We all know Microsoft released SharePoint 2016 IT preview last month and I am sure if you are a SharePoint fan like me, you would have tried to experience it first hand by installing it.
The new SharePoint has many visible changes like:
- New server specific role based installation
- Look & feel similar to Office 365
- New User Interface for mobile viewing
- New Compliance site template
But this blog post is not about the features visible out of the box in SharePoint 2016 IT preview setup. This blog post is about hidden features & pages in the new setup, which I think we can use to try and predict the new stuff Microsoft might introduce in the final product.
(disclaimer: this blog post is only for information purposes and is based on the SharePoint 2016 IT preview. Features & functionalities mentioned in this post may differ (or may not even exist) in the final product)
Group Site & Feature
It seems we may have “Group feature” in SP16 similar to the group functionality in Office 365. There is a Group Site Template (not exposed through UI yet but available in the 16 hive folder). Also there is a Group Feature (hidden feature)
When I activated this feature, the look & feel of the site changed a lot. But it certainly doesn’t look like the end product right now.
There are some pages related to Group functionality too, which are not exposed through the UI
There is a new hidden feature named “Cloud Video”.
It seems, there will be a way to upload or link videos to cloud from SharePoint 2016
The above feature created new content type (hidden) – “Cloud Video” with some columns
Point Publishing Features
Again, there is a new site template available in 16 hive for Point Publishing. This site template is not exposed yet at the user interface level. It will be interesting to see what this is all about as there are some features (hidden) related to Point Publishing
I did try playing around with those feature and got following results
Tried activating Point Publishing Feature
That failed but the home page of the site changed to following
Then I tried activating the hub feature, that failed too
There was another feature(site level) related to Point Publishing
I think this feature is more about provisioning configuration lists. On activation, a new app became available – “Channel Settings List”
But there is nothing much to do in Channel settings list right now.
QR Code Generation Page
There is a new page in layouts “/_layouts/15/QR.aspx”. It will be interesting to see the use case for this (if it is still there in final product)
Simplified List Settings Page
There is a new page in layouts “/_layouts/15/SimpleListSettings.aspx”. This needs an argument “List” to render properly. Following is one example
Announcement Tiles Feature
There is a new feature (hidden) named- “Announcement Tiles”. It seems there will be a webpart/app for rendering announcements as tiles
I was not able to activate the feature
There are some other hidden features too but I couldn’t get more information about these features. It will be interesting to know more about these feature in the final product
Hope you liked the post.
Do subscribe and stay tuned for my 2nd post on this topic for more in-depth analysis on what got changed in SharePoint 2016. In second post, I will be going to the code level to see what changed for the developers and new features hidden in code but not exposed at user interface level.
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