SharePoint 2016 vs. SharePoint 2019

Of course, with the rapid development of technology, as well as changing business needs, it’s only to be expected that Microsoft regularly develops new versions of its software. With SharePoint 2019 set to be released, you’ll likely want to know the differences between the previous version and the new one — including the requirements your system will need to meet before running SharePoint 2019.

Here’s a look at the most notable new additions to the software, as reported by Microsoft. Note that each SharePoint 2019 feature has been developed to provide a more contemporary and seamless user experience:

  • Access Services 2013 allows users to send emails from apps.
  • The Central Administration homepage features links to admin documentation.
  • Users can create their own communication sites.
  • Fast site creation enables the rapid, template-based development of sites.
  • SharePoint document libraries can store up to 15 GB worth of files.
  • Lists and libraries have been upgraded to deliver a more modern experience.
  • A simplified user interface provides more ease of use when sharing content.
  • Users can add modern web components and site pages on team sites.
  • An upgraded search feature provides updated search results as you type.
  • Team sites have been modernized to improve collaboration.
  • This version uses Internet Information Services (IIS) 7+ APIs, which will improve compatibility with Windows updates.
  • Users have access to all of their on-premise and online sites via the home page.
  • Users can create sites in a range of web applications via the home page.
  • Site development on the home page supports non-default AAM zones.
  • SMTP authentication is now supported when sending emails.
  • Users can sync files using the next-generation OneDrive sync client.
  • The special characters % and # are supported for use in file names, making it easier to sync content from Windows-based personal devices to SharePoint.

In addition to these new features, several features from the 2016 version have been improved, such as the recycle bin and the sharing email template. There are also new Microsoft Powershell SharePoint Server cmdlets, as well as new Health Analyzer rules.

Of course, there are several features that are either being deprecated — meaning they’ll not be further developed — or have even been removed completely from the SharePoint 2019 On-Premise, making it more like the online version. Here are some of the biggest changes:

  • Access Services 2010 and 2013 will both be supported, but deprecated.
  • Multi-tenancy will no longer be supported, as it relies on cloud capabilities that aren’t available on-premise.
  • The Groove sync client will remain supported but deprecated.
  • The new version will not support code-based sandbox solutions.
  • The aggregate newsfeed will be read-only.
  • SharePoint designer 2013 is being deprecated and will only work until 2026.
  • InfoPath Services will be deprecated.
  • The custom help engine will be replaced by an updated version that’s synced with Office 365.
  • Visio services will no longer support Microsoft Silverlight as of October 2021.
  • Machine translations will be supported but deprecated.
  • Site mailbox and site manager will be deprecated.

To get the most out of SharePoint 2019, it can be helpful to invest some time to explore this new version to see which features are most important for you and your business. And if you need further information, feel free to contact us. Our team of dedicated experts is always ready to assist you in any way possible!

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