SharePoint 2016 overview

2 Nov 2018
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SharePoint 2016 overview

In today’s volatile economic climate, organizations require collaboration, communication, and productivity solutions to be both cost-effective and flexible. SharePoint Server 2016 can help you achieve new levels of reliability and performance, delivering features and capabilities that simplify administration, protect communications and information, and empower users while meeting their demands for greater business mobility.

SharePoint Server is a preferred choice among organizations to enable rich, seamless, and productive collaboration. SharePoint Server 2016 builds on the investments of previous SharePoint releases and Office 365 innovation to:

  • Lower IT costs with a flexible and scalable collaboration platform.
  • Better manage risk by safeguarding your business with secure and reliable capabilities.
  • Increase productivity through cost-effective and efficient management.

SharePoint Server 2016 has been designed, developed, and tested with the Microsoft Software as a Service (SaaS) strategy, building on SharePoint Online as its core. Drawing extensively from that experience, SharePoint Server 2016 offers you new and improved, highly flexible deployment options. You can choose from a traditional on-premises deployment, a hosted service with Microsoft Office 365 sites powered by Microsoft SharePoint Online, deployment in Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), or a mix of these options with a hybrid approach, empowering you to choose how and when you take advantage of on-premises or cloud-based solutions, all without changing the user experience. Seamless integration with on-premises people experiences and taxonomy ensure a consistent experience within or beyond the firewall.


Ever-changing business conditions require you to be agile, and that means investing in solutions that provide reliability and choice. SharePoint Server 2016 provides the flexibility to tailor deployments based on your unique business needs.

SharePoint Server 2016 allows you to maximize the value of your existing infrastructure while enabling you to take advantage of the latest hardware innovations and computing technologies—making it capable of handling enormous amounts of data faster, more efficiently, and at a lower cost.


Making decisions faster and keeping in contact are critical capabilities for increasing effectiveness in any organization. Users’ ability to access information while on the go is now a workplace necessity.

SharePoint Server 2016 provides improved mobile access to content, people, and applications along with touch-based experiences across devices and screen sizes. It makes file storage and document collaboration more people-centric. And it enables improved user experiences and capabilities derived from innovations in Office 365, available either as part of your on-premises deployment or through a hybrid implementation of SharePoint Server 2016 and Office 365.


Data loss is non-negotiable, and overexposure to information can have legal and compliance implications. SharePoint Server 2016 provides a broad array of features and capabilities designed to make certain that sensitive information remains that way, and to ensure that the right people have access to the right information  at the right time.

This guide walks through new features and capabilities that address these challenges.

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