On August 24th Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 Preview was released to the public. Some of the new features contained within include:

Infrastructure
  • MinRole Role-based, optimized server roles
  • Fast Site Creation Rapid site creation with new Template-based modeling
  • BITS Improved upload and download performance
  • Content Databases 5x scale supports 100 site collections and TB’s of content
  • Search 2x improvements in Search scale to 500 million items
  • Support for Windows Server 2016
  • Support for SQL Server 2016
  • Zero Downtime Patching New update orchestration with online upgraders
  • Cloud Search Search as a Service with a unified index in Office 365 enabling a single search experience combined with the power of the Office Graph
  • Team Sites and OneDrive for Business Extend Team Sites and OneDrive for Business to Office 365 seamlessly
  • Operational Insights Improved analytics across operational data
  • SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview supports TLS 1.2 connection encryption by default
  • Information Rights Management (IRM) capabilities to secure information by encrypting and securing information on SharePoint libraries with OneDrive for Business
  • Supports uploading and downloading files larger than 2,047 MB
  • Sending email to SMTP servers that use STARTTLS connection encryption
  • Support for SMTP servers that use TCP ports other than the default port (25)
  • Rename files, create new files, and share files from within the WOPI iframe on the browser page
  • Supports drives that are formatted with the ReFS file system
Compliance
  • Classification Ids Out of the box sensitive information types for DLP policies, and in that policy you can use other conditions, actions, and exceptions to solve your DLP requirement
  • Policy Templates A DLP policy template is a model for a policy. You can select a template to begin the process of building your own customized DLP policy
  • Document Fingerprinting Document Fingerprinting is a Data Loss Prevention (DLP) feature that converts a standard form into a sensitive information type
  • Policy Tips Help prevent inadvertent sharing of sensitive information by creating data loss prevention (DLP) policies that include Policy Tip notification messages
  • Document Encryption Protect sensitive data with support for per-item encryption
Experiences
  • Site Folders Discover and bookmark sites
  • OneDrive for Business Personal storage and people-centric collaboration based on the OneDrive for Business Office 365 experience
  • Durable Links Resource based Urls retain links when documents are renamed or moved
  • The compile time for customized XSLT files used for Content Query, Summary Links, and Table of Contents Web Parts is improved
  • New Access features are available
  • New document library accessibility features
  • Resource-based URLs now retain links when documents are renamed or moved in SharePoint
  • Document Encryption Protect sensitive data with support for per-item encryption
  • SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview now supports using some special characters in file names that were previously blocked
  • Preview images and videos in SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview document libraries
  • Provides controls at the top of your personal document folders that make common tasks in OneDrive for Business more accessible
  • Link for the Recycle Bin in the left navigation area of the OneDrive and Team sites.
  • Support for Open Document Format (ODF) files to use in document library templates.
  • New Project Server features
  • Sharing improvements
  • Site Folders view allow access the document libraries in sites that you’re following.
More Information

Check back on this post for updates as we explore Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 preview!

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Christine Weaver has been the technical lead on projects designing, developing, deploying, supporting, and delivering solutions for SharePoint since 2003. Christine’s knowledge and experience leans heavily on her 10+ years as a software consultant and from being a Microsoft certified professional. Christine has been a regular presenter at TechDays Canada and runs the Halifax SharePoint User Group.

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