In this 4-part blog series we are examing a few of the new features and changes available in SharePoint 2013. In our last post, we looked at SharePoint 2013’s search and business intelligence aspects. In this final post, we will examine eDiscovery/records management and analytics.

eDiscovery and Records Management

SharePoint Server 2013 introduces a new site for managing discovery cases and holds. The eDiscovery Center site template creates a portal through which users can access discovery cases to conduct searches, place content on hold, and export content. For each case, users will create a new site that uses the eDiscovery Case site template. Each case is a collaboration site that includes a document library which can be used to store documents related to the management of the case. In addition to content managed by SharePoint, eDiscovery sources also include Exchange mailboxes and file shares.

For users concerned with electronic records management and compliance, Microsoft has introduced the ability to configure site-based retention. This provides users with the ability to create and manage document retention policies in SharePoint and have those policies apply to SharePoint sites and any Exchange 2013 team mailbox associated with the site.


The new Analytics Processing Component in SharePoint 2013 runs different analytics jobs to analyze content in the search index and user actions that were performed on a site to identify items that users perceive as more relevant than others. The new functionality for displaying content recommendations based on usage patterns uses the information from the analyses. By including recommendations on a page, you can guide users to other content that may be relevant for them.


As you can see, SharePoint 2013 includes a variety of enhancements and new features that streamline the user experience and provide useful additional capabilities. Microsoft has built on the strengths of the existing platform while modernizing it for today’s business users.

As I stated in the first post, this list is by no means inclusive 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.

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