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Introduction to SharePoint 2013
THE NEW WAY TO WORK TOGETHER
Manage Your Time
Find the perfect balance between compliance and collaboration
Efficiently manage infrastructure while maximizing uptime, minimizing failures and downtime
Empower end users while managing risk, complexity, and costs
SharePoint 2013 Architecture
In general model has stayed same as in previous version
Numerous platform level improvements and new capabilities
Service applications in SharePoint 2013
New service applications available and improvements on existing ones
Office Web Apps is no longer a service application
Web Analytics is no longer service application, it’s part of search
Enterprise Content Management
Create and organize content easily with the help of relevant discovered information
Manage content policy, information architecture and taxonomy
Reduce risk and manage compliance with centralized eDiscovery tools
Site-level retention policies
Compliance levels extended to sites
Retention policy for sites and Team Mailbox associated with site
Project closure and expiration policy
Designed for managing discovery cases and holds
Establishes a portal through which you can access discovery cases to conduct searches, place content on hold, and export content
Support for searching and exporting content from file shares
Export discovered content from Exchange and SharePoint
Seemless integration of Exchange and SharePoint to provide best of both world and end user flexibility
Use familiar tools to design rich and beautiful sites that represent your brand
Create, reuse and consume content for any device and language
Surface the right content to the right user with adaptive experiences
Web Content Management
Support the tools and workflows designers use
Variations & Content Translation
Search Engine Optimization
Cross Site Publishing
Video & Embedding
Engage in conversations to stay informed and make better decisions.
Use community knowledge to gain insight and find answers.
Make it easier to work as a team and manage your projects.
Share content, links, and media
Follow people, sites, content, and conversations
Provides a view into recent activity related to content, links, media, and people
Community sites with self-service administration and moderation
Modern community features such as achievements and reputation
Modern discussion boards
Client application integration
Categories, comments, and moderation
Integrate Business Apps
Ensure that information communicated via internal social networks is secure and compliant with centralized IT policies.
Provide a single view of the people in an organization and bring together identity-based information from many sources.
Build new social apps, and bring important information from your LOB applications directly into the newsfeed.
Classic and Contemporary views for mobile browsers
Automatic Mobile Browser Redirection
Target different designs based on user agent string
Office Mobile Web Apps
Find what you’re looking for with intelligent results tailored to you
Get answers and take action with an experience that’s always a step ahead
Build smarter applications that can scale for any need
New Search architecture with one unified search
Personalized search results based on search history
Rich contextual previews
Easily combine data from any source to create fully interactive reports and insights with guided exploration
Visually discover and share insights for collaborative decision making across the organization
Manage self-service BI with control & compliance for end user created assets
Instant analysis through In Memory BI Engine
Power View Add-in
Improved data exploration
Field List and Field Well Support
Calculated Measures and Members
Enhanced Timeline Controls
Filter enhancements and Filter search
Support for Analysis Services Effective User
Refresh data from external sources – BCS and Azure SQL
Supports comments on Visio Drawings
Maximum Cache Size service parameter
Health Analyzer Rules to report on Maximum Cache Size
Build for the cloud
A new development model for building apps provides a secure and scalable way to build SharePoint solutions.
SharePoint 2013 makes customizing sites easier for user, web designer and professional developer alike.
The cloud provides you with the freedom to choose how and where to host your apps.
Apps for Office and SharePoint
Products and platforms
Services and data
App catalog and store
SharePoint Server 2013 enhances the workload experiences by enabling new compelling scenarios that engage and work with the user.
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With every release we’ve redefined collaboration and document management and with SharePoint 2013 we’ve designed a product that represents a new way to work together. We’ve continued to invest in our core capabilities but we wanted to put people at the center of the SharePoint experience. This manifests itself not only the way we’ve designed the product but also in the way we talk about “what you can do with SharePoint?” (Transition) This was a question that helped us to define SharePoint 2013 and can it be summarized in 5 key principles.
SharePoint is the place to share ideas, content and the vision of your company. It’s scalable enough to organize and manage all your information assets but it’s also designed to organize and store documents to enable personal productivity, keep teams’ in sync, and projects on track. It’s where you go to discover experts, share knowledge and uncover connections to information and people. It’s a hub for developers to build and deploy modern apps and for designers to build eye-catching websites. And because it’s built in the cloud in mind, IT Pros can manage cost, and meet the demands of compliance to manage risk. Finally, SharePoint 2013 has been built to handle almost anything our customers can throw at it so IT Pros can spend more time managing information, delivering innovation and manage their time effectively.
