Today is a very exciting and important day for everyone who is interrested in or already operating SharePoint Server On Premises. As per Tech Community announcement of today, SharePoint 2019 Public Preview was just released!
I am happy to be able to summarize in-depth and long-awaited information on the new SharePoint Server at this early point in time.
What's in SharePoint Server 2019?
What can you expect of this new on-prem version of the product? Bill Baer announced first details, as he introduced SharePoint 2019 in his recent Tech Community Blog Post.
By today, there is a new and very detailled document available. Make sure you check out the SharePoint Server 2019 Preview Reviewer’s Guide.
User experience improvements
SharePoint Server 2019 delivers innovations in user experience from SharePoint Online, with improvements to document libraries and navigation constructs that are consistent with Office 365.
These updates have proven successful in driving adoption in Office 365, and will now benefit SharePoint Server. Using the cloud as a baseline, we’re bringing the most compelling communications and collaborative experiences to customers of SharePoint 2019. These investments include the introduction of Communications Sites, Team News, and modern Team Sites to include Lists and Libraries and in support of broader data mobility the Next Generation Sync Client (NGSC) support for reliable access to your documents – anywhere, anytime.
As with SharePoint Server 2016, for SharePoint Server 2019 we continue to derive our on-premises server from our platform investments in SharePoint Online with new native support for hybrid scenarios that can be configured during your deployment.
Business process improvements
We know that customers worldwide use SharePoint to support collaboration, search, business process automation, and custom business applications; and we know that many customers rely on SharePoint Server for mission-critical workloads. We know it’s not always easy to move your business, your workloads, to the cloud so we’re investing in supporting the use of process automation and forms technologies such as Microsoft PowerApps and Flow to connect with your on-premises data with 2019.
- Modern Sites, Pages, Lists, and Libraries
- Team News
- SharePoint Home
- Communication Sites
- OneDrive Sync Client
- Improved hybrid support and scenarios
- New developer options
- Improved support for business process with PowerApps and Flow
SharePoint Server 2019 has been optimized for the way you work, with a familiar, consistent view of information, collaboration, and process. At the same time, IT will benefit from a comprehensive, easily managed and integrated platform that meets the needs of the business today and tomorrow.
Enough talk. Here comes the download link.
You can download your copy of the SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview here.
Stuff to read, before you begin
- SharePoint Server 2019 Preview Quick Start Guide
What you need to know and to prepare before installing SharePoint Server 2019
- SharePoint Server 2019 Preview Reviewer’s Guide
Learn what's in SharePoint Server 2019 (PDF file)
- Differences between SharePoint Server 2016 and 2019 Public Preview
A SharePoint 2016/2019 version comparison
- AutoSPInstaller for SharePoint 2019 Preview
(Coming shortly after SharePoint 2019 Preview is released)
A list of new/deprecated/removed features
While you read this next chapter, please be aware that some information may be updated or slightly changed until the final product is released.
If you have any feature related questions, please visit the SharePoint Server 2019 Preview Forum.
List of new Features:
- Modern User Experiences
More than ever, how people interact with technology is much more than “look and feel.” Great experiences are those that look great and work flawlessly. They are easy to use. And they ensure reliability, performance, and security under real-world pressures of scale and complexity.
- Team Sites
In SharePoint Server 2019 you’ll find a modern team site experience, with an engaging home page personalized by the power of SharePoint search.
SharePoint Server 2019 includes modern site pages, using modern pages is a great way to share ideas using images, Excel, Word and PowerPoint documents, embed video content, and more. Users can create and publish modern pages quickly and easily, and they look great on any device.
SharePoint Server 2019 introduces a modern list experience that simplifies how people create, curate, and interact with information with a rich set of capabilities that work across devices and browsers.
SharePoint Server 2019 provides a better experience for document libraries that’s faster, more intuitive and responsive with modern document libraries. Modern document libraries combine the power of SharePoint with OneDrive usability - modern document libraries have an updated user interface that offers an experience similar to OneDrive, so it’s more intuitive to create a new folder and upload files in the browser.
- Communication Sites
SharePoint Server 2019 embraces and provides a new generation of the mobile and intelligent intranet, allowing you to communicate to people throughout your organization with beautiful, dynamic, mobile-ready communication sites and pages that keep everyone informed and engaged.
- OneDrive for Business
SharePoint Server 2019 provides improved mobile access to content, people, and applications along with engaging and responsive experiences across devices and screen sizes. It makes file storage and document collaboration more people-centric with new support for the latest generation of sync clients with OneDrive for Business.
- SharePoint Mobile
SharePoint Server 2019 makes your intranet more accessible on the go, more intelligent, and more personalized, based on your activities across sites, the people you work with, the content you work on and the business processes you drive.
- PowerApps and Flow Integration
The SharePoint connector for PowerApps and Flow brings Office 365 Automation to your on-prem SharePoint 2019 farm.
SharePoint Workflow Manager is still supporting existing SharePoint 2013 Workflows.
- Large File Support, Character Restrictions, and File/Folder Names
SharePoint Server 2019 Preview provides support for uploading files up to 15GB.
SharePoint Server 2019 delivers support for a broad array of types and naming conventions to include support for # and % as supported characters in file and folder names across document libraries in SharePoint and OneDrive for Business.
