Hi Everyone – Work continues on the next version of Chatter for SharePoint. We’re still a few weeks out from the release but I wanted to share my current progress.
Improved Share to Group functionality
I’m pleased to report that Version 1.7 will have equivalent Share to Group functionality as compared to the native Chatter experience.
The ‘Share on SharePoint’ control has been moved into the feed menu to make room for the Post-To control. Clicking the control will open a dropdown:
Selecting ‘A Group’ will load and cache the user’s available groups:
The post will be targeted for the selected group.
The File Upload control (when selected) has been relocated to above the conversation box, also similar to the native Chatter experience:
The branding and chrome of the web part has been updated to also be closer to the native experience. The Share to Group functionality will also extend to sharing items/documents on Chatter.
Find on Chatter
Also in 1.7 is the ability to find selected SharePoint objects (List Items, Document, etc) that have been shared on Chatter by using the new Find on Chatter ribbon button.
The option will appear for compatible items in the ‘Share & Track’ ribbon group. Clicking it will perform a search against Chatter and display relevant results:
Still have some cleanup to do and then porting the changes to 2007/2013. Look for more updates in the days ahead. Thanks to everyone for the suggestions and feedback!