SharePoint Server 2013 provides the most flexible and robust version of SharePoint to date. It provides IT Professionals more control over the infrastructure, and provides an enterprise-class foundation for efficiently handling multiple workloads and when combined with the powerful virtualization technologies in Windows Server 2012 enables you to increase your server consolidation ratios while reducing the amount of administrative effort required for managing the infrastructure. Through increased automation and improved remote administration, SharePoint Server 2013 helps organizations save money and time by automating repetitive IT tasks.
The investments in the SharePoint Server 2013 platform can be categorized into three (3) pillars:
Compliance with regulatory standards and the need to prevent business critical and personal data from being viewed by unauthorized users will continue to be a priority for businesses and corporate IT. One of the key pillars for compliance and preventing unauthorized access is the ability to exercise fine control over who has access to information and being able to monitor and report who actually accessed and modified critical information. SharePoint Server 2013 provides a broad range of features and capabilities designed to automate the assignment of compliance policies.
SharePoint Server 2013 provides scalability, reliability, and security while allowing customers to take advantage of the latest hardware innovations and computing technologies – making it capable of handling enormous amounts of data faster, more efficiently, and at a lower cost.
Pressure to optimize your IT infrastructure for ever changing business conditions requires you to be agile, and that means investing in solutions that provide reliability and choice. SharePoint Server 2013 provides the flexibility to tailor your deployment based on your businesses’ unique needs.
IT is facing exponential growth in managing user requests, users need to be enabled to do more with less dependency on their IT departments. In many cases IT is considered a bottleneck by users to productivity, and from an IT perspective, it’s increasingly difficult to keep up with emerging user demands while expected to maintain compliance and availability. Supporting users through intuitive tools and solutions enable them to choose how and when they’re upgraded, and programmatic access to centrally managed compliance policies ensures consistency, open collaboration, while allowing IT to focus on innovation.
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
ECM has played a central role in Microsoft’s Business Productivity infrastructure. The promise that SharePoint has delivered over the years has been about bringing ECM to the masses, or bringing organizational content to everyone. The traditional approach to content management was one where it lived in its own unique silo, and didn’t really connect or talk to anything else. Independent apps with different user experiences handled social networking and collaboration. And enterprise search would be a different experience as well. Our Approach has been fundamentally different. In SharePoint 2010, we really brought these things together into a unified user experience that gives you the social networking and collaboration in the context of the content that is being managed. As a result, SharePoint 2010 provided the core capabilities required by most businesses with a standard platform at a reasonable cost.
In SharePoint 2013, we take these core capabilities even further.
Create: The content lifecycle begins with its creation, and it is rarely created in a silo. With SharePoint 2013, content creation is easier because you have the tools to find other relevant information or people to help. You can collaborate with colleagues to build content together, search for related content, and share your own work to facilitate collaborative work. In short, SharePoint 2013 delivers capabilities to make it even easier for individuals, teams and organizations to ideate, create, collaborate on, share and discover content.
Control: We also continue to deliver rich content organization capabilities (e.g. , leaving organizations in control of the policies and processes that govern content management.
Protect: Finally SharePoint 2013 delivers additional features that enable organizations to better meet compliance demands with eDiscovery capabilities that span the Office platform.
This release of SharePoint is a pivotal release in many ways. What is today the best platform for collaboration, content management
and search, now combined with the fresh new WCM capabilities allows organizations to create beautiful, adaptive and personalized
experiences that can span across different channels and markets
In the past designing eye-catching websites meant training your team to use SharePoint Designer or engage with specialist developers.
Today designers can build dynamic sites and do all their work using design tools they are familiar with (like Dreamweaver, Expression Blend, etc…)
With SharePoint in this release we’ve made it easier to bring in design elements, and create beautiful sites that can work across a multitude of devices.
The new search driven publishing model allows organizations to break down content silo’s while making it easier to re-use content across devices and multi-lingual sites. With simple taxonomy based navigation controls non technical users can create targeted user experiences that drive action, all without
ever having to write a single line of code.
