Microsoft announced it would be releasing SharePoint 2019 in the second half of 2018 at Ignite 2017, with the preview version available in mid-2018.  SharePoint 2019 will be very much an on-premises edition of the platform built on the foundational release of SharePoint Server 2016. The goal is to reduce the difference between online and on-premise versions of SharePoint creating greater consistency and integrability between them.

The highlights of what your organisation can expect from SharePoint Server 2019 are:

  • Next-Gen Sync Client support – Enhancements to OneDrive functionality and Office to make them more efficient and intuitive
  • Modern UX throughout the product – Improved design of lists, libraries and pages
  • Flow / Power Apps integration – Enhanced integration with Flow and PowerApps (allowing more flexibility with the use of these key tools that are so useful within SharePoint online)
  • Other SharePoint Online innovations – making the most of what SharePoint online offers that can be exploited within the on-premise version.

According to Microsoft MVP Dmitri Plotnikov, new possibilities for SharePoint 2019 are likely to include the following improvements for Intranet sites (a key area of interest for Primaxis):

  • Simplify communication sites with more layouts
  • Simplify News Pages
  • Web Search with Bing for search outside the intranet
  • Promote Button to share pages with the world
  • Improved people cards
  • The ability to quickly create new sites, based on your custom configuration by clicking a button
  • New toolbox for looking overlay web parts
  • News Digest
  • The ability to create a new hub site or designate an existing one, and connect any of your other sites
  • Custom forms with PowerApps which embed your apps straight into SharePoint

What lies ahead

The emphasis that Microsoft has put on bridging the gap between online and on-premise SharePoint from what is being proposed in SharePoint 2019 is a clear indicator that they are serious about user experience and consistency of approach. It’s also an indicator that Microsoft recognises that there are plenty of companies have an appetite for a SharePoint environment housed within their own firewall (self-managed) that has all the features they would expect from the Office 365 version.

 

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