RTM versions of Microsoft’s SharePoint 2016 and Project Server 2016 ready

Microsoft has released to manufacturing, SharePoint 2016 which allows file sharing, collaboration and content management. This adds to Microsoft’s hybrid cloud capabilities and also enhances user experience. The Project Server 2016 also has been completely integrated with SharePoint 2016.

Microsoft announced that the release candidate version of SharePoint 2016 is now available for download, while the full version is expected to be available in May 2016.

The software giant went on to add that the latest version of its project and portfolio management tool, Project Server, has also been released to manufacturing and is now integrated with SharePoint 2016. This means users will not need a separate installer to run the tool.

The latest version of SharePoint uses the same platform as the previous versions. However, SharePoint 2016 has extended hybrid cloud support wherein a single search result shows information stored both in the cloud and on-premises.

Microsoft states the latest SharePoint Server ensures users get access to enhanced deployment flexibility, better data security, improved mobile access to content, and a combined development experience on the cloud and server.

The Project Server 2016 comes with a new capability – Resource Engagements. This is meant to help resource and project managers to collaborate on the same platform to decide the amount of time and work required for each stage of a project.

Microsoft said that the Resource Engagements was an improvement on the Resource Plan capability in the Project Web App, and existing customers’ Resource Plan data would be converted to Resource Engagements once the upgrade came into force.