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

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