What’s new in SharePoint Server 2016? New Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 features

Businesses can now test out the forthcoming version of Microsoft's content management and collaboration platform

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Updated 5 May 2016: Microsoft has announced general availability of SharePoint Server 2016 at its Future of SharePoint event in San Francisco yesterday.

In a blog post, OneDrive and SharePoint teams corporate vice president, Jeff Teper said: "As a core part of Office 365, SharePoint provides content management and collaboration capabilities that are seamlessly integrated with the other applications people use every day to create and co-author documents, meet and work with their teams, brainstorm, analyse and make decisions." Read on to find out more.

Microsoft also revealed new capabilities for users, IT pros and admins, alongside hybrid capabilities. It also unveiled 'a new cloud-first, mobile-first vision' with an iOS SharePoint app set to arrive by the end of June this year.

Here is what you should know about Microsoft's SharePoint Server 2016...

(Information from Microsoft's Official Blog)

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What’s new in SharePoint Server 2016: Mobile

At The Future of SharePoint event in San Francisco yesterday, Microsoft announced plans to conquer the mobile market, unveiling a SharePoint app that 'will support both on-premises and Office 365 sites for hybrid customers.' This app will be available on iOS, Android, and Windows 10 OS, with the iOS app being downloadable from June this year. 

Here’s what you can expect to see starting this quarter:

  • SharePoint mobile app for iOS

  • OneDrive Universal Windows Platform application

  • Site activity and insights on the Site Contents page

By the end of the calendar year 2016:

  • SharePoint mobile app for Windows and Android

  • Integration of SharePoint sites and Office 365 Groups

  • PowerApps integration with SharePoint

OneDrive and SharePoint teams corporate vice president, Jeff Teper said: "We’re thrilled to announce the SharePoint mobile app, designed for Windows, iOS and Android, to put your intranet in your pocket, with full-fidelity access to company news and announcements, people, sites, content and apps—no matter where you are. And the app will incorporate your on-premises SharePoint sites, as well."

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What’s new in SharePoint Server 2016: PowerApps integration

Microsoft has also launched PowerApps for public preview. This enterprise platform enables users to create and share apps with whole businesses, departments and members of the team. 

PowerApps will integrate SharePoint lists and libraries and use this as a data source, which according to Microsoft will 'drive rich new experiences with lists and libraries'.

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What’s new in SharePoint Server 2016: OneDrive to SharePoint

This quarter, SharePoint users will be able to copy from OneDrive to SharePoint in the OneDrive web experience.

OneDrive and SharePoint teams corporate vice president, Jeff Teper said: "When you want to share a document you created, it’s as easy as sending an email message—recipients are automatically granted permissions and everyone works on the shared file, eliminating version proliferation and ensuring a “single source of truth."

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What’s new in SharePoint Server 2016: SharePoint Framework

SharePoint Framework is a 'new client-side rendering framework leveraging open source JavaScript technologies'. SharePoint Framework also enables integration with the Microsoft Graph.

Jeff Teper said: "The SharePoint Framework is an evolutionary step in SharePoint extensibility that delivers a new client-side rendering framework leveraging open source JavaScript technologies. The client-side development framework will allow developers to use modern JavaScript and web templating frameworks across cloud and on-premises SharePoint."

This is what we can expect during the year:

The third quarter of 2016:

  • The Files API on Microsoft Graph

  • SharePoint Webhooks (preview)

  • Client-side web parts for existing pages (preview)

By the end of 2016:

  • The Sites API on Microsoft Graph

  • SharePoint Webhooks (GA)

  • Custom sites on the SharePoint Framework

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What’s new in SharePoint Server 2016: Security and compliance

Microsoft has announced dynamic conditional access policies which provides tightened controls to protect sensitive corporate data, and make sure that the right people are able to access certain information.

This includes new In-Place Hold Policy and Document Deletion Centers, which allow management of data within SharePoint and OneDrive for certain periods of time.

According to Microsoft's Official Blog, it will release additional support by the end of this year:

  • New data centers in Germany and Canada

  • Bring your own encryption key

  • Granular access controls

  • SharePoint site classification

  • Hybrid SharePoint Insights ( in preview)

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What’s new in SharePoint Server 2016: Modern team sites

Microsoft has updated its modern team sites aiming to bring together SharePoint team sites and Office 365 Groups. 

Jeff Teper said: "You’ll find a modernised team site experience, with an engaging home page personalized by the intelligence of Office Graph. Revitalized libraries and lists enable immediate productivity with an intuitive user experience and provide rich metadata, content management and functionality that can support sophisticated business processes."

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What’s new in SharePoint Server 2016: App Launcher

Microsoft provides an App Launcher which makes it easier to access apps directly from the navigation bar within SharePoint.

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What’s new in SharePoint Server 2016: Improved sharing capabilities

Earlier this year, Microsoft claimed to have made it simpler and more intuitive to share content such as sites and files. Users can press the ‘Share’ button at the top corner of every SharePoint page, enter the name of a colleague and press enter to send an invite and link to the information.

It is also possible to see who has permissions for particular sites.

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What’s new in SharePoint Server 2016: Simple provisioning

Bill Baer, senior technical product manager for SharePoint, says that the next version of the software will reduce the burden on IT staff, streamlining admin tasks and improving “provisioning capabilities”.

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What’s new in SharePoint Server 2016: Upload 10GB files

Earlier this year, Microsoft responded to the growing size of files distributed across organisations as audio and video take their place alongside text-based files, and has enabled uploads of up to 10GB.

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What’s new in SharePoint Server 2016: Cloud hybrid search

The cloud hybrid search preview – aimed at customers of SharePoint Server 2013 and Office 365, as well as being included in the SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview.

This search feature enables users to find content whether it is on-premise of in the cloud, with a combing search relevancy ranking.

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