With SharePoint 2013 we have introduced a new dimension to adaptive personalized experiences. Search not only plays a key role in targeting and tailoring the experience for users, but also with the new user behavior analysis can surface recommendations and help users stay engaged on your site and allow them to discover even more…
With SharePoint 2013 organizations can deliver engaging, adaptive and cross-channel customer experiences to drive online business success.
The first step of creating an engaging experience is getting the design right. In this release we made sure that designers are NOT tied down to the restrictions of the tools and standards they have to use, instead they can focus their energy on creating beautiful and rich sites using the design tools(Such as Adobe Dreamweaver, Microsoft Expression Web, or any other HTML editor) and standards(HTML5, CSS, JS) they are familiar with.
Also in this release, we have significantly minimized the SharePoint knowledge needed to successfully design and brand a SharePoint site with
the new simplified markups, style sheets and the snippet gallery. For instance the snippet gallery allows designers to easily add SharePoint functionality to their
sites without requiring them to be a SharePoint developer or expert.
In previous versions of SharePoint, branding a site required specific technical expertise about things like what content placeholders are required on a
master page, or how a master page implements certain classes of styles and SharePoint components…
SharePoint 2013 introduces the Design Manager – a new interface and central hub for managing all aspects of branding your SharePoint site.
The Design Manager enables a step-by-step approach for creating, importing design assets that you can use to brand your site.
Upload design assets—images, HTML, CSS, and so on—and then create your master pages and page layouts. You can preview how your design looks either
with-in your design tool or on the page itself as you are designing it. As you only need to work with HTML, the Design Manager enables you to design great
looking sites without requiring deep SharePoint expertise.
Most companies today struggle engaging with the growing mobile audience. A site carefully crafted and designed for a desktop browser usually does not lead to the same experience on a smaller device. Engaging a mobile audience is more then simply ensuring that your content
is readable on a small mobile device or a tablet.
When users visit your site with mobile devices, with many distractions surrounding them it is important to make the most of that limited window of opportunity. This requires more then just optimizing the content and layout for a small screen, but tailoring and delivering a whole new engaging experience that complements each devices unique characteristics. In this release with Device Channels designers can create channels that allow a single
published site to be rendered in multiple devices in different tailored designs and layouts.
Tailoring the experiences for any device works well if you can also tailor the content. With the new media asset management capabilities, it is now much easier to handle image and video content. For example you can select a thumbnail used for a video just through the browser,
display YouTube videos and manage multiple renditions of digital assets such as images.
Creating an engaging user experience is only possible if your users can discover content and navigate on your site intuitively.
The new Managed Navigation in SharePoint 2013 allows you to drive the navigation elements on your site by using the term tagged with-in your content. This not only means that managing your site navigation is much easier now using the term store, but also because the same term store is used for tagging content by your authors/editors, it will ensure that the user experience is consistent and adapts over time as your content also changes.
In SharePoint 2013 as users navigate through your site and explore different categories, the experience will be adapt to that new context.
In the example above, for Contoso News Video category we surfaced “Duration” refiner for videos, while for Contoso Electronics we provided a “Screen Size” refiner for “Laptops Category”. Managed navigation also provides the ability to create dynamic topics/category pages while minimizing the amount of physical pages needed. This is another example on how content and navigation should come together to provide a engaging and context
aware experience while ensuring content is re-used as much as possible.
Land this point: Social should live where your people are. It should just be where they go to get work done.
As organizations look at becoming more social it’s crucial to think beyond a set of features, and start to understand how social can help them achieve some of their key business needs; such as keeping employees up-to-date, breaking down silos, increasing reuse of information, documenting tacit knowledge, finding who knows what, making collaborative decisions and getting work done.
Get connected: Break down silos and get your organization talking; the people inside organizations are used to social networking and use it in their personal lives to make it easier to connect with people with very little effort. Social isn’t just about what we do while we’re at our desks, but at all times of the day(and sometimes night); helping to ensure that regardless of location or device people can be social.
Share knowledge: Organizations are a treasure trove of information – much of which is never documented. Often we associated the fact that information isn’t documented as a way to protect jobs, but more often then not it’s because the effort needed to document information and make it findable out weighs it’s benefit. SharePoint 2013’s social capabilities make this easier than ever to share information, to discuss and find answers with communities, and even find people/expertise based on the content people author as part of their everyday work. In other words - taking the effort out of making knowledge and people discoverable.
