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What Is New With SharePoint Server 2016, and Should You Move to It?

Published: 21 June 2016

ID: G00297611

Analyst(s): Kyle Davis


SharePoint Server 2016 is not a major upgrade, but a cloud-oriented face-lift to SharePoint 2013. This document will help SharePoint architects and administrators determine whether they should upgrade now or delay based on the changes and capabilities introduced through SharePoint Server 2016.

Table Of Contents


  • The Varying Value of Five Key Features of SharePoint 2016
    • Hybrid Scenarios
    • Common, Touch-Friendly UI for Sites and Content
    • Durable Links
    • MinRole
    • Zero Downtime Patching
  • Features Built for Microsoft by Microsoft
  • Changes That Can Impact a Migration to SharePoint 2016
    • Removed Features
    • Other Changes
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Delay an Upgrade From SharePoint 2013 Until 2017
  • Upgrade From SharePoint 2007/2010 as Soon as a Migration Is Possible
  • Budget for All New Licensing and Product Requirements

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