SharePoint 2016 predictions

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Today we are covering our predictions for SharePoint 2016 and what it might look like. We are detailing some of the common predictions from the wider SharePoint community, but also what we are really hoping will be included too!

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SharePoint 2016 Predictions Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Michael Draisey, and I'm Head of Development here at BrightStarr UK. Today, I'm going to be talking to you about SharePoint 2016, and what I think it's going to be. So this release could really be considered the hybrid release. So by that, we're looking at integration between your on-premise SharePoint installation and your Office 365 tenant. That integration I think is going to be really kind of deep integration. I'm expecting to see some additional service adaptations, maybe a crawl client. So what I think we'll see there is a search index that runs on your on-premise installation, and then pushes those indexes up to your 365 tenants. And the user, at the end, will see a combined result set, which would be just fantastic for them. It means you keep your data on-prem, but have all the goodness of 365. Sam Hassani, my colleague, probably explains and elaborates more on this in the coming weeks.

So SharePoint Social... who knows what they're going to do with that, to be honest. I think, personally, we'll see an increase in the integration to Yammer. Microsoft investing really heavily in this area, and I think we'll see SharePoint Social it'll still be there, it'll just be kind of quite played down.

So another thing we're going to see is the 365 movement. I mean, they're releasing every three weeks. They've done some fantastic work in that area. The APIs are increasing and growing, so we're going to see all that goodness they've worked on for the past three years pushed back down onto the year 2016 on-prem installation. I'd predict to see the admin interfaces - those kind of nice screens we have nowadays in 365 - pushed down so we have a far better experience when you're creating an admin controlling the sites.

The APIs... so the see-saw and rest endpoints that we have in 365. I'd expect to see those come down, flourish, with inside an on-premise solution. That'll kind of further the story with the SharePoint app model, and in that kind of story, I think we're going to see Microsoft continue to push the remote provisioning, the SharePoint apps, and really I don't think we're going to see the farm stations go away. I think they're going to kind of continue and live on, but I think what we're going to see is just a bit more played down.

Sandbox-- anyone's guess, to be honest.

So infrastructure-wise... it's obvious they're going to support the latest versions of SQL, Windows, Office, but there are rumors kind of going around in the industry in the moment about the disaster recovery story. Some people are saying they may be aiming for a zero downtime scenario. Yet to be seen, but it would be really good if we can hit that, because that's a big one for businesses when they're adopting SharePoint on-Prem. We also expect to see the management and monitoring of those infrastructure pieces become much more fluid, much nicer. So it might sort of learned a lot from the Office 365 story, and they want to kind of take that and push that down into the on-PREM solution. It would be a fantastic story for IT admins everywhere.

So user interface in SharePoint 2016... I think Microsoft's got no choice but to go responsive. From 2010 to 2013, we saw them drop tables and put in divs. And I think this one would be divs into responsive. I'd expect them to pick up a community library ready and the one that's already established rather than writing their own. So maybe something along the lines of bootstrap. That'd be my bet. Browser support's another key point for any enterprise. Microsoft have their standard of supporting current browser back one. So if we're talking about that today, we'd be talking about Internet Explorer 11 and 10. If they follow 365, we'll see a message around degredated experience, some functionality may not respond as expected, but I'd hedge my bets on IE 10, IE 11 support going forward. This opens up a kind of great arena for Microsoft. They can start using html 5, CSS 3 without got all the shims and workarounds that they normally have to implement.

Delve and groups... so this is a story that still is evolving inside the 365 arena. Now, I don't think they're going to be there on 2016, at least, not day one, but I'd hope they'd kind of come down in maybe an update or a service pack. We'll see. But they're still kind of developing in 365, so I don't think they'll be there for the initial release.

The development story... so it's kind of key, to me, and what my guys do. So SharePoint will be pushed to the platform. It's no longer seen as an application which you embed and kind of stamp on top of. It's something you work with. It's another platform, in the same ways as you'd have integrations or interactions with something like Facebook. So I think Microsoft are going to push that story really hard, again, with the remote provisioning, so a next-level application which interacts with SharePoint platform. Again, I think the SharePoint app models in keeping push, fortress code, still be there, just played it down. And Sandbox, as I said, anyone's guess.

So that's what I think about SharePoint 2016. What I really want now is to hear back from the community. Anybody watching this, please contact us via our social media channels. There's not long to go now until 2016 comes in, and we really want to hear what you're thinking, what you'd like to see, what you hope is and isn't there... just catch us via our social media channels @brightstarr @weareunily, our website, any of the outlets. Thank you very much.

Michael Draisey Head of Development

Michael is BrightStarr’s Head of Development, although in reality, he does a lot more than that! He is ultimately responsible for the delivery of solutions to clients but also functions as a Product Manager for Unily. Michael is excited about new technology and also has an internal role as a new technology evangelist, spreading the word about hot new software to his colleagues all over the world. Michael was part of the award winning Linklaters project team and has a particular knack for translating complex business requirements into neat technical solutions.

Michael plays 5 a side football and enjoys kung fu in his spare time and is a big fan of the outdoors!

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