The release of SharePoint 2013 ‘preview’ has given us a tasty insight into some new features we can expect from the latest version of Microsoft collaboration software. Below are some of the key changes that caught our eye:
SharePoint App store?
A fantastic addition for 2013. The latest version of SharePoint will incorporate its very own app store, making it far easier for end users to install and configure aftermarket add-on functionality, without relying on their IT Department. There are already some fantastic apps available on the Microsoft website, including some great asset tagging, issues tracking and timekeeping applications (not to mention our CRM Systems app coming soon!)
Improved ‘My Site’ features.
Saving documentation to My Sites from SharePoint 2013 will be much easier. My Sites is now the default location for saving documents from Office 2013 and saving documents from SharePoint is a lot simpler to achieve than it was in 2010. In addition, the My Site document library can be synchronised with your local storage devices, allowing offline access to the latest documents.
The social aspect.
Social capabilities are increased in SharePoint 2013. The latest version will incorporate micro blogging, community SharePoint sites, activity feeds and the ability to following other users sites, including their documentation and general activity.
Metro user interface.
I personally am very much looking forward to this. I am a big fan of Microsoft’s latest UI design, so I was very pleased to hear that Microsoft is considering this as the standard user interface for SharePoint.
The latest version of SharePoint will be much more ‘Mobile Device Friendly’. Using SharePoint from a mobile device has never been easier, thanks to two new mobile optimised views.
The official release date has yet to be confirmed, although the preview version is now available from the Microsoft download centre.