SharePoint 2013 Newsletter

Steve Balmmer at Office 2013 Launch

Welcome to a special edition of the SharePoint Community Newsletter. To celebrate the preview launch of Office 2013 last night, which we live blogged, we are dedicating this entire Newsletter to nothing but SharePoint 2013!

We know most of you are very busy people and haven't the time to trawl endless blogs of information, so we have spent the day doing it for you! If you like what you read, please share it via Facebook and the Twitter links (just below) so that others can get a good round-up!

Thanks and we hope you enjoy the read!

Editors Choice

Apps for Office 2013 Developer Preview Center

It's now possible to develop apps for Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 which is probably the best new feature and one that we have been crying out for since Apple made the "App store" famous. To support the development of new apps there's a new developer center on MSDN including introduction videos, training, samples and much more.


Free SharePoint Training for Developers

Microsoft have added lots of videos aimed at developers. The following list provides an overivew of the new modules.

  1. Introduction to Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 development.
  2. SharePoint 2013 app model for developers.
  3. SharePoint 2013 Developer Tools
  4. Hosted apps in SharePoint 2013
  5. Create Cloud-Hosted apps for SharePoint 2013
  6. SharePoint 2013 client object model (CSOM) and REST APIs
  7. OAuth and application identity in SharePoint 2013
  8. Develop SharePoint 2013 remote event receivers
  9. Workflow changes and features in SharePoint 2013
  10. Business connectivity services changes in SharePoint 2013
  11. Search features and changes in SharePoint 2013
  12. Enterprise content management changes in SharePoint 2013
  13. Web content management changes and features in SharePoint 2013
  14. Social features in SharePoint 2013
  15. Office services in SharePoint 2013
  16. Create mobile apps for SharePoint 2013
  17. Develop apps for Office 2013
  18. Project Server 2013 training for developers

This link to the full content on MSDN can be found here

Free SharePoint Training for IT Pros

In addition to the courses for Developers, there's also some great videos aimed at IT Professionals on Technet as follows : 

  1. SharePoint 2013 IT pro introduction and overview
  2. SharePoint 2013 system requirements
  3. SharePoint 2013 architectural changes
  4. SharePoint 2013 server farms and site architecture planning
  5. Office Web Apps 2013 architecture and deployment
  6. SharePoint 2013 service application architecture and individual service applications
  7. SharePoint 2013 enterprise search overview
  8. SharePoint 2013 social features
  9. SharePoint 2013 enterprise content management and web content management considerations
  10. SharePoint 2013 customization options and management
  11. SharePoint 2013 authentication and authorization overview
  12. Overview of SharePoint 2013 business continuity management
  13. Upgrading to SharePoint 2013
  14. What's new in Project 2013 for IT Professionals

To see a list of all courses on Technet please go here:

Cool Tool

The new SharePoint 2013 App Store

As it's such a massive release this week we decided to 'Cool Tool' the entire SharePoint App Store. There are only a handful of apps in there at the moment, but it's a great way to get an idea of how this is all going to fit together come official release time!

To check out the App Store - have a look here

Featured Video

Watch the press conference launching office 2013 to the world, led by Stever Ballmer.

IT Pro Articles and Resources

Create a Web Application in SharePoint 2013

Step by step instructions showing how to create a Web Application via Central Admin in SharePoint 2013. There's no "classic mode" this time around as it's Claims only from now on. Read More

New search features in SharePoint 2013

Search functionality in SharePoint 2013 Preview includes several enhancements including custom content processing with the Content Enrichment web service, and a new framework for presenting search result types. Additionally, there have been significant enhancements made to the keyword query language (KQL). Search is a hot topic within SharePoint 2013, this article summarises some of the search enhancements. Read More

Databases that support SharePoint 2013 Preview

This poster provides a comprehensive overview of the databases deployed for all editions of SharePoint. It's a downloadable PDF and would look great on any admins wall ;) Read More

SharePoint 2013 - Search Logical Architecture

Search is one of the big bets in SharePoint 2013. Search is new, search is different from all previous versions of SharePoint. The platform has been consolidated. It is a combination of FAST Search and SharePoint Search components. And also the good news is, it is the same from Foundation to Server.  Read More

Video : SharePoint 2013 Overview

This is an awesome video if you want to get a good overview of what's new in SharePoint 2013. It's presented by Saurabh Dhall, SharePoint Practice Director, from Edynamic. Why not grab a coffee and watch this 17 minute presentation? Read More

TechNet - SharePoint 2013 forum

The SharePoint TechNet forum is an awesome resource to try and help people with their SharePoint problems and questions. The SharePoint 2013 forums also officially got launched. Go check it out! Read More

SharePoint 2013 Social – Part 1 – Setting up a new My Site Host Site collection

Thuan Nguyen MVP instructs the reader through the process of setting up and configuring the My Sites host Web Application and Site Colleciton in SharePoint 2013. There are some subtle differences such as the retirement of "classic mode" authentication. Read More

SharePoint Conference 2012: Activity Planner #SPC12

For those of you heading off to Las Vagas for the Microsoft SharePoint Conference, Joel Olesons Activity planner is a must to ensure you don't miss all of the best bits! Read More

How to Upgrade from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013

This step by step guide provides an overview, by Ali Mazaheri, showing how to upgrade a SharePoint 2010 farm to a SharePoint 2013 (Customer Preview). Plenty of useful screenshots to aid the article as well. Read More

How to embed a video into a SharePoint page and where to host it

A very common requirement by content editors in SharePoint is to embed and play a video directly into SharePoint pages. This article explores the various options available.
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Group Discussion

What features do you like in SharePoint 2013 - IT Pro ?

SharePoint DiscussionOnce you have consumed the wealth of information out there already, it would be great if you could share the features you like in the new version from the point of view of an IT Pro.  Discuss on LinkedIn.

Developer Articles and Resources

Three New Facts on the SharePoint 2013 MCSD Certification! – A Name, Exam Numbers and a Date!

J. Seymour, Content Publishing Manager at Microsoft Learning, sent me new information on the SharePoint 2013 MCSD certification you won't find anywhere else. A Name, Exam Numbers and a Date! Read More

MCPD SharePoint 2010 to MCSD: SharePoint 2013 Upgrade Path Leaked!

Last month Vlad Catrinescu published a post that interested most of the SharePoint Developers out there about the SharePoint 2013 MCSD Developer Certification Path! That post contained 3/4 of the exams required for someone who doesn't have the MCPD SharePoint 2010 Certification. The full (unofficial but very likely) upgrade path has now been leaked in the Certification Planner from Microsoft. Read More

Customizing the SharePoint 2013 Developer Dashboard using custom scripts

The Developer Dashboard has undergone some significant changes in 2013. E.g. it is now running in a separate browser window and also allows to show ULS log entries related to the current request. Stefan Goßners article gives a brief overview of the new functionality: Read More

How to support multiple versions of SharePoint in a single Visual Studio solution

If you are ever tasked with having to support more than one version of SharePoint in a Visual Studio Solution (e.g SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013), then this post will hopefully be of some help!
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Upgrading a custom application to SharePoint 2013

If you have a custom application in SharePoint 2010 and want to upgrade it to SharePoint 2013 then this article is a must - read. There's a few gotcha's to be aware of.  Read More

How to: Complete basic operations using JavaScript library code in SharePoint 2013

This article covers several areas shows you how to write code to perform basic operations using the JavaScript client object model in SharePoint 2013 Preview. Read More

SharePoint 2013: Create a Metro Live Tile using MetroJS, JsRender and the new REST API

One of the biggest changes made in SharePoint 2013 is the UI.  And of course I’m talking about the Metro UI style. This step by step guide shows how to create a custom live tile. Read More

Image Renditions in SharePoint 2013

One of the challenges when building websites for mobile devices is optimizing images to improve website’s performance. SharePoint 2013 introduces the Image Renditions capability that allows you to optimize your images for mobile devices. Read More

Create SharePoint 2013 Workflow Loop By Using SharePoint 2013 designer Preview

One the Major Enhancements in SharePoint 2013 Workflows is availability  of "Loop"s is in SharePoint Actions. now loop are fully integrated in workflow actions. there is two type of loops. Read More

How to use Project Server Online data in a SharePoint 2013 App using CSOM

Great write up from, Alexander Vanwynsberghe, recently from an ignite training course. He describes how to extract data from Project SharePoint and mash it up into SharePoint using the Client-Side Object Model (CSOM). Read More

Group Discussion

What features do you like in SharePoint 2013 - Developer ?

