Microsoft to Unveil SharePoint Server 2016 in the Second Quarter of 2016

By CIOReview | Wednesday, October 28, 2015

FREMONT, CA: To deliver value to customers as part of their on-premises deployment, Microsoft announces general availability of new version of SharePoint Server in the second quarter of 2016 with a public beta planned in the fourth quarter of this year.

The key enhancements and capabilities that SharePoint Server 2016 focuses on include enhanced user experience, cloud capabilities, and better compliance and reporting.

By providing improved mobile access to content, people and applications along with touch-based experiences across devices and screen sizes, the new version of SharePoint server will make file storage and document collaboration more people-centric. With innovations in Office 365, user experiences and capabilities has been improved and will be made available either as part of on-premises deployment or through a hybrid implementation of SharePoint Server 2016 and Office 365. Users will be able to discover contextually relevant information and data stored across both on-premises and cloud environments powered by Office Graph and Delve.

The new SharePoint server focuses on simplifying end-user training and support for IT with an improved, simplified user experience and integration with next-generation of Windows Server SQL Server, and Exchange Server 2016.

SharePoint Server 2016 has been designed to reduce the emphasis on IT and streamline administrative tasks, so IT professionals can concentrate on core competencies and mitigate cost. Completion of task has become simple and efficient processes that allow IT to focus less on day-to-day management and more on innovation. Improved provisioning capabilities help IT departments and hosting service providers maximize existing infrastructure investments. With deep investment in HTML5, SharePoint Server 2016 provides IT professionals and designers with capabilities that enable device-specific targeting of content.

With investment in Data loss prevention (DLP), data encryption, and compliance tools, right people have access to the right information at the right time, keeping sensitive information protected. The New In-Place Hold Policy and Document Deletion Centers allow management of time-based, organization-wide in-place hold policies to preserve items in SharePoint and OneDrive for Business for a fixed period of time. In addition, the compliance tool manages policies that can delete documents after a specified period of time.