With SharePoint 2013 upon us, we can expect to see a host of new products and features along with a modernized visual style.
Having used the new version of SharePoint myself over the past month, I can confirm that it is a vast improvement over the previous version. The navigation structure is much improved and there are some lovely new features such as the ‘Getting started tiles’.
If you are upgrading from version 2010 to 2013 then there are some features that will not be activated by default. Microsoft has taken this step to ensure that the existing structure of your site is preserved and the customization of your site is unaltered.
Some of the new features in SharePoint 2013.
New visual design – The default master page design brings SharePoint aesthetically in-line with the latest Microsoft applications. A simpler cleaner design, the visual style will be very familiar to users of the Outlook web app and the latest version of Microsoft Office.
The ribbon – The ribbon in the 2013 version of SharePoint is much more intuitive than the previous version. The ribbon is minimized by default, but can be expanded easily by clicking on the PAGE tab.
Site Actions – Site actions is now replaced by a settings menu that can be accessed by clicking on a gear icon on the top right hand corner of the SharePoint page. Again, this will be familiar to users of the Outlook web app.
Site Logo – The default size for the site logo has changed from 60 x 60 pixels to 180 x 64 pixels.
Navigation bar – Now a global feature, the navigation bar appears on every page of SharePoint.
Revised Edit Links command – The Edit links command is now accessible from the top navigation menu and the Quick launch menu. This allows you to enter quick editing mode for amending your site navigation.
Enhanced quick actions – Quick action options have been expanded and moved to the right hand side of the page.
If you are interested in finding out more about upgrading from SharePoint 2010 to version 2013 then contact us today. We are London based SharePoint consultants with a key emphasis in providing Crm Systems for SharePoint users.