A while ago we shared that the release of SharePoint and Project Server 2016 preview versions were available for users to install for evaluation purposes only.
And here comes some more great news, Microsoft has recently announced general availability of Project Server and SharePoint 2016 Beta 2 versions.
Earlier this month, November 2015, at the European SharePoint conference 2015 Microsoft’s top leadership has made this big announcement. Jeff Teper, Microsoft’s corporate vice president OneDrive and SharePoint, has announced in a conference that:
SharePoint 2016 Beta 2 will be released before the end of November, and should be out before US Thanksgiving (November 26). It will be 99 percent feature complete, so we should get a better view of what SharePoint 2016 RTM will actually look like.
The Beta version is available to download and use, only for evaluation purposes. You can find links to relevant sources at end of this post.
Now Microsoft has announced that it’s a 99% feature complete release, which means that we can safely anticipate what we going to receive as RTM release in next year. I would like to quickly bullet point the updates to Beta version since the Preview version.
- Profile synchronization with Microsoft Identity Manager
- Data Loss Prevention
- Extensible Hybrid App Launcher
- Profile Redirection
Please note, for Preview version users, that you will not be able to upgrade from SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview to Beta 2. You have to implement it as a fresh installation.
And here are the links to all the sources and download page for SharePoint and Project Server 2016 Beta:
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|Download SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2, this also includes Project Server 2016 Beta 2 binaries as an improvement to the current deployment process. Project Server will be available as a service just like other SharePoint services.||Link|
|Announcement about SharePoint Server 2016 and Project Server Beta 2 Versions Quick Start Guide||Link|
|Explore SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2||Link|
|Explore Project Server 2016 Beta 2||Link|