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Top 8 Features of SharePoint 2013

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Microsoft has announced SharePoint 2013 in October 2012 , which was equipped with a bunch of features that allow users to know about all activities in their organization. Its new design is more responsive and supports a number of additional browsers and devices which make it a great platform for web application framework. The new SharePoint is developed with multiple components, let's discuss some of its specialties.

Design Packages
SharePoint 2013 Design Packages overcome many of the issues faced by users before this version. Now you can import and export site collection designs as Design Packages. In Design Manager this is an option "Create Design Package", which allows you to export a Design Package included all the changes you have done to the branding part instead of taking default SharePoint design files.

In addition, if the search-related features are activated at the site-collection level then you can include search configurations as well as templates in the design package. Now, you can import this exported Design Package to another site collection with the help of the "Import design package" option, which you will get in Site Settings.

Device Channels
SharePoint 2013 can be accessed by desktop, laptops, smarphones and tablets devices. Its Device channel allows users to access the content in multiple devices while keeping the URL same. This option is only available with the sites published on SharePoint 2013. This scenario process, when a user browses a SharePoint based website via a web browser, a get request is sent to the server that has included a user agent string. A substring is contained by this user agent string which is includes all the information about the accessing device. SharePoint, now selects the device channel and load the website according to the device substring which includes all the information regarding the home page and related CSS file.

Following are the Fields to Create Device Channels:
  • Name
  • Alias
  • Description
  • Device Inclusion Rules
  • Active
Image Renditions
Many SharePoint sites need to display different size and resolution images in its content. At times, it could also be possible that one image needs to be displayed in different sizes like normal, thumbnail, and banner. This scenario is managed with a very different process in SharePoint which is called Image Renditions. This feature is introduced in SharePoint 2013 that efficiently handle all the different sizes of the same image internally. You can view the image radiations within the libraries available in publishing sites.

Display Templates
SharePoint 2013 supports a really efficient searching with many attractive templet options. These templates make the content more attractive and readable in few clicks and scrolls. It provides the document preview option which allows users to identify the exact document they are looking for without opening and downloading it.

SharePoint is developed with Display templates that make these searches more attractive and useful as they can be customized by user according to his requirement. You will find out these display templates' folder in the Master Pages Gallery. Every display template consists with an HTML file and a JavaScript file. Whenever you edit this HTML file and upload it, the SharePoint automatically synchronizes the changes according to the JavaScript file.

Results Relevance
You will always be amazed by SharePoint's so good search results. The developers designed SharePoint 2013 in a way that you will always get relevant result . This feature is very much improved in this new version like its all other features. This time it seems that Microsoft has paid a special attention in terms of search results, linguistics, and document parsing. This module is incorporated with new models and this time Microsoft also allowed administrators to customize the relevant content using query rules as well as result sources. Ultimately the final search result of SharePoint 2013 is more accurate and original for the end user.

Social Tools
This new version of SharePoint introduced bunch of features to communicate with people and update them with each and every information in a organization. SharePoint 2013 included with Hash tagging, micro blogging, and many other follow concepts and becomes a great way to stay connected with the users and up to date on all crucial and important updates under intranet. Its social tools allow you to follow people and document as well. Whenever any document changes you do not have to go for alerts. Use Newsfeed, which is a great place to connect with your co-workers, use hash tags to find out the latest trends in the organization.

Its latest site templates and community sites allow big firms to organize knowledge sharing drives with the help of reputation scores, best replies and gifted badges. Where user can easily share his innovative ideas on the category derived discussions.

Better Email Integration
You can send both emails and documents together. SharePoint 2013 introduced the Site Mailbox feature, which can create an exchange inbox for a SharePoint website. After Site Mailbox introduction you can cc your SharePoint sites, email can be drag and drop into the site mailbox, as well as you can also forward important emails to SharePoint within few clicks. SharePoint 2013 also provides option to drag and drop email attachments and documents into the document library, which is directly connected with SharePoint site.

Additionally, one more efficient email management feature is the eDiscovery Centre. This feature facilitates the legal team to search for required content across the farm including users' inboxes. You can extract all the documents and emails for auditing and compliance purposes with the help of this module.

Simplified Document Management
SharePoint 2013 is included with several features that make document management very easy. This feature is already well managed in its older versions, so this time developers come with a more improved and efficient. This time the developers have reduced the complexity as well as the number of clicks that have increased the productivity for users to perform tasks. Here are the areas where this
feature provides you the best results:

  • Drag and drop content directly into your document libraries
  • Now you can view live document preview for Office documents in item menus, which can be edit in few clicks
  • 'see also' functionality allows you to view item properties and also suggests the similar documents, which are common to the selected item.
  • It reduced the complexity of share functionality, it visibly identifies who the document is shared with and also facilitates the invitations to be sent.

Apart from these features there also many other modules available in SharePoint 2013 that make it more usable and easy to use tool for every web application framework user.
























