Microsoft delivers promised SharePoint mobile app for iOS

Microsoft SharePoint mobile app for iOS, the first of its three promised new SharePoint apps for mobile devices, is available for free.
Written by Mary Jo Foley, Senior Contributing Editor

In May, Microsoft officials said they'd soon deliver new SharePoint mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows.


Yesterday evening, the first of those deliverables, the SharePoint mobile app for iOS, showed up in Apple's app store.

The SharePoint mobile app, which works on iPhones and iPads, is free. It connects to both SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server 2013 and 2016 on-premises. The app also talks to other Office Mobile apps and -- in the case of the iOS version -- to OneDrive mobile for iOS.

SharePoint mobile is meant to give users fast access on their mobile devices to their SharePoint team sites, organization portals and resources and even to what others are working on, thanks to integration with Microsoft Graph and Office Graph. Intranet search is integrated in the app.

According to Microsoft's June 21 blog post announcing availability, the company is planning to add other features to the iOS version of the SharePoint mobile app, such as support for cross-company news and announcements, before year-end.

Microsoft also still is aiming to deliver both the promised Android and Windows Universal Platform versions of the SharePoint mobile app before the end of calendar 2016.

There's more information on how to use the new SharePoint mobile app for iOS on Microsoft's support site. A short Microsoft Mechanics video about the new app is available, as well.

SharePoint provides content management and collaboration capabilities. It's one of Microsoft's multi-billion-dollar businesses in its own right, and currently has more than 190 million users in 200,000-plus companies.

Speaking of new Microsoft iOS apps, Microsoft also rolled out yesterday a version of its Flow event-automation app for iOS.

Flow -- Microsoft's answer to the "If This Then That"/IFTTT service -- is the renamed "Logic Flows" feature that Microsoft released late last year when it delivered its first private preview of PowerApps.

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