The build up to the Release-to-Manufacturing (RTM)
SharePoint 2016 is starting to seem reminiscent of the build up to the
arrival of The Beatles in America back on February 7, 1964. "SharePoint
2016 is coming!" is the cry at large in the tech community. "We
haven't a clue when, but it's coming!"
But it's possible to say that the Fab Four in this case are named:
Hype, Hybrid, Hit and Myth.
According to the usually on-the-money CMS Wire, the big day is March 14 ("Maybe"),
hand-in-hand with Office Online Server (OOS). Their source is a tweet by a
Microsoft Program Manager, with no official confirmation, other than
a statement that the SharePoint Server 2016 release is "on track."
The marrying of dates between SharePoint 2016 and OOS does makes sense
when considering that Microsoft MVP Vlad Catrinescu apparently
suggested that hybrid SharePoint® deployments will require OOS to
support various features of SharePoint 2016.
On top of that, a keynote given at this year's SPTechCon in Austin, Texas, by Senior Director of
Product Management for Microsoft and OneDrive, Seth Patton, and Senior
Product Marketing Manager for SharePoint and Office 365, Chris McNulty,
promised an ongoing commitment to on-premises, but one that was
described as "hybrid at the core."
So, does all this amount to various clues carefully collected by the
SharePoint faithful, or strategically sprinkled crumbs designed to
build expectation and get people talking? If the latter is true,
it's certainly working. Expectations are sky high and everybody is
talking. SharePoint 2016 is already a hit.
The facts ought to be more straightforward, but even they leave
tantalizing questions about SharePoint 2016. SharePoint expert and
author Todd Klindt was quick to point out that
SharePoint 2016 Release Candidate (Released 20 January), is just a patch
away from the earlier beta 2 release. Microsoft's Bill Baer has talked
often about how patching will get better in SharePoint 2016, but
this is now in evidence.
Baer's words are backed up by the fact of a simple patch - a small
download of Release Candidate for those who have beta 2 - rather than a
wipe and reinstall. Is this a sign of things to come? Well, it was
promised and it was delivered in advance, in full working order, so it's
probably time to take that one to the bank.
Hybrid enthusiasts (with hybrid search configured), can also look
forward to being able to index one million items for every 1TB of hybrid
storage they use and search legacy versions of SharePoint without
having to upgrade those versions. Nice.
So how much is true and how much is rumor, speculation, or
misinterpretation? Only time will tell.
And, happily, there isn't much time left to wait. If you believe
Coming soon on Bamboo Nation: SharePoint 2016: With
Great Power Comes Great Sensitivity.
04 2016, 07:36 AM
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