Microsoft announced via this blog today that Beta 2 of SharePoint 2016 and Project Server 2016 has been released! It looks very likely we’ll see the final release of SharePoint 2016 in first quarter 2016. This is stated to be the last beta before final RTM release. While the 2016 will not bring drastic changes visible to the user, many back-end enhancements will be available. And we are seeing the hybrid cloud / on-premise feature set increase.
What’s new in Beta 2 since IT Preview?
SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 builds upon the infrastructure strengths delivered in IT Preview and introduces new hybrid experiences that enable our customers to take advantage of the possibilities of the cloud.
Profile synchronization with Microsoft Identity Manager
SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 adds new support and solutions for using Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 to enable rich, bi-directional synchronization and common identity scenarios. Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 simplifies the identity lifecycle management with automated workflows, business rules and easy integration with heterogeneous platforms across the datacenter and cloud to include SharePoint Server 2016.
Data Loss Prevention
Enhanced support for new Data Loss Prevention capabilities is included in SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2.
Extensible Hybrid App Launcher
SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 adds support to extend the App Launcher to deliver a common access experience across applications and solutions in Office 365 and SharePoint Server 2016. Learn about the Extensible App Launcher and more at the new hybrid resource center.
SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 builds on the strength of next generation hybrid investments enabling the mastering of profiles on-premises or in the cloud. Profile Redirection enables the extension of profiles to Delve About Me and additional Office 365 experiences for select users within an organization.
In addition to these changes, since the IT Preview, Project Server 2016 Beta 2 has introduced CSOM improvements for scale and performance and reduced the gap between object model and the PSI.
Learn more about what’s new in SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 here.