SharePoint 2016 new and deprecated features


​At the #Ignite conference in Chicago, Bill Baer from Microsoft disclosed several new (and deprecated) feature we can expect from SharePoint 2016.

Below is a highlighted listing of what we can expect, thanks to Matty Vasquez for compiling this list.

Release Information

  • Public Preview - 2015 Q4
  • SharePoint 2016 RC - 2016 Q1
  • SharePoint 2016 RTM - 2016 Q2
  • SharePoint server hardware requirements have not changed (12-16GB RAM, 1xQuad Core CPU, 80GB OS Drive)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 with .Net Framework 4.5.2 or Windows Server 10 with .Net Framework 4.6
  • SQL Server 2014 SP1 or SQL Server 2016

Deprecated Features

  • There is no ‘standalone’ option during installation which installs SQL Express – SQL must be installed and running prior to installation
  • There are no plans to release SharePoint 2016 Foundation
  • Forefront Identity Manager is no longer included to sync user profile attributes with Active Directory (uni-directional sync using AD Import is still available and MIM can be configured separately to enable bi-direction sync)
  • SharePoint Designer will not be shipped with SharePoint 2016 – Designer 2013 will continue to be supported
  • InfoPath 2013 will continue to be supported (EOL April 2023) and InfoPath Forms Services will be included

Upgrade Considerations

  • There is no direct upgrade path from 2010 to 2016 (sites and databases must be running in 2013 mode)
  • The upgrade process is the same as 2010 to 2013 (2013 databases are attached to a new 2016 Farm and are upgraded)

User Improvements

  • Support for ODF documents
  • Files shared via “Durable Links” will reference a site ID and document ID, so renamed or moved files will not result in broken links
  • File name length and other character restrictions are being removed
  • New Knowledge Management Portal (Site Template?)
  • New User Profile page to include content from Delve and Office Graph API
  • Updated blogging experience including drag and drop feature for adding images to posts

System Improvements

  • Optimisations within the server roles to reduce latency and traffic between servers
  • Initial configuration of Farm and Server Roles has been simplified in the GUI (MinRole server configuration)
  • Fast Site creation based on copying a master template Site Collection from the database level using “SPSite.Copy” function
  • Reliability improvements to Distributed Cache (still relies on AppFabric 1.1 and will continue to be supported for SharePoint 2013 and 2016’s lifecycles)
  • MS Project Server content is now consolidated into the SharePoint Content databases and not in separate databases
  • SharePoint Logging API (SLAPI) allows easier ability to record and report on analytics and telemetry across a whole range of objects in the Farm

Security Improvements

  • SMTP connections now support TLS
  • SAML claims-based authentication is the preferred and default authentication method (NTLM and Kerberos will continue to be supported)
  • Compliance features with complex rules (51 out of the box) to support identification and protection of sensitive data

Hybrid Improvements

  • eDiscovery and Legal Hold will now traverse SharePoint Online in O365
  • Search Service can query SharePoint Online in O365 and provide a single ranked results set with integrated relevancy (no separate verticals)
  • Consolidation of Social features to ensure followed on premise and online content appears in a single social profile
  • Delve and Office Graph API can surface content from on premise services along with content in O365 (will be released for 2013 this year)
  • Item level encryption using Azure AD Rights Management Services

Patching Improvements

  • Patches will be much smaller – currently 37 MSIs and down to 4 MSIs in a single patch
  • Can be applied to servers online with zero downtime to the Farm and no disruption to the users

Scalability Improvements

  • Content DBs will scale into TBs (no specific figures on site template, workloads and actual size released yet)
  • 100,000 Site Collections per database (was 20,000)
  • List view threshold will reach >5,000 items (currently 5,000 but no specific figures released yet)
  • Maximum upload size has increased from 2GB to 10GB (BLOBs will still be stored in the content database and leverage Shredded Storage)

Performance Improvements

  • 500 million maximum items per search index partition (was 10 million)
  • BITS now replacing FSS over HTTP and Cobalt to reduce IO between servers and bandwidth to the end user
  • Traffic Management endpoint automatically routes user requests based on server health

More information can be found on Bill Baer's blog

For more information on how we can assist you with any SharePoint 2016 questions or migration strategies please contact Connected Systems ​​​