SharePoint Server 2013 Features

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According to recently released documentation, specifically the open specification documentation, Microsoft adds several interesting new features to SharePoint Server 15, AKA SharePoint Server 2013.

Oh, and in case it isn’t bleedingly obvious; don’t make important decisions based on preliminary information. You’ll stand a fair chance of getting burned, but hey, if you’re willing to risk it, that’s entirely up to you.

If you are looking for more bleeding edge information on SharePoint 2013, though, I try to keep up to date and post interesting findings on my twitter account too. You can follow me on @furuknap.

SharePoint Server 2013 keeps many of the existing SharePoint 2010 features, such as:

  • Excel Services
  • Access Services
  • InfoPath Forms Services
  • User Profile Service
  • Search Services
  • Business Connectivity Services
  • PerformancePoint Services

These features do get upgrades in both functionality and organization. For example, there’s a new analytics service that seems to allow custom usage reporting, possibly enabling features such as mobile and tablet usage for custom applications. Of course, I’m only speculating at this point.

In addition, however, there are new, or at least radically expanded services, such as:

  • Content Management Service
  • Translation Services
  • Workflow Services
  • SharePoint Quiz Client-Side Object Model Protocol
  • Education Services
  • Work Management Service

To me, being active in the education industry, SharePoint Education looks like a really interesting new component. In short, SharePoint Education is a major addition to SharePoint Server 2013 (or SharePoint Server 15 as it is currently known). The goal, I would assume, is to compete with online and internal training platforms such as Moodle and Blackboard.

I’ll talk much more about SharePoint Education in the second issue of the SharePoint 2013 Beta series of USP Journal. The first issue is available free of charge to members of the USP Journal mailing list, and you can sign up for that to get the first issue now.

If you’d like to read the other issues, however, you have to purchase a subscription and you can do that on the series webpage at or directly from this link ($14.95 for the entire series):

SharePoint 2013 Beta series subscription

Update: The SharePoint 2013 Beta series is finished and has been replaced by Introducing SharePoint 2013.


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