The fact that perhaps the largest and best customer for SharePoint on-premises, Microsoft itself, has moved its collaboration utilities into the cloud does not necessarily spell doom for the on-premises product. But it does signal that we can all expect to live with this upcoming 2016 version for a long while as the "dogfooding" on the cloud intensifies and the use of on-premises technology within the confines of Redmond continues to decline. Microsoft refuses to say whether they're looking beyond SharePoint 2016 to further on-premises releases, but to be fair, in their history they've hardly ever commented on releases beyond the next imminent version. So the outlook is still rather murky on that front.
The last word
The SharePoint world breathed a collective sigh of relief after Ignite 2015's lifting of the curtain and peek behind the scenes at SharePoint 2016. If you take the niceties of SharePoint 2013 and bake them for three years while adding in the refinements and the lessons and bug fixes that have come from running thousands of instances of the product with terabytes of data in the SharePoint Online environment, you essentially end up with SharePoint 2016. It'll be released early next year and may well be the stable collaboration platform you end up on through 2020.
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