In the past SharePoint did not have extensive mobile capabilities. But before talking about that, let’s define what we mean by the word “mobility”. Earlier this concept was associated with the ability to use the program on a mobile device. Now it is the ability to move or to be moved easily and without restrictions. Key words – “move”, “easily” and “freely”. What can we say about SharePoint mobility?
SharePoint structure has not always been optimized to allow end users to access information anytime and from any place. SharePoint 2007 was based on the concept of “mobile views” of content: you got the view “read-only”. Of course, there were problems with devices support and browsers. SharePoint 2010 introduces improvements that make work easier, but the functionality was very limited. Mobility of this version was provided by reproduction of the primary site on a mobile device. The release of SharePoint 2013 brought further improvements to key components of the product, providing greater convenience of mobile work and allowing you to target content to specific devices.
The capacity of SharePoint 2016 for mobile devices has become more broader. It retains all features of SharePoint 2013 and the ability to use your own SharePoint Mobile App was added. As a result Microsoft created “Intranet in your pocket”.
Platform Office 365 is frequently updated, and Microsoft specialists have ensured that all the basic features were available on all devices at any time.
To sum it up. Now we are carrying around mobile devices and seeking information anywhere and at any time. Obviously, Microsoft listened to the mantra “cloud first, mobility first”. In the past we were bound to devices like a laptop or desktop, and mobility was not relevant. Now apps have become the primary means of access to the content.