Dubai – MENA Herald: With its objective to empower people, teams and organizations to intelligently discover, share and collaborate on content from anywhere and on any device, Microsoft recently announced the general availability of SharePoint Server 2016, which includes new hybrid capabilities that enable on-premises customers to tap into the innovation delivered in Office 365. The step reiterates the new cloud-first, mobile-first vision and roadmap for SharePoint.
As a core part of Office 365, SharePoint provides content management and collaboration capabilities that are seamlessly integrated with the other applications people use every day to create and co-author documents, meet and work with their teams, brainstorm, analyze and make decisions. SharePoint is also integrated with the powerful cross-suite capabilities of Office 365, such as Office 365 Groups, the Office Graph, and governance controls for security, privacy and compliance.
More than 200,000 organizations use SharePoint today and an extraordinary community of more than 50,000 partners and 1 million developers make up a $10 billion solutions ecosystem around SharePoint.
SharePoint Server 2016 value – SharePoint Server 2016 delivers significant value in three areas:
- Cloud-inspired infrastructure. SharePoint Server 2016 represents a new generation of SharePoint that accrues our experience running SharePoint at scale in Office 365 and brings our investments in SharePoint Online to your datacentre to improve performance, reliability, manageability and scale.
SharePoint Server 2016 is derived from the same code used to deliver SharePoint Online—code that has been validated over years, by millions of users, making it the most comprehensively tested version of SharePoint to date. This unified code base also facilitates support and updates across both Office 365 and on-premises SharePoint Server, and enables a standardized set of APIs that span on-premises and the cloud, enabling customers and partners to innovate more easily than ever.
- Compliance and reporting. Data Loss Prevention (DLP) is non-negotiable, and overexposure to information can have legal and compliance implications. SharePoint Server 2016 provides a broad array of features and capabilities designed to make certain that sensitive information remains protected with investments in DLP, new scenarios to enable data encryption and compliance tools that span on-premises servers and Office 365 while providing a balance between enabling user self-service and ensuring content usage adheres to corporate policy.
- Enhanced user experiences. SharePoint Server 2016 brings innovations in user experience from Office 365 to your on-premises farm, with improvements to document libraries and navigation constructs that are consistent with Office 365. These updates have proven successful in driving adoption in Office 365 and will now benefit SharePoint Server. And for hybrid customers, there will be a seamless user experience that spans from the datacenter to the cloud. We’ve also improved mobile access and the touch-based experience in team sites.
By investing in cloud-inspired infrastructure and compliance and reporting, SharePoint Server 2016 is the highest quality, scalable and reliable release of SharePoint.
SharePoint mobile app—your intranet in your pocket
Microsoft also announced the SharePoint mobile app, designed for Windows, iOS and Android, to put your intranet in your pocket, with full-fidelity access to company news and announcements, people, sites, content and apps—no matter where you are. The app will support both on-premises and Office 365 sites for hybrid customers.
“At Microsoft, it’s not only about the products we create, but how we enable customers to get the most value out of those products and services. said Ihsan Anabtawi, Regional Director for Applications and Services at Microsoft Gulf. “We’re pleased to announce general availability of SharePoint Server 2016, which provides customers a foundation for modern, intelligent intranets and content collaboration. SharePoint Server 2016 delivers foundational improvements that enhance the quality of your on-premises SharePoint solutions and enables users to take advantage of innovations we introduce to Office 365 and SharePoint Server moving forward”
Customers who would like to evaluate the capabilities of SharePoint Server 2016 can download trial versions at the SharePoint Server 2016 website.