Latest Sharepoint Technologies – Sharepoint 2016
Microsoft Sharepoint products are continuing to evolve now with the approach of Sharepoint 2016. In fact, Sharepoint Server 2016 Release Candidate at this time in March 2016 has just been updated making Version 16.0.4351.1000 available from Microsoft for download here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=51493. While previously planned releases of Sharepoint Server 2016 were delayed, they finally made the Release Candidate version available after months of the Beta version’s availability for download and now as of March 7th have made this version available.
Microsoft notes now on this new download page: “SharePoint Server 2016 has been designed, developed, and tested with the Microsoft Software as a Service (SaaS) strategy at its core.”
While Sharepoint 2016 (SP2016) has many enhanced features from the widely distributed 2013 version of Sharepoint, perhaps the most notable distinction associated with SP2016 are the hybrid capabilities. Although Microsoft worked hard to encourage organizations using Sharepoint to forego the traditional on-premise collaboration portal, document management, and version control systems hosted in local server environments in exchange for their future vision of complete cloud conversion through migration to the Office 365 environment hosted by Microsoft – they have recognized the need many organizations expressed to remain in on-premise environments due to document and data asset regulations, among other factors. Not every Microsoft customer company is willing or able to move all of their electronic document assets into the cloud.
Sharepoint 2016 delivers the ability to remain entirely on-premise, move entirely into the cloud, or utilize a hybrid solution of partial on-prem/partial cloud, removing former disadvantages experienced by those dedicated to the on-premise solutions without access to many of the new applications included in O365 Sharepoint Online. While enabling on-premise users, it gives a ‘taste’ of cloud capabilities otherwise inaccessible.
SP2016 features include enhanced configuration and administration in association with centralized audit management, settings for regulatory policies, mobile access improvements with touch-based capabilities across screen sizes and devices, feature enhancements for document collaboration and file storage, and standardized API’s to work with cloud environments as well as on-premise installations.
Hybrid capabilities of Sharepoint 2016 with these standardized APIs deliver data flow between devices and document storage locations affording users the opportunity to work in either environment and in different devices while still saving data changes and additions to the same locations, enabling synchronized updates between documents stored in the cloud and in local servers and remote centers.
Sharepoint, Exchange, Skype for Business, Power BI, Delve, OneDrive, Cloud Search Service, Yammer, Duet, and Azure Active Directory are all noted applications in the overall compatibility and integration hybrid Microsoft offerings.
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