Microsoft shared some news on the new on premises version of SharePoint 2019 at SharePoint North America Conference in Las Vegas this May.
What we knew already from Ignite last year is that it should be a “snapshot” (taken anyway few months ago) of the SharePoint Online hosted in Office 365 as it was done for SharePoint 2016.
The following news are actually confirmed by Microsoft:
- OneDrive: the support of the next generation sync client is confirmed for both personal and team sites (including files on demand). You will also be able to use push notifications. Not a big news for the one using Office 365, but a huge improvement for organization still on premises. Also, OneDrive will be online by default, so you have to force the users (with auditing) to have their OneDrive on your servers.
- Modern Experience: Finally the look and feel and user experience we was on SharePoint Online will be “grounded” in SharePoint 2019. this includes SharePoint Home, Modern Teams (with news) and Communication Sites, modern lists and libraries and the modern sharing experience. What will NOT be there (at least for the RTM) will be the Site Hub.
- Deeper PowerApps and Flow Integration: probably with a new and enhanced hybrid feature. We have really few confirmed news on how it will work.
- Workflow Manager 2019: If you will be not able to use Flow, Microsoft confirmed the shine and new Workflow Manager 2019 to replace Workflow Manager 1.0. It will have all of the features 1.0 had, and then some more (for compatibility and migration?)
Some feature confirmed as missing or deprecated are:
- PowerBI Stack: still there but deprecared. and the new PowerBI Web App we have in Office 365 will be not there.
- SAML 2.0 will be not supported at RTM and this is, for me, a real no sense decision.
SharePoint 2019 Public Preview is planned to go out late in the summer. The RTM lunch date will be probably announced at Ignite this year.