) the Find tab on an iPhone after scrolling, and 3) the Find tab showing search results on an Android device after typing “Design guidelines” and tapping the search icon.

AI builds an understanding of what you work on, how you work, and how your colleagues’ work relates to you. We bring this power and intelligence to you at your fingertips.

A new Find tab – what was three tabs is now one, and it’s gotten some super powers infused with AI. The new Find tab is one tap into expertise and knowledge across your organization. It brings a best-in-class mobile search experience, with an intelligent understanding of you and what you most need at any given time. The new Find tab collapses Sites, Links, People and Search into one, streamlined experience. It, too, is where you will find quick answers, sites, people and more – in an efficient, tailored flow of what you’re looking for, even before you go looking.

From the moment you tap into the Find tab – even before you start typing in keywords, names or phrases – you’ll see quick access to sites and people you were recently working on and with, across your devices. Scroll through the experience and see recommendations of recent files, and people that have been identified as relevant to you. And when you perform a search, the results refine as you type. Search history and popular queries throughout your organization make it easy to find things. The power of the new Find tab transforms search into quick access and action.

SP-mobile_Find-tab_blog-graphic_002.pngOn the left, the new SharePoint mobile app Find tab as seen on an iPad, and on the right, the home page experience when you click into a SharePoint team site.

Beyond the Find tab, the SharePoint mobile app allows you to:

  • Browse your sites, files, people and more to get back to what you were working on 
  • Access your personalized view of team sites, communication sites, and news posts 
  • Tap on a person to get to their contact card and see who they work with and what they are working on
  • Create news posts on the go and share your updates, reports, status, and experiences with your team
  • Receive notifications when people around you publish news articles and engage on ones you’ve published.

SP-mobile_Find-tab_blog-graphic_003.pngUpdated views on several experiences within the SharePoint mobile app. From left-to-right: the Me tab on an Android device, 2) the News tab an Android device, and 3) a SharePoint team site on an iPhone.

In all, this is our most significant SharePoint mobile apps update. We’ve simplified most everything to help you focus on the tasks you’ve told us help you engage your colleagues and get work done daily. Make your productivity on the go fast and simple – get the SharePoint mobile app today. And then learn more on how to set up and use the SharePoint mobile apps; support documentation will get fully updated during rollout.

Note: complete rollout of the updated design will take several weeks, and at this stage, the updated design is only applicable when accessing SharePoint in Office 365. The apps still support SharePoint Server on-premises; however, you would not see the new Find tab experience when you are accessing SharePoint from on-premises.  

To learn more about the updated SharePoint mobile app, ask questions and see it in action, please join us in one or both related upcoming events:

  • AMA | “SharePoint mobile apps AMA” within the Microsoft Tech Community – the SharePoint mobile product team will be online for an hour of Q&A and feedback. No question is too big, and they all fit into the intranet in your pocket.
    • WHEN | Thursday, August 30th, 2018 from 9am – 10am PT (5pm – 6pm UTC)
    • Join us during the AMA event [FREE]
  • WEBINAR | “SharePoint mobile app – Smart AI design update” – Microsoft is introducing a new design for the SharePoint mobile app based on your feedback. See the new design and built in AI in action for yourself. We'll review the updated SharePoint mobile app, to show you how you can find and discover the content you care about: sites, people, files, news – all with fewer taps and more AI smarts powering the experience. Nate Clinton and Mark Kashman share and demo all things SharePoint mobile.
    • WHEN | Wednesday, September 5th, 2018, 9am – 10am PT (6pm –7 UTC)
    • JOIN LIVE (we’re using the new Microsoft Teams broadcasting (public preview) technology 😊) [FREE]


Mark Kashman, senior product manager – SharePoint

Q: When can I expect to see the updated SharePoint mobile app on my device?

A: You will begin to see this change very soon for both iOS and Android. Note: this change will be introduced gradually. You may not see this feature yet or it may look different than what is described before rollout is complete by mid-September 2018.

Q: Will I see the new Find tab experience when I connect to a SharePoint Server on-premises?

A: Not currently. When you connect to SharePoint Server on-premises (2013 or higher), the SharePoint mobile app will default to the previous Search tab experience.