SQL Server - Let's Support Them All!

A major change is taking place with how the SharePoint product group supports SQL Server with SharePoint Server – namely, support will be defined by the database compatibility levels rather than a specific version of SQL Server. This allows customers to deploy SharePoint Server 2019 with SQL Server 2016, 2017, 2019, and beyond as long as SQL Server supports the database compatibility level 130.

Likewise, for SharePoint Server 2016, you can use any version of SQL Server that supports a database compatibility level of 110. This would mean that SharePoint Server 2016 now supports SQL Server 2012 through SQL Server 2019 and any future version of SQL Server that supports the database compatibility level of 110.

This is a great improvement and allows customers the flexibility to maintain forward momentum to keep up with SQL Server versions rather than having to maintain long term support for an aging version.

This change does not extend to SharePoint 2013 or previous versions of SharePoint. Continue following the specific versions of SQL Server that are supported for SharePoint 2013 and below.

The Hardware and software requirements document has been updated with this new guidance.

SharePoint 2019 November 2019 Updates

The SharePoint 2019 November 2019 Updates have been released.

Product KB Article
SharePoint Server 2019 (sts-x-none) https://support.microsoft.com/help/4484142
SharePoint Server 2019 (wssmui) https://support.microsoft.com/help/4484149
Office Online Server https://support.microsoft.com/help/4484141
Office Updates https://support.microsoft.com/help/4527848/

For all SharePoint updates, visit SharePoint Updates.

SharePoint 2016 November 2019 Updates

The SharePoint 2016 November 2019 Updates have been released.

Product KB Article
SharePoint Server 2016 (sts-x-none) https://support.microsoft.com/help/4484143
SharePoint Server 2016 (wssmui) https://support.microsoft.com/help/4484147
Office Online Server https://support.microsoft.com/help/4484141
Office Updates https://support.microsoft.com/help/4527848/

For all SharePoint updates, visit SharePoint Updates.

Microsoft Edge Chromium Integrates with Office 365

Microsoft Edge Chromium is the newest browser from Microsoft. Currently in development, Edge Chromium has a brand new feature in the Canary release that integrates with Azure AD and Office 365. If you log into your computer with an Azure AD account, Edge Chromium will automatically detect and sign you into Edge with your Azure AD account.

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In addition, Edge Chromium now offers an Office 365 start page based on the account used in the Edge profile in addition to the Bing start page you see today with Microsoft Edge.

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This allows for easy access to Microsoft Search (log into Bing.com first with your Office 365 account), recent e-mail, files, and more in Office 365 – and as you can see below, even SharePoint on-premises files when you have configured hybrid OneDrive for Business!

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Finally, it will even import your profile picture that you’ve uploaded to Office 365 and display it in the Edge Chromium toolbar.

I encourage enterprises who currently may have an investment in Internet Explorer 11 or Google Chrome to take a hard look at Edge Chromium. It has the enterprise features that Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge previously for offered via Enterprise State Roaming while improving integration with the Microsoft 365 ecosystem.

You can download the Edge Canary today at the Microsoft Edge Insider Channels.

SharePoint 2019 October 2019 Updates

The SharePoint 2019 October 2019 Updates have been released.

Product KB Article
SharePoint Server 2019 (sts-x-none) https://support.microsoft.com/help/4484110
SharePoint Server 2019 (wssmui) https://support.microsoft.com/help/4484109
Office Online Server https://support.microsoft.com/help/4475595
Office Updates https://support.microsoft.com/help/4522242

For all SharePoint updates, visit SharePoint Updates.