In addition, SharePoint Server 2019 increases the URL path length restrictions from 260 Unicode code units to 400.
- Recycle Bin
Recycle Bin recovery improvements. Recover your content deleted by others from your recycle bin
- SMTP Server Authentication
SharePoint can now authenticate to your SMTP email servers. No more anonymous relays just for SharePoint.
- SharePoint Hybrid
Hybrid made easy: Launch the Hybrid Configuration Wizard directly from Central Administration
- Developer Value
SharePoint Framework is part of SharePoint 2019 and allows usage of new Client side web parts and Client side extensions.
- SharePoint Search Experience
Modern Search Experience with type ahead contextual results in search boxes. A new and modern search result page for SharePoint Home and Site search
List of deprecated Features:
- Access Services 2010
Will remain supported, but deprecated, for the SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview release. Customers are recommended to explore Microsoft PowerApps and Flows as potential alternatives to Access Services 2010
- Access Services 2013
Will remain supported, but deprecated, for the SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview release. Customers are recommended to explore Microsoft PowerApps and Flows as potential alternatives to Access Services 2013.
- Aggregated Newsfeed
Feature will be set to read-only in SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview. For customers who are currently using this feature, we recommend considering options such as Team News, Communication Sites, Yammer and/or Teams.
- Custom Help
The new SharePoint help system is now rendered in the cloud and will have updated, synchronized content with Office 365.
- Groove Sync Client
SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview introduces support for the new OneDrive Sync Client (a.k.a. the Next Generation Sync Client), which provides a more reliable and feature-rich syncing experience
- InfoPath Services
As announced in the Microsoft 365 blog, InfoPath Services is a deprecated feature and customers are advised to explore alternatives. InfoPath Services will remain supported, but deprecated, for this release.
- Lists Web Service
The following SOAP endpoints in the Lists web service depend on the Microsoft Sync Framework, which was necessary to support the Groove sync Client: Lists.GetListItemChangesWithKnowledge, Lists.UpdateListItemsWithKnowledge
- Machine Translations (and Variations)
The Machine Translation Service will remain supported, but deprecated, for the SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview release.
- PerformancePoint Services
PerformancePoint Services has a significant dependency on Microsoft Silverlight, which is a technology that will no longer be supported as of October 12, 2021. Customers are recommended to explore Microsoft PowerBI as an alternative
- SharePoint Designer
There will not be a new SharePoint Designer client shipped with this release. Microsoft will ensure that SharePoint Designer 2013 will work with SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview for the remainder of the client support lifecycle (2026).
- Site Mailbox
As announced in the SPO Community Blog, site mailboxes are being deprecated in SPO. Site mailboxes will remain supported, but deprecated. Customers are recommend to explore shared mailboxes as an alternative to site mailboxes.
- Site Manager
The main functionality of Site Manager is now available in modern file move. Only site collection administrators will have permission to access the Site Manager page and the UI entry points to this page will be removed.
List of removed Features:
- Code-Based Sandbox Solutions
Code-based sandbox solutions were deprecated in SharePoint Server 2013 and have now been removed in SharePoint Online. Customers are recommended to explore SharePoint add-ins as an alternative, which are fully supported for both SharePoint on-premises and SharePoint Online.
- Digest Authentication
Microsoft is deprecating the Digest authentication feature in Internet Information Services (IIS). This authentication mechanism isn’t very popular and there are many alternative authentication mechanisms available with better interoperability.
- Incoming email automatic mode
Microsoft is deprecating the IIS 6 Management compatibility features in Internet Information Services (IIS). Customers using incoming email are recommended to use advanced mode instead, which allows you to manually manage the IIS SMTP service and drop folder.
The cost and complexity of providing an on-premises alternative has become prohibitive, so we will no longer support multi-tenancy in the SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview release
- PowerPivot Gallery and Refresh
Microsoft BI strategy has shifted away from heavy integration to a standalone BI solution, Power BI, to give customers a flexible, optional integration with SharePoint along with standalone capabilities. Both PowerBI.com and Power BI Report Server offer the option to host and view Excel Workbooks with PowerPivot models
- Visio Services - Silverlight Based Rendering
Visio Services has 2 options for rendering Visio diagrams: Microsoft Silverlight-based and PNG-based. Microsoft Silverlight is a technology that will no longer be supported as of October 12, 2021. Visio Services will only render Visio diagrams using the PNG-based technology.
Make yourself familiar with the product. Work on your individual SharePoint 2019 upgrade strategy if you plan to stay on-prem. Make sure to take yourself enough time to get familiar with new features and benefits and set up a migration plan with a well-planned and reasonable schedule. If this is your first SharePoint Migration you should consider getting advice and support from Microsoft Consulting Services, Microsoft Premier or your local Microsoft Partner to get this job done the proper way.
- Do not use SharePoint 2019 Public Preview for production content.
- There is no supported migration path from the preview version to the final product.
So be aware, that all content on the preview farm is going to be lost.
- Like in SharePoint Server 2016, Project Server 2019 is part of SharePoint Server 2019.
No additional binaries have to be installed.
- Like in SharePoint 2016, there is no SharePoint 2019 Foundation.
- SharePoint Server 2019 will be released in the second half of 2018.
Any further questions? Please use the SharePoint Server 2019 Preview Forum.
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