SharePoint 2013 offers an improved process for designing a public-facing internet site or an internal-facing intranet site with pixel-perfect branding.
It minimizes the amount of SharePoint knowledge to design and brand a SharePoint site successfully.
It is Microsoft’s cloud storage mechanism for consumers.
SkyDrive helps to work with documents in SharePoint – save, sync, share and collaborate and, what is more, to get the documents offline in the Windows Explorer, Office applications and so on.
Records management and compliance:
SharePoint 2010’s records management features had improved from SharePoint 2007’s.
SharePoint 2013 Preview has enhanced compliance simply by extending retention policies to SharePoint sites.
This also applies to any Exchange Server 2013 Preview team mailboxes associated with those sites.
Cloud App Model:
Share Point 2013 introduces a Cloud App Model that enables to create apps.
Lists, libraries, calendars, workflows and site pages are called “Apps” now. These can be easily added to the SharePoint site.
An app may also surface a remote web application and remote data in SharePoint.
There are a lot of benefits of such solution vs classic one.
Users now can have one of the following views:
Contemporary view – is available to Mobile Internet Explorer version 9.0 or later versions for Windows Phone 7.5, Safari version 4.0 or later versions for iPhone 4.0, and the Android browser for Android 4.0 or later versions.
Classic view – is identical to the mobile browser experience of SharePoint 2010.
Full-screen UI -Full desktop view of a SharePoint site on a smartphone device.
SharePoint 2013 Search:
Search in SharePoint 2013 now includes several enhancements, custom content processing with the Content Enrichment web service, and a new framework for presenting search result types.
SharePoint 2013 additionally adds new Content Search Web Part – which makes search experience even more effective.
Business Connectivity Services:
In SharePoint 2013 BCS (Business Connectivity Services) are improved and enhanced in many ways, including OData connectivity, external events, external data in apps, filtering and sorting, support for REST and others.
Web content management:
The web content management improvements in SharePoint 2013 simplify how to design publishing sites and enhance the authoring and publishing processes of the organization.
It also contains new features that use enterprise search to surface dynamic web content on publishing sites.
SharePoint Server 2013 offers new, optimized viewing experiences across different mobile platforms. Additionally, there are several features that are available to help improve both worker productivity and usability on the device.
New in Application services:
New for SharePoint is the Machine Translation Service, which translates sites, documents and streams for multilingual support.SharePoint 2013 also includes Access Services and a new data access model.
SharePoint 2013 has now Word Automation Services which you can use to convert files and stream to other formats. PowerPoint Automation Services are also new for SharePoint.
SharePoint, additionally, provides data analysis tools, like PerformancePoint Services and Visio Services that enable business intelligence and powerful new features in Excel Services.
Showing SharePoint’s increasing presence in the world of litigation, eDiscovery improvements have been added that, unfortunately, are probably sorely needed. They include a new site template, the eDiscovery Center, which creates a portal for managing cases—you can access cases to search, hold content and export content.
Microsoft has added improvements to in-place holds, including site-level preservation; the ability for users to work with content that’s preserved; and the ability to define the scope of preservation via a query filter.The results of your eDiscovery search—including documents, wiki pages, Exchange email messages and tasks and export them into a review tool.
The social computing and collaboration features in SharePoint 2013 offer an improved administration and user experience, in addition to new functionality for enterprise users to share and collaborate with others in their organization. The introduction of Community Sites offers a forum experience to categorize discussions around subject areas, and to connect users who have knowledge or seek knowledge about subject areas. Additionally, the new Community Portal enables a search-driven result page of communities for users to discover and explore from a link on their My Sites.
Improvements to My Sites offer a more intuitive workflow for users to develop their personal profiles, store content, and keep up-to-date with activities of interest through the use of the new micro blog and feeds experience.