SharePoint 2013 New Features

In this article I would like to explain new features of SharePoint 2013.

Document Collaboration

  • The user experience is better compared to SharePoint 2010.
  • Improvements in the applications of metadata.
  • Includes the ability to edit Managed Metadata in a spreadsheet view.
  • To upload documents to a SharePoint library without opening a document library in an explorer view.
  • Easy to drag and drop (upload) the documents into libraries.
  • Word and Power Point Co-Authoring are used in Document Collaboration.
  • Added new file extensions, like docx, xslx and other file formats by adding an “x” at the end of the file extension.


  • Users can find relevant information more quickly and easily.
  • It shows the number of times a document has been viewed.
  • It remembers past search results and clicked results and also displays the values in a top of the result page.
  • “View in library” in one click.
  • In a search query tool, view all types of result sets, like Primary Query results, query suggestions, query rules and Secondary Query results.
  • It includes admins to promote a result to the top of the search results by using some keywords.

Expertise Location

  • The most recent documents display the default people search authored by those users.
  • In those news feed posts, the following people can see the updates.
  • It also includes Everyone, Mentions and Activities as in a newsfeed information.

Social Computing

  • Users have Newsfeed information similar to a Facebook activity stream.
  • Using @mentions and #hash tags for post and reply to the activity stream.
  • In SharePoint 2013 the my site is categorized into three different sections (news feed, SkyDrive and sites)
  • The Social features are tightly integrated, so it’s no longer necessary to launch a web browser to access them.

Communities of Practice

  • It’s completely focused on conversations of people (Yammer).
  • Users can easily observe a conversation and join the community when they want to post.
  • Conversations are categorized by topic with a use of image.
  • Has increased innovation, better communication among people and an improved customer experience.
  • Users are automatically “Following” a community site when they become a member.
  • Selected users can be “gifted” a badge (like Expert, Thought Leader). It’s easily identified conversations in which participants have provided distinguished contributions.


  • SharePoint 2013 workflows run on the Azure workflow engine. That includes a visual workflow that uses Visio 2013.
  • It adds new building workflow blocks called stags, loop and App step.
  • Without writing any code it is easy to call a web service.
  • Users can query and configure a workflow setting using Power Shell commands.

Collaborating with others outside the work group on individual documents as in the following:

  • In any site and document the “Share” button is easily visible for users.
  • Easier to collaborate, but still controlled by someone to edit an individual document “in place”. But all documents are approved by site administrators.

Mobile Access

  • Users can render a single published SharePoint site with multiple designs to provide various device types in Device channel.
  • In Office web apps, end users are allowed to view Word, Excel, and Power Point documents in mobile browsers.
  • A "Contemporary view" that supports sites in HTML5 and also it works with the most recent mobile IE, Safari and Android browsers.
  • SharePoint Server 2013 enables a user to view certain kinds of dashboard content, that includes Performance Point reports and scorecards, and Excel Services reports (iOS 5.0 Safari browsers on iPad devices).

Branding (creating a custom look and feel)

  • SharePoint 2013 has added composed looks, it provides several pre-built looks and feels in the SharePoint UI.
  • It also controls the arrangement and general look of the site, colors, fonts and a background image.
  • Web designers are allowed to use a Dreamweaver tool to create designs for SharePoint 2013.

Better Email Integration

  • Introduces a site mailbox feature. It creates an Exchange inbox for a SharePoint site.
  • Easily drag and drop the emails to a site mail box. And also drag and drop an attachment in Outlook to a SharePoint site.
  • Duplicate email checking.
  • Upload attachment information defined by the destination (library/ list and content type).



In this article, we explored some of the social and collaborative features of SharePoint 2013 at a high level.