New and improved features in SharePoint Server 2016

SharePoint Server 2016

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Applies to: SharePoint Server 2016

Topic Last Modified: 2017-03-20

Learn about the new features and updates to existing features in SharePoint Server 2016.

For a comparison of SharePoint on-premises features between SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Server 2016 editions, see SharePoint feature availability across on-premises solutions. For new features in SharePoint Server 2016 for end users, see What's new in SharePoint Server 2016.

The following table provides a summary of the new features that you can try out in this SharePoint Server 2016 release.

 

Feature Description More information

Access Services

New Access features are available when you deploy Access Services in SharePoint Server 2016 .

For more information, see Access Services.

Compliance features

New compliance features for SharePoint Server 2016 include the document deletion and in-place hold policies.

For more information, see Compliance features.

Customized web parts

The compile time for customized XSLT files used for Content Query, Summary Links, and Table of Contents Web Parts is improved.

NA

Document Library accessibility

SharePoint Server 2016 includes new document library accessibility features.

For more information, see Document Library accessibility.

Durable links

Resource-based URLs now retain links when documents are renamed or moved in SharePoint.

NA

Encrypted Connections

SharePoint Server 2016 supports TLS 1.2 connection encryption by default.

For more information, see Encrypted Connections.

Fast Site Collection Creation

The Fast Site Collection Creation feature is a rapid method to create site collections and sites in SharePoint.

For more information, see Fast Site Collection Creation.

Filenames - expanded support for special characters

SharePoint Server 2016 now supports using some special characters in file names that were blocked in previous versions.

For more information, see Filenames.

Hybrid in SharePoint 2016

Hybrid in SharePoint Server 2016 enables you to integrate your on-premises farm with Office 365 productivity experiences, allowing you to adopt the cloud at your own pace.

For more information, see Hybrid in SharePoint 2016.

Identify and search for sensitive content

SharePoint Server 2016 now provides the same data loss prevention capabilities as Office 365.

For more information, see Identify and search for sensitive content in both SharePoint 2016 and OneDrive documents.

Image and video previews

You can now preview images and videos in SharePoint Server 2016 document libraries.

For more information, see Image and Video previews.

Information Rights Management

SharePoint Server 2016 provides Information Rights Management (IRM) capabilities to secure information by encrypting and securing information on SharePoint libraries with OneDrive for Business.

For more information, see Information Rights Management.

Large file support

SharePoint Server 2016 now supports uploading and downloading files larger than 2,047 MB.

For more information, see Large file support.

MinRole

MinRole is a new feature in SharePoint Server 2016 that allows a SharePoint farm administrator to define each server’s role in a farm topology.

For more information, see MinRole farm topology.

Mobile experience

SharePoint Server 2016 offers an improved mobile navigation experience.

For more information, see Mobile experience.

New features in November 2016 PU for SharePoint Server 2016 (Feature Pack 1)

The November 2016 Public Update for SharePoint Server 2016 (Feature Pack 1) offers seven new features for SharePoint Server 2016.

For more information, see New features in November 2016 PU for SharePoint Server 2016 (Feature Pack 1).

New controls for working with OneDrive for Business

SharePoint Server 2016 provides controls at the top of your personal document folders that make common tasks in OneDrive for Business more accessible.

For more information, see New controls for working with OneDrive for Business.

New Recycle Bin in OneDrive and Team sites

SharePoint Server 2016 adds a link for the Recycle Bin in the left navigation area of the OneDrive and Team sites.

NA

Open Document Format (ODF)

SharePoint Server 2016 adds support for Open Document Format (ODF) files to use in document library templates.

For more information, see Open Document Format (ODF) available for document libraries.

Project Server

New Project Server features are available in SharePoint Server 2016.

For more information, see Project Server.

ReFS file system support

SharePoint Server 2016 now supports drives that are formatted with the ReFS file system.

For more information about the ReFS file system, see Resilient File System Overview and Resilient file system.