Top 8 Features of SharePoint 2013 - Image 1

Microsoft has announced SharePoint 2013 in October 2012 , which was equipped with a bunch of features that allow users to know about all activities in their organization. Its new design is more responsive and supports a number of additional browsers and devices which make it a great platform for web application framework. The new SharePoint is developed with multiple components, let's discuss some of its specialties.

Design Packages

SharePoint 2013 Design Packages overcome many of the issues faced by users before this version. Now you can import and export site collection designs as Design Packages. In Design Manager this is an option "Create Design Package", which allows you to export a Design Package included all the changes you have done to the branding part instead of taking default SharePoint design files.

In addition, if the search-related features are activated at the site-collection level then you can include search configurations as well as templates in the design package. Now, you can import this exported Design Package to another site collection with the help of the "Import design package" option, which you will get in Site Settings.

Device Channels

SharePoint 2013 can be accessed by desktop, laptops, smarphones and tablets devices. Its Device channel allows users to access the content in multiple devices while keeping the URL same. This option is only available with the sites published on SharePoint 2013. This scenario process, when a user browses a SharePoint based website via a web browser, a get request is sent to the server that has included a user agent string. A substring is contained by this user agent string which is includes all the information about the accessing device. SharePoint, now selects the device channel and load the website according to the device substring which includes all the information regarding the home page and related CSS file.

Following are the Fields to Create Device Channels:

  • Name
  • Alias
  • Description
  • Device Inclusion Rules
  • Active


Image Renditions

Many SharePoint sites need to display different size and resolution images in its content. At times, it could also be possible that one image needs to be displayed in different sizes like normal, thumbnail, and banner. This scenario is managed with a very different process in SharePoint which is called Image Renditions. This feature is introduced in SharePoint 2013 that efficiently handle all the different sizes of the same image internally. You can view the image radiations within the libraries available in publishing sites.

Display Templates

SharePoint 2013 supports a really efficient searching with many attractive templet options. These templates make the content more attractive and readable in few clicks and scrolls. It provides the document preview option which allows users to identify the exact document they are looking for without opening and downloading it.

SharePoint is developed with Display templates that make these searches more attractive and useful as they can be customized by user according to his requirement. You will find out these display templates' folder in the Master Pages Gallery. Every display template consists with an HTML file and a JavaScript file. Whenever you edit this HTML file and upload it, the SharePoint automatically synchronizes the changes according to the JavaScript file.

Results Relevance

You will always be amazed by SharePoint's so good search results. The developers designed SharePoint 2013 in a way that you will always get relevant result . This feature is very much improved in this new version like its all other features. This time it seems that Microsoft has paid a special attention in terms of search results, linguistics, and document parsing. This module is incorporated with new models and this time Microsoft also allowed administrators to customize the relevant content using query rules as well as result sources. Ultimately the final search result of SharePoint 2013 is more accurate and original for the end user.

Social Tools

This new version of SharePoint introduced bunch of features to communicate with people and update them with each and every information in a organization. SharePoint 2013 included with Hash tagging, micro blogging, and many other follow concepts and becomes a great way to stay connected with the users and up to date on all crucial and important updates under intranet. Its social tools allow you to follow people and document as well. Whenever any document changes you do not have to go for alerts. Use Newsfeed, which is a great place to connect with your co-workers, use hash tags to find out the latest trends in the organization.

Its latest site templates and community sites allow big firms to organize knowledge sharing drives with the help of reputation scores, best replies and gifted badges. Where user can easily share his innovative ideas on the category derived discussions.

Better Email Integration

You can send both emails and documents together. SharePoint 2013 introduced the Site Mailbox feature, which can create an exchange inbox for a SharePoint website. After Site Mailbox introduction you can cc your SharePoint sites, email can be drag and drop into the site mailbox, as well as you can also forward important emails to SharePoint within few clicks. SharePoint 2013 also provides option to drag and drop email attachments and documents into the document library, which is directly connected with SharePoint site.

Additionally, one more efficient email management feature is the eDiscovery Centre. This feature facilitates the legal team to search for required content across the farm including users' inboxes. You can extract all the documents and emails for auditing and compliance purposes with the help of this module.

Simplified Document Management

SharePoint 2013 is included with several features that make document management very easy. This feature is already well managed in its older versions, so this time developers come with a more improved and efficient. This time the developers have reduced the complexity as well as the number of clicks that have increased the productivity for users to perform tasks. Here are the areas where this

feature provides you the best results:

  • Drag and drop content directly into your document libraries
  • Now you can view live document preview for Office documents in item menus, which can be edit in few clicks
  • 'see also' functionality allows you to view item properties and also suggests the similar documents, which are common to the selected item.
  • It reduced the complexity of share functionality, it visibly identifies who the document is shared with and also facilitates the invitations to be sent.


Apart from these features there also many other modules available in SharePoint 2013 that make it more usable and easy to use tool for every web application framework user.

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