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.