SharePoint 2013 will, without a doubt, be a huge success for Microsoft. The SharePoint platform has come a long way and SharePoint 2013 (code named SP15) is another leap forward. Search is one of the areas where Microsoft has, once again, made huge investments and the new functionality is astounding.
SharePoint 2013 introduces a new mechanism for custom code deployment known as “Apps”. Mostly targeted at online solutions, the purpose of the App model is to overcome the severe limitations of the 2010 isolated execution model (also known as the “Sandbox”) and provide developers with a way to run rich web applications in SharePoint without negatively impacting the underlying infrastructure. Much has already been made about this new model and a lot more will be written about it over the coming year as 2013 gets released and adoption spreads. Before we get too far off the beaten track into a debate about whether or not developers should or should not be using the new App model, it’s helpful to first understand why Microsoft chose this path and what it really means for both new application developers coming onto the platform and existing developers who need to support the next release.
If you haven’t been living beneath a rock in the last two days, you probably heard the news we released the SharePoint 2013 Preview and Office 2013 Preview. Since there is already a massive amount of content available on blogs, TechNet etc. I’m not going to add even more with this blog post. My goal is simply to give you a limited amount of resources to quickly get you up to speed with all the news.
Well, by know everybody living in the SharePoint world are sitting with their best tin foil hats on and installing, configuring and fiddling with SharePoint 2013 Preview, which was announced today by mister Steve. I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the (debated) closed beta for some time and have been trying out the new version of our favorite product. You probably will be overwhelmed with blog posts over the next couple of months, up until the SharePoint Conference 2012, and continuing after that. And I aim to be a part of the flooding (at least partly)…starting with a topic that I think is profoundly important – Authentication.
In the previous versions of SharePoint, both 2007 and 2010 had some elements of Community based working and communication? However they were not solid platforms and always felt that they were half way there to something better. Well now in SharePoint 2013 we have the new “Community Site”. Top create one simply access the “Site Contents” link and then select the link to create a new sub site and choose the community site.
So the SharePoint 2013 (previously known as ‘SharePoint 15’, the internal name) public beta is finally here. And that means that MVPs, TAP participants and other folks with early access are no longer bound by their non-disclosure agreements and can now talk about the product publicly. No doubt there will be a flurry of blog posts, but I wanted to write up my thoughts on what has struck a chord with me in the next version – partly because I have friends and colleagues who might look to me for this information, but mainly because it helps me crystallize my thinking on some of the new aspects. This started as a “developer perspective” article, but hopefully also gives a sense of what the new version brings for everyone.
We all remember our first time, whatever that means. In this blog post I want to walk you through your first SharePoint 2013 installation. The public beta has just been announced, and can be downloaded here. There are hoards of rabid SharePoint lovers out there that can’t wait to get their hands on it. Hopefully after this blog post you’ll have a working and functional SharePoint 2013 VM to tear into and start your learning. You can also use it to impress your friends if your TV isn’t as big as theirs.