Microsoft is offering a sneak peek of the first Feature Pack for SharePoint Server 2016, which is set to arrive in November. This interesting news came to us from eWeek in their article, “Microsoft Previews SharePoint Server 2016 Feature Pack 1.”

When Microsoft released SharePoint Server 2016 in May, it pledged to periodically release Feature Packs that narrow the functionality gap between the on-premises software and SharePoint Online. Exceeding their users’ expectations, they announced what new features are contained in the Feature Pack 1 and the early release date.

For administrators, the update will include a new logging capability that lends more visibility into administrative changes made on the popular enterprise document management and team collaboration platform through Windows PowerShell and the Central Administration website. There are newer, more granular administrative logging capabilities that will allow troubleshooters to do a better job narrowing down the causes of mishaps due to incorrect or ill-advised configuration tweaks, speeding up their efforts.

SharePoint users will notice some changes to SharePoint interface. The App Launcher now supports custom tiles, allowing users to tailor their workflows by adding tiles that point to legacy apps, external sites and other SharePoint sites.

Melody K. Smith

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