The following table provides a summary of the new features that you can try out in this SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate release.

Feature Description More information
Access Services New Access features are available when you deploy Access Services in SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate. The following new Access features are available when you deploy Access Services in SharePoint 2016 Release Candidate:

Compliance features New compliance features for SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate include the document deletion and in-place hold policies. The document deletion policy allows you to delete documents in users’ OneDrive for Business sites after specific periods of time. The In-Place Hold policy allows administrators to preserve documents, email, and other files.
Customized web parts The compile time for customized XSLT files used for Content Query, Summary Links, and Table of Contents Web Parts is improved. NA
Document Library accessibility SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate includes new document library accessibility features. Keyboard shortcuts are provided for the following document tasks:

·         Alt + N – New

·         Alt + E – Edit

·         Alt + U – Upload

·         Alt + M – Manage

·         Alt + S – Share

·         Alt + Y – Synchronization

Durable links Resource-based URLs now retain links when documents are renamed or moved in SharePoint. NA
Encrypted Connections SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate supports TLS 1.2 connection encryption by default. When you set up an SSL binding in Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager to host your web application, SharePoint uses TLS 1.2 connection encryption if your client application supports it. SharePoint also supports TLS 1.2 connection encryption when connecting to other systems, for example when crawling websites.
Fast Site Collection Creation The Fast Site Collection Creation feature is a rapid method to create site collections and sites in SharePoint. This new feature provides templates that work at same level as SQL Server, which reduces the round trips required between the SharePoint and SQL servers. Use the SPSiteMaster Windows PowerShell cmdlets to create sites and site collections quickly
Filenames – expanded support for special characters SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate now supports using some special characters in file names that were previously blocked. SharePoint has historically blocked file names that included the &~{, and } characters, file names that contained a GUID, file names with leading dots, and file names longer than 128 characters. These restrictions are removed in SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate and are now available to use.

Restricted characters such as % and # are still not allowed in file names.

Hybrid in SharePoint 2016 Hybrid in SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate enables you to integrate your on-premises farm with Office 365 productivity experiences, allowing you to adopt the cloud at your own pace. Hybrid sites features allows your users to have an integrated experience while using SharePoint Server and SharePoint Online sites:

  • Users can follow SharePoint Server and SharePoint Online sites, and see them consolidated in a single list.
  • Users have a single profile in Office 365, where all of their profile information is stored.
Identify and Search for sensitive content SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate now provides the same data loss prevention capabilities as Office 365. ·         Search for sensitive content across SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business.

·         Leverage 51 built-in sensitive information types (credit cards, passport numbers, Social Security numbers, and more).

·         Use DLP Queries from the eDiscovery site collection to discover sensitive content relating to common industry regulations from the SharePoint eDiscovery Center, identify offending documents, and export a report.

·         Turn on DLP Policies from the Compliance Policy Center site collection to notify end users and administrators when documents with sensitive information are stored in SharePoint and automatically protect the documents from improper sharing.

Image and Video previews You can now preview images and videos in SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate document libraries. In SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate when you post images and videos to a document library, you can see a preview by hovering the mouse over the image or video, or by clicking on them.
Information Rights Management SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate provides Information Rights Management (IRM) capabilities to secure information by encrypting and securing information on SharePoint libraries with OneDrive for Business. Secure and sync with Information Rights Management on OneDrive for Business
Large file support SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate now supports uploading and downloading files larger than 2,047 MB. Previous versions of SharePoint did not support uploading or downloading files larger than 2,047 MB. SharePoint 2016 now allows you to upload or download larger files. You can configure the desired maximum file-size limit on a per-web application basis in your SharePoint farm.
MinRole MinRole is a new feature in SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate that allows a SharePoint farm administrator to define each server’s role in a farm topology. The role of a server is specified when you create a new farm or join a server to an existing farm. SharePoint automatically configures the services on each server based on the server role, optimizing the performance of the farm based on that topology. There are six predefined server roles that are available, as shown in the following table.

Front end, Application, Distributed Cache, Search, Custom, Single-Server Farm

Mobile experience SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate offers an improved mobile navigation experience. When you use a mobile device to access the home page for a SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate team site, you can tap tiles or links on the screen to navigate the site. You can also switch from the mobile view to PC view, which displays site pages as they are seen on a client computer. This view is also touch enabled.
New controls for working with OneDrive for Business SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate provides controls at the top of your personal document folders that make common tasks in OneDrive for Business more accessible. You can click a control to create new Office documents, upload files, synchronize your files for offline use, and share your files.
New Recycle Bin in OneDrive and Team sites SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate adds a link for the Recycle Bin in the left navigation area of the OneDrive and Team sites. NA
Open Document Format (ODF) SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate adds support for Open Document Format (ODF) files to use in document library templates. The Open Document Format (ODF) enables you to create new files in a document library and save as ODF files so that users can edit the new file with a program they choose.
Project Server New Project Server features are available in SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate. Project Server 2016 Release Candidate is installed with SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate. Currently there is no licensing restriction, but there will be in the future releases.
ReFS file system support SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate now supports drives that are formatted with the ReFS file system. Resilient File System (ReFS) is a new local file system. It maximizes data availability, despite errors that would historically cause data loss or downtime. Data integrity ensures that business critical data is protected from errors and available when needed. Its architecture is designed to provide scalability and performance in an era of constantly growing data set sizes and dynamic workloads.
SharePoint business intelligence SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate now supports SQL Server 2016 CTP 3.1 and the Power Pivot add-in and Power View. The following SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate business intelligence features are available when you upgrade to SQL Server 2016 CTP 3.1:

  • Power Pivot Gallery
  • Scheduled Data Refresh
  • Workbooks as a Data Source
  • Power Pivot Management Dashboard
  • Power View reports
  • Power View Subscriptions
  • Report Alerting
SharePoint Search SharePoint Search Server Application has significant changes to its deployment. SharePoint Search supports indexing of up to 500 million items per Search Server application
Sharing improvements SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate has many new sharing improvements available. The following list shows the sharing improvements that are available for SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate:

·         Create and Share folder

·         Sharing Hint

·         See who the folder is shared with when viewing a folder

·         Members can share

·         Improved invitation mail

·         One-click email to approve or deny a request for access

Site Folders view SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate provides a new Site Folders view that lets you access the document libraries in sites that you’re following. NA
Sites page pinning This new feature helps you see and follow sites. You can now pin sites that you see on the sites page. A pinned site shows at the top of the list of sites that you’re following.
SMTP Connection Encryption SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate supports sending email to SMTP servers that use STARTTLS connection encryption. For more information, see SMTP Connection Encryption.
SMTP ports (non-default) SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate adds support for SMTP servers that use TCP ports other than the default port (25). To configure SharePoint to use a non-default SMTP port open SharePoint Central Administration, browse to System Settings > Configure outgoing email settings, and set the SMTP server port to the port number of your SMTP server. To configure SharePoint to use a nondefault SMTP port in Windows PowerShell, use the Set-SPWebApplication cmdlet with the SMTPServerPort <port number> parameter.
Web Application Open Platform Interface Protocol (WOPI) You can now rename files, create new files, and share files from within the WOPI iframe on the browser page. NA

Source link – New and improved features in SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate

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