At the European SharePoint conference in Stockholm, Sweden I had the unique opportunity to interview Jeff Teper, Corporate Vice President Microsoft – SharePoint and OneDrive.
I had 3 question for Mr. Teper:
With the new app model and the office add-ins new developers are interested in office 365. What do you think about that?
That is a good thing. First of all: Developers care about sockets. The number of users they can reach with their applications and in a world where you got the deploy different version of software for different platforms and versions like Office 2010, 2013 and so on, it is hard to plan and there is a long lag before people start to use your application. In the cloud we have a massive number of user embracing Office 365. Consumer and business users and they are current and kept up to date. So the whole ecosystem is literally update within a few weeks from each other. The platform is consistent across all those users. The second is embracing all the endpoints. What we have done with for example Outlook is that you can write an add-in for the consumer and the business version on the web, the WIN32 version. We also added mobile support.
What about InfoPath. Any news about that?
Office groups are a great way to collaborate with some people. Behind it is a teamsite you said in the keynote. Will it be possible to enrich the document library with metadata and content types?
The idea behind groups is a common list of people that you can use across all the resources in Office 365. There is a shared calendar, a notebook, conversation and a document library. We want to make sure we solve the simplest needs of the group first and then we go to the more advanced needs. Those a great examples: metadata, workflow and views. We started just with the simple solution. Under the covers, that document library that shows up like “files” in the groups, is actually a simplified version of the teamsite. In that first phase we didn’t have the time to do all the work to expose all the SharePoint functionality into the context of the groups. We wanted to be sure we got the first step out as really simple. In our roadmap we will make sure that any group will have a real teamsite. We are going to make is modern and easy to use and we will have advanced document library features like metadata and so on.