Following improvements / enhancements have been done in SharePoint 2016.
SharePoint 2016 allows you to integrate with Office 365 and gives a overall hybrid experience. Following capabilities are extended during hybrid implementations.
One Drive for Business
SharePoint 2016 App Launcher (One Drive) can be connected with Office 365 One Drive giving an integrated view of hybrid solution. This feature has been added in last release also i.e. SharePoint 2013 – SP1.
Single Sites View
Whether you are following the sites in Office 365 or SharePoint 2016, a single site view would show list of all followed sites in single view. SharePoint Hybrid Team Sites must be configured to utilize this feature.
SharePoint 2016 and Office 365 can now be integrated and can provide a unified search experience. User can also take the advantage of Delve and Office Graph to find contextual results.
Search Sensitive Information in Hybrid Search
Hybrid search can also search for sensitive information like credit card and other confidential information using DLP (Data Loss Prevention) policies.
You can implement DLP policies by creating an eDiscovery Center (site collection) and creating an eDiscovery case with in it (subsite). DLP Query can now be run on eDiscovery case to find all sensitive and personal data stored in a particular site.
SharePoint 2016 offers identical UI as of Office 365 so that users can navigate without any hassle of learning different UI experience. This also motivates users to get more familiar with Office 365 experience in general.
Performance, Scaling and Deployment
Search Scaling Capabilities
SharePoint 2016 search now supports up to double (500 million) items per Search Server Application than its predecessor SharePoint 2013 (250 million).
Site Collection Enhancement
SharePoint 2016 features a fast site collection creation. It can create site collection faster by saving the round trip between SharePoint and SQL Servers by using new templates at same location as SQL Server.
Each site collection can also now store 5 time more information than its predecessor (SharePoint 2013).
Deterministic View Threshold – Removing 5000 Limit
In earlier version, there has been a limit of 5000 items per view in List. You can increase the threshold limit however it will start to deteriorate the performance. Fix was to index the columns. For end users, this could be some time challenging. Hence Microsoft has added ‘Automatic Index Management’ to automate the process of creating indices so you can know take the advantage of large lists view without worrying of performance degradation.
Durable Links and Large Files Support
Durable Links enable all files stored in SharePoint to have a unique id. It requires Office Online Server (previously Office Web Apps 2013) to be configured. If user moves or renames the file, it attaches the unique document id as query parameter resulting in returning the actual file from new location / new name. For more Details, Durable Links
SharePoint 2016 supports uploading and downloading of large files (like Auto CAD files). Users can specify file size per web application. Though there is no restriction in file size limit, Microsoft recommends it to be at 10GB. This features specially helps file
In SharePoint 2016, file name length and special characters restriction have been removed.
SharePoint 2016 offer following flexibility during installation.
In min role installation, you can specify specific role for server. Each server role has been optimized for its specific needs. Following roles are available with installation.
- Front End
- Distributed Cache
Standalone installation has been replaced with Single Server Farm. Prior installation of SQL Server would be required as it’s not included in SQL Server Farm unlike Standalone installation.
Zero Downtime Patching
Using Zero Downtime patching in SharePoint 2016, SharePoint Administrator can now apply patches and cumulative updates without going offline. It works by distributing payload (patches, cumulative updates) in smaller chunks and installing specific chunks. All chunks must be in sequence to be installed. This greatly reduces the complexity of full patch being applied at once thus offering easier deployment with zero downtime. For more details, Zero Downtime Patching.
SharePoint 2013 web applications can be upgraded to SharePoint 2016 by attaching SP 2013 database.
Upgrade paths from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2016 are not available. Web applications must be in SharePoint 2013 mode.