Sneak Peek! SharePoint 2013 Server Preview

Here at, we’re busy making preparations for the next version of SharePoint. Our Support Team and Engineering staff is hard at work testing each release from Microsoft so we can continue to offer our clients the best value in SharePoint cloud hosting. In this first post of an upcoming preview series, SharePoint Engineer Joe Beyer offers an insider overview of the latest public release.

As many of our readers are probably aware, Microsoft recently released Preview Editions of SharePoint 2013 on July 16, 2012. SharePoint 2013 (also being called “SharePoint 2015” by some members of the SharePoint Community) promises to be a major update to the platform. Having just downloaded and installed the Preview Edition, I would like to provide a high level overview of some of the similarities and differences between 2013 and 2010. This will be a multi-part series with many more to come in the following days. In this particular blog, I will generalize the new layout of the most common pages and introduce a few new service applications.

The installation process is essentially the same. There a few additional prerequisites that were not necessary for SharePoint 2010. For a full list of hardware and software requirements for SharePoint 2013 Preview, please click here. From a graphical interface perspective, the installation looks the exact same. The Configuration Wizard layout also replicates that of SharePoint 2010.

Now that SharePoint 2013 is installed, it’s time to roll up the sleeves and see what it’s all about.

The general layout is very similar, although there are some graphical differences. For instance, here is the new look of Central Administration:

SharePoint 2013 Preview screenshot

New look of the Team Site template:

SharePoint 2013 screenshot of Team Site template

Moving on from the new look and feel of SharePoint 2013, there are an abundance of new features that make life easier, for not only the end users, but the IT Professionals as well. First of all, there are quite a few additional Service Applications as shown below:

SharePoint 2013 Preview screenshot of features menu

You may have already spotted the new Service Applications from this list. The ones we are not used to seeing are; App Management Service, Machine Translation Service, and Work Management Service Application. The App Management Service Application is essentials for installing Apps from a marketplace or corporate catalog. Machine Translation Service is responsible for the translation of documents, pages and sites. Cloud-bases translation services can be automated or individual translations can be manually requested. Work Management Service Application is a robust service that is responsible for syncing SharePoint with Exchange and Project Server, providing the ultimate collaboration experience.

In addition to new Service Applications, there is also one that is missing. Office Web Apps is no longer a service application, but a separate server product (otherwise known as Office Web Apps Server). An Office Web Apps server can serve multiple SharePoint farms, and can be used to view files not only stored within SharePoint, but also Exchange, Lync and various URL accessible file servers. Being a separate product eases the pain of both patching and scaling.

Please stay tuned for most posts coming soon in this mutli-part SharePoint 2013 introduction series. In the next installment we’ll cover the new features surrounding Business Connectivity Services (BCS) and Business Intelligence (BI).

2012-07-20T04:02:56+00:00 July 20th, 2012|

One Comment

  1. Hamza Farooq September 7, 2012 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    Great article , waiting for the BI part 🙂

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