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Groups, meet Team Sites

Groups, meet Team Sites

by: David Rubinstein

The final touches are being put on SharePoint 2016, and it should be released "in relatively short order,? as told during the Microsoft keynote at SPTechCon Austin yesterday.

The company is looking to revitalize SharePoint and reinvent productivity for a mobile-first, cloud-first world, according to Seth Patton, Microsoft's global senior director for SharePoint and OneDrive product marketing.

Among the areas Patton talked about for SharePoint going forward was trust, noting that Microsoft is working on physical security as well as logic and data security for advanced threat protection. SharePoint 2016 will include data-loss prevention policy templates, and a new role-based MinRole feature that defines a server's role in a farm and limits it to just three roles, Patton said.

Each of the application experiences (Office, Outlook, Delve, Calendar and the entire suite) will be connected in SharePoint for common identity, management and security, Patton explained.

Attendees were pleased to hear that going forward, every Group will have a Team Site, and every Team Site will have a Group. Further, the Group home page will be a Team Site, making SharePoint the front end of the experience. (This was revealed at an Austin SPUG meeting at SPTechCon.)

Delve has a bigger story in future releases, and a new People Profile page enables users to find colleagues with certain expertise, see what they've been working on and viewing recently, as well as send them e-mail or do a Skype call from the same page. "You'll be able to find a lot of information associated with that person,? Patton said. Delve Analytics, where you can see an individual's productivity, has been demonstrated for months and should make it into Office 365 tenants soon.

Patton further stated that Microsoft is doubling down on the hybrid experience, and urged attendees to go the site roadmap.office.com to see where SharePoint is going. "We've had hybrid capability for a while, but it was kludgy,? Patton said. "The user experience wasn't great, and people associated hybrid with complexity.? New wizards will make configuration a lot easier, he said.

Among the highlights is new mobile access in SharePoint 2016 will offer a touch-based experience and intranet access, Patton said.

SPTechCon sponsor Veeam worked with SPTechCon keynote speaker Joel Oleson to put together a webinar detailing much more that's new in SharePoint 2016. You can watch it here.

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