First impressions of SharePoint 2013 on the SPC2012

On the first day of the SharePoint Conference 2012 we have heard a lot about Office365, Yammer, Apps, Upgrades and more. In this blogpost I will give you a summary of the most interesting items in my opinion.


– Autohosted Apps running in Azure which require no additional configuration in Azure, OAuth and Azure services are setup right away

– Drag and drop files to sharepoint document libraries

– Easy design changes with the Design Manager, upload HTML from your favorite tool and it will be automaticly translated to a SharePoint masterpage.

– Yammer integration in Q1 of 2013 which will contain Document and Newsfeed integration. Next release it looks like Yammer will be completely integrated into SharePoint, which should be, because it looks a bit of the same kind when looking at the social features of SharePoint 2013

What´s new for developers

– Three different development scenario´s with access services for endusers, napa javascript development for prototyping and Visual Studio for the hard core development

– Outlook Apps will be compatible with Outlook 2013 and Outlook Web App 2013, so there is no different experience when using the web ui

– Napa web interface for developing apps, Open in Visual Studio when reaching boundaries of the interface

Upgrade overview

– The upgrade scenario´s are kind of the same as SP2010

– SP2010 Mode for backwards compatibility, even can create new sites with SP2010 mode

– Allthough you have a staged upgrade for site collections

– First the database schema is upgraded on attach

– Then you as IT, or the end user, has the choice to upgrade the site collection

– Build to build upgrades can leverage the functionality of SQL Snapshots, very handy to reduce outage during upgrade.

Building SharePoint Apps with Azure and Windows 8

– Neat integration between all these platforms with HTML5, JSON, XML Javascript, OAuth

– OAuth is the key integrater regarding authentication between SharePoint and Azure

– _API (yes, UNDERSCORE API) is the new Client Object Model api which is richer than before, now Profile and Taxonomy information can be accessed using this services and many more

– Windows 8 tiles can be build on HTML5 plus Javascript, called WinJS, really easy integration with SharePoint webservices

– SharePoint Workflows can be hosted in Azure, for greater scallabilty and stability

This is my summary of the first #SPC12 day, hope you like it as much as I do.


About Cloud Architect Joran Markx
I have been working on Microsoft Technology since 2003. In addition to (lead) developer and software architect, I am certified Microsoft Specialist and active in design and implementation of Hybrid Cloud platforms. In 2011 I have achieved a Master of Science in IT Management. This made me capable to solve complex issues from the business in an efficient and structured way. As Cloud Architect I am working on various challenging projects with a variety of clients. Within my organisation I fullfill a leading role when it comes to internal development and sharing of knowledge. My goal is to provide reliable and predictable services to our clients with a strong focus on the results achieved for the organisations I am working for.

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