A new version of Microsoft SharePoint is all set to rollout in the fourth quarter of 2015 (although most users won’t begin using it until early during the first quarter of 2016). While we may not know all of the specifics about the new features of SharePoint 2016, one thing is evident: Microsoft is making a big effort into making this SharePoint cloud-heavy.
In the past, Microsoft has said they would develop all of its cloud-based software; however, they have also confirmed that they will release on-premises versions soon. There is some speculation within the technology community that 2016 will be the last on-premises release of SharePoint.
Before SharePoint can translate completely to the cloud though, Microsoft needs to work on the on-premises version. This is because more than likely companies already using SharePoint on-premises will end up using a hybrid version for some time to come.
The following are three areas that will most likely receive some TLC as a part of the new release:
1. Improved User Experience
In the past few years, there has been a greater focus on optimizing software for mobile uses. Expect this to translate to SharePoint 2016. To enhance user experience further, SharePoint Online will also be better at making documents and discussions more prominent for users.
2. New Cloud Infrastructure
Some aspects of SharePoint Online will work on the on-premises version. This includes improving run-times, making app interfaces work more efficiently and making several components more compatible with the on-premises version.
3. Advanced Monitoring Services
Expect SharePoint 2016 to have more advanced tools to monitor user data security. This should also include better data loss protection (DLP), as well as more thorough reporting and better analytics.
While in the past Microsoft has worked hard to bring users a superior product that will help them in the course of their job, some users may feel overwhelmed by the changes. For this reason, many companies should take steps now to decide how (and if) the changes will affect them and make preparations accordingly. If your company needs help preparing for these changes, consider consulting the SharePoint pros at Innovative Architects. You are also invited to check out our knowledge center and blog for the latest SharePoint news and tips.