Friday, May 8, 2015

Microsoft's Ignite Conference SharePoint Updates and Announcements

As Microsoft's Ignite Conference winds down, there have been several SharePoint-related updates and announcements:

SharePoint 2016 will ship in the second quarter of 2016 and will include the following enhancements:
  •  Patching SharePoint 2016 will require zero downtime! Yay!!! In addition to that, distributed cache is being enhanced to support increased uptime. Microsoft is promising the capability to deliver 99.99% up-time with SharePoint 2016 on premises!
  • SharePoint 2016 will require SQL server 2014 or later
  • There is a new “min role” installation option. This codifies the server role by laying down only the bits it needs to fulfill the role. The roles include Web Front End, Caching, Application, Search, and Specialized.
  • Content DBs will be allowed to scale to TBs
  • The list threshold soft limit will be significantly increased beyond the current 5,000
  • Maximum file size limit will be increased to 10 GB.
  • There is a new “fast site creation” capability which basically creates sites from a “base version” stored in the database. Creating a team site, for example will simply require copying a few rows from the database and will take a matter of a seconds.
In addition to the SharePoint 2016 announcements, there were several announcements for hybrid scenarios:
  • There will be a wizard-like process for setting up and creating hybrid team sites, extranets, and search capabilities
  • Office Graph and Delve capabilities will be enabled for SharePoint on premises beginning with SharePoint 2013 later this year.
  • Microsoft is investing heavily in hybrid scenarios and we can expect to see much more coming in this area.
Windows 10 will be the last “version” of Windows. It will continue to receive small, incremental updates…similar to how other browsers are updated.
One consistent message has been that Office 365 is NOT well suited for traditional

branding customizations (custom mater pages and site definitions). Microsoft continues to take the stance that Office 365 should ONLY be customized through the app model and custom apps.

There still is no good forms story for SharePoint. There was no big announcement. The message remains…use out of the box and InfoPath forms for simple stuff. Use third party tools or custom development for more complex forms
OneDrive continues to play a huge role in the Microsoft ecosystem as they try to get enterprises to go to the cloud. Microsoft openly acknowledged that OneDrive for Business has had its share of issues. However, they have stated that improving OneDrive for Business is THE #1 PRIORITY for the SharePoint team.

This is by no means a comprehensive list. I encourage you to check out the session videos on Channel 9: