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SharePoint 2013 New Features

Posted By:Sugu Selvam       Posted Date: December 12, 2013    Points: 200    Category: SharePoint    URL: http://www.dotnetspark.com  

Highlighting SharePoint 2013 New Features

SharePoint 2013 New Features

Hi friends, I am holding your hands to travel with me in this article to grasp the New Features of SharePoint 2013.

Social Computing and Collaboration

It offers an improved user experience for user to share and collaborate with other's in their organization.


In SharePoint 2010, it provides Discussion List to start discussions among the site members. Addition to this, SharePoint 2013 have two site templates. One is Community Site and the other is Community Portal which holds the individual community sites.

Community Site offers:

·         Users become members once they start their contribution

·         Based on user's level of contribution badges(Beginner, Moderator and Expert) will be assigned

·         Interestingly score is calculated based on likes, dislikes, best answer contributed by the user

Community Portal is a collection of community sites. It provides the overview of popular communities from where we can join to interested communities.

My Sites

My Site is our owned site where we can store personal information, shared documents, tagging content. Addition to SharePoint 2010 my site features, SharePoint 2013 has better redesigned and modernized user interface with extendable features such as

   ·         Microblogging and Newsfeeds

   ·         Follow people and edit profile

    Task Management

SharePoint 2013 allows you to manage and sync the tasks list in the following ways:

   ·         Newsfeed discussions have a follow up option. This automatically creates a task in your My Tasks area

   ·         My Task page will aggregate all our tasks available in the SharePoint farm

   ·         By configuring the Work Management Service application, we have an option 'Sync to Outlook' which will sync the task list information to Outlook & vice versa

  ·    Microsoft Project 2013 now fully integrates with SharePoint 2013 task list which gives us two-way sync between project files and the underlying task list connected to MS Project

     Design Manager

Design manager isn't a simple new feature.  It is an entire new web-based tool to help you to manage Master Pages, Composed Looks, Devices, Reusable style templates and managing all aspects of branding your SharePoint Site. If you are well expert in design with HTML and CSS, the Design manager will simply integrate the HTML form into functional Master Page.

Content Search Web Part

Content Search Web Part is the mature level of Content Query Web Part.  It is used to produce the search results instantly with the help of continuous crawl introduced in SharePoint 2013 by using search based query and an advanced query building to aggregate the content from different locations. Design Manager help us to create HTML and JS friendly templates for Content Search Web part instead of using XLST and itemstyles templates.

Business Connectivity Services

Using this service,

   ·         SharePoint 2013 and Office 2013 can access data stored outside of SharePoint

   ·         Visual Studio can connect to an OData end point to automatically generating the BDC model for OData data source

These improvements in BCS support for,

   ·         App for SharePoint

   ·         External list to access with other SharePoint Lists and OData Business Data Connectivity (BDC) connections.

SharePoint 2013 listener and subscriber are playing a vital role in receiving notifications from external systems when data changes.

Business Intelligence

It provides BI tools integration with Microsoft Office applications and Microsoft technologies. Some of the important services are listed below:

   ·         Excel BI - which provides the capability to analyze and explore the data in any size. The features included in it are In Memory BI Engine (IBMI), Power view Add-in and Decoupled PivotChart and PivotTable reports

   ·         Excel Services - which provide us to view and interact with the Excel workbook with features including exploring the data with SQL Server Analysis Service and Power Pivot data models. Also we can view and change the fields and values in PivotChart and PivotTable reports

   ·         Performance Point Services - which is mainly used to interact and create dashboards using KPI's with extendable features like Dashboard Migration, BI Center Update, Filter Enhancements and Filter Search, support on iPad devices and Analysis Services Effective User

Identity Management

It's the new term for authentication management that is mainly the process of using claim-based authentication.  Addition to this, SharePoint 2013 consists of

   ·         Server-to-server authentication

   ·         App authentication by utilizing and extending the Open Authorization 2.0 web protocol

Mobile Devices

SharePoint 2013 plays a vital role in optimized view experiences across different mobile platforms.  It offers several new features with functionality including Optimized mobile browser experience, Push notifications, GeoLocation field type, Business Intelligence content.

Apps for SharePoint

As a Developer - We can design our app by using web application languages (HTML, JS, PHP and .NET) and development tool (VS 2012, NAPA and O365) and it also supports tired architecture model. As a User- We have the facility for creating our own App and publish or host it in SharePoint Store called Cloud App

Site Collection Health Checker

It is one of the great features in SharePoint 2013 mainly used by site collection owners or administrator to detect and address any potential issues before and after or during the site collection upgrade to new version. The checker will sometimes detect the issue and repair it automatically but others require manual steps to repair.





I hope you enjoyed this trip with me on SharePoint 2013 Features. Journey will continue. J J J

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