At the recent MS Ignite conference – Microsoft has announced plans to release preview versions of Office 2019 and Sharepoint Server 2019 by next year.
Sharepoint is a web-based, collaborative platform that integrates with Microsoft Office. Launched in 2001, the platform is primarily sold as a document management and storage system, but the product is highly configurable and usage varies substantially between organisations.
According to Jared Spataro, general manager for Microsoft Office, the preview edition of SharePoint Server 2019 will be released by the middle of the year.
In an article by CMSWire, SharePoint professionals said that this is the first time a specific timeframe has been given for the product, even if everyone knew it was on the way. But the lack of details didn’t prevent SharePoint speculation from starting.
Oliver Wirkus, senior consultant with Ontario-based 2toLead and two-time Microsoft MVP for Offices Servers and Services, said based on the releases of the last 12 months, he would expect some of the following features:
- More modern page layouts and site template (similar to the recently released communication sites)
- Enhanced support for hybrid environments
- Enhanced support for SPFx, which will become the most important development environment to add functionality.
- The modern look will become the default look while the classic look will be pushed back
- Out of the box look and feel will get an overhaul, it will look modern
- Forms (used in list and libraries) can be edited with PowerApps
- Microsoft Flow will become the default workflow engine, although old workflows will remain usable.
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