SharePoint business intelligence

SharePoint Server 2016 now supports SQL Server 2016 CTP 3.1 and the Power Pivot add-in and Power View.

For more information about SharePoint business intelligence, see Power Pivot add-in and Power View are now available to use with SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2.

SharePoint Search

SharePoint Search Server Application has significant changes to its deployment.

For more information, see SharePoint Search Server Application.

Sharing improvements

SharePoint Server 2016 has many new sharing improvements available.

For more information, see Sharing improvements.

Site Folders view

SharePoint Server 2016 provides a new Site Folders view that lets you access the document libraries in sites that you're following.

For more information, see Site Folders view.

Sites page pinning

This new feature helps you see and follow sites.

For more information, see Sites page pinning.

SMTP Connection Encryption

SharePoint Server 2016 supports sending email to SMTP servers that use STARTTLS connection encryption.

For more information, see SMTP Connection Encryption.

SMTP ports (non-default)

SharePoint Server 2016 adds support for SMTP servers that use TCP ports other than the default port (25).

For more information, see Use SMTP ports other than the default (25).

Web Application Open Platform Interface Protocol (WOPI)

You can now rename files, create new files, and share files from within the WOPI iframe on the browser page.

NA

This section provides detailed descriptions of the new and updated features in SharePoint Server 2016.

The following new Access features are available when you deploy Access Services in SharePoint Server 2016:

SharePoint Server 2016 Central Administration is now provisioned on the first server in a farm by default when using the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard. Central Administration is not provisioned on additional servers in a farm by default.

You can provision or unprovision Central Administration on individual servers in a farm, no matter what the server role is by using the following methods:

NoteNote:
The state of Central Administration does not affect whether a server is considered compliant with MinRole. The MinRole health rule will not attempt to provision or unprovision Central Administration.

The document deletion policy allows you to delete documents in users' OneDrive for Business sites after specific periods of time. The In-Place Hold policy allows administrators to preserve documents, email, and other files.

For more information, see Overview of document deletion policies.

The following features are now available for working in SharePoint Server 2016 document libraries:

  • Landmarks to a page make it easier to navigate, and there are alt text improvements for all major navigation links.

  • Keyboard shortcuts are provided for the following document tasks:

    • Alt + N - New

    • Alt + E - Edit

    • Alt + U - Upload

    • Alt + M - Manage

    • Alt + S - Share

    • Alt + Y - Synchronization

  • Focus improvements, such as keeping focus on prior elements and focus trapping.

  • Announcements for upload progress.

  • Announcements for file name and file types when browsing folder and file lists.

  • Improved callout reading.

  • Fixed use of color issues for views switcher.

  • Updates to the Help documentation.

When you set up an SSL binding in Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager to host your web application, SharePoint uses TLS 1.2 connection encryption if your client application supports it. SharePoint also supports TLS 1.2 connection encryption when connecting to other systems, for example when crawling websites.

NoteNote:
A security vulnerability was identified in the SSL 3.0 protocol that can allow an attacker to decrypt data. For enhanced security, some SharePoint features now disable SSL 3.0 connection encryption by default, as well as certain encryption algorithms (for example RC4) with known weaknesses.
SharePoint disables SSL 3.0 connection encryption by default for some, but not all features. To ensure that SSL 3.0 is disabled for all features, you should disable it in Windows by editing the Windows Registry. For more information, see the "Disable SSL 3.0 in Windows For Server Software", and "For Client Software", workarounds in Microsoft Security Advisory 3009008.

This new feature provides templates that work at same level as SQL Server, which reduces the round trips required between the SharePoint and SQL servers. Use the SPSiteMasterWindows PowerShell cmdlets to create sites and site collections quickly, see Use Windows PowerShell cmdlets to manage sites in SharePoint Server 2016.

SharePoint has historically blocked file names that included the &, ~, {, and } characters, file names that contained a GUID, file names with leading dots, and file names longer than 128 characters. These restrictions are removed in SharePoint Server 2016 and are now available to use.

