In today’s market, SharePoint is one of the best content management systems by Microsoft. It has been widely used across the globe,  and in the USA most of the big pharmaceutical companies use SharePoint to maintain their content. Every three years Microsoft releases a newer version of SharePoint (on-premise). The current SharePoint on-premise version is SharePoint 2019. I will summarize the various versions of SharePoint from its invention to date ( 2020) with the new and improved features in SharePoint Server as well as in SharePoint Online – Office 365 over the previous version or year.


  • SharePoint Online – Office 365
  • General availability of Communication Compliance
  • Adding Campaign Views to Office 365 ATP
  • Outlook for iOS: S/MIME automated certificate delivery
  • Advanced eDiscovery dashboard
  • Microsoft Teams – App catalog


  • SharePoint Online – Office 365:
  • Risky IP for Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) extranet lockout protection.
  • Azure Information Protection analytics (preview).
  • SharePoint sites: updated “Change the look” panel.
  • SharePoint Admin Center Experience Updates – default to modern experience.
  • Mobile admin app update, including device management.
  • Admin center support updates, including full-page ticket history view and callback scheduling.
  • MyAnalytics add-in coming to more Microsoft 365 and Office 365 suites.
  • Signals: We’re adding visual cues about the status of a file, such as check-outs, sharing, DLP blocks, or missing metadata to modern views.
  • Sticky column headers: For large lists and libraries, the column headers remain visible as you scroll vertically or horizontally in larger lists and libraries.
  • Easy page and news publishing experience from the site pages library.
  • Column totals: Users will be able to display column totals and subtotals in the footer of a group or a list/library view in the modern SharePoint experience without needing to change to classic mode.


SharePoint 2019 On-Premise


  • The key improvements of this version are as below,
  • Trying to maintain the look and feel of SharePoint online.
  • Introduction of the modern interface.
  • Responsive UI.
  • Without the hybrid configuration of  Power Automate (formerly known as Microsoft Flow) and Power Apps.
  • Team Site Improvements
  • Modern User Experience Improvements
  • Communication Site Improvements
  • Improved Support for Business Processes


  • SharePoint Online: Office 365
  • Improved Communication and Hub sites
  • Azure AD Conditional Access: Managed browser support for iOS/Android platforms.
  • Customize the title region for each page
  • View and apply site designs from within a SharePoint site
  • Modern pages support section backgrounds
  • News – pinning
  • Personalized web parts


  • SharePoint Online: Office 365
  • Microsoft Teams with SharePoint Online sites


  • SharePoint Online / SharePoint 2016
  • SharePoint 2016 On-Premise
  • Microsoft released SharePoint 2016 in May of 2016 and feature pack 2.
  • SharePoint 2016 support modern interface in OneDrive sites only.
  • Office 365 Groups with SharePoint Online sites
  • Introduction to MinRoles
  • Improved patching zero downtime
  • Content database size increased from 200 GB to 1TB.
  • Maximum file storage from 2GB to 10GB.
  • Other than port 25, non-default ports also can be used for connection encryption.
  • Faster site creation using the new PowerShell command and UI
  • Hybrid mode example – search, content type, manage metadata group, etc.


  • SharePoint 2013 – Office 365 / SharePoint Online
  • SharePoint 2013 On-Premise
  • Introduction to Office 365 / SharePoint Online
  • Office 365 SharePoint Online came to the market in February 2013.
  • Cross-Browser Support
  • Drag/drop Uploads
  • More social features
  • OneDrive integration as a replacement for MySites
  • Addition of the audit center
  • Re-engineered search facilities


  • SharePoint 2010
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
  • Improvements in InfoPath, workflows, business data services, excel services, management metadata, etc.
  • Introduction of the “Ribbon”
  • Early social networking features
  • Overhaul of the Shared Service Providers in favor of Service Applications and the ability to pool them
  • Sandboxed solutions and client access to the API
  • PowerShell support
  • Two way BCS


  • SharePoint 2007
  • Fixed many shortcomings of the 2003 product, introduced new features such as Business Data Catalog and InfoPath Form Services
  • Introduction to Windows SharePoint Services – WSS
  • Introduction to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 – MOSS
  • Introduction of Excel Services
  • Introduction of Content types
  • Introduction of SharePoint Designer (Post FrontPage era begins)


  • Microsoft releases version 2.0 products
  • Windows SharePoint Services – WSS (SQL and .NET)
  • Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 (built on top of WSS)



SharePoint Portal Server 2000


  • Microsoft released the below two products,
  • SharePoint Portal Server 2001 for document management and enterprise search
  • SharePoint Team Services for collaboration

Release dates to remember

  • SharePoint Portal Server 2000: Released in 2000
  • SharePoint 2003: Released in 2000 2003
  • SharePoint 2007: Released in 2006
  • SharePoint 2010: Released in 2010
  • Office 365: Released in 2011 (With SharePoint2010 interface)
  • SharePoint 2013: Released in 2012
  • Office 365 Upgraded: 2013
  • SharePoint 2016: Released in 2016 (14th March)
  • SharePoint 2019: Released in 2018 (22nd October)

Summary: what we had here?

Thus, in this article we have learned about the past history of SharePoint from the year 2000 to 2020 with the key major releases. 


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