What’s New in SharePoint 2013 for End User

SharePoint-2013

Following are the key features of SharePoint 2013 for End Users:

  • Social Computing Features: SharePoint 2013 has introduced many good improvements with respect to Social Computing including Communities, Micro blogging, My Sites, Activity Feeds,Yammer Integration etc.
    • New Site Templates are introduced for Community sites in SharePoint 2013.
    • SharePoint 2013 has Micro blogs – It allows a user to broadcast a message publicly at a central location where other users can respond.
    • My Sites design has also been improved for better navigation.
  • Enterprise Content Management (ECM): As we already know thatSharePoint is primarily an ECM (Enterprise Content Management) System, so every versionhasimprovedit’s capabilities with respect to Content Management.SharePoint 2013 has improvement as ECM e.g. Site MailBox, Site-Level RetentionPoliciesandeDiscovery Capabilities etc.
    • It’s always been desired to Keep relevant and important emails in SharePoint. Now, it’s easy to keep emails and documents with SharePoint Site Mailbox.
    • Moving documents from one location to another in SharePoint by defining a Policy which is basically a set of rules.
    • eDiscovery capabilities is a key feature for End Users;  i’ts a better and improved way to protect Business.
  • Mobile
    • HTML 5 support in SharePoint 2013 extends it’s usage for Mobile devices.
    • Office Mobile Web Apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
    • Push Notifications
    • New Geo location Field Type to store map coordinates.
  • Search: Search has always been a very important feature for End-User in an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) System,soSharePoint improved a lot in version 2013 as:
    • More powerful and unified search. It gives more functionality to search with results coming much faster.
    • Relevant and personalized Search on the basis of a user’s search history.
    • Document preview on search result without opening document.
    • In order to keep the index current (maximum possible), continuous crawl feature is introduced.
    • and much more to it that requires a complete separate post.
  • Business Connectivity Services (BCS):
    • Support for OData.
    • Improvements to Online SharePoint Business Connectivity Services.
    • REST based Object Model for Web and Mobile application developers.
    • Improved support for sorting and filtering of external Lists.
    • Export external list data to an Excel workbook.
    • Improvements to Event Listeners.
  • Business Intelligence (BI): SharePoint 2013 has presented Business Intelligence tool as a way to integrate all Microsoft Office Applications as well as other Microsoft technologies.
    • Visio Services.
    • Excel Services.
    • Performance Point Services i.e. Dashboard Migration, Filter Search, Support for Analysis Services,  Support for Performance Point on iPad.
  • SharePoint 2013 Apps

This post clearly explains key new features in version 2013 for End Users.

Ref : Sharepointfordummies

SharePoint Tasks List plus Project – Better Together

SharePoint tasks lists provide a great way to collaborate and stay up to date on the status of your projects. By using Microsoft Project Professional, you can take your project management to the next level by using more advanced features like scheduling and even create gorgeous and comprehensive reports. In a way, the SharePoint site and its tasks lists are where team members can view and edit the progress of their tasks, and Project Professional is where project managers can manage the progress of their projects. SharePoint tasks list sync empowers you to use the great functionalities of both Project and SharePoint tasks lists, at the same time.

You can create a new SharePoint tasks list that supports tasks with hierarchy, and indent/outdent those tasks while typing them in SharePoint, using the Alt+shift+Right/Left shortcuts. Then, in order to sync this SharePoint tasks list with Project, all you need to do is select the “Open with Project” button in the List tab of the ribbon:

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This will open your tasks list along with the timeline view in Project Professional and you’ll even be started in a screen that walks you through 3 steps to show you how you can take advantage of the powerful features of Project:

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And when you switch to the Gantt view, you can see the same tasks list as was in SharePoint:

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You can continue editing the project plan in Project, and when you hit Save, Project will automatically sync the plan with the SharePoint tasks list, and also save the project file (.mpp) in the Site Assets library of the SharePoint site. Therefore, every time you, or any other project manager, open the project plan, you can view the most recent status of the project. In 2013, we are saving an up to date project file in the Site Assets library so that users won’t have to deal with multiple conflicting or out-of-date project files. Moreover, we have greatly improved the conflict resolution mechanism so we now look for conflicts at the cell-level instead of the task-level.

Accessing and re-opening this project is very easy: if you are in the SharePoint site, you can open the same project plan by selecting the “Open with Project” button. Alternatively, if you already have Project Professional open, you can find this project in the Recent Projects list in the Open tab:

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Using the SharePoint tasks list feature, you can also convert standalone project plans into SharePoint tasks list and start collaborating with other team members on those plans. For instance, if you are using Project Professional to manage a special launch event, you can now go to the Save As tab of the File menu and create a new project site with an associated SharePoint tasks list:

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This will create a new Project Site and save the project plan in the Site Assets library of that site. From that point on, you can open this this project plan from the tasks list and keep the tasks list and the project plan in sync.

During the SharePoint tasks list sync, we sync the following fields between your SharePoint list and Project by default: task name, start date, finish (due) date, % Complete, resource name, and predecessors. However, if you want to map more fields to be synced between Project and SharePoint, you can do so in the Info tab of the File menu: open the “Map Fields” dialog, and pick any new fields that you’d like to sync. This way, you can have your team members report on other custom fields, or generate reports based on non-default SharePoint columns.

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Ref : Office Blogs