SharePoint Site folders coming to SharePoint 2016

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This post is part of SP14 Keynote highlights series where I provide some highlights of the next version of SharePoint. These highlights are from the SP24 Conference Keynote that Bill Baer delivered.

SharePoint Site Folders

How many occasions have you tried to access a document in SharePoint, but end up having to click through a long set of links to find it because you can’t remember the URL? OK, this is not an everyday issue, but we do use SharePoint to store documents and we use SharePoint sites to create contextual containers to store documents in. In someways, these SharePoint sites slow us down from accessing documents harder.

In the next version of SharePoint (SharePoint 2016) we might find a new method to access Document Libraries called Site Folders. Site Folders will provide a list of all Sites that we have access to that contain Document Libraries (a.k.a Site Folders or Site Libraries) and will be available from OneDrive for Business.

Site Folders coming to SharePoint 2016.
Site Folders coming to SharePoint 2016.

Users will be able to click-through into individual Sites from the Site Folders page to easily discover Document Libraries each site contains.

Libraries visible through the Site Folders area coming to SharePoint
Libraries visible through the new Site Folders area coming to SharePoint 2016.

I wonder how this will impact how with architect document management solutions. Search is becoming more and more powerful than we are shifting to an era where Information Architecture and Taxonomies become less relevant (or maybe more relevant behind the scenes), time will tell!

I have an idea what Microsoft is trying to do here, watch this space as I’ll provide my own mock-up with an example soon.

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