New Features in SharePoint 2016

Office 365 Integration

Microsoft has enabled Office 365 integration in terms of hybrid scenario, which can be configured using SharePoint 2016 on-premises central administration site.

Office 365 Integration

There are two ways, using which hybrid integration can be done.

  1. One Drive
  2. One Drive and sites

One Drive and sites

SMTP Connection Encryption

In SharePoint 2013 the SMTP was on port 25. However in SharePoint 2016 you can use the custom port for SMPT configuration and you can also enable SSL and encrypt the connection between SharePoint 2016 and SMTP.

SMTP Connection Encryption

Outgoing Email Settings

System Settings

Using central administration site, you can manage services running on the server as well as those in the farm. You can even change the server role from central administration site for a particular server in the farm.

SharePoint System Settings

SharePoint Cenral Administration

Enterprise Metadata and Keyword Settings

The Enterprise Keywords column allows users to enter one or more text values that will be shared with other users and applications, for ease of search and filtering, as well as metadata consistency and reuse. In SharePoint 2016 you can use metadata publishing in a document library or list, using which values added to managed metadata and enterprise keyword columns can be shared as social tags on My Sites to appear in news feed, profile pages, tag clouds and tag profile pages.

Enterprise Keywords

Enterprise Metadata

Project Server Inclusion

SharePoint 2016 server will by default be shipped with the project server. Microsoft is consolidating project server databases into the SharePoint content database. The project server engine is now embedded into SharePoint 2016 On-Premises version. However, this will not be available free of cost. A separate license will be required to use the Project server features. Project Server features will be available using project server service application.

Project Server Inclusion

New Improved Synchronization Settings

SharePoint 2016 will no longer support FIM (Forefront Identity Manager), which was used in the earlier SharePoint version, i.e. SharePoint 2013. All the profiles imported in SharePoint 2016 will be supported using active directory import. In order to overcome the active directory limitations, Microsoft has come up with MIM (Microsoft Identity Manager), which is actually the upgraded version of FIM (Forefront Identity Manager). MIM overcomes all the limitations within Active Directory Import. SharePoint 2016 would have improved bidirectional synchronization support.

New Improved Synchronization Settings

New Site Template

SharePoint 2016 has a new site template known as “Compliance Policy Center”. It can be used as the Document Deletion Policy Center to manage policies that can delete documents after a specified period of time. These Policies can then be assigned to specific site collections or to site collections templates.

SharePoint New Site Template

The other site template which has been introduced is ‘In-Place Hold Policy Center’. This site template can be used to create a site to manage policies to preserve content for a fixed period of time.

Role-based Server Farm Configuration

SharePoint 2016 is now shipped with a configuration wizard, which will help SharePoint administrator to configure SharePoint farm servers with specific roles right at the time of installation. This will help to maintain the best performance of the desired server role. The different roles available are as follows:

  • Front End
  • Application
  • Distributed Cache
  • Search
  • Custom
  • Single Server Farm

SharePoint Configuration

Role Conversion

In SharePoint 2016, you can change the role of a server in the farm at any time, using SharePoint Central Admin site interface under system settings, i.e. convert server roles in the Farm.

SharePoint 2016 new feature

Enhanced Control for Document Library (Similar to SharePoint Online)

SharePoint 2016 document libraries would have the same features as you get in SharePoint online document library. This will allow users to execute commands on SharePoint online.

SharePoint Online

Five Key Boundaries and Limits – Improved

Content Database Size – has been increased from Gigabytes to Terabytes.

Site Collection per content Database – has been increased to 100,000.

List Threshold – is now greater than 5000 items

Maximum file Size upload – limit increased to 10GB from 2 GB and character restriction have been removed.

Indexed Items – have been doubled from the 500 million items for Search scaling.

Durable Links

When renaming and moving a document from one document library to another, even to a separate site collection, the links will not break.

SLAPI (SharePoint logging API)

A new API to read the logging data has been introduced. This API will give a better insight into, how users are using SharePoint.


  • Ravish Verma

    Ravish works as Senior Technical Lead with Trigent Software. He has extensive experience in Design and Development of Enterprise Applications based on SharePoint Online, SharePoint® 2013, SharePoint® 2010 and SharePoint® 2007. He comes with demonstrated analytical skills along with expertise in business communication and relationship management. Ravish is a leader with strong analytical, problem solving abilities and track record of forging business partnerships.