In the mid of 2018 the preview of SharePoint 2019 should be available. It is expected that the first Release of SharePoint 2019 will be announced at the End of this year. What can we expect from SharePoint 2019 comes from various sources from MS Ignite, blogs and articles. So these points only represents what the community expects and not what Microsoft published as Release note.
New Features may be
- Webpart – 3D Viewer Webpart
- Connector Webpart in order to connect to more than 100 data sources
- Activity Webpart which shows on what your colleagues are working
- File Preview which can display more than 270 file types in a preview as Webpart
- Integration of Planner as Webpart
- Lists: paging in large lists will be better
- Lists: Formatting columns without code
- Powerapps in order to customize list and library forms (but only as integration)
- Microsoft Flow integration
- Team News und Communication Sites
- Modern UI
- New Admin Center
- New Migration Tool of course to help the shift from onpremise to the cloud
If you can, you should use this preview option: https://previews.office.com/
More interesting notes
- InfoPath will still be supported (Support was pushed to 2026)
What we should not expect
Hub Sites, which aggregates content from Communication Sites and Team sites will not be supported.
The interesting point will be the subject to customize forms and create workflow in SharePoint 2019
I personally expect that an upgrade to SharePoint 2019 has to be done from SharePoint 2016. The same procedure as with every Version in the last years. If you have SharePoint 2013 you’ll first have to move to SharePoint 2016. But who knows, maybe it will be different this time?!