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Announcing Availability of SharePoint Server 2019 Preview

Bill Baer @williambaer

Senior Technical Product Manager, SharePoint

 

 “The beginning is the most important part of the work” - Plato.

 

In May at the 2018 SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas we broadly announced our vision, strategy, timeline, and investment areas for SharePoint Server 2019.

 

Today we’re excited to announce availability of both SharePoint Server 2019 Preview and Project Server 2019 Preview.  As we develop SharePoint Server 2019, we're paying close attention to trends in team collaboration, user experiences across devices, and how the cloud can be blended into existing on-premises scenarios in new and compelling ways.  With that backdrop, SharePoint Server 2019 will deliver enhancements and new capabilities in three major areas:

 

  1. Modern, familiar and intuitive user experiences based on our investments in SharePoint Online
  2. New ways to engage with content across browsers and devices
  3. Robust scale, security and compliance capabilities to meet growing demands

SharePoint Server 2019 Preview provides a first look at some of these investments.

 

SharePoint Server 2019 Preview

We’ve been working hard to get this out to you and we know that you’ve been waiting patiently since we announced that it was coming.  This is a long post, but there is a lot of important information so if you want to jump in and install the preview I really encourage you to read it completely.

 

SharePoint Server 2019 represents a whole new generation of SharePoint. 

 

SharePoint Server 2019 is built on the strong foundation of SharePoint Server 2016 – which continues to see great momentum in customer adoption.  We’ve been busy since its launch at Ignite 2016 drawing insights from your feedback and product telemetry to make this release even better.

 

We also spent a lot of time with customers to understand the future challenges and where the industry is going.

 

Since we’re building SharePoint Server 2019 to be the same core platform for SharePoint Online as we did with SharePoint Server 2016, it should be no surprise that you see similarities between the two.  For you, SharePoint Server 2019 unlocks new, modern experiences for users, that are both intuitive and familiar.  For IT Professionals, improved performance and scale with simplified management, and for Developers an opportunity to build for cloud or on-premises – SharePoint Server 2019 embodies what our customers demand and what we will deliver.  What we’re sharing today is just a fraction of what will be in SharePoint 2019!

 

What’s new in SharePoint Server 2019 Preview

SharePoint Server 2019 Preview provides a first look at a select set of new investments that will help define the scope, scale, and reliability of SharePoint Server 2019.  As we move forward we’ll continue to add new capabilities that represent our investments in audience and workload capabilities.  Keep reading to learn more about some of these initial investments in SharePoint Server 2019 Preview.

 

Modern User Experiences

More than ever, how people interact with technology is much more than just “look and feel.” Great experiences are those that both look great and work flawlessly, entertain and engage, with rich, contextual, and relevant content. Modern user experiences are those that are easy to use, and ensure reliability, performance, and security under real-world pressures of scale and complexity.

 

Team Sites

Team sites have always been at the heart of collaboration with SharePoint. They connect your team with the content, the information and the apps you rely on and they enable sharing and communication within the team and across the organization.

 

Modern Site.pngModern site in SharePoint Server 2019

In SharePoint Server 2019 you’ll find a modern team site experience, with an engaging home page personalized by the power of SharePoint search.

 

Pages

SharePoint Server 2019 includes modern site pages, using modern pages is a great way to share ideas using images, Excel, Word and PowerPoint documents, embed video content, and more. You can create and publish modern pages quickly and easily, and they look great on any device.

 

Modern Page (Edit).pngModern page in SharePoint Server 2019

Modern pages are built with web parts, which you can customize according to your needs. You can add documents, embed videos, images, site activities, Yammer feeds, and more.

 

Lists

SharePoint lists provide individual and teams the ability to access, share, and collaborate around structured data and to bring information from other systems into SharePoint to support business process.  SharePoint Server 2019 introduces a modern list experience that simplifies how people create, curate, and interact with information with a rich set of capabilities that work across devices and browsers.

 

Modern List (Column Formatting).pngModern list in SharePoint Server 2019

Libraries

Helping people share files and collaborate on content has always been central to SharePoint. SharePoint Server 2019 provides a better experience for document libraries that’s faster, more intuitive and responsive with modern document libraries.

 

Modern Library (Document Information Panel).pngModern library in SharePoint Server 2019

Modern document libraries combine the power of SharePoint with OneDrive usability - modern document libraries have an updated user interface that offers an experience similar to OneDrive, so it’s more intuitive to create a new folder and upload files in the browser.

