Microsoft has announced plans to deliver “SharePoint Server 2016”, its new on-premises version of SharePoint Server, expected to roll out in the second half of 2015.
With this release, Microsoft is focusing on those companies running SharePoint in hybrid, an acknowledgement that not all companies move at the same pace.
In a blog post from February 2nd 2015, Julia White general manager for the Office Product Management team said, “We know that the move to the cloud doesn’t happen all at once. While we’ve seen growing demand for SharePoint Online, we recognize that our customers have a range of requirements that make maintaining existing SharePoint Server deployments the right decision for some. We remain committed to meeting those needs. We’re excited about the next on-premises version of SharePoint and we’re sure you will be too. It has been designed, developed and tested with the Microsoft Software as a Service (SaaS) strategy at its core, drawing from SharePoint Online. With this, SharePoint Server 2016 will offer customers enhanced, flexible deployment options, improved reliability and new IT agility, enabled for massive scale.”
You can read Julia’s blog in full here.