SharePoint 2016 Beta 2 – Closing the loop with enhanced usability

Just a few months after Microsoft released its SharePoint server 2016 Beta 1 i.e. IT Preview, it launched the last public beta releases – SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 and Project Server 2016 Beta 2, on 18th November just one week before the Thanksgiving.

In the OfficeBlogs, SharePoint team stated that the latest four enhancements are primarily focused on updating existing features, and incorporating feedback and improvement received the from IT preview, released in August 2015. Most of these improvements have also been made focusing on hybrid scenarios.

SharePoint 2016 Beta 2 can be downloaded from Microsoft Download Center.

Four Last-mile improvements ahead of the grand release

  • Profile Synchronization with Microsoft Identity manager
    Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 makes it easy to manage identity lifecycle by allowing easy integration with heterogeneous platforms, automated workflows and business rules. The new improvements in Beta 2 allow bi-directional synchronization and common identity scenarios.
  • Data Loss Prevention
    Augmented support for Data loss Prevention capabilities.
  • Extensible Hybrid App Launcher
    Supports App Launcher tool to other tools delivering common access experience across applications and solutions in cloud.
  • Profile Redirection
    Enables easy profile management by extending to other suites like Delve, About me and Office 365, apart from on premise version.

Along with the focus on improving scale and performance, SharePoint 2016 Beta 2 has introduced CSOM (Client Side Object Model) reducing the gap between Object Model and PSI.

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