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Twilight Recap: SharePoint 2013 insights

Robert Stewart, Solution Specialist for Intergen’s Innovation, Strategy and Solutions Team, spoke to attendees about Microsoft SharePoint 2013, taking a look at where we’ve come from and what the new SharePoint is like today.

With the beta of Microsoft SharePoint freshly released in July, and the final version expected towards the end of year, now is the time to be looking at the new version of SharePoint: Microsoft SharePoint 2013.

SharePoint 2013 is more than a refresh – it contains numerous features that will help improve collaboration and productivity for organisations of all sizes, embracing social media, mobility and search in new ways, while building on the solid platform established by earlier versions.

Robert spoke about some key updates:

  • Improved User Interface – The SharePoint user interface has been updated to reflect current web best practice with more focus on “pulling out” SharePoint capability and functionality and presenting it to users without having to click down complex navigation pathways. 
  • Enterprise Social – With the movement towards a more collaborative workplace, SharePoint 2013 borrows concepts from the public websites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, applying these to an organisational context. This makes it easy for users to stay connected, share content and discover things they previously wouldn’t have access to.
  • Productivity – As well as the obvious user interface improvements SharePoint 2013 also contains features to enhance user productivity, making it easier for users to collaborate, share and keep track of tasks and information.
  • App Store – Organisations can choose to embrace a global app store or restricted enterprise app store, enabling organisations to reduce development costs through the purchase of common apps to extend their SharePoint environment.
  • Search – Now a single SharePoint search engine, taking the best of all the previous search capability and delivering it into a single offering.
  • Mobility – Particularly around the use of iPad capability with SharePoint, Rob showed how SharePoint 2013 and Office Web Apps enable collaboration on an iPad.



(Please note that this event is based on the beta version of SharePoint 2013, and that features could change by the time it’s released.)

Posted by: Robert Stewart, Solution Specialist | 10 September 2012

Tags: Twilight recap, SharePoint 2013

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