The SharePoint 2013 preview has been announced and there are some interesting new features, although from my perspective, this is less a revolution than SharePoint 2010 was based on what has been announced so far.
Here are some of the highlights that I think will interest our enterprise customers:
There isn’t much change in the RM model in SharePoint 2013, but one of the key new features is site based retention. This allows for a retention cycle for a site that supports the concept of a project site first being “closed” and then “expired”. When a site is expired, it is then automatically deleted.
Introduction of “Community” into Social Enterprise Model
MySites in SharePoint 2010, while significantly improved from 2007, was still fundamentally an individual based paradigm. There was no concept of a “community” in SharePoint 2010 except perhaps to create a team site with a discussion board.
SharePoint 2013 introduces the concept of a Community Site. Communities use categories to organize discussions. Visitors can view the discussions and become members of the community if they want to contribute to those discussions. Moderators manage the community by setting rules, reviewing and addressing inappropriate posts, marking interesting content as featured discussions, and so on. Moderators can also assign gifted badges to specific members to visually indicate that the member is recognized as a specific kind of contributor in the community, such as an expert or a moderator. Each community contains information about member and content reputation, which members earn when they actively post in discussions, and when their content is liked, replied to, or marked as a best answer.
MySites in SharePoint 2013 also now supports micro-blogging (e.g. think of Twitter).
Improved Client Side Programming Support
SharePoint 2013 offers improved mobile support through the introduction of several features:
- Updated mobile views that support the latest HTML 5 technologies and mobile browsers
- Support for customization of views to target mobile devices and tablets
- Introduction of a geo-location field that can tag list entries with longitude and latitude
- Ability to view certain kinds of dashboard content on iPad devices
SharePoint 2013 introduces a new concept of a Catalogue. The intended target for public facing web sites are lists of products. For intranets, these could be used for knowledge base articles. Catalogues can be authored once and then surfaced through multiple site collections.