Work together: SharePoint 2013 talks about ‘The new way to work together’, and social is really the center of this. Working together is truly representative of the need to connect experiences – from Lync, to SharePoint, to Outlook and beyond people work in many different ways on many different applications and locations all with the same goal: Get more done in less time.
Social isn’t just about a features, it’s about the ability for users to stay up-to-date with information that they care about, helping people to get to know each other, and sharing information that’s important. Just getting this right would save a huge number of unneeded duplicate interactions and allow people to spend time getting their work done.
The heart of the social experience in SharePoint 2013 is the newsfeed – it’s a summary of all your social interactions from your microblogs and community conversations, to the sites, content, and people you follow.
The newsfeed gives people the ability to post, to reply to others comments, to like. If you’re following a hashtag, or someone posts a comment on a community of site all of this activity will appear on your newsfeed. The newsfeed can also be filtered to show information targeted directly at you, including @mentions, to help you quickly get involved in the conversation.
There are multiple feeds as part of the social experience, your personal newsfeed, an ‘everyone’ or company feed that is used to share information with everyone at the company, and individual site feeds. It’s possible to post straight to another feed, such as a site feed or company feed, straight from your microblog.
Following in SharePoint 2013 includes not only people, but documents, sites and tags. Trending tags displayed based on social analytics designed to help everyone in the organization keep a close eye on what everyone in the organization is talking about at any one time.
When we think about communication and collaboration, we don’t want to limit where, or when someone can collaborate. With SharePoint 2013, we are bringing the breadth of our experiences to all devices, and to all places. We’ll be delivering mobile applications, with a great mobile browsing experience for other platforms. Working from anywhere goes beyond SharePoint with native applications for OneNote and Lync on your favorite device.
Organizations have large amounts of information spread across repositories and in people’s heads; the question is how organizations can make it easier to share knowledge – from questions and answers in communities, to finding information spread throughout silos in the organization, to determining who can help with a particular problem.
In SharePoint 2013 we’re introducing an entirely new feature called ‘community sites’. You can think about it like a discussion forum, where you can get your questions answered and find people that would be relevant to your work. It’s really important to note that the impact that the ‘open by default‘ model that community sites follows has on an organization – this is a free place for people to communicate, ask questions and get answers; what makes this especially powerful is that also acts as a place for tacit knowledge to collect and when combined with the powerful search capabilities in SharePoint ensures that it’s discoverable even by those who aren’t members.
In this screenshot we’re showing the Communities Portal site that will allow users to find and discover communities including those that have been featured, newly created, or recommended specifically for you. The goal for the portal is to make communities highly discoverable that will further the number of discussions, and the quality of the questions and answers.
In this screen you can see that I can navigated into a community and I’m shown a list of recent discussions; this helps me understand what people are talking about right now, and allows me to interact with the community, or with a single click create a new discussion. Statistics like # of new members, views, or posts, as well as who the top contributors are great to get a sense of what topics are active or who is participating.
Communities are designed to not just facilitate conversation, but reward people who contribute and ensure they’re visible. These types of rewards are crucial to ensure that people remain active and engaged.
You can see threaded discussing with commenting, reply's, posts, and you see from this discussion, other people you might be interested in engaging with. Most importantly is the ‘best answer’ capability that allows community moderator or thread owner to select the best possible answer to the posted question – this is then made directly searchable with search so that when someone is looking for an answer to a question, they get it instantly through search.
We’ve shown you how users EXPECT that social should follow them where they work with consistent Connected Experiences – but what does this mean for IT? It’s not a question of IF organizations will become more social, but a matter of WHEN. This means that IT has to figure out:
This means that IT has to figure out how to
-manage the environment, and all the users;
-how to ensure that information is being shared securely to the right people without jeopardizing propriety information;
-how to ensure that corporate governance – how to handle eDiscovery of information contained within social.
-how to extend and develop to bring new solutions that continue to add business value.
Office and SharePoint are the place where social across a company meets, and already offers many platform capabilities that IT departments will be looking for including:
-Securing information – not just securing ACCESS to downloading information, but having the ability to control that actual information itself and avoiding compliance issues before they arise.
