Today on the Office Blog, Julia White wrote that SharePoint 2016 on-premise is scheduled for a summer 2015 reveal date. For Microsoft observers and partners, this is an important affirmation, but hardly surprising news.
On-Premise SharePoint’s Deprecation was Overstated
For the past three years, Microsoft has told the world that:
(1) The cloud is the future, &
(2) Office 365 will lead line of business innovation.
Office 365 has feature priority over SharePoint and the benefit of Azure’s sales muscle. Unsurprisingly, this made many Sharepoint professionals uncomfortable…
… and disengaged…
Acknowledging the “Hybrid Cloud”
While Ms White and the Office team stand behind the cloud-first agenda and Office 365’s place at the front of the feature queue, she committed to Sharepoint on-premise, with some timidity:
“We know that the move to cloud doesn’t happen all at once. While we’ve seen growing demand for SharePoint Online, we recognize that our customers have a range of requirements that make maintaining existing SharePoint Server deployments the right decision for some. We remain committed to meeting those needs. We’re excited about the next on-premises version of SharePoint and we’re sure you will be too.”
SharePoint professionals, especially the thousands that CloudShare has served, know, without checking below, that most users are still on-premise. And they know that these users are typically in corporate, government, or other high-value environments.
One blogger explains the motivation quite bluntly, “Microsoft, unlike any other vendor, owns yesterday’s workloads.” Ms. White and the Office Team note is a reminder that these workloads have a big role to play in the Microsoft strategy:
The $6 Billion partner and ISV ecosystem drives these large, behind-the-firewall implementations, solving for security, cost and server inertia. To keep this 75% happy, Microsoft is offering Delve, Power BI and Yammer as first class products in on-premise Sharepoint, building a “hybrid” roadmap to serve “yesterday” today.