What to Expect in SharePoint 2019
As Office 365 continues to grow in popularity, it would seem that cloud is king and on-premises installations are a thing of the past. However, many organizations are still running on-premises solutions in some capacity. Microsoft has recognized this and for that reason, SharePoint 2019 will be released in late 2018. It will bring on-premises users many of the features that SharePoint Online users enjoy today.
New releases from Microsoft are always exciting as new, innovative features often drastically affect the user experience of the system. With the SharePoint 2019 preview imminent, here are our favorite projected updates for the new version.
SharePoint’s on-premises design is getting an overhaul! Those who are familiar with SharePoint Online’s interface will likely find the SharePoint 2019 redesign very familiar. Utilizing many of the features currently available for SharePoint Online users, SharePoint 2019 is anticipated to have a modern interface that will improve the user experience of the platform by providing users with modern sites, pages, lists, and libraries.
In addition to overall design modernization, SharePoint 2019 is also projected to feature a more mobile-friendly design approach. Currently, the SharePoint 2016 mobile experience is limited and clunky. The new SharePoint mobile experience will likely feature a more image-heavy design and allow for easier navigation through modern design elements.
Aciron’s CEO, Puneet Gangal, recently commented on SharePoint 2019’s anticipated responsive design and modern UI in CMSWire. As consultants, we know that companies have many reasons for staying with on-premises solutions, so we are excited to see how Microsoft will modernize on-premises SharePoint in this upcoming release.
Flow and PowerApps Integration
Microsoft has confirmed that PowerApps and Microsoft Flow will be the successor products to InfoPath and SharePoint Designer. For SharePoint 2019, it is anticipated that Microsoft will begin this transition by giving customers the ability to access their data behind a firewall while using Flow and PowerApps.
Currently, Flow and PowerApps are limited to use only by SharePoint Online customers whose data resides on Microsoft cloud servers; however, with SharePoint 2019, Microsoft will leverage their development and investment in Office 365 and SharePoint Online to update SharePoint Server’s capabilities and allow list integrations for Flow and PowerApps. This new integration functionality will allow users to more easily create workflows and move data between on-premises SharePoint and the cloud.
Next Generation Sync Client
Currently, the new Sync Client is available on SharePoint Online but is not available with SharePoint on-premises. With SharePoint 2019, the addition of the Next Generation Sync Client is anticipated to allow hybrid SharePoint 2019 farms to easily sync files between the computer and the cloud, giving users access to their files from anywhere. With the new SharePoint 2019 sync client, we expect synchronization to be quick and reliable. It will empower hybrid SharePoint farms to work more efficiently than in past versions of the platform.
As you can see from the list of anticipated features above, SharePoint 2019 will give on-premises farms more of the functionality currently available to Online users. If Cloud is the king, then Hybrid is the prince–the features in this latest SharePoint release should empower hybrid farms to work more efficiently through new integrations and updated sync functionality. We’re very excited for the SharePoint 2019 preview to be released in the coming days and will be updating this post with the features included in the preview.
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