SharePoint 2016 Roadmap and Features

During last week’s Ignite conference in Chicago, Microsoft announced the timeline for SharePoint 2016 delivery and also reviewed enhancements included in the new version.

According to the following chart presented during an Ignite session, Microsoft plans to deliver a public beta of SharePoint Server 2016 in the fourth quarter of this year. The product is planned for “general availability” release in the second quarter of 2016, but a “release candidate” version will precede that final product. Here is the SharePoint 2016 roadmap:

SharePoint 2016 Roadmap and Features

Watch the “Evolution of SharePoint” Ignite session, presented by Bill Baer, senior technical product manager and Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint.

Some of the SharePoint Server 2016 developments include:

  • Cloud Improvements – Ongoing focus on Files, Content Management, Sites, and Portals. There will be tighter integration Office 365 and OneDrive for Business, focused on improving users social and mobile experiences.
  • Patch and Deployment Enhancements – A new server role installation wizard will ease patches (which means fewer PowerShell commands) and compliance reporting will assist with role installations.
  • Use of Delve and Office Graph – To better meet users needs for on-premises data management.
  • Project Server – Will now be integrated into the SharePoint content databases.
  • Durable Links – Regardless if files get moved or renamed, users with bookmarks will continue to be able to locate the file.

Read more about the upcoming enhancements in these articles:

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