What’s New in SharePoint 2013 – Part 1

The release of the latest version of Microsoft’s SharePoint platform, SharePoint 2013, introduces numerous new features as well as improvements to the previous release. The new features and changes to existing features cover the entire gamut of the platform – from security to search, user interface to social features. All facets of the system have been enhanced and improved.

In this 4-part blog series we will look at a few of these new features and changes. This list is by no means inclusive (that takes a lot more space than we have) and does not cover more technical topics such as the new authorization/security model, apps, and various developer enhancements. For a more complete list, please visit What’s New in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013.

Social Computing

SharePoint 2013 includes new functionality for sharing and collaboration as well as improved administration and user experiences.


Many users of SharePoint 2010 utilized the Discussion list template to facilitate discussions among members of a site. SharePoint 2013 builds on this concept through the introduction of two new site templates: the Community Site and the Community Portal.

Community sites provide the user with a forum to categorize and facilitate discussions with a broad group of people across the entire enterprise by promoting open communication and information exchange among users. Visitors can view information and can choose to become members if they wish to contribute.

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As you would expect, full moderation capabilities are included, such as the reporting/removal of inappropriate content, selecting featured content, and assigning of various badges to community members.

My Sites

In SharePoint 2010, My Sites became a central place for users to store personal and shared documents of many types. Through the use of people search, users were able to populate their profile with information to promote connections with other users, thus benefiting from the expertise of others within the organization.

In SharePoint 2013, the My Sites interface has been completely re-designed to enhance the capabilities provided with the previous release,  including simplified navigation and new Microblog and Newsfeeds features. These features allow users to engage in short, public conversations, and to remain current on activities from other users that they find interesting.

The fun is just beginning! In my next post, we will take a look at SharePoint 2013’s content authoring and mobile device support features. See you there!

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