sharepoint+logoMicrosoft has launched SharePoint Server 2016 to provide customers with a foundation for modern, intelligent intranets and content collaboration. SharePoint 2016 delivers improvements to enhance the quality of on premise SharePoint solutions, as well as taking advantage of the innovations in Office 365.

SharePoint Server 2016 delivers value in three areas:

  1. Cloud- inspired infrastructure

SharePoint Server 2016 enables you to run SharePoint at scale in Office 365 and brings SharePoint Online to your datacentres to improve performance, reliability, manageability and scale.

  1. Compliance and Reporting

SharePoint Server 2016 provides a number of features and capabilities designed to make certain that sensitive information remains protected with investment in DLP (data loss prevention), new scenarios to enable data encryption and compliance tools for both on premise and Office 365.

  1. Enhanced user experiences

SharePoint Server 2016 enhances user experience from Office 365 to your on premise solution, with improvements to document libraries and navigation constructs that are consistent with Office 365. For Hybrid customers, there will be a seamless user experience that spans from the datacentre to the cloud.

The Future of SharePoint

Microsoft also announced their vision for SharePoint and the innovations across SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. SharePoint Server will accelerate Microsoft’s ability to deliver high- value innovation in three way:

  1. Seamless connection to innovative Office 365 features and experiences.

SharePoint Server 2016 allows users to seamlessly transition between on premise and Office 365 instances. Administrators can also configure easy connections to OneDrive for Business and Yammer.

  1. Integrated, unified, hybrid experiences

SharePoint Server 2016 delivers cloud innovation through hybrid capabilities. Each integrated, unified and hybrid experience and service enables you to take advantage of innovation and capabilities in Office 365 while maintaining workloads on-premises that are not suited to Office 365. You can migrate workloads to Office 365 at your own pace, based on your own requirements, and still take advantage of Office 365 where it best meets your needs. The SharePoint mobile app will support both on premise and Office 365 sites for Hybrid customers

  1. On-premises experiences and features.

While most of Microsoft’s innovation will be Office 365 first, to fit in with Microsoft’s cloud first vision, many of the new experiences and frameworks will be provided to SharePoint Server 2016 customers through Feature packs. Therefore, customers won’t need to wait for the next version of SharePoint Server to take advantage of the cloud innovation. In addition to this, Microsoft will deliver a set of capabilities for SharePoint Server 2016 that address the unique needs of on-premises customers.