SharePoint 2016 New Features

Business intelligence

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

Compliance features

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

Encrypted Connections

“SharePoint Server 2016 supports TLS 1.2 connection encryption by default. 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.

Fast Site Collection Creation

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

Customized web parts

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

 

Document Library accessibility

SharePoint Server 2016 includes new document library accessibility features. 
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.

Durable links

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

Encrypted Connections

“SharePoint Server 2016 supports TLS 1.2 connection encryption by default. 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.

Fast Site Collection Creation

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

Support Filenames With Special Characters

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

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.

Identify and search for sensitive content

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

Image and video previews

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

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 Secure and sync with Information Rights Management on OneDrive for Business and Apply Information Rights Management to a list or library.

Large file support

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

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.

Mobile experience

SharePoint Server 2016 offers an improved mobile navigation experience. 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.

OneDrive

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

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.

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.

Open Document Format (ODF)

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

“New Project Server features are available in SharePoint Server 2016. 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.

ReFS file system support

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

Search

SharePoint Search Server Application has significant changes to its deployment. 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.

Sharing improvements

SharePoint Server 2016 has many new sharing improvements available. The following list shows the sharing improvements that are available for SharePoint Server 2016:
Create and Share folder
Sharing Hint
See who the folder is shared with when viewing a folder
Members can share
Improved invitation mail
One-click email to approve or deny a request for access
Recently Shared Items cache, see Enable the Recently Shared Items (RSI) cache to quickly populate the Shared with Me view.

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.

Sites page pinning

This new feature helps you see and follow sites.

SMTP Connection Encryption

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

SMTP ports (non-default)

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