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SharePoint 2013 now available to the public

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For those of you that might be living under a rock for the past 6 months, the rumors are finally true, SharePoint 2013 is finally available to the public and we can let you in on some of the changes to the platform that you will be seeing as you try to navigate this beast of a product.  First off, you can download the public beta here:


Since there are going to be so many things to talk about with this product, we can’t just mention them all right here right now, however these are our top 5 things to dive into which we’ll be posting deeper information on as we dive further into the public release:

  • Enterprise Social: Yes even before Microsoft purchased Yammer, they were working on improvements to Social taking hints from vendors like NewsGator on what enterprises want.  You finally get Micro Blogging, but with that comes some strategic architectural changes.
  • Distributed Cache: Speaking of architectural changes, the new build in distributed cache (built on top of the Windows Server AppFabric Distributed Cache).  This is used heavily with the My Site social feeds as well as authentication token caching.  With this new service, and associated service application, you’ll need to plan accordingly for memory and potential cache clusters.
  • Enterprise Search: With all the confusion with the amount of search SKU’s in SharePoint 2010, things get simplified with our new version with everything being the same engine for search.  At the end of the day, SharePoint 2013 now uses the search engine found in the FAST build used in the past, so now we can get all the fun tools like deep refiners, continual crawls.  Along with the architectural changes, the way we render search results no longer require deep knowledge of XSLT, but rather the inclusion of the Content By Search web part that uses JavaScript templates.
  • Everything is an App: After getting your first site collection created in SharePoint 2013, you will notice the verbiage around apps.  Microsoft is trying to simplify the terminology around lists, libraries, solutions for end users by calling them app “apps”.  Using this app model can require major architecture changes including a wildcard A (HOST) record if you want to use the SharePoint App marketplace as well as an internal corporate marketplace.  We will see the evolution of this model with 3rd party vendors and publically available solutions that have been made available in the past.
  • Site Collection Administrators: This role becomes even more important based on some of the powers that SharePoint 2013 now grants them like configuring search managed properties, starting search crawls, and initiating an upgrade to their site collection.  These new features means we will all need to review our governance plans in regards to the powers and responsibilities of Site Collection Administrators to ensure proper knowledge and training to perform these tasks.

Now these are just the top 5 things that we will be highlighting in depth.  What else would you like to see covered with this version?


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Brian Caauwe

Brian Caauwe

Brian is a SharePoint MCSM who has been working with the SharePoint platform since 2007. He works with and manages a team of consultants that are specialists in Office 365 and SharePoint helping to build business solutions for clients. Brian's background in system architecture, security, migrations and integration strategies help provide holistic solutions with Avtex.

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