Satya Nadella kicks off the Build 2020  online event
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Microsoft Build took place online last week, but the move to a virtual event in no way curtailed the amount or velocity of announcements the company made. For the purposes of this piece, we're going to focus on just one of the many Build announcements: Microsoft Lists. 

Microsoft Lists Is a Result of the Evolution of SharePoint Lists  

Microsoft used Build 2020 to introduce Microsoft Lists, a new Office 365 application. Lists, with a capital L, is an evolution of the lower-case lists that have formed the major data structure for SharePoint for nearly two decades. SharePoint lists are essentially a flat file database: easier to use for most people than Access databases, although not as flexible or powerful (as they are not relational). Even a Document Library is just a kind of list.

SharePoint lists have been key to the product's success in many and varied use cases, providing a structure for custom development, and for using with the old SharePoint workflow mechanisms.

Microsoft have continually evolved lists, so when SharePoint Online got the "modern" treatment, so did lists, complete with new formatting and other features. However, the new announcement signifies Microsoft breaking the List construct away from its SharePoint btcc交易平台_btcc官网home and taking its evolution to a new level.

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Lists Breaks Free of SharePoint Confines

Now Lists is a going to be a separate Office 365 application, accessible on the web via a new btcc交易平台_btcc官网home page, from within SharePoint, from within Teams (of course!) and eventually from a new mobile app. Microsoft states Lists will be available in the summer, with the mobile app coming down the line.

Microsoft Lists  from Build 2020
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So why break it out, and evolve this capability into its own app? Separating Lists out allows Microsoft to embed its capabilities anywhere within Office 365, and although I haven't seen it expressed this way, to create an easy to use and easy to customize data source for PowerApps, and particularly for Power Automate.

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