The SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 version has been released now.
The changes and improvements of SharePoint 2016 Beta 2 compared to the IT Preview released in August 2015 can be read here.
There are also some features which has been deprecated or removed in the SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2. I want to mention two things which are no longer available:
- SharePoint Foundation
The free, light version of SharePoint Server which comprises the core functionality is no longer available and shipped. An alternative for the SharePoint Foundation is Office365.
- Business Intelligence
is no longerof the SQL Server 2014 is not included yet in SharePoint Server. SQL 2014 PowerPivot and PowerView Add-Ins cannot be deployed to SharePoint Server 2016 yet.
Excel Service functionalities are deprecated in SharePoint Server 2016. In order to use Excel Services functionality the Excel Online in Office Online Server Preview has been used for it. Office Online Server Preview is the successor of the Office Web Apps Server.
The ISO file of the beta 2 release can be downloaded in different langauges here.
Based on the speech of Jeff Teper at the European SharePoint Conference 2015 in Stockholm, approximately 99% of the final releases features are in the Beta 2 version already. Therefore it is quite ready. Nevertheless, this Beta 2 release cannot be upgraded to the RTM version later or should not be used in production.