There's a new App Launcher in SharePoint 2016 that will allow users to more quickly launch their apps, browse sites and access personal files. Microsoft also is working to make it easier for users to create, share and manage files in the new release. The coming release also provides support for uploading files up to 10 GB in size.
On the compliance front, SharePoint 2016 includes new In-Place-Hold and Document Deletion Centers.
Microsoft execs have also said they are aiming to make operating, patching and updating SharePoint easier. (Mini server roles will help tame the patching and updating beast, officials said, by reducing overall datacenter footprint, as will new "zero downtime" online patching technology.)
PerformancePoint services -- which many of us last heard about back in 2009 when Microsoft dropped PerformancePoint Server -- are being ported back to SharePoint Server 2016. Project Server will be more tightly integrated, from a database standpoint, with SharePoint Server, though still remain a separate and separately priced product.
The new hybrid search offering, also available in preview today, is meant to allow SharePoint on-premises users to retrieve unified search results via a combined search index in Office 365. Hybrid search also will enable customers to find relevant information in Delve, regardless of where information is stored -- in the cloud or on-premises.