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Capabilities and features in SharePoint 2013

Find information about the new features and capabilities in SharePoint 2013.

Overview

SharePoint Server 2013 provides a comprehensive solution for connected information work that enables people to transform the way they work while preserving the benefits of structured processes, compliance, and existing IT investments.

SharePoint Server 2013 has been optimized for the way people work, providing people with a familiar, consistent view of information, collaboration, and process, and IT with a comprehensive, easily-managed and integrated platform to meet the needs of the business.

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Overview of SharePoint 2013 features and scenarios for IT pros

Learn about specific features and capabilities

Branding

The design features in SharePoint 2013 offer an improved process for designing a public-facing internet site or an internal-facing intranet site with pixel-perfect branding. If you are a professional web designer who knows HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, you already have the skills necessary to design a SharePoint site. The new features in a publishing site minimize the amount of SharePoint knowledge that is required to successfully design and brand a SharePoint site.

Business Connectivity Services

Business Connectivity Services offers improvements to the way that SharePoint 2013 and Office 2013 clients can access data that is stored outside of SharePoint. These improvements include support for apps in SharePoint, external list improvements to provide functional parity with other SharePoint lists, and support for OData Business Data Connectivity (BDC) connections. Visual Studio 2010 can connect to an OData endpoint through business Connectivity Services to automatically generate a BDC model for OData data sources. There is a SharePoint 2013 event listener and subscriber to receive notifications from external systems when data changes.

Business intelligence

SharePoint Server 2013 business intelligence applications and tools let you organize your vision of organizational goals, processes, and performance requirements. Create powerful data mash-ups using PowerPivot, with the ability to process billions of rows, create data models and facilitate sharing and collaboration with Excel Services. Power View provides intuitive ad-hoc reporting. With PerformancePoint Services and Dashboard Designer, along with Visio Services, create sophisticated dashboards capable of integrating reports and metrics from multiple data sources that are customizable for your audience.

eDiscovery

The eDiscovery functionality in SharePoint 2013 provides improved ways to help protect your business. These improvements include the ability to perform eDiscovery queries across multiple SharePoint farms and Exchange servers, to preserve and export discovered content, to preserve content in-place from Exchange mailboxes and SharePoint sites while allowing users to continue working with content, and support for search and export from file shares.

Identity management

Authentication enhancements in SharePoint 2013 ease the process of using claims-based authentication. Additionally, support for server-to-server authentication and app authentication by utilizing and extending the Open Authorization 2.0 (OAuth 2.0) web authorization protocol enables new scenarios and functionality for Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, and apps in the SharePoint Store or App Catalog.

Mobile devices

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.

Records management and compliance

The records management and compliance features in SharePoint 2013 provide improved ways to help you protect your business. The records archive and in-place record retention from earlier versions of SharePoint Server are still supported, and SharePoint 2013 introduces retention policies that can be applied at the site level.

Enterprise search in SharePoint Server 2013 includes many of the capabilities of SharePoint Server 2010 and provides numerous improvements, such as in query processing and targeting of search results. Administrators can configure search to enable users to find relevant information more quickly and easily than ever before.

Social computing

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 microblog and feeds experience.

Upgrade

The upgrade features in SharePoint 2013 offer several improvements, such as upgrade for service applications and site collections, and a site health checker. The database-attach method is the only supported way to upgrade databases to a new environment that is based on SharePoint 2013. In-place upgrade is not supported. Additionally, the upgrade process now separates the upgrade of software and databases from the upgrade of the SharePoint sites.

Web content management

The web content management improvements in SharePoint 2013 simplify how you design publishing sites, and enhance the authoring and publishing processes of your organization. It also contains new features that use enterprise search to surface dynamic web content on publishing sites.

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