SharePoint’s user profile allows organizations to take many identities from Active Directory to HR systems and bring them together in one place. This means social applications can go to one place, and get the information they need.
-Integrating business applications
Most organizations have many different systems that offer(or will offer) social experiences, how do you make it so that users don’t have to check several newsfeeds to get the information they need? SharePoint offers the ability to make existing LOB applications more social and to bring the social capabilities of applications directly into the newsfeed.
To access a site using the optimized mobile browser experience, a new feature called Automatic Mobile Browser Redirection must be activated on the site. When activated and a mobile browser is accessing the site, this feature checks the mobile browser to determine if it is capable of handling HTML5 or not. If the mobile browser supports HTML5, the contemporary view is rendered, else the classic view is rendered.
This feature is activated by default when any of the following site templates are used:
Collaboration templates: Team Site, Blank Site, Document Workspace, Blog, Group Work Site, Visio Process Repository
Meetings templates: Basic Meeting Workspace, Blank Meeting Workspace, Decision Meeting Workspace, Social Meeting Workspace, Multipage Meeting Workspace
Enterprise templates: Document Center, Records Center, Business Intelligence Center, My Site Host, Basic Search Center, FAST Search Center
All other site templates require you to explicitly activate the feature.
In SharePoint Server 2010, Office Web Apps provides browser-based companions to Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. When Office Web Apps is installed on SharePoint Server 2010, Office Mobile Web Apps is also installed on the server. Office Mobile Web Apps enables users to open documents in the mobile web application using a mobile browser.
With SharePoint Server 15, Office Web Apps is no longer a companion product installed on a SharePoint Server. Instead, Office Web Apps Server is a new stand-alone server product that delivers Office Web Apps functionality on your private network. Although these are now separate products, Office Web Apps Server continues to enable Office Mobile Web Apps, making them available to mobile users who access SharePoint sites.
Together, SharePoint Server 15 and Office Mobile Web Apps offer a better user experience when interacting with documents on a mobile device. For instance, when both products are used together, a user opens a server-based version of the document in the mobile browser. Without Office Mobile Web Apps, the end user would first have to download the file and then open it in Office Mobile or an office document viewer.
SharePoint Server 15 supports applications on mobile devices (such as smartphones, tablets, and so on) that should receive notifications from a SharePoint site.
Notifications can include events that happen in the site, such as when a user adds an item to a list or updates an item. For mobile devices to receive such notifications, device applications must register with a SharePoint site. Once the device is registered, you can write event handler code to interact with Microsoft Push Notification Service or notification services of other mobile device platforms. Notifications are sent from the server where the application is hosted to the registered mobile device application.
Microsoft has invested heavily in search in the past several years….In this release we brought together SharePoint Search and FAST Search into a next generation search engine that we consider the best of both worlds. The scale and power of FAST with the simplicity and manageability of SP Search. But this release is far
more then best of both worlds, it is step ahead for the entire search industry.
Search in SharePoint 2013 focuses not just on technology, but the core belief that search should help users find what they are looking for and get answers to the questions they ask. This means doing far more then searching a index, but requiring the development of a entire new experience dedicated to the users intent, that can analyze user interactions while having the flexibility to draw information from across the enterprise and even from out in the web.
The search experience in SharePoint 2013 is beyond just a great user experience, as it will allow anyone looking to leverage the extensible engine to
build their own experiences that can benefit much of the richness that SharePoint provides.
Over the course of this presentation we will show how SharePoint 2013 search has made it easier to find information, get answers to questions and
extend to beyond SP.
The heart of a search engine is its ability to get the results you are looking for. However this can be hard to do because the “right results” can differ based on who you are, your context and even your previous actions and history.
Out of the box SharePoint was designed to help you find the right result utilizing a combination of advanced relevancy algorithm’s from FAST combined with a entirely new analysis engine that can drive better results based on user interactions. With the analysis engine SharePoint 2013 search is far more tuned to what users are doing, and what others have found successful.
Today’s information workers produce huge volumes of increasingly different types of content. SharePoint provides OOB connectors to common enterprise repositories such as Lotus Notes, Documentum, etc and makes it easy to add new custom connectors to help bring the right content to the right user.
Search in SharePoint Server 15 includes many new capabilities and enhancements, from a re-designed architecture that is highly scalable to a customizable end-user experience that provides targeted results.
