New to Office 365 SharePoint – Open This Link On A Phone

I found a new update on Office 365 today! This comes as a surprise since it wasn’t mentioned anywhere else yet, even in the message center (see my other post on 2 other recent Office 365 updates, one of which I have not seen yet). I’ve confirmed this update is available in another tenant, not just ours.

This update provides you a QR code to scan with your phone, and in turn access the document. Check it out:

Click the … for a document, and to the right of the link should be a wee little phone icon (I’m surprised I noticed it this morning):

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After that gets clicked, a new window opens (which to me looks a little crude):

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Then I scan that with my phone and it actually works!ihpone

So, cool that there’s a nice new feature, sad that they didn’t warn us earlier?

But why?

The topic came up over on Fabian Williams blog, and it came up with my colleagues when I first found this. Fabian points out two great reasons for the QR code. Another way I think I would use this is to scan it with my iPad and load the doc on there, prior to walking into a meeting or something. Much faster than navigating to it on the iPad, or emailing myself a link.

Also, this is available on the SharePoint Online public web site as well, which has more of a use case than on a private site I would imagine. Giving your potential customers an easy way to get to your files! Pretty sweet.

3 thoughts on “New to Office 365 SharePoint – Open This Link On A Phone

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  1. Oh dear. I don’t know where to start with this. I am already signed in to O365 and I checked the box to stay signed in. Oh well thanks anyway

  2. Hi. This doesn’t work for my phone. My android simply won’t open the link. It downloads something called login.srf. Can you advise?

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