ArcGIS for SharePoint

Choosing the right app in ArcGIS for SharePoint

If you use ArcGIS for SharePoint in SharePoint Online and have upgraded to the July 2021 release, you may have noticed that there are now three ArcGIS apps available instead of the usual two. This article explains the differences between ArcGIS Maps, ArcGIS Maps Classic, and ArcGIS Map Search. Understanding the apps will help you decide which one to use when building your SharePoint page.

ArcGIS Maps, ArcGIS Maps Classic, and ArcGIS Map Search buttons

ArcGIS Maps

The July 2021 release of ArcGIS for SharePoint introduces a brand-new app for modern SharePoint pages. You can use this app to display geocoded SharePoint data on the map and add layers from ArcGIS to provide context for your data.

To access the new app, first make sure to add the new ArcGIS Maps add-in to your SharePoint site. Then you can add an ArcGIS Maps app to a SharePoint page.

ArcGIS Maps button

ArcGIS Maps includes a fully redesigned mapping interface, enhanced layer styling capabilities, and new features like buffer/drive time analysis and infographics cards. Try it out and take advantage of the exciting new tools and updated user experience!

A map in the ArcGIS Maps web part

As you explore ArcGIS Maps, you may notice that some of the features you are used to are not yet supported. See the feature comparison documentation for details.

Note that ArcGIS Maps is only available for SharePoint in Microsoft 365, and not for on-premises SharePoint deployments.

ArcGIS Maps Classic

If you need to access a feature that isn’t yet available in ArcGIS Maps, don’t fret. You can still find everything you are used to from previous releases of ArcGIS for SharePoint in the ArcGIS Maps Classic add-in.

ArcGIS Maps Classic button

This app is unchanged from previous releases (other than some quality improvements and bug fixes) – it’s the same classic experience with a “Classic” name to match. Keep using ArcGIS Maps Classic as needed but keep an eye on future releases as more features are added in the new ArcGIS Maps!

A map in the ArcGIS Maps Classic web part

Note that if you want to add the ArcGIS Maps Locate workflow to a SharePoint list, you should choose ArcGIS Maps Classic as the workflow template.

ArcGIS Map Search

To organize and access your SharePoint content based on location attributes, add an ArcGIS Map Search app to your SharePoint page.

ArcGIS Map Search button

For example, you may have SharePoint documents that contain information about sales, staff, and stock at different store locations. You can use ArcGIS Map Search to add the store locations to the map as a reference layer, set geotagging attributes for the layer, and geotag the documents. Then, instead of sifting through your SharePoint content to find the information you need, you can select a store on the map and see all documents associated with that location.

Documents and locations in the ArcGIS Map Search app part

Like ArcGIS Maps Classic, the ArcGIS Map Search app is unchanged from previous releases, preserving the experience you are used to.

Get started with ArcGIS for SharePoint

ArcGIS for SharePoint helps you organize and visualize your SharePoint content with location intelligence. Get started with ArcGIS for SharePoint to explore the different mapping, geocoding, and geotagging capabilities available to you.

Don’t forget to join us in the Esri Community to ask questions, share ideas, and let us know about your experiences with ArcGIS for SharePoint!

About the author

I am a Product Engineer working on documentation for Map Viewer in ArcGIS Online. I create resources that help the Esri community understand and apply the latest and greatest tools in Map Viewer. Outside of work, I enjoy running and knitting (though not at the same time).


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