At the Ignite 2017 conference, Microsoft announced various plans for the next on-premises release of their industry-leading enterprise content management application, the SharePoint 2019 server. This new version of SharePoint is expected to arrive with an array of new improvements and exciting features. The excitement amongst the followers of SharePoint has generated great curiosity and speculation. In this article, let us look at the top features and improvements to be expected in SharePoint 2019.
While the on-premises market for SharePoint alone believed to be worth around 2 billion dollars for Microsoft, it is not surprising that Microsoft will remain committed to providing businesses with an online and on-premises version of SharePoint. Maintaining the cloud plus on-premises strategy is good for the organizations, which are unable to move completely to the cloud for data sovereignty and legal reasons.
With Sharepoint server 2016 this release of the on-premises product will be based on the improvements that are made to SharePoint online, continuing the idea of developing the cloud first and then finding which features can be packaged delivered and supported on premises. This is an important thing to note is that some features of Sharepoint online which require such complex and costly computing environments that they will be never delivered to the on-premises product and therefore we feel it is right to consider SharePoint server as a subset of SharePoint Online.
Microsoft has yet not disclosed completely regarding what’s in SharePoint 2019, however, some big bets they promised are:
Next-gen client support
At present, the synchronization of all the documents in the SharePoint server to Windows PC is provided the legacy OneDrive for the business clients. The client has been set aside by the consumer OneDrive client which now supports syncing documents from Office 365. We also expect the older synchronization to be dropped in favor of this now proven product. One thing we would really love to see is that the files on demand feature working with SharePoint 2019 server in order to provide selective sync of various documents
In the recent years, Microsoft has tried hard with major investments in improving and upgrading the user experience in SharePoint and OneDrive. In 2016, the release of SharePoint server the OneDrive interface was updated to be consistent with its online equivalent. We, therefore, expect SharePoint 2019 to adopt the modern look and feel of SharePoint online while still providing a close look at the classic SharePoint UI that needs control.
Flow/Power apps integration
Positioned as Microsoft’s very next successor to InfoPath and SharePoint designer, SharePoint 2019 server is expected is expected to support integration with flow and power apps. Now we are not expecting flow and power apps to be built into SharePoint server but rather another example of hybrid deployment topology where SharePoint server will be able to integrate with the cloud-hosted flow and power app products. For those of you with existing investments in InfoPath, it is clear that InfoPath will be supported with Sharepoint 2019, however, we would encourage a strategy of adopting PowerApps or other from technologies for any new project or significant upgrades of existing business applications.
Other SharePoint online innovations
Over the modern experience of SharePoint, we understand that various other innovations in SharePoint online will be brought to the on-premises version of SharePoint 2019 server. We expect team news and communication sites to be included, however hub sites which are due to appear in SharePoint online in Q1 2018, are not expected to make the cut although past experience is anything to go by then it is possible that they could arrive at a feature pack at later date. Beyond that, we‘ll see SharePoint home be included in the new version along with complete support for the SharePoint mobile app.
With a lot of features and improvements in SharePoint, online already proven SharePoint 2019 is undoubtedly going to be better than ever. Development is ongoing with the preview in mid of 2018 and the final release to be scheduled for the next half of the year 2018. SharePoint 2019 server will be released along with exchange server 2019, Skype for business server 2019 as well as office 2019. We will learn more about these once further announcements from Microsoft are made but for now, you can look forward to Microsoft SharePoint 2019 with this.