Microsoft execs have confirmed that an on-premises version of SharePoint 2016 will be released in the second half of 2015.
What can we expect in this version? Office 365 is the best place to look. Microsoft will take features first developed and deployed in the cloud version of SharePoint and then bring them to the on-premises version of the product. Don’t expect any major departures from what is available on Office365 – Microsoft is clearly working on aligning the cloud and on-premises releases as much as possible.
I have talked to some of the people working on SharePoint in Seattle, and they have told me a large amount of work has been put in making the deployment process much quicker and easier.
We expect to see further integration of Microsoft’s Delve search/presentation application; a new Office 365 video portal, and deeper integration of Yammer. Microsoft is also said to be working on Knowledge management and people management portals. Further OneDrive integration is also expected.
Microsoft blogger Mary Jo Foley notes that Microsoft has training sessions planned for “Implementing Hybrid Search with the New Hybrid Search Crawl Appliance”, and “The New Knowledge Management Portal in Office 365”.