What’s New in SharePoint 2016?

It’s almost here! We’re just a few months away from the release of the highly-anticipated SharePoint 2016, which will be an incredible game-changer for businesses of all sizes. This latest edition of SharePoint will boast several new features and improvements, making life a little easier in our daily lives.

Here are some of the new features that you can look forward to in the latest version of SharePoint this spring!

Access Services – New Access features are available when you deploy Access Services in SharePoint 2016, including support apps for Office, Access app upgrades, the Cascading Combo box, and much more.

Compliance Features – New compliance features for SharePoint 2016 include the document deletion and in-place hold policies. The policies allow you to delete documents in your OneDrive for Business sites after a set period of time, and administrators can now preserve documents, email, and other files.

Customized Web Parts – The compile time for customized XSLT files used for Content Query, Summary Links, and Table of Contents Web Parts is improved in the latest version of SharePoint.

Document Library Accessibility – SharePoint 2016 includes new document library accessibility features including landmarks to make page navigation easier, keyboard shortcuts, improved callout reading, and more.

Durable Links – Resource-based URLs now retain links when documents are renamed or moved in SharePoint 2016.

Encrypted Connections – SharePoint 2016 supports TLS 1.2 connection encryption by default. It can also support TLS 1.2 connection encryption when you’re connected to other servers.

Fast Site Collection Creation – This new feature provides templates that work at the same level as an SQL server, reducing the round trips that are necessary between the SharePoint and SQL servers.

Filenames Can Now Support Special Characters – SharePoint 2016 now supports using some special characters in file names that were previously blocked such as the &, ~, { and } characters. This also goes for any file names that contained a GUID, file names with leading dots, and files names longer than 128 characters. Do note that % and # are still not allowed to be written in file names.

Hybrid in SharePoint 2016 – Hybrid in SharePoint 2016 allows you to integrate your on-premises farm with Office 365 productivity experiences, allowing you to adopt the cloud at your own pace. You can also have a single profile in Office 365, and all of your profile information will be stored there in one easy spot.

Identify and Search for Sensitive Content – SharePoint 2016 now provides the same data loss prevention capabilities as Office 365. With this new capability, you can search for sensitive content across SharePoint 2016, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business.

Image and Video Previews – You can now preview images and videos when you post them to a document library in the latest version of SharePoint. Simply hover over the image of video or click on them to check them out.

Information Rights Management – SharePoint 2016 provides Information Rights Management (IRM) capabilities to secure information by encrypting and securing information on SharePoint libraries with OneDrive for Business. This function will work for OneDrive for Business and also for other libraries in your business that have been enabled for IRM capabilities.

Large File Support – SharePoint 2016 now supports uploading and downloading files larger than 2,047 MB. Compare that to SharePoint 2013’s 250 MB default maximum file size!

MinRole – MinRole is a new feature in SharePoint 2016 that allows a SharePoint farm administrator to define each server’s role in a farm topology. It will configure the services on each server automatically based on the server role so you won’t have to.

Mobile Experience – Need to access SharePoint on your phone? Great news! SharePoint 2016 will offer an improved mobile navigation experience, making it easier to navigate. You can also switch from mobile to PC view, which is also touch-enabled.

New Controls for Working With OneDrive for Business – SharePoint 2016 now allows you to create new Office documents, upload files, synchronize your files for offline use, share your files, and more, only by clicking a control at the top of your document folder.

Open Document Format (ODF) – SharePoint 2016 allows you to create new files in a document library and save them as ODF files. This will allow users to edit the new file with whatever program they choose.

Project Server – Several new Project Server features are available in SharePoint 2016. You can read up about the many new features here.

ReFS File System Support – SharePoint 2016 now supports drives that are formatted with the ReFS file system.

SharePoint Business Intelligence – SharePoint 2016 now supports SQL Server 2016 CTP 3.1 and the Power Pivot add-in and Power View.

Sharing Improvements – SharePoint 2016 has many new sharing improvements available, including a create and share folder, sharing hint, improved invitation mail, the ability to let members share, and more.

Site Folders View – In the latest version of SharePoint, you can find new Site Folders view, which lets you access the document libraries in sites that you’re following.

SMTP Connection Encryption – SharePoint 2016 supports sending email to SMTP servers that use STARTTLS connection encryption. There are a few steps that you might need to take in to set up SharePoint, but you can configure SharePoint to always use SMTP connection encryption after doing so.

SMTP Ports (Non-Default) – SharePoint 2016 also adds support for SMTP servers that use TCP ports other than the default port.

Web Application Open Platform Interface Protocol (WOPI) – In SharePoint 2016, you can now rename files, create new files, and share files from within the WOPI iframe on the browser page.

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2016-01-11T16:35:19+00:00 January 11th, 2016|

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