SharePoint 2013 is the first time that Microsoft has released both the cloud enabled Sharepoint 2013 and it’s on premise server version. Yes we are talking about the recent releases announced my Microsoft at the launch event of their next generation Office 365 services.
Talking from the perspective of social networking, Microsoft plans on enhancing this feature in their new SharePoint 2013 once the deal is finalized with Yammer because when that happens, they would integrate Yammer’s enterprise social networking capabilities into their new product.
The buzz news about SharePoint 2013 is the inclusion of Skydrive pro. It’s important to note here that this is different from SkyDrive which is Microsoft’s consumer product. This version of SharePoint works on both the cloud version as well as the on premise server. According to Teper the great thing about SkyDrive pro is that it will work side by side with the other core features of SharePoint 2013 like social networking, collaboration, search, metadata, workflow and compliance. The corporate vice president of SharePoint also said: “SkyDrive Pro makes it easy to work with your documents in SharePoint – save, sync, share and collaborate are all drop-dead simple. The name conveys the simplicity and increased consistency with our SkyDrive consumer cloud service while reinforcing the ‘Pro’ features of SharePoint like social networking, collaboration, search, metadata, workflow and compliance. Click ‘Sync’ on a SharePoint library and you will get the documents offline in the Windows Explorer, Office applications and more.
From the developer’s point of view, SharePoint 2013 introduces the cloud app model which enables you to create apps. Apps for SharePoint enhance the capabilities of a SharePoint website.
A lot of us were confused whether SharePoint was a platform or an application. Microsoft has finally (with the release of SharePoint 2013) made it very clear that it is an application. How this serves good for the user is that it shows that it will have capabilities, scalability, and manageability and would be upgradeable. Although Microsoft has acknowledged the fact that the “platform” touch that the users experienced till SharePoint 2010 isn’t totally gone. Users would still be able to develop in ways that they used to in 2010 and earlier versions but since it is an application now, one thing is pretty clear that it only lets you communicate to SharePoint through its services! Another interesting change on Microsoft’s part is the improved Customer support which will now be available with SharePoint 2013 regarding any sort of deployment, configuration and administration issue that the clients face. This is because for the first time Microsoft has assigned support services to the actual product engineers.
Last but not the least; Microsoft has made a considerable effort to improve the UI in order to ensure that it is intuitive and the flow is as natural as possible. Not only this but the UI seems to be a lot clearer and simpler and the application terminology has changed too.