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SharePoint 2016 RTM and the Future of SharePoint event

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Today marks Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of SharePoint Server 2016! This is an important milestone in the delivery of this significant release, which includes new capabilities for users, IT pros and administrators, as well as the next generation of hybrid capabilities for SharePoint. This also marks the general availability of cloud hybrid search for SharePoint Server 2013 and higher customers—allowing on-premises and Office 365 content to be surfaced in one search result.

We want to thank the thousands of users and IT pros who provided feedback through our UserVoice, our forums, social channels and our Technology Adoption Program (TAP). Your input—coupled with our learnings from running SharePoint at scale in Office 365—makes SharePoint Server 2016 the most reliable, scalable, secure and high-performing SharePoint Server release ever.

Learn more in the SharePoint Server 2016 reviewer’s guide or download a trial of the RTM version. SharePoint Server 2016 will be generally available in the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center in early May.

We are also excited to announce the RTM of Project Server 2016 that is distributed as part of SharePoint Server 2016. Learn more in the Project Server 2016 release notes.

What’s next for SharePoint

Billions of documents are stored on SharePoint sites—making it the center of content management and collaboration for over a decade. Whether enabling students to work together or helping a company transform its entire intranet, we have continually evolved SharePoint to meet the changing needs of the digital workplace.

As work teams become more dynamic and digital content growth continues to skyrocket, SharePoint will play an ever increasing role in enabling content collaboration for the new way of working. As a part of Microsoft’s broader ambition to reinvent productivity, we are on a mission to make SharePoint more simple, mobile, intelligent and secure to help customers unlock the value of having it as an integrated part of Office 365. This year, we will release significant new innovations spanning user experiences, document collaboration, mobile enhancements and platform improvements that will redefine modern content collaboration.

The Future of SharePoint virtual event

Please join us on May 4, 2016 for a live online event to celebrate SharePoint 2016 and unveil our vision and roadmap for the future of SharePoint. See Jeff Teper, CVP for OneDrive and SharePoint, outline our vision and future plans for SharePoint and OneDrive for Business—both on-premises and in the cloud with Office 365. Following the keynote will be a number of sessions detailing the new innovations along with sneak peek demos of what’s coming. Whether you are an executive, IT pro, developer or SharePoint user, we have a lot to share and hope you’ll be part of this historic moment and register today.

Resources to help you get started with SharePoint Server 2016

Seth Patton, general manager for the SharePoint and OneDrive Product Management team

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22 comments
  1. Nice job – but where is Office Online Server? Please add the links to the language packs as well – we live in a multi-lingual world – at least here in Bavaria 🙂

  2. Is it possible to install it on production environment and upgrade the licence when it will be available in may ?

  3. when will it be available to MS-Partners and MSDN-Subscribers?

    • It will be available on MPN & MSDN at general availability in early May.

  4. It is really a nice news heard today… Hope to be able to upgrade the current SP 2013 to 2016

  5. With Sharepoint 2013 we were able to integrate TFS (site collection). Has this been removed and if so what are the alternatives to pull in our TFS info to Sharepoint. At the moment, Sharepoint extensions cannot be installed on 2012 R2 which is the minimum requirement for SP2016. Thanks!

    • Unfortunately, I guess no one checks the questions/comments here after the first day of posting.

  6. Looking forward to Sharepoint 2016, but please let us have a reliable OneDrive for Business that will let us use our Billions of documents how we want.

  7. Is it possible to update from RC 16.0.4339.1000 to RTM 16.0.4351.1000. In case of, where do i find the update ?

  8. Hopefully the event will bring us really news to the future of SharePoint, not only the “news” in SharePoint 2016. Because in my opinion this version is a bit disappointing! 4 years development and so little changes and no really trending features and no solutions for years uncompleted functionality. Please tell us the truth about responsive design for publishing and teamsite (and not the SP 2016 “improvements”), form solutions (the successor of InfoPath), workflows, improved document management functions, social features without the lousy yammer integration, Onedrive for Business that works and even is enterprise ready (governance!), a modern provisioning solution that’s not a GitHub tinker solution, and so on….
    Or just be so brave and tell us, that we never will expect any of this things.
    I hope we’ll get the answer on May 4, we are waiting for years….

    • Guess that is what they mean by “cloud first”.

  9. We have install SharePoint 2016 on premise, it’s working fine.
    We would like to try Onedrive, we download the last one available but it’s requiring for an office 365 account. We have no office 365 account we would lke to use it on premise to replace SharePoint workspace.
    i have 2 questions :
    – is the actual onedrive download compatible with SharePoint 2016 RTM ?
    – how to use it without office 365 account ?

    • Hi Christophe. The OneDrive Next Generation Sync Client doesn’t support synchronization of SharePoint document libraries yet. However you can use the existing sync client to for this and it is compatible with SharePoint Server 2016 – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2903984.

  10. Hi, in fact i have a third question :
    We have install SharePoint 2016 on premise, it’s working fine.
    We would like to try Onedrive, we download the last one available but it’s requiring for an office 365 account. We have no office 365 account we would lke to use it on premise to replace SharePoint workspace.
    i have 2 questions :
    – is the actual onedrive download compatible with SharePoint 2016 RTM ?
    – how to use it without office 365 account ?
    – is it possible to select a specific SharePoint on premise library folder to avaiod to sync the complete library

  11. The link to the reviewer’s guid doesn’t work. Does anyone have a correct link?

  12. Is there any word on when an Office Online Server RTM is going to be available?

    • I am looking for the same answer please?

      When will Office Online Server RTM be available since preview has been removed?

  13. Is there any update as to when RTM/final bits for Office Online Server will be available?

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