SharePoint DiscussionAs with the other two discussions (aimed the other roles) we thought this would be a great way to get some insightful discussion brewing about what you like from a devs point of view.  Discuss on LinkedIn.

End User Articles and Resources

Drag and Drop doesn't work in Internet Explorer 8

Gunasekaran Kuppusamy, Senior SharePoint Architect, has discovered that you are unable to use the new drag and drop functionality in SharePoint 2013 when using Internet Explorer 8. Read More

Searching and finding, an interview with Google’s Daniel Russell

Andre Salomon's - CEO for Smart SharePoint Solutions - recently interviewed Google's Daniel Russell about all things Google and an interesting statistic on Ctrl + F.  Read More

SharePoint 2013 - are they 'Apps' or 'Crapps'

The Elumenotion blog provides an argument explaining why the new apps model maybe not be worth all the hype it has been receiving. Sandboxed solutions are also used as a recent example of why Apps may fail to be adopted. Read More

Top Business Benefits and Reasons For SharePoint 2013 Upgrades

SharePoint 2013 preview has been out for some time now and we are starting to see it come up in planning, envisioning, road mapping and other strategic discussions with clients on a more regular basis. I have been discussing this with people on an almost daily basis. Everyone upgrades eventually (or they move away from the platform) so I think it’s always good to talk about why businesses are accelerating their upgrades or where (in terms of workload) they are considering an ‘early’ upgrade to SharePoint 2013. Read More

SharePoint 2013 : Quick launch, now you see, now you don't!

Benjamin Niaulin, shows a couple of screenshots showing how end-users can easily show or hide the quick-launch menu from the screen. The secret is by using the 'Focus on Content' button at the top right. Read More

Introducing the new Visual Designer in SharePoint 2013

Sam Chung, Program Manager for SharePoint Designer introduces everyone to one of the biggest investments for SharePoint Designer 2013, which is the Visual Designer. Read More

SharePoint 2013 and improved user experience

There are so many improvements that I love in SharePoint 2013. I’ve been playing around with the preview of SharePoint 2013 for a while now and am creating a series of blog articles on individual features and enhancements. To start with, here are some top features that caught my attention at the first site of SharePoint 2013 from a user experience, user interface and administration perspective. Read More

Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Preview discontinued and modified functionality

Instead of all this talk about what's new, Noorez Khamis blogs about what's gone from this version of SharePoint. Pretty essential reading if you are considering upgrade or long term use of some of these features. Read More

Add\Embed Video to SharePoint 2013 site page

This article explains how to add (or embed) videos on to SharePoint 2013 pages using either the default video view page that you get when you add the video to SharePoint or by adding the embed code. Read More

Social Networking capabilities in SharePoint 2013 - tutorial

Learning SharePoint are back with a great tutorial outlining how to take advantage of the new social networking features packed into SharePoint 2013. The tutorial covers Community Sites, My Sites, Newsfeed, "Follow people" and "Follow Sites". Read More

Group Discussion

What features do you like in SharePoint 2013 - End User ?

SharePoint DiscussionIf you are an End-User what are your must have features in the new version? The introduction of EAI Workflows into SharePoint designer ?   Discuss on LinkedIn.



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SharePoint Apps Series

Thorsten Hans MVP has written a wonderful 5-part series illustrating how to get started as an App developer.


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SharePoint 2013 beta environment

CloudShare LogoOur good friends at CloudShare are very busy creating a brand new 2013 environment with all of the goodies installed. If you dont have time to install it, don't have the kit or even don't know where to start, then you may want to sign-up as a CloudShare's beta trialist right away. Be one of the first to experience SharePoint 2013 on CloudShare and sign-up here.


Featured Book

Deployment guide for SharePoint 2013 Preview

This book supports a preliminary release of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Preview and provides deployment instructions for SharePoint Server 2013 Preview. The audiences for this book include application specialists, line-of-business application specialists, and IT administrators who are ready to deploy SharePoint Server 2013 Preview. Download Deployment Guide for SharePoint 2013

SharePoint Webinars

Are you hosting a SharePoint Webinar?

SharePoint EventsAs you may have seen we manage a list of most up and coming SharePoint Events and are excited to announce that we are also doing the same for on-line SharePoint Webinars. If you want to register your SharePoint Webinar, then please feel free to add it to our directory using this form. All we ask is that it's related to SharePoint. 

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