 

Communication Sites

SharePoint has always been at the core of collaboration – people working together on files, lists, and libraries.  SharePoint Server 2019 embraces and provides a new generation of the mobile and intelligent intranet, allowing you to communicate to people throughout your organization with beautiful, dynamic, mobile-ready communication sites and pages that keep everyone informed and engaged.

 

Communication Site.pngCommunication site in SharePoint Server 2019

OneDrive for Business

SharePoint Server 2019 provides improved mobile access to content, people, and applications along with engaging and responsive experiences across devices and screen sizes. It makes file storage and document collaboration more people-centric with new support for the latest generation of sync clients with OneDrive for Business. 

 

SharePoint Mobile

The intranet is the nerve center of many organizations. It provides content-centric collaborative spaces that give teams the resources they need to work together. It lets users consume and contribute news and information within their teams and across the organization. It manages knowledge and connects users to content through navigation and search. It hosts applications that support and automate business processes.

 

SharePoint Server 2019 makes your intranet more accessible on the go, more intelligent, and more personalized, based on your activities across sites, the people you work with, the content you work on and the business processes you drive.

 

Large File Support, Character Restrictions, and File/Folder Names

The world of collaboration has changed, text-based files are shifting to modern media, videos, audio, and more.  SharePoint Server 2019 Preview provides support for uploading files up to 15GB.

 

Files are as unique as the people who create them.  SharePoint Server 2019 delivers support for a broad array of types and naming conventions to include support for # and % as supported characters in file and folder names across document libraries in SharePoint and OneDrive for Business.  This will allow people to create, store, and sync files containing # and % characters whether those characters are used as a prefix or suffix to the file or folder name.

 

In addition, SharePoint Server 2019 increases the URL path length restrictions from 260 Unicode code units to 400.

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what’s new in SharePoint Server 2019 Preview.  For a complete list of new features and capabilities refer to the new SharePoint Server 2019 Preview Reviewer’s Guide at https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2006360.

 

Try it out and share your feedback

You can download SharePoint Server 2019 Preview today via the Microsoft Download Center and share feedback directly with our engineering teams through the new SharePoint Server 2019 Preview Forum.  We also welcome feature requests and feedback via the SharePoint Server Suggestion Box on UserVoice, @SharePoint on Twitter, and in the comments below.  We’re eager to hear your feedback and use it to make SharePoint Server 2019 the best experience for information workers, IT professionals, and developers alike!

 

In addition, we’ve put together several resources to help you get started with SharePoint Server 2019 Preview:

 

You can also catch up on what’s new in SharePoint Server 2019 and Project Server 2019 in the latest Intrazone podcast at http://intrazone.libsyn.com/website/sharepoint-server-2019-preview-go.

 

We look forward to hearing how you’re using SharePoint Server 2019 Preview and what you think in the comments below.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Can I install SharePoint Server 2019 Preview in production environments?

A:  It is not recommended to install SharePoint Server 2019 in production environments.

Q:  Can I upgrade SharePoint Server 2019 Preview to RTM when released?

A:  No.  SharePoint Server 2019 Preview cannot be upgraded to RTM.

Q:  Where can I find technical documentation on SharePoint Server 2019 Preview?

A:  Technical documentation for SharePoint Server 2019 Preview is available at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/fp179725.aspx.

Q:  When will SharePoint Server 2019 be released?

A:  SharePoint Server 2019 will be released in the second half of 2018.

 

 

30 Comments
Valued Contributor

Congratulations on the start of the public journey for SharePoint Server 2019.

Microsoft

Thanks @John Wynne!

Occasional Contributor

Great to hear all the cloud goodness coming to on premises and the investment in making the hybrid setup a breeze! Congrats to the team on reaching this milestone!!!

Regular Visitor

Congrats on the public preview release!

Feedback: There is a typo in the Frequently Asked Questions

In the answer to the question 'Q:  Can I upgrade SharePoint Server 2019 Preview to RTM when released?', it says 'Preivew' instead of 'Preview' ;)

 

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Fantastic morning news ! 

Occasional Visitor

Super excited to automate the install for SP2019!  Congrats @Bill Baer

Cheers,

@SharePointOscar

Microsoft

@Eric Lam Thanks Eric.  Corrected.

New Contributor

Will SharePoint 2019 support Flow/PowerApps integration?

Regular Visitor

Hi,

 

In the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard > Specify Server Role, the 'Learn more about server farm topology' link points to https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=620871.

 

This redirects to
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-au/SharePoint/install/sharepoint/SharePointServer/install/planning-for... which results in a 404 error.

 

The correct redirect is
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/install/planning-for-a-minrole-server-deployment-in-shar...

