With the release of SharePoint 2016, a lot of customers have faced with the daunting question: should I upgrade to the most recent release? While we gave a deep dive into the upgrade and migration process, so we wanted to give you seven reasons why you should consider an upgrade.
1. Hybrid Cloud Support
Growth in SharePoint Online usage has proven that users have begun to steer towards the cloud, but there are plenty that still want to operate on-premises. SharePoint 2016 gives the best of both On Premise and Cloud.
2. Cloud Hybrid Search
Working with Office 365, SharePoint 2016 delivers a unified search experience. By storing your index – not your data- in the cloud, you can display all search results on one page without the need for Result Blocks, listing both Office 365 and on-premises results together. In the Cloud or On Premise or even a combination a powerful new release of features and capabilities.
3. Upload and DB size
Owing to the hybrid features, scalability of the SharePoint too has improved significantly. While for earlier version, the upload limit was 2 GB file size, now, with SharePoint 2016 it’s increased up to 10 GB. Moreover the upload is done using background intelligence service (BITS) protocol rather than HTTP protocol, which makes this process more efficient.
4. Secure encrypted connections
SharePoint Server 2016 supports TLS 1.2 connection encryption by default. This makes the information exchange more secured.
5. Improved Mobile navigation experience
In SharePoint 2016, Microsoft improved the mobile experience and touch optimized both the mobile view and the PC view. Users are also free to switch back and forth between the mobile site and the full site. These capabilities may prove to be especially useful to users who rely on tablets, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro that use the same browser as a desktop PC, but are touch oriented.
6. Increased stability
The new SharePoint 2016 is lot more stable and faster than previous versions, having tested by millions of online customers. It’s completely built on cloud while delivered to on-premises customers. With the zero downtime and high level support, it has been established as a stable solution.
7. MinRole Management
This new feature in SharePoint Server 2016 provides easier server management by allowing farm administrators to define specific server roles. It lets a farm administrator to define each server’s role in a farm topology. SharePoint automatically configures each server according to the respective role.
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