What's new for intranets in SharePoint 2016?

In what could be considered a follow up* to the SharePoint 2016 webinar I wrote about recently Sam Marshall has written an interesting blog post called SharePoint 2016 - what's new for intranets"

In the post Sam looks more closely at what SharePoint 2016 offers those individuals who manage intranets. This is definitely one of those good news/not so good news posts and I always like to start with good news!

The good news

  • There will be a cleaner, clearer interface for content authoring
  • Search (Delve) working for both cloud and on-premises content
  • Enhancements to the video portal introduced on Office 365 recently, such as embedding
  • A new knowledge portal codenamed ‘Infopedia

The not so good news

The following functionality still doesn't appear to be part of the SharePoint roadmap:

  • No clear demonstration that sites will be fully mobile and touch friendly
  • No clear timeline on the full integration of Yammer within SharePoint
  • No mention of activity streams
  • Still no sign of a news centre
  • Analytics have got worse

So a bit of a mixed bag overall! As to whether organisations should be rushing to move to SharePoint 2016, in his post Sam suggests there is plenty of life left in SharePoint 2013, so there is no pointing in rushing to use SharePoint 2016.

*The SharePoint 2016 webinar actually followed this blog post.