An all new Search Experience, from the engine to the UX designed to make it easier than ever to find what you’re looking by combining your personal history, highly relevant results, and rich graphical navigators in a single highly usable interface.
Personalized search results based on your search history: Make re-finding information easier than ever by promoting content that you’ve searched for in the past; making Search about more than finding documents, but as an aid to navigation.
Rich contextual previews with meaningful actions: Finding the right document is made simpler by providing a variety of previewing capabilities to ensure you’ve got the right document, combined with contextual actions to continue your journey and complete your task.
Intelligent and customized search results experience: SharePoint “15” enhances results relevance out-of-box with an ability to alter the layout and ranking based on what you’re looking for, and what you’ve found; taking relevance to a new level and giving administrators powerful tools for improving the Search Experience.
Microsoft offers a Business Intelligence platform that helps organizations capitalize on trends and opportunities—and discover answers to new questions that help drive business value—in a way that no other vendor does. We believe Business intelligence should empower all users with self-service capabilities through familiar tools and experiences. Microsoft enables immersive insights to all users through self-service, data exploration and collaboration delivered through Office and SharePoint, the tools users know and love. At the same time, Microsoft offers the IT department the tools and capabilities they need to ensure that Self-Service BI can be easily managed. This is the strategy we are on to help our customers maximize their business opportunities and we are confident there is no other vendor in the industry with the vision or the assets necessary to deliver on it.
Excel BI provides the capabilities to analyze and visually explore data of any size, and to integrate and show interactive solutions.
In SharePoint Server 15, Excel BI offers certain new features to support business intelligence applications. These include the following:
In Memory BI Engine (IMBI): The In Memory multidimensional data analysis engine (IMBI), also known as the Vertipaq engine, allows for almost instant analysis of millions of rows and is a fully integrated feature in the Excel client.
Power View Add-in for Excel: Power View (Crescent) is powered by the BI Semantic Model and the VertiPaq engine, and enables users to visualize and interact with modeled data by using highly interactive visualizations, animations and smart querying. Users will be able to present and share insights with others in the organization through rich storyboard presentation capabilities.
Decoupled PivotChart and PivotTable reports: Users can now create PivotChart reports without having to include a PivotTable report on the same page.
Trend analysis: Excel Services supports the ability to conduct trend analysis from cells in PivotTable reports that use OLAP data, such as Analysis Services cubes or PowerPivot data models.
Excel Services enables people to view and interact with Excel workbooks that have been published to SharePoint sites. Users are able to explore data and conduct analysis in a browser window just as they would by using the Excel client.
In SharePoint Server 15, Excel Services offers certain new features to support business intelligence applications. These include the following:
Data exploration improvements: People can more easily explore data and conduct analysis in Excel Services reports that use SQL Server Analysis Services data or PowerPivot data models. For example, users can point to a value in a PivotChart or PivotTable report and see suggested ways to view additional information. Users can also use commands such as Drill Down To to conduct analysis. Users can also apply the Drill Down command by using a single mouse click.
Field list and field well support: Excel Services enables people to easily view and change which items are displayed in rows, columns, values, and filters in PivotChart reports and PivotTable reports that have been published to Excel Services.
Calculated measures and members: Excel Services supports calculated measures and calculated members that are created in Excel.
Enhanced timeline controls: Excel Services supports timeline controls that render and behave as they do in the Excel client.
Application BI Servers: Administrators can specify SQL Server Analysis Services servers to support more advanced analytic capabilities in Excel Services.
Business Intelligence Center update: The Business Intelligence Center site template has been streamlined. It not only has a new look, it is easier to use.
PerformancePoint Services enables users to create interactive dashboards that display key performance indicators (KPIs) and data visualizations in the form of scorecards, reports, and filters. In SharePoint Server 15, PerformancePoint Services offers certain new features to support business intelligence applications. These include the following:
Dashboard Migration: Users will be able to copy entire dashboards and dependencies, including the .aspx file, to other users, servers, or site collections. This feature also allows the ability to migrate single items to other environments and migrate content by using Windows PowerShell commands.
Filter Enhancements & Filter Search: The UI has been enhanced to allow users to easily view and manage filters including giving users the ability to search for items within filters without having to navigate through the tree.