ImportantImportant:
Restricted characters such as % and # are still not allowed in file names.

In SharePoint Server 2016, new hybrid features are available to enable hybrid solutions.

Hybrid sites

Hybrid sites features allows your users to have an integrated experience while using SharePoint Server and SharePoint Online sites:

  • Users can follow SharePoint Server and SharePoint Online sites, and see them consolidated in a single list.

  • Users have a single profile in Office 365, where all of their profile information is stored.

For more information, see Plan for hybrid sites features.

Hybrid OneDrive for Business

Hybrid sites features are used in concert with Hybrid OneDrive for Business (introduced in SharePoint Server 2013 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)):

  • Users can sync files with Office 365 and share them with others.

  • Users can access their files directly through Office 365 from any device.

Cloud hybrid search

Cloud hybrid search is a new hybrid search solution alternative. With cloud hybrid search:

  • You index all of your crawled content, including on-premises content, to your search index in Office 365. You can set up the crawler in SharePoint Server 2016 to crawl the same content sources and use the same search connectors in Office SharePoint Server 2007, SharePoint Server 2010, and SharePoint Server 2013.

  • When users query your search index in Office 365, they get unified search results from both on-premises and Office 365 content.

For more information about cloud hybrid search, see the public Microsoft cloud hybrid search program on Microsoft Office connection.

For more information, see Plan for hybrid OneDrive for Business.

For more information about the hybrid solutions available today, please visit the SharePoint Hybrid Solutions Center.

With this new capability, you can:

  • Search for sensitive content across SharePoint Server 2016, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business.

  • Leverage 51 built-in sensitive information types (credit cards, passport numbers, Social Security numbers, and more).

  • Use DLP Queries from the eDiscovery site collection to discover sensitive content relating to common industry regulations from the SharePoint eDiscovery Center, identify offending documents, and export a report.

  • Turn on DLP Policies from the Compliance Policy Center site collection to notify end users and administrators when documents with sensitive information are stored in SharePoint and automatically protect the documents from improper sharing.

Information on configuring and using this feature is documented in SharePoint Online and Office 365. For more information, see:

In SharePoint Server 2016 when you post images and videos to a document library, you can see a preview by hovering the mouse over the image or video, or by clicking on them.

Previous versions of SharePoint did not support uploading or downloading files larger than 2,047 MB. SharePoint Server 2016 now allows you to upload or download larger files. You can configure the desired maximum file-size limit on a per-web application basis in your SharePoint farm.

The role of a server is specified when you create a new farm or join a server to an existing farm. SharePoint automatically configures the services on each server based on the server role, optimizing the performance of the farm based on that topology. There are eight predefined server roles that are available, as shown in the following table.

 

Server role Description

Front-end

Service applications, services, and components that serve user requests belong on front-end web servers. These servers are optimized for low latency.

Application

Service applications, services, and components that serve back-end requests, such as background jobs or search crawl requests, belong on Application servers. These servers are optimized for high throughput.

Distributed Cache

Service applications, services, and components that are required for a distributed cache belong on Distributed Cache servers.

Search

Service applications, services, and components that are required for search belong on Search servers.

Custom

Custom service applications, services, and components that do not integrate with MinRole belong on Custom servers. The farm administrator has full control over which service instances can run on servers assigned to the Custom role. MinRole does not control which service instances are provisioned on this role.

Single-Server Farm

Service applications, services, and components required for a single-machine farm belong on a Single-Server Farm. A Single-Server Farm is meant for development, testing, and very limited production use. A SharePoint farm with the Single-Server Farm role cannot have more than one SharePoint server in the farm.

ImportantImportant:
The Standalone Install mode is no longer available in SharePoint Server 2016. The Single-Server Farm role replaces the Standalone Install mode available in previous SharePoint Server releases. Unlike Standalone Install, the SharePoint administrator must separately install and prepare Microsoft SQL Server for SharePoint. The SharePoint administrator must also configure the SharePoint farm services and web applications, either manually or by running the Farm Configuration Wizard.

Front-end with Distributed Cache

Shared role that combines the Front-end and Distributed Cache roles on the same server.

NoteNote:
This shared role was introduced in the November Public Update for SharePoint Server 2016 (Feature Pack 1).

Application with Search

Shared role that combines the Application and Search roles on the same server.

NoteNote:
This shared role was introduced in the November Public Update for SharePoint Server 2016 (Feature Pack 1).

For more information about the MinRole feature, see Overview of MinRole Server Roles in SharePoint Server 2016 and Planning for a MinRole server deployment in SharePoint Server 2016.

When you use a mobile device to access the home page for a SharePoint Server 2016 team site, you can tap tiles or links on the screen to navigate the site. You can also switch from the mobile view to PC view, which displays site pages as they are seen on a client computer. This view is also touch enabled.

You can click a control to create new Office documents, upload files, synchronize your files for offline use, and share your files. For more information, see “Simple controls” on The OneDrive Blog.

The Open Document Format (ODF) enables you to create new files in a document library and save as ODF files so that users can edit the new file with a program they choose. For more information, see Set Open Document Format (ODF) as the default file template for a library.

Project Server 2016 for SharePoint Server 2016 has many new capabilities and features, including:

  • Resource Engagements: Now project managers can request needed resources from resource managers to complete their projects. Also, resource managers can use the new heat map functionality to see where resources are spending their time.

  • Multiple Timelines: Project and Portfolio managers can now create richer timelines that display multiple timelines in a single view.

  • Simpler administration: Project Server now has multi-tenant storage capabilities and has combined data storage with SharePoint. This greatly reduces IT overhead by eliminating the dedicated Project Server database and improves backup and restore capabilities.

  • Cloud grade performance and scale: Many performance and scalability improvements that have been added to Project Online have also been added to Project Server 2016.

For more information, see What's new for IT pros in Project Server 2016.

ImportantImportant:
Project Server 2016 is installed with SharePoint Server 2016 Enterprise, though is licensed separately. For more information about Project Server licensing, see Licensing Project.

SQL Server 2016 CTP 3.1 is now available. You can now download SQL Server 2016 CTP 3.1 to use the Power Pivot for SharePoint add-in. You can also use Power View by installing SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) in SharePoint-integrated mode and the SSRS front-end add-in from the SQL Server installation media.

Download SQL Server 2016 CTP 3.1 from Microsoft Download Center.

The following SharePoint Server 2016 business intelligence features are available when you upgrade to SQL Server 2016 CTP 3.1:

  • Power Pivot Gallery

  • Scheduled Data Refresh

  • Workbooks as a Data Source

  • Power Pivot Management Dashboard

  • Power View reports

  • Power View Subscriptions

  • Report Alerting

For more information, download the new Deploying SQL Server 2016 PowerPivot and Power View in SharePoint 2016 white paper. For details about configuring and deploying business intelligence in a multiple server SharePoint Server 2016 farm, download Deploying SQL Server 2016 PowerPivot and Power View in a Multi-Tier SharePoint 2016 Farm.

SharePoint Request Manager now provisions on the server roles shown in the following list, to support both throttling and routing scenarios:

  • Application

  • Distributed Cache

  • Front-End

Additionally, the Request Manager service will no longer prevent sites from rendering when the service is enabled while you have no routing rules defined.

The following list shows the sharing improvements that are available for SharePoint Server 2016:

SharePoint Search supports indexing of up to 500 million items per Search Server application. For more information, see Overview of search architecture in SharePoint Server 2016. For information about SharePoint cloud hybrid search, see Learn about cloud hybrid search for SharePoint.

We've simplified the process for configuring Central Administration to use SSL bindings. The following command parameters are now available to use:

  • New-SPCentralAdministration -Port <number> -SecureSocketsLayer

  • Set-SPCentralAdministration -Port <number> -SecureSocketsLayer

  • Psconfig.exe -cmd adminvs -port <number> -ssl

You must assign a server certificate to the Central Administration IIS web site by using the IIS administration tools. The Central Administration web application won’t be accessible until you do this.

If you specify port 443, it will automatically create an SSL binding instead of an HTTP binding even if you don’t include the SecureSocketsLayer or SSL parameters.

The Central Administration public AAM URL will be automatically updated to use the appropriate protocol scheme, server name, and port number.

There are three options available for upgrading site collections. For more information, see Upgrade a site collection to SharePoint Server 2016.

The following list shows the SharePoint 2016 requirements that are needed to negotiate connection encryption with an SMTP server:

  1. STARTTLS must be enabled on the SMTP server.

  2. The SMTP server must support the TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1, or TLS 1.2 protocol.

    ImportantImportant:
    SSL 2.0 and SSL 3.0 protocols are not supported.
  3. The SMTP server must have a server certificate installed.

  4. The server certificate must be valid. Typically, this means that the name of the server certificate must match the name of the SMTP server provided to SharePoint. The server certificate must also be issued by a certificate authority that is trusted by the SharePoint server.

  5. SharePoint must be configured to use SMTP connection encryption.

To configure SharePoint to always use SMTP connection encryption, open the SharePoint Central Administration website and browse to System Settings > Configure outgoing e-mail settings and set the Use TLS connection encryption drop-down menu to Yes. To configure SharePoint to always use SMTP connection encryption in Windows PowerShell, use the Set-SPWebApplication cmdlet without the DisableSMTPEncryption parameter. For example:


$WebApp = Get-SPWebApplication -IncludeCentralAdministration | ? { $_.IsAdministrationWebApplication -eq $true }

Set-SPWebApplication -Identity $WebApp -SMTPServer smtp.internal.contoso.com -OutgoingEmailAddress sharepoint@contoso.com -ReplyToEmailAddress sharepoint@contoso.com

To configure SharePoint to never use SMTP connection encryption in SharePoint Central Administration, browse to System Settings > Configure outgoing email settings and set the Use TLS connection encryption drop-down menu to No. To configure SharePoint to never use SMTP connection encryption in Windows PowerShell, use the Set-SPWebApplication cmdlet with the DisableSMTPEncryption parameter. For example:


$WebApp = Get-SPWebApplication -IncludeCentralAdministration | ? { $_.IsAdministrationWebApplication -eq $true }

Set-SPWebApplication -Identity $WebApp -SMTPServer smtp.internal.contoso.com -DisableSMTPEncryption -OutgoingEmailAddress sharepoint@contoso.com -ReplyToEmailAddress 
sharepoint@contoso.com
NoteNote:
If SharePoint is configured to use SMTP connection encryption, it will only send email messages if it successfully negotiates connection encryption with the SMTP server. It will not fall back and send email messages unencrypted if connection encryption negotiation fails. If SharePoint is not configured to use SMTP connection encryption, it will always send email messages unencrypted, even if the SMTP server supports connection encryption.

For more information, see "Site folders" in The OneDrive Blog.

You can now pin sites that you see on the sites page. A pinned site shows at the top of the list of sites that you're following.

You can now apply themes to your Suite Navigation.

To configure SharePoint to use a non-default SMTP port open SharePoint Central Administration, browse to System Settings > Configure outgoing email settings, and set the SMTP server port to the port number of your SMTP server. To configure SharePoint to use a non-default SMTP port in Windows PowerShell, use the Set-SPWebApplication cmdlet with the SMTPServerPort <port number> parameter. For example:


$WebApp = Get-SPWebApplication -IncludeCentralAdministration | ? { $_.IsAdministrationWebApplication -eq $true }

Set-SPWebApplication -Identity $WebApp -SMTPServer smtp.internal.contoso.com -SMTPServerPort 587 -OutgoingEmailAddress sharepoint@contoso.com -ReplyToEmailAddress 
sh  arepoint@contoso.com

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