SharePoint 2016 Feature Pack 2

by Robi 13. March 2018 21:20

It has become something of a habit for Microsoft to announce many new features for its products before and during the annual Ignite conference and it was no different this year.

Feature pack 2

The cumulative September 2017 update brought with it not just minor fixes. It also included the SharePoint Framework, also known as SPFx, to on premise environments. With this fix, it is now possible to develop solutions and web parts the same way as in an O365 environment.

SharePoint Framework (SPFx)

For those of you who might not know the SharePoint Framework, let me just mention a few of its main characteristics.

  • It runs in the context of the current user and the browser connection. It doesn't use any iFrames to develop solutions.
  • All controls are drawn in the normal DOM of a page.
  • It enables developers to use different levels of page loading, including "render", "serialize", "configuration changes", …
  • It can use different JavaScript frameworks.
  • It does not affect the general server performance.
  • To use SharePoint data, SharePoint REST services or JSOM can be used.

It should be noted that we will have to upgrade our skills and know how to use SPFx as it is now a part of SharePoint and SharePoint Online development.

Besides SPFx, the feature pack also includes all the fixes and upgrades that Feature Pack 1 contained. In case you have already forgotten them, it is worth noting the following changes:

  • Administrative Actions Logging.
    • The logging of actions that administrators make.
  • MinRole enhancements.
    • Various MinRole improvements, including new server roles, mainly for minor environments where various roles are merged.
  • SharePoint Custom Tiles.
    • Making your own connections in App Launcher.
  • Hybrid Auditing (preview)
  • Hybrid Taxonomy
    • Connection between the Managed Metadata service app with the one in O365.
  • OneDrive API for SharePoint on premise.

SharePoint 2019

We have listed a lot of new features, but we still can't forget about the announcement of SharePoint 2019 Server. The release date of this new product is expected to happen in late 2018. Two key characteristics are going to be:

  • It will be built based on SharePoint 2016 Server.
  • O365 connectivity.

Microsoft has said that for the 2019 version, they will try to focus mainly on four key areas:

  1. Sharing and collaboration.
    1. A reliable client for synchronizing OneDrive for Business and SharePoint sites.
    2. A modern approach to employee collaboration.
    3. A modern way of sharing information and documents.
  2. Reporting and reacting.
    1. It is of vital importance to stay on top of all activities of different work groups and departments.
  3. Transformation of business processes.
    1. Maximizing productivity.
    2. Modern applications and effective business processes.
  4. Added value for admins and developers.
    1. A safe and modern infrastructure.
    2. A consistent user experience (O365 and on premise).

Those of you who feared that SharePoint 2016 was the last on-premise version can now rest easy – SharePoint Server will stay on premise for quite some time.

Robi Vončina

Office Servers and Services MVP


SharePoint 2016

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