BI Center Update: The new BI Center is cleaner, and easier to use with folders and libraries configured for easy use.
Support for Analysis Services Effective User: This new feature eliminates the need for Kerberos delegation when per-user authentication is used for Analysis Services data sources. By supporting Analysis Services Effective User feature, authorization checks will be based on the user specified by the EffectiveUserName property instead of using the currently authenticated user.
PerformancePoint Support on iPad: PerformancePoint dashboards can now be viewed and interacted with on iPad devices using the Safari web browser.
Visio Services is a service application that lets users share and view Microsoft Visio® Drawing (*.vsdx) and Visio 2010 Web drawing (*.vdw) files. The service also enables data-connected Visio Drawing (*.vsdx) and Visio 2010 Web drawing (*.vdw) files.to be refreshed and updated from various data sources.
In SharePoint Server 15, new features in Visio Services include the following:
Maximum Cache Size: A new service parameter, it is located on the Central Admininstration Visio Graphics Service Application Global Settings page. The default value is 5120 MB.
Health Analyzer rules: New corresponding Health Analyzer rules have been added to reflect the new Maximum Cache Size parameter.
Updated PowerShell cmdlet “Set-SPVisioPerformance”: This cmdlet has been updated to include the new Maximum Cache Size parameter.
Commenting on drawings supported: Users can add meaningful comments to a Visio Drawing (*.vsdx) collaboratively on the web via Visio Services in full page rendering mode.
Within the last decade the internet has evolved tremendously. From simple pages to robust social sites that support loosely coupled yet highly integrated 3rd party apps. From the beginning of SharePoint to today, SharePoint has also made significant changes from being a portal site to our newest release. SharePoint 2013.
For the developer and ultimately benefiting the user, SharePoint 2013 has made a significant investments to provide a new way to bring custom solutions to users with the new web standards based cloud app model that are easily discoverable and yet will give IT and developers peace of mind knowing that they can scale, are safely isolated from SharePoint yet can leverage the full capabilities of SharePoint.
SharePoint 2013 also becomes web designer friendly. Now simple branding and theming can be handled by the SharePoint user, or richer branding experiences can be created by web designers and imported into SharePoint with a few simple clicks. Making the site design process easier for not only the web designer but the professional SharePoint developer as well.
The new cloud app model gives the developer the freedom of choice in how they implement apps for SharePoint. No longer are you tied to writing on top of the SharePoint platform, now you can write along-side it with the tools and web hosting platforms of your choice… Whether it is on premise or in the cloud… Whether the platform is IIS/ASP.NET, a part of the Windows Azure family of hosting options or a non-Microsoft web hosting platform. The final choice is up to you.
We have all of these products and platforms such as Office, SharePoint and even Windows 8, Windows Phone, Dynamics CRM and AX. They provide a lot of great features and functionality that keep us productive in not only our business life but our personal lives as well.
On the web, there is all of these services and data that are available to us. Financial data, WikiPedia, Zillow, SQL data, Bing Search and Maps. Even SharePoint, Dynamics CRM and Dynamics AX can providers data for us.
The challenge is how do we integrate all of these rich services and data providers so we can be even more productive. How do we integrate them so they are seamless within our productivity products and platforms.
I’ll tell you….Apps
Apps enable SharePoint 2013 users to extend the capabilities of SharePoint 2013 to address specific business needs by allowing users to connect to data and services both from within an organization as well as in the public cloud.
Now we have had WebParts and the like for SharePoint for some time and we can provide similar experiences creating full-trust and sandbox solutions. The issue is that these apps are tightly integrated with the platform and require some amount of touch to insure as technology advances that our customizations can advance with it. This is were apps differ, apps are loosely coupled and not dependent on the SharePoint as a platform, but dependent on SharePoint as a service. Apps execute “off-server”, hence they don’t actually run on the SharePoint box but instead are hosted in their own hosting environment which could be the browser, a Window Azure service, ASP.NET or even a non-Microsoft web hosting platform such as Linux or Amazon Web Services.
Now there is more, custom solutions have always been hard to discover and install. Since apps are loosely coupled upgrading apps can be done independently from SharePoint since they don’t depend on the SharePoint platform. But what about discovering apps. How do I find them? Well…Apps can be selected from the new SharePoint store or the app catalog making it a simple click and run experience for the user.
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