Microsoft primes SharePoint 2016 for on-premises takeover

Now that SharePoint 2016 is formally and fully released, does it live up to its promise? Microsoft’s big push in this version was to introduce hybrid capabilities between Office 365’s cloud-based SharePoint Online and the on-premises version so many enterprises have in production.

The cloud-based SharePoint Online is not even close to being as capable as an on-premises SharePoint server farm. Yet many organizations that either don’t use SharePoint at all or use it in a limited manner may find SharePoint Online to be exactly what they need. For them, a collaboration tool for workflow without the cost of setting up the IT infrastructure and ongoing management by on-staff IT professionals is very attractive.

No wonder SharePoint Online has been Microsoft’s focus, as it has been for Exchange Online and all the other servers Microsoft has been migrating to the Office 365 cloud.

Still, there are plenty of organizations that simply do not trust a cloud-based tool with their data. Or they believe that company policy or laws prohibit such cloud use. SharePoint 2016 delivers for them, too, with many enhancements in the on-premises SharePoint server they’ll like.