Microsoft Releases Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016

Microsoft has announced the availability of Feature Pack 1. Since the November 2016 Public Update for SharePoint Server 2016, the company has delivered numerous new features which have been completely based on customer feedback, extending support for hybrid scenarios as well as for developer needs.
 
They are as given below, as per the official blog:
  • Administrative actions logging for common SharePoint administrative actions.
  • MinRole enhancements to support small and medium-sized farms.
  • A OneDrive for Business modern experience.
  • Custom tiles in the SharePoint app launcher.
  • SharePoint hybrid auditing unified across site collections on-premises and in Office 365.
  • Hybrid taxonomy unified across on-premises and Office 365.
  • OneDrive API for SharePoint on-premises
Administrative actions logging
 
SharePoint administrators spend time troubleshooting administrative changes to their on-premises environment that can result in failure conditions or other undesired effects. In order to aid in troubleshooting, especially in the increasingly common multiple administrator set-ups, Microsoft has added logging around key SharePoint administrative actions performed either through the SharePoint Server 2016 Central Administration website or through the SharePoint Server 2016 Management Shell.
 
MinRole enhancements
 
MinRole is the new farm topology in SharePoint Server 2016 which helps in simplifying your deployment experience and also improves performance as well as reliability. Microsoft states that it has been completely based on a set of predefined server roles.
 
The company has enhanced MinRole with two new server roles which are optimized for small as well as medium farms: Front – end with Distributed Cache and Application with Search. You are now able to deploy MiniRole farm with just two servers or a high availability (HA) MinRole farm with just four servers.
 
OneDrive for Business, a modern experience
 
The new look and feel is amazing, and the navigation is quite simple to understand and use, and you  frequently use actions such as upload, edit and share with just one touch or click. With the new feature it is also easier to select drag and drop feature which work just like folders on your PC. Power users will be able to notice the familiar keyboard commands along with the option to right-click, making you work faster with your files. The OneDrive for Business modern experience is now available to software Assurance customers.
 
Custom tiles
 
The App Launcher will provide you with quick and easy access to all your SharePoint and Office 365 workloads. Now, you will be able to also add your own custom tiles that point to other SharePoint sites, external sites, legacy apps and more. This will make it easier to find the relevant sites, apps and resources to do your job.
 
OneDrive API
 
The OneDrive for Business support will allow you to build a robust file management and workflow app for your line of business.
 
The OneDrive API provides a set of HTTP services so as to connect your application to files and folders in OneDrive Personal, OneDrive for Business and document libraries in SharePoint Online. OneDrive API makes it easy to connect your app to your user’s files across Office 365 and access the advanced functionality of files in OneDrive and SharePoint.
Along with this, Microsoft has gone on to provide extended support for additional hybrid scenarios with SharePoint and Office.
 
Microsoft states,
 
“Hybrid provides a bridge between your existing on-premises SharePoint investments and Office 365. With Feature Pack 1, we’re introducing two new hybrid scenarios, auditing and taxonomy.”
 
SharePoint hybrid auditing (preview)
 
Microsoft SharePoint Insights is a new hybrid feature which aims at helping administrators manage their SharePoint infrastructure by providing access to several reports and dashboards in Office 365.
 
Hybrid taxonomy (preview)
 
Microsoft states that Taxonomy helps in promoting discoverability as well as access to the right information at the right time. Hybrid taxonomy in SharePoint Server 2016 helps the customers so as to bring their taxonomy store to Office 365 enabling a single-source for creating and managing Terms, Term Sets and Groups through a single Managed Metadata Service.