What is a feature pack?
As Microsoft says “Unlike previous versions of SharePoint, release-to-manufacture (RTM) did not define the end of innovation, but the beginning. As we continue to develop SharePoint Server 2016, we’ve paid close attention to customer feedback, trends in content management, team collaboration, user experiences across devices, and how the cloud can be blended into existing on-premises scenarios in new and compelling ways. Feature Packs allow us to accelerate delivery of cloud-first features to our Software Assurance customers (where noted) of SharePoint Server 2016 outside of the traditional 2- to 3-year release cadence.”
Microsoft has SharePoint Online the cloud version and SharePoint Server the on-premises version. Keeping on-premises version up to date with the online version is a real challenge. Bringing the demanding features of online version to the on-premises version on time is a tough job. But today Microsoft announced the Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016. It brings the enhancements including,
- Logging of administrative actions performed in Central Administration and with Windows PowerShell.
- Enhancements to MinRole to support small environments.
- A new OneDrive for Business user experience.
- Custom tiles in the SharePoint app launcher.
- Unified auditing across site collections on-premises and in Office 365.
- Unified taxonomy across on-premises and Office 365.
- OneDrive API 2.0.
This will be available in November 2016. For more information please read link.