SharePoint Server 2016 and Project Server 2016 Release Candidate available

Building on our announcement of SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 in November, we’re pleased to announce the availability of SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate (RC). SharePoint Server 2016 RC is mostly feature complete and represents an important milestone for customers and partners looking to deploy and evaluate SharePoint Server 2016 before general availability in Spring 2016.
SharePoint Server 2016 is our most reliable, scalable, secure and high-performant server release ever. With built-in Hybrid Cloud capabilities, it is the premier choice for organizations who are looking to take advantage of the latest innovations in Microsoft Cloud offerings while also maintaining critical content or custom applications on-premises. SharePoint Server 2016 will help organizations unlock breakthrough performance and resiliency as well as quickly build solutions and extend data across on-premises and Office 365 with the confidence that their data will be safe and secure.
Read more information about SharePoint 2016 Release Candidate in the official announcement of the SharePoint product group.


  1. Hi,
    I can’t find what “mostly feature complete” means. Are cloud features like SharePoint Insights or Azure Video available in RC?


  2. Well, some work to do yet on the release candidate. I have the RC installed, just testing it from an infrastructure POV for now. It’s set up with no custom solution deployed and I’ve got invalid features all around my content databases (out-of-the-box webparts and features). The annoying “search host controller” bug wasn’t ironed out either, the search “CustomDictionary” timerjob still tries to connect to the “Search Host Controller Service” on servers where that service instance is not running (and starting it would make the server “not compliant” with the mini role). SharePoint Health still has the usual temperaments, complaining about inexistent issues “PowerPivot: Midtier process account should have ‘Full Read’….”. Having known SharePoint since the 2003 version, I believe it’ll probably ship to RTM just like that.


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