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Announcing General Availability of SharePoint Server 2019

At Microsoft Ignite we broadly announced our vision, strategy, timeline, and investment areas for SharePoint Server 2019.

 

Today we’re excited to announce general availability of both SharePoint Server 2019 and Project Server 2019.  As we developed SharePoint Server 2019, we paid 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.

 

SharePoint Server 2019

Since we announced our preview for SharePoint Server 2019, 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. 

 

SharePoint Server 2019 represents a whole new generation of SharePoint, one born in the cloud, and representative of the ease of use we delivered in SharePoint Online.

 

SharePoint Server 2019 was built on the same core platform as SharePoint Server 2016, providing the scale and performance you’ve come to expect in addition to new, modern experiences for users, that are both intuitive and familiar. 

 

What’s in SharePoint Server 2019

 

New 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. The improvements to the SharePoint Server 2019 user experiences are those that are easy to use, and ensure reliability, performance, and security under real-world pressures of scale and complexity.

 

Modern sites

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.

 

The modern experience is designed to be compelling, flexible, mobile, and easier to use. It is available in SharePoint

 

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

 

 

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Learn more about modern experiences in SharePoint in Office 365 including what they are and how you recognize them at https://support.office.com/article/sharepoint-classic-and-modern-experiences-5725c103-505d-4a6e-9350....

 

 

Modern 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 pages provide a fast, easy way to build responsive pages using the functionality of modern web parts. Pages are similar to classic web part pages and publishing pages, but are less structured and easier to create. To learn more about modern pages, see https://support.office.com/article/add-a-page-to-a-site-b3d46deb-27a6-4b1e-87b8-df851e503dec.

 

Modern 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.

 

For more detailed information, see https://support.office.com/article/differences-between-the-new-and-classic-experiences-for-lists-and....

 

Modern 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 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.

 

For more detailed information, see https://support.office.com/article/differences-between-the-new-and-classic-experiences-for-lists-and....

 

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.

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Learn more about communication sites at https://support.office.com/article/what-is-a-sharepoint-communication-site-94a33429-e580-45c3-a090-5....

 

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.

 

Get the SharePoint mobile at https://aka.ms/getSPmobile.

 

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 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.  For a complete list of new features and capabilities refer to the new SharePoint Server 2019 Reviewer’s Guide at https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2006360.

 

Try it out and share your feedback

You can download SharePoint Server 2019 today via the Microsoft Download Center and share feedback directly with our engineering teams through the new SharePoint Server 2019 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:

 

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

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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

A:  Yes.

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

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

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

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

 

9 Comments
Regular Visitor

Wow. Awesome new features in SharePoint 2019. 

Simply the best collaboration platform ever.

Occasional Visitor

I couldn't see any mention of PowerApps and Flow in the article - did they make it into the release and is there any documentation on the capabilities delivered?

Regular Visitor

I just installed SP2019 and tried to upload 15 GB file but got an error

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Occasional Visitor
Hello, Does anyone know why the preview build of SharePoint 2019 (16.0.10711.37301) is higher than the RTM build (16.0.10337.12109) ? Thanks.
Occasional Visitor
I second what Aleksandar Pavlov said. Same error on the RTM build 16.0.10337.12109. You cannot upload files larger than 10GB, although the official statement is that you can upload up to 15GB files. Is this expected ?
Occasional Contributor

Any new features added from Preview to GA?

Thanks

Microsoft

Hi @Aleksandar Pavlov and @Andrei Rachita, yes, SharePoint 2019 still defaults to a 10 GB maximum file size limit, but we now support up to 15 GB if you wish to increase the default.  You can increase the default from SharePoint Central Administration -> Manage web applications -><web application> -> General Settings -> Maximum Upload Size.

Microsoft

Hi @Andrei Rachita, I won't get too deep into the details, but there are several different coding branches for SharePoint that operate in parallel.  Through a quirk of timing, the Public Preview branch had a version number range assigned to it that appears to be "higher" than the RTM version number range.  But rest assured, the RTM version has the latest code and you'll want to deploy that instead of the Public Preview version at this point. :-)

Microsoft

Hi @asfaw ayele, there were no new features added between the Public Preview build and GA.