What are some of the big changes in the works? Here’s the skinny:
First of all, SharePoint 2016 will feature a new app launcher that will make it quicker to launch apps, as well as easier to browse websites and recall files. Additionally, Microsoft has made strides to make creating, managing and sharing files much easier. Microsoft has also worked to allow uploading of files to as large as 10 GB. Plus, SharePoint 2016 will feature a new system for document deletion and ‘In-Place-Hold’.
In order to make the upgrade easier, Microsoft is using mini servers to help with patching. This will help by working by “reducing overall datacenter footprint, as will new ‘zero downtime’ online patching technology,” according to Microsoft officials.
For SharePoint 2016, Microsoft is bringing back PerformancePoint Services—a feature they quit using in 2009—under a new name: Project Server. The updated Project Server is more integrated with the SharePoint Server; however, it is a standalone (sold separately) product.
For Microsoft SharePoint on-premises users, SharePoint 2016 will include a hybridized search that will give them the ability to access their searches using a search index from Office 365. This hybrid search will also allow others to allow their customers to search for information they need, whether it’s stored on premises or in the cloud.
While you can preview the hybrid cloud search now, configuration with Office 365 isn’t available until September 7. Until then, you can play around with the features to familiarize yourself and figure out how you’re going to incorporate SharePoint 2016 into your company. Additionally, Microsoft plans to roll out the full SharePoint 2016 beta by the end of the year.
Microsoft also assured long-time users that they will not stop creating on-premises versions of SharePoint. Officials stated that “for the foreseeable future” they’ll release new versions.
Learn more about the SharePoint 2016 update from Microsoft here.
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