Early today, Microsoft had confirmed the upcoming release of SharePoint Server 2016. Here are some quick facts.
- More details about SharePoint Server 2016 will be announced at the Microsoft Ignite Conference.
- SharePoint Server 2016 will be generally available in Q2 2016.
- SharePoint Server 2016 public beta will be available in Q4 2015.
- SharePoint Server 2016 will focus on Improved User Experiences, Cloud-inspired infrastructure, as well as Compliance and reporting.
It is pretty obvious that Microsoft’s focus is towards Office 365. While there will be many improvements to on-premise SharePoint Server, likely they will be features that are already available in Office 365 or features that will allow better integration with the Office 365 and other cloud offerings.
While I believe that on-premise SharePoint will remain for many more years, we will not see new features that we have not already seen in SharePoint Online unless they are very specific to on-premise infrastructure, perhaps around security and data.
What do you think?