 

Regards,

Eric

Microsoft

Hi @Eric Lam, thanks for the report!  I've just fixed that redirect so it should be going to the right page now.

New Contributor

This is great news. I am really enjoying SPFX development and this is going to be on On premises as well. Cool stuff... thanks to share point product team 

Occasional Contributor

Great news, congratulations to the team!

 

Can you share anything about the new limits and boundaries and specifically what will be the new content database size limit in SharePoint 2019? Will the 200GB limit be significantly increased? I know it is possible to have up to 4TB in a content database, but only with special hardware characteristics which are not always easy to meet.

Almost in 2019, it doesn't make sense to have such a low limit like 200Gb that in medium and large organizations can rapidly be surpassed. Although it also possible to create multiple site collections, each with its own database and use managed metadata to have a seamless navigation experience, I urge Microsoft to significantly increase this limit to several terabytes.

 

Thanks,

Miguel

New Contributor

Great news and congrats SP Team! A question though most of the changes are highlighted around team site templates, how what are the changes related to Publishing site template/features? Is there a change log anywhere?

Occasional Contributor

Hub Sites seems to be missing from initial release of SharePoint 2019. Please confirm.

 

Anything else missing from SharePoint 2019 that I should know about?

Occasional Visitor

👍

Occasional Visitor

Good News! Congrats to the whole MS Development Team. 

Whats new in Audit trial Integrated Functionality in SharePoint 2019 (Is there some thing new need to know)

Occasional Visitor

Great news ! I would like to know more about on PowerApps and Flow integration capabilities.

Occasional Contributor

@San Mattel Marydasan I believe you can use OnPremise Data Gateways to integrate PowerApps and Flow with SharePoint OnPremise. It's available in SharePoint 2016 also, and you don't need SharePoint 2019 for same.

Microsoft

@San Mattel Marydasan SharePoint Server 2019 will support PowerApps and Flow integration provided that you use the on-premises data gateway.

We are introducing new connector capabilities like new set content approval status action and support for multi valued fields and attachments which differ from 2016.

Occasional Contributor

I recall @Bill Baer saying there'll be a continuous support for InfoPath & SPDesigner but my curiosity is fate of Workflow manager. Has it been discontinued or can be used in parallel with Flow?

BTW, SP2019 preview is the first product responsive out of the gate and can't emphasize how much it means for our customers :) 

Microsoft

@asfaw ayele InfoPath is supported in SharePoint Server 2019.  SharePoint Workflow Manager is embedded (native) and can be used in parallel.

Microsoft

@Mohammed Ahmed Auditing is largely unchanged from 2016 in the Preview release for 2019.

Occasional Contributor

Is SharePoint Spaces going to included in SharePoint 2019?

Microsoft

@Miguel Lopes Isidoro SharePoint spaces is a cloud native offer.  However, MR in general can be accomplished irrespective of environment with the right investment in supporting capabilities. 

Occasional Contributor

@Bill Baer, can you share anything about the new limits and boundaries and specifically what will be the new content database size limit in SharePoint 2019? Currently, although it is possible to have up to 4 TB in a content database, they require special hardware characteristics that are not always easy to meet.

Almost in 2019, it doesn't make much sense to have a low limit like 200 GB that in medium and large organizations can rapidly be reached. Although it also possible to create multiple site collections, each with its own database and use managed metadata to have a seamless navigation experience, it would be very important to significantly increase the limit of content databases if possible to several TBs.

 

Thanks,

Miguel

Occasional Visitor

Congratulations to the team.

 

Do you know if there would be an upgrade path/option available to go from SP 2013 to SP 2019 effectively skipping intermediate SP 2016

Regular Visitor

@Bill Baer Will there be a new release of Office Online Server, e.g. OOS 2019?  Will SP 2019 work with the current OOS (2016)? 

Occasional Visitor

@Bill Baer Also curious about OOS and the integration between the SPOnline UX and on-prem.  When will the #Convergence happen?  :)

Occasional Visitor

@Bill Baer Do we have a GA date for SharePoint 2019?

Regular Visitor

FYI, to answer my own question: I went to Ignite 2018 and asked Troy Starr at the SP 2019 session.  He said Office Online Server is in Evergreen mode, there will not be a new version of OOS (i.e. OOS 2019).  They plan on one or two feature releases per year, but from this point forward it will always just be called OOS.  I asked what the preferred build of OOS is for SP 2019 and he said it would be the current build at time SP 2019 goes GA.  I guess the follow up (which I didn't ask) is whether there are any OOS builds that are not compatible with SP 2019.