I have been hearing from some concerned SharePoint users who said they feared Microsoft might have decided against delivering more on-prem versions of SharePoint as a way to push/"encourage" more users to go with the Microsoft-hosted SharePoint Online service. That's not the case, though Microsoft officials are emphasizing they are supporting the on-prem version with the focus being on customers running SharePoint in hybrid on-prem/cloud configurations.
As it has been doing for the past several years, Microsoft plans to take features that it developed and deployed first in the cloud version of SharePoint, SharePoint Online, and bring them to the on-premises version of the product.
Microsoft's post today notes that the company is continuing to work on adding new features to Office 365 which ultimately may trickle down to SharePoint on-premises users, such as new Knowledge Management and People Management portals. The work that the joint OneDrive/SharePoint team is doing around syncing Microsoft's various OneDrive storage engines and file-management functionality will also be a big focus for Office 365 in the coming year.
Microsoft officials are committing to share more details about the next versions of the SharePoint, Exchange and Skype for Business (Lync) Server products at the company's upcoming Ignite conference the first week of May. From the partial session list for that show that Microsoft has published so far, it looks like Lync for Business and some of the coming Office 365 cloud features will get a lot of coverage at that event.
Overview and Implementing Hybrid Search with the New Hybrid Search Crawl Appliance:A hybrid SharePoint environment is composed of an on-premises deployment of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 and a SharePoint Online tenant in Microsoft Office 365. A hybrid Search approach enables end users to get and view search results across all environments. In this session, learn about considerations when configuring hybrid search, best practices, and deployment. It also highlights the new Hybrid Search Crawl Appliance, now enabling a unified index approach.
The New Knowledge Management Portal in Office 365: Come hear about how Office 365 will support the Knowledge Management with a ready-to-go solution. We're excited to share this coming NextGen Portal to you for the first time. Join in person, join the discussion and provide your feedback to the team that is building it. We've got a lot of great things to share and demo.