The latest upcoming version of Microsoft SharePoint is SharePoint 2013. Improvements from SharePoint 2010 include major changes in on both the technical and user-interface fronts.
In the article, we will discuss a few of the salient changes that Microsoft is boosting for its latest version of SharePoint. SharePoint 2013 offers a multitude of performance improvements and new feature sets at both the user and developer level. The landscape for SharePoint 2013 users looks bright for many years to come.
Cloud App Model:
Instead of sandbox solutions in SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013
The latest Visual Studio 2012 lets you develop applications for both SharePoint and Office, while a new web-based development tool named Napa has also been launched to build apps for Office 365. Napa can come in real handy if you do not have Visual Studio installed and you want to check code functionality on the fly.
It is worth mentioning here that Napa itself is a SharePoint app. It can only be used to develop SharePoint-hosted apps. After initial prototyping, applications developed in Napa can also be opened and edited in Visual studio.
SharePoint 2013 sites offer better collaboration and sharing functionality. New collaboration features include:
You can easily perform common micro-blogging activities like sharing content, links and media with other people in your SharePoint environment, and following people, sites, content and conversations. SharePoint 2013 also sports an activity feed that gives you a view of every activity related to people, content, media and links.
Enterprise Content Management:
SharePoint 2013 offers the best content management capabilities so far:
This version of SharePoint includes site-level retention policies that extend compliance levels to sites. These policies include project closure and expiration policy and team and retention policy for sites and associated mailboxes.
With eDiscovery, you can search and export content from file shares. You can also export discovered content directly from SharePoint and Exchange. Team folders now provide you complete flexibility and ease of use by seamlessly integrating Exchange and SharePoint.
The new and improved search engine now uses a unified search architecture and content enrichment web service for custom content processing. Search results are now personalized based on users’ previous search history. The new search functionality also gives you rich contextual result previews against your queries.
The search features include:
Rich Results Framework
Consolidated Search Results
Keyword Query Language (KQL) Enhancements