Microsoft gives a glimpse of SharePoint Server 2016
As Microsoft continues to integrate Office 365 services into its SharePoint and Office suite, and as it moves closer to another on premise server release, the company has summarized its experience, management and extensible platform plans for the future of SharePoint.
In an Office Blog post, Office Product Management general manager Julia White explained that despite its focus on evolving SharePoint in the cloud with Office 365, Microsoft is committed to improving on premise SharePoint server as well. Concerning SharePoint Server 2016, She said Microsoft is focused on bringing Office 365 experiences to on premise customers. She did not reveal a release date for SharePoint Server 2016.
White laid out how the cross-suite mobile and collaborative features of Office 365 are being integrated across traditional on-prem and cloud silos:
- Search: White reiterated the predictive, personalized search capabilities of Office Delve.
- Portals: White explained that Office 365 Video was the first of many next-generation portals to roll out in 2015.
- Files: OneDrive provides cross-platform and cross-OS storage in addition to general-purpose SharePoint document libraries.
- Team sites: In lieu of plans to nix SharePoint Online Public Websites, Microsoft is presenting team sites in Office 365 as a robust option for e-mail, instant messaging, tasks, contacts, personal files, social feeds, and more.
- Business Intelligence: White reiterated the capabilities of the recently announced Power BI.
- White also expounded on the social benefits of Yammer. A comprehensive look at Yammer from a developer perspective is available on SD Times.
White also detailed plans to expand the core SharePoint management layer across Office 365, Exchange and Lync. The company will continue to develop management capabilities such as rights management, multi-factor authentication, eDiscovery, legal hold, metadata management, policy control, data loss prevention and mobile device management.
In terms of APIs and on-premise features, White explained Microsoft will continue to enhance Office 365 APIs as well as add new ones for capabilities such as Office Graph and Office 365 Video. As far as SharePoint server, she said SharePoint Server 2016 would offer customers "enhanced, flexible deployment options, improved reliability, and new IT agility, enabled for massive scale.?
"SharePoint got to where it is today with the help of over 3.4 million developers worldwide who built extensions and customizations on top of the platform,? White wrote. "This principle holds true moving forward-while the way developers build for the cloud is different-we absolutely want to enable customers and partners to build new, innovative applications and customizations that meet their needs."