SharePoint 2016 new features for developers

Microsoft has released SharePoint 2016 on-premise version with lots of new features compared to the SharePoint 2013 on-premise version. This SharePoint 2016 tutorial explains about SharePoint 2016 new features for developers.

If you are want to know whether you should use SharePoint on-premise or SharePoint Online, then read an article on the Difference between SharePoint online and SharePoint on-premise.

SharePoint 2016 new features
SharePoint 2016 new features

Update: Now, Microsoft has already released the SharePoint server 2019 which is the latest version of SharePoint On-Premise.

SharePoint 2016 New Features for Developers

Below are a few new features of SharePoint 2016 for developers.


MinRole is a new feature in SharePoint Server 2016 that allows a SharePoint farm administrator to define each server’s role in a farm topology. It shows roles like Front-end, Application, Distributed Cache, Search, Custom, Single-Server Farm etc.

Document Deletion Compliance Features

The document deletion policy allows you to delete documents in users’ OneDrive for Business sites after specific periods of time.

Read Office 365 Document Deletion Policies in Office 365 SharePoint Online and how to create and implement document deletion policy in Site Collection.

New Document library accessibility feature

There are few enhancements in SharePoint 2016 document libraries like:

– Various keyboard shortcuts like:
Alt + N – New
Alt + E – Edit
Alt + U – Upload
Alt + M – Manage
Alt + S – Share
Alt + Y – Synchronization

– Announcements for upload progress while uploading documents to the SharePoint 2016 document library.

– Announcements for the file name and file types when browsing folder and file lists etc.

Durable Links

Durable links are helpful in retaining the links even if documents are renamed or moved in SharePoint.

Fast Site Collection Creation

This feature made the site collection creation process faster. It works at the same level as sql server which reduces the round trips required between the SharePoint and SQL servers.

Read: SharePoint 2016 fast site collection creation using PowerShell

Hybrid feature in SharePoint 2016

Hybrid in SharePoint Server 2016 enables you to integrate your on-premises farm with Office 365 productivity experiences.

  • Users can follow SharePoint Server and SharePoint Online sites, and see them consolidated in a single list.
  • Users have a single profile in Office 365, where all of their profile information is stored.

You index all of your crawled content, including on-premises content, to your search index in Office 365. You can set up the crawler in SharePoint Server 2016 to crawl the same content sources and use the same search connectors in Office SharePoint Server 2007, SharePoint Server 2010, and SharePoint Server 2013.
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Large File Support

SharePoint Server 2016 now supports uploading and downloading files larger than 2GB which can be configurable up to 10 GB.

No stsadm.exe

stsadm.exe is finally deprecated in SharePoint 2016. So we have to use PowerShell instead of stsadm.exe.

No new SharePoint Designer

There will be no new SharePoint designer in SharePoint 2016. But you can use SharePoint designer 2013 (64 bit) to open SharePoint 2016 sites.

Now new InfoPath Development

There will be no new InfoPath for SharePoint 2016, InfoPath 2013 is fully supported in SharePoint 2016.

No Tags and Notes

This feature is completely deprecated for SharePoint 2016. You will no longer be able to create new tags or notes or even access existing ones. But Microsoft provides PowerShell command to take backup of your tags and notes like below:
Export-SPTagsAndNotesData -Site <> -FilePath <>

You may like following SharePoint 2016 tutorials:

Here in this SharePoint 2016 tutorial, I explained a few new features of SharePoint 2016 for SharePoint developers.