SharePoint 2013 Preview

SharePoint 2013 Preview

SharePoint 2013 Preview version was released this week. I took the chance to install it and get a first look at the new version of Microsoft’s powerful integration content management software.

Install files can be found here
SharePoint 15 Training files

SharePoint 2013 Preview Home
Install notes:

The install is very similar to SharePoint 2010. Hardware requirements seem to be exactly the same as the previous version. The only additional work I had to do was upgrade SQL Server 2008 R2 to service pack 1.

Office Web Apps:

Office web apps are no longer a service application within SharePoint. In fact they are now set up as a completely separate farm from SharePoint. This is because other products/services can integrate with this farm such as exchange. This also allows web app system usage and load to be completely independent from the SharePoint farm.

Mobile View:

The new version of SharePoint will have device detection to redirect to a mobile site. Also capable of mobile push notifications.


When a site is created, the site owner is encouraged to share the site using the share button at the top of the page. This seems to be more of a rewording/rearrangement of the site permissions page.


Lists and Libraries have been renamed Apps. You can download additional Apps from the SharePoint Store (very original).


The ribbon has been restyled slightly but the biggest improvement is in the performance of the ribbon appearing when editing the page. Waiting for the ribbon to load a tab in SharePoint 2010 no longer happens in SharePoint 2013, the ribbon slides out instantly and smoothly.


Of course there is far more to SharePoint 2013 than just this. I will post back when I have dug a little deeper.


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