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Wednesday, August 8, 2012 #

SharePoint 2013 First Look
SharePoint 15 (a.k.a) SharePoint 2013 is really cool to work. Microsoft tweaked the UI design a lot for faster access and clear view on Tablets. The User Interface is Global Uniform design(Ie. Used in all latest Microsoft products like Outlook, Office 365, Office 13).

Team Site Home Page

SharePoint 15 Home Page

Pretty much spacing between elements makes feel simple. But it's more powerful than SharePoint 2010. The Top bar contains Site collection name, links, user menu, settings icon, help and feedback.

The menu bar contains navigation options and page share/edit options. The ribbon is hidden in this bar and will be displayed based on context.

The Site Iconm, Site Title, search bar, quick navigation are pretty much understandable. The main content area has tasks list, getting started webpart and documents webpart. The Announcements webpart is missing, however can be added by site administrator. In Documents webpart, simply drag-and-drop files will upload it on Documents library which is interesting(Similar to Gmail file attach process on Chrome).

Focus on Content
SharePoint 15 focuses mainly on Content rather layout with content and navigation elements. A special icon on top right below feedback icon is provided to hide all navigation elements and display only content. This feature enables users to work on large lists, watch big dimension videos, read large page content at ease. If you've opened different sites of same farm in IE then this icon will work across all tabs. (ie. If Focus icon selected then pages on all tabs will show only content on further nagvigation. I checked in IE8.)

SharePoint 15 Home Page : Content Focused

The User Menu
The User menu which appears on click user name at top right contains my site link, Sign out and personalize this page link.

SharePoint 15 User Menu

The Settings Menu
The Setting menu which appears on click of gear icon at top right contains links to share, create / edit page, site settings, ...

SharePoint 15 Settings Menu

Share page with other users
The Setting menu has 'Share with' link which used to share the current page with any other users who even don't have access. The current user can select the user(s) and permission to view the page.

SharePoint 15 Share with other users

The Page Items Menu
On Click of three dots for any item/page in respective list/library provides useful details, links. Details include no of views, author name, modified date/time, users to whom the page shared with and the url.

SharePoint 15 Item Menu

The Site Settings Page
The Site Settings page is similar to SharePoint 2010 settings page.

SharePoint 15 Site Settings Page

View All Site Content
The View All Site Content page has been improved much so that user can navigate/control lists/library with min no of clicks. New list/library is now called as App in SP15.

SharePoint 15 View All Site Content

My Site
The My Site is profile page for each user has lot of improvements in SP15. My Site is a seperate site collection created by site administrator and can be edited by each users similar to SharePoint 2010 My Sites. However now users can see status updates/comments in which their name is mentioned. Additionaly other users can like, reply to comments (Similar to Facebook).

SharePoint 15 My Site

Central Administration Site
Central Administration site in SharePoint 15 is similar to SharePoint 2010. A new addition in it is "Apps" section which allows the Site Administrator to manage apps. Apps can be purchased from web store and installed on required sites based on license.

SharePoint 15 Central Administration Site

An Interesting thing observed is SharePoint 2013 follows different URL framing. When user navigates to different page, the URL is not changing to the exact page/list/library URL. It remains same start.aspx then appended with # and page/list/library URL. (eg. http://SiteName/_layouts/15/start.aspx#/Lists/Calendar/calendar.aspx)

Getting started with SharePoint 15
SharePoint 15 (a.k.a) SharePoint 2013 is the next version of SharePoint 2010 with lot of new features/improvements. It's still in Beta stage and available for Evaluation. Like SharePoint 2010, the SharePoint 15 also has 3 versions/types.

  • SharePoint Foundation 2013 : The Foundation available at free of cost.
  • SharePoint Server 2013 : Foundation + Enterprise Features
  • SharePoint Online 2013 : SharePoint Server Internet/Online version.
In this list, SharePoint Foundation is the core platform with limited features and can be downloaded/installed for free. SharePoint Server is installed on top of Foundation and provide Enterprise features. SharePoint Online is online version of SharePoint with few limitations.

What is SharePoint 15?
SharePoint is a Collboration Platform and SharePoint 15 is the latest version by Microsoft. To know more about SharePoint, check this post.

What I need to install/work with SharePoint 15?
SharePoint 15 hardware and software requirements are given below.


    ArchitectureRAMProcessorHard disk space
    SharePoint Foundation only on Single server with SQL Server installed8 GB 64-bit, Quad core80 GB
    SharePoint Server on Single server with SQL Server installed 8 GB for Dev/Evaluation
    24 GB for Production
    64-bit, Quad core80 GB
    SharePoint Server on Three-tier Farm 12 GB64-bit, Quad core80 GB

  • Windows Server
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (64 bit) Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter
    • Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (64 bit) Standard, or Datacenter.
  • SQL Server
    • SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (64 bit)
    • SQL Server 2012 (64 bit)

What are new capabilities in SharePoint 15?
As mentioned above, SharePoint 15 is improved version of SharePoint 2010. Here the improvements and new capabilities.

  1. Cache Service
  2. Request Management
  3. Sharing
  4. Shredded Storage
  5. SQL Improvements
  6. Themes
For those who worked on SharePoint 2010, it's easy to work on SharePoint 15. If you are new to SharePoint, then please get to know SharePoint 2010.

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