In May 2018, SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas Microsoft announced their vision and proposed a timeline for the SharePoint Server 2019:
We will identify the new features released in SharePoint 2019 and how it is possible to utilise these features to improve business processes. The current business climate has been changed, organisations expect their employees to be more collaborative across their working networks and including their own devices without any barriers. Organisations thrive on collaboration, communication, and productivity solutions that are both cost-effective and flexible,
SharePoint Server (SPS) 2019 is designed to help business achieve new levels of reliability and performance, delivering features and capabilities that simplify administration, protect communications and information, and empower users to work across multiple devices and multiple screens.
SharePoint Server 2019 is the next-generation server product, building on SharePoint Server 2016 and investments in Microsoft Office 365. The three-major areas of focus for SharePoint Server 2019 are – Modern User Experience (same as SharePoint Online), Engagement across multiple touch points, robust scale, security and compliance capabilities that meet growing demands.
At Cielo Costa we have observed our clients whom are many legal and finance organisations that do not prefer to utilise cloud capabilities due to security concerns and prefer the system On-Premise solution provided by Microsoft. SharePoint 2019 provides a hybrid SharePoint environment which allows businesses to store sensitive information within their own On-Premise environment and that allows other information to go within cloud storage. We can identify that “Hybrid is just not meant to bring your business to the cloud but to bring cloud to your business”. If a business is looking for the technology where their employees can work together within a collaborative manner, hybrid environment to use Office 365 products, no-code and low-code applications then SharePoint Server 2019 takes the next step with the new capabilities to build new business solutions.
Exploring the new features and capabilities offered by SPS 2019:
Like SharePoint Online, SPS 2019 will allow users to create Modern Communication sites which allow user to use stunning and responsive templates available in Office 365.
Fast site creation:
Compared to older version of SharePoint, creation of the Site Collections and sites is very faster.
Increased storage file size in SharePoint document library: With SPS 2019 users can upload maximum file size 15 GB which was 10 GB in SP 2016.
Modern Lists and Libraries:
SPS 2019 supports Modern List and libraries which increase end users experience.
Modern Sharing Experience:
Users can feel modern sharing experience which is already available in Office 365.
Modern Site Pages, web parts and authoring.
Modern Search experience:
When user type anything they have auto suggestion in search which saves end users time. Office 365 already have this feature. Now, SPS 2019 users can also experience modern search experience.
Modern Team site:
Creation of Modern team site is possible with the new version of SPS 2019.
SharePoint using modern IIS APIs (IIS 7+): SP2016 uses IIS 6 APIs.
With SPS 2019 onwards it uses IIS 7+ APIs. The reason is, if you want to integrate any other third-party APIs which uses IIS 7, it is possible with SPS 2019.
SharePoint Home Page:
It’s a great feature which is supported with SPS 2019 which allow users unified access to all the sites—online and on-premises. Navigation become very easy with SharePoint home Page.
SMTP Authentication for sending email:
All the communications are secured and protected, removing the need for anonymous relays as with previous versions of SharePoint.
File Synchronisation with One Drive Sync Client:
Users can quickly access their documents and any information that they choose to sync from their SharePoint sites, no matter where
they are located.
File Path limit increased to 400 characters.
Allow # and % in file name.
New PowerShell cmdlets for User Profile Sync, SP Application credential key and Content database.
New SharePoint Health Analyzer Rule.
Improvement in Recycle Bin Restore function.
Sharing Email Template.
Telemetry Privacy Experience.
Suite Navigation and App Launcher Improvement.
Additional Documentation Link in Central Admin.
New OneDrive for Business (ODFB) and SharePoint App.
Send Email support for Access Service 2013.
Accessibility of Visio Services.
With the new release of SharePoint Server 2019, Microsoft also suggested migration approaches from the older SharePoint environment. It is possible to perform migration from SharePoint 2016 to SharePoint 2019, however a point to note is for older versions of SharePoint like SP2013 first need to migrate SP 2016 and then SP2019.
Investing in the solution which provides reliability and choice, SharePoint Server 2019 provides flexibility to tailor the deployment based on any unique business need, at now lower costs. Cielo Costa are the forefront of implementation of Office 365 SharePoint capabilities, with a team of dedicated consultants and developers who assist businesses on-boarding and effectively using SharePoint throughout their organisation.