Updated Product Servicing Policy for SharePoint Server 2016

SharePoint Server 2016

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Applies to: SharePoint Server 2016, SharePoint Server 2016 Enterprise

Topic Last Modified: 2017-04-05

Summary: This article explains the updated product servicing policy of SharePoint Server 2016.

During mainstream support, Microsoft releases new Public Update (PU) builds for SharePoint Server 2016 each month that contain the latest functionality, performance, and stability improvements for the product. To ensure that customers have a high-quality experience, Microsoft is adopting the following product servicing policy for SharePoint Server 2016.

All SharePoint Server 2016 builds will be supported for at least one year from its release date. Microsoft will update the minimum supported build of SharePoint Server 2016 on each anniversary of General Availability (GA). Customers must be running that build or higher to remain supported. If a customer contacts Microsoft support and their farm is not running the minimum supported build or higher, they will be asked to upgrade to that build before support can be offered.

The product servicing policy timeline for SharePoint Server 2016 is described in the table below:

 

SharePoint Server 2016 Support End Date

RTM (16.0.4351.1000) - April 2017 Public Update

4/30/2018

May 2017 Public Update - April 2018 Public Update

4/30/2019

May 2018 Public Update - April 2019 Public Update

4/30/2020

May 2019 Public Update - April 2020 Public Update

4/30/2021

May 2020 Public Update - April 2021 Public Update

4/30/2022

May 2021 Public Update - all future Public Updates

7/14/2026

Question: Why is Microsoft doing this?

Answer: Previously, servicing for SharePoint was tied to specific types of releases – the initial RTM release and service packs. However, Microsoft has no plans to release new service packs for SharePoint and will instead only update SharePoint by way of monthly Public Updates. This new servicing policy ensures that customers are running a build that contains fixes for the most common issues that customers have been reporting to us, even if there are no additional service packs released.

Question: Will Microsoft release service packs for SharePoint Server 2016?

Answer: No, Microsoft has no plans to release service packs for SharePoint Server 2016. Functionality, performance, and stability improvements for SharePoint Server 2016 will be delivered by way of our monthly Public Updates.

Question: Where can I find the Public Updates for SharePoint Server 2016?

Answer: The current list of Public Updates for SharePoint Server 2016 can be found in our SharePoint Updates article.

Question: Do the monthly Public Updates contain all of the fixes included in the previous Public Updates?

Answer: Yes, the monthly Public Updates are cumulative. Each Public Update contains all of the fixes provided in the previous Public Updates.

Question: Do I need to install an earlier Public Update before I can install the latest Public Update?

Answer: No, you don't need to install an earlier Public Update before you install the latest Public Update.  You can install any Public Update directly on an RTM installation.

Question: Should I install the monthly Public Updates for SharePoint Server 2016 immediately or should I install them only if they contain a fix for a specific issue I'm having?

Answer: Microsoft recommends that all customers install Public Updates for SharePoint Server 2016 as soon as they become available. Microsoft performs rigorous validation of each Public Update, both internally and with a select set of partners and customers before it is released to ensure it has the highest quality.

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