Microsoft SharePoint has been around since 2001 and is one of the top business collaboration resources today. However, it wasn’t until the SharePoint 2007 release that businesses really started to harness the power of online collaboration.
Now, with SharePoint 2016 Microsoft has gone even further to offer sought after services straight “out-of-the-box.” In particular, they are focused on delivering value to customers as part of their on-premises deployments, while at the same time making it easier to take advantage of cloud innovation through hybrid deployments of SharePoint Server with Office 365. With that backdrop, SharePoint Server 2016 will deliver enhancements and new capabilities in three major areas:
• Improved user experiences
• Cloud-inspired infrastructure
• Compliance and reporting
Below are 7 key benefits that result from using SharePoint 2016:
• Increased Browser Support
Part of Web Content Management is accessibility. SharePoint 2007 is for the most part jailed to Internet Explorer. Sure, you can load any SharePoint site in Firefox or Chrome, but it’s not fully supported and several features do not function correctly. SharePoint 2016 supports several commonly used web browsers, like IE 10, Firefox and Chrome.
• Better Rich Text Editor
The new and improved Rich Text Editor (RTE) provides a “Word-like” editing experience that most people take for granted in a non-browser world. The RTE in SharePoint 2016 provides rich formatting of text, live preview of formatting options, easy embedding of images and videos directly into the RTE and drag and drop capability to place them exactly where you want.
The rich editor integration with the new UI and ribbon will cut down on page loads, it shows quick access to the tools and actions you use most often, and automatically updated to the content you are working on.
• Managed Metadata service
This helps solidify SharePoint as a solid web-based tool for managing content across all of your sites. SharePoint 2016 introduces a powerful set of features around defining and managing taxonomies and then leveraging those “terms” to tag content in SharePoint. Leveraging these managed metadata fields in web content enables scenarios around showing dynamic content (discussed above), driving dynamic navigation based on metadata and helps with search engine optimization.
• Friendly URLs
By using managed navigation and category pages, the URLs of category pages can be built from the terms that you have specified in the term set, such as Computers or Marketing. For individual catalog items, you can specify that the URL consists of additional properties from the library or list that is shared as a catalog. This lets you create more meaningful, user-friendly URLs, instead of having URLs that consist of strings that do not make sense to users. In SharePoint Server 2016, the URLs for publishing sites included the name of the Pages library. In SharePoint Server 2016, you can create URLs that are more user-friendly.
• Cross Site Publishing when you have multiple websites
Cross-site publishing lets you store and maintain content in one or more authoring site collections, and display this content in one or more publishing site collections. When you change the content in an authoring site collection, those changes are displayed on all site collections that are reusing this content.
Cross-site publishing uses search technology to retrieve content. On a site collection where the Cross-Site Collection Publishing feature is enabled, libraries and lists have to be enabled as catalogs before the content can be reused in other site collections. For more information, see Catalog-enabled libraries and lists.
• Managed Navigation
Managed navigation lets you define and maintain the navigation on a site by using term sets. Managed navigation supplements the existing SharePoint navigation that is based on site structure. You create the managed navigation structure by adding terms to term sets in the Term Store Management tool. You can copy the navigation term set and translate it into the same languages that are used for variations labels.
• App Support for extensibility
Apps provide easier discovery & installation. Microsoft now provides an app store which is seamlessly integrated into SharePoint 2016 which allows you to access a marketplace where you can purchase additional components. Developers can now easily write applications and use the app store deploy this additional functionality which you can easily add to your SharePoint site.
The following are the advantages of Apps from the Developer perspective:
1. Web Programming skills are reusable in creating Apps
3. Opportunity to create & publish Apps to the SharePoint store, which could be installed on different SharePoint site
4. More potential in developing revenues through Apps
Expert training from SoHo Dragons (link) can help your team build a platform to share documents, collaborate, improve your overall digital experience. If you’re going to be in the Greater New York City area July 30th come meet us at SharePoint Saturday: NYC. We also host our monthly New York Enterprise Collaboration Meetup’s (link) where we provide enterprise technologists, business people, analysts, and curiosity seekers thought leading information around Enterprise Collaboration.