SharePoint 2016 Coming in 2015
Update 2/2/15: Microsoft reconfirms new on-premise version named SharePoint Server 2016
Now that Office 2016 has been announced as the official name of the next version of Office, it’s safe to assume that SharePoint’s next on-premise version will also be named SharePoint 2016.The announcements yesterday also confirmed that Office 2016 will be available in the second half of 2015. Considering SharePoint and Exchange releases normally occur about the same time as Office releases, it’s pretty safe to assume SharePoint 2016 will also be available before the end of the year.
Here are some focus areas we expect the product to grow:
The mobile market and tablets are becoming more and more ingrained in our daily lives. This also means these devices are gaining popularity in the commercial world. SharePoint will likely have more mobile features, including a true responsive interface, scaled down page views, and a UI that will be further redesigned for a touch interface.
Ah yes the app store! Well, Microsoft has no choice now, because this is the way consumers think. Apple invented it, Google perfected it, Microsoft followed behind. This may not be a big deal today, but I believe the app store will grow and will undoubtedly become a big part of the SharePoint community.
Microsoft will continue to make the question “What Does SharePoint do?” harder to answer by including more OOB integrations, and simpler interfaces to other Microsoft tools and, even perhaps some non-Microsoft ones. SharePoint has certainly found its niche in running our Intranets, so I believe they will continue to strengthen their position by including more CRM, Records Management, and other product integrations.
I’ve heard a Microsoft rep tell me that Office 365 is going to overtake On-Premise installations by 2016. I don’t think so. Given the regulatory requirements, varying data footprint of companies, cost of bandwidth, and so on, its just very highly unlikely. So, I am sure we’ll continue to watch the cloud initiative come and go, but on-premise is here to stay for a while.
Update: Jan 13, 2014
Looks like I was right. On Jan 13, 2014 Jeff Teper, CVP Microsoft, announced that the future version of SharePoint will indeed have an on-premise component. However, the language remains vague. Cloud offering makes perfect business sense in most cases, but customers are just not ready to let their data go off-premise just yet.
No-No to The Hive
Sticking your package payload in the hive will indeed be a thing of the past. I believe SharePoint will make it harder to publish and sell webparts that run unprotected code. So, for all you webparts developers out there who are still dumping your source into the hive, it may be time to look at alternatives.
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With that backdrop, I am thrilled to announce we will be hosting an inaugural, unified Microsoft commercial technology conference the week of May 4, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. We’re bringing the best of what made our past conferences so valuable, plus adding more of what you’ve asked for including… Clearer visibility into Microsoft’s future technology vision and roadmap Unparalleled access to Microsoft senior leaders and the developers who write the code – many of whom will present and engage with you and answer your questions A broader range of learning opportunities across all of Microsoft’s technologies, including actionable best practices from industry experts Deep community interaction with the top technology professionals and industry peers in structured and informal settings Epic after-hour festivities for you to unwind and turn up the fun! If you attended the SharePoint Conference, Exchange Conference, Lync Conference or Project Conference, this is the conference for you. And, if you’re interested in or already using Office 365, this is the conference for you.
Spark the Future
The best and brightest minds will be all in one place to talk cloud infrastructure and management, productivity, big data and the internet of things, unified communications, mobility and more. So welcome, thinkers. And get ready for a glimpse at what’s possible today and in the future.at, dignissim rhoncus dolor vestibulum, suscipit eleifend tortor. Phasellus aliquet quam ut lectus porttitor hendrerit. Aenean quis mollis ipsum, sollicitudin ultrices sapien. Ut pellentesque est